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Davao City

Davao, a city often likened to Singapore due to its low crime rates and strict laws, lies in the edge of the mountainous region of Mindanao. This destination, though only an hour and 40-minute plane ride from Manila, is almost worlds apart with its progressive rules and spotless surroundings. A heavily imposed no-smoking rule and eco-friendly transportation like E-Trikes and E-Scooters help give Davao its clean and green status.

This sustainable environment goes hand in hand with the many outdoor activities available in Davao City. Parks and gardens like the Eden Nature Park and the Malagos Garden Resort sprawl around the highly urbanized city. They provide not only a literal breath of fresh air for visitors, but also enjoyable activities like horseback riding, fishing, and swimming.

Other parks in Davao prove to not be for the faint of heart, nor the faint of stomach. Places like Outland Adventure, Zip City, and the Walk’n Water Ball Park get you soaring over treetops and rolling downhill or over water in a plastic ball. Be sure to fill up on the city’s famous treats like Blugre’s durian coffee and durian cheesecake after spinning around inside a plastic ball.

Visitors with exceptional core strength and balancing prowess can show off at the Deca Wakeboard Park, which is the first cable wakeboarding facility in Mindanao, or go river rafting at Davao Wild Water Adventure. The 10 km (6.2 miles) stretch of pulsing river current will definitely put your arms to the test.

First-time and well-seasoned divers can experience underwater bliss to their hearts’ content in Davao. There are 25 diving spots in the nearby islands of Samal and Talikud waiting to be explored.

After these activities get you your sound body, it’s time to get that sound mind. Find out what’s making waves in the Davao art scene by dropping by the Kublai Gallery, which features unique paintings and sculptures by artist Kublai Millan. The Dabaw Museum and Museo Dabawenyo boast of Mindanao’s rich culture by showcasing tribal artifacts and historical photographs.

A trip to the Davao Riverfront Complex can get you in the Tribu K’Mindanawan Cultural Village, where you can learn about the vibrant cultural heritage of different indigenous Mindanao tribes. Visitors can enter authentic native houses made of raw, natural materials, and witness a fire show display as the sun goes down.

Other attractions in the Davao Riverfront Complex include the Davao Butterfly House and the Crocodile Park, which also houses other exotic animals like orangutans, tigers, and ostriches. Animal lovers can also visit the Philippine Eagle Center, a facility founded in 1987 that is now home to over 30 endangered Philippine eagles.

Top Rated Restaurants in Davao City Browse All

  1. Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp.
    4.8 Stars
    Filipino
    31 Reviews View
  2. Lyndon's World's Worst Ribs & Awful Chicken
    4.8 Stars
    International
    20 Reviews View
  3. Tiny Kitchen Creations
    4.5 Stars
    Spanish
    23 Reviews View
  4. Glamour Crabs Buffet
    4.7 Stars
    Buffet
    15 Reviews View
  5. Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
    4.7 Stars
    Seafood
    14 Reviews View
  6. Marina Tuna
    4.4 Stars
    Seafood
    15 Reviews View
  7. Yellow Fin Seafood and Restaurant
    4.7 Stars
    Seafood
    10 Reviews View
  8. Ice Giants
    5.0 Stars
    Dessert
    7 Reviews View
  9. Claude's Le Cafe de Ville
    4.9 Stars
    Café
    7 Reviews View
  10. Army Navy
    4.7 Stars
    American
    7 Reviews View

Top Rated Hotels in Davao City Browse All

  1. Seda Hotel Abreeza
    4.3 Stars
    Hotel
    20 Reviews View
  2. Eden Nature Park & Resort
    4.4 Stars
    Hotel
    10 Reviews View
  3. Malagos Garden Resort
    4.7 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  4. Marco Polo Davao
    4.3 Stars
    Hotel
    10 Reviews View
  5. Park Inn by Radisson Davao
    4.3 Stars
    Hotel
    8 Reviews View
  6. Green Windows Dormitel
    4.1 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  7. Northcrest Resort
    4.3 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  8. Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
    3.8 Stars
    Hotel
    8 Reviews View
  9. Seagull Mountain Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  10. Grand Regal Hotel
    4.3 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View

Top Rated Tourist Attractions in Davao City Browse All

  1. Jack's Ridge
    4.2 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    22 Reviews View
  2. Eden Nature Park
    4.6 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    9 Reviews View
  3. Davao Crocodile Park
    4.1 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    21 Reviews View
  4. Butterfly House
    5.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    2 Reviews View
  5. Zip City
    4.3 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    3 Reviews View
  6. People’s Park
    3.7 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    6 Reviews View
  7. Philippine Eagle Centre
    3.7 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    3 Reviews View
  8. Japanese Tunnel
    4.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    1 Review View
  9. Mindanao Taoist Temple
    2.0 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Davao City Browse All

  1. Lachi's Sans Rival Atbp.
    4.8 Stars
    Filipino
    31 Reviews View
  2. Lyndon's World's Worst Ribs & Awful Chicken
    4.8 Stars
    International
    20 Reviews View
  3. Tiny Kitchen Creations
    4.5 Stars
    Spanish
    23 Reviews View
  4. Glamour Crabs Buffet
    4.7 Stars
    Buffet
    15 Reviews View
  5. Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
    4.7 Stars
    Seafood
    14 Reviews View
  6. Starbucks Coffee
    4.4 Stars
    Coffee
    16 Reviews View
  7. Seda Hotel Abreeza
    4.3 Stars
    Hotel
    20 Reviews View
  8. Marina Tuna
    4.4 Stars
    Seafood
    15 Reviews View
  9. Jack's Ridge
    4.2 Stars
    Tourist Attraction
    22 Reviews View
  10. Yellow Fin Seafood and Restaurant
    4.7 Stars
    Seafood
    10 Reviews View

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