What are the top attractions to visit in Davao City?
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Davao is not only the hometown of our current Philippine President but is also home to an array of exciting attractions from beaches, parks, to interesting food establishments. It is located in the southeastern corner of the country’s southernmost island of Mindanao and is only a 2-hour flight time if you’re traveling from Manila.
Aside from being the largest city in the county, it is also hailed as of the cities with the cleanest air in the Philippines, based on a 2018 survey of the Switzerland-based IQ AirVisual and Greenpeace.
If you’re visiting Davao soon, we’ve listed our top 15 things to do in Davao to make your visit a memorable one.
Visit the Davao Crocodile Park & Zoo
This attraction which opened in 2005 at Gadi Toad Talumo, is one of the most visited attractions in Davao. The farm is home saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, snakes, birds, lizards, ostrich, orangutans, and tigers. Not to mention, the crocodile farm is now the home of ‘Pangil’, an 18-feet saltwater croc which is currently the biggest croc in captivity in the country.
Guests can also feed the kois, but before that, you need to make a wish before you feed for good fortune.
Discover Davao’s China Town
Taste some Chinese food at the largest Chinatown in the Philippines in terms of land area, which is located here at Davao launched in 2009. Its arc is made with symbolic Chinese figures which symbolize unity among Filipinos and Chinese in Davao City.
Here at Davao’s China Town, you can see shopping centers selling electronics and groceries. There are also restaurants and banks within the vicinity, so expect lots of people here especially on weekends.
Eden Nature Park
Its nature meets adventure here at Eden Nature Park located in Toril Davao City. Some of the recreational activities you can enjoy here include hiking, horseback riding, sky wheeling, sky cycling, fishing, and skydiving. You can also check out the Bamboo Maze to see how good you are with your navigating skills.
The property also has balcony rooms where guests can relax during their stay. Another interesting feature of the park is their amphitheater where special occasions like masses, wedding ceremonies, and small concerts are being held.
Experience Beaches in Samal Island
Another previous gem to check out in Davao is the stunning Samal Island surrounded by white sand beaches and tropical grandeur. There are also top-rated resorts on the island to check out including Pearl Farm Davao, Babu Santa Beach Resort, and Island Garden Resort in Pangubatan to name a few. Bring out your cameras and enjoy the fine sand here in Samal. To go here, head over at Sasa Wharf where the boats are docked before you head at the island.
Stay at one of Davao’s Premier Hotels
Make your vacation worthwhile by staying at one of Davao’s premier hotels, from Marco Polo Davao, dusitD2, Seda Abreeza, and Park Inn by Radisson Davao to name a few. Make sure to check out those that match your budget and those that are nearby to popular attractions so you can save money from commuting.
Visit any Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps branch
If you’re really hungry from roaming around the city, then the buckets of shrimps and crabs would not disappoint you here at the Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps first-ever branch, with an interior inspired by the look and feel of a fisherman’s wharf. It is also known with their “messy finger-licking” dining style. Best to try would be their freshly caught crabs where you can choose from different flavors and spice, be it from regular, mild, or spicy hot. There are also sides to choose from, corn cobs, boiled potatoes, and chowder.
Branches in Davao City
- JP Laurel Ave., Davao City
- Lanang Business Park, Davao City
- SM City Davao Annex
Take a picture of the Durian Monument at the Davao Airport
Another notable you can check out is the amazing Durian Monument located outside the Davao International Airport. It represents the tri-people of Davao, the Lumads, the Muslims, the and Settlers, which makes this a perfect backdrop for every visitor wanting to take pictures before and after leaving Davao.
Eat at MarinaTuna Seafood Restaurant
Now operating for 16 years, Marina Tuna remains to be a one-of-kind dining establishment in Davao. It is known in the city for its 10-way tuna, meaning the tuna is cooked in 10 ways. You can see lots of aquarium inside where the owner said they always make sure it’s a fresh catch. This one is definitely not to miss out! It’s affordable and worth the money.
While the smell may be overwhelming for some, Durian is undoubtedly the best-tasting fruits out there. As a matter of fact, a lot of restaurants in the city are offering various Durian infused desserts like ice cream and shake. You can try one at Marina Tina Restaurant!
Learn more about history at Museo Dabawenyo
Here at Museo Dabawenyo, you’ll learn about the rich culture and heritage of the Dabawenyos. Inside are various artworks, historic photos, and informational monuments. If you are aware of GMA’s Amaya, this museum happens to house some replicas of the weapons and traditional wear of the indigenous people. Other memorabilia to check out include antiques, clothes, musical notes, and more.
Try some Black Paella at Belito’s Vineyard
Tucked in a cozy street at Palm Drive in Bajada lies an al-fresco restaurant offering savory Paella Negra and other Spanish dishes. It is owned by Richie Ferrazzini and the restaurant’s name is said to be after his Abuelo or grandfather. The place is surrounded with wooden tables and chairs and mostly visited by locals at night time. Durian ice cream is also available! You won’t regret tasting one!
Dine at the White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge
If you want to end your Davao adventure with a romantic lunch or dinner, then head over at the White House Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge for some slab of steak and good ‘ol wine. It’s located at Northpoint, Bajada in Davao City, and is just minutes away from the airport. What was once an ancestral house, this place was transformed into a relaxing 2-story dining establishment, oozing with old glamour and romantic atmosphere. It also has a garden outside, where most weddings are special occasions are held.
Experience Kadayawan Festival
The Kadayawan Festival is the biggest festival in Mindanao. Its name derives from the friendly greeting “Madayaw”, from the Dabawenyo word meaning good, valuable, superior or beautiful. The festival is a celebration of life, a thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and serenity of living. It is held every third week of August.
Shop at Aldevinco Shopping Center
Located right in front of Marco Polo Hotel Davao, Aldevinco is the perfect place to buy local handicrafts, Mindanao textiles, batik, weavings, carvings, and jewelry. Don’t forget to bargain and compare prices from various stalls before buying an item. There are also money changers available inside the shopping center.
Visit the Philippine Eagle Center
The Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) is an 8.4-hectare area located at the foothills of Mt. Apo in Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City and situated within the Malagos Watershed. The Philippine Eagle Center primarily operates as a conservation breeding facility for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and other birds of prey.
Davao City Travel and Tour Packages
Searching for the best Davao City hotels, resorts and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.