Davao City is becoming one of the major tourist attractions in the Philippines. Thanks to President Rodrigo Duterte, the city has gained more popularity when he was elected into office. Davao City, in general, is more than just about sightseeing the legendary bird as it, too, is a hub for many things that are worth the visit whether within the bounds of the city itself or elsewhere close to it. From nature trips to extreme adventures, the city has got something for you to enjoy. Here are 10 reasons why you should visit Davao now! Read: Davao 101 : A Complete Davao City Travel Guide.
10. You can have a close encounter with our national bird – the Philippine Eagle.
A visit to Davao City is not complete without going to the Philippine Eagle Center, home of the Philippines’ national bird. It is located in Malagos about an hour away from the city proper. Entrance fee is only P50 for adults and P30 for children. Here’s a guide on How to Get To Philippine Eagle Center.
9. You can chill and unwind at the Garden of Eden Restored.
The Garden of Eden Restored or the Tamayong Prayer Mountain is the seat of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the Executive Pastor of The Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name. Aside from its religious significance, it has now become one of the tourist attractions in Davao City. Read more about the Garden of Eden Restored.
8. You can experience nature and adventure in one place at Eden Nature Park.
Eden Nature Park is a popular mountain resort in Davao City located in Toril. It is about 95% man-made and an ideal place to relax, refresh and at the same time a perfect venue for some adrenaline-rush adventure. You may try their skycycle or if you’re adventurous enough, you can do the skyswing.
7. You can explore the pristine beaches of Samal or Mati.
If you want a beach getaway, you can either go to the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) which is just an hour away from the city proper or if you want an adventure, go to Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental which is about 3-4 hours away. In Samal, Costa Marina and Paradise are some of the good places to beach bum and swim. They are the closest white beach resorts in the city and a boat ride only takes about 10 minutes from the boat terminal in Sasa. To go to Dahican Beach, here’s a Dahican Travel Guide on how to get there and what to expect. Also see 13 Gorgeous Beaches in Samal.
6.You can do a side trip to the mighty Aliwagwag Falls.
The mighty Aliwagwag Falls is said to be the longest cascading waterfalls in the Philippines. It is located in the town of Cateel, Davao Oriental and was one of the sites badly hit by typhoon Pablo. Through the initiative of the local and provincial government, an eco-park was built which make it more tourist-friendly. With a minimal entrance fee, you can enjoy a picnic with your family and friends and do other activities such as swimming and crossing the monkey bridge. Read: Things to Do in Davao Oriental.
5. You can experience how safe Davao City is.
There’s no doubt, Davao is one of the safest cities in the country. You can use your mobile phones or cameras without the fear of having them stolen. You can roam around the city at night without the fear of getting mugged.
4. You can see the residence of the President up close.
You can have a quick tour at the humble abode of President Duterte and see the facade of his residence.
3. You can experience Martial Law in Mindanao
You may not be able to experience another Martial Law in your lifetime so why not go to Davao and experience what it feels like to be in a Martial Law under the Duterte administration. Honestly, you’ll not even feel the difference not unless you get out of the city and pass the checkpoints. It’s business as usual and people live a normal life despite the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.
2. You can feast on different tropical fruits at very affordable prices.
Kadawayan season is also the fruit season in Davao City. Different type of tropical fruits are available in the city at very cheap prices. Durian, mangosteen, rambutan and lanzones are sold in the streets for as low as P30 per kilo (sometimes even less). If you want to feast on Davao Fruits, the best place to go is either in Magsaysay Park or in Bankerohan.
1. You can watch and experience the King of Festivals – Kadayawan sa Davao
One of Kadayawan Festival’s highlights is Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan or the street dancing parade participated by different groups from all over Mindanao. It features participants with colorful and vivid costumes showcasing choreographed dance inspired my Mindanao’s tri-people community : The Christians, the Muslims and the Lumads (Indigenous People). This year’s Indak Indak sa Kadalanan is set on August 19, 2015. Here’s the Official Calendar of Events of Kadayawan sa Davao 2017
Where to stay in Davao?
Recommended Hotels in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel below to know the rates and availability.
- Marco Polo Davao
- Seda Abreeza Hotel
- Park Inn by Radisson Davao
- Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao
- Apo View Hotel
Recommended budget accommodation in Davao City. Please click the name of the hotel / hostel / Dormitel / Inn below to know the rates and availability.
- Homitori Dormitel
- North Zen Hotel
- GV Hotel Davao
- The Royal House Travel Inn & Suites
- Hotel Uno
- Bahay ni Tuding Inn & Resto
- My Hotel Davao
- Green Windows Dormitel
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