20+ Tourist Spots in Davao del Norte [And How To Get There]
tourist spots in davao del norte

Davao Del Norte is one of the provinces here in the Philippines that is continuously receiving a lot of attention from both local and foreign tourists. This would come to no surprise given how much attention the local government has put into developing its tourism sector; trying to make its own name in the world of traveling.

The province is now very well known for its natural and historical landmarks that some say are the best in Mindanao. With the many tourist spots in Davao del Norte, we have rounded up the top 5.

7 Best Tourist Spots in Davao del Norte, Philippines

Island Garden City of Samal

Definitely the most famous destination out of the five, the Island Garden City of Samal is an island that has a long stretch of beautiful coastline, almost covered by long mountain ranges and some hills, and also with vast lowlands. Guests of the island would enjoy seeing the stunning coastline; the clear divide of the glimmering sea, white sandy beaches, and lush green trees. So many activities can be done here, like going swimming, trying out the canopy walk, sightseeing, and boating.

Samal Island - one of the best tourist spots in Davao de Norte

Beaches and Beach Resorts in Samal Island

  • Pearl Farm Beach Resort
  • Paradise Beach Resort
  • Costa Marina Beach Resort
  • Kaputian Beach Park resort
  • Secdea Beach Resort
  • Maxima Aquafun Beach Resort
  • Island Garden Resort in Pangubatan
  • Canibad Beach

Talicud Island

Many people who have seen Talicud island would usually have one comment in common– Blue. This is the comment of many because true enough, upon seeing the beach in person, one can say that it may just be the bluest beach there is. The vibrancy of its color makes it distinguishable from most beaches in the country. It also has a fine white sand that provides a good contrast beside the blue water that glistens as the sunlight hits it. It is the tourist spot in Davao del Norte that will leave you stunned.

Talicud Island - the best beast destination in Davao
Talicud Island

Beaches and Beach Resorts in Talicud Island

  • Isla Reta Beach Resort
  • Dayang Beach Resort
  • Babu Santa Beach Resort
  • La Isla Bonita Talikud Island Beach Resort

Monfort Bat Cave

The province of Davao Del Norte is most known for its beaches, however, what many don’t actually know is that there are 70 caves located in the Island Garden City of Samal. All of which provide an interesting adventure. But the one, you should really see is the Monfort Bat Cave. This is the cave that houses the biggest number of Fruit Bats in the entire WORLD. It is even recognized by the Guiness World Record.

Monfort Bat Cave in Samal
Monfort Bat Cave

Panas Falls

Watch as the clear water of the falls cascade down into its pool through the multiple tiers of Panas Falls. There really is just something about seeing a waterfall that feels like such a majestic sight. Taking a dip here is a good way to refresh and cool off if you have had a somewhat sweaty adventure. Going trekking on the upstream river would also be a fun activity or maybe have a picnic at the cottages nearby, and just admire the falls.

Panas Falls in New Corella, Davao del Norte
Panas Falls

How to get to Panas Waterfalls?

Panas Waterfalls is located in Barangay Carcor which is about 30 minutes away from the town proper. Half of the road going to Panas waterfalls is cemented while the other half is a little rough. The site is accessible to any two or four-wheel vehicles.   

Fare for the habal-habal ride is P30 one way if you are alone. It should be cheaper per person if you have a companion. If you are coming from Davao City or Tagum City please read here for the instructions on how to go to New Corella: How to get to New Corella?

Banana Beach/Hijo Estate

If you are looking to find a very grand but affordable place to stay in, or you just want to see something different, then you have to stop by at the Banana Beach Resort owned by Hijo estate. It claims to be the only beach in the world that has a Banana plantation in the resort itself which is why a lot consider it to be as a tourist spot in Davao del Norte. But more than just getting to see the plantation, the facilities and amenities are top-notch. Check rates and availability.

Banana Beach/Hijo Estate
Banana Beach/Hijo Estate

Hagimit Falls

Hagimit Falls, one of the top tourist attractions in Davao del Norte, is one of the many natural attractions in Samal. It is a relatively small but picturesque tiered waterfall covered in lush vegetation. It is located about two kilometers away from Poblacion Peñaplata, the city’s capital district.

Hagimit Falls - one of the top tourist attractions in Davao del Norte
Hagimit Falls | Photo by Red Agreda

How to get there? 

From Davao City proper, take a jeepney to Magsaysay Park then ride an Island City Express Bus to Samal. Alight at Penaplata Bus Terminal, then ride a habal-habal going to Hagimit Falls.

Tagum City Night Market

The Tagum Night Market offers visitors a wide array of items from food to clothes and accessories. It is a fun way to experience the city of Tagum.

Lechon at Tagum Night Market
Lechon at Tagum Night Market

14 Notable Davao del Norte Tourist Spots

  1. World’s Largest Rosary in Tagum City, Davao del Norte
  2. Christ The King Cathedral in Tagum City
  3. Mount Puting Bato in Samal Island
  4. Giant Clam Sanctuary in Samal Island
  5. San Agustin Botanical Park in Tagum City
  6. Energy Park in Tagum City
  7. Vanishing Island in the Island Garden City of Samal
  8. Tagbaobo Falls in Samal Island
  9. Veterans Memorial Shrine in Brgy. Ising, Carmen, Davao del Norte
  10. Suaon Nature Park in Kapalong, Davao del Norte
  11. Casilac Falls in New Corella, Davao del Norte
  12. Panabo City Mariculture Park
  13. Kabyawan Cave in San Isidro, Davao del Norte
  14. Sto. Tomas Crocodile Park

Festivals in Davao del Norte

  • Kalibulongan Festival in Talaingod, Davao del Norte
  • Kahayag Festival in Carmen, Davao del Norte
  • Kadagayaan Festival – provincial festival
  • Banana Festival in Panabo City
  • Pangapog Festival in Samal Island

How to get to Davao del Norte

From Manila, Cebu, Bohol, Singapore, Hong Kong and Clark, fly to Davao City. If you are going to Island Garden City of Samal, you can take a taxi and inform the driver to drop you off at Sasa Pier and take a boat to cross the island. For guests wanting to go to Talicud, you can take a boat from Sta. Ana Pier. If you plan to go to Tagum City, you can walk to the main road from the airport and take a bus from there. Buses going to Mati, Surigao, Butuan, and other northbound-buses will pass by Tagum City.

Discounted Samal Tours

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