Our list of must-visit tourist spots in Davao Occidental, the youngest province in the Philippines.
The province of Davao Occidental is a fast-growing region in the Philippines. It is located in Mindanao; east of Davao Gulf, west of Sarangani, and north of Davao del Sur. From Francisco Bangoy International Airport, you can quickly reach the city province via public vehicles.
If you’re planning a trip to Mindanao this year, the following are the top three tourist spots in Davao Occidental you can include in your bucket list:
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Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Davao Occidental, Philippines
If you’re looking for hot springs and relaxing beaches in Davao Occidental, Balut Island is the place to be. It’s a serene place that offers the best picnic and camping sites for backpackers, solo travelers, and group excursionists.
The crystal clear blue waters of the sea
How to get to Balut Island
The jump-off point to Balut Island is General Santos City. You can take an overnight boat from GenSan to Balut Island, Sarangani, Davao Occidental. The boat departs at 9:00 PM but you must go to the port early like 7:00 PM to get on board. The boat schedule from General Santos to Balut Island and vice-versa are:
General Santos City to Balut Island: Monday to Friday at 9:00 PM
Balut Island to Gensan: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Another one among the tourist spots in Davao Occidental you need to see is the Olanivan Island. Truly, it’s a tropical island that you need to see and experience. With circular formation, this white sand beach will give you unlimited views of the astonishing islands of Balut and Sarangani.
The highlight of this trip is the white lighthouse tour
One of the newest tourist spots in Davao Occidental today is the Little Boracay. It’s located in Santa Maria, a 4-hour bus ride from Davao Ecoland Terminal. The name was inspired by the original Boracay since the island somehow looks like the famous beach in the Philippines when it’s not yet commercialized.
The pristine grayish sand and clear azure waters give a nice combo, especially when you look at it from afar. In addition, the coconut trees add more tropical beauty to the whole island. If you visit it on a weekday, you will enjoy more of the peace and quiet as you will only see a few tourists in the area. And if you’re lucky, you’ll only meet the local fishermen in Little Boracay.
How to get to Davao Occidental
There is no commercial airport in Davao Occidental. the closest airport is in Davao City. From Manila, Clark, Cebu, Bohol, Singapore or Hong Kong, you can fly to Davao City. When you are at the airport, take a taxi to