Davao is one of the Philippines’ top tourist destinations. With its well-preserved nature parks, garden resorts, and abundant fruits, many people go there all year-round. While you can visit Davao at any time of the year, the best time to go there is during the Kadayawan Festival month in August. During this month, fruits are abundant and very cheap. You can enjoy durian, mangosteen, rambutan, and lanzones for less than Php50 (USD1) per kilo. So, scroll down and see the must-visit Davao City tourist attractions.
TRAVEL GUIDE CONTENTS
- 1 Top Tourist Attractions in Davao City, Philippines
- 1.1 Philippine Eagle Center
- 1.2 People’s Park
- 1.3 Museo Dabawenyo
- 1.4 Eden Nature Park
- 1.5 Davao Crocodile Park
- 1.6 Bankerohan Public Market
- 1.7 Malagos Garden Resort
- 1.8 Davao Bamboo Sanctuary
- 1.9 BuDa (Bukidnon-Davao) Area
- 1.10 Lon Wa Temple
- 1.11 San Pedro Cathedral
- 1.12 Roxas Night Market
- 1.13 Davao Chinatown
- 1.14 The Garden of Eden Restored
- 2 How to get to Davao City
- 3 Follow Us!
Top Tourist Attractions in Davao City, Philippines
Philippine Eagle Center
Feast your eyes with impressive numbers of reptiles, mammals, and of course different species of eagles at this 8.4-hectare land, operating as breeding as well as conservation facility to Philippine Eagles and many other types of birds. Exploring the center, you can find the following facilities at this tourist attraction in Davao City:
- Pairing dome- this is the area where the staff conduct pairing attempts.
- Kiosk- where tourists can eat their lunch and rest for a while
- Monkey Observation Platform
- Audio & Visual Room – to further understand the life cycle and main purpose of this center, this is a designated facility for watching additional educational videos and documentaries
People’s Park is one of the must-visit Davao City tourist attractions where guests can simply enjoy life by appreciating huge sculptures that depict the pride of the city such as Lumads of Davao, Durian Dome, and the replica of the Philippine Eagle.
People’s Park is recognized as the “Cleanest and Best Park in the Philippines.” Since this park is built for the locals and tourists, this place is great for jogging, picnics, and it even features benches where people can enjoy tranquility, fresh air and see numbers of pigeons all over the place.
If there is one place that illustrates and focuses on the people of Davao, history, art, and culture, it would be the Museo Dabawenyo. One of the most visited Davao tourist attractions where you can find some of the following features:
- A huge gallery of Hall of Fame and Oyanguren Strip
- Paintings of Banjo Satorre’s Tri-People
- Collections of miniature boats and houses, armors and weapons of the past
Museo Dabawenyo is open every day from 9:00 AM until 5:45 PM. Its exterior design may look like a residential property but once you have entered the facility, the handmade woodcarving of many faces, the statue of Dabawenyo, and cannons will welcome and amaze you!
Eden Nature Park
If you want to have a peaceful moment while in Davao, you can check out the Eden Nature Park. It’s a mountain resort with an immense canopy of pine trees, more than 100,000 in number, to provide you with cool shade and lush greenery for ultimate relaxation.
Within the Eden Nature Park, there is 5,000 square meters Tinubdan park that portray the way of life of indigenous people of Mindanao, this is where you can watch several dimensions of the indigenous existence.
When it comes to nature and adventure, Eden Nature Park is a tourist spot you shouldn’t miss when you visit Davao.
Davao Crocodile Park
If you’re in the mood to meet and greet the members of the reptile family, head over to Davao Crocodile Park. Learn facts about the saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, and you can also meet other animals living in the park too, like monkeys, birds, and snakes.
Aside from the crocodiles, there are other most valued animals in this park such as ostriches, eagles, snakes, and orangutans. In addition to that, a Koi Feeding Frenzy awaits you at the Wild Museum and see the real bond between the trainers and male tiger during the Tiger Climb exhibit.
Bankerohan Public Market
If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, the Bankerohan Public Market should be part of your itinerary. In here, you can buy fruits and other pasalubong items at very affordable prices. Definitely way cheaper than buying in Magsaysay Park or at the airport. WATCH our Bankerohan Vlog below.
Malagos Garden Resort
For an overall fun experience, Malagos Garden Resort is the perfect place. Established initially as a flower farm in 1992, it turned into a Garden Resort in 1994. Several additions were made in the following years such as the Butterfly Sanctuary, Koi Cafe, Bagobo House, and the Chocolate Museum. If you want to stay for a while, you can check out the villas in the resort and enjoy amenities like the kalesa ride, skate park, horseback riding, and Flywire.
Davao Bamboo Sanctuary
Davao Bamboo Sanctuary is a 3.5-hectare green forest and a home to twenty-six (26) varieties of bamboos including Thai and Japanese bamboo, Buddah’s Belly bamboo, dwarf bamboo and more. Davao Bamboo Sanctuary is also a home to different types of tree and wildflowers. The entire park is also filled with ornamental plants which are mostly strewn in its pathways. One of the trademark structures of DBS is its huge steel dome located in the center of the whole park. Vines can be seen to creep all over the structure and its aerial roots hang on the air.
BuDa (Bukidnon-Davao) Area
BuDa or the Bukidnon-Davao Road is the to-go place for Davaoenos who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. BuDa’s cold weather and lush vegetation are just some of the reasons why people spend a holiday in the area. The place is also just around an hour drive from the city so it is pretty much accessible. Check out our list of places to stay in Buda.
Lon Wa Temple
The Lon Wa Buddhist Temple also known as Long Hua Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in Mindanao. It is located Cabaguio Ave, Agdao District, Davao City
San Pedro Cathedral
San Pedro Cathedral is the oldest church in Davao City. Its original structure was bulit in 1847. It was named after San Pedro (Saint Peter), the patron saint of Davao. It is situated at the heart of the city just few meters away from the City Hall of Davao.
Roxas Night Market
If you want to experience Davao’s street food and night bazaar, head to Roxas Night Market and you’ll enjoy a wide array of food that will surely satisfy your tummy. Must-try is the matcha buchi sold at only P10.
Davao city has one of the largest Chinatowns in the country. It is marked by four arches namely: The arch of Peace, Prosperity, Friendship, and Unity.
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.
How to get to Davao City
Davao City is a major tourism and business hub in the Philippines so getting here is quite easy. There are multiple daily flights from Manila, Cebu, and Clark as well as direct flights from Iloilo, Bacolod, Bohol, and Cagayan de Oro. International flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China are also available.