Being the number one tourist spot in the Philippines, Davao is a place where you won’t see many resorts, western restaurants or high-priced tours, but instead in Davao offers real Filipino food, experiences, local prices and interactions.
Even though rain is inevitable, the best time to visit Davao would be during summer, which is said to be 'typhoon-free'. However, if you would like to experience the culture and see how the Davawenyos celebrate their festivals, the third week of August is when you should make your way to Davao. On the third week, you will be able to witness a one-week long celebration for the Kadayawan Festival which is a celebration of thanksgiving for the gifts of nature, the wealth of culture, the bounties of harvest and the serenity of living.
Laguindingan Airport (CGY) – Located 46 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro, the Laguindingan Airport is the main airport that serves the cities of Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, and the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon in Northern Mindanao. The airport opened in June 2013 replacing both Lumbia Airport and Maria Cristina Airport. Laguindingan airport is the sixth busiest airport in the Philippines. There are various ways to get to and from Cagayan de Oro city from Laguindingan Airport. The cheapest and most common way to get to the airport is by van. The van offers travelers comfort, convenience, safety and a quick route of only around 45 minutes to the airport. The fare to and from the airport is only PHP199 per person, per trip. The second option to getting to and from the airport if via metered taxi. A journey from Cagayan de Oro to the airport will cost around PHP 400 to PHP 450. There are also Jeepneys and busses to the airport but are not as recommended due to the unpredictable timing and also the hassle of having to catch a connecting shuttle to get to the airport.
Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) – The Francisco Bangoy International Airport or commonly known as the Davao International Airport, is the busiest airport on the Island on Mindanao and the third busiest airport in the Philippines. It is also the main airport servicing Davao City and the Davao Region. Located in the Buhangin district, the airport is approximately 15-30 minutes away from downtown Davao. The two most common mode of transportation to and from the airport is by taxi and jeepney. The taxi, being the most convenient option, can be easily hailed and will cost approximately PHP150 to and from downtown.Alternatively, for those on a slightly tighter budget can take a jeepney which passes the airport during the day and night. A jeepney ride will only cost approximately PHP 10-15 to and from downtown Davao. However, be prepared to spend 30 minutes to one hour on the jeepney, depending on the traffic.
Compared to the tropical climate of Cagayan de Oro, Davao experience a tropical rainforest climate with minimal seasonal variation. Davao receives a substantial amount of rainfall throughout the year, including during its driest month, March. The annual average precipitation in Davao is approximately 1878mm per year while in Cagayan de Oro it is only 1771mm per year. The average annual temperature in Cotabato is 27.0 degrees Celsius, not much different from the average temperature in Cagayan de Oro, which is 26.7 degrees Celsius.