Davao is the culinary, culture, the economic and commercial capital of southern Philippines. It is also the hometown of the country’s president. Davao is vast, becoming like Manila, filled with malls, different nationalities, and mixed divisions. However, for those wanting to run away from the bustling city, in Davao, white sandy beaches and lush green mountains are just a few minutes away.
Davao experiences a tropical rainforest climate which makes it warm, humid, and rainy all year round. However, the best time to visit Davao would be from January to December, which is when the temperature will be beautiful and sunny but with very little rain. In January, the temperature in Davao will also be at its lowest at approximately 30 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, the water temperature will be between 26 to 30 degrees Celsius, which is perfect for taking a dip in the ocean.
Clark International Airport (CRK) - Clark International Airport is 80 km northwest of Manila and is an easy 1-hour 30-minute drive from the capital. Located in the province of Pampanga, the Clark International Airport serves the general vicinity of central and northern Luzon. Travelers can easily catch public buses in the Metro Manila area to the Clark International Airport. For a cheaper ride, travelers can opt for the air-conditioned jeepneys en route to the nearby Dau Bus Terminal and SM City Clark. Around the Clark International Airport, travelers can walk around the Clark Freeport Zone, which is five minutes away. There are plenty of restaurants and duty-free shops to keep you entertained.
Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) - The Francisco Bangoy International Airport of more commonly known as Davao International Airport is the busiest airport on the island of Mindanao and the third busiest airport in the Philippines. The airport serves Davao City and the Davao region. The airport is 12 kilometers north of the city center, and a metered taxi to the airport would cost around P150. From the city, travelers can take jeepneys which are heading to Sasa, which will cost around P10 to P50. However, travelers will still need to take a tricycle to reach the airport terminal. For a cheap and more affordable price, be ready to face a 30 minute to 1-hour ride on the jeepney.
Clark has a tropical savanna climate, and Davao has a tropical rainforest climate. Clark experiences two distinct seasons: the dry season from December to April and the wet season from May to November. Davao, on the other hand, experiences little seasonal variation in temperature. Davao also experiences rare cyclones compared to Clark, which experiences intense typhoons during summer and autumn. The average temperature in Davao is approximately 26 degrees Celsius meanwhile in Clark; the average temperature may sometimes reach 31 degrees Celsius.