Metro Davao (del Sur), Philippines · 120 hotels available
407-B Artiaga Street, Poblacion District, Davao City, Philippines, 8000
Located in Southern Philippines, Davao City is the commercial center in Mindanao. It is known as the “Durian Capital” of the Philippines. It is also popular for the week-long Kadawayan Festival, the Philippine Eagle, and the many outdoor activities that the city has to offer.
Davao City is a modern and developing city in southern Philippines. Here you can go on different adventures, be it in food or in various outdoor activities. Davao City is also known for its vibrant festivals and booming nightlife so get ready to let out your inner party animal.
Flying in from Manila is the fastest way to get to Davao City. Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, and Zest Air have daily flights to the country’s “Durian Capital.” The flight is only two hours long from Manila.
Super Ferry has weekly trips to and from Manila and Davao. Taking a ferry to Davao to Manila port takes at least two days, so prepare to keep yourself entertained while on board.
You can go on a long, long road trip from Manila to Davao. Take the Manila-Cavite Expressway and drive through Tagaytay up to Lucena City, where you can rest for the next leg of your trip. The drive from Lucena City to Legazpi City, Albay takes seven hours. From Legazpi City, drive to Matnog, Samar where you can board a RORO, then continue your drive to Calbayog, Samar for a total of 6 hours. If you’re still up for it, drive another six hours from Samar, Leyte. From Leyte, drive up to Butuan then finally to Davao City for 11 hours. For public transportation, there are many bus lines in Manila with daily trips to Legazpi, Albay. From Legazpi, there are buses bound for Davao City.
The main public transport in Davao city is the iconic jeepney. Taxis are also available within the city center. If you have the budget, you can rent a chauffeured car to take you to all the tourist attractions within and outside the city.
Eden Nature Park and People’s Park are two attractions that draw visitors who want to spend time surrounded by trees so close to the city, where they can do Zumba or go jogging. The Philippine Eagle Center is the home of the world’s largest eagle. Here you can learn more about the endangered Philippine Eagle and even see it and other species of wildlife up close for P 150.00. The D’Bone Collector Museum is another place for an educational trip.
Thrill-seekers will enjoy the SkyCycle and the zipline at Eden Nature Park and at Malagos Garden Resort. Go see crocodiles up close and learn more about them at the Crocodile Park, where you can also witness the breath-taking fire dance performed by the Tribu K’Mindanawan dance troupe. Don’t forget to sample the famous durian and other local fruits such as pomelo, marang and mangosteen.
If you want to eat at a place with a great view, Jack’s Ridge is the place for you. One of the most popular restaurants in Davao City is Bon Apetit! La Boutique. They serve authentic French cuisine that is worth every peso. Known for its popular sansrival cakes and other desserts, make sure you visit Lachi’s Sansrival Atbp.
Matina Town Square is the center for nightlife in Davao City. Easily accessible from the main highway, both locals and tourists come here to eat and drink from the many choices of restaurants and bars. For some laid back chilling with a couple of drinks, Stre3ts Urban Lifestyle Pub is the place to go for draft beer. Head to Club 183 if you want to go dancing and mingle with party people.
If you are on a tight budget, you can choose to stay at a dorm-type room in Homtori Dormitory or a room in Hotel Uno. For mid-range accommodations, there are inns and hotels in Davao City such as the Green Windows Dormitel and Regency Inn. If you want to splurge, book a room at the Apo View Hotel.
If you’re going to opt for a road trip to Davao City from Manila, make sure to bring snacks because restaurants and other establishments are few and far in between in the road to Davao City.
Do not attempt to take home durian in your carry-on baggage. Durian has a very pungent smell.
Learn a few Cebuano. Even if it’s just a few words, it can help break the ice or at least make locals smile