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Davao del Sur is a bustling tourist area and a natural paradise—all in one. The province features splendid beaches and rolling mountain regions for all tourists to enjoy. It’s also home to several exotic birds and plants, making it an ideal place for nature lovers to visit.
If you’re up for hiking in a mountain or hanging out at a beach, then this is the place for you to book your next vacation. Davao del Sur is also home to several ethnic groups who have preserved their culture and way of life. Indeed, culturally-inclined tourists can see their arts and crafts on display throughout the province.
Travelers can look forward to white sandy beaches and outlying islands. The province also borders the country’s highest peak: Mt. Apo. Declared a national park in 1936, the mountain is also a natural sanctuary for species native to the Philippines. Trekkers are sure to enjoy a scenic route as they explore this natural habitat.
The province is located in the Southern Edge of the Philippine archipelago. This makes a plane trip the fastest and most convenient way to get there. Many airlines offer flights to Davao International Airport. From here, tourists can then take a bus to Davao del Sur or a cab directly to their hotel.
Traveling within Davao del Sur is like any other city in Manila. Tricycles, cabs, and jeepneys are the main choices of commuting. Taking a bus is also recommended for traveling between municipalities and cities. This includes places such as Bansalan, Sta. Cruz, and the provincial capital: Digos City.
The entire region of Davao is rich in culture and history. In Davao del Sur, this is most visible at the Kublai Art Garden in Digos. Visitors will immediately notice the unique giant sculptures decorating the area. All created by artist Kublai Millan, these works of art reflect the traditions of the province’s indigenous people.
Another place to visit is the Passig Islet, a small Aqua-Eco Park Resort. From here, tourists can book boat rides and explore the area at their own leisure. Meanwhile, there are also cottages where they can relax and enjoy the view of the ocean. But if you’re looking for a quiet retreat, then visit is the Mary, Mother, and Mediatrix of Grace Cathedral. This is a famous local church that offers a solemn place for contemplation and prayer for those who need it.
If you want to take a dip in the waters, then the coastal town of Digos is the place for you. With white sand beaches and clear waters, you’re sure to enjoy the various swimming and diving activities offered to tourists.
Aside from the province’s many beaches, you can also attempt to climb its peaks. The most famous one is Mount Apo, the highest mountain & volcano in the Philippines which stands at around 2,954 meters. It’s also one of the country's most popular climbing destinations and one of the most scenic natural trails you can find.
Meanwhile, those looking for more adventure can visit Camp Sabros, which offers horseback riding and zip line activities. Those who want to capture the view of the countryside can also try riding the cable cars for great photo opportunities.
Being a coastal area, Davao del Sur is one of the best places for seafood. Many local restaurants and eateries can offer freshly cooked meals in generous servings. Meanwhile, the province’s proximity to Davao City also allows for more varied dining choices.
One of the best restaurants to try is the Marina Tuna Restaurant, which serves the fish in a variety of ways. The grilled recipes are among its bestsellers. If you’re looking for Chinese-stye food, try the Ahfat Seafood Plaza Restaurant which also serves a selection of lobsters. Another popular place is Bigby's Cafe & Restaurant, which specializes in a more westernized menu. Salads and steaks are some of the main dishes served here.
While there aren’t much nighttime hangouts in Davao Del Sur, a quick ride to Davao City will take you closer to great bars. One of these recommended places is Jack's Ridge, which gives patrons a scenic view of Davao City. Drinks and light snacks coupled with the skyline of the place make for a relaxing environment. Meanwhile, the BEEReaucracy Bar is another place for you to check out if you’re looking for craft beers. Its menu is sure to please those the most discerning connoisseur.
Digos City is the best place to book your accommodations if you want to stay close to the beaches. One recommended place is Arnaldo's Hotel and Restaurant, which provides affordable rooms and great food. Another one is Avenue One Hotel, which has spacious air conditioned rooms– perfect for big traveling groups. But if you want to stay closer to Davao City, then Grand Menseng Hotel is the place to be. While it’s priced higher than most, it features comfortable suites and buffet meals for travelers.
Bring lots of water if you’re hiking. Mt. Apo and the surrounding areas are some of the steepest climbing paths. You don’t want to pass out along the way from dehydration. Be sure to bring enough to keep yourself hydrated along the way.
If you’re coming for the beaches, just make sure to come during the summer months. Avoid traveling between June and November, to avoid the monsoon season. Aside from there having less sun, heavy rain might also make the seas too dangerous for boat trips.
Try some of the Davao region’s famous durian products. Though the durian fruit has a strong smell, some find it to have a fine taste. Davao is one of the best places to try out pastries and delicacies made from it. Take time to try this out in local sweet shops.