Aside from being Mindanao’s major business hub, Davao city is always a great place to travel and visit. There’s so much here to explore and many things to do. Visit Davao and stay for a few days. You would be surprised that the city has much to offer.
- Davao is safe
Compared to Manila, Davao is relatively safer. You can brandish your phone and no one would dare to steal it. You can even wander at night without the fear of getting harassed or mugged. Furthermore, police and security personnel are posted all around the metro to ensure everyone’s safety.
- The people are nice
Davaoeños are as nice and as warm as its climate. It’s not difficult to strike friendly conversations or ask for directions as you travel the city. You can approach anyone anytime and they’ll gladly answer your question or point you to the right direction.
- A melting pot of culture
Originally, Davao is home to 13 indigenous tribes with their own beliefs, culture and heritage. As years go by, the city became home to Spanish colonists, Chinese businessmen and Japanese laborers. They too added flavor to the city which is evident to some of the city’s landmarks such as San Pedro Church, Chinatown and Little Tokyo.
Every so often, you’ll see “lumads” hawking their wares or playing their traditional music in the streets. You would see “badjaos” selling pearls and accessories to make a living. During festivities, various tribe members would descend the city to join the fun and share their way of life.
- Enjoy good food
Like every Filipino, Davaoeños love to eat. They love to eat so much that you’d find food stalls, restaurants and peddlers wherever you go. You ought to try Davao’s cuisine because you might discover flavors you haven’t tried yet.
If you want fresh and delicious fruits, you should head to Madrazo or Magsaysay fruit stands. If you want an affordable gastronomic treat, try the Roxas Night Market, Damosa Food Fest or Bankerohan food stalls. If that’s not enough to sate your stomach, visit Ahfat Restaurant, Dencias or Jack’s Ridge.
- Staying in Davao is very affordable
Cost of living in Davao is very affordable and you can stay here for a while without worries. The city enjoys the same amenities that you would find in large cities like Manila or Cebu. The only difference here is that prices are much lower in Davao.
- Davao has the most affordable Durian
Speaking of affordable, did you know that the city has the most affordable Durian in the world? This pungent, spiky and creamy delicious “King of fruits” is available for ₱200 (almost $4) and that’s just during off-season. During peak season (March to September), durian prices drop from ₱100 to ₱40 ($1.9 to $.7).
- Davao is very convenient and accessible
The city is your initial stopover when touring Mindanao. It has a network of bus and ferries that connects the city to the rest of Mindanao. Furthermore, the city’s Francisco Bangoy International Airport offers domestic and international flights, connecting you to the rest of the country and the world.
- Weather is predictable
Typhoons are usual in the Philippines, but surprisingly, they are rare in Davao. This makes the weather predictable. It’s mostly summer and fair weather all year round. The sunny climate allows you to enjoy the beaches anytime of the year.
- Davao’s Abundant Nature
Visit the city for a slice of its abundant nature! Head to the Philippine Eagle Center to meet and greet one of the most majestic eagles in the world, the Philippine Monkey-eating Eagle. You may also check out the huge crocodiles at Davao Crocodile Farm where you can learn much about these fearsome reptiles. If you fancy beautiful flowers, Davao has the rare and beautiful Waling-Waling, which is abundant and in full bloom at Davao Orchid Farm.
The city also has parks and gardens where you can step away from the busy city and commune with Mother Nature. You can go on a retreat at Malagos Garden Resort or Eden Nature Park. If you’re in a budget or in the city for a short trip, dedicate one of your afternoons to relax and have a picnic at People’s Park.
- Go on an Adventure
Take a breather from the mundane life and have an adventure in Davao. We recommend island hopping on Samal where you can enjoy the blue waters and beautiful sceneries. Take a relaxing vacation and stay at Pearl Farm Beach Resort or Kaputian Beach Park Resort. If you prefer hiking, head to Mt. Apo and experience a wondrous sight at its peak.
If you prefer adrenaline pumping thrills, Davao has plenty of thrilling activities to choose from. You can go white water rafting, diving, zip lining, sky swinging, sky cycling and so much more.
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