10 Tourist Spots for Your DAVAO CITY ITINERARY

Davao City is one of the main gateways to Mindanao. Frequent flights from Manila and other major cities make it an accessible destination. It is a bustling and vibrant metropolis with plenty of dining, entertainment and accommodation options. It is also a possible jump-off point to the tallest mountain in the Philippines Mt. Apo, a handful of beach destinations, and other natural attractions in the region. The city itself also has plenty to offer travelers.

If you’re planning a trip, here are some of the things to do and attractions to include in your itinerary.


Philippine Eagle Center

If you want to see the majestic Philippine Eagle, this is the place to go. This sprawling conservation park has several eagles under its care and protection. They are doing their best to protect this endangered animal. You can take a leisurely stroll around the park to get away from the city’s frenetic lifestyle. Plus, you’d get to see this beautiful raptor that has a wingspan of up to 7 feet long! There are also other birds in the park for scientific and conservation purposes.

 

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People’s Park

Amid the urban sprawl is People’s Park. This destination is a green space where you can take leisurely strolls, have a picnic, relax and admire the works of Kublai Millan. Take a break here in between or after visiting other attractions in the city.

 

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Roxas Night Market

After a day of exploring the city, hang out at the Roxas Night Market to enjoy and try street food. The stalls in the market offer a variety of fresh food and drinks to satisfy your hunger pangs.

 

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Jack’s Ridge

After trying the night market, another hangout place to consider is Jack’s Ridge. The place not only provides dining options but also beautiful overlooking views of the city. Get a cold drink and try the local delicacies while here.

 

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Museo Dabawenyo

If you want to learn more about the city’s heritage, this is the place to go. The museum has various exhibits showcasing the diverse cultures of the region. You’ll see replicas and relics of traditional homes and clothing, instruments, pictures, weapons, and other antiques. A trip here is an educational and enriching experience.

 

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Eden Nature Park and Resort

This park is an ideal place to enjoy nature and get away from the city. It has gardens, a hydroponics section, a playground, and a hiking trail. Get fresh air, exercise or just go on relaxing walks. You can also enjoy other activities during your visit. Try the Skyrider, Skyswing, Skycycle, horseback-riding, and fishing. The resort is also a possible venue for photo shoots, honeymoons, and team-building activities. You have the option to spend a night or so in one of the many rooms.

 

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Climb Mt. Apo

Davao City is a gateway to Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the country. There are tour companies offering guide services and transport in the city. Stock up on food, camping essentials and other items you might need for the couple of days trek. There’s nothing more rewarding than conquering yourself (and the peak).

 

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Rent an Island

If you have more than P100,000 to spare for one night, you and your friends or family can rent Island Buenavista. The island has a pristine white sand shore, turquoise, glass-like waters and an idyllic atmosphere for the perfect, isolated getaway. Laze on the beach, go swimming, sunbathe, play a few rounds of volleyball or Frisbee and forget your worries during your stay. The island can accommodate up to 10 people, and once you made a reservation, no one else can enter.

 

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Crocodile Park

This attraction is both a park and a farming system for crocodiles and other animals. You can also visit the Butterfly House and Tribu K’Mindanawan.

 

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Samal Island

Not exactly in Davao City but is close and easily accessible from it. The island has many attractions and things to do which makes it a worthy day or overnight trip from the metropolis. Laze on its beaches and swim in its clear waters. Go to Hagimit Falls to get a water massage under one of its cascades or douse the heat by going for a swim. Climb Mt. Puting Bato for bird’s eye views of the island. Go see some bats at the Monfort Bat Cave or enjoy the slide at Maxima Aquafun Resort. These are only some of the things you can do on the island.

 

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Where to Stay in Davao City

The city has many accommodation options for budget travelers and those who have a bit more to spend. When choosing a place to stay, look for one near a mall or bus station. This makes it easy for you to explore the city or go on day trips. You can also choose a place near the attractions you want to visit. There are hotels and inns near Abreeza, Gaisano, SM, and People’s Park.

Here are the top hotels in Davao City as rated by Agoda users, in no particular order.

Marco Polo Davao Hotel
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For more options, search here: Davao City Hotels


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