Some of the world’s most exotic orchids, including the famous Waling-Waling and the Vanda Sanderiana, are on display and can be purchased at this sprawling flower and plant centre along with a variety of other Cutflowers and Ornamental Plants. The colours and scents are a delight.
Located on the outskirts of the city at the foot of Mount Talomo, the Eden Nature Park is a delight for visitors keen on walking, hiking, bird-watching and seeing native plants. It is peaceful and a great way to relax away from the city centre, weekend stays are possible at the resort.
The Philippine Eagle is the national treasure of the country, but an extremely rare and endangered species. The conservation centre has a breeding programme to protect this, one of the world’s largest eagles. Visitors can see them in special habitat areas.
The Davao River is famous for its 30 or so rapids spaced along a stretch of water that starts in the Baguio district’s highland areas and flows to the lowlands. It has become ‘the’ place to enjoy extreme white water rafting. There are a few picnic-perfect areas on its banks, too.
Be sure to visit some of the tribal villages that are dotted around Davao City, including the B’laan Cultural Tribal Village at Matanao and the Tagakaolo Cultural Tribal Village at Digos, along with plantations like those at Hagonoy and Padada (banana and other tropical fruits) and the durian farms at Sta Cruz.
Visit the the lively, fragrant Bankerohan Market to take in the authentic atmosphere of a busy marketplace, stock up on fresh produce, sample some local fruit (durian is widely available) or grab a bite at one of the market's street food stalls. Morning (before noon) is the best time to visit.
One of the best buffet-style restaurants in town, Vikings Luxury Buffet is guaranteed to have something to suit any taste. The selection of foods is truly staggering - some of the cuisines represented are Asian (Japanese - sushi - included), European and American. Drinks and dessert are also included in the price.
Ahfat Seafood Plaza is an Asian restaurant (with Chinese cuisine at the foreground) serving an enormous variety of seafood dishes. Lobster, fish, calamari, shrimp, crab, oysters and more are cooked to perfection and offered at reasonable prices. Portion sizes - larger than average.
This cosy French restaurant is guaranteed to transport patrons to charming France, if only for a night. The bistro's French owner often greets guests in person, which adds to the homely feel. Food served is made with fresh local seasonal ingredients, and attentive service completes the experience.
This is widely regarded as one of the finest restaurants for Cantonese style cuisine in the city. It is famous for its specialist selection of traditionally prepared seafood dishes. Located within the five star Marco Polo Hotel, it is elegant with an Oriental soft red-themed décor.
Diners can sit outside right by the Davao River and enjoy starter dishes such as Tuna Sashimi followed by barbecued meats and seafood accompanied by rice and fabulous salads including its speciality the Thai Mango salad. It’s located within the grounds of the Davao Crocodile Park.
With its unique 1950s-style décor and bright and informal atmosphere, the Fabulous Fifties Café Bar is a good place to enjoy a light (all-American) meal at any time of the day. Located within the Crown Regency Residences, it is within arm's reach of the city’s main tourist attractions.
Luz Kinilaw is a fun if simple iconic eatery that's been in operation for decades. It promises good, wholesome local Davao dishes. Eating here is rather like a cultural experience but one that shouldn't be missed. Tuna is the star of the show, but one can't go wrong with any of the seafood dishes.
Kopi Roti is an import from Singapore, bringing with it super strong and very tasty coffee as well as breakfast that can be ordered any time of the day. The name means coffee and bread and that is exactly what you can expect to find here ("bread" being fresh cakes and pastries) .
Matina Town Square is the well-established nightlife centre of Davao. The MTS (as it is often referred to) teems with bars, pubs, cafés and restaurants of all sorts imaginable and hosts nightly live music shows, as well as indigenous music performances every week (Tuesdays).
One of the most popular bars in town, the place is known for its generous servings of draft beer and the hip, urban-themed interior. If beer isn't your drink of choice, try a rum-infused "slushie" (or any other drink from the extensive list). The pub also serves some decent-quality food.
At this relaxed bar you can take the chance to try an authentic Egyptian Shisha Pipe. Take a seat in a comfy lounge chair and make your selection from the over 30 flavours. The bar also offer an array of liquors and drinks, including artisan cocktails.
This pub offers everything for the sport and beer-fanatics. Order a cold beer from the tap and play some pool or dart with your friends while you are waiting for the next football game to start on the TV-screen. There is also a menu with typical pub food such as pies and fish and chips.
The lively, fragrant Bankerohan Market is the place to go if you're looking to stock up on fresh produce, sample some local fruit (durian is widely available) or grab a bite at one of the market's street food stalls. Morning (before noon) is the best time to visit.
A visit to Magsaysay is sure to impress even the most seasoned traveller - the place teems with colorful stands where some of the most succulent and fragrant exotic fruit is sold at more-than-reasonable prices. It's the perfect place to try the notoriously aromatic durian.
The Davao installment of the country-wide network of Ayala Malls has no shortage of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Local and international mid- to high-range brands are represented in abundance, which, combined with its convenient location, makes for some of the best shopping in Davao.
Everything from ladies and men’s fashions, children’s gear, cosmetics and perfumes, leather handbags and shoes to household items like as well as music, videos and confectionery is sold at Gaisano. Big international brand names as well as local stores can be found in this modern complex.
This imposing, 4-story shopping mall boasts an especially large selection of eateries (from cafés to fast-food spots to restaurants), hosts live performances and even fountain color shows on its premises. The mall houses over 270 stores, 6 cinemas (plus an IMAX Theater), a bowling centre and more.
Flights arrive into Davao - Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO). Most flights arrive from other airports in the Philippines, but a growing number of international flights arrive from Asian cities like Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Seoul and also from Indonesia. The airport has a range of facilities, including ATM’s and telephones. The best way to make the 20 minute or so journey into the centre of the city is by taxi. Metered and fixed rate taxis can be found outside the airport terminal. Jeepney is also an option and fares are very low.
Getting around in Davao is relatively straightforward although you can expect some interruptions if the weather is bad, for example torrential rain. Taxis can be seen everywhere – simply flag one down. The more adventurous forms of transport are the Jeepney (local bus - destinations are usually indicated on the side), tricycle or pedicab but be sure to have some loose change to pay your driver.
Davao has a number of pharmacies. Some addresses include: Rose Pharmacy Bonifacio Street, Poblacion District, Davao City +63 82 227 9634 Amesco Drug Corner R. Magsaysay Avenue and D. Suazo Sreet., Davao City +63 82 227 8080 JOA Pharmacy E Quirino Avenue, Davao City +63 82 628 5671
Travellers must exercise precaution when travelling to the island of Mindanao and Davao City, and many governments (UK, US, Australian and other) currently advise against travel to the area altogether. Bomb blasts occurred in Davao in 2013 and 2015, and the city has been on high terrorist attack alert for an extended period of time. Foreigners are known to have been targeted and in September 2015, three foreign nationals were kidnapped by gunmen from a terrorist organisation. Contact your local embassy for more information prior to travel.