Founded in 1936, Davao City is one of the region’s youngest metropolitan area. There is something about Davao that you will not experience in other areas of the Philippines. The city offers adventure, authentic traditional activities, and nature-based trips. Whether you want to see the Philippine Eagle, trek the windswept mountain trail leading to the Philippines ’ highest peak, or eat the famous durian, you are guaranteed to have fun in Davao. The province has it all for you from parks, beaches, conservation centers of rare animals, or feasting a local cuisine.
Here are the top things you should do in Davao:
1. Explore Samal Island
Just 15 minutes boat ride away from the city, try new experiences in Samal Island as this piece of nirvana is frequently a go-to destination of every traveler visiting Davao. The island offers a mix of attractions for tourists. You can explore the sea by snorkeling, kayaking, or parasailing, or you can visit the Hagimit Falls where you can relax and unwind. More so, break a sweat by climbing up the Mount Puting Bato to get picturesque views. You can also add Monfort Bat cave to your itinerary where you can do night immersion and commune with the species as you emerge inside the bat caves.
2. Climb the Philippines Tallest Mountain
A trip to Davao will not be complete without a trek to the King of Philippines Peak – Mount Apo. Mount Apo is on top of the list of Southeast Asia’s highest mountain that reaches an elevation peak of 10,311 feet. Before getting to the top of Mount Apo, you will find a crater lake created by volcanic activities. There are several trails to choose from for every experienced hiker, as the mountain offers seven peaks at the summit. You can see the beautiful sunrise and sunset together with the panoramic views of Mount Matutum, Lake Venado, and many more. The mountain is also a home of rubber plantations and the Tudaya Fall, along with the wild deers and boars.
3. Discover Eden Nature Park
Warmly tucked at the foot of Mount Talomo, you will find the highly recommended Eden Nature Park. Through the 80-hectares, you will have a chance to discover a flora and fauna sanctuary full of exotic birds, insects, plants, and flowers. This nature park has lots of jaw-dropping sceneries that include 100,000 tall forest trees and pine trees too. Whether you want to ponder alone or come up for air with your family and friends, a tour at the Eden Park is worth it.
4. See the Reptiles at Crocodile Park
The Davao Crocodile Park is one of the famous tourist spots included in Davao Wildlife Experience. It is home to thousands of born and bred saltwater and freshwater crocodiles. Tourists can also wander around the incubator room where you can find hundreds of crocodile eggs. Aside from the crocodiles, the park also houses different species of birds, monkeys, snakes, and other reptiles.
5. Meet the Philippines Largest Bird at the Philippine Eagle Center
Located an hour away from the city, the Philippine Eagle Center is the leading tourist destination in Davao. The center is home to 36 Philippine Eagle, in which 18 of them are captive-bred. It is also a nature reserve for other species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. This center protects endangered species while providing an exciting and fun platform activities for tourists.
Davao City has a lot to offer. It showcases not only the exquisiteness of the city but also the antiquity behind them. Get out of the comfort zone and put Davao as the next destination to cross off your bucket list.
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