The largest city in the country (in terms of land area), Davao City is the core of trade, commerce and industry in Mindanao.
Listed as one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines, Davao City has also carved its own niche as a tourist destination explored by international and local travelers. Davao is constantly growing and evolving, yet its denizens remain carefree, giving the city’s tourists a very good Pinoy experience.
Locale City Guide listed down places within the city that you can check out and have fun when you’re in the Durian Capital of the Philippines.
A cultural theme park conceived by the current President Rodrigo Duterte, People’s Park Davao is one of the cleanest and greenest parks in the country. Covering an area of 4 hectares, did you know that this park is also one of the most expensive parks built in the Philippines? It is beautifully landscaped, with interesting sculptures that add to the charming visual of the park.
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Address: Palma Gil St., Poblacion District
Davao Crocodile Park
The Crocodile Park is one of Davao City’s more popular tourist attractions which aims to promote public awareness and conservation efforts of saltwater and freshwater crocodiles.
Opened in 2005, it is now home to thousand of crocodiles and other animals like tigers, snakes and birds, to name a few. Aside from feeding the crocodiles, one can also indulge in koi and ostrich feeding and have a photograph taken with an albino python.
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FB Page: Davao Crocodile Park & Zoo
Address: Gadi Road, Talomo
Philippine Eagle Center
A conservation and breeding facility for the endangered eagle, the Philippine Eagle Center or PEC, spread on an 8.4 hectare area, is a must-see tourist spot in Davao. A visit to the center is a worthwhile educational experience; aside from these mighty birds, the center also houses mammals, reptiles and other bird species.
Set in a tropical-like surroundings at the foothills of Mt. Apo, the center is a lovely place that can be enjoyed by all ages.
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FB Page: Philippine Eagle Foundation
Address: Malagos, Baguio District
Davao Butterfly House
Another up and close adventure with nature is guaranteed inside this sanctuary — the Davao Butterfly House, one of the country’s preservation premises exhibiting beautiful, colorful live butterflies. Also a breeding area, the garden is set amidst lush vegetation where fishes and other exotic animals are also kept for viewing purposes.
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FB Page: Davao Butterfly House
Address: River Front Drive, Corporate City, Diversion Hwy., Ma-a
Blue Post’s Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
When in Davao City, indulging in fresh seafood is a must! Blue Post’s Boiling Crabs and Shrimps, a home grown family style restaurant, offers the freshest and most delicious catch of the day. Diners are treated to a messy, bare hands meal to fully enjoy devouring their seafood orders which promises to be a pleasurable gastronomic adventure.
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FB Page: Blue Post’s Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
Address: JP Laurel Avenue, Bajada
A stone’s throw away from the city is the picture perfect Samal Island. The largest island in the Davao Gulf, it is an island paradise of beautiful white sand beaches, fascinating rock formations, burgeoning marine life and untouched flora and fauna.
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Monfort Bat Sanctuary
Still on Samal Island is the biggest colony of fruit bats in the world, the Monfort Bat Sanctuary. The cave is home to millions of Geoffrey’s Rousette Fruit Bats; a Guiness Book of World Record title holder for the 2.5 million bats residing in the 75-meter long cave. The bats’ circadian flight at nightime is certainly an unforgettable and remarkable experience to witness.
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Address: Brgy. Tambo, Babak District, Samal Island
Roxas Night Market
Time to feast on some Filipino and international fare! Welcome to the Roxas Night Market where all kinds of street food will fill you up. It’s barbecue heaven! There are countless food stalls offering meats, seafood, vegetables, soups, desserts and more. Prices are affordable and the ambiance is always lively.
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Address: Roxas Ave., Poblacion District
Are you now ready to plan your trip to one of the Philippines’ flourishing cities down South? Discover this awesome travel destination that boasts of gorgeous natural spots, great food and affable people. Tara na sa Davao City!
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