Once regarded as the Most Livable City of Southeast Asia, Davao City has become one of the key destinations of the Philippines. The city, located at the southern part of the archipelago, promises a kaleidoscope of fun and leisure for tourists and the locals. Famous for its natural beauty and hospitality, the Crown Jewel of Mindanao is a perfect adobe for seizing the worlds best.
Davao is perfect haven to relax and rejuvenate. Home of the Philippines highest peak, Davao City offers a relaxing view of the Mt. Apo, which also happens to be the niche of the Philippine National Bird- the Philippine Eagle. The city has a multitude of beach, mountain and natural resorts. Enjoy a get away from a busy life of the metro in the citys foremost travel destination, Eden Nature Park. Be united with nature as you visit the animals in Crocodile Park, see the citys rich flora in GAP farm, and unwind in the breathtaking beaches. Take a bite of the citys pride, the Durian, a commercially grown fruit, famous for its exotic smell and taste.
Nightlife is more fun in Davao. The downtown area is mushroomed with multitude of bars and disco houses. Though, the liquor ban of the city ceases you to get a sip of your favorite drink after 2 am, you will still enjoy the dancing and band concerts the city has to offer. Catch this excitement in Torres Street, J.P Laurel Avenue, Matina Town Square or even in the beaches of Matina Aplaya. These are just a few of the many places to go for the night of your life. Moreover, before you lit a cigarette, make sure you are in a proper smoking zone because the city has imposed a smoking ban on public places.
There are a variety of means of getting around the city. The most common way of transportation is through jeepneys and taxicabs. Jeepneys travel in a definite route, so you have to see the cards displayed on the windshields to know where it is going. Taxicabs offer a more convenient way to those who are new in town. Moreover, Davao City has been known to have the most honest drivers of the country. Rest assured, they will give you the exact amount of change. Other means of transportation are through buses, tricycles and habal-habal (that is how the locals name motorcycles).
Davao City is also known for its cheap cost of meals despite the fact that it is a highly urbanized city. One can get a full meal for only Php30. Buffet restaurants abound also and offer a sumptuous meal for as low as Php120. Classy restaurants are also patronized- the experience is worth the price! Davao is also one of the fruit baskets of the country. The city sells fruits in the cheapest price, and the good thing, the market is open for haggling!
The hotel experiences in Davao City are superb and enjoyable. Because of the heartwarming hospitality and kindness of the locals, tourists find Davao City as their second home. Considered as one the best hotels in Davao, the Marco Polo Hotel offers great accommodation for tourists, giving them a rejuvenating Western comfort merged with Filipino hospitality at the heart of the busy city. Also, there are many other hotels to choose from such as the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Apo View Hotel and the Grand Men Seng just to name a few.
There are still many things to discover about Davao City. Its beauty can never be fathomed by just reading this article but it can be sensed through undergoing an actual Davao experience. Truly, in Davao, life is here!
Davao is among the largest cities in the south of Philippine archipelago and one of the top tourist destinations in the country. This city offers many delights to make your weekend or vacation memorable. It has the balance of city and country life where you can relax and enjoy while experiencing outdoor getaways and truly appreciate nature.
Getting around the town is generally cheap. You can begin with the trek of Mt. Apo, which is now the world wildlife heritage site, protected as the Mt. Apo National Park. Organized treks on established routes can bring you to the 2,954 meter summit, which is the countrys highest peak. You may want to have guides or porters with you at a price of 6 to 7 US dollars per day.
Just an hour away from the city of Davao is the Philippine Eagle Breeding Center. There you can find the endangered monkey-eating eagle. On the other hand, an hours boat ride to Talikud and Ligid Islands can bring you to great diving and snorkeling spots. It is also a great spotting ground for whale and dolphin. Diving rates are offered at $38 for 15 people to be spent for the whole day making it only about $2.50 per person.
Davao is also full of night life activities where you can experience Spanish and French cuisine to all night dancing in bars. Among the favourite hang-out place there is Spams disco at J. Camus Street or the Attic Lounge if you want a more serene place to drink and have more deep conversation with friends or with someone you are really interested in. Foods there are generally served at a very reasonable price. If in case you out until the wee hours in the morning, the top of the Apo offers good breakfast menu and buffet but they also serve lunch and dinner. The most popular destination to stay and find great hotels in Davao is at Samal Island where Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located. There you can relax on white sand beaches or sea side pools while gazing at Mt. Apos silhouette at sunset.
One of the best things that you should never miss in Davao is Durian, it is a fruit known for its distinctive odor, even described by foreigners with an odor that stinks but tastes really great. It is widely available in the area at a price of $2 to $3 per kilogram. You may also want to grab a bite of Durian Cheese at coffee shops in Gaisano Mall, one of the most popular shopping destinations in the city. If you want to shop for souvenir items and crafts in Davao, check Durian Republic at Victoria Plaza or Aldevinco Shopping Center at P. Reyes Street.
In spite of being the worlds biggest city, Davao is very commuter friendly. You can go around the city by Bus or Jeepney but the most convenient way is through taxi. Davao being the safest place to live in the country also has great taxi drivers. They will give you the right change and rate and wont take advantage of its passengers. You may also rent a car or airport limousine services are available. You wont have any problems asking directions either because most people there knows and speaks English.
When going to Davao, you can choose either by air or by taking major shipping lines. Daily flights to Davao are available from NAIA Terminal in Manila. Cost varies but usually about $100USD for a roundtrip package. Going from Manila to Davao through a boat ride takes 3 days and 2 nights but at a cheaper price.