Davao Travel Guide

Philippines

Davao, an introduction

Davao

Davao City is a city located on the island of Mindanao, Philippines. The city is the largest city on the island and also the regional center of Davao Region (Region XI). There are not many private vehicles in the city but there are a lot of transportations on city streets. The city is famous for its beach attractions and panoramic beauty of the underwater, making this city is visited by many tourists. For those of you who like durian and mangosteen fruit, this place is perfect for your visit.


Davao History

Before the Philippines gained its independence in 1946, the entire region was incorporated and became a province called Davao Province with Davao City as its capital. At that time this province was the largest province with an area of over 20,000 square kilometers and last from 1920 until 1967. Until the province was divided into three provinces, namely Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao del Sur with Davao City as the official regional centre.

Davao on the map



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things to see

Things to see

There are many festivals that are often held in the city each year. One of the festivals is Kadayawan Festival held every end of August each year. You can also visit one of the famous mountains here, the Mount Apo. The view offered by the mountain is quite beautiful. One more place that is quite exciting, it’s Davao Crocodile Park. This place other than as a crocodile farm, it is also home to other animals such as turtles, snakes, hawks and many more animals that you can see. See also the natural feel of Aliwagwag Waterfall located in Cateel, Davao City. After that visit the Museo Dabawenyo, a museum that has a collection of artwork from local artists with the theme of ethnic and religious history.

things to do

Things to do

Maxima Aqua Fun located in Samal Island, Davao City is one of the reference points can be visited. This place is a water park and is perfect for you and yur family. Visit Dahican Beach also located in Mati, Davao Oriental. The beach is also quite popular. You can surf and even dive in this place. Samal Island is also one of the reference sites that you can visit. Samal Island is a small island that has a lot of beauty with lots of coconut trees. A beach around the island is also pretty awesome. There are many tourists from outside visit here. The atmosphere was quiet enough on this island. One more beach you can visit is Talomo Beach. This beach is a good place to just unwind you.

things to eat

Things to eat

Davao City is famous for sea results. So do not be surprised if in the city is often found in a variety of seafood with fish as its main ingredient. One popular food in this city is Kinilaw Na Tuna, using fresh tuna as the main ingredient food served with additional vinegar and lemon citrus and a hint of ginger. It’s a bit different from the sushi, fish pieces on this food formed into cubes and the seasons are also directly mixed with pieces of fish making this food so tempting. Enjoy Ginanggang also, a food with banana as the main ingredient being baked then stabbed and smeared with margarine and then sprinkled with sugar. Food made from durian are also numerous in this city.

Things to see and do near Davao

Airport at Davao

Davao is served by the Francisco Bangoy International Airport.

Francisco Bangoy International Airport, also known by the name of the Davao International Airport is located in Catitipan, Barangay Buhangin, Davao, Philippines. The name of this Airport is taken from the name he who gave his land to built the airport, Don Francisco Bangoy. The airports began operating in the 1940 and currently handels around two million passengers annually making it the busiest airport on the island of Mindanao and the third busiest in the Philippines. The airport serves as a third transfer airports for Cebu Pacific.

A new terminal was opened in 2003 raplacing the old terminal. This new terminal accommodates domestic and international flights, each with 14 check-in counters. The airport has only one international route (to Singapore) which is served by SilkAir and seven domestic routes (Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Iloilo, Manila, Puerto Princesa and Zamboanga) served by Cebu Pacific, while PAL Express flies to Manila.

Entering the city from the airport

Davao Airport is located about 15 km from downtown Davao. Taxis are available outside the terminal which will take you to the city center for about PHP 200. Alternatively, you can walk from the airport to the highway and there get a jeepney heading to the city center which costs around PHP 30.

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