What to see in Davao

Davao Attractions

Davao City is less well known for sightseeing than as a gateway to Mindanao's countryside and ancient Filipino cultures. However, that doesn't preclude sightseeing. In fact, there is plenty to see and do in Davao.

Within the city, People's Park is a good spot for a stroll and a picnic and there are some temples and shrines which may interest travellers. The nearby Philippine Eagle Centre is a must for animal lovers, affording tourists the chance to see these amazing and seriously endangered birds of prey up close; while Eden Nature Park, nestled in the mountains above Davao City, is a largely man-made nature resort with canopy walks, wildlife and pools. Next on the list is Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the country, which offers stunning views on the hike to its summit, although a permit is required. There are multiple routes up the mountain but the hike usually takes about three days, taking visitors through dense tropical rainforest.

Davao has its share of paradise beaches as well, with Samal Island, a short ferry ride away, providing a watery playground for tourists with its numerous resorts, white beaches, waterfalls, caves and waterpark. On the other hand, volcanoes, hot springs and pristine beaches attract travellers to Camiguin Island, on the north coast of Mindanao.


The tiny island of Camiguin on the north coast of Mindanao is renowned for the friendliness of its people, epitomised in its lively annual festival dedicated to the humble lanzones fruit, which also…

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Lake Sebu

The region of south Cotabato in Mindanao, several hours' journey from Davao City, is for those who are courageous enough to seek 'off the beaten track' eco-adventures. Lake Sebu, near the village of…

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Philippine Eagle Centre

The Philippine Eagle (also known as the monkey-eating eagle) is one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world; tragically, it is also one of the rarest and is critically endangered. It is…

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Samal Island

Just a short ferry ride south of Davao City, in the Davao Gulf, is the island of Samal - officially called the Island Garden City of Samal - which is part of an archipelago of islets that offer a getaway…

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