What to see in Davao

Davao Attractions

Davao City is not known for sightseeing and is popular mainly because it is the gateway to some glorious natural landscapes and ancient Philippine cultures. 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, but it is just beyond Davao City that the adventure really begins.

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 close up; Eden Nature Park, nestled in the mountains above Davao City, is a largely man-made nature resort with canopy walks, wildlife and pools which many travellers rave about; and Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the country, boasts some stunning scenery which can be explored on a hike to the 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 many resorts, white beaches, waterfalls, caves and even a waterpark. Volcanoes, hot springs and pristine beaches attract travellers to Camiguin Island, on the north coast of Mindanao. Those who want to experience lakeside scenery and get a taste of some culture in the region often choose to spend some time at the resorts on Lake Sebu.


The tiny island of Camiguin on the north coast of Mindanao is renowned for the friendliness of its people, epitomised…

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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…

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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;…

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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…

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