If you are looking for an unforgettable vacation this year, Davao is perfect for you. It is home to a wealth of picturesque landscapes, a variety of natural attractions and a host of activities to suit any travel agenda. Whether you're an adventure junkie, foodie or animal-lover, there's something for everyone. With so much to offer, it's no wonder millions of tourists and locals alike flock to this renowned destination each year. Skyscanner lists some of the best things to experience here:
1. Philippine Eagle Center
Visiting the home of the monkey-eating eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is an amazing experience. It's quite an adrenaline rush getting up close with this rare, huge bird – one that can be found only in the Philippines. But not just this grand eagle, the center is also home to other predators such as serpent eagles, hawks, sea eagles and other species. From Davao city, it takes about an hour to reach the Philippine Eagle Center; you can ride a van near Bankerohan Public Market to Calinan, then ride a motorcycle called habal-habal that goes to the center.
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2. The parks
Located at the heart of Davao city, People’s Park has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in Davao today. It is essentially a theme park that spans a total land mass of four hectares, and features life-sized structures of the Philippine eagle and the Lumads in Davao city. On top of that, the People’s Park showcases other awe-inspiring attractions, such as the Dancing Fountain, kid’s playground, artificial waterfalls, Promenade, Durian dome and many more.
Prefer the quiet? Visit (and stay at) the Eden Eco Park. Here at this mountain resort, you will find respite from the heat (and bustle of city life), amidst a vast canopy of over 100,000 pine trees. Rest, relax and recharge in lush greenery, as you take your pick from a variety of leisure, nature or romantic experience packages.
The Davao Crocodile Park, as the name implies, is the home of seven hundred cultured Philippines crocodiles. Aside from cultured crocodiles, Davao Crocodile Park is also a haven for a variety of other animals, such as tigers, wild boars, apes, birds and pythons. If you are an animal lover, and you are heading to Davao, this renowned tourist spot is a must-visit!
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3. Pearl Farm Beach Resort
Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a premier tourist attraction in the Philippines, located in the peaceful and quiet islands of Malipano and Samal. This renowned world-class beach resort is the perfect getaway for people who are in search of a heavenly and blissful retreat. In addition to its tranquil atmosphere, the Pearl Farm Beach Resort offers an excellent buffet with lots of delectable and scrumptious dishes.
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4. Extreme Sports
If you are into adventure and extreme sports, then visit Outland Adventure Camp in Davao city. This top tourist destination is known all over the Philippines for its state-of-the-art zipline. Outland Adventure camp not only has the best zipline in the Philippines, but it has the fastest and longest zipline in the whole Asian region as well. Not enough excitement? Davao offers a variety of wake boarding at Deca Wake Park and water rafting activities too. After all, the Davao River is among the largest in the Philippines, set to give you an adventure you’d never forget!
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5. The durians
Your visit in Davao would not be complete without eating or bringing home some durians. Davao is the top producer of Durian – about 80% in the country – and you can find the cheapest durians in the market, so take advantage of it! There are also sweets and desserts made of durians to sample here, from candies, pastels, cakes to ice-creams.
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6. Explore Samal Island
Adrenaline-pumping sports and gorging on delish durians not your thing? Take a ferry to Samal – this island is the perfect spot for a tranquil getaway; one that’s made for beach bums who love to lounge around and not do anything. (This is supposed to be a holiday after all!) So kick back and relax, enjoy the gentle sea breezes, float around in the water, marvel at nature’s sheer beauty, and simply soak in the picturesque sights. Just breathe.
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How to get there
Getting to Davao is fairly easy even if you are from Luzon or Visayas. If you are from Manila or Cebu, there are many daily flights to Davao which will land in Davao International Airport (Francisco Bangoy International Airport). In order to get cheap and affordable air fare deals for Davao, make sure to book your tickets through Skyscanner.