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Discover Davao City, Philippines

Davao is a region in south eastern Mindanao, Philippines that boast of its natural beauty and resources. Davao is composed of four provinces namely: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and the City of Davao. Collectively, they are designated as Region XI of the Philippines. Davao is a major producer of gold, and its mining resources include silica, silver, copper and elemental sulfur. It is where the highest peak (10,311 feet) in the Philippines is located – Mt. Apo, where only the brave dare climb.Davao City is the most important city in Mindanao and the largest city in Asia in terms of land area - occupying more than 244,000 hectares. Its population according to the 2000 Census is 1,147,116. It's international airport and seaport is one of the busiest cargo hubs in the southern Philippines. Davao City is also one of several cities in the Philippines that are independent of any province. The city is also the regional center for the Davao Region.

 

Samal Island – unspoiled and pristine, the island prides itself for its white sand beaches with vacation facilities for different kinds of water sports.There are many places to go and things to do in Davao. Just 5 kilometers north of the city is Lanang Golf & Country Club with an 18 hole course. To the south of the city are Apo Golf & Country Club and New Davao City Golf Club. The region has many hotels and resorts to relax and unwind. For the gourmet, Davao offers a wide variety of local and international cuisines at very reasonable prices. Davao is known for its fresh seafood, notably the grilled yellow fin tuna, tiger prawns, barbeques and other delightful specialties. Not to be missed when in Davao is the Durian, the fruit that smells like hell but taste like heaven!

 

Some of the more popular places of interest in Davao:

 

 

Pearl Farm Beach Resort, is the most famous tourist destination in Davao. The Pearl Farm is located on Samal Island just a short boat ride from Davao City. The 11-hectare resort was once a real pearl farm that cultivated oysters imported from the Sulu Sea, and produces some of the best pearls in the country. Now the white sand beach resort is a top tourist attraction in Davao with cottages inspired by the Isamal native design.

 

 

 

How To Get There?

By plane

Davao is possibly the third most important Philippine city after Manila and Cebu. As such most if not all domestic airlines fly multiple times per day to Davao from Manila, Cebu and other major cities in Visayas and Mindanao. Davao is served by the Davao International Airport (more properly named as the Francisco Bangoy International Airport), which receives both local and foreign traffic to Davao. Completed only in 2003, DIA is said to be much better than its counterpart NAIA in Manila. Silk Air, the regional airline of Singapore Airlines, is currently the only international connection directly servicing Davao from Singapore. If you have Davao as your main destination in the Philippines, you might want to consider coming in through Singapore as this might be the most hassle-free way to enter. The following Philippine carriers all have Davao on their flight networks:


By sea

Davao is also served by a bustling sea port with significant cargo and passenger traffic. Following is a listing of ferry companies that serve Davao:

  • WG&A Superferry  - twice weekly ferries from Manila to Davao, trip takes more than 2 days in total
  • Sulpicio Lines  - twice weekly ferries from Manila, usually via Cebu

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Travel Tips

A group of islands between Luzon and Mindanao, surrounded by the Visayan Sea, the Visayas is a place for your dream vacation. Join island hopping adventures, swim on it's crystal clear waters, stroll on it's white sand beaches, explore the undersea world!

 



FESTIVAL IN THE REGION

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!


TRAVEL TIPS ON VALUABLES

Avoid bringing valuables. A decent watch and faux accessories (optional) are all you need. But in case you did bring some expensive jewellery, deposit them and your other valuables in the hotel safe (most major hotels provide them for free).

Make sure you make photocopies of your passport and tickets just in case you loose them. Keep the copies in separate locations - place them in deep pockets of your luggage.



It is a good idea to use a belt bag to put your money, passport and other valuables when on the road rather than a bag. And position it in front of your body and under your shirt if possible. Better yet, use a money belt and hide it under your clothing.

Never leave your bag and other valuables on the beach or at the poolside when swimming. It is a lot safer to leave them in your hotel room.

 


HEALTH TIPS

 Sometimes an apple a day just isn't enough... If you are travelling away from home, keeping healthy is a must. Find out about risks and preventative measures by selecting your nationality from the drop-down box below:

Philippine Travel Seasons

 



June to August is the typhoon season.Although the temperature is moderate and hotel rates are lower, it is not thebest time to travel specially if you intend to see the countryside or cross theislands by sea.


From March to May is summer time and is a good time to see theislands with clear skies and calm waters. You are also assured that no flightsor ferry boat trips will be cancelled due to typhoons. Although expect thetemperatures to occasionally reach 38 degrees centigrade.

 

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!

 


CEBU CITY: The Queen city of the south

It was in Cebu that Ferdinand Magellan first set foot in Philippine soil back in 1521. Even before the Spaniards came, trade with the Chinese already flourished in the province. Prosperity has continued, and today, Cebu City, known as the Queen City of the South, has become a thriving, highly urbanized center that comes second to Manila's bustling metropolis.



Only a few minutes away from the city are numerous white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and swaying palms, making Cebu a perfect destination for both business and leisure. Mactan Island is a coral island and famous scuba diving and beach site. It is also the site of the Export Processing Zone. Malapascua Island is endowed with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, and the west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The sleepy little market town of Moalboal was one of the first places where scuba diving caught on in the Philippines. From here, you can dive straight off Panagsama Beach, which is home to an extraordinary array of coral, anemones, sponges, and a swarming host of brightly colored reef fish.