Ever since President Rodrigo Duterte stepped into office in 2016, his hometown Davao City became a major attraction in the country. The president was once the mayor of his hometown for many years before becoming the head of the state of the Philippines. The city was hailed as one of the safest cities in the country and for that many people started to get interested in visiting it. Apart from the curiosity of getting to know the President’s hometown, there are actually plenty of attractions and sights to enjoy in Davao. If you are planning to pay it a visit one of these days, here are the top things to do in the thriving city of Davao.

1. Eden Nature Park and Resort

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Davao has transformed into the modern city that it is today in the past couple of years but the city has impressively preserved its forests and farms. If you want to be in touch with nature, head to Eden Nature Park and Resort. Located in the mountain, this place offers a spectacular view of the pine trees and the hills. The place has many attractions like the Deer Park, Flower Garden, a hiking trail, a butterfly garden, a greenhouse for fresh lettuce, among others.

Your family will surely enjoy the recreational activities too such as the skycycle, sky swing, fishing, horseback riding and many more. There are various restaurants serving the most delectable and freshest food at Eden too that will surely satisfy your gastronomic cravings. There are numerous types of rooms available at the park resort if you want to extend your stay for a couple of days. From a simple room atop the hills to a beautiful cottage surrounded by the forest, there are various options available for a beautiful stay.

Location: Matina Town Square, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City, Philippines

2. Malagos Garden Resort

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Another place to reconnect with nature in Davao is the Malagos Garden Resort. This 12-hectare resort takes pride in its great amenities which will bring you closer to mother nature. Its attractions include a bird feeding dome, a butterfly sanctuary, a playground and the very first Chocolate Museum in the Philippines.

There are exceptional restaurants available too that will serve you exquisite Filipino dishes for your satisfaction such as the Viewdeck Café, Roberto’s Restaurant and Malagos Chocolate Bar. There is also a unique spa available at this resort called Malagos Chocolate Spa. Relax and rejuvenate by availing its spa service that uses Cacao butter, Citronella, tropical fruits and local oils. Various activities are also available at this garden resort which includes horseback riding, skating and a music session at its music lounge.

Location: Barangay Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City 8000 Ph

3. Samal Island

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Thirty minutes away from the Davao City center is a beautiful paradise called Samal Island. The island is filled with beaches, waterfalls and other breathtaking spots. Among the most sought-after resorts is the Pearl Farm Beach Resort, Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort, Secdea Beach Resort, Isla Reta, among others.

Other attractions include the Monfort Bat Cave, Hagimit Falls, Mount Puting Bato, Mamacao Spring and many more. With the various attractions available in this island, you will never run out of things to see when you visit Samal.

4. Roxas Night Market

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Famous for its delicious and unique street food you won’t find in regular malls, Roxas Night Market became a go-to for tourists who want to try different delicacies that the city has to offer. Hundreds of stalls offering different street food and Pinoy cuisines are available in this area of Davao City every night.

More than the food, it is the eclectic vibe and energy of this area which draw people daily. Thousands of locals and tourists spend their evenings here and get to have a taste of Davao hospitality, culture and food. Thrift shops for second-hand clothes are also available in the area. 

5. People’s Park

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Another must-see spot in Davao is People’s Park, a public park in the city and home to sculptures made by local artists. The park is also filled with 1,101 species of plants and trees, that came from the local community and even from overseas. One major attraction at the park is the Duran Dome, which is inspired by the Durian fruit. It is a 425-square meter visitor’s center that has been captivating the interests of many visitors for years.

6. Mount Apo

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Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines, with an elevation of 3,144 Meters above sea level. Every mountaineer in the Philippines aspire to climb the famous mountain. There are different trails available in the mountain. There are seven different peaks too at the summit wherein beautiful views can be seen – from the exceptional sunrise and sunset, to the magical sight of seeing the ground touching the sky – making hiking the Mt. Apo truly an incredible experience for everyone. 

7. Davao Crocodile Park

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If you want to get in touch with the wildlife, Davao Crocodile Park is a great place to visit. The park is home to thousands of self-nurtured crocodiles, which are given top quality and utmost care by the staff. It is also home to other animals such as the monkeys, snakes, among others. The park is packed with innovative and modern equipment which paved the way for the state-of-the-art crocodile farming system at the park.

8. Philippine Eagle Center

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Situated at the foothills of Mt. Apo, is the Philippine Eagle Center which is home to the critically endangered Philippine Eagle. Presently, there are 7 Philippine Eagles in exhibit at the center. The others are not for display because those eagles are taken cared of for breeding and research purposes. Aside from the Philippine Eagle, there are other animals and reptiles that can be seen at the park.

9. Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park

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Amid the thriving city of Davao lies a sanctuary called the Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park,
which is a 3.5 hectares of green forest enveloped by 26 different kinds of bamboos and other trees. In the middle is a massive dome covered with vines. You can go fishing inside the park or ride kayaks and a gondola. There is also a restaurant, which serves buffet lunch. There is also a pool inside which family can enjoy.

Discover all there is to do in Davao City

Enjoy your time in Davao! As you have seen, the city is packed with adventure and entertainment that will keep you busy for days. The best time to visit is between the months of December and February when you will be sure to find warmer and dry weather. The wet season is between May and October so plan your activities accordingly. The easiest way to reach is via flight from Manila. You can book direct flights with AirbnbPhilippine Airlines, and AirAsia.

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