The most populous city in the Philippines after Metro Manila and a primary trade hub for Mindanao. Davao City has achieved more prominence from the international community in recent years because President Rodrigo Duterte was mayor of the city for many years, instigating a clean-up that has transformed Davao’s image.

While Davao City itself does not see as much tourism as Manila or Cebu, the city does have quite a lot to offer tourists. The Philippine Eagle is endemic to the region, and Mount Apo—the tallest mountain in the country—is just a couple of hours drive away. The Island Garden of Samal—a province located two kilometers from the coast of Davao—is famous for its luxury hotels and beach resorts, and travellers heading there would almost definitely go via Davao.

Key Attractions

Abreeza Mall

Built in 2011, Abreeza Mall is probably the most popular mall in Davao City. The shops are spread…
10am to 9pm, Monday to Sunday

Davao Butterfly House

Butterfly house and sanctuary for a range of other exotic animals
Open 8am to 5pm every day

Davao Crocodile Park

Crocodile farm in Davao City that is also home to a lot of other wildlife
08:00 to 18:00 or 19:00
Entrance is P150 for adults and P75 for children; Crocodile Park Fun Day Pass for P250 includes entrance to shows and the butterfly house

D’Bone Collector Museum

Museum displaying over 200 skeletons founded by an American bone collector
10am to 5pm, except Saturday which is 1pm to 5pm. The museum is closed on Sundays
P50 for adults and P40 for children

Eden Nature Park & Resort

80-hectare nature resort offering guests a wide-range of recreational activities

Lon Wa Buddhist Temple

Biggest Buddhist temple in Mindanao and an important landmark for the Chinese community
Open to the public from 7:30am until 4:30pm.

Museo Dabawenyo

Museum opened in 2008 to promote the history and culture of the Davao region
9am to 6pm. Closed on Sundays

People’s Park Davao

Well-kept public park in the center of the city opened in 2012
Note the unusual operating hours: 5:30am-10am and then 1pm-11pm
Entrance is free

Philippine Eagle Center

Eagle sanctuary devoted to the preservation of the Philippine Eagle
Open 8am-5pm every day
PEC entrance costs P50 for adults and P30 for youth, 18 years old and below

Roxas Avenue Night Market

Famous night market in Davao and a great place to try the local street food
6pm until midnight every day
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