Davao Region or Southern Mindanao (Region XI) continues to lure tourists because of its dazzling culture, bountiful natural reserves, wildlife shelter and the enthralling presence of Mt. Apo, the tallest mountain in the country.
Davao is also known for its best durian, an aphrodisiac, the local variety of which as well as the Thai variety are available at the fruit market during the harvest season which takes place from the month of August to November.
The region’s capital, Davao City is the largest city in the country in terms of land area. It is an anchor tourist haven notable among adventure seekers with the city bearing the motto, “Life is Here.” It has earned befitting titles though the years as Crown Jewel of Mindanao, Fruit Basket of the Philippines, Durian Capital of the Philippines, Eco-Adventure Capital of the Philippines and City of Royalties.
To prove how charming Davao City is, let me take you to a ride to its top seven must-visit sites.
1 Crocodile Park
Enjoy the wonders being offered at the Crocodile Park housed in Davao Riverfront Complex in the heart of the city. It is a wildlife sanctuary and habitat filled with one of the wildest creatures popular among human beings – the saltwater and freshwater crocodiles. There is more to this park for it plays host to a myriad of wildlife. There is also a Butterfly House. Hop in for a ride to Tirbu K’Mindanawan, a cultural village showcasing a spectacular dance performances. At the River Walk Grill, you must try ostrich-based and exotic crocodile cuisines.
2 Zorb Park and Water Ball
Enjoy rolling around while encased in a giant plastic ball at the Zorb Park and Water Ball. Then, proceed to the zipline facilities in Outland Adventure and Zip City to get sweeping views of the city. Try the Deca Wakeboard Park, the first wakeboarding facility ever established in Mindanao .
3 Philippine Eagle Center
The Philippine Eagle Nature Center is home for the 30 Philippine Eagles, one of the world’s largest yet critically endangered. There are also ten other bird species, 4 mammal species and two reptile species
4 Malagos Garden Resort
In Malagos Garden Resort, take photos of the stately pine trees and watch stunning gardens in full bloom. Here, get a glimpse of the endemic Waling-Waling orchid and a collection of pieces by National Artist Napoleon Abueva.
5 Davao Wild Water Adventure
Never miss the river rafting at the Davao Wild Water Adventure. Brave Davao River’s mighty waters and experience a 10-kilometer stretch of pure river rafting fun.
6 Eden Nature Park
Conquer the spectacular refuge named as Eden Nature Park and face a more unwinding interlude. There, encounter nature, adventure, leisure, culture and eve of romance all rolled into one. It also offers activities such as camping, trekking, horseback riding, fishing and even a zip line.
7 Davao Museum
Locally known as Museo Dabawenyo, Davao Museum features galleries on local tribes and Muslim groups, historical landmarks, archives and assorted memorabilia – all speak of
alluring and exceptional tapestry of harmony, woven from the manifold cultural threads of its citizenry.
Where to stay. Tourism experts recommend Marco Polo Davao as the best place to stay for it offers elegantly furnished rooms that provide stunning views of the famed Mt. Apo and the Davao Gulf. It is also conveniently located to shopping malls such as SM City Davao, SM Lanang Premier, Abreeza Ayala Mall and Davao Chimes Mall. And if you’re not yet tired, the DOT suggests a quick stroll to People’s Park or drop by Blugre, a local coffee chain where you can try the durian coffee and durian cheesecake. Take a quick stop at Aldevinco Shopping Center for ethnic souvenir items.
The city’s tourism portal says that this popular destination is a place of no equal. Beyond comparison, it offers the best of urban amenities and rural pleasures. “It is a place where business and leisure are interchangeable and where the luxuries of cosmopolitan living complement the breathtaking beauty of the great outdoors.”
“If you’re in for an exciting and unforgettable experience for both business and leisure, come to Davao and feel the captivating lure of nature’s bounty fused with cosmopolitan comforts. A city that’s bustling yet peaceful, modern yet rustic. Anytime of the year, there’s always a good reason to visit Davao City.”
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