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Travel Warning WARNING: Many governments, including the US [38], UK [39], Australia [40] and Chinese [41], strongly dissuade any travels to the island of Mindanao because of the threat of terrorist attacks, bombings, shootings and kidnappings of foreigners. Davao has been targeted by bomb blasts in 2013[42], 2015[43], 2016[44], 2017[45]. Deadly battles are being fought between terrorists and the Philippine army on the outskirts of the city[46][47]. Most insurers will not pay out if you need to make a claim while being in Davao. Contact your embassy and insurer before traveling and take extreme care when leaving the city.

Davao is a city in the island of Mindanao, Philippines.


Davao's topography dazzles with a variety of picturesque landscapes. Fruit plantations and orchid farms, mantle volcano-fed hills and valleys. Virgin forests nurture rare wildlife. Coral islands lie on mirror flat water. And the country's highest peak, Mt. Apo, magnificently lords over the hinterland.

Just as enchanting is its brilliant tapestry of harmony, woven from the diverse cultural threads of its people. In Davao, the contemporary fuses with the traditional as migrant settlers from all over the country peacefully co-exist with a sizeable expatriate community and numerous ethnic tribes who continue to live as they did centuries ago.

Davao is home to the majestic Philippine Eagle, the country's national bird and considered the largest eagle in the world. It also boasts of the most priced Philippine orchid species like the Vanda sanderiana and some of the most exotic fruits like Durian and Mangosteen.

Davao is an anchor tourist destination, a natural haven for both sedate and daring pursuits. It is the jump-off point to satellite destinations on the island of Mindanao.


Davao enjoys a tropical climate, along with the rest of the Phillipines with only a mere 2°C (3°F) difference between January and May, the coolest and hottest month respectively. Humidity remains very high year-round (81% on average). The city also receives plenty of rainfall all year-round and there is no true dry season.


Bisaya is the native language used in Davao. English is also widely used in the City and understood by most people.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Durian at Davao International Airport

Most domestic airlines fly multiple times per day to Davao. Topping them all is Manila with 17 daily flights to Davao departing all-day according to There are also direct flights available on some Philippine cities. Davao is served by the Davao International Airport (more properly named as the Francisco Bangoy International Airport) (IATA Airport Code: DVO), which receives both local and foreign traffic to Davao. With the new terminal completed in 2003, DIA is said to be much better than its counterpart NAIA in Manila. Silk Air, the regional airline of Singapore Airlines, and Cebu Pacific airlines are 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. Outside of taxis, you can catch a jeepney to town center by walking to the highway (5-10min walk). Airport has a information counter (but not always staffed), have pre-paid sim card shop (access thru the departure area). Terminal fee for international flights, at least with AirAsia, is 700P.

Domestic Flights[edit]

International Flights[edit]

By ferry[edit]

Davao is also served by a bustling sea port with significant cargo traffic.

the only Passenger ferries from Davao city go to Samal and Talikud islands.

if you would like to take a passenger ferry to Manila, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu city, Bohol island you need to go the port in Cagayan de oro.

Davao Seaport

By bus[edit]

There are buses from different cities, most of which are located within Mindanao, which usually stops at Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT), and is located at Maya, Ecoland, Davao City. For getting into downtown or uptown, there are multiple jeepneys passing by.

Get around[edit]


The simplest way to get around is by hopping on a taxi. A typical trip can cost about 70-95 pesos or approximately 2 U.S. dollars. Unlike Manila, drivers in Davao do not normally bargain if they notice that you are a tourist, hence the cost of the trip is the same in price as a regular. Davao Taxi Drivers are regarded as the most honest taxi drivers in the Philippines. Taxi Drivers in davao city do not charge tourists extra fare unlike their counter parts in Cebu and Manila. If you know the name of the building, establishment, area or street you wish you reach, this is still the fastest way to get to your destination. A taxi is now the fastest and somehow the safest ride commuters could take if they are in a hurry or in any other cases, going home late at night in massive pouring rain. You can also call or send an SMS to the cab company directly to have a cab driver pick you up.

Taxis start their fare at Php 40.00 and will add Php 3.50 per few meters. Please do say "thank you" or "salamat" once you have arrived to your destination. Davao Taxis issue fare receipts that list the name of the taxi company, the plate number, and the taxi number which could come in handy if one leaves valuable items or documents inside a cab. Just tell your taxi driver if you want to get a receipt. New to Davao is the acceptance of ATM cards in taxis. The service, however, is only available in "black" colored taxis.


Alternatively, if you opt for more adventure, then do as the locals and catch a colorful jeepney. Simply ask around for which route to take to avoid getting lost. They are usually available 24 hours and cover most of the nooks and crannies of the city. This is the cheapest option for getting around. The usual cost for a jeepney ride is 8.00 pesos for every 3 kilometer ride, and about a 1 peso increase per kilometer when going beyond the 3 kilometers (for regular passengers).

To pay, pass your fare to the person next to you, all the way to the driver or the conductor, by saying "bayad po". Paying the exact amount is highly recommended. To stop at a certain destination, say "lugar lang", "para", or knock your coins hard on the steel handle.


Another alternative ride aside from the jeepneys and taxis, is to rent a car. There are many cars for rent. If you don't know the routes you can hire drivers by asking the attendant of the rental company. Local companies tend to be cheaper than the national ones.


Buses are also available but these tend to ply exclusively along the north-south route and going out and in the city area.

Water Taxis[edit]

A new mode of transportation around Davao Gulf is through a water taxi. Water Taxis service the daily commuters and visitors of Davao City, Samal Island, and other Neighbouring Coastal Municipalities around Davao Gulf. It will get you to the island, waterfront restaurant, or beach resort you wanted with comfort and ease. The pioneer water taxi service in the Philippines is found in Davao City and has the swift, safe and secure water transport, the best and most professional skippers and has a customer friendly and positive attitude, all incorporated to make your transfer easy and pleasurable. Visit their website at [48] for more information.


Department of Tourism, get free map and others papers, 5 Floor, Landco corporate center, JP Laurel avenue, opposite McDo, near Victoria mall

See[edit][add listing]

  • Mt. Apo. the highest mountain in the Philippines.  edit
Samal Island Beach
  • Crocodile Park, Riverfront Corporate City, Carlos P. Garcia Highway, Davao City, 2868883, [5]. The home of the Philippine crocodiles. This park serves as a breeding center and a great tourist attraction. There are crocodile shows and others which shows in some days. Other animals too (tiger, deer, ...). Crocodile feeding is 35p. include entrance to butterfly park (8am-5pm) and K'Mindanawan village (not real one, for tourist, fire show on fri/sat/sun 5.45pm-6.30pm) 150p.  edit
  • Eden Nature Park, [6]. Located about 50klms from Davao Eden Nature Park is close to the town of Toril. It's located in the mountains so it's cooler than Davao City. It has nice walks, restaurants, horse riding and a Sky-Rider thing and lots more. It's a pretty good day out and well worth the trip from Davao.  edit
  • Jack's Ridge, Shrine Hills Road, Matina, Davao City, 1378963, [7]. This was a place where for Japanese Forces during the World War 2 . It is now a tourist spot in Davao City, where you can have a scenic view of Davao City (especially during the night). There is a restaurant, a pool, bars, cottages, and a trail up and down the ridge, where you can enjoy your sleep.  edit
  • Philippine Eagle Center, [8]. 8AM-5PM. See the Philippine Eagle; one of the largest eagles in the world and sadly also one of the most endangered. The center is home to about 30 Philippine Eagles, aside from eagles it is also home to other birds and animals as well as raptors in a simulated forest environment.  edit
  • People's Park, Legazpi Street, Davao City. A public park located along Legazpi Street. A park where people people gather around, enjoy the stroll crossing bridges, seeing man-made waterfalls, beautiful plants, and more. It is more enjoyable during the night.  edit
  • San Pedro Cathedral, San Pedro Street, Davao City (town-center, most jeepney road go through, just ask), 2210191. This cathedral dated around the 19th century, is the city's main cathedral of Davao. It is located across the City Hall.  edit
  • Shrine of the Holy Infant of Jesus (Santo Nino Shrine), Shrine Hills Road, Matina, 2972911. A shrine that is up a hill where there are beautiful sceneries in which you can unwind, relax, and reflect. There are mass celebrations once in a while per day. A lot of people visit this place during Sundays.  edit
  • Lonwa buddhist temple, (less than 10min walk from crossing cabaguio avenue / JP Laurel avenue and St Camillus dormitel). no defined opening hours. free.  edit
  • Dabawenyo museum, [9]. 9am-12pm 1pm-6pm, closed on sunday+some holidays. no photos except on few recent paintings / separated room. free admission.  edit
  • Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort, Purok 3 Tolosa, Barangay (Village) Matina Biao, Davao City, Philippines, +639292103499, [10]. A classy and secluded mountain, creek- side farm resort located 21kms from Davao City Hall. It is a tourism- graded facility. ATTRACTIONS: short waterfalls and springs, World War II Japanese Imperial Army Bunkers or caves (the resort was also occupied by the Japanese forces during World War II), well- preserved rainforests/ vegetation,Bagobo- inspired sculptures, World's tallest concrete Hibiscus or Gumamela Sculpture handcrafted by Rey Mudjahid "Kublai" Millan , Man-made and mud-painted Poolside Caverock (artificial caves and rocks) shower rooms and toilets , natural stone- heated spa- swimming pool , secured environment, traditional- heritage cottages (modern-native design), hybrid gumamela plants - centennial series, millennium series and celebrity series from the University of the Philippine Institute of Plant Breeding and other ornamental plants.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Samal Island

Samal Island is sometimes visited and has some nice beaches but cannot by no means compare to Palawan or Boracay. Entertainment on the island is minimal so makes for a very relaxing stay. Do not get stuck on the island. Boat times are undocumented (you maybe have to wait several hours) and the last boat back is late afternoon. It's best to organize transportation through your hotel.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Davao City has many malls where almost all of them have cinemas, and all of them have supermarkets.

Due to security concerns, it is routine for security guards to lightly frisk people as they enter shopping malls in Davao, and indeed in most of the Philippines. The guards endeavour to be sensitive and invariably the guard is either female or there are separate lines for male and female entrants.

Shopping Centers[edit]

  • Centerpoint Plaza, McArthur Highway, Matina Crossing, Davao City, 2972353.  edit
  • Chimes Specialty Store, Sales Street, Davao City.  edit
  • Gaisano Mall of Davao (G-Mall), J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City, 2216168.  edit
  • Gaisano South Grand CitiMall, Illustre Street, Davao City, 2240811.  edit
  • New City Commercial Corporation Mall of Davao (NCCC Mall), Ma-a, Davao City, 2984881, [11].  edit
  • SM City Davao, Quimpo Boulevard, Ecoland, Davao City, 2976403.  edit
  • Victoria Plaza, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City, 2214990.  edit
  • Abreeza, J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City, +6382-321-9332, [12].  edit
  • SM Lanang Premiere J.P Laurel Avenue, Lanang District, Davao City
Davao Chinatown

Eat[edit][add listing]

Davao is renowned for its durian and pomelo. Eating durian is admittedly an acquired taste but those who do end up liking it will swear that the bad smell is worth it. Pomelo on the other hand is a citrus fruit that most closely resembles a grapefruit, it is quite common in South East Asia. Beware of bringing durian inside airplanes as well as hotels and other establishments. They may have strict regulations on allowing durian inside and some may not allow durian to be brought at all.

  • Sea Urchin Restaurant, Mamay Road, a few meters from Damosa Gateway. A full range of Chinese cuisine. Cold cuts and soup are excellent. Try also their steamed lapu-lapu and garlic chicken. The best restaurant in the city. Call them at telephone numbers (082) 235-8603, 301-9289.
  • Ahfat, Victoria Plaza area. The ultimate gastronomic experience. Try the steamed shrimp, spicy spare ribs and crab fuyo.
  • Yahong There's one in The Venue and another along Torres Street. Try their talaba and diablo chicken wings . Their crispy pata is also a must!
  • Na Trang (Jekoy's Grill), Jacinto Extension, beside Central Bank. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Try their tofu and mushrooms, Vietnamese pancake, wet lumpia and fried spring rolls. Coffee is great here also.
  • Jack's Ridge, Just across the Santo Nino Shrine. Delicious Filipino cuisine and a breathtaking view of the city.
  • Cubyertos, Torres Street. Try their signature vegetable-chicken salad.</p>
  • Dencia's, Ilustre Street. Classic Davao-Chinese cuisine. Best orders are tokwa't baboy, congee, fresh lumpia and pancit canton.
  • Gardena Fresca, Within Coca-Cola Village in Matina. Their bestseller is adobong tahong.
  • Talaba Joe's, Rizal Street. Come to this place for the freshest oysters in Davao.
  • Claude's, Rizal Street. Authentic French cuisine.
  • De Bonte Koe, Rizal Street. Dutch Cuisine. Try their herring with onions. Never miss the apple pie.(Apple Pie, questionable, not even Dutch style.)
  • Boodels, Within Barrio Obrero. Very cheap grilled tuna belly. Tastes great too.
  • Gerry's Grill, Within G-Mall. The many versions of sisig are great. *food chain found all over the Philippines
  • Mang Inasal, within G-Mall and SM Mall. Delicious cheap barbecue chicken. *food chain found all over the Philippines
  • Grand Emerald Seafood Garden, within Victoria Plaza Complex. Good food, Reasonable Price, Nicely Lit Interiors.
  • Mandarin Tea Garden, With branches at G-Mall, SM Davao, Nccc Mall, Rizal St., Guerrero St., Duterte St., DCLA Complex., and Bajada St. The First and original Dimsum house in davao. Must Try!
  • Dimsum Diner. Within G-Mall and somewhere near Holy Cross College. Best orders are salted fish fried rice, salt and pepper riblets and siomai.
  • Dox's of Davao* 13 Rosal Street, Catalunan Pequeño enterance to Yuchico Orchid Gardens. Habachi Iron cookery with a Southern cajun cooking flare. Try Dox's Dog "on a stick"
  • Tadakuma, Damosa Business Center, Mamay Road, Davao City, 2348813. serves delicious Japanese dishes at reasonable prices  edit
  • Tsuru, Legazpi Street, Davao City, 2210901. serves high quality Japanese dishes. They also have an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet every 15th and 30th of the month. Calling them for reservations is highly recommended.  edit
  • Harana, F. Torres Street, Davao City, 2277763. A very famous barbeque restaurant that serves awesome barbeque dishes, steaks, and other Filipino dishes.  edit
  • Krua Thai, F. Torres Street, Davao City. serves Thai dishes  edit
  • De Boerderij (The Farm), #6 DBC Bldg-H, McArthur Hway, Matina (100 meters south from Ma-a junction), 082-303-1255, [13]. 11am - 02am. Cozy international bar with Dutch roots. Burger, steak, pizza & pasta, kroket, bread and other goodies at affordable prices. Mixed clientele. Discreet place to meet and spend some time. (7.03'40.80,125.35'30.46) edit
Durian Shake
  • ellen's tuna queen (ETQ), South Street, DBP Village,Matina,Davao City (from NCCC Mall Matina,road going to Ma-a to the left first corner third house left side.), 0922-8147063. 11am to 9:00pm Monday to Saturday. serves filipino lutong bahay with specialty the original pritong paksiw na buntot ng tuna. Also best sellers are laing, lechon kawali, tuna sisig, beef kalderetta,seafood bicol express,  edit
  • Smoked Cowboy Chicken, Earth Street (near Matina Crossing), 09473195183. 15:00- 22:00. . 50.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Davao has a very early alcohol curfew. For that reason along with the conservativeness and extremely low incomes of the local population, nightlife in Davao is severely lacking in excitement when compared to that of Cebu or Manila. There are very few options when it comes to partying. All clubs are closed during the week and weekends can sometimes be quiet too. Surprisingly, for a population of over 1 million there are very few places to drink and the government wants to keep it that way. That being said, nightlife still exists but as a more chilled out setting, for example, in Matina Town Square (MTS) where you may sit down with friends/family, drink and enjoy live music during weekends.

There is the local Tanduay Rum, billed around town as "the Number One Rhum".

There are large Seventh Day Adventist populations on Samal and Comotes Island, and in Mindanao generally. Adventists do not drink and any stores they own will typically not sell alcohol.

  • Elephant Milk Co, Tionko cor. V. Mapa St., 082-222-2766, 0932-724-2309. Elephant is a place dedicated to fresh Mindanao coffee, home-style food, and inspirational literature, in a classical-modern atmosphere. Specialties include Kangabrew(brewed coffee),Durian Mocha Heaven Ice-blended,Mangosteen-Passion Ice-blended,Tsokolatte(native hot chocolate with espresso,KangaYo(fruit & yogurt drinks),Smoked Fish Pasta,Chicken Curry Rice Meal,Creme Brulee,New York Cheesecake,Kanga Nuggets,Kanga Mint Cookies. Cafe hours are 8:30AM-12:00MN M-Th,and 8:30AM-1AM F-Sa.Closed on Sundays.  edit
  • Some Place Else, Rizal Street (Havana Compound), (82) 2286304, [14]. A great place to hang out, don't forget to ask for their famous Shisha Fries.  edit
  • Knight's Cafe (Red Knight Gardens), Guadalupe Village, Lanang, Davao (Near by Casino Filipino), 234-3408, [15]. 6:30AM to 9:30PM. Knights Cafe offers a choice of local and Western dishes at its pool side bar and restaurant. WiFi and swimming is free if you buy food/drinks. Feast of Fish&Chips to Kinilaw and from traditional English breakfast to Pizza. Good place to meet and get lots of local knowledge. Modest. (7 06 21 53,125 38 15 42) edit
  • Ellen's Tuna Queen, South Street Dbp Village, Matina, Davao City (now located at its new home a few meters from the NCCC Mall Matina Highway, From NCCC Mall along Maa road turn left to the first street corner of Dbp Village( South Street )), 09228147063. Mon-Sat 10:30AM-9PM. Serves the original pritong paksiw buntot ng tuna formerly at Petron Bajada, sinigang silik ng malasugui, beef calderetta, laing, kinilaw (tuna), lechon kawali and tuna sisig. Grilled steaks (lamb chops, beef prime ribs, burger steak) are also served. Try the latest Tuna Sisig na Pizza and the creamy halo-halo at its best.  edit
  • Basti's Coffee, Victoria Plaza. Basti's is a cafe in Victoria Plaza, with an entrance outside as well as through the food court. They brew great coffee, and they ask you to pick between 'mild' and 'strong'. They also have pastries including an interesting durian cheesecake. Davao is a no-smoking-in-public-places city so smokers might find it useful to know that there is an enclosed and air-conditioned smoking section in Basti's.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is no shortage of accommodations in Davao, ranging from the four-star accommodations of the Marco Polo Davao at Claveria, the Royal Mandaya Hotel at Ponciano, the Grand Regal Hotel and Casino Filipino and the Waterfront Insular Hotel on Lanang, the Apo View Hotel, where Casino Filipino 2 is located, The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites at Sta. Ana Avenue in the Chinatown district, to lodges and inns, all around the city. Serviced residences like the Crown Regency are also rising in popularity, or one can find townhouses or apartments for rent, all for negotiable rates that are very good for those coming into Davao with dollars.

  • Bluejaz Beach Resort and Waterpark, Brgy. Caliclic, Babak Island, Garden City of Samal, (+6382) 3028411, [16]. The resort is located either by car ferry or passenger ferry a short distance away from Davao International Airport. This beach resort in Samal offers rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, TV, dining area, refrigerator and microwave oven. Some of its facilities and services are outdoor swimming pool, bar, vip club, conference room, beach access, free Wi-Fi, room service, dry cleaning and laundry service. Rates start at 2,299.00 PHP.  edit
  • C5 Dormitel, Roxas Avenue (1 block south of Ateneo de Davao Univ), +63 82-2286186. A "luxury dormitory" for P 650 for single, P1100 for double; P1300 for suite. Monthly rates: 15000, 25000, 33000 respectively. Cable TV, A/C, wi-fi, laundry area, parking, study area, guest lounges. Hot water in suites. Located in C5 Building along with a cafe, travel agency, beauty salon, laundry shop and other businesses. Email [email protected] .  edit
  • Crown Regency Residences, J.P. Cabaguio Avenue Agdao, +63 (82) 225-8188, [17]. All rooms have air conditioning, broadband internet, and cable television. From USD 53.33.  edit
  • D'Counter Executive Dormitory, 15-B Jose Camus St, +63 82-226-2045, [18]. single with TV and private bath; P545 with A/C and cable TV; P720 for double with A/C, bath, cable TV; family room for 3 with bath, cable TV, and A/C for P1100.  edit
  • El Rio Bachelor's Pad, Lot 22&23, Block 16 Kamuning St., El Rio Vista Village Phase 4A, Bacaca, +63 917-7014411, +63 922-8960724. Monthly Rate P6000 small room, P7000 medium sized room, P7500 large room P600 per day good for 2 persons: includes mini-kitchen, cooking utensils & pans, electric stove, electric kettle, knife, plates, spoons & forks, refrigerator, own washing sink, own shower with heater, Internet, television with cable, individual controlled air-conditioned room, bed & bedding, cabinets, dining table and chairs.  edit
  • First Pacific Inn Davao, Quirino Ave., +63-82-305-6183 (fax: +63-82-300-9173), [19]. First Pacific Inn is a freshly, newly built (Opened January 2010) 17 room business Inn, catering to both short and long-term visitors. Quirino Ave is very busy 24hrs a day heavy truck and motorcycle traffic as well as many emergency vehicles. If you want a full night’s sleep look elsewhere. Rooms at front are very noisy and are only ones with dbl beds. The staff is friendly and very helpful. Rooms are clean but spartanly furnished.  edit
  • Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort, Purok 3 Tolosa, Barangay Matina Biao, Tugbok District, 082.2841165, or mobile phones nos. +639296225494, +639292103499, +639421648239, +639421540251(Sun),+639177056418 (Globe) (), [20]. On premises, there is a river/creek, springs, World War II Japanese Imperial Army caves/foxholes (the land where the resort is situated is part of the Tolosa Family Estate which was also occupied by Japanese forces during WWII), rainforests/vegetation, paintings and Bagobo-inspired sculptures, world's tallest concrete hibiscus (gumamela) sculpture made by Rey Mudjahid "Kublai" Millan , man-made and mud-painted Poolside Caverock (artificial caves and rocks) , natural thermo (warm) spa- swimming pool , sports facilities (billiard, table tennis, darts) , restaurant and bar, secured environment, traditional- heritage cottages (modern-native design), hybrid hibiscus (gumamela) plants - centennial series, millennium series and celebrity series from the University of the Philippine Institute of Plant Breeding and other ornamental plants. The resort has 6 elegant traditional- heritage (modern - native concept) and 2 bamboo cottages with private verandas. The breeze in the farm is particularly refreshing. The bathrooms are well-appointed with varied walls and floor designs and a LED shower system with multi-directional nozzles at your body in varying angles. The cottages are crafted with different ceiling and bathroom designs made by local artisans in varying colors and with modern furniture and fixtures. The Pool View Cottages are in front of the spa- swimming pool with a magnificent and well-preserved jungle backdrop.  edit
  • Humberto’s Hotel, J. Palma Gil cor. P. Gomez Sts., (082) 2223831 to 34, [21]. Humberto’s Hotel was featured by PAL Mabuhay Magazine on its lifestyle section as a "Charming Botique Hotel". It was also chosen and awarded by the 2003 National Shopper's Choice in May 28, 2004 as no. 1. Small Hotel in Davao City. Best rates on official website start at PHP 2,200.  edit
  • Hotel Esse Davao, F. Torres St., (082) 227-37-73 (fax: (082) 295-34-85), [22]. Hotel Esse Davao provides deluxe, executive and premiere rooms with 32-inch LCD TV with cable channels, free wireless internet access and complimentary breakfast. Its facilities and services include a steakhouse, standby generator, in-room massage services and tours.  edit
  • Lanang Business Inn (LBI), Banawe St. Lanang, (082) 221-5847, [23]. There is a free breakfast and wifi in the lobby. The rooms are clean with individual bathrooms, AC, TV. P1000.  edit
  • The Pinnacle Hotel and Suites (The Pinnacle Hotel Davao), Sta. Ana Avenue, Davao City (fronting The Peak of Gaisano Mall of Davao), +6382 300 5885; +6382 221 3025 (, fax: +6382 300 1881), [24]. checkin: 2pm; checkout: 12noon. The most affordable hotel in Davao City. Located at the heart of Downtown Davao, at the gateway to the biggest Chinatown in the Philippines. ranges from 2000-10,000 php. (7.07618,125.61505) edit
  • My Hotel, San Pedro St, Davao City (beside BDO - San Pedro Branch), +63 82 300 4040; +63 82 222 2021; (), [25]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12nn. It offers free Wi-Fi access in every room, free Sun-to-Sun cell phone call, free calls to the US and Canada, hot and cold shower, air-conditioned room, television with cable, telephone, and security cameras p995.and single fan rooms are p250 with out side bathrooms. PHP 250.  edit
  • MyPlace Dormitel, Veloso St., Bo. Obrero (at the back of Victoria Plaza), (082) 2217518. Standard Room - P800, Superior Room - P1,000, Suite Room - P1,500, Extra Bed - P300. Room has 2 beds, a/c, hot and cold shower, free wifi, 24/7 security, add P100 for TV.  edit
  • Oroderm Beauty Hotel, Magallanes (St) (just off Quirino past Metro Hotel), +63 82-221-2700, [26]. Single room P1200; double rooms start at P1500 and go up to P3200 for the presidential suite. Breakfast included.  edit
  • Ponce Suites, Road 4 (at corner of Road 3) in Dona Vicenta Village, Bajada (from JP Laurel Street at Victoria Plaza, turn at Chow King and take the first right, then your first left and go to the end), 082-227-9070, [27]. Wifi is available. They also have great food with a good rooftop open terrace you can enjoy your meal or coffee at, and an impressive art collection. p1500.  edit
  • Red Knight Gardens (Suites), 8th Street Guadalupe Village Lanang, +63 234-34-08, [28]. Has a pool, gardens, bar & restaurant owned and managed by Brit. Rooms are fully furnished. All rates are fully inclusive of water, electric, gas, T.V, local phone calls, hot & cold shower, daily maid services  edit
  • Sampaguita (the new one), Quirino Avenue (at My Mayon St), +63 82-305-8680 (). AC single for P525 add 125 for double. Add another 50 to 200 for hot water. Add another 100 to 300 for coffee table and sofa. Other phone +63 82 302-7645. from 525 p.  edit
  • Sampaguita (the old one), Mt Mayon St (turn off Quirino right at the new Sampaguita and go a block up), +63 82-227-2958. Single with A/C bathroom and cable TV for P500, another 50 for hot water. Add 100 for a double and another 100 for a triple.  edit
  • St. Camillus Dormitel, 3rd Floor, SPMC Cooperative Building, Southern Philippines Medical Center (aka Davao Medical Center) Compound, Bajada, (082)3019997/ 09179049032/(0917)8230514, [29]. checkin: anytime; checkout: anytime. Best value accommodation in Davao City. Airconditioned rooms, quiet location, short walk to all modes of public transport, owners and staff are helpful and very friendly. The dormitel occupies the whole third flood of the building (you can ask permission to go up the rooftop for a breathe of fresh air). Each no-frills room have four double-decker beds, with common tables and a (very) small cabinet for your more important stuff. Toilets/shower-stalls are clean and well lighted. Separate facilities for men and women. The ground floor of the building is occupied by various establishments: laundry shop (18PHP/kg), food center, vendors and a popular Chinese fast food chain. The second floor is occupied by an internet cafe and spa/parlor. Tip: call for reservations well ahead of time as they opften fill-up pretty quickly with various traveller groups. 180/day. (7.097599,125.619818) edit
  • Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, Lanang, +63-82-233-2881 (fax: +63-82-233-2801), [30]. On the side of the Davao Gulf, with landscaped gardens; view from corridors. Enjoy free 'tuba' (coconut wine) given to hotel guests.  edit
  • Samal Bahay Kubo, Barangay Katagman, Purok 5, Peñaplata District, Island Garden City of Samal, +63 912 806-6372, [31]. checkin: anytime; checkout: anytime. If you want real peace and quiet, go here. No videokes, guaranteed. You could set up a tent, if you like or get a room in a Bahay Kubo (hut). The owner's wife is a mean cook, specializing in Thai and Indian dishes. You could always arrange for local dishes, if that's what you like. There is no in-suite toilet, but the "outhouse" is very clean and has running water. The site is several minutes away on foot from two tourist spots: Moncado's Camp 23 and Balay ni Moncado (Moncado's Whitehouse). You can arrange for a pickup at the Peñaplata Warehouse Club bus stop then take City Island Express Bus from Davao City to Samal Island. Or, you can arrange a pickup from Davao City or elsewhere, all depends on how much adventure you'd like to experience. From the Kubo's balcony you have a wonderful view of the sea and Talikud Island. Security and entertainment is provided by the resort's animals: geese, goats, chickens and two dogs. There's a public beach 10 minutes away on foot. 200 PHP/night. (7.076448,125.687242) edit
  • Casa Leticia Business Inn, Maya St., Ecoland, Matina, +6382 296-0501 to 03, [32]. All rooms have cable TV, air-conditioning, hot-and-cold shower, complimentary wireless internet access and PABX. Some of its facilities and services are business center, coffee shop, restaurant, car park, lobby, Wi-Fi in public areas, room service, airport transfer, massage service and laundry service/dry cleaning.  edit
  • Casa Leticia Boutique Hotel, J Camus Street, +6382 224 0501, [33]. All rooms have telephone, refrigerated mini-bar, cable TV, air conditioning, safety deposit box and complimentary wireless internet access. Some of its facilities and services are board room, function room, coffee shop, elevator, restaurant, car park, business center, lobby, laundry service/dry cleaning, shuttle service, Wi-Fi in public areas, massage service, concierge and valet parking. Rates start at PHP 3500.00.  edit
  • Leticia by the Sea Resort, Talicud Island, Samal, +63 82 2240501, [34]. All rooms have refrigerator, air-conditioned villas, sets of beddings, towels and toiletries will be provided, free use of kitchen, complete cooking facilities, freezer and dining wares, water dispenser and TV with DVD player and sound system. Some of its facilities and services are pavilion, function room, Wi Fi zone, free use of Kayaks for the whole duration of stay, pick–up & transfer via speed boat, jet ski ride and Sunset Cruise; choice of fruit platter and drinks or light snacks and drinks. Rates starts at PHP 9,760.00.  edit
  • Philippine Holiday Home, Babak (Purok 4, Mambago), 0405760925, [35]. Fully furnished and newly renovated 3 bedroom house available for holiday rentals in Philippines. Situated on the beautiful tropical island of Samal. 10 minute drive to everything. Only 15 minutes by barge to the mainland of Davao City.  edit
  • One Oasis 1BR Condotel, Eco West Drive Ecoland Bucana (Beside SM Shopping Mall in Ecoland), +639206011719, [36]. checkin: 01:00PM; checkout: 12:00NN. Well placed in the nightlife, restaurants and shopping area of Davao city beside SM Mall-Ecoland. Times Beach is 5 minutes walk. The bedroom has queen sized soft bed for your utmost comfort. Installed with not noisy split type-aircon to ensure the quality deep sleep you desire. Plus enjoy the amenities of the condominium like basketball court, childrens playground, clubhouse & swimming pool for free. Accept short term & long term rent with big discount. Van for rent also available upon request. Please see the link.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Davao deserves its reputation for clean and safe streets, one it gained after then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte employed aggressive and controversial ways to combat crime. His efforts made Davao the safest large city in the Philippines and Duterte insanely popular in the city. The downtown area is safe to walk at night.

But once you start leaving the city proper, things begin to get sketchy very fast. Two insurgent groups operate in the region: the communist New People's Army and the Abu Sayyef. These groups occasionally engage in pitch battles with the government. Foreigners have died or have taken hostage including on Samal island just several miles east of downtown Davao.

You should have no security issues if you stick in the urban center where it's normal to see soldiers stationed outside malls or transit centers. But you should not venture outside the city.

Get out[edit]

  • Cagayan de Oro, from Davao to Cagayan, bus 7-10h duration depending on weather/traffic/road construction, multiples stop including lunch+diner break, 540p Aircon/20% less w/o.


  • Sp-flag.png Spain, 550 Mangga Street, Juna Subdivision, Matina, +63 82 297 71 78 (fax: +63 82 299 388), [37].  edit
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