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Davao

The city of Davao offers visitors a laidback experience that makes for an interesting visit. The most hassle-free way to enter is via the Francisco Bangoy International Airport with direct flights from Singapore. The local port operates ferry services from prominent destinations in the Philippines. Davao’s city center offers some of the best accommodation, but there are also options around the airport for those on transit.

Eco-tourists enjoy trips to Davao thanks to Mount Apo. The tallest mountain in the Philippines boasts the Philippine Eagle Center, a sanctuary for one of the world’s largest birds of prey. Samal Island is quite a draw itself. Although it doesn’t compare to Boracay or Palawan, the island still offers a very relaxing stay. Accommodation on the island is available along the coast closest to the mainland, with fewer options at the further end of the island. These include all-inclusive resorts featuring a range of water sports and beach facilities.

Davao is not short on shopping opportunities with a list of malls and supermarkets. SM City Davao and Victoria Plaza are two of the most popular. Taxis provided the simplest way to navigate the city and are said to be operated by the most honest travelers in the Philippines – the kind that won’t overcharge you for being a tourist. A cheaper and more local way to travel would be on a colorful jeepney. Car rentals, buses, and water taxis also move travelers about the city.

Find the most suitable accommodation for you by clicking on our interactive map and exploring Davao for hotels and must-see destinations.