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10 Reasons to Choose Davao (Vanishing Islands + Freshest Fruits + Thrilling Adventure & More)

, Davao del Sur, Davao City

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Mar 24, 2015
10 Reasons to Choose Davao (Vanishing Islands + Freshest Fruits + Thrilling Adventure & More)

Davao Region is composed of five provinces and one city: Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao Occidental, Compostela Valley and Davao City. Within its boundaries are countless natural landscapes and seascapes that make you want to explore it in one go.  

Here are just 10 of the reasons to choose Davao. 

1) Vanishing Islands or Sandbars

Crystal blue waters surround pristine white sand of the isles of Burias in Banay-Banay, Oak in Mati, Davao Oriental, and Vanishing Island of Samal, Davao del Norte.

READ MORE: 5 Hidden Philippine Island Getaways, Revealed from the Air

2) White Sand Beaches

Dahican’s 7-kilometer stretch, Samal and Talicud Island’s pockets of coves make you want to just laze away and live the island life.

READ MORE: What Makes Talicud Island a Favorite of Celebrities?

3) Fruits

You get to have the freshest of bananas, durian, mangosteen, marang, suha or pomelo, rambutan, lanzones, and all the other fruits from its rich plains and mountains.

READ MORE: Davao is the Fruit Capital of Asia

4) Mountain Hideaways

Kapatagan in Davao del Sur, BUDA mountain resorts and Eden Nature Park and Loleng’s in Bayabas, Toril, Davao City, mountain resorts in Compostela Valley has the freshest mountain breeze and vegetables to make you live a healthier life.

READ MORE: The Most Scenic Treks & Views are in the Philippines

5) Shopping

Once a year, Davao City’s malls, hotels, restaurants has a Big Davao Fun Sale that gives big, big, discounts on everything even airfare from Cebu Pacific!

READ MORE: Davao Hosts Biggest Shopping Festival in the Philippines

6) Adventure

You want to go wild white water rafting on the mighty Davao River? Go skycycling and ziplining in Zipcity, Eden or Camp Sabros? Wakeboarding at Deca?  Climb Mt. Apo?  Ride on a Banana boat, jetski or kayak or dare do the giant water slide?  There’s even the challenging Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge.

READ MORE: 5 Things to Give You That Adrenaline Rush in Davao

7) Immerse in the Culture of the locals

Davao Region is a tapestry of colorful cultures from its different tribes.  Bagobo, Manobo, Mandaya, Samal, K’gan, Mansaka, Tagakaolo… all unique and yet share the land in harmony.

READ MORE: Eleven Tribes Join Davao's 78th Foundation Day: A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

8) Food

Since it has become a melting pot of different cultures, it has also adopted the food and cooking of its peoples and even a smattering of foreign delicacies.

READ MORE: Where to Eat in Davao City: 14 Must-Try Restaurants

9) Festivals

Each province has its own festival ranging from cultural to parochial to its food, fluvial and one-town-product.  There’s a multitude of festivals to look forward to and participate in, in a year. There’s the Kadayawan, Sambuokan, Maragusan, Musikahan, Banana, Bonsai, Bulawan, even a Film festival. 

READ MORE: The Drama & Dazzle of Davao's Kadayawan Festival

10) The most important reason, its people.

Davao Region’s people are warm, welcoming, generous, hospitable, caring and happy people.  Your visit would be filled with memories of its people from the honest taxi driver to the guide who would give you insider info on where best to buy pasalubong and the friendly hotel staff who would greet you with a warm smile.

Choosy Ka Ba?

1) Choose PALAWAN: More than the Caves and Beaches
Photo from footprintswanderlust, Flickr
2) Choose TACLOBAN: The Gateway of Eastern Visayas (Its Beauty After the Storm + More)

3) Choose SIARGAO: Blue Lagoon + Naked Island + Seafood + More

4) Choose BAGUIO: Love + More Love

5) Choose ILOILO: More Than The City of Love

6) Choose SURIGAO DEL SUR: Enchanted River + More Natural Wonders


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