11 Must-Visit Places in Davao City

Danie Sedilla-Cruz | Aug 12, 2014

I love Davao City. The system works there. It's clean. People follow the rules. Taxi drivers give you change down to the last centavo. I felt safe. And I can go on and on...

Suffice it to say, we truly enjoyed our stay here. And here's my top 10 places to visit in Davao City.

1) The Gap Orchard Resort

It's a field trip. Get to know our heroes. Learn about Philippine myths like the kapre, tikbalang and nuno. Ride the swing. Go on a carabao ride. Identify the trees endemic to the Philippines. Go on a Japanese Tunnel.

  • Address: Green Meadow, Ma-a, Davao City 8000
  • Contact Number/s:(082) 244 0156


Inside the World War II Tunnel


Conferencia ng mga Engkanto

2) Malagos Garden Resort

Orchids. Orchids. Orchids everywhere. The place was so pretty. And you should try their churros dipped in chocolate while staring at the beautiful and serene surroundings. Heavenly!


  • Address: Bgy. Malagos, Calinan, Davao City
  • Contact Number/s:(082) 3011375, (0917) 7235763

3) Davao Zorb Park

We decided to be a little adventurous. We were strapped into a ball and we were rolled over by two boys. It was fun and exhilarating at the same time.


  • Address: Riverfront Corporate City, Diversion Road, Maa, Davao City

4) Tribu K Mindanawan Cultural Village

It was such a nice twist to a Davao trip. Seeing our ethnic and cultural dances made me all the more appreciative of our colorful heritage. Sayang! We don't get to see a lot of these kinds of performances.


  • Address: Crocodile Park Complex, Riverfront Corporate City, Diversion Road, Ma-a, Davao City
  • Contact Number/s: (082) 302-9923, (082) 286-8833, (0923) 6586041

5) Magsaysay Park Fruits Stands

Your favorite fruit pick is here. Durian. Marang. Pomelo. Mangosteen. We braved the durian. S's fell for the mangosteen. We were eating a kilo everyday because of her.


  • Address: It is located in the main street of Leon Garcia Street next to the Sta. Ana Wharf (near Chinatown and Magsaysay Park)

6) Davao Crocodile Park

Crocodiles in various shapes and sizes. You may also have photo ops with some of the animals in the park.

  • Address: Crocodile Park Complex, Riverfront Corporate City, Diversion Road, Ma-a, Davao City
  • Contact Number/s:(082) 301 3274


There are crocs.


And there are other cool animals, too.

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7) Aldevinco

Your one stop shop pasalubong center in Davao City.


  • Address: Junction of Claro M. Recto Avenue and Manuel Roxas Boulevard

8) Philippine Eagle Center

First time to see a Philippine eagle up close and personal. Amazing creatures.


  • Address: Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City
  • Contact Number/s:(082) 224-3021

9) Jack's Ridge

Waste time overlooking Davao City's lightscapes. You can have your dinner here too. And they have a playground to keep the kids entertained.


  • Address: Shrine Hills, Matina, Davao City, Philippines
  • Contact Number/s: (082) 2978830 to 31

10) Eden Nature Park and Resort

Hectares of land which showcases different flora and fauna. You tour the area riding a small jeep. We got to see an herb garden, a rainbow garden, an herbal medicine garden. We also got to enter a datu's house, lay in a hammock, and ride their own version of a zipline.

  • Address: (Sales Center) Matina Town Square, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City
  • Contact Number/s: (082) 299-1020, (082) 296-0791, (0918) 9307590


Trying out their manual zipline.


Their version of a Datu's House.

11) People's Park

A cultural-theme park in Davao where we posed by colorful statues, ran around, and played 'til night time. It was a chill-out, cheap thrill which all of us enjoyed.

  • Address: Corners of Jose Camus and J. Palma Gil Streets, Davao City


Posing around


Goofing around 'til sundown

And when you get hungry, here are 7 must-experience restaurants in Davao City.

May you enjoy Davao City as much as we did.

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How to Get There

From Manila, Davao City is an hour and 40 minutes by plane and 3 days and 2 nights by land and sea. PAL flies daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. The taxi flag down rate is Php 40.

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