Davao is considered as the centre of trade and business in the southern part of the county. Its international airport and seaport is one the busiest cargo hubs in the country. Davao remains as a strong business and investment centre in the whole southern Philippines. Its is also known as the “ Orchard of the Philippines” because of the numerous exotic flowers particularly orchids with over a thousand species that can only be found in the Philippines. One of the famous orchids is the vanda sanderana or waling waling a native only in Mindanao. Davao is also one of the biggest exporter of tropical fruits in the Philippines like pineapples, bananas, pomelos, marang and mangoes. The city of Davao is also famous from the tropical fruit called “Durian”, a smelly and delicious fruits that can only be found in Davao.
The province of Davao is also a place where most ethic tribes live together harmoniously, in peace and friendship like the Mandayas, Manobos, Mansakas, Bagobos, Tiboli and many more. These people are the ones who gave the province a name from the word daba-daba which now is Davao. The rich culture and tradition, this mountainous region marked with rolling hills and fertile valleys, the intriguing endangered Philippine Eagle, the alluring numbers of orchids, the colourful fiestas and festivities makes Davao City more inviting and exciting to visit. Davao has a reputation for its abundant and pristine natural resources that attracted neighbouring islands and provinces. Despite its difference in culture and tradition people in Davao live together in peace and friendship, that makes Davao unique.
Davao is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country following Manila and Cebu. It is located in the south eastern part of Mindanao. Davao is composed of four provinces namely: Davao City, Davao Del Norte, Davao Del Sur, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. Its one of the well developed province in Mindanao and the major producer of gold, copper and elemental sulphur. The highest peak with approximately 10,311 feet in the Philippines called Mt. Apo is located here.
Davao City is the most important city in Mindanao in terms of land area of more than 244,000 hectares. It is also considered as the biggest city in Asia. Its population according to the 2010 LGPMS Census is 1,449,296. The people in Davao are called Dabawenyo, know to be most friendly and hospitable in the world.
Davao is extremely proud to offer a lot of wonderful tourist attractions, world class facilities, and rich diversity of culture and traditions. Among the famous tourist spots in Davao are the beautiful white sand beaches in Samal Island, The Philippine Eagle Foundation and the Eden Nature Park. One of the historic sites in Davao is the Battle Memorial, a historical marker memorializing the longest battle between Japanese Soldiers versus Filipino-American Soldiers during World War II. Other famous historical spots are Davao Historical Society Museum, Magsaysay Park and Uyanguren Landing Site. For Cultural Sites they have Japanese Peace Memorial Shrine, San Pedro Cathedral and Philippine Eagle Centre.
Kadayawan Festival is a renowned festival in Davao. It is a weeklong celebration and thanks giving for the nature’s bountiful harvest. It is the way to spread the message of racial harmony, such as grand floral parade, elegant and exotic costumes of teens, and street dancing. Other famous festivals are Araw ng Dabaw, Pasko Fiesta and Chinese New Year Festival.
Most local and foreign tourist visit Davao because of its free typhoon climate because it is protected by mountain ranges, The weather for the entire year stay calm and the rainfall, humidity and pressure is uniquely distributed, makes Davao an ideal place for a great vacation. The rich culture and tradition, this mountainous region marked with rolling hills and fertile valleys, the intriguing endangered Philippine Eagle, the alluring numbers of orchids, the colourful fiestas and festivities makes Davao City more inviting and exciting to visit. Davao has a reputation for its abundant and pristine natural resources that attracted neighbouring islands and provinces. Despite its difference in culture and tradition people in Davao live together in peace and friendship, that makes Davao unique.
Davao is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world in which world class beaches, rich marine life, exotic tropical flora and fauna and colourful fiestas and festivities are found here. You can get to Davao by sea, air or bus. The country’s major airlines like Cebu Pacific, Airphil Express, Air Philippines and Zest Air have regular flights to Davao International Airport also known as Francisco Bangoy International Airport. It is one of the busiest airports in the Southern Philippines. From Manila, It will take about 1 hour and 35 minutes to reach Davao City. From Cebu it will only take 55 minutes and from Zamboanga it will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Davao International Airport also accepts international flights from Singapore, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, as well as local flights from Manila, Cebu and Zamboanga.
Cebu also There are many option for Land transportation that passenger can choose in order to get to Davao. Many advices that buses are the cheapest mode of transportation either air- conditioned or regular bus. Other cities, usually from Mindanao have different buses stopping at Davao City. Davao can also be reach via seaport. WG&A Super Ferry from Manila have direct service to Davao and Sulpicio lines via have trip to Davao.