The main attraction of Davao del Norte to tourists is its remoteness to urbanity. Because the province is highly industrial and agricultural at the same time, it is considered as among the most progressive provinces in all of Region 11 in Mindanao. There are many beach resorts and agricultural farms that welcome tourists and travelers who like to watch and observe.
Davao del Norte is noted for its great diving sites, white-sand pristine beaches, and ideally preserved flora and fauna. People also come to buy bulks of fresh fruits, specifically bananas as there are huge banana plantations in the area. Other harvested produce include mangoes, rice, corn, coconuts, and of course the very controversial durian.
About Davao del Norte
Davao del Norte was once known simply as Davao. It shares borders with the provinces of Agusan del Sur in the north, Compostela Valley in the east, Davao City in the south, and Bukidnon in the west. The capital is Tagum City. Total provincial area is at 3,400 square kilometers, with an outstanding population of just about 847,000.
The main tourism attraction is the Pearl Farm Beach Resort. It is located in the adjacent Samal Island, which is just a boat ride away from Davao City. The resort was once an actual pearl farm where oysters were cultivated from Sulu Sea. Currently, the white and fine sand is its main attraction, complemented by cottages that are inspired by Isamal native designs.
Agritourism is very much alive in Davao del Norte. As mentioned, several plantations serve as tourism attractions. Adventure tourism includes cave exploration or spelunking. Eco-adventure activities facilitated include biking, trekking, rapelling, aqua sports, and rock climbing.
There are four major festivals that are identified with the province:
Banana Festival – held every first week of July at Tagum City. The festival is a celebration of the province’s foundation anniversary. It is a tribute to banana exportation, Davao del Norte’s biggest economic contributor.
Panagtagbu Festival – held every first week of March at Tagum City. A celebration of getting together and merrymaking.
Pangapog Festival – held on first week of August at Island Garden, Samal City. This celebration is a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest featuring parades, street dances, agri-industrial fairs, and cultural presentations.
- Andao Festival – held on first week of September at Kapalong. This is a thanksgiving for good harvest and good health.
How to get there
The best way to get to Davao del Norte is through land transportation from the nearby Davao City, where there are ports and an airport connecting to other pars of the country.