Sprawled beautifully along the coastline of Southeastern Mindanao, this province is apparently a venue of rarities and natural wonders. The main attraction to local and foreign tourists is the presence of Mt. Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines. Within the wilderness of Davao del Sur could also be found the most popular orchid species in the country (Vanda Sanderiana), the endangered Philippine Eagle, and the most exotic fruits.
Davao del Sur is a natural home to several ethnic groups with lifestyle and culture that has been preserved through the years. These include the Mandayas, the Bagobos, the Mansakas, the Kalagans, the Mangguangans, the Tagakaolos, and the Atas. Tourists usually love the crafts and arts of these groups that are displayed on shops and museums. Of course, not to be missed would be the popular white beaches and vacation resorts.
About Davao del Sur
Davao del Sur is within the Davao Region. The capital city of Digos borders the nearby Davao City in the north. It is bordered by Cotabato, Kidapawan City, and Sultan Kudarat in the west; by General Santos City, Saranggani, and Celebes Sea in the south; and by the Davao Gulf in the east. Davao City is often referred to as the most developed and progressive city in Mindanao as it is administering itself separately from the rest of Davao del Sur.
The province, as mentioned, has two cities and 14 municipalities. The total land area is huge at 4,200 square kilometers, with a population of just 822,400. Davao del Sur is enjoying a favorable climate that is characterized by pronounced dry and wet seasons. The coldest months are from December to February. The hottest are during April and May. It serves as an advantage that the province is outside the Philippines’ typhoon belt. Agriculture, farming, fishing, and tourism are the main industries.
Davao del Sur is popular for its white-sand beaches, especially those in Malita, Sta. Maria, Balut Island, and Jose Abad Santos. In the province could be found one of the highest and most breathtaking waterfalls in the country, the Tudaya Falls in Sta. Cruz. There are sites that are ideal for eco-adventure activities like river tubing in Subulan River, mountain hiking and trekking at Mt. Apo, and aqua sports in Jose Abad Santos and Sarangani.
Vacationers find a great time checking out tourism farms, cultural tribal villages, and parks. The Pearl Farm is a resort in a secluded island where vacationers could see thousands of white-lipped oysters that produce pearls. The Crocodile Park is considered a natural habitat for local crocodiles.
Festivals are marked by merry-making and exhibition of local products and cultural activities. Many tourists come to be part of some of such festivities.
Araw ng Davao del Sur – held every July 1. It commemorates the foundation anniversary of the province.
Dorong Festival - held from June 14 to 18 in Digos City. The feast features a fair trade exhibit, ritual presentations, sportsfests, and livelihood seminars.
- Sinab’badan Festival – a festivity that celebrates the unity of various tribes in Sta. Cruz. It is held annually from September 5 to 6.
How to get there
An international airport is located at Davao City, the Bangoy Airport. The hub facilitates several daily flights from national and even international cities. Davao City is also connected by seaports to other ports in the country, where ferry services are offered. Buses take travelers to Davao City from other cities and towns in nearby provinces.