Davao City, with a population of 1,318,883 million and a total land area of 244,000 hectares, is considered one of the world's largest cities. Is is situated in a typhoon-free zone lying in a vast, fertile region in the south part of the Philippines Islands.
From the Davao mountain ranges and valleys to the rich blue waters of the gulf, Davao City is abundant with natural wealth and wonders, such as Mount Apo, the country's highest peak; Waling-waling, the "Queen of Orchids"; Philippine Eagle, national bird and the world's largest eagle; durian, the "King of Fruits"; and Kadayawan sa Dabaw, the Philippines' "Festival of Festivals". Moreover, Davao's water ranks second best potable water in the world according to the World Health Organization.
The bustling city of Davao is also a progressive hub of commerce, education, tourism, arts, culture and wellness. The dynamic and able support from the local government and harmonious synergy of its multicultural populace – consisting of Christian migrants, indigenous and Muslim tribes, and a large expatriate community – make this cosmopolitan city conducive for business, investment and leisure.
The economy of Davao is largely agricultural. It is one of the country"s majoy suppliers of high value products and a major source of Philippine export products such as bananas, activated carbon, coconut by-products, tuna, finished wood products, cement, mangoes, pineapples, banana chips and rubber. Davao is also known for its all-year round supply of tropical fruits such as pomelo, banana, mangosteen, lanzones, rambutan and durian making ith the "Fruit Basket of the Philippines".
As a major tourism destination in the region, Davao City takes pride in having world class Davao Hotels and resorts, business and convention facilities, golf courses and driving ranges, large shopping malls, variety of restaurants, health and wellness center, diverse day and night recreational activities, and a modern international airport.
Davao is an exciting destination that has a merry mix of nature and culture, wildlife and nightlife, spectacular islands and breathtaking highlands, sumptuous local cuisine and so much more.
Davao City also boast of its linkages to major urban and growth centers, dynamism of its local economy, competent human resource, infrastructure adequacy and quality, low cost of doing business, responsiveness of the local government, and high quality of life. As a result, Davao City is consistently cited by the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center as one of the top metropolitan cities that has a business environment favorable to investors, and among the Top 20 Most Livable Cities in Asia by Asiaweek Magazine.
With the idyllic charm of a small town, the sophisticated comforts of a modern metropolis, Davao City truly has the best of both worlds – a destination that does not only promise unforgettable escapades or profitable ventures but most importantly, a warm feeling of being home.
7 Great Reasons to Visit Davao
Mighty Mount Apo
The challenging trek to the Philippines' highest peak, towering at 10,311 feet, traverses through creeks, ridges and waterfalls with an amazing panorama of rainforest flora and fauna.
Only an hour and a half drive from drive from the city proper, Marilog takes pride of its natural wonders such as spring resorts, caves, waterfalls and jungle trails. The district is also one of the city's main sources of agricultural produce.
Meet Our Eagles
The Philippine eagle (pithecophaga jeffreryi), considered one of the largest eagles in the world, is sheltered in a nature center in malagos. The center is primarily a breeding facility for the eagles but it is also a temporary habitat of different animals in the region.
Wild Water Adventure
White water river rafting along the winding davao – is one of the latest adventure activities in the city. A three-hour high adrenaline adventure, it cruises through 24 challenging rapids from Boracay Tamagan to Barangay Lacson in Calinan district.
Davao crocodile park is home to the largest crocodile in the country aptly named pangil ("jaw"). Aside from 19-foot reptile, other mindorensis and porosus crocodile species, wild cats, pythons, turtles, lizards, monkeys, and variety of exotic birds and butterflies can also be found inside the mini-zoo.
Amazing Bird Show
Colorful species of birds headline this one of a kind bird show at Malagos Garden Resort. Eagles, hawks, parrots, crows, ostriches and even ducks perform fascinating tricks to the amusement of guest while educating the important of conserving the environment.
Sizzle under the sun, beneath the sea or while strolling along beaches of davao. Beach resorts and seaside restaurants border the Matina, Taloma and Toril shorelines of the city. Davao City is also the gateway to Samal, an island known for its white sand beaches, and dive and snorkeling spots. Davao Gulf is also an exciting site for kayaking, windsurfing, jet-skiing, boating, game fishing and whale watching.
Land and Sea Transfers
There are daily flights from Manila going to Davao City via Airphil Express, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and ZEST Air. One hundred five (105) minutes or three and a half (3 ½) hour is the travel time to this destination via air transport.