Davao City Hotels
Davao City is the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area and the most populous city in the nation aside Metro Manila in Luzon. Davao is a highly urbanized city on Mindanao Island with a total land area of 2,444 square km. It has a population of 1,632,991 people based on the 2015 census.
Metro Davao, is the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines (as of 2015 census with a population of 2.5 million, following Metro Manila's 12.8 million and Metro Cebu's 2.8 million). The city functions as the primary commerce, commerce, and business hub of Mindanao and the regional center of Davao Region. The city is also nicknamed as the "Durian Capital of the Philippines."
Its residents always describe Davao City as arguably one of the safest cities in the Philippines, but that was met with criticism.
Davao City is about 588 miles Southeast of Manila. The city is located in southeastern Mindanao, on the northwestern coast of Davao Gulf, opposite Samal Island.
Mount Apo National Park was inaugurated by President Manuel Quezon to protect flora and fauna of the surrounding mountain range. Mount Apo is the tallest mountain in the Philippines reaching to almost three thousand meters above sea level.
The Davao River is the city's main drainage channel. The mouth of this river is situated at Barangay Bucana in Talomo District.
The Philippine eagle, the national bird of the country and considered the largest eagle in the world, is endemic to Davao. The vegetables such as durians, marang, rambutans, pomelos, and mangosteens are popular and generally cheaper in town. A portion of Metro Davao, Samal Island, is an island city located immediately off the city's shore from the Davao Gulf, popularly known for its scenic beaches.
The town also offers outdoor activities, such as wild river rafting, river tubing, wakeboarding, and mountain biking, most notably up to the peak of Mt. Apo.
Two annual festivals are held in town: the Araw ng Dabaw (Evening of Davao) on March 16 (The city's incorporation day) and the Kadayawan Festival in August. Also celebrated in the whole month of December, Pasko Fiesta sa Davao is an integration of festive and competitive Christmas activities showcasing vibrant lightings and an array of decorations in barangays, public parks, buildings and roads, and a collection of competitive performances showcasing the community's imagination and talents while keeping alive Christmas traditions. During this season, the city pulsates with sights and sounds, barraged with mall sales, bazaars, food festivals, and night markets filled with entertainment night and day.
The Torotot Festival, another annual festival, is held annually every New Year's Eve. Organized during the 2014 New Year's Eve in the last day of 2013, it was organized as a recompense for the city firecracker-pyrotechnics ban; it includes an enormous number of people blowing party horns known as torotots. It recorded some 7,568 people participating in the first event, aiming to break the world record set by Japan for the most people blowing party horns.
More about Davao City
Davao's city offers visitors a laidback experience that makes for an interesting visit. The most hassle-free way to enter is with direct flights from Singapore via the Francisco Bangoy International Airport. Ferry services operate from prominent destinations in the Philippines. The city center of Davao offers some of the accommodation, but there are options around the airport for those on transit.
Eco-tourists enjoy trips thanks to Mount Apo of Davao. The tallest mountain in the Philippines boasts the Philippine Eagle Center, a sanctuary of one of the world's largest birds of prey. Samal Island is quite a draw itself. The island offers a very relaxing stay, although it does not compare to Palawan or Boracay.
Accommodation on the island is available along the shore with fewer options at the further end of the island. These include all-inclusive resorts with a range of beach facilities and water sports.
Davao is not short on purchasing opportunities with a list of malls and supermarkets. Victoria Plaza and SM City Davao are two of the most popular. Taxis provided the way to navigate the city and are reported to be operated by the honest travelers in the Philippines -- the kind that won't overcharge you. A cheaper and more way to travel is on a jeepney that is vibrant. Car rentals, buses, and water taxis move travelers about the city.