Davao is a place where fruit and seafood are delightful treats. Geographically, it is one of the largest cities of the Philippines, if not of the entire globe, with its hills stretched over the expanse of the city. However, the main commercial district is just a small area where the malls, offices, shops, and hotels are located. Davao is also the home of the country’s most delicious durians. This is where I tasted my first Durian, with Davao being famous for this aphrodisiac fruit. Every dining experience is excellent in Davao. But what is most exciting about Davao is that it has a lot of nature adventures: climbing Mt. Apo, Philippines' highest peak, or white-water tubing (using the interior of rubber tires) in the river. Davao is also home to Filipino artists whose works are seen in many parts of Davao. A trip around the city to the Philippine Eagle sanctuary is worthwhile. For more nature-tripping, Mount Apo National Park is the place to be with its lakes, hot streams and waterfalls.
The tourism office offers white-water tubing with equipment rentals and a guide. The price is very affordable and not a big problem at all; just make sure you bring food with you. There are also gigs of known bands in different night spots. Many artists and performers come here to unwind and have fun or treat Davaoeños for great music. Local newspapers and magazines provide schedules of events and happenings in the city.
Best Way To Get Around:
Taxis are very reliable here and more organized compared with those in Manila. You may call the local taxi operators or ask your hotel front desk to help you out. You can take a walk around the city, with most establishments within walking distance. The local jeepney is also a good alternative to go around Davao. Just ask a local of the routes they are plying to make sure you don’t get lost.