The Davao Region has just about all kinds of terrain – high-altitude mountains, unspoiled islands, pristine beaches, caves, rivers, and agricultural plains and valleys. It also has a melting pot of cultures and traditions, because of its rich blend of indigenous groups and inter-faith communities, predominantly consisting of Muslims and Roman Catholics. It is precisely this mix of natural landscapes, seascapes, and cultures that gives the region a colorful profile, with breathtaking adventures and enriching cultural destinations found in every corner. Here’s a handy guide on how you can experience the best of both worlds.

Lake Leonard in Davao de Oro. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Rugged adventures in Davao de Oro. The province of Davao de Oro is filled with naturally rugged terrains from the sea to the forests. Explore Kopiat Island off Mabini, Maco’s Mainit Sulfuric Hot Springs and Lake Leonard, Maragusan’s falls and springs, and Monkayo’s Bongloy Cave and Awao falls. 

Tagum City Historical and Cultural Center. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Culture and leisure in Davao del Norte. Davao del Norte is replete with resorts, festivals, and religious destinations to explore. Go beach-hopping around Samal, see the museum of Panabo, and head on over to Tagum to stay in any of Tagum’s resorts and visit its churches, food destinations, and distinctly durian products.

Hiking to Mt. Apo. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Eco-adventures in Davao del Sur. While Davao del Sur is known for Davao City, its capital is actually Digos City – which has ecotourism zones such as Mt. Apo jumpoff points, Camp Sabros’ misty mountain adventures, and the towering rock formations and caves of Matanao.

Surfing in Dahican Beach, Mati City. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Sea to summit circuits in Davao Oriental. This province is replete with adventure zones up high and down low. Experience highland adventures and go wildlife watching in Mt. Hamiguitan in San Isidro, try your hand in surfing in Mati City’s famous Dahican Beach, or dive into the rich waters of the Lucatan Dive Sites in Tarragona.

Gaginaway Festival in Malita. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Davao Occidental’s falls and festivals. The Philippines’ newest and 81st province, Davao Occidental is brimming with natural and cultural attractions that have yet to be explored by those from outside the region. Add the ​​Balakayo Falls, Indalugong Falls, Kablolan Falls, Kinangan Falls and Sangay Falls to your waterfall-chase bucket list, and visit the town of Malita for the Gaginaway Festival – a colorful lumad celebration of bounty and unity that unfolds annually during the full moon of November.

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