The sights and sensations all over the Davao region are endless. Davao City in Davao del Sur alone is chock-full of attractions and activities that can be lined up all in a day – that is, if you want a breathless, jampacked 24-hour getaway. Here’s a list of things to experience in Davao City if you want a little bit of everything within one city.

Malagos Garden Resort. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Learn about all things chocolate at Malagos Garden Resort. Follow the journey that Davao’s famous premium cacao makes – from bean to bar. Malagos Garden Resort’s unique farm experience that can last for a day tour or an overnight stay in the resort’s own amenities. Aside from immersing visitors in a meaningful cacao experience, it also carries a wide range of activities for the whole family such as a chocolate museum, a butterfly museum, hydroponics garden, bird-feeding dome and a butterfly sanctuary.

A Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga Jeffeyri) at the Philippine Eagle Foundation. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Meet the city’s resident wildlife. Davao City is home to several important wildlife sanctuaries that are easily accessible from the city proper. Visit the Philippine Eagle Foundation to see the majestic Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga Jeffeyri) and learn more about how precious these regal raptors are, get reacquainted with saltwater and freshwater crocodiles at the Crocodile Park and find out how fascinating these cold-blooded creatures actually are, and learn about critically endangered pawikan (sea turtle) species like the Hawksbill turtle, Green Sea turtle, and Olive Ridley turtle, hatchlings at the Cleanergy Park, where nesting sites have been found and are being protected and studied.

Roxas Night Market. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Eat to your heart’s content. The region is also known for its distinct delicacies, and you can sample a little bit of it all in Davao City. Get your tuna fix at Tuna Bruh’To (TBT) cooked in an array of in different ways – tuna belly, panga (jaw), lumpia, sisig, tinola style; try out all the other grilled seafoods, meats, and local delicacies at the bustling Roxas Night Market; and choose from the different pungent and delectable durian candies and sweets offered at Durian World. 

A child in indigenous attire at Kadayawan Village. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Go on a cultural immersion. Get to know Davao City’s 11 tribes in Kadayawan Village, which was established in the spirit of the Kadayawan Festival. The village features the culture, handicraft, and traditions of the six Moro tribes (Tausug, Maguindanaon, Iranun, Kagan, Maranao, and Sama) and five Lumad tribes (Klata, Ata, Ubo Manuvo, Matigsalog, and Tagabawa). You can also catch colorful cultural shows and artistic performances by the Tribu K’Mindanawan Artists at the Tribu K’Mindanawan Cultural Village.

Davao Museum of History and Ethnography. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Take a deep dive into Davao’s history and heritage. Aside from its rich concentration of indigenous cultures, the city also houses important museums such as the Museo Dabawenyo, dubbed the “People’s Museum”, which contains a wealth of educational artifacts, paintings, and more, and the Davao Museum of History and Ethnography which not only focuses on the city’s roots, but also of Southern Mindanaoan culture as a whole as showcased through a collection of artifacts, cultural materials, as well as educational programs.

White water rafting at Davao River. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Nature adventures. The city also acts as a convenient gateway for both rugged outdoor adventures and scenic leisure spots. Take on the raging rapids of the Davao River with Davao Wildwater Adventure Incorporated, be charmed by the Everlasting Power Of Love (EPOL) Falls in Marilog, or enjoy the cool breeze and skyrides at the Eden Nature Park.

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