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Dazzling Davao

Book flights to Davao and dive into the South Philippines’ bustling epicentre. It’s sprawling and chaotic, but with plenty of charm and a warm, friendly vibe.

The city is a great spot for foodies, with excellent street food and upmarket restaurants. It’s also just a short hop to some of the country’s pristine beaches.

sail boat at paradise beach resort sama island davao

From Davao, you can see the impressive sight of Mount Apo, the Philippines’ highest mountain.

Head to Eden Nature Park for breathtaking views of the city below. Within this luscious pine forest you’ll find hiking trails and authentic restaurants, offering up delicious local dishes.

The city centre is busy, with plenty of new malls and office blocks springing up, while the tranquil oasis of the local countryside is only a short bus ride or drive away.

Fly to Davao and discover a city that is both a thriving commercial port and a cultural hub.

What’s the weather like in Davao?

What’s the weather like in Davao?

Average temperatureAverage rainfall

JAN

27°C

12cm

FEB

27°C

11cm

MAR

27°C

10cm

APR

28°C

15cm

MAY

28°C

22cm

JUN

27°C

20cm

JUL

27°C

16cm

AUG

27°C

18cm

SEP

28°C

18cm

OCT

28°C

18cm

NOV

27°C

14cm

DEC

27°C

12cm

The Philippines has a tropical and humid climate. The temperature in Davao is consistent throughout the year, sitting at around 27°C.

December to January are typically the coolest and driest months. May is generally the hottest month, and from May to October rainfall becomes more frequent.

Reasons to visit Davao

view of mount apo from brgy davao city

Glorious Mount Apo

Mount Apo is a must-see if you book Davao flights. The Philippines’ tallest mountain stands nearly 9,824 feet (3,000 metres) above sea level and is visible from most parts of the city. It’s a challenging climb, but it offers unbeatable views across the Filipino countryside.

You can arrange organised treks up the mountain from Davao, usually including food and camping accommodation. The round trip takes three to four days. You’ll pass along forested paths, hot springs, and crystal lakes. There are several different trails up to the top with different levels of difficulty – the local guides can advise on which one is best suited to your fitness level.

lumads sculpture in peoples park davao philippines

Relax in the park

Davao has several lovely parks that are perfect for a relaxing day out, many with activities to entertain the kids.

People’s Park is a real urban oasis, somewhere to relax under the shade of the park’s lush trees or visit the newest outdoor art exhibition. Malagos Garden Resort is a must-visit for families – here you’ll find bird shows where they teach children about endangered animals, a butterfly house and a Chocolate Museum.

Along Davao’s seafront you’ll find Davao Baywalk. It offers fantastic sunrise views for those early birds who enjoy a gentle stroll to start the day. Treat yourself to a coffee or breakfast in the nearby cafes.

tropical landscape of samal island in davao

Life’s a beach

Like most places in the Philippines, white sand and lapping waves are never far away. Book your plane tickets to Davao and prepare to explore the city’s beaches. Enjoy long walks along the coast and soak up some of the local vibes.

Take a day trip to one of the nearby islands for more sea and sand. Samal Island is a favourite with many visitors and is just 45 minutes by boat. Expect outstanding scuba diving and snorkelling, as well as waterfalls and white water rafting for an adrenaline-packed adventure day out.

Things to know before you fly to Davao

plane Airport transfers

Fly to Davao and you’ll land at Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO), seven-and-a-half miles from the city centre. You can arrange an airport transfer with Etihad or take your pick from taxis or public transport. If you take a taxi, make sure it’s an official metered taxi.

holiday Public holidays

The Kadayawan Festival in the third week of August is when Davao’s people give thanks for the harvest and celebrate their culture and traditions. Expect a magnificent street parade, great food and a friendly atmosphere as Davao’s people happily share their celebration with visitors.

bus Getting around

The locals travel in colourful shared taxis called Jeepneys. These are cheap and can be crowded, but they’re a fun and unique experience for tourists. For local short hops, the tricycles (similar to tuk-tuks elsewhere in Asia) are also popular. Metered taxis are also very good value.

meals Local cuisine

Seafood is plentiful in Davao, and it’s renowned for tuna. Many stalls will sell the catch of the day, freshly fried. Try pakfry, twice-cooked deep-fried tuna tail.

Durian is also available in Davao – an exotic, sweet fruit – renowned for its strong smell. Try it fresh or enjoy in a cheesecake.

Flying to Davao: FAQs

How long do people stay in Davao?

Davao’s main tourist sites can be seen in a couple of days. But there is much more to the city than its centre. If you want to take a trek to Mount Apo, you’ll need at least four days. Most visitors will also want at least a couple of days on the beach. Allow seven to 10 days to experience everything the city has to offer.

What is there to do in Davao at night?

Head to Roxas night market for excellent shopping and street food. The atmosphere is lively and friendly, and it’s a great place to get to know the city and its people. It’s busiest at the weekends. For a more relaxed option, try People’s Park, a popular spot for locals and tourists.

How big is Davao?

Davao has a total land area of 944 square miles, making it one of the world’s largest cities by land area. Its population is around 1.6 million, making it one of the most-populated cities in the country.

Why we love Davao

“Davao is a big city, but it has plenty of green space and a relaxed feel – perfect for couples, or a family. Stroll around People’s Park, especially in the evening, before heading on to Roxas Market for some street food. A day trip out to one of the beaches is a must.”

Weather in Davao City

29 °C
Friday23 Oct 2020
29 °C
Saturday24 Oct 2020
27 °C
Sunday25 Oct 2020
28 °C
Monday26 Oct 2020
28 °C
Tuesday27 Oct 2020
26 °C
Wednesday28 Oct 2020
28 °C
Thursday29 Oct 2020
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