Natural wonders are the main attraction for trips to Davao, so make sure you include visits to the Crocodile Park and the fabulous Eden Nature Park in your itinerary. The Crocodile Park is one of the region’s biggest tourist attractions and, if you are not keen on large reptiles, then you can visit the park’s charming butterfly reserve. Eden, a little away from the city, is filled with tranquil walking trails as well as a Sky Rider activity and horse riding treks.
A short trip away from the centre of the city is Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines towering above the island group. A potentially active volcano, the mountain is surrounded by nutrient-rich slopes covered with extensive forests and farmed areas. As a result, you will find an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables in this part of the Philippines; most of which feature prominently in the region’s cuisine.
While you are in Davao, head to the Philippine Eagle Centre, home to the incredibly rare and majestic bird that shares its name and marks the national bird and emblem of the country. If you wish to explore more traditional attractions, then pay a visit San Pedro Cathedral, which dates to around the 1800s and is still the city’s main centre of worship.
One of the more unusual monuments and one that features in most tourists’ photo collections, is the giant durian fruit statue that sits outside the airport. The durian – known for its unpleasant smell yet truly delicious taste – is one of the region’s main crops and exports.