10 Must-Visit Davao Tourist Spots Perfect for All Types of Travelers

10 Must-Visit Davao Tourist Spots Perfect for All Types of Travelers
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Whether you’re a nature-lover, a thrill-seeker, or just someone who’s looking for a chill retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Davao is a great place to start your adventure. From beaches and parks to conservation centers for animals, you will never run out of amazing Davao tourist spots to visit.

Aside from the beautiful Davao tourist attractions, what pulls travelers in the province is its identifier, being one of the safest cities in the country.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Davao

Head down south of the Philippines for an adventure of a lifetime! Here are the 10 best Davao tourist spots to visit.

  1. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Island Garden City of Samal
  3. Aliwagwag Falls
  4. Cape of San Agustin
  5. Lake Carolina
  6. Dahican Beach
  7. Crocodile Park
  8. Philippine Eagle Center
  9. Mt. Apo
  10. San Victor Island

1. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental is Mindanao’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It boasts of a beautiful pygmy forest, one of the very few all over the world, and hosts a rich biodiversity and endemicity of flora and fauna, an embodiment of ecological balance, which in this age and time, we can seldom see and behold. 

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary’s biggest draw is its sheer diversity and variety of its resident wildlife. As visitors delve in this mysterious forest, encountering astonishing plants and animals, many of those found nowhere else in the world, is a regular sight. 

Read more about Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary here.

2. Island Garden City of Samal

Talikud Island

If you’re craving for the sun, sand, and sea, the best place to visit in Davao is the Island Garden City of Samal. Here you’d find some of Davao’s most pristine beaches including Samal Island and Talikud Island. These places will definitely give the relaxation you need while enjoying a great view of the ocean.

3. Aliwagwag Falls

aliwagwag falls

Known for its staircase-like boulders, Aliwagwag Falls is among the top famous places in Davao. This picturesque 84-tiered falls with more than 130 cascades stands at 1,110 feet making it the highest waterfall in the Philippines. 

4. Cape of San Agustin

cape of san agustin

Facing the great Celebes Sea, the Cape of San Agustin mixes remains of the Spanish colonial rule and the beauty of the Philippine beaches. Many divers frequent this place because of the diving experience at the famous diving site known as “the wall.” Cape of San Agustin houses three lighthouses which offer equally breathtaking views of the sea. You can also visit an amazing rock formation called “the altar.”

5. Lake Carolina

Lake Carolina

Located just 15 minutes away from the national highway, Lake Carolina in Baganga is a perfect destination for people who are looking for a one-of-a-king experience. Although called a lake, it is actually a lagoon filled with brackish water and abundant marine life. Close to Palawan’s turquoise waters, every corner is definitely Instagrammable! The surrounding green trees makes the place even more relaxing.

6. Dahican Beach

Dahican Beach

One of the must-visit Davao tourist spots is Dahican Beach. It is popular with surfers, skimboarders and beach bums, that offers a simple, unspoiled slice of paradise with a stunning crescent-shaped coastline and thrilling waves for an adrenaline rush.

7. Crocodile Park

Crocodile Park

Davao Crocodile Park showcases the “state of the art” crocodile farming in the country. This Davao City tourist spot is home to thousands of crocodiles—both freshwater and saltwater reptiles, which are bred and born on site. You can also check out the incubator room where hundreds of crocodile eggs are taken care of.

Aside from the crocodiles, you can also find different species of birds, monkeys, snakes, and other reptiles in the park. What makes this park more fun and interesting is that they also offer lectures and wildlife conservation awareness.

8. Philippine Eagle Center

Philippine Eagle

Another great Davao City tourist spot for animal-lovers is the Philippine Eagle Center. It is an 8.4-hectare area located at the foothills of Mt. Apo. The Philippine Eagle Center primarily operates as a conservation breeding facility for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and other birds of prey.

9. Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo

Dubbed as the “King of Philippine Peaks,” Mt. Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines and among the highest in Southeast Asia standing at 10,311 feet. This Davao City tourist spot is a must-visit especially if you’re looking for a thrill adventure. There are different trails you can take and there are seven different peaks at the summit where you can see scenic views–from the majestic sunrise and sunset, to the magical sight of seeing the ground touching the sky.

10. San Victor Island

If you want a secluded and serene getaway, detached from the whole world, San Victor Island is the perfect place to be. San Victor Island boasts its fine white sand and clean water that’s home to many sea creatures including the transient dugongs and marine vegetation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Davao Tourist Spots

Q: What is Davao famous for?

A: Davao is famous for so many things—pristine beaches in the Island Garden City of Samal, mountains, animal conservation centers, and the durian. 

Q: What is the best Davao tourist destination?

A: There are many great places to visit in Davao. Here’s a list of the destinations to check out: 

  1. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
  2. Island Garden City of Samal
  3. Aliwagwag Falls
  4. Cape of San Agustin
  5. Lake Carolina
  6. Dahican Beach
  7. Crocodile Park
  8. Philippine Eagle Center
  9. Mt. Apo
  10. San Victor Island

Q: What outdoor activities are famous in Davao?

A: The best thing about visiting Davao is that all types of travelers would definitely enjoy it there. Here are some of the most fun things to do in Davao:

  1. Island-hopping
  2. Getting up close with the wildlife
  3. Hiking
  4. Food tripping
  5. Partying at Kadayawan Festival

Q: Is Davao safe for tourists?

A: Davao is definitely safe for tourists. In fact, it’s hailed as one of the safest cities in the Philippines. But though it’s safe there, make sure to always be careful when traveling.

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