Davao City is the heart and most populous city in Mindanao. With a great blend of city and nature, there are many things to do in Davao City, like gorgeous parks. Check out why their phrase “Life is Here” suits them. Here are 5 Parks you need to visit here and things to do in Davao City.
Davao started with six tribes settling in there living together. The name came from a mixture of “Dabo, ” “Duhwow,” and “Davoh.” It has been occupied, like the whole country, by the Spanish, Japanese, and Americans. With many influences and exceptional leadership and cooperation from the Dabawenyos, it became what it is today.
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Entrance Fee: PHP 150 (100 for 17 – 4 years old)
Getting Here: Taxi or ride a van to Calinan, then a tricycle to the Water District.
At the foot of Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines lies the Philippine Eagle Center. The Philippine Eagle is one of the rarest and critically endangered species in the world because of hunting and deforestation. You can see these majestic birds and also other birds, mammals, and reptiles in the Centre.
When we were there, we met Fighter. He’s a Philippine Eagle that sadly got shot by poachers. His left-wing was cut off so that he could stay alive. His home is now at the PEC, and his goal is to educate people to Save Eagles and Stop Poachers.
P.S. He was not harmed nor touched during our picture-taking session; his caretaker took the pics.
Day Packages: PHP 220 (plated snacks) and PHP 550 (buffet lunch)
Activities: From PHP 40 – 150
Getting Here: Ride a jeep to Toril and Stop at Mercury Drug Store, from there ride a habal-habal to Eden.
Located in the mountains of Davao is Eden Nature Park. This 80-hectare resort is filled with pine trees and adrenaline rushing activities. You can genuinely enjoy Mother Nature and the cold weather here. It’s also a great place to stay when in Davao. Unfortunately, I was not able to stay during my visit, but this looks amazing!
Entrance Fee: PHP 350
Getting Here: Jeepney to R. Castillo St.
Want to see crocodiles and other fascinating animals and birds? Off you go to Davao Crocodile Park and Zoo; they have exciting shows from Birds doing tricks to the cute Orangutans and the mighty crocodile at the center. The area is so vast; I enjoyed my visit there, you will too. I highly suggest not going near the croc when they have a show near him; take it from me: a person who got unexpectedly wet due to the splash.
PS. It would’ve been perfect, but some guy left me with a snake on my neck after taking my picture. Haha. See my super scared face in the pic.
4. People’s Park
Entrance Fee: None
Getting Here: Jeepney to R. Castillo St.
The People’s Park is a public park in the heart of Davao City. It has a human-made forest, falls, fountain, and fish ponds. With a giant durian shaped dome filled with different types of bamboos, it’s a very remarkable place to see. Children will love it as there are a playground and some doves that live in the area. It’s one of the best things to do in Davao City.
5. GAP Farm
Entrance Fee: PHP 100
Pool Fee: PHP 50
Getting Here: Taxi through Diversion Road
When I’ve been to Davao (twice, I think), I always remember GAP Farm because of the large Carabao Statue that’s peeing. It’s a 10-hectare farm or orchard for fruits like durian, pomelo, and much more.
The Carabao is not the only attention-grabbing thing on the farm, but also there are statues about Philippine culture, folklore, and history. A cave is also there that was made by Japanese soldiers. Other activities you can enjoy besides having a picnic is horse riding and swimming at the pool. Don’t also forget to take a picture with the “Land of Promise.”
How to get to Davao City
- The airport in Davao city is Francisco Bangoy International Airport.
- Local Flights available to and from: Manila, Cebu, Clark, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Siargao, Tagbilaran, and Zamboanga
- International Flights available to and from: Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Qatar, China
- There are also bus rides from most places in Mindanao to Davao.
Sample Itinerary on Davao City
Day 1 in Davao City
Philippine Eagle Center
GAP Farming Resort
Day 2 in Davao City
Morning / Mid Afternoon
Crocodile Park and Zoo
Mid Afternoon / Evening
Day 3 in Davao City
Eden Nature Park and Resort
Life is truly here in Davao City. Though it’s a highly urbanized city, it still has places where you could enjoy Mother Nature and fresh air. There are also many beautiful things to do in Davao City and the culture and history you could learn. I hope you have fun traveling here! Keep safe!
About the Writer
Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and I fell in love with the experience. I aim to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.
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