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Welcome to Davao Region

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ABOUT

Designated in the southeastern portion of Mindanao, Davao region is comprised of five provinces, one highly urbanized cities, and five component cities.

Location

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Best Time to Visit

For the best combination of agreeable temperatures of around 27° C (80° F) and as little rain as possible, the best time to visit this region is between February and March. The first months of dry season can still be rainy, while the last months are usually pretty hot and humid.

Fast Facts

Area: 20,357 km² (7,859 mi²)

Population: 4,893,318

Density: 221/km2

Regional Center: Davao City

Languages: CebuanoMandayaKalaganGianganDibabawonTagabawaMansakaSangireseOboSaranganiHiligaynonJapaneseHokkienEnglish

Provinces:

REGION 11 – Davao Region

PROVINCELAND AREA KM2POPULATION
Davao de Oro4,479.77736,107
Davao del Norte3,426.971,016,332
Davao del Sur4,607.592,265,579
Davao Occidental2,163.45316,342
Davao Oriental5,679.64558,958
Total
20,357.424,893,318

Cities: (6) Davao City; Digos City; Mati; Panabo; Samal; Tagum

Barangays: 1,162

Major Industries

  • Crops (Palay, corn, sugarcane, banana, coconut, durian, pineapple)
  • Aqua Culture
  • Food Processing
  • Mining
  • Livestock/poultry
  • Tourism
  • Forest Products
  • Minerals (Gold, Copper, Silver, Chromite)

Getting Here

The best way to get to Davao Region depends on where you’re traveling from and your budget.

The fastest and most convenient method of travel a far distance in the Philippines is most often by plane, however in some cases, traveling by sea or land may be a better option and more cost-effective.

AIRPORTS

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BUS TERMINALS

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SEAPORTS

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Getting Around

The following are the modes of transportation available in this region.

Suggested Budget

Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily.  Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.

ACCOMMODATION
FOOD
TRANSPORTATION
ATTRACTIONS
AVERAGE DAILY COST
Budget
Accommodation: $7
Food: $5
Transportation: $5
Attractions: $20
Average Daily Cost: $37
Mid-Range
Accommodation: $30
Food: $15
Transportation: $10
Attractions: $25
Average Daily Cost: $80
Luxury
Accommodation: $70
Food: $30
Transportation: $15
Attractions: $30
Average Daily Cost: $145

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SEE & DO 

  • Aguacan Cold Spring
  • Aliwagwag Falls
  • Awao Falls
  • Balakayo Falls
  • Bonsai Forest
  • Davao Crocodile Park
  • Davao Museum of History and Ethnography
  • Hagimit Falls
  • Indalugong Falls
  • Mount Apo
  • Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
  • People’s Park
  • Philippine Eagle Center
  • Tagum Night Market

EAT & DRINK

  • Buttered bagaybay (Davao Oriental)
  • Crocodile Egg Ice Cream (Davao del Sur)
  • Crocodile burger (Davao del Sur)
  • Durian (Davao del Norte)
  • Durian Cheesecake (Davao del Sur)
  • Durian Coffee (Davao del Sur)
  • Durian ice cream (Davao del Norte)
  • Durian pie (Davao del Norte)
  • Durian shake (Davao del Norte)
  • Fresh durian (Davao del Sur)
  • Fresh pomelo (Davao del Sur)
  • Fruit-based products (Davao Occidental)
  • Fruits (Davao Occidental)
  • Grilled tuna (Davao Oriental)
  • Kinilaw na tuna (Davao del Norte)
  • Lumpia made from ubod (Davao Oriental)
  • Lyurot (Davao de Oro)
  • Malagos Chocolate (Davao del Sur)
  • Marang (Davao del Norte)
  • Mati empanada (Davao Oriental)
  • Mati’s Brew coffee (Davao Oriental)
  • Nilamburan nga suman (Davao de Oro)
  • Sinuglaw (Davao del Norte & Davao Oriental)

WHERE TO STAY

Where to Stay in Davao Region

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EVENTS & FESTIVALS

  • Kadayawan Festival

WHAT’S NEARBY

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Patrick

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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