Davao City is the largest city in the Philippines. It is also considered as the most peaceful city in the country because of its very low crime rate. It is said that tourists in Davao City are not only protected by the local police, but also by the hospitable Davoaenos.
Tourist attractions in Davao City:
Mount Apo - The highest mountain in the Philippines is located in Davao. It is home to the monkey-eating Philippine Eagle and the waling-waling, a rare ochid of exceptional beauty.
Crocodile Park - Home of the Philippine crocodiles. This park, besides serving as a breeding center, also present crocodile shows, providing visitors an up close personal view of the prehistoric reptiles. The are also other animals in the park such as tigers and deers as well as a butterfly garden.
Eden Nature Park - A mountain resort located about 50km from Davao City. The 80 hectares property is located in the midst of a wooded mountain. Attractions include swimming, trail walks, horse back riding and a zipline ride called Skyrider. Accommodations and restaurants are available.
Jack's Ridge - Located in Shrine Hills Road, Matina, Davao City, this area used to be part of the headquarter of the retreating Japanese forces towards the end of the World War II. Its locations provide a scenic view of Davao City which is even more spactacular at night. There is a restaurant, a pool, bars, cottages, and a trail up and down the ridge.
Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) - A conservation and breeding center of the endangered Philippine Eagle, the country’s national bird. Located in Malagos, Baguio District in Davao City, the PEC serves as home to many Philippine Eagles saved from poachers, and many younger ones bred in captivity. Pag-asa, inarguably the most popular Philippine Eagle for being the first one to be successfully bred in captivity, can be found here. Aside from Philippine eagles, the PEC also features other animals confined in large enclosures that mimic their natural habitats. These animals will eventually be released into the wild.
People's Park - Located at Legazpi Street in Davao City, this public park is a popular venue for tourists and locals to hang out and unwind. The park features landscaped gardens, dancing fountains, mini-forest, man-made waterfalls, bridges, a children's playground and massive sculptures by local artist Kublai Millan.
San Pedro Cathedral - An old church in San Pedro Street across the City Hall. This cathedral was built around the 19th century and serves as the city's main cathedral.
Shrine of the Holy Infant of Jesus - AKA Santo Nino Shrine located in Matina. The church is perched on a hill which provides an amazing view of the city below. Mass is celebrated everyday but is most crowded during Sundays.
Lonwa Buddhist Temple - Or Long Hua Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in Mindanao. It is less than 10 minutes walk from crossing Cabaguio Avenue.
Dabawenyo Museum - Otherwise known as the "Museum of the people of Davao," this museum features a rich collection of the best and most prominent handicrafts that city is known for. The exhibits are divided in for halls: The Indigenous People’s Gallery presents a collection of arts, crafts, musical instruments and weapons made by the different tribes who lived in the province.
The Moro People’s Gallery displays a collection of miniature houses and boats, musical instruments, chairs, weapons, armors and crowns used by the Muslim people predominantly found in the Southern Philippines.
The Contemporary Gallery presents a collection of classic and modern designs from wood carvings to paintings while the Memorabilia Gallery offers a sneak peak into the ways of the olden days with its collection of vintage clothing, bills (money), musical notes, porcelains and a lot more.
Davao is also a great shopping destination. The city is home to numerous shopping and entertainment complex such as Gaisano Mall of Davao (J.P. Laurel Avenue), Victoria Plaza (J.P. Laurel Avenue), JSGaisano Citimall (Ilustre Street), New City Commercial Center (R. Magsaysay Avenue), Makro-Davao (Bangkal) and SM City Davao (Ecoland). Souvenir seekers will have a field day at Aldevinco Shopping Center (C.M. Recto Avenue) which offers a wide range of batik garments, brass products, ethnic accessories and souvenir shirts. Get your money's worth by haggling.