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Information About Davao

Davao is located in the southern shores of Mindanao Island, along the West coast of the Davao Gulf. During the last century, Davao City grew to become a major trading port, especially for agricultural products such as bananas and pineapple. Around Davao you can go white water rafting, wakeboard, scuba dive, snorkel, swim and parasail, although to be truthful the scuba diving and snorkeling is much better around nearby Samal Island.

Davao City is surrounded to the North and West by mostly forested mountains; much of the lowland areas are filled with plantations of banana (to the North) and pineapple (to the West). The Davao Gulf is well flushed by tidal flows and has abundant fish stocks, including tuna.

Davao is increasingly becoming a tourist destination. Davao International Airport provides a gateway to the provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur and, of course, to the Samal Island group, these provinces are recognized for their superb caving (potholing), mountaineering, surfing, scuba diving and other adventure sports.

Davao is rightly known as the fruit capital of the Philippines, due in part to the abundance and variety of fruit bat species that inhabit the limestone caves to the North and on Samal Island to the East.

Davao City lays claim to being the World centre for durian fruit. Durian is one of Davao City’s major tropical fruit harvests along with pomelo and jack fruit.

How To Get To Davao

To get to Davao from Metro Manila is easy, with frequent daily flights provided by all the major domestic airlines and from some international airlines; if arriving from the other Philippines international hub at Cebu / Mactan, there are also daily flights to Davao.

To get to Davao from Europe or Australia, one viable option is to route via Singapore, where daily flights to Davao International Airport are also available.

From Davao City, air-conditioned transport is available to reach all the significant sporting areas, within the geographic limits of the City and beyond.

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Where To Stay In Davao

There are hotels and resorts to stay in Davao to suit almost any budget - from US$20-250 per room per night. You can always find a hotel or waterfront resort room to stay in Davao or you can take the short trip across the Davao Gulf to Samal Island, where another wide selection of beach resorts is also available.

In Davao City, there are a number guest houses and inns to cater for the budget traveler; international 4-star hotels are located in downtown Davao, while international 4-star resorts along the waterfront are available in the Lanang area.

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Getting Around Davao

Davao City is a transportation hub, to as far as the Pacific Ocean. From Davao City air-conditioned transport is available to reach all the significant sporting areas, within the geographic limits of the City and beyond.

To get around Davao City there are a network of jeepneys and tricycles along all major routes and to outlying areas. Taxis are available almost everywhere and, refreshingly, they always use the meter and almost always have change.

Davao city is also the main tourist staging post for ferry journeys to Samal Island.

 

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