Introduction to Davao Region

Philippine Eagle, Mt. Apo, Durian, Duterte – probably the most common top-of-mind when on thinks of Davao!

While Davao prides itself for being host to the country’s icons: the Mt. Apo, the “King of Philippine Mountains” and the country’s highest peak; Waling-waling the “Queen of Orchids”; the Philippine Eagle, always referred to as the “King of Birds” and the country’s National Bird; and the Durian, the “King of Fruits”l a visit to this Southeastern portion of the Mindanao in the Philippines will take you to these majestic icons and beyond.

Davao Region will surely satisfy your urge for island to highlands experience. All the provinces under the Davao Region has scenic mountain ranges, pluging waterfalls, white sand beaches, and breathaking island destinations. Prepare your heart out as you immerse in the authentic culture, experience the rich biodiversity and dig in culinary adventure, all worthy of a visit or two.

Map out your adventure or enjoy your productive business meetings with the region’s capital, and now a top economic power hub in the country, Davao City, for a weekend or vacation of a lifetime!

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EXPLORE RELAX REPEAT

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Breath-Taking Sights

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Bountiful Harvest

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ECO ADVENTURE

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Culture & Heritage

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Flora & Fauna

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Festivals

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Sun & Beach

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Gastronomical Adventure

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Diving

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MICE Destinations

CITIES AND PROVINCES

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THINGS TO KNOW

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How To Get There

Going to the region is as easy as booking a flight to Davao City from other major cities in the Philippines. The Davao International Aiport services flights from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Clark, Puerto Princesa, Zamboanga City, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Tacloban and Kalibo. One can also book a flight straight to Davao City from Singapore via Silk Air and Cebu Pacific. If road trip is your thing the region is also accessible by land from Luzon and Visayas through Maharlika Highways, as well from any points in Mindanao.

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How To Get Around

From the aiport, Davao City downtown proper is a mere-15-minute ride. Metered taxi cabs and car rentals are readily available. Once in downtown proper, public transportations like jeepney are very accessible to get around the metro. If going to the provinces, there are integrated van and bus terminals conveniently located at the different malls including SM City Davao, Victoria Plaza and Gaisano Mall or go to Davao City’s ever reliable Ecoland Bus Terminal, where a variety of different bus companies can take you the the different provinces in the region.

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Where To Stay

Within Davao City, the kinds of accommodation depend on personal preference. There is a wide range of accommodation options from 5 and 4-star hotels to inns and hostels. Accommodation in the provinces also range from inns, resorts and homestays to even camp grounds. Make sure to ask the locals who can give you the best recommendations..

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Internet

Davao City boasts itself as one of the first cities in the country to provide free internet access in lobbies of public hospitals, rural health units, local government unit halls, libraries, seaports, parks, and public terminals. Just to connect to the public Wi-Fi and your one-hour free internet is good to go. For more reliable internet access, many restaurants and hotels offer free Wi-Fi access. It bound to the provinces on-the-go options are pre-paid local SIM cards and pocket Wi-Fi devices and USB dongies. All mobile carriers have cheap data bundle offers, so make sure to ask you vendor for the codes.

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Language

Some of the most commonly spoken dialects in the regions include Ceubuano, Hiligaynon, Dabawenyo, Maguindanao, Bagobo, Gulanagan,Tagakaolo, Kagan and Mandaya. Fret not as locals can speak the Filipino langunage with ease due to exposure to TV Programming and influence of the Tagalo that frequent the region for visit or business. The locals have a good grasp of English as well after learning it from school and exposure to foreign English movies and TV shows.

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Currency & Time

Currency
Philippine Peso USD 1 = Php51.28

Time Zone
UTC / GMT +8:00

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HOTELS

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APARTEL

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Tourist Inns

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PENSION HOUSE & HOMESTAY

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RESORTS

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Restaurants

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Adventure &
Ecotourism Facility

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3 SPA & 4 DIVES

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TRAVELS &
TOUR OPERATORS

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Tourist Land
Transport Operators

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Tour Guides

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Meetings, Incentices, Conventions & Exhibit (MICE) Organizer