Summer is the best time to visit Davao. It begins in June and continues till August. The weather is good and temperatures are warm. Davao records the highest number of tourists throughout the year during summer in the month of August. Autumn comes up next, from September to November. Autumn’s influx of tourist is low and prices generally drop during this time. Winter starts in December and ends in February. As expected, temperatures drop and tourism is at its slowest. The next best time to visit after summer is during spring, from March to May. Davao’s weather never reaches harsh extremes, so all year round the weather favours tourist travels.
Davao has an international airport that receives both domestic and foreign flights from different parts of the globe. If you’re in Cebu, Manila, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga, Iloilo, or Bacolod, you’ll find cheap domestic flights that are received at Davao International Airport. These domestic flights are provided by Philippines Airlines, Air Asia, and Cebu Pacific. There are direct foreign flights from Singapore and Malaysia only. Davao has a busy seaport that serves not only the city but the Philippines as a whole. Davao can be reached on ferries from Samal and Talikud islands. Although the cargo traffic is higher, the port also serves passenger traffic, making the ferry ride a common means of entering the city. Equally, there are buses that can get to Davao from other cities in the country. All neighbouring cities have routes on land to Davao. There are reliable bus systems and routes that link these all neighbouring cities.
Davao is a major tourist destination in the Philippines, and the hospitality industry seems to understand what it takes to be on the top list. They’ve developed the industry and provided several luxurious and decent lodging options at great prices. Some hotels also have superb restaurants, spas, gyms, and other services. Among the several hotels and accommodation that litter Davao, here are just 5 of them: 1. Accommodation Budget Room Davao 2. Crown Regency Residence 3. Go Hotels Lanang 4. Hotel Uno 5. Marco Polo
Food doesn't get better elsewhere in the Philippines. Their menus are rich with superb delicacies and native favourites. It’s not just the quality of the food; it’s the vivid reflection of the city’s rich and deep culture in them. A few famous restaurants in the area include: 1. Balik Bukid Farm & Kitchen 2. Cafe Tavera 3. Claude's Le Cafe de Ville 4. Daidokoro Diner 5. Davao Dencia's Restaurant
Tourists have not to worry about their safety in Davao. The city has been a safe tourist destination for years and there is hardly a record of assault on tourists that visit the area. The city police work really hard to keep it peaceful and you can trust that they will do their best to protect lives and properties. However, it's not advisable to be careless when you are out on the streets. Avoid actions that will attract petty thieves your way like showing off expensive pieces of jewellery or walking out with huge amounts of cash on you. In general, Davao city is safe.
Davao offers tourists several options in getting around. Of all the means, taxis are the most convenient. They can get you to almost every part of the city on the fastest time possible. There are taxi companies that operate pick up services, all you do is send an SMS to the company and they’ll send a taxi your way. Jeepney is the fun way of going around. It’s the cheapest, SLOWER, and covers more grounds than the conventional taxis. When on a jeepney, you can pay at any time between the ride, but if you’re not with the exact amount for the fare then you’ve got to pay on time so the driver will seek out your balance. When you’re ready to pay just shout “bayad” and pass the money to the passenger in front of you who passes it to the driver. Buses are also available but they shuttle defined routes, limiting the coverage of this means. However, you can rent a bike or a car to go around the city at your own pace. Then there’s something new- water taxis. Water taxis will take you around neighbouring coastal regions, beaches, waterfront restaurant, and islands easily and efficiently.
From the highest point at Mount Apo to the lowest points of Samal Island, and everything in between, parks, wildlife, falls, museums, gardens, beaches, architectural masterpieces, and more, Davao top attractions are so many. Here’s a short list of 5 top attractions: 1. Crocodile Park 2. Davao Butterfly Garden 3. Davao Museum 4. Kipilas Falls 5. Lake Venado
Want to blend in? Then don’t be caught in a taxi! Use the colourful local jeepney when you need to move around. Only newbies shout “stop, I’m ok here.” Chances are that the driver will pass your stop before realising you mean to stop! When you want to stop you shout “Lugar lang” or “para” or do it the typical way- tap on the ceiling of the jeepney. Cebuano is the native language generally spoken here. So you’ve got to learn how to exchange pleasantries in the market and streets using their language, English is for tourists!