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A guide to Davao City, Philippines

Davao City is a popular destination for tourists and businessmen, being the third most important city in the Philippines, a South East Asian country. It is a clean, safe and exciting place with its hospitable and friendly English-speaking people. Learn more about Davao, how to get there and what to expect from this city in the southern island of Mindanao.

Overview: Davao City

The Philippines is a South East Asian country with thousands of islands subdivided into three main groups: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Davao City is in the southern island of Mindanao and is the third most important city in the country next to Manila (in Luzon) and Cebu (in the Visayas). It is a popular destination among local and international tourists and businessmen, with its beautiful scenic spots, booming Davao real estate business, hospitable people, exotic flora, fauna and safe atmosphere. How to get there The Davao International Airport serves biweekly flights direct to and from Singapore and Manado, Indonesia. Most people travel to this city from other Philippine cities like Manila, Cebu and Zamboanga by plane, ferry boat or bus.

Getting around Davao City

To visit the different sites in the city and surrounding localities, one may simply rent a car or board a taxi, a jeepney or a bus. It is easy to get around because most of the people are friendly, and can understand and speak English. Where to stay There is no shortage of accommodations in Davao where you can select from four-star accommodations like Marco Polo Davao on Claveria, the Waterfront Insular Hotel on Lanang, and the Apo View Hotel or stay in cheaper lodges and inns around the city. Serviced residences and town houses or apartments for rent are also available all for negotiable rates. What to enjoy Sight-seeing Some of the sites to enjoy in Davao City include Mt. Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines, the Philippine Eagle Centre which houses the Philippine Eagle, one of the largest eagles in the world and unfortunately also one of the most endangered, and Eden Nature Park where you can have nice walks, or go fishing and horse riding. Fun activities Have fun at the beach by taking a boat which departs regularly to Paradise Island Beach Resort or go white water rafting a wild water adventure while at the Crocodile Park. There are more activities to enjoy, just ask a local guide or hotel personnel for tips. Restaurants and shops Aside from eating exotic foods like durian, pomelo and seafood in local stores and restaurants, one will also enjoy shopping for native products that are handmade and other popular products in malls, supermarkets, stall and shopping centres in the city.

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