Davao City is a progressive city where skyscrapers are built left and right, the crime rate is low and large investments from different business sectors are continuously pouring in. Considering the number of large malls, expensive shops and luxurious restaurants thriving here, this rapidly advancing city is clearly a fertile ground for entrepreneurs. This city also ranked 6th in the Top Livable City List in the Philippines.
Exploring Davao City
Despite the city’s urbanization, it still managed to take care of its natural attractions and maintain its cleanliness. Davao city won the award of the cleanest city in 1999 & 2004 and was 2nd from 2001 – 2003. On top of its cleanliness, we noticed that there are lots of sturdy and concrete houses here where some are very imposing and grandiose. This gives the impression that most of its citizens are really enjoying the city’s economic gains.
Talking about safety, their police force is one of the most renowned in the country. Their tight security is so well-known throughout the country that based on the news, a kidnapped Filipino-Chinese woman lured her detractors in this city by tricking them that she has a very large account here knowing how tight the security this city has. When they arrived here later, the kidnappers got caught, some got killed and she was rescued.
It’s also amazing to know that this place isn’t short of tourist attractions. It lets you enjoy modern life while being close to the beauty of the countryside at the same time. Davao City’s surrounding forests with century-old trees are all well-taken care of, together with its fauna through its animal sanctuaries. It also serves as a gateway to Davao’s fantastic beaches in Samal Island.
This is just an introduction to our Davao blog series. Please watch out for our upcoming posts on some of the wonderful tourist attractions that we’ve visited in Davao.
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Where To Stay in Davao City
BLUBERRY TOURIST HOTEL
Contact No(s). (082) 227-5555 to 57
Smart #. (+63) 0929-6103272
Globe #. (+63) 0915- 6316030
Sun #. (+63) 0923- 7050340
Contact No(s). (082) 224- 0501 to 05
CHATEAU DEL MAR
Contact No(s). (082)234-3472, (082) 305-8998
CROWN REGENCY RESIDENCES
Contact No.:(082) 225 8188
Contact No(s). (082) 296-2505, (082) 295- 2138
GRAND MEN SENG HOTEL
Contact No(s). (082) 221- 9040
Contact No(s). (082) 235-0888, (082) 235-3400, (082) 300-8888
HOME CREST RESIDENCES
Contact No(s). (082) 297-7777, (082) 299-2777
Contact No(s). (082) 234-3331, (082) 235-3251 to 55
Contact Person: Ms. Alexis Lozano
Contact No(s). (082) 282- 1111
Mobile no. 09215689316
Contact Person: Ms. Beth
Contact No. 295-7053
Contact Person: Rafael Calma
Contact No(s). (082) 2223831 to 34
Contact Person: Humberto de los Santos Jr.
LAS CASITAS INN II
Contact No(s). (082) 222-6552, (082) 321-2617
Contact No(s). (082) 227-8613, (082) 227-1230
Contact No(s). (082) 221-2915, (082) 221-4940
Contact No(s). (082) 299-1610
Contact No(s). (082) 221-0888; (082) 2960070
Contact Person: Ms. Elvie Tan
METROPOLIS /METROPOLITAN SUITES DAVAO
Contact No(s). (082) 282- 8000, (082) 321-2874
Contact Person: Liza Claire T. Facelo
MICRO HOTEL / MICROTEL DAVAO
Contact No(s). (082) 233-2333; (082) 2352033
Contact Person: Mia Celis-Echevarria
Contact No(s). (082) 300-0101
Contact No(s). (082) 300-4040, (082) 222-2021
Contact No(s). (082) 221-2511
Contact Person: Ms. Ana Maria Abaca
NORTHPALM PALM HOTEL & GARDEN
Contact No(s). (082) 234-0733
Contact Person: Jemmalyn Lanzaderas
Contact No(s). (082) 221-2500, (082) 222-1122, (082) 221-2700
ORANGE GROVE HOTEL
Contact No(s). (082) 241-0695
ROYAL MANDAYA HOTEL
Contact No(s). (082) 225-8888
Contact No(s). (082) 221-5011, (082) 305-3531, (082) 227-5295
Contact Person: Rea Bicoy
THE BAGOBO HOUSE
Contact No(s). (082) 222-4444
THE ROYAL HOUSE TRAVEL INN & SUITES
Contact No(s). (082) 227-3630, (082) 221-8106, (082) 2821801
Contact Person: Ms. Nora
Contact No(s). (082) 300-5885, (082) 300-1881, (082) 221-3025
Contact Person: Ms. Delia
Contact No(s). (082) 221-1099
Contact No(s). (082) 221-5674-75
WATERFRONT INSULAR HOTEL
Contact No(s). (082)233-2881
Fax: (6382) 233 2801
Mobile No: 0917 7218595
We R Inn
Contact No. 082-227-9328
Getting to Davao City
By Land (Roll-On/Roll-Off):
Philtranco Bus Company offers a bus trip from Metro Manila to Davao City. Their Pasay/Cubao to Davao fare is P2160.00 for ordinary with 2 ferry included and P2730.00 for aircon with 2 ferries included.
Considering the pricey one-way cost and the long travel time of the bus through roll-on/roll-off, most people wait for promo flights to go to Davao City from the following airline companies below:
What’s nice about Davao City is that it has an international airport (Francisco Bangoy International Airport) which allows visitors outside the country to visit it directly. But some flights require a connecting flight from Manila.
If Davao City is the common gateway to Mindanao by air because of its international airport, CDO (Cagayan de Oro) is the ferry gateway to Mindanao.
Please take note that the travel time from CDO to Davao is around 5-7 hours.
Please click the link below for ferry schedules:
If you travel as a family or a small team, you can rent a van or a car. These typically cost around P2,500.00 to P3,000.00 for city tours and P3,500.00 or higher for countryside trips.
If you’re planning a company outing, please check the bus rental rates below. They offer 43-61 seater buses.
If you’re a solo traveler who has plenty of time, try taking jeepneys! They only charge P8.00 per 4 kilometers. This allows you to lower down your travel expenses and lets you experience the local way of traveling.
Davao City is the gateway to Pearl Farm resort in Davao del Norte. Try not to miss visiting this resort with iconic huts even just for a day tour. Day tour costs P1,850 on weekdays and P2,500 on weekends. What you get in this package is a welcome drink, buffet lunch, free water and free use of an electric car and speed boat to roam around the island(s). Please check the link below for details.