Are you an avid traveler who’s looking for your next adventure? Maybe you’re also an office worker who’s in need of a break from the stress of your daily life. Whatever your reasons are, traveling is an excellent experience for you. You can enjoy yourself and relax while you’re away from home. You can also see new places or eat ethnic cuisine while you’re traveling. [Check out: 14 Must-Visit Davao City Tourist Attractions]
If you don’t have enough money to travel abroad, the Philippines offers a lot of natural and human-made wonders which you can explore. If you’re checking for possible places that you can visit, consider visiting Davao City. This highly-urbanized city offers more than the famous durian, so check out these Davao tourist attractions which you should visit for your next trip.
12 Best Tourist Spots in Davao City
The Davao Crocodile Park
If you’re in the mood to meet and greet the members of the reptile family, head over to Davao Crocodile Park. Learn facts about the saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, and you can also meet other animals living in the park like monkeys, birds, and snakes.
In 2015, Sonny Dizon (owner of Crocodile Park) opened another Davao tourist attraction, the Wild Museum where you can see a replica of Lolong, the former largest crocodile in captivity. Aside from the animals, you can also enjoy other attractions like the Davao Butterfly House and Tribu K’Mindanawan. You can also enjoy the bird show; the Animal Got Talent Show, crocodile feeding, and other exciting activities.
Eden Nature Park and Resort
If you’re a nature lover, you’ll love Eden Nature Park and Resort – one of the best tourist spots in Davao. You can relax while staying in one of their rooms, or maybe you’d like to explore and see various attractions like the amphitheater, deer park, bird walk, flower garden, hiking trail, butterfly garden, and playground.
Aside from its tourist attractions, Eden also offers recreational activities like the sky cycle, sky rider, sky swing, horseback riding, fishing village, and guided shuttle tours. Reserve your room today and experience the wonders of Eden Nature Park.
Organic living is healthy living, and Bemwa Farm is a prime place to munch on fresh produce. You can eat fresh lettuce if you’re a salad lover. You can also take a break from the city life because this place is relatively quiet so that you can enjoy moments of solitude.
Depending on the harvest season, you can also pick your strawberries at Bemwa which is located on Marilog District. You can also enjoy strawberry products in their cafe.
Philippine Eagle Center
Do you want to see the majestic Philippine Eagle up close? Head over to Malagos, Baguio District and visit the Philippines Eagle Center. Some of the eagles are exhibited while some are isolated for breeding. Aside from the Eagles, you can also see other fascinating animals in the Center.
You can go on guided tours, bird watching, and walk on the wild trail as you explore the place. If you’re a first time visitor, this is one of the tourist spots in Davao City that should be in your bucket list.
This park worth ₱71 million opened its doors to the public on August 2007 during the Kadayawan Festival. You can walk around in the visitor’s center, and explore the Durian Dome designed by Architect Ed Viacrucis. You can also see sculptures made by local artist Kublai Millan showcasing the tribal people of Davao.
Gap is one of the known landmarks in Davao City, mainly because it’s one of the oldest existing resorts that are still operational today. You can see for yourself various fruit trees, and you can take pictures with animal statues, busts of Philippine presidents, and other statues in the area. If you’re visiting on a hot day, you can take a dip in their swimming pool with the rest of your family.
Malagos Garden Resort
For an overall fun experience, Malagos Garden Resort is the perfect place. Established initially as a flower farm in 1992, it turned into a Garden Resort in 1994. Several additions were made in the following years such as the Butterfly Sanctuary, Koi Cafe, Bagobo House, and the Chocolate Museum. If you want to stay for a while, you can check out the villas in the resort and enjoy amenities like the kalesa ride, skate park, horseback riding, and Flywire. This is one of the best tourist spots in Davao you shouldn’t miss!
Malagos Chocolate Museum
Are you craving for mouth-watering chocolates? Look no further, and explore Malagos Chocolate Museum. This unique museum opened its doors to the public on March 8, 2017. In the Museum Section, you can learn how cacao is processed for chocolate products. Beanie is the museum mascot, and he can play games with kids at the Interactive Zone.
The Chocolate Bar is a dream come true for chocolate lovers because you can enjoy the museum’s food and drinks. Head over to the Chocolate Laboratory to create your own chocolate.
D’ Japanese Tunnel Family Resort
This place is a haven for history enthusiasts. You can learn about the time when the Japanese stayed in Davao City, and also how the tunnel was used as a hideout and a passage for transporting military equipment back in World War II. Inside the tunnel, you can see replicas of Japanese soldiers and women wearing the traditional kimono.
The place offers amenities such as guest rooms, swimming pool, and a garden.
Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park
If you need to take a break from the busy city life, the Bamboo Sanctuary is the place for you. The Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park in Malagos can be reached by riding the company shuttle. The first thing you’ll see is the giant dome created by Architect Ed Viacrucis. You can rest in their cabanas, where you have a clear view of the pool.
The fresh water flowing through it will entice you to take a dip. The water is cold, but you’ll get used to it. You can also try other activities like their kayak, and archery. They cater to a limited number of guests daily, so make your reservation now.
Loleng’s Mountain Spring Resort
Loleng’s is another spot where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Located in the Toril District, this place gives you a perfectly relaxing view even if it’s human-made. It offers amenities like a basketball and tennis court and a swimming pool.
D’ Bone Collector Museum
Are you interested in seeing the bones of exciting animals? This museum located in Barangay 76-A, Bucana, is for you. 8,000 specimens are on display. The orientation room occupies the first floor, and bones of land animals are on the second floor. The third floor houses the bones of giant whales like the sperm whale.
Your trip to Davao City won’t be complete without visiting one of these places. Unleash your adventurous spirit and check out the wonders of Davao City.
About the Author
Reicza Gene Olojan is a writer by passion. She writes for the purpose of social change and awareness. She loves exploring her hometown, Davao City, and writing articles showcasing its natural wonders.
Discounted Davao Tours
There are a lot of affordable and discounted tours in Davao that you can book in advance for a more convenient and hassle-free vacation. Below is our recommended tours in Davao:
- Samal and Talicud Island Tour
- Eden Nature Park Shuttle Tour
- Davao City Day Tour
- Malagos and Chocolate Museum Tour
- Davao Philippine Eagle Center and Malagos Garden Resort Tour