Davao City is one of the safest cities in the world. A highly urbanized city in the island of Mindanao, it is also known for its many nicknames—the King City of the South, the Crown Jewel of Mindanao, Durian Capital of the Philippines, and the Fruit Basket of the Philippines.
Its cityhood was proclaimed on March 16, 1936, and since then, its anniversary has been the highlight event of this bustling city.
Davao City is the center of Metro Davao, serving as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao. It is considered as the largest city in the Philippines, with a total land area of 2,443.61 km2 (943.48 sq mi). It is geographically located in the province of Davao del Sur, but administrated and managed independently from it.
Davao City is one of the well-known destinations in the Philippines. If you want to visit the city, here are some of its tourist spots that you may want to explore.
Davao Crocodile Park
Do you want an exciting wildlife adventure? Are you fascinated with giant reptiles? Davao Crocodile Park is the place to go. You can find thousands of cultured crocodiles here, including one of the largest captive crocodiles in the Philippines named “Pangil.”
Monfort Bat Colony
In the heart of the island Garden City of Samal is a home of more exotic wonders like Monfort Bat Colony. The small caves are sanctuary homes for millions of Geoffroy’s Rosettes fruit bats. An incredible tourist spot to visit!
Eden Nature Park and Resort
An unforgettable experience awaits you at the Eden Nature Park and Resort. At the park, there’s a butterfly sanctuary and aviary for animal lovers. You can go for activities like horseback riding and fishing as well — the best way to relax and spend your time with your loved ones. You can also “fly like a bird!” Experience the skycycle and pedal your way up to the sky on a cable wire 60 feet high with a distance of 200 meters.
Museo of the People of Davao is one of the most known museums in the country. The museum houses historical items like armors, chairs, crowns, and lamps of the Moro people, as well as traditional Filipino clothing, bills, musical notes, and more. Visitors can also see stilt house replicas, weapons, and musical instruments used by indigenous people.
Davao Butterfly House
If you want to visit and take photos of this protected butterfly sanctuary, the best time to go is in the morning, when it is not hot and butterflies are the most active. Aside from displaying colorful butterflies to the public, the Davao Butterfly House also breeds them in the Learning Garden.