Davao in Mindanao has a population of approximately 1,200,000 people.
Manila, the national capital, is situated 590 miles (950 kilometers) northwest of Davao, while Cebu lies 240 miles (386 kilometers) to the northwest.
This area is renowned as a great place to shop so make sure you get your fix of retail therapy while you are here. Snap up a bargain, splash out on a little luxury or just enjoy window shopping. Victoria Plaza and Gaisano Mall are popular with the locals for all types of purchases. NCCC Mall of Davao and SM City Davao are other bustling retail hubs.
If you are looking for things to do in the Davao area with children, explore a couple of its fun-filled family attractions. Spend a day or two exploring local favourites like Crocodile Farm, Monfort Bat Sanctuary or Philippine Eagle Center, some of the most popular destinations for those traveling with children.
While you are on a tour of Davao, don't miss the historical places of worship. Get an insight into the history of the San Pedro Cathedral and the Mindanao Taoist Temple as you admire the old buildings.
If you are into nature, go and check out Eden Nature Park and Mt Apo National Park, two protected habitats where locals and visitors like to spend time to find some tranquility. Go for a hike through the park and go birdwatching, before enjoying a picnic in the reserves’ beautiful grounds.
There’s absolutely no excuse to neglect your swing when travelling in Davao; visit Davao Golf and Country Club, home to the fastest greens the area. Tee off down the excellent fairways, see if you can hit a hole in one, then enjoy sharing stories with fellow golfers in the clubhouse bar.
When you need a little time out, visit People's Park, a place where locals come to enjoy some time outdoors. It is a peaceful place where visitors of all ages gather to take time out from a busy world.
If you want an iconic photo for your album while you are in the city head to Church of Christ. This is one of those places that will stay with you long after you are back home. Take the family to see it and mingle with the locals before moving on to the rest of the interesting places to visit in the vicinity.