It’s more than the exotic orchids, rare Philippine Eagle, tropical fruits, (yes, the soiky durian or the juicy pomelo) huge tuna and RPs tallest mountain, among others that entice both local and foreign visitors to savor Davaos southern charm as premier destination in Mindanao. Its more than also the new Davao Intl Airport that it is proud of and well, it hosted the Intl ASEAN Tourism Forum on short notice in January 2006 to enhance its claim as “international gateway” which is in fact a major partner also in the BIMP-EAGA cooperation.
Philippine Eagle and Nature Parks
A sight to everyone to behold is the rare and endangered majestic Phiippine Eagle Research and Nature Center in the Malagos Protected Landscape in Calinan, 45 minutes away from the city center. Marvel at the Malagos Garden Resort and swarms of colorful butterflies as they flit from flower to flower; and, the different species of birds at the birdwalk of Eden Nature park & Resort before proceeding to the exotic Crocodile Farm.
Flowers Farm Tour
Be dazzled with Davaos pride, the Waling-Waling as you visit vast orchid farms, where the Waling-Waling and other hybrids, and other colectors items are propagated. From August to September, the slopes of these farms are carpeted in exotic, fragile blooms.
Savor local flavors like Panga, fish belly, bagaygay (testes), bihod (tuna egg), kinilaw, and fresh seafood various restaurants. From the nightcap, try Davao;s stand-out, you must taste durian-flavored coffee, or occasionally theres the ‘kaimunan culinary experience that highlights ‘bamboo-cooking, a tribal practice best appreciated until today.
Get wet as you explore into unforgettable dive sites beneath the waters of Davao Gulf. Dive sites are within 45 minutes. to 2 hours via pump boat from the main land wharf. The crystal clear waters, coral gardens, and sunken wrecks off the islands are a delight for scuba divers and other aqua sports enthusiast. Theres skim boarding too! Try the citys beaches or go wild as you go island hopping on the outlaying islets that shelter coral reefs, pulsating with marine life, dropping by various resorts, interspersed with coconut trees ringed with secluded coves of white sand beaches like the Kopiat Island Mabini, Compostela Valley Province.
Mountaineers, trekkers, and nature lovers will enjoy the trek along winding trails and cool mountain springs to reach a series of waterfalls amid lush forests in breathtaking, natural wonders in Maragusan is an inland resort with icy-cold spring water, a refreshing treat to the urban traveler.