Beyond duterte and durian, get to know this big south­ern city by tak­ing in its na­ture and wildlife at­trac­tions, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its spine-tin­gling ad­ven­tures, and em­brac­ing its chill, laid­back vibe.

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With Davao’s strictly im­ple­mented or­di­nances signed into life by the na­tion’s iron-fisted new Pres­i­dent, it’s easy for out­siders to as­sume that Davao is a quiet, “re­mote and dusty” town. It’s true, the land­scape is less con­gested than most, and the vibe more laid­back than the coun­try’s other ur­ban cen­ters, but Davao also boasts of plenty of com­mer­cial es­tab­lish­ments, na­ture and wildlife at­trac­tions, and di­verse life­style op­tions—not to men­tion friendly, easy­go­ing lo­cals—to keep trav­el­ers happy and oc­cu­pied dur­ing their stay.

Dis­cover Davao City through these travel sta­ples that should be on ev­ery vis­i­tor’s list as well as lesser­known nooks that Davaoeños them­selves swear by. And don’t hes­i­tate to ask lo­cals for their per­sonal rec­om­men­da­tions; they’re al­ways will­ing to help!

Head to Eden Na­ture Park & Re­sort and push your adren­a­line into over­drive. Be a dare­devil and try the Skyrider (zi­plin­ing), Sky­cy­cle (bik­ing on a ca­ble), or Skyswing (swing­ing to a height of up to 95 feet above ground). The view from over 2,500 feet above sea level is not bad, ei­ther.

Have a wet and wild ad­ven­ture with the fam­bam or barkada by sign­ing up for white­wa­ter raft­ing at

Davao Wild­wa­ter Ad­ven­ture.

Pile into a raft, brave the Davao River rapids, and pre­pare to get re­ally soaked.

See our regal na­tional bird with your own eyes at the

Philip­pine Ea­gle Cen­ter,

also home to other rare birds, mam­mals, and rep­tiles. The nearby

has a breath­tak­ing na­ture theme park and wildlife farm that houses an or­chid for­est, a bird park, and a but­ter­fly sanc­tu­ary. It’s also home

Mala­gos Gar­den Re­sort

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