There are many nice beaches outside Davao City which is just a few minutes boat ride. Do not expect an enjoyable night life in Davao City, bars are allowed to serve drinks only up to 12 midnight and there are no coffee shops, restaurants and bars that allow smoking even in open air.
There are too many restrictions in this City so first time travellers, beware. There are speed limits which varies from street to street, so if you drive make sure you comply if you do not want the hassle of being caught over speeding. Speed limit in most streets is 30kph. If you want a party place, forget about it when you are in this City.
Davao City is safe City, in fact it is. Number 4 safest City in the world. Crimes very low rate, t's very clean city, they have 999 Emergency in whole Asia, people are friendly and nice, They have lovely Festival every March " Araw ng Dabaw".
And Kadayawan Festival, you have to see these festivals. Davao have different places to visit which you will enjoy it like the Eden, Eagles , Skate boarding somewhere in Deca Homes, Exploring Samal ISland and Aguinaldo Pearl Farm, Paradise Island , home for flowers and Orchids, and many other nice beaches. Davao City is very progressive city, building big buildings and Condos which very cheap. I am very impressed of the City.
There are many malls, hotels and restaurants in the city center just like any other city. Places of interest are the crocodile park, Eden Nature park, Philippine Eagle center and the various orchid farms which are all outside the city center.
The nice beaches are located in Samal Island which is not part of Davao City but is only a few minutes boat ride.
enjoyed our 4 days there,this was a sightseeing trip,I think we went everywhere,I chicken out on the zipline,at the eden nature park,because we just had a very good luch,and I was worried about giving it back.
People are very friendly and you'll always feel safe even at night. Taxi drivers give exact change. They have implemented different policies like no smoking in public places, which is for a good cause anyway.
Visit Museo Dabawenyo to know more about the city's rich heritage--entrance is free! Needless to say Davao City restored my faith in this country.
I felt so free to enjoy this place because of the peace and order. No need to be scared to snap pictures anytime and anywhere with your pricey camera phones because noone would dare snatch it from you.
The streets are very clean and the people are friendly and warm. They take pride in honesty and the orderliness this city offers.
Possibly the safest city in Asia, thanks to the Dutuerte dynasty. There is virtually no crime. Public transport and taxis are plentiful and affordable, although the traffic is a bit congested.
It's like London without the cold or the crime. It rains often. But London does not have a tropical island paradise 10 minutes away, and Davao does; Samal Island
By far the greatest city in the Philippines. All types of activities and interests for all ages. Beautiful scenic views and some of the best diving in the Philippines around Samal Island
You shouldn't miss having lunch or dinner at Vikings in SM Lanang, the very wide selection of delectable food items from all around the world at a very affordable price of less than $20.
00. Worth a visit is Boilig Crabs and Shrimps, though pricey at approximately a $100 for a meal of 3 persons. The most memorable experience was the "Eat All You Can Pomelo" for less than $3.00 per person at the Pomelo Festival in SM Lanang, bought Baby Bananas for $0.35 a kilo, and the very delicious Durian and Mangosteen.
Davao has lots of beaches if you love to swim. Hotels are very good and there are several choices. The place is peaceful and safe that you can walk at night even without having to worry
A large city with stupid unnecessary security. On entering taxi at airport had to stop and give my name to police as I left airport-- ( what good this will do is questionable).
Security treated me like a common criminal as I entered hotel -- but after first search I refused further searching as unnecessary and a waste of time. Hotel comments are separate. AREA BOVE dAVAO ON MOUNTAIN TOP WAS A GOOD HALF TO FULL DAY TOUR THAT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE AND WORTH WHILE.
Davao is a shock at first. The traffic is congested and there seems to be no rules. It is very cheap to eat shop and have services like manicures haircuts and dentistry.
Thoroughly recommend a trip to the outer islands.
The city is great. there's a lot to do in the way of adventuring: white water rafting, ziplining, sky biking, island hopping, diving, sightseeing, hiking and trekking.
the food is great too, you can taste the freshness
There are so many things you can do when in Davao - whether you are a nature lover, on a business trip, or just having a vacation- Davao is a nice place to go to.
Great big city with lots of trees and vegetation, liveable city. Diversified things to do, not as congested as Manila, but soon building the traffic.
I do love Davao because of th fresh supply of food, whether fruits or produce, or any protein, in specific, the big fishes down south. Water tastes great! That is why all softdrinks there, in original bottles taste better than anywhere else in the Philippines.
Davao is safe and has a lot to offer in terms of beaches, attractions, religious interests and so many things that you can try to do in nearby islands.
I am impressed at how the government implements its laws. The 30 kph and the 60 kph maximum speed being obeyed by the motorists is something awesome.
The no smoking campaign of the city is impressive. Being safe at night is superb. People are friendly and courteous. Davao is a dream city for me when it comes to its governance. How I wish that it will be duplicated in the whole Philippines.
Best deals in a mall are in Victoria Plaza. Nicest Mall to pasyal is SM Lanang. WS, Unitop, and Lots for Less are the most affordable shopping.
Must visit De Bonte Ko on Rizal for fine dining. Must visit Blesses Eatery inside Ecoland Bus Terminal for authentic, affordable, lami sudan! San Pablo Parish for mass. Samal for a getaway, Pangubutan District, away from all the noise of the city. Get adventurous, but be sure to find good, honest, trustworthy pamilya or guides and go exploring to Pantukan, Gen. San, Kidapawan! EAT MORE DURIAN OG BALUT! Kwekx2 is lami og barato lng halox2
vendors are very helpful. We had difficulty in finding a ride and we started to doubt if we were on the right side to take the public ride.
We asked a lady vendor and she said we are on the right side and just wait for the jeep. She help us look for the right jeep and when she find one, she pointed it to us. This happen to us 2x.
I Stayed in Davao for 3 weeks and enjoyed every day of it. The People are very friendly and love to enjoy a few beers and have fun.
It is one of the safest Cities in the World. I will be there again for sure.
Davao City in Mindanao is listed by most 'Western' countries as a place not to go owing to the risk of terrorism and kidnapping.
It is also said (mostly by locals) to be the safest city in the world. As a tourist within defined tourist areas it is probably safe . . . best not to venture too far outside the city area. The Philippines is developing and Davao along with it. You do not see many 'Westerners' on the streets. The people of Davao are generally very friendly, hospitable and likeable.
It is one of the Safest, Nicest, Cities in the world.. rated in the top 5.. once you visit here, you'll never want to leave.
as with all this type of country it`s very busy, the roads are hard to cross the trafic is very heavy and manic,
The locals are really kind and it is easy to go around the city and tourist spots. Taxis are easily available
Davao is a peaceful city but there are still mendicants and some places where people just urinate anywhere.
Eradication so of this problems will make Davao a,better city.
A very safe city to visit. I've been multiple times, and plan on visiting again in November for 30 days.
Much toto see, and do.
The safest province I have been to. I would definitely go back but next time I will visit talicud island
Worth the look and so close to the beautiful beaches to Samal and Davao City is a very safe, clean city.
I highly recommend it is worth the look :)
Samal Island is a fifteen minute ride from Davao city and it has beautiful beaches where one can relax.
One of the safest cities in the world , simple and helpful people. Law abiding. Great place to chill.