As we’re sure many of you know, the Philippine archipelago is split into three main island groups: Luzon in the north, the Visayas in the middle, and Mindanao in the south. Mindanao Island – the biggest island in the group – is the second-largest island in the entire country. The undoubted heart of Mindanao, and arguably its most popular destination, is Davao.
Davao is nicknamed ‘the durian capital of the Philippines’, but it has a heck of a lot more to offer than simply being home of the stinky fruit! It’s a thriving, bustling modern city, and – in terms of total area – is actually the biggest city in the entire country.
There are a variety of intriguing sites to visit within Davao City. Perhaps the most popular of all is the Crocodile Park, which is essentially the crocodile center of the Philippines. Its main task is to carry out a successful breeding program, but it’s also a fun day out for tourists. Alternatively, you can check out one of the many beautiful churches, including San Pedro Cathedral, or head up to Jack’s Ridge for a long-reaching view over the city.
Once you’ve spent some time in Davao itself, it’s time to escape the city limits and see what else is out there. We can give you a clue: the tallest mountain in the whole Philippines! That’s right, the enormous Mt. Apo – measuring nearly 3,000m tall – is located only 25km or so to the southwest. The opportunity to clamber up this majestic stratovolcano is a dream come true for serious hikers, but those who prefer a more relaxing vacation can simply snap some gorgeous photos!
Davao is a generally sedate place, home to a mixture of locals and ex-pats, which has won over many a traveler’s heart over the years. If you’re planning to visit Mindanao, you simply must ensure your itinerary incorporates a stay in Davao.