Davao City - Davao del Sur Destinations

Davao City

Davao City is a sprawling metropolis of over a million people located in the Southeastern part of Mindanao. It is one of the largest cities in the world with a land area of 2,443.61 square kilometers. It is a place blessed with natural advantages. The soil is very fertile and rich in minerals. The city has abundant source of potable water. Located in a typhoon-free zone, its tropical weather is characterized by even distribution of climatic elements all year round.

Davao City is divided into 3 congressional districts, which are further divided into 11 administrative districts containing a total of 184 barangays.

Almost 50% of its total land area is classified as timberland or forest. Agriculture utilizes about 43%. This is reflective of the fact that agriculture is still the largest economic sector. Big plantations that produce banana, pineapple, coffee, and coconut eat up a large chunk of the total land area.




Getting to and Around Davao City The Davao International Airport (DIA) has daily flights to and from major cities in the Philippines and twice-weekly flights to Singapore, Manado, Indonesia and Palau. The airport is a 15-minute ride from the city center. Metered taxicabs are available and flag down rate is P30 for units with air con (P26 for units without air con). Minimum fare for a public utility vehicle is P 7.00.


Recommended Clothing


Dress codes are normally very casual. Light clothing is most comfortable. Lightweight clothing of natural fiber is recommended. Informal clothing is acceptable almost everywhere except when visiting a church or mosque. For formal occasions, the traditional barong Tagalog is recommended. Most establishments such as bars, offices, restaurants impose dress codes strictly and consider it improper to wear shorts, slippers, and sleeveless shirts.


City Ordinance


There is an existing No-Smoking Ordinance in the City. Smoking is prohibited inside public utility vehicles, taxis, government offices, hospitals, and theaters. In hotels, bars, and restaurants, smoking is allowed only in designated areas where the only activity being done is smoking. Curfew for unaccompanied minors starts at 10 pm to 5 am. There is a strong enforcement of laws on traffic, anti-littering, jaywalking, and anti-vandalism, among others. Drug Trafficking is a criminal offense punishable by death.


Basic Business Info


Major international credit cards are accepted in most establishments. Tipping may not be necessary when a 10% service fee is charged to the bill but nonetheless appreciated.


Most government offices operate Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 and 1 to 5 pm except for front line service agencies that need to operate 24 hours a day.


Most banks open from 9 am to 3 pm and some major banks have branches that operate 7 days a week.


The City has a 220-volt electrical system. Pay phones requiring the use of coins or a phone card are strategically located all over the metropolis. If in doubt or facing an emergency situation, dial 911 (for land line phones and globe users) or 063 911 (for Smart subscribers).




Davao City is very accessible and is the gateway to the BIMP-EAGA. It has regular air, sea, and land linkages to major points in the country. It is one (1) hour and 40 minutes away from Manila (the country’s capital) by plane and only 30 minutes away from Cebu City. It has daily flights to Singapore - serviced by Silk Air, twice weekly flights to Manado, Indonesia, and chartered 3-4 times a week flight to Seoul. The city can also be accessed from Zamboanga City while Cagayan de Oro City in Northern Mindanao is linked to the city by the scenic Davao- Bukidnon Highway.





From Manila, travel time is 1 hour and 25 minutes Manila - Davao Via Philippine Airlines Thrice daily Via Air Philippines Twice daily, with one fligh via Zamboanga Via Cebu Pacific Five times daily Cebu - Davao Via Philippine Airlines Daily, 2:30 pm flight - except Monday and Friday Via Cebu Pacific Twice daily Cagayan de Oro - Davao Via Philippine Airlines Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday Zamboanga - Davao Via Cebu Pacific Monday/Wednesday/Friday/Sunday - From Davao Airport, one takes a 25 minute Taxi ride to the Park (P50.00 - 60.00), or - Via Public vehicle, take tricycle to Sasa Highway (P2.50) - Then take public utility jeep(PUJ)(Sasa route) to park (P3.00) - From Heart of Davao City (San Pedro), Park is 15 minutes away



WG & A sails from Manila, General Santos, Iloilo and Zamboanga to Davao City.




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