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Travel Warning WARNING: Many governments, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and China strongly advise against any travel to the island of Mindanao because of the threat of terrorist attacks, bombings, shootings and kidnappings of foreigners. Davao is considered safe but the surrounding areas are some of the most dangerous in the Philippines. Most insurers will not pay out if you make a claim while in Davao. Contact your embassy and insurer before travelling.
(Information last updated Aug 2017)

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Davao is the largest city on the Philippines' second-largest island, Mindanao. It has a huge land area, and the inhabitants like to think of it as one of the most crime-free large cities in the Philippines.

Understand[edit]

As in most of Mindanao, Cebuano (known locally as Davao Bisaya) is the main local language. English and Tagalog are also widely used and understood.

The elected officials have been accused of encouraging vigilantism and death squads. Whatever the truth of these accusations, it's certainly true that, as a visitor, you're certainly less likely to be the victim of robbery or petty larceny than most similar size cities in the Americas with the exception of Canada.

  • Department of Tourism, 5F, Landco Corporate Center, JP Laurel Ave (opposite MCDO, near Victoria Mall). tourist info for all of southern Mindanao.
  • Davao City Tourist Office in Magsaysay Park; it has a list of places to stay and info for places to see in and around Davao city.
  • Davao City Library and Information center, 3rd floor new city hall, San Pedro St ☎ +63 82 225-3137

Get in[edit]

People's Park in Davao City

By plane[edit]

Davao is the third most important Philippines city after Manila and Cebu. Three domestic airlines fly several times a day between Davao and Manila: Air Asia, Cebu Pacific, Philippines Airlines. There are direct flights from other Philippine cities: Cebu City, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Zamboanga, Bacolod, Angeles, Puerto Princesa, Boracay, Dumaguete,Tacloban, Tagbilaran.

Cebu Pacific and Silk Air (the regional airline of Singapore Airlines) are the only international airlines directly serving Davao from Singapore. Cebu Pacific has three non-stop return flights per week from Davao to Singapore. They depart Davao on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 17:35 and your get to Singapore at 21:10. They depart Singapore also on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 21:55 and you get to Davao at 01:40 the next day. Their fares are as a rule a lot better than Silk Air. If you have Davao as your main destination in the Philippines, you might want to consider coming in through Singapore as this might be the most hassle-free way to enter.

  • Air Asia flies four times a week nonstop from Davao to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. From Kuala Lumpur you can fly onward to most places in southeast Asia.
  • Cathay Dragon part of Cathay Pacific four times a week nonstop from Davao to Hongkong.

1 Davao International Airport (Francisco Bangoy International Airport, DVO IATA). The airport has an tourist information counter (but not always staffed) where you can buy prepaid SIM cards.

Getting there: A taxi from the Davao Airport to down town Davao costs about ₱200, as of 2018. It's also possible to catch a jeepney ₱15 to town center by walking to the highway (5-10 min walk).

By ferry[edit]

The Davao River

There are passenger ferries coming to/from Samal Island and Talikud Island. Another good way to get from Davao city to Samal Island is by the Island City Express buses that use the 24/7 car ferry from Sasa over to Babak on Samal island. The ticket price for the bus and ferry combined is ₱30. If you just use the Car Ferry the ticket costs ₱10 per person. Island city Express buses go all the way to Kaputian on Samal island. From (Santa Ana wharf) near Magsaysay park boats also leave for Samal island for ₱40.

The nearest port with long distance passenger ferries to Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod and Bohol Island are now at Cagayan de Oro port or Nasipit port 27 km from Butuan city.

By bus[edit]

  • Most buses depart and arrival at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) located at Maya, Ecoland.
  • It costs ₱70 by taxi or ₱8 by Jeepney to go the 2 km from the Ecoland bus Terminal to downtown Davao.

Get around[edit]

By taxi[edit]

The simplest way to get around is by hopping into a taxi. A typical trip can cost about ₱100 or approximately US$2. Drivers in Davao do not normally bargain if they notice that you are a tourist, hence the cost of the trip is the same in price as a regular. Davao taxi drivers are regarded as the most honest taxi drivers in the Philippines. Taxi drivers in Davao City do not charge tourists extra fare unlike their counterparts in Cebu and Manila. You can also call or send an SMS to the cab company directly to have a cab driver pick you up.

Taxis start their fare at ₱40 and will add ₱3.50 per few hundred meters. Please do say "thank you" or "salamat" once you have arrived at your destination. Davao Taxis issue fare receipts that list the name of the taxi company, the plate number, and the taxi number which could come in handy if one leaves valuable items or documents inside a cab. Just tell your taxi driver if you want to get a receipt.

By jeepney[edit]

If you are up for more adventure, then do as the locals and catch a colorful jeepney. Ask around for which route to take to avoid getting lost. They are usually available 24 hours and cover most of the nooks and crannies of the city. This is the cheapest option for getting around. The usual cost for a jeepney ride is ₱8 for every 4 km ride, and about a ₱1 increase per km when going beyond the 4 km (for regular passengers). A jeepney from downtown Davao to the Davao airport cost ₱15 and takes 45 min.

To pay, pass your fare to the person next to you, all the way to the driver or the conductor, by saying "bayad po". Paying the exact amount is highly recommended. To stop at a certain destination, say "lugar lang", "para", or knock your coins hard on the steel handle.

By car[edit]

Another alternative is to rent a car. There are many cars for rent. If you don't know the routes you can hire drivers by asking the attendant of the rental company. Local companies tend to be cheaper than the national ones.

Avis Car Rental. Airport view hotel. J Camus street. Tel 63-82-2216430.

By bus[edit]

Buses are also available, but these tend to ply exclusively along the north-south route and going out and in the city area. Air conditioned buses to Calinan go from Bankeroham Public Market. Island City Buses go to Kaputian Samal Island via the car ferry at Sasa; these buses go past Magsaysay park ₱30.

By water taxi[edit]

Another mode of transportation around Davao Gulf is through a water taxi. Water taxis serve the daily commuters and visitors of Davao City, Samal Island, and neighbouring coastal municipalities around Davao Gulf. It will get you to the island, waterfront restaurant, or beach resort you wanted with comfort and ease. The pioneer water taxi service in the Philippines is found in Davao City and has the swift, safe and secure water transport, the best and most professional skippers and has a customer friendly and positive attitude, all incorporated to make your transfer easy and pleasurable.

See[edit]

Jack's Ridge
  • Mt. Apo. The highest mountain in the Philippines.
  • 1 Crocodile Park, Riverfront Corporate City, Carlos P. Garcia Highway, Davao City, +63 82 2868883. The home of the Philippine crocodiles. This park serves as a breeding center and a great tourist attraction. There are crocodile shows and others which shows in some days. Other animals too (tiger, deer). Crocodile feeding is ₱35. Includes entrance to butterfly park (8AM-5PM) and K'Mindanawan village (not a real village, but one for tourists, fire show on F-Su 5:45PM-6:30PM). ₱150.
  • Eden Nature Park. About 50 km from Davao, Eden Nature Park is close to the town of Toril. It's in the mountains so it's cooler than Davao City. It has nice walks, restaurants, horse riding and a Sky-Rider thing and lots more. It's a pretty good day out and well worth the trip from Davao.
  • Jack's Ridge, Shrine Hills Road, Matina, +63 82 2978830. This was a hangout for Japanese Forces during World War II. It is now a tourist spot in Davao City, where you can have a scenic view of Davao City (especially during the night). There is a restaurant, a pool, bars, cottages, and a trail up and down the ridge, where you can enjoy your stay.
  • Philippine Eagle Center. 8AM-5PM. See the Philippine eagle, one of the largest eagles in the world, and one of the most endangered. The center is home to about 30 Philippine eagles. Aside from eagles, it is also home to other birds and animals as well as raptors in a simulated forest environment. ₱150.
  • People's Park, Legazpi Street, Davao City. 7AM-10PM. A public park located along Legazpi Street. A park where people people gather around, enjoy the stroll crossing bridges,exercising around the walkway which circles the park, seeing man-made waterfalls, beautiful plants, etc. It is more enjoyable as the sun goes down and at the night. Free.
  • San Pedro Cathedral, San Pedro Street, Davao City (town-center, most jeepney road go through, just ask), +63 82 2210191. This cathedral, built in the 19th century, is the city's main cathedral. It is across from City Hall.
  • Shrine of the Holy Infant of Jesus (Santo Nino Shrine), Shrine Hills Road, Matina, +63 82 2972911. A shrine that is up a hill with views across Davao in which you can unwind, relax, and reflect. There are mass celebrations once in a while per day. A lot of people visit this place during Sundays.
  • Lonwa Buddhist temple (less than 10-min walk from crossing Cabaguio Avenue, JP Laurel Avenue and St Camillus Dormitel). no defined opening hours. free.
  • [dead link] Dabawenyo Museum. 9AM-noon, 1PM-6PM, closed on Sunday and some holidays. No photos except on few recent paintings and a separated room. free admission.
  • Forest Hill Resort, Talomo District. 9AM-7PM. One of the most visited inland resorts in Davao city. Has a very nice big swimming pool and is very clean. ₱100 per person, over 60 years old ₱80.
  • Camp Holiday Resort and Recreatiom Area, beside Samal Ferry Wharf Samal Island, +63 82 3033294. 24 hours. For the ₱100 day fee you get the use of swimming pools, nipa huts, open cottages and a seaside veranda. Very clean. day tour ₱100. Overnight ₱150.
  • Museo Dabawenyo, Magallanes Street (Behide the City Hall). 9AM-5PM. History and culture of Davao. Free.
  • Wake Board Park, near Tacunan (Taxi). One of Asia's largest wakeboard parks. Great place for day trips, or rent locally to extend your stay

Buy[edit]

Davao City has many malls where almost all of them have cinemas.

Due to security concerns, it is routine for security guards to lightly frisk people as they enter shopping malls in Davao, and indeed in most of the Philippines. The guards endeavour to be sensitive and invariably the guard is either female or there are separate lines for male and female entrants.

Banks & ATMs[edit]

Most ATMs in Davao city have a ₱250 fee for overseas bank cards and a limit of ₱10,000 per withdrawal. an exception is the ATM at

  • HSBC Bank (UK). Ground floor Luisa Avenue Square Jacinto extension.
  • The two ATMs at HSBC charge no fee for overseas bank cards and allows up to ₱40,000 per withdrawal.
  • Aldevinco center. has many money exchanges. C M Recto street (over the street from the Marco Polo hotel). The exchange rates for cash is extremely good.
  • Nellie Stephanie Money changer. Aldevinco shopping center. +63 82 224-1448.
  • X Changer money changer. 2nd floor Abreeza mall.

Book store & shoe shop[edit]

  • Book sale, Nccc mall and both SM malls in Davao.. 9AM-8PM. Second-hand books from the USA and UK. From ₱10.
  • Shoe Walker Enterpries, 254 San Pedro Street (Vicente Building), +63 82-2271216. 8:30AM-6:30PM. Low cost shoe shop.

Shopping[edit]

  • 7-Eleven Convenience Stores.. over 100 stores in Davao.

Eat[edit]

Durian Monument in Davao International Airport

Davao is renowned for its durian and pomelo. Durian is definitely an acquired taste, but those who do end up liking it will swear that the bad smell is worth it. Pomelo is a citrus fruit that most closely resembles a grapefruit and s quite common in South East Asia. Beware of bringing durian inside airplanes, hotels and other establishments. They may have strict regulations on allowing durian inside and some do not allow durian to be brought in at all.

Mid-range & splurge[edit]

  • Sea Urchin Restaurant, Mamay Road, a few meters from Damosa Gateway. A full range of Chinese cuisine. Cold cuts.
  • Ahfat, Victoria Plaza area. The ultimate gastronomic experience. Try the steamed shrimp, spicy spare ribs and crab fuyo. great food, situated behind the Gaisano Mall
  • Yahong Torres Street. Try their talaba and diablo chicken wings. Their crispy pata is also a must!
  • Na Trang (Jekoy's Grill), Jacinto Extension, beside Central Bank. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Try their tofu and mushrooms, Vietnamese pancake, wet lumpia and fried spring rolls. Coffee is great here also.
  • Jack's Ridge, Just across the Santo Nino Shrine. Delicious Filipino cuisine, a variety of burgers and American food,with a breathtaking view of the city. Arrive half an hour before sunset, the viewing telescope gives great views,and after sunset, the lights show the extent of the city. Great place to watch a thunder storm from.
  • Cubyertos, Torres Street. Try their signature vegetable-chicken salad.
  • Dencia's, Ilustre Street. Classic Davao-Chinese cuisine. Best orders are tokwa't baboy, congee, and pancit canton.
  • Gardena Fresca, Within Coca-Cola Village in Matina. Their bestseller is adobong tahong.
  • Talaba Joe's, Rizal Street. Come to this place for the freshest oysters in Davao.
  • Claude's, Rizal Street. Authentic French cuisine.
  • De Bonte Koe, Rizal Street. Dutch Cuisine. Try their herring with onions. Never miss the apple pie.
  • Boodels, Within Barrio Obrero. grilled tuna belly. Tastes great too.
  • Gerry's Grill, Within G-Mall. The many versions of sisig are great. Food chain found all over the Philippines
  • Mang Inasal, within G-Mall and SM Mall. Delicious barbecue chicken. Food chain found all over the Philippines
  • Grand Emerald Seafood Garden, within Victoria Plaza Complex. Good food, reasonable price, nicely lit interiors.
  • Mandarin Tea Garden, branches at G-Mall, SM Davao, Nccc Mall, Rizal St., Guerrero St., Duterte St., DCLA Complex.,
  • Dimsum Diner. Within G-Mall and somewhere near Holy Cross College. Best orders are salted fish fried rice.
  • Dox's of Davao Rosal Street, Catalunan Pequeño near Yuchico Orchid Gardens. Habachi Iron cookery with a Southern flare.
  • Tadakuma, Damosa Business Center, Mamay Road, +63 82 2348813. Serves delicious Japanese dishes at reasonable prices.
  • Tsuru, Legazpi Street, +63 82 2210901. Serves high quality Japanese dishes. They also have an all-you-can-eat buffet every 15th and 30th of the month.
  • Harana, F. Torres Street, +63 82 2277763. A very famous barbecue restaurant that serves awesome barbecue dishes, steaks, and other Filipino dishes.
  • Krua Thai, F. Torres Street, Davao City. Serves Thai dishes.
  • De Boerderij (The Farm), #6 DBC Bldg-H, McArthur Hway, Matina (100 m south from Ma-a junction), +63 82 303-1255. 11AM-2AM. Cozy international bar with Dutch roots. Burger, steak, pizza & pasta, kroket, bread.

Budget[edit]

  • Euro Baker, Lower Ground floor Gaisano Mall of Davao.. 10AM-8PM. coffee ₱80.
  • Davao Green Buffet Haus, Corner Legaspi and Gen Luna streets, +63 82 2251860. 11AM-2PM, 5:30PM-9PM. All you can eat buffet. ₱188.
  • Taco Boy, JS Gaisano,Gaisano mall of Davao, SM city. Abreeza Mall, +63 9212029499. 10AM-8PM. Mexican food. There are also Taco Boys in Gaisano Mall in Tagum, Matina Centerpoint, Ateneo de Davao University and Nccc Mall. From ₱20.
  • Albertos Pizza Davao, Bolton Street (over the street from Jollibee), +63 82 321-5065. 9AM-1AM. Garden express pizza. Also does breakfasts. Free delivery with no minimum order required. Pizzas from ₱75; 9 inches ₱80, 11 inches ₱120.
  • Jenny Friend Chicken JFC, San Pedro street, +63 9228882283. 8AM-9PM. You find Jenny fried Chicken fast foods all over Davao city. They also sell grilled chicken for ₱22, pork chop ₱25, cassava cake ₱12. Soft drinks from ₱12, a cup of rice ₱8, chicken and rice meal ₱30.
  • Barbecue Boss, E Quirino Aneune., +63 9223796748. 10AM-1AM. Five pork barbecue with all the rice you can eat. Cold beers from ₱35. Has a garden where you can drink beer at night. ₱50.
  • Bankerohan Public Market, Magallanes Street. 24 hours,. Low cost fruits and vegetables.
  • Kuya Ed Buffet, Magallanes Street (behind Old City Hall), +63 82-2242162. 5:30PM-9PM. An all you can eat buffet. Sells drinks. ₱169.
  • Tita Dz Kainan, F. Inigo street, +63 82 222-2647. 11AM-2PM, 5PM-8PM. All you can eat buffet with ice tea. ₱168.
  • Twins Restaurant, F.Inigo street, +63 82 227-6686. 10AM-8PM. All you can eat buffet with ice tea. ₱130.
  • Grub Resto cafe, Duterte street, +63 82 301-8069. 2PM-5PM. All you can eat pasta. ₱125.
  • Fortune Bread Bakeshoppe, R Magsaysay avenue.. 24 hours. There are 3 Fortune Bread bake shops in downtown Davao. From ₱2 per bread.
  • City Triangle Food Court, Claveria Street (over the street from Ateneo University). 9AM-6PM.
  • Carlos Food House, F Inigo Street, +63 9177056898. 10AM-6PM.
  • City foods, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue (Inside the NCCC), +63 82 221-7777. 9AM-8PM. Fresh lumpia ₱20, fried lumpia ₱22.
  • B Delight Bakeshoppe, San Pedro street.. open 24 hours. There are B Delight bake shops all over Davao from ₱5, soft drinks ₱10..

Drink[edit]

There is the local Tanduay Rum, billed around town as "the Number One Rhum".

Mindanao has a large Seventh Day Adventist population. Adventists do not drink and any stores they own will typically not sell alcohol.

  • Kangaroo Coffee Co, Tionko cor. V. Mapa St., +63 82 222-2766, +63 932-724-2309. M-Th 8:30AM-midnight, F Sa 8:30AM-1AM. Kangaroo is a place dedicated to fresh Mindanao coffee, home-style food, and inspirational literature, in a classical-modern atmosphere. Specialties include Kangabrew (brewed coffee),Durian Mocha Heaven Ice-blended, Mangosteen-Passion Ice-blended,Tsokolatte (native hot chocolate with espresso, KangaYo (fruit & yogurt drinks), Smoked Fish Pasta, Chicken Curry Rice Meal, Creme Brulee, New York Cheesecake, Kanga Nuggets, Kanga Mint Cookies.
  • Some Place Else, Rizal Street (Havana Compound), +63 82 2286304. A great place to hang out. Ask for their Shisha Fries.
  • 1 Knight's Cafe (Red Knight Gardens), Guadalupe Village, Lanang, Davao (Near by Casino Filipino), +63 82 234-3408. 6:30AM to 9:30PM. Knights Cafe offers a choice of local and Western dishes at its pool side bar and restaurant. WiFi and swimming is free if you buy food/drinks. Feast of Fish&Chips to Kinilaw and from traditional English breakfast to pizza. Good place to meet and get lots of local knowledge. Modest.
  • Ellen's Tuna Queen, South Street Dbp Village, Matina, Davao City (now located at its new home a few meters from the NCCC Mall Matina Highway, From NCCC Mall along Maa road turn left to the first street corner of Dbp Village (South Street )), +63 9228147063, +63 9102261849. M-Sa 10:30AM-9PM. Serves the original pritong paksiw buntot ng tuna formerly at Petron Bajada, sinigang silik ng malasugui, beef calderetta, laing, kinilaw (tuna), lechon kawali and tuna sisig. Grilled steaks (lamb chops, beef prime ribs, burger steak) are also served. Try the latest Tuna Sisig na Pizza and the creamy halo-halo at its best.
  • Basti's Coffee, Victoria Plaza. Basti's is a cafe in Victoria Plaza, with an entrance outside as well as through the food court. They brew great coffee, and they ask you to pick between 'mild' and 'strong'. They also have pastries including an interesting durian cheesecake. Davao is a no-smoking-in-public-places city so smokers might find it useful to know that there is an enclosed and air-conditioned smoking section in Basti's.
  • British Bar & Deli, 39 Pili Street Nova Tierra Village Lanang, +63 82-3056471. The only British pub in Davao. high price.

Sleep[edit]

View from a house on a hill in Illang Davao in 2006

There is no shortage of accommodations in Davao, ranging from the four-star accommodations of the Marco Polo Davao on Claveria, the Royal Mandaya Hotel and the Apo View Hotel, where Casino Filipino 2 is located, to lodges and inns, pension houses, backpacker hostels all around the city. You can find townhouses or apartments for rent, all for negotiable rates.

There are many places to stay in Davao for under ₱1000 a night.

Budget[edit]

  • Sampaguita Tourist Inn (the old one), Mt Mayon Street. (turn off Quirino ave right at the new Sampguita and go up a block.), +63-823004110. Check-out: noon. Single with fan private bathroom and cable TV ₱300. Single with A/C private bathroom and cable TV ₱475. Add ₱50 for hot water. Add ₱100 for a double. Free wifi only on ground floor. ₱300 a night.
  • [dead link] D'Counter Executive Dormitory, 15-B Jose Camus St, +63 82 226-2045. ₱285 for basic single; ₱335 for single with TV and private bath; ₱545 with A/C and cable TV; ₱720 for double with A/C, bath, cable TV; family room for 3 with bath, cable TV, and A/C for ₱1100. Can not take any one to your room.
  • El Rio Bachelor's Pad, Lot 22&23, Block 16 Kamuning St, El Rio Vista Village Phase 4A, Bacaca, +63 917-7014411, +63 922 896 0724. Monthly rate: ₱6000 small room, ₱7000 medium sized room, ₱7500 large room, ₱600 per day good for 2 persons: includes mini-kitchen, cooking utensils & pans, electric stove, electric kettle, knife, plates, spoons & forks, refrigerator, own washing sink, own shower with heater, Internet, television with cable, individual controlled air-conditioned room, bed & bedding, cabinets, dining table and chairs.
  • My Hotel, San Pedro St (beside BDO - San Pedro Branch), +63 82 300 4040, +63 82 222 2021, e-mail: . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. It offers free Wi-Fi access in every room, free Sun-to-Sun cell phone call, free calls to the US and Canada, hot and cold shower, Air-conditioned rooms with cable TV, telephone are ₱995. The My Hotel has security cameras. There are also Single fan rooms with outside bathrooms. Free breakfast. ₱250.
  • [dead link] Oroderm Beauty Hotel, Magallanes (St) (just off Quirino ave.), +63 82-221-2700. A/C single/double rooms with hot water bathrooms and cable TV. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi. ₱650/700.
  • Sampaguita Tourist Inn (the new one), Quirino Avenue (at My Mayon St), +63 82-305-8680, e-mail: . Very basic single for ₱325, double ₱400, triple ₱500, family ₱650. Add about ₱200 for A/C. Add another ₱50 to 200 for hot water. Add another ₱100 to 300 for coffee table and sofa. Other phone +63 82 302-7645. Free wifi only at ground floor. ₱325.
  • 1 St. Camillus Dormitel, 3rd Floor, SPMC Cooperative Building, Southern Philippines Medical Center (aka Davao Medical Center) Compound, Bajada, +63 82 3019997, +63 9179049032, +63 917 8230514. Check-in: anytime, check-out: anytime. Airconditioned rooms, quiet location, short walk to all modes of public transport, owners and staff are helpful and very friendly. The dormitel occupies the whole third flood of the building (you can ask permission to go up the rooftop for a breath of fresh air). Each no-frills room have four double-decker beds, with common tables and a (very) small cabinet for your more important stuff. Toilets/shower-stalls are clean and well lighted. Separate facilities for men and women. The ground floor of the building is occupied by various establishments: laundry shop (₱18/kg), food center, vendors and a popular Chinese fast food chain. The second floor is occupied by an internet cafe and spa/parlor. Tip: call for reservations well ahead of time as they opten fill-up pretty quickly with various traveller groups. ₱180/day.
  • 2 Samal Bahay Kubo, Barangay Katagman, Purok 5, Peñaplata District, Island Garden City of Samal, +63 912 806-6372. Check-in: anytime, check-out: anytime. If you want real peace and quiet, go here. No videokes, guaranteed. You could set up a tent, if you like or get a room in a Bahay Kubo (hut). The owner's wife is a mean cook, specializing in Thai and Indian dishes. There is no in-suite toilet, but the "outhouse" is very clean and has running water. The site is several minutes away on foot from two tourist spots: Moncado's Camp 23 and Balay ni Moncado (Moncado's Whitehouse). You can arrange for a pickup at the Peñaplata Warehouse Club bus stop then take City Island Express Bus from Davao City to Samal Island. Or, you can arrange a pickup from Davao City. ₱200/night.
  • [dead link] Green Windows Dormital Backpackers hostel, 5th floor fct Tower 1034 mt Apo Street, +63 82-3003893. A/C dorm beds. Dorm bed ₱188.
  • GGT tourist inn, Villa Abrille Street, +63 82 3058617. Fan single bed, matrimonial, double, triple bed. Has a month rate. ₱300/400/500.
  • Hotel Uno, Cm Retro Street, +63 82-2821111. Fan single/double rooms with outside bathrooms. A/C rooms own bathroom and cable TV. New and clean hotel. Has elevator and restaurant. ₱250/300/650.
  • D Morvie Suites, CM Recto Street and San Pedro Street, +63 82 221-0075. Two new D Morvie Suites in Davao city to add to the three in Cagayan de Oro and one in Iligan city. A/C rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV 12/24 hours. New and clean, but small rooms. Free Wi-Fi. ₱250/450.
  • Day Light Inn, San Pedro Street (over the street from the MY hotel.), +63 9433807611. Clean A/C and fan rooms with outside bathroom. from ₱250/450.
  • Evergreen hotel, R Magsaysay Aveune (In Davao china town. Near NCCC), +63 82-2213860. Clean fan rooms with own bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. ₱375/495..
  • GV hotel, Magallanes Street, corner of Legaspi Street., +63 82-3210628. 7 a/c single rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. 17 a/c twin rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. 6 a/c Matrimonial rooms with own bathroom and cable TV. The GV Hotel Davao has 95 rooms. ₱450/590.
  • El gusto family lodge., Magallanes street, +63 82 2273662. Fan rooms with own bathroom. ₱400.
  • Las casitas inn 2, 509 loyola street obrero, +63 82 2226552. Fan room with own bathroom. A/C twin sharing room with own bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. ₱350/695.
  • Casa Graciana inn., 06 juna subd matina (near the NCCC mall), +63 82-297-7836. Fan rooms. ₱300.
  • Aveflor inn, 108 Cm recto street, +63 82 227-8152. Single, semi double, Matrimonial. Free Wi-fi. ₱600/650.
  • Anton Rose Inn, Quimpo blvd, +63 82-297-5558. Fan rooms. ₱290.
  • Residencia vhila Dormitel, 83 cm recto street., +63 82 295-3033. A/C dorm. ₱175..
  • B S Inn, Cempesaw street cor monteverde street. (near NCCC Uyanguren.), +63 82-221-3980. A/C rooms with own bathrooms. ₱650/750.
  • Davao Fortune inn, 127 d-r Magsaysay avenue., +63 82-221-0819. A/C rooms with own hot water bathrooms with or without cable TV. ₱550/600.
  • Davao Imperil inn, C M recto street, +63 82-222-4930. A/C single/double with own bathrooms. ₱510/680.
  • Ayrelios Pensione, Bolton street., +63 82 227-8146. Fan single/double, a/c single/double. ₱195/295/395/460..
  • Megiko Dormitel., J Rizal street., +63 9328697988. A/C double rooms with own bathrooms, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. 12/24 hours. ₱250/500.
  • Royal Downtown Inn, San Pedro street, +63 82 226-2180. A/C single, twin, double with own bathroom and cable TV. ₱500/600/650.
  • Elles Pension House, Mt Apo cor Gen Luna streets (A J building.), +63 82 221-8499. A/C single/double rooms with own hot water bathroom, cable TV, and Wi-Fi. ₱520/600.
  • Bahay ni Tuding Inn, 160 san pedro street. (behide mercury drug.), +63 82-295-2487. A/C standard room. ₱800.
  • Emerald Inn, J Camus ext (next to the Sampaguita tourist inn), +63 82 221-1641. A/C single/double rooms with own hot water bathrooms, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. ₱650/750.
  • Southern Tourist Inn, 421 Villa abille street, +63 82 221-7431. A/C single/double rooms with own bathrooms and cable TV. ₱650/750.
  • Radiance Inn, San Pedro street, +63 82 222-6484. A/C rooms with own hot water bathrooms and cable TV. ₱639/739.
  • The Manor Hotel, A pichon street (D.A. Bldg.), +63 82 221-2511. A/C rooms with own hot water bathrooms, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. ₱850.
  • Darong Lodging Inn, Magalleanes street (next to Sony Service Center), +63 82 222-3089. Fan rooms with hot water bathrooms, cable TV, and free Wi-Fi. 12/24 hours. p300/450.
  • Bella Suites Hotel, A Pichon Street, +63 82 221-3060. Fan rooms, a/c single/double rooms with hot water bathroom and cable TV. free Wi-Fi. ₱299/599/699.
  • Alta Pension House, J P Lurel avenue. (over the street from the G mall.), +63 82 221-1843. Single fan with common bathroom, twin fan with common bathroom, a/c twin with common bathroom. ₱225/350/450.
  • Larous Pension House, V liustre street (near JS South mall.), +63 82 305-7438. Fan double, a/c double. ₱350/400/575.
  • House or Tubo Travellers Inn, 100 Fatima street Kawayan drive (poly subdivision Matina), +63 9214673312. A/C double rooms with own hot water bathroom and cable TV. Free Wi-Fi in rooms. Can use the Kitchen to cook. ₱499.
  • Littie Pink House Bed and Breakfast, 17 Jacinto Extension (Dona Vicena Village). A/C single/double rooms with own bathroom and cable TV, free breakfast. Also has 12-hour rate. From ₱600.
  • Homitori Dormitory Backpackers Hostel, Sta Ana Avenue. (in China town), +63 29552969. Over 100 four-bed A/C dorms with common bathrooms. Has lockers. Has free Wi-Fi. Dorm bed ₱200 with free breakfast..
  • VBH Inn, W Aquino street Agdao, +63 822277369, e-mail: . Check-in: noon, check-out: 11AM. Single/double rooms with own bathroom and cable tv. phone in room. Single ₱430, double ₱480.
  • RGH Tourist Inn Hotel, Magsaysay Street Kapalong, +63 84-3710561. Check-in: 24 hours. Economy single/double, deluxe single/double. From ₱250 per day.
  • Berlay Backpackers and Tourist Inn, Awhag Village Bacaca Road Poblacion district., +63 9278656970. Check-in: noon, check-out: 11AM. Six-bed dorms, and small a.c. rooms with cable TV. Free breakfast. Locker ₱100. Dorm bed ₱195, A/C room from ₱500.
  • Go Hotel Lanang Davao, Km 7 J P Laurel Aveune. A/C double room with own bathroom and cable TV free wifi. A budget hotel with over 200 rooms. From ₱770 a night.
  • N F Suites, Pisces Street Dona Luisa Village Ecoland (near SM Ecoland.), +63 82-2858274. A/C room with own bathroom and cable TV. From ₱699 per day.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Apo View Hotel. From ₱2500.

Splurge[edit]

  • Marco Polo Hotel. From ₱3500.

Stay safe[edit]

Visiting Mindanao has its risks. Foreigners have been kidnapped, murdered and held for ransom. For this reason, many governments advise against all but necessary travel to Mindanao, Davao included. Terrorists have attacked the city many times in the past few years, including the September 2013 bombings in malls. In most cases this means your travel insurance will not pay out if you make a claim. Contact your embassy and insurer before travelling to Davao.

Because of the work of the local government on strengthening security during the past decade Davao is generally a safe city even for travellers and violent crime is rare except few parts of downtown Davao are unsafe at night. Armed guards and security forces can be seen everywhere, guarding malls, hotels and public events. Your biggest concern should be pickpockets, who are active in downtown Davao and on jeepneys. If you leave Davao proper, please ensure you do your research as to the safety of the area, as the chances of something happening to you, e.g. being kidnapped, rapidly increases if you are a foreigner.

Cope[edit]

Consulates[edit]

  • Indonesia Consulate General. Melati Street Ecoland. phone 2992931.
  • Malaysia Consulate General. Bonifacio Street. Phone 2214050.
  • Japan Consular office. R Magsaysay avenue. phone 2213100.

Immigration[edit]

  • Bureau of Immigration Davao office. JP Laurel Avenue Bajada, over the street from the Victoria Plaza Mall.
  • Visa extensions done in one hour or less.

Laundry[edit]

  • Prinera Premium Laundry, Mt Mayon Street (over the street from the Sampaguita tourist inn), +63 9358708959. 9AM-7PM. Wash-dry-fold done within 24 hours. ₱25 per kg.

Internet cafe[edit]

  • Netxpress Duterte Street open 24 hours a day ₱10 per hour.

Stay healthy[edit]

  • Southern Philippines Medical Center. JP Laurel Avenue. phone 82-2272731. This is a DOH hospital. For ₱50 you can see a doctor or a dentist.
  • Davao Social Hygiene Clinic. RHWC. Emilio Jacinto Street. (Jacinto Health Center) Phone +63 82 222-4187. Free STD and HIV testing and treatment. M-F 8AM-5PM.
  • Amesco Drug is a low-cost pharmacy store. There is one on San Pedro Street and one on Quirino Avenue.
  • Zenit Dental Centre, 4th floor Gaisano Mall Jp Laurel Avenue, is a clean and has good prices for dental work.

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