Nestled in the southeastern part of the Philippines, the Davao Region offers a rich tapestry of destinations that showcase the region’s natural beauty, cultural heritage, and unique experiences.
Consisting of five provinces—Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and Davao Occidental, this region is thriving for its charming mix of modernization and tradition. This can be reflected in its fast-rising economic growth and population, as well as its being home to locals of diverse religions and ethnic groups, most especially in the urbanized city of Davao.
As a growing tourist hub in Mindanao, Davao Region boasts an array of reasons to explore unique experiences across its rich landscapes. From indulging in delectable chocolate to immersing oneself in an idyllic island, Davao Region has something for every traveler who is yearning to discover more of what the country has to offer.
Let’s dive into some of the region’s must-visit attractions in this list:
Taste the World-Class Malagos Chocolates in Davao City
In 2021, Davao City was declared the Cacao Capital of the Philippines as a major producer of cacao beans.
Among the leading local brands that have helped the cacao industry thrive in the past several years is the renowned Malagos Chocolate. This heavenly treat has attracted an international audience for its award-winning tree-to-bar chocolates.
Launched in 2013, Malagos Chocolate is crafted from single-origin cocoa beans grown in the region’s fertile soil.
It gained a spotlight on the international scene in 2015 when it was awarded by the prestigious International Chocolate Awards 2015, placing Davao City and the Philippines on the map of chocolate makers in the world.
With the aim to introduce the journey of chocolate from tree to bar, Malagos Chocolate opened the Malagos Chocolate Museum in 2017 for visitors who can embark on an immersive chocolate tour.
It is the first of its kind in the Philippines and has been a go-to hub for tourists who want to taste this renowned local chocolate brand and learn more about how it is made.
The tour also allows visitors to witness the bean-to-bar process, from harvesting the cocoa pods to savoring the finished product.
Indulge in the rich aroma and smooth texture of Malagos Chocolate, and learn about its sustainable production practices, making it an ideal destination for eco-conscious travelers.
Get Up Close with the Philippine Eagle at Philippine Eagle Center
The Philippine Eagle Center, located in Davao City, offers an unparalleled opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the world’s rarest and most majestic raptors – the Philippine Eagle.
This conservation haven, managed by the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), serves as a sanctuary for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and an educational facility to raise awareness about the importance of protecting this magnificent species and its fragile forest habitat.
Visitors to the Philippine Eagle Center can witness these awe-inspiring birds in large, spacious aviaries designed to replicate their natural environment.
The center is home to 36 resident eagles, some of which are unable to survive in the wild due to injuries or other factors. Observing these regal creatures as they soar in their enclosures is a truly mesmerizing experience.
Explore Agri-Tourism at Agriya in Panabo City
Panabo City, known as the “Banana Capital of the Philippines,” is a vibrant destination that celebrates its rich agricultural heritage.
At the forefront of this agri-tourism movement is Agriya, a sprawling agro-tourism park that showcases the region’s bountiful agricultural resources.
Situated in Panabo City, Agriya is an 88-hectare land that offers visitors a unique and immersive experience, boasting an impressive collection of 67 banana varieties.
Visitors can embark on guided tours to learn about these beloved fruits’ cultivation, harvesting, and processing, gaining insights into the region’s role as a significant player in the global banana industry.
The park also houses various animal and plant species, adding to the overall biodiversity and showcasing the delicate balance of nature in the region.
Stay in a Tropical Paradise at Pearl Farm Beach Resort
True to its name, the Pearl Farm Beach Resort was once a pearl farm where precious pearls were cultivated from the abundant waters surrounding the island.
Today, it has been transformed into an idyllic haven where guests can bask in the serenity of crystal-clear waters, soft sandy beaches, and lush gardens that envelop the property.
The resort’s architecture, designed by Ar. Francisco & “Bobby” Mañosa are inspired by traditional villages of Mindanao’s ethnic groups Yakan, Tausug, B’laan, Bagobo, Maguindanao, and T’boli, with charmingly crafted cottages built on stilts over the water.
Each accommodation spells rustic elegance, offering stunning views of the sea or the resort’s beautifully landscaped gardens.
Guests can unwind on private balconies, lulled by the gentle sea breeze, and indulge in the ultimate tropical escape.
Pearl Farm Beach Resort is not only a sanctuary of relaxation but also a hub of exciting activities.
Guests can dive into the vibrant marine life with snorkeling or scuba diving adventures, discovering the rich underwater world teeming with colorful coral reefs and diverse marine species.
For water sports enthusiasts, kayaking and jet skiing are available, while those seeking tranquility can opt for a leisurely sunset cruise.
Learn About History at Tagum City Historical & Cultural Center
The Tagum City Historical & Cultural Center, located in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, is a fascinating destination that offers visitors a journey through time to learn about the region’s rich history and cultural heritage.
As a hub of knowledge and preservation, this center provides an immersive experience showcasing the city’s past, indigenous roots, colonial influences, and significant milestones in its development.
Upon stepping into the Tagum City Historical & Cultural Center, visitors are greeted with informative exhibits, interactive displays, and captivating artifacts that vividly depict the city’s history.
The center houses a collection of archaeological finds, offering insights into the early settlements and lifestyles of the indigenous tribes that have inhabited the region for generations.
The exhibits also highlight the region’s colonial history, shedding light on the Spanish influence and the subsequent period of American occupation.
Historical relics and photographs glimpse the city’s transformation from a small settlement to a thriving urban center over the years.
Enjoy a Luxurious Stay at Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort
Tucked away in the scenic landscapes of Davao del Norte, the Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation Resort is an oasis of luxury.
This sprawling plantation resort seamlessly blends contemporary elegance with the region’s natural beauty.
Wake up to breathtaking views of lush plantations and enjoy various recreational activities, including golfing, kayaking, or simply stroll through the picturesque gardens.
Indulge in a pampering spa session or savor exquisite farm-to-table cuisine featuring fresh produce sourced from the plantation itself.
Dusit Thani Lubi Plantation offers an exclusive escape where tranquility and indulgence intertwine.
Check Out Davao Region's Local Products
Davao Region is a treasure trove of local products showcasing the region’s rich resources and skilled craftsmanship. From mouthwatering delicacies to unique handicrafts, exploring the local products of the Davao Region is a delightful experience that allows visitors to take a piece of its charm home with them.
Here are some must-try and must-buy local products to discover in the region:
Durian Products: Known as the “King of Fruits,” Davao is renowned for its delicious and aromatic durian.
Visitors can indulge in various durian-based treats, such as durian candies, tarts, ice cream, and even durian coffee. The creamy and distinctive durian flavor is a true gastronomic delight that should not be missed.
Woven Products: Davao Region has skilled weavers who create intricate and beautiful woven products. The T’nalak fabric, made by the T’boli indigenous community, is a notable example.
Handwoven mats, baskets, and hats made from indigenous materials are popular souvenirs that showcase the region’s traditional craftsmanship.
Handicrafts: Local woodcarvings, pottery, and jewelry made from indigenous materials are popular for authentic and culturally significant souvenirs.
These handicrafts showcase the region’s artistic traditions and make for beautiful keepsakes.
DOT's Philippine Experience Program
All these unique experiences, and more, are why the Davao Region was chosen to kick off the Philippine Experience Program, the Department of Tourism’s (DOT) latest tourism campaign to showcase the Philippines’ rich heritage and vibrant culture.
To promote different regions across the country, this initiative aims to entice local and international tourists to explore the diverse beauty and unique attractions each area offers.
According to DOT Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco, the Davao Region is a testament to the readiness of Mindanao as a thriving tourist hub.
Next on the line, later this year is Region IV-A (CALABARZON), which is set to showcase its farm and wellness tourism gems.