Many people are aware that Davao City is a bustling metropolis, but that is hardly a good reason for tourists to travel to the area. To get the most out of your trip, you need to go farther afield, the Davao Region in fact. The region includes the city and the Davao Gulf as well as the Compostela Valley, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, and Davao del Norte. The total area is 2,444 square kilometers. Here are some places you can have some summer fun in the Davao Region.
Situated along the Davao Gulf, this is the largest resort island in the Philippines. It has almost 70 resorts from which to choose, so you will have no problems find a place to stay. Among the most famous are the Pearl Farm Beach Resort and Paradise Beach Resort. The one thing they all have in common are white sands beaches and the deep blue clear ocean. There is something for everybody on any budget.
Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental
Seven kilometers of white sand beach confronts the first time visitor to the “skim boarding capital of Mindanao.” Be careful, though, because the waves are high and the currents are strong. It is a haven for anyone that likes a challenge in the water, and peace on land.[divider]
If you love the water but hate the salt, Davao has the Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park. It is made up of a series of 84 waterfalls that spill into the Cateel River amidst a lush rainforest you can admire using the monkey bridge. It is a fully developed tourist destination, however, so you can enjoy your nature stint in comfort.
Banana Beach in Tagum City
Photo from bananabeachdavao.com
The only beach with a banana plantation, you have to admit it can’t be anything but a unqiue experience. Davao grows some of the best fruits in the country, but this place is definitely not for the monkeys. Accommodations and amenities are first-rate, so head on down.[divider]