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Davao Del Sur Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

Davao del Sur is one of the three provinces in Davao Province. Known as the place where the highest mountain in the Philippines is located, the majestic Mt. Apo, Davao del Sur is a combination of rustic charm and metropolitan vibes. Sounds interesting, right? Yes, this province in Davao Region in Mindanao has a lot to offer -- impressive flora and fauna, amazing natural wonders, colourful tribal villages and eco-adventures that will surely give you that adrenaline rush paired with the variety of city life it offers. Its capital is Digos, which is also by the way, the largest city of the province. From sun up to sun down, one will definitely have a great time checking this province where agriculture, fishing, farming and tourism are all contributing to its steady growth.

Where to go in Davao Del Sur

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Abreeza Mall

Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Davao Region, 8000, Philippines

Aldevinco

Claro M. Recto Avenue Poblacion District Davao, Davao Del Sur, Davao Region, 8000, Philippines

Apo Ni Lola

Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Davao Region, 8000, Philippines

Baculing Hills

Aplaya City Of Digos (capital), Davao Del Sur, Davao Region, 8002, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting Here
A trip to Davao del Sur can be made by air, sea and through land and sea combo.

By air: Davao de Sur, where Davao City is located, is serviced by Francisco Bangoy International Airport, or simply known as Davao International Airport. Airplane ride from Manila to Davao City is roughly around 2 hours, twice daily.

From other key places:
· Cebu - 55 minutes
· Zamboanga – 1 hour 20 minutes
· CDO – 35 minutes

Airline companies that fly to Davao International Airport are:
· Philippine Airlines
· Cebu Pacific
· Philippines AirAsia

The airport also handles international flights operating to and from Davao City. A bus or van ride from the airport will take you to Digos City, the capital of Davao del Sur.


By sea: WG&A Super Ferry has twice a week ferry services from the port of Manila to Davao and vice versa, and usually takes more than 2 days of sea voyage. Ferry services from other places in the Visayas and Mindanao region, which also go on sale BTW, is also available.

By land and sea combination: RORO (roll-on/roll off) commuting is available where trip takes 30-31 hours to complete.

Popular Food

Originating from two different Pinoy culinary methods, “sugba” which means to grill and “kinilaw” that pertains to raw fish cooked in vinegar. This pork-fish dish is a must have when travelling to Davao. Be sure to ask for an extra cup of rice!

(c) @emileamara / instagram.com

This is Digos City’s famed snack, rice bibingka. An austere snack made of ground rice, coconut milk and sugar and baked in a clay oven that is best eaten when warm. Goes well with coffee or cola, rice bibingka is also a great ‘pasalubong’ to anyone who loves native delicacies.

(c) @agape0916_homeschool / instagram.com

A healthy snack of saba bananas on skewer, grilled and brushed with margarine and sprinkled with an ample amount of sugar. An interesting snack indeed!

(c) @plongplongesclamado / instagram.com

You should not leave Davao without tasting its signature fruit, the distinct durian fruit, also known as the King of Philippine Fruits. With pungent smell and strange taste (some say it tasted like a combination of avocado and mango and garlic), durian is considered as an aphrodisiac. If you can’t stand its smell, you can try other products made from durian such as durian candies, durian jam and durian chocolate, to name a few.

(c) @philippejohnsipacio / instagram.com

Best Time to Go

BEST TIME TO GO
Davao del Sur is proud of its gentle, pleasant climate all year round and is hardly visited by typhoons because of its geographical location. April and May are the hottest months while December to February are enjoyable, cold months to explore the province.

The month of June saw the influx of tourists, both local and foreign, because of Dorong Festival held in Digos City and the famous Kadayawan Festival which happens every 3rd week of August. Kadayawan is considered as the grandest festival that takes place in Davao City. Bottom line, Davao del Sur has a long list of merry festivities that showcases its unique and colourful history.

Just like the rest of the Philippines, it’s good to see the sights of this province wearing light clothes. A breezy dress, a comfy tee, shorts and flip flops will keep you cool while basking in this tropical paradise on this side of the planet.

What to Do

Visit different parks and nature attractions
Davao del Sur has an impressive list of parks and nature attractions for the kids and the kids at heart. From the Instagram-worthy man-made nature parks like the Eden Nature Park to the exciting Crocodile Park that promotes the state of the art crocodile farming to the exhilarating Davao Zorb Park; your hands are full in this picturesque province.
Play in the water
The province is crammed with arresting, unspoiled beaches that you can find in Malita and in Balut Island. Not counting the popular Samal Island, where beach lovers can’t get enough of its beauty and nature treasures it offers. Or you can go chasing waterfall as Davao del Sur pride itself of having one of the country’s highest waterfalls, the Tudaya Falls. Or go for a water ride, river tubing to be exact, at Sibulan River.
Play in the water
The province is crammed with arresting, unspoiled beaches that you can find in Malita and in Balut Island. Not counting the popular Samal Island, where beach lovers can’t get enough of its beauty and nature treasures it offers. Or you can go chasing waterfall as Davao del Sur pride itself of having one of the country’s highest waterfalls, the Tudaya Falls. Or go for a water ride, river tubing to be exact, at Sibulan River.
Appreciate the culture
Learn a thing or two about Davao del Sur’s different ethnic groups. Marvel and applaud at the richness and variety of their colourful heritage.

Estimated Costs

Estimated Cost per Person
Transportation
Airfares going to Davao del Sur differ from one airline company, adjusting prices based on the day and time of your flight. The average airline ticket from Manila to Davao is Php 3, 000.00, whereas RORO charges an average of Php 2, 300.00.


Accommodation
Hotels and inns abound the province of Davao del Sur. For backpackers, an affordable rate of Php 250.00 per night is a good deal while for those who wants a luxurious accommodation would have to pay Php 2,800.00 for a 3 star hotel stay in the city.

Food
Be ready to pay Php 100.00 to Php150.00 for a simple and satisfying meal. Or if you want to treat yourself for a pricey meal, Php 800.00 equates a fine dining experience.

Tourist attraction entrance fee
From a nominal fee of Php 25.00 to a bit pricey Php 250.00, Davao del Sur is all worth the price for all its remarkable attractions.



Taxi fare
Taxi fare in Davao City starts at Php 40.00 and additional Php 13.50 per one kilometer. If you’re coming from Davao Airport going to downtown Davao, taxi ride costs around Php 200.00.

Jeepney fare
Minimum jeepney fare is Php 8.00.00.

Average price per day
Php 1, 600.00 - Php 2, 000.00

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