Davao Region: Reaching for the apex of the world

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Compostela Valley • Davao del Norte • Davao del Sur • Davao Oriental

About the region

Davao Region or Southern Mindanao is considered an agricultural center in the south, its provinces generally covered by fertile soil. Majority of the livelihood and businesses here are centered on fruit plantations and crop-yielding farms. Additionally, five of the major fishing grounds in the Philippines can also be found in this region, including the Rio Grande de Mindanao, the second-largest river in the country. Southern Mindanao is composed of four provinces, which are Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental. The regional center of Southern Mindanao is Davao City.


How to get there and go around

By Air. Francisco Bangoy International Airport, also known as Davao International Airport is located at Davao City. It is the main gateway to Southern Mindanao. Davao International airport lists four domestic flights carriers and one international flight carrier: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, AirPhil Express, Zest Air, and Silk Air (Thailand). Davao International airport is estimated to handle around two million passengers annually.

By Sea. The region has links to Manila and Cebu. The major shipping lines servicing the region are Sulpicio Lines, Inc., Aboitiz Transport System Corp. (WG&A Super Ferries and Cebu Ferries), and Negros Navigation Co.

The main transportation used in the region are jeepneys and tricycles. Air-con vans, buses and jeepneys are available to go from one province to another. Major cities in the provinces have taxis and other shuttle services.


Where to stay

The region has many hotels, inns and pensions houses which can accommodate tourists and are still within the vicinity of the various places of interests.

To learn more, click the following links:
Compostela Valley Accommodations
Davao del Norte Accommodations
Davao del Sur Accommodations
Davao Oriental Accommodations


What to eat
The cuisine of this region is centered on seafood. One of Davao’s more popularly known offerings is the kinilaw na malasugui, or raw blue marlin in vinegar sauce. Davao locals are also known for their delicious grilled seafood, such as grilled tuna and barbecued squid. Davao region is also famous for the exotic fruit of durian.


What to buy
The region offers a variety of products for tourists to bring home. Candied fruit, batik garments, brass works, and frozen tuna are great take aways for traveler.


For Tour Operators & Travel Agents

Department of Tourism: Overseas Offices
DOT: List of accredited establishments

Or see our article on this topic for a list of major travel agencies in the Philippines:
For tour operators and travel agencies: Doing business in the Philippines

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