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What are the best things to do in Davao?
Island Garden City of Samal
There’s no shortage of beaches to visit in between return flights to Davao, and a couple of the most popular are located within the Island Garden City of Samal. The island is a 45-minute ferry ride from Santa Ana Wharf in Davao, and it’s teeming with natural beauty. Top things to do in Samal are Kaputian Beach, Canibad Beach, Monfort Bat Cave, and Hagimit Falls. Island Garden City of Samal is also home to some gorgeous resorts, and you can browse accommodation here with Webjet after booking cheap flights to Davao.
Spend a day at Mount Apo while holidaying on flights to Davao to see the tallest point in the Philippines. Mount Apo is an active volcano that’s an impressive 2,954 metres (9,692 feet) tall, and it’s only 45 kilometres (28 miles) from Davao City. Head to Mount Apo National Park to see the volcanic peak and explore lush rainforests, rivers, and waterfalls. There are viewpoints of Mount Apo all over the park, and other spots to see include Lake Venado and Tudaya Falls. Experienced climbers who book airfare to Davao can also plan an excursion to the peak of Mount Apo, which is so high that it’s often obscured by the clouds.
Museo Dabawenyo is the place to go to learn about local history and culture while visiting the Philippines on flights to Davao. Exhibits explore many different areas of local life in Davao, including art, historic artefacts, old photos, and clothing. A portion of the museum is dedicated to the indigenous culture of the region, another focuses on traditional Filipino clothing and textiles, and another exhibit displays antiques like crowns and armour. Museo Dabawenyo is an excellent way to spend a few hours while holidaying on return flights to Davao, and it’s completely free to visit.
What are the best cafes and restaurants in Davao?
Have a meal at Lachi’s while holidaying on flights to Davao if you’re looking for authentic and traditional Filipino food. The restaurant is a local favourite that serves delicious dishes like grilled pork ribs, lechon kawali crispy pork belly, three-hour beef mechado, and chicken pork adobo. Lachi’s also serves great desserts and even operates a smaller location specialising in cakes that you can visit while holidaying on return flights to Davao. Make sure to try the sans rival cake, a house specialty.
There’s an incredible selection of seafood to try while visiting the Philippines on cheap flights to Davao, and Marina Tuna is one of the city’s most popular spots. The restaurant specialises in fresh seafood dishes in traditional Filipino styles with some inspiration from Japan and China. The Ten Way Tuna Experience is the most well-known thing to order; it uses different parts of tuna to create 10 unique dishes. You can also tuck into sashimi, swordfish and whole crab if you visit Marina Tuna while holidaying on flights to Davao.
The Vegan Dinosaur
Many traditional Filipino dishes are focused around meat and fish, but the Vegan Dinosaur serves incredible plant-based dishes for vegetarians and vegans who book tickets to Davao. The large menu includes both traditional Filipino meals and cafe classics that are popular around the world. Popular dishes to try include Asian noodles with sesame peanut dressing, barbecue tofu and vegetables, pulled jackfruit tacos, and a tempeh bacon nourish bowl. The Vegan Dinosaur also serves all-day breakfast options and a wide selection of smoothies, lattes and sweet treats.
When is the best time to visit Davao?
There are two different seasons to plan around when you book airfare to Davao: wet season and dry season.
The wet season lasts from May to October and is accompanied by regular rain. Temperatures average about 30°C and humidity levels are high. The busiest time to travel into Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) falls during the wet season, between June and August. There are large crowds of tourists during this time, so be sure to book your hotel early if you book tickets to Davao for a wet season holiday.
Dry season is from November to April and this is the best time to travel on cheap flights to Davao in terms of weather. There’s much less rain and humidity than the wet season. Temperatures are cooler toward the beginning of dry season, reaching about 30°C during the day. The last few months of the dry season start to heat up and humidity levels begin to rise as the wet season approaches. Pack for hot temperatures of about 33°C if you book flights into Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) for travel towards the end of dry season.