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What’s on in Davao?
Travel on flights to Davao in mid-August to attend one of the region’s most exciting annual events, the Kadayawan Festival. This week-long event celebrates the season’s harvest and is also used as a way to appreciate the culture of Davao’s 11 tribes and give thanks to the nature gods. There are many ways you can get involved in the festivities if you’ll be holidaying on return flights to Davao during Kadayawan Festival. Attend parades, watch colourful dance performances in the city streets, and try freshly harvested fruits and indigenous cuisine.
Davao City Day
Davao City Day (also known as Araw ng Dabaw) celebrates the anniversary of when Davao was incorporated as a city in 1936. It’s a national holiday in the Davao region, and the day includes a colourful parade, cultural performances, and a beauty pageant. Visitors to Davao can also make their way to various trade fairs and markets during the week surrounding Davao City Day. Celebrate with the locals by booking flights to Davao so you’ll be in the city for 16 March.
Pasko Fiesta takes over the city for the holiday season, and you can take it all in by travelling on cheap flights to Davao between late November and early January. Each year has a Christmas-related theme like Winter Wonderland or Santa’s Toy Factory, and there are countless festivities to enjoy. Watch the lighting of the Giant Christmas Tree, see a 3D light display, take in music and dance performances, and grab some food from the many food markets held during Pasko Fiesta. Attend the Torotot Party if you’re visiting the Philippines with flights to Davao toward the end of Pasko Fiesta to ring in the new year in style.
What is the best way to get around Davao?
Taxis are the quickest and most stress-free way to get around while holidaying on cheap flights to Davao. This is also the best way to reach the city centre after arriving into Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) as there’s no public transport between the airport and city.
Jeepneys are a form of public transport that you can make the most of while visiting the Philippines on return flights to Davao. This type of minibus are widely available across the city and follow fixed routes around Davao.
The road rules of the Philippines are much different than in New Zealand, so you may not feel comfortable renting a car. However, visitors holidaying on flights to Davao can hire a private driver for a day. This is an excellent option to keep in mind if you’re hoping to take some day trips out of the city.
What is the cost of visiting Davao?
Browse the accommodation deals available through Webjet after booking your airfare to Davao. The average price for a four-star hotel room in central Davao is about $75 to $100 NZD per night. You’ll also find options for as low as $20 NZD per night if you’re hoping to stick to a tight budget while visiting the Philippines on cheap flights to Davao.
Catch a taxi to reach the city centre after arriving on flights to Davao. Taxi fare from Francisco Bangoy International Airport (DVO) into the city centre costs about 165 pesos ($5.05 NZD). Jeepneys are an affordable way to get from one spot to another around the city centre. Fare to ride a jeepney costs 8 pesos (25 cents NZD) for the first four kilometres travelled, then 2 pesos (6 cents NZD) for each additional kilometre after that. Look into hiring a private driver if you’d love to plan some day trips after booking tickets to Davao. It costs about 2,500 pesos ($76.80 NZD) to hire a driver for a full day.
There are many exciting attractions to budget for after you book airfare to Davao. Visit the Davao Museum for 100 pesos ($3.05 NZD), or get a permit to climb Mount Apo – the highest point in the Philippines – for 2,000 pesos ($61.40 NZD). Taking a day trip to nearby Kopiat Island is another exciting option for visitors holidaying on return flights to Davao. A guided day tour departing from the city costs about 2,500 pesos ($76.80 NZD) on weekdays and 3,500 ($107.50 NZD) over the weekend.