Leaving from Cebu we touch down in the modern airport of Davao. A large billboard within the airport declares Davao as the DURIAN CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. We rent a van and driver for a three-day tour of the surrounding areas. The thing that begins to imprint on your mind is the immense size of the city as we head from the airport to our hotel destination.
Davao City is Mindanao’s premier city and the gateway to the regions’ attractions. At 244,000 hectares it’s the World’s Largest City in terms of land area. It’s boundaries encompass commercial zones as well as beaches, mountains and forests. The city developed during the early 1900’s when Japanese migrants set up plantations along its shores, taking advantage of the rich volcanic soil… nicknamed the bread basket of the Philippines.
Davao is considered as one of Asia’s best cities and rated as one of the most livable and safe cities in the Philippines.
It is also blessed with a mild climate that’s rarely affected by typhoons. Quite a few x-pats and retirees have chosen Davao for its excellent climate, shopping, and modern medical facilities.
Situated beside Davao Gulf, the city is dominated by the Philippines’ highest mountain, 2,954-meter-high Mount Apo. Nat The dormant volcano area has native tribes and folk lure and its fertile, cool foothills are covered with plantations of exotic fruits like durian, marang, and pomelos as well as numerous flower farms.
Mount Apo is actually a national park area…travelers are captivated by the sight of its magnificent array of flora, ranging from impressive mahogany trees to strange lichen formations…and home to the Philippine Eagle, formerly named the monkey-eating eagle, one of the world’s largest birds(with a wingspan of over two meters… it’s the worlds second largest eagle) and designated as the national bird.
Day one our travels included eating a great luncheon in Davao at the ——restaurant, getting settled into our hotel accommodations and touring the city, where we witnessed old churches, scenic parks, local durian fruit stands, and many shopping malls with newer and larger ones coming out of the ground. Davao is a major shipping area where goods are warehoused and dispersed throughout the Philippines. Davao City is definitely a city on the move with expansion happening in all directions.
As there were six of us in our group five girls all fiends of Perlas and Zentraveler. That evening we had a typical grilled fish dinner at mom Helen’s house with local dishes and then all of a sudden as if we won the lottery the girls were all down on the floor outside on the patio devouring yet another giant durian!
The driver drove us back to our hotel and said: ” good night I will pick you up at 8 am tomorrow morning … we are going to the mountains tomorrow.” We all pulled out our printed internet recommendations for tourist attractions in the Davao area! I commented it will great to spend a few days in the mountains and get back to nature… everyone agreed we were all on the same page. Lights out sweet dreams! We drifted off to sleep with visions of durian and sugar plums dancing in our heads.
Davao is an anchor tourist destination, a natural haven for all travelers and those pursuing daring adventure pursuits. If you like eco-tourism, eating exotic fruits, fresh fish delicacies, trekking in the mountains or just relaxing on a scenic beach… Davao just might fit the bill!
QUOTE: When the student is ready, the master appears. ~Buddhist Proverb
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Due to its strategic location in the Southeast portion of the Philippines, Davao has both air and sea connections to the primary points of destinations in the Philippines as well as the world. Land transportation that carries both people and goods to various points in Mindanao is using the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway in Davao. One of most busy airports within the Philippines is the Davao International Airport that caters daily flights to the various primary destinations in the Philippines.
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