A 3 Day Davao Itinerary | The Perfect Davao Travel Guide

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If you are heading to the Phillippines then this Davao itinerary is right up your alley to inspire your trip. Below is a detailed Davao travel guide where I will guide your through a Davao itinerary for 3 days covering the best places in Davao city and things to do in surrounding areas as well as the best tours in Davao to complement your itinerary. The below also gives you an option for a Samal Island day tour to combine with your city tour of Davao, taking the hustle out of figuring out how to go to Samal Island.



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A little About Davao City

Davao City is a coastal commercial city near the Philippines’’ highest peak. Davao is safe for tourists as there is little crime in the city. Davao City is the largest and most populous city in the region and only one of a few cities that are not a part of a Province in the Philippines. Lauded as a clean and green city and home of the Durian fruit, you could not choose a better place than Davao City for a 3-day trip to enjoy the Philippines. This


Davao Tourist Spots To Check Out


The Davao travel guide below takes you through a sample Davao itinerary for 3 days 2 nights. If you were to have a Davao itinerary for 5 days or even 4 days, below are an additional list of beautiful spots in Davao City. There are plenty of things to do in Davao Philippines to suit many any style of travel, whether you want a bit of adventure or just want relax or combine both. Some of these Davao City tourist spots include:


  • D’Bone Museum
  • Monfort Bat Sanctuary (only if you don’t have a problem with bats)
  • Ramon Magsaysay Park
  • Zipcity for the adventure lovers
  • Kublai Art Garden
  • Tamayong Prayer Mountain
  • Eden Nature Park
  • Bankerohan Public Market
  • Waterfalls in Davao del Sur Province
    • Panas Waterfalls
    • Epol Waterfalls
    • Mahilak Waterfall
    • Danlugan Waterfall
    • Jose Abad Santos Waterfall

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Davao Itinerary In 3 Days  | The Perfect Davao Tourist Spots Itinerary


Below is a Davao tourist spots itinerary for 3 days. The perfect Davao itinerary 3 days 2 nights trip allowing you to map out some activities to do, exploring the museums, the best of Davao city inland resorts, and where to eat. We’ll look at tourist spots to check out in the city, the beaches you can go to, and planning out the best places to go in Davao City


Day 1 Morning To Evening:

With only 3 days in Davao city, you can certainly make the most of the city’s tourist spots. So check into your hotel, freshen up and then head on out to explore the city with the following Davao tourist spots itinerary. There are so many things to do in Davao Philippines so to start exploring below are a few options to pack into your first day in Davao City.


10am: Malagos Garden Resort

If you want to start off your explorations on a relaxed scale, then consider the Malagos Garden Resort. Its attractions include an exotic butterfly sanctuary and museum, a bird feeding dome, and an avant-garde playground. Plus, it has the first chocolate museum in the country, the Malagos Chocolate Museum. Now, if you’re a chocolate lover, make time to visit the Malagos Chocolate Museum in the Malagos Garden Resort. You can learn all about making chocolate in the Museum section of the facility. Then, visit the Malagos Chocolate Factory and make your own chocolate after which you can buy all sorts of chocolate foods and drinks at the Malagos Chocolate Bar.

11 am: Philippine Eagle Davao City

Then just three minutes away by car (20 minutes on foot), you can head to the Philippine Eagle In Davao City . Enjoy an educational tour at this forest-like conservation center that simulates a tropical rain forest type environment for endangered Philippine eagles. It is also a home for other species of birds and reptiles.


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2pm: Options for Lunch and Dinner


If you reach Davao City early enough on the first day to have lunch, then take a stop at Kuya Ed’s which offers a delightful buffet.

For dinner on your first night, you can visit Vista View.  One of the beautiful spots in Davao city to take in the views. This hilltop restaurant offers delectable Filipino cuisine.


6pm: Davao Nightlife and Entertainment


After dinner, you can take a walk through the Roxas Night Market and enjoy Davao’s nightlife and market experiences.

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Day 2 – Fun-Fill Day on The Davao Travel Guide

For your second day, let’s make it a fun-filled packed day of activities to enjoy as much of Davao City as possible.


10am: Davao Crocodile Park

This is one of best places to go in Davao city, even though it’s called the Davao Crocodile Park, there are a lot more animals to see at the park. This park gives you a great interactive experience with a variety of exotic animals. There is a petting zoo, and you can feed the koi fishes, tigers, or ostriches. Have your picture taken with a snake and get souvenirs from the gift shop.  But of course, the main attraction is the crocs in all different shapes and sizes.

This is a great place to start off your day’s activities because it’s always open and you can get an early start


11.30am: People’s Park

After the Crocodile Park, take a quick 19-minute trip over to the urban public park in Central Davao City, the People’s Park. The park features both indigenous and non-indigenous flora. The Durian Dome, inspired from by Durian fruit, is one of the main attractions in the park.



12.30 pm: D’Bone Collector Museum

A city tour in Davao City is incomplete without checking out the D’Bone Collector Museum. The museum opens at 10 a.m. Monday’s through Fridays and offers an exciting journey into the life of creatures large and small from around the world. There are three floors of amazing collections, and you’ll definitely want to go back for a second visit your next time in Davao City.

At only 11 minutes away by car from the People’s Park, so it is the perfect next stop on your full day of Davao City experiences. And after the D’Bone Collector Museum, we recommend heading to Eden Nature Park for a fun-filled afternoon.


2.30pm Eden Nature Park

A great addition to any Davao city itinerary. A 1-hour drive to Eden Nature Park is well worth it in the afternoon. The park opens from 9:00 a.m. but some of the rides and adventures you might want to enjoy won’t be open before 1:00 p.m. If you get there by noon, you can also get lunch which is included in the price of admission.

At Eden Nature Park, you can enjoy a guided shuttle tour, the sky swing, skyrider, skycycle and horseback riding. You can even try your hand at fishing in the fishing village


7pm: Dinner – Jack’s Ridge Resort & Restaurant

You simily cannot miss out on tasting local foods as part of your Davao city itinerary. For dinner on your second night, you can visit Jack’s Ridge Resort & Restaurant. Along with the delectable cuisine, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Davao City. It’s a great way to relax and unwind from the days activities.


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9pm Night Activity Option

If you’re not too tired after dinner, you can head out to Matina Town Square for night on the town and live entertainment. This, of course, is free of cost.


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11.am San Pedro Square

You can take the third day a little slower. Strolling through San Pedro Square, you can visit the Davao Museum, the iconic San Pedro Cathedral and even City Hall and City Council.


1pm: Check out Davao Beaches

Take a quick trip to the beach because you cannot visit Davao City without experiencing its pristine beaches. There are several options for incredible beaches close to Davao City. Some of the nicest beaches include Island Garden City of Samal with white sand beaches and exotic marine life.


4pm Shopping

The afternoon on your final day is a great time to get any shopping done before heading home. One of the most popular malls is the SM Lanang Premier. This supermall is an indoor 4-story shopping experience you cannot miss.


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Davao Itinerary & Samal Island


If you want a combination of a Davao Itinerary and Samal Island you can do this by a way of a Samal Island day tour package that takes you through the best of Davao City and Samal Island with everything sort out for you and hotel pickup included.  The Davao City and Samal Island Beach tour take you through the best tourist spots of Davao city and the best tourist spots in Samal Island before a relaxing afternoon on Samal Island beach somewhere. The tour is only one day so you can do two days with the above Davao trip itinerary then a day on the tour.


Davao Itinerary and Budget

Overall Davao is not an overly expensive city to visit. You can combine your visit a Davao tour packages itinerary to cut the cost of transportation as a majority of the tour companies will pick you up from your hotel. As far as budget expenses or thinking about how much money to bring to Philippines or Davao in particular? For example, a tax from the airport to a hotel will be less than £5. Hotel for 3-4 nights in Davao City will roughly be about £10 a night for the very cheapest but will differ depending on your style of travel. Entrance to the attraction about ranges from about £2.50 to about £5. You can easily have a great time in Davao for well under £100 easy. Majority of your large expenses will be the hotel, flight from Manila to Davao City. Food is reasonably cheap and so is transportation, including the ferries to small islands nearyby.



Where To Stay In Stay | Hotels In Davao

As part of your Davao itinerary, you will obviously need to look at where to stay in Davao city. Below you will find the best hotels in Davao city. Covering the cheapest hotels in Davao, mid range budgets and luxury beach resorts in Davao.

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Budget Places To Stay In Davao

Top budget and Davao city cheap hotels.

Condo Living In Davao – Featuring a beautiful terrace and located only 200 metres from SM City Davao in Davao City. Guests can enjoy free WiFi access, 24-hour security and private parking on site.

Two Bedroom Condo – Set right in Davao City, a 3-minute walk from SM City Davao, comes with a separate living room with a flat-screen TV. The booking includes free WiFi, air-conditioning and is only a 2 km from Matina Town Square.

Newly Built Condo   Located in Davao City and only 200 metres from Abreeza Mall and 2.4 km from People’s Park. Booking includes offers free WiFi.

Denise’s Condo in Davao – Among few Davao City hotels within a 3-minute walk from SM City Davao, Apartelle D’ Oasis offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning. The condo also features a garden.

Domicilio Lorenzo – Located in Davao City. The apartment is within a 5-minute walk from the famous entertainment hub of Matina Town Square allowing you to experience the best of Davao City tourism at your finger tips.


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Mid-range Priced Hotels In Davao

Mid-range budget hotels in Davao city include 3 and 4 star rated hotels and apartments.

JMLA Studio Apartment – Located in Davao City in the Mindanao region. The studio apartment is a 3-star property featuring a balcony and outdoor pool. The booking also includes free WiFi.

Bords Sweet Home – Set in Davao City and only a 3-minute walk from SM City Davao and comes with free wifi.

Hotel Tropika – Hotel Tropika is a 15-minute drive from Davao International Airport and from downtown Davao. Offering a restaurant and air-conditioned rooms with cable TV, it also provides free wifi and free parking on site.

The Executive Villa Inn & Suites – Located in Davao City and only 5 km from Abreeza Mall.  The Executive Villa Inn & Suites offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi and a tour desk.

The Oasis Davao Condotel – located in Davao City. The Oasis Davao Condotel offers homely and comfortable accommodation within 900 metres from the famous SM City Davao.


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Davao Beach Resorts

The best Davao beach resorts close to Davao city.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort – Located along the shores of lush greenery. Pearl Farm Beach Resort offers tranquil and comfortable accommodation and among the best Davao beach resorts in the region. Also offers free WiFi.

Chema’s by the Sea – Nestled within tropical gardens of Davao beach resorts. Chema’s by the Sea Cottages provides charming, standalone cottages with thatched roofs and wood flooring. There is an outdoor swimming pool on site.

Hof Gorei Beach Resort Davao – Located on Samal Island, Hof Gorei Resort features traditional bungalow accommodation. Features an outdoor pool and is surrounded by tropical gardens with panoramic views of the Davao Gulf and Mount Apo.

La Isla Bonita Talikud Island Beach Resort near Davao – La Isla Bonita Talikud Island Beach Resort is offering accommodation in Samal. This 3-star resort offers room service. The restaurant serves seafood and local, as well as American dishes.

Extreme Aloha Beach Resort – Extreme Aloha Beach Resort lies only a short drive from Davao city. Among the various facilities are a garden and a terrace. The property features a 24-hour front desk.

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So have you done a Davao or Samal itinerary? Heading to Phillippines? Start planning your Davao itinerary for an exciting trip the Philippines today.



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    • Bianca
      September 30, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Thank you so muc Debs.

  1. Peter.
    September 26, 2018 / 10:40 am

    We are heading to the Philippines in February and have been looking for a combined Davao city itineray and budget as well as tips on day tours to Samal Island. Thank you so much for providing a detailed post as we hadnt actually considered some of the tourist spots in Davao city that you have mentioned.
    Thank you!

    • Bianca
      September 30, 2018 / 9:21 pm

      Always glad to help Peter. You can definitely do a lot in Davao. There are plenty of tourist spots in Davao city and Samal to keep you busy. Enjoy your visit. Sage travel.

  2. Davao city beaches and resorts
    September 27, 2018 / 3:12 am

    Great post! We are visiting Davao city in the Philippines for the first time in May 2019 and this post makes me so excited for all the tourist spots in Davao city we are going to be checking out. Hey do you know of any Davao city resorts you can recommend as we would love to be near the beaches in Davao city. Thanks!

    • Bianca
      September 30, 2018 / 9:15 pm

      Glad you are excited about the travel plans. This part of the travels is actually one of my favourite things. Yeah, there are a couple of options for combining a stay in Davao city resorts with being an easy distance to Davao city tourist spots. Definitely check out one of the accommodation links I provided to find something comfortable within your travel budget.

  3. Kabirat
    September 27, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    A very peaceful and beautiful place in the Philippines. I cannot wait to revisit some of the tourist spots in Davao city you have mentioned. We missed out on Samal Island last time, I can’t believe it was only a short day trip away. Not taking any chances this time. We will be booking a day trip to Samal Island if we cannot arrange it ourselves.

    • Bianca
      September 30, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      Yes, Samal Island is one to return for. Now you know you can do Davao itinerary and Samal Island fairly easily via a tour in the Philippines. Let me know how that goes if you visit Davao City again.

  4. Joanne
    September 29, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    I’m so glad you mentioned Davao Crocodile Park! We were just there back in July and it was my favorite part of the whole trip. I’m a complete animal lover though so I suppose I might be a little biased. Getting to feed the tigers was so cool, a real once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ve fed plenty of fish, ducks, geese, goats, and even giraffes, but never tigers. It was awesome!

    • Bianca
      September 30, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      Sounds like you had an awesome trip. Yep the crocodil park is definitely one of the best tourist spots in Davao city. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Thang
    October 18, 2018 / 11:20 pm

    Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your Philippines travel blog post and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing for your feed and I am hoping you write once more very soon!

    • Bianca
      October 22, 2018 / 2:16 pm

      Excellent. There plenty more posts in store. Happy reading 😀

  6. Precious
    October 19, 2018 / 10:03 am

    A Davao guide? Awesome. This has been on my mind but I guess I haven’t found the motivation yet. Let’s see, that sanctuary of bats doesn’t sound like my thing. But the Eden nature’s park, Bankerohan public market and some waterfalls in Davao itinerary is currently on my travel list for Spring. I sure can’t wait after reading this

    • Bianca
      October 22, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      Awesome, I am sure you will have an amazing time.

  7. Matthew
    October 20, 2018 / 10:01 pm

    The Philippines seems like such a wonderful place to visit. Great article that is very informative! I have a friend that is thinking about visiting, I will be sending him this article and I’m sure it will influence his decision to go!

  8. Joel - itinerary in davao
    October 24, 2018 / 10:04 pm

    We are exploring the Philippines for a montha and love your itinerary in Davao. Just stumbled on it. We love the ideas you have for the things to do including the Davao tours itinerary and tips on Davao itinerary and budget. Thank you so much.

    • Bianca
      November 11, 2018 / 6:45 pm

      Thank Joel, glad you found the Davao trip itinerary tips useful. Have a great time in the Philippines.

  9. Hanna
    November 12, 2018 / 1:40 am

    One of the best places to visit in the Philippines. I have been after ideas for another tourist spot in Davao as we are about to head back in May for a month in Asia. I would love to see more of Davao city when I am back in the Philippines.

    • Bianca
      November 12, 2018 / 7:13 pm

      Hi Hanna, yes I can see why you would want to return to Davao city again. It is such a cool place to explore. Enjoy your visit second time round.

  10. November 29, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Thank you for sharing this information. This will for sure helpful for people who want to visit places in Davao I had great experience my self. I rented a scooter in Davao city and visit some of the places that you have mentioned. The scooter rental cost me 390 pesos a day. I found a website call book2wheel.com where I rented the scooter. It was a great experience. I had so much fun. If you guy want to rent a scooter i would recommend you to try book2wheel

  11. Steve
    January 25, 2019 / 2:11 am

    Incredible article! I’m thinking about traveling to Davao soon and loved your explanation about the hotels. I’m about to check out some of the condos you linked.

    Thanks so much!

  12. Danny
    January 30, 2019 / 8:49 am

    This is such an amazing Davao travel guide. I haven’t been yet but currently in the planning stages of how to get to Davao, planning the best places to visit in Davao as your itinerary covers many of the places that interest me as well as accommodation so this post is really everything I was looking for.

    • Bianca
      January 30, 2019 / 9:26 am

      That is awesome Danny I am so glad you found it useful.

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