Things to see Davao

San Pedro Cathedral

San Pedro Cathedral

Spanish colonial rule left behind a large Cathedral in Davao, right in the city center opposite Osmena Park. Spanish Conquistador and first Governor of Davao, Don Jose Yuanguren, ordered construction of the church in 1847. Large parts of the cathedral however were reconstructed in the twentieth century and are an interesting mix of Muslim and Christian architecture. The right chapel is the oldest part of the church and holds the original altar and well preserved statues of saints. Entrance is free, open daily from 8am to 6pm.

Davao Museum

The Davao museum showcases various aspects of traditional life of Davao’s native inhabitants. The museum is spread out over two floors and has a range of artifacts from the Mansaka and Bogobo tribes such as handicrafts, clothing and weapons. The Davao Museum is located near the Waterfront Insular Century hotel at the Zonta Building some 12 kilometers from the city center on the way to the airport. It is open Tuesday to Sundays from 9am to 5pm and entrance is free.

Museo Dabawenyo

Another museum about the cultural heritage of Davao and a bit smaller then to Davao Museum. The museum is located along the Pinchon Street, just south from San Pedro Cathedral. The two-storey building houses various artifacts of native tribes of Davao and old historical photographs depicting life in the 20th century. The second floor is dedicated to various artworks made by local artist, including paintings and sculptures as well as a section with various literature relating to peace. Entrance is free, opening hours Tuesdays to Sundays 8am-6pm.

Taoist and Long Hua Buddhist

Chinese descendents have built two notable temples in the northern part of the city. The Long Hua Buddhist temple along Cabaguio Avenue is one of the most Impressive temples in the country. After entering the gate there is a beautiful landscaped garden with a big white statue of a smiling Buddha welcoming you. The temple has big carved pillars supporting a large and gentle curved sea green roof. To get there take a jeepney bound for Sasa or Cabaguio and ask the driver to drop you off at the temple. Open daily from 7am to 8pm. Admission is free. A few hundred meters to the south of Long Hua is a small Taoist temple with a brightly colored octagonal shaped pagoda. Ask the caretaker to let you in, entrance is free. Open daily from 6am to 8pm.

Davao Crocodile Park

Crocodile farm

This amusement park and zoo is spread out over a large area north of the city center. Several feeding shows are held during the day showing the raw strength of crocodiles. The park is also home to a number of gigantic pythons that can be touched and hold under the supervision of an animal keeper. Another section of the park is devoted to butterflies and cultivating fruits plants that can be purchased. The Davao wild water adventure is also located in the park offering rafting trips with various difficulty grades. Park is open daily from 8am to 6pm. Easiest way to get there is to take a 5 minutes taxi ride from the center. Website:psdgroupph.com

Eagle Foundation

Located in a patch of tropical rain forest some 35 km north of Davao is the Philippine Eagle Center. A non-profit foundation established in 1987 to conserve the endangered Philippine Eagle and today home to 36 Philippine Eagles of which 18 were hatched and bred in captivity. Aside from the eagles several bird species, mammals and reptiles are kept in the park. In the weekend volunteers give free guided tours. To get there take a bus from the Annil terminal in Davao heading to Calinan (45 minutes) and from there a jeepney (10 minutes) to the center. Entrance fee for adults is 50 php and 18 php for kids.  Aside from the admission fee you will have to pay 5php / 3 php (adults/kids) to the Davao City water district.  Website: www.philippineeagle.org.

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