Davao City and the Port of Davao do not suffer typhoons. The weather is balmy throughout the year, with no real dry or wet season. Temperatures range from 20°C (68°F) to 30°C (86°F). Many people in the Philippines believe that Davao City and the Port of Davao are the most crime-free areas in their country. The people and the police look after tourists.
Mount Apo is the tallest mountain in the Philippines, standing over 10 thousand feet above sea level. This volcanic peak covers 72.8 hectares and is covered with natural wonders. “Apo” means grandfather, and tribal legend says the mountain is god’s domain. Visitors to the Port of Davao’s Mt. Apo will find geysers, sulfur pillars, a steaming blue lake, three rivers with tall waterfalls that boom as they fall, and rainwater lakes.
The Philippine Eagle was once called the “monkey-eating” eagle, is native to and found only in the eastern Philippines’ heavily forested areas on Mindanao Island. Standing about a meter tall, the eagle has strong legs, sharp claws, and a powerful beak. The males are the hunters, and they prey on monkeys, flying lemurs, wild cats, and flying squirrels. This unique and magnificent species has been closely studied as well as hunted as a trophy. The Philippine Eagle Center is open daily.
The Pearl Farm Beach Resort is located on Samal Island, the island in the Gulf of Davao that protects the Port of Davao. The resort covers 11 hectares and was really a pearl farm at one time. White-lipped oysters were brought here form the Sulu Sea and cultivated for their white, pink, and gold pearls. Today’s resort offers privacy and relaxation in a beautiful natural environment. The Samal Houses in the resort are fashioned after the traditional stilt houses of the Samal tribes. In the day, you can watch little fish swim between the poles supporting the house. In the night, the sound of waves lulls you to sleep. Visitors have access to a wonderful spa where they will be pampered and, of course, a beautiful sunny beach.
The Port of Davao’s Camp Domingo Leonor was quarters of Spanish and (later) American troops. This historic site was one of the barracks when the Spanish occupied the city. After years of occupation, the Spanish were prepared to abandon the camp to the Philippine revolutionary government, but US troops occupied the city in 1899 and took the camp for their own, using it until 1920. Camp Domingo Leonor is a popular tourist attraction, especially for US and Filipino veterans.
While not many cruise ships call at the Port of Davao, the city’s website contains a schedule of ferries and ships that carry passengers.