Davao City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dabaw, Filipino: Lungsod ng Dabaw, Malay: Kota Davao, Spanish: Ciudad de Dávao) is a city on Mindanao, Philippines. It is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines (as of 2010 Census with a population of 2.26 million, after Metro Manila’s 11.86 million and Metro Cebu’s 2.55 million). With a total land area of 2,444 square kilometers, the city is the largest in the country in terms of land area. The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the regional center of Davao Region. Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines. Davao is also known as the “Durian Capital” of the Philippines.
The Philippine eagle, the country’s national bird and considered the largest eagle in the world, is endemic to Davao. The orchid waling-waling and fruits such as durians, pomeloes and mangosteens are popular and generally cheaper in the city. Tourist destinations in the city include the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Nature Center, Mount Apo, the Davao Crocodile Park, Malagos Garden Resort, Eden Nature Park, and People’s Park in the city center which is popular for its sculptures of indigenous people and dancing fountain. Samal Island, a part of Metro Davao, is an island city situated immediately off the city’s coast in the Davao Gulf, popularly known for its scenic beaches.
The city also offers outdoor activities, such as wild river rafting, river tubing, wakeboarding, and mountain trekking, most especially up to the peak of Mt. Apo.