Don’t believe those who say that Davao is an expensive place to visit. Not only is this city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao renowned as the residence of President Duterte, there are also a number of cheap places to visit in Davao City for budget travelers.
Known for its picturesque landscapes and a wealth of natural attractions, Davao is fast becoming one of Philippines’ most popular tourist destinations.
It’s a budget-friendly city. In fact, you can visit some places without spending a single amount of money.
So here’s a list of some of the cheap places to visit in Davao City:
1. Museo Dabawenyo
Museo Dabawenyo is one of those Davao tourist attractions that you can visit without spending a single cent. Admission is absolutely free.
Yes, you heard it right - the Davao museum is free for everyone to visit.
It showcases Davao’s rich and diverse cultural heritage that includes a wide display of arts, crafts, weapons, and musical instruments made by the different local tribes.
If you want to learn more about the city and its people, this place is a must visit.
2. Davao Crocodile Park
If you’re going to spend money, might as well spend it on a tour around Davao Crocodile Park.
This Davao attraction is a sure hit for adults and kids alike. The entrance fee is 250 PHP ($5), which gets you up close with crocodiles. If that’s not worth the entrance fee, I don’t know what will.
Aside from crocodiles, this 26-hectare farm is also home to a wide variety of exotic animals, such as raptors, bearcats, snakes, and several other reptiles.
After the tour, there’s nothing like capping off the day with an exotic cup of crocodile ice cream.
Here are affordable Davao accommodations close to Crocodile Park:
3. Jack’s Ridge
If you want an eagle-eye view of the city, make sure to include Jack’s Ridge in your Davao city tour itinerary.
This place is located on top of a hill and opens up to the marvelous views of Davao. Aside from the views, the place has two restaurants and a coffee shop, where you can have a taste of the most-coveted Durian coffee.
This place is included in this list of cheap places to visit in Davao because it’s free to visit, except if you’ll indulge at the restaurants or coffee shop.
If you want to stay close to this tourist spot in Davao, the closest accommodation is Villa Viva Belgica. Other top rated Davao hotels to consider include The Big House and Domicilio Lorenzo Apartelle.
4. People’s Park
Davao is blessed with beautiful parks and People’s Park is among the most popular places to visit in Davao City.
This 4-acre park has a pond, waterfalls, tropical rainforest, shady trees, and even eagles. You don’t have to go far to commune with nature in Davao City.
The park is open to the public and is absolutely free to visit.
5. China Town
Do you want to do a bit of shopping in Davao but scared that you might go beyond your travel budget?
Then head over to the China Town, one of the best places in Davao to shop for affordable goods.
China Town itself is a popular tourist attraction where a bright red Chinese archway welcomes you to the place, a perfect spot for some photo op.
After you indulge in some shopping, check out the Long Hua Temple and the Mindanao Taoist Temple nearby.
6. Roxas Avenue Night Market
The best place to go food tripping without breaking the budget in Davao is at the night market in Roxas Avenue.
Local vendors start setting up their barbecue stalls on the street late in the afternoon. Treat yourself to a variety of grilled meats, including fresh seafood, and more.
What’s more, this place is right beside the Aldevenco shopping center, a popular spot for souvenir shopping.
So after you’ve worked up an appetite, head over to the shopping center and haggle your way to a discount at the various souvenir shops.
Favorite Cheap Places to Visit in Davao City?
Visiting Davao is far from expensive. With our list of cheap places to visit in Davao City, you’ll certainly have a great time without going broke after your trip.
If you have other favorite Davao tourist attractions that aren't on the list, let us know in the comments section below.