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Philippines :: Davao

Considered to be the gateway to the south, Davao province is located at the south of Mindanao Island. It is the home of the infamous durian fruit and its capital is ranked as one of the largest in the world, by land area. It is serviced by an international airport.

Whilst there is little to mention in the way of diving around Mindanao as a whole, this specific area is worth checking out. Most of the sites are located around Samal and Talikud Islands in the Davao Gulf, east of the capital. There are also a couple further south off the tip of General Santos.

There are a multitude of individual sites around the islands, many of which are very similar, so we have focused on the main ones, with mention being made of the others.


Davao at a glance

Accommodation : various

Currents : moderate to strong

Average cost of a dive :

Dive Sites : 25+

Dive Operators : 4+

Getting there : internal flights from Manila 1.5hr and Cebu 55min

Off Season : July-February


The map below is interactive so click on the dive site to get more details.


samal island talikud island general santos