Davao del Sur Province

Written by Patrick


Davao del Sur is a province in the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital and largest city is Digos. Davao del Sur was created from the old province of Davao in 1967. Davao derived its name from the Bagobo word Daba-Daba referring to the Sacred Brass of the tribe´s legendary chieftain, Datu Duli, who lived in Mount Apo.


Davao del Sur

Coordinates: 6°20′N 125°30′E


The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Davao del Sur
6°20′N 125°30′E | View Map
Year Founded:
2,163.98 km2 (835.52 sq mi)
290/km2 (760/sq mi)
Cities & Towns:
1 Independent city, 1 Component city, 9 Towns (Municipalities)
(Mount Apo) 2,954 m (9,692 ft)
Time Zone:
Zip Code:
Area code:
+63 -(082)-XXX-XXXX
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
80% Roman Catholic
Cebuano, Kalagan, Ata Manobo, Obo, Tagabawa, Matigsalug, Giangan, English
Known For:
Coconuts, durian
Major Industries:
Agriculture (coconut, rice, corn, bananas, durian, cacao, ramie, and coffee), Fishing, Shipping, Tourism
Best Time to Visit:
August to October
casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Bus Terminal(s):


The climate in this province is a mild, pleasant climate all year round. Because of its topographical characteristics and geographical location, it is rarely visited by typhoons. There is no pronounced wet or dry season. The coolest months are from November to February with an average temperature of 25 °C (77 °F). during the peak summer months from March to May, temperatures average 28 °C (82 °F) but may rise as high as 32 °C (90 °F).

The best time to visit Davao is during the fruit season from August to October.  

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines


Davao del Sur Map

The Davao del Sur province is divided into 9 Municipalities, 1 Component City:

  • Bansalan
  • Davao City
  • Digos
  • Hagonoy
  • Kiblawan
  • Magsaysay
  • Malalag
  • Matanao
  • Padada
  • Santa Cruz
  • Sulop




The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Davao del Sur province:

  • Abreeza Mall
  • Agdao Market
  • Aldevinco Shopping Center
  • Bankerohan Public Market
  • BEMWA Farm
  • D’ Bone Collector Museum
  • D’Leonor Inland Resort and Wavepool
  • Davao Crocodile Park
  • Davao Museum of History and Ethnography
  • Gaisano Mall of Davao
  • GAP Farm
  • Holy Infant Jesus of Prague Shrine
  • Japanese Tunnel
  • Lon Wa Temple
  • Magsaysay Local Fruits Stands
  • Matina Town Square
  • Mount Apo
  • Museo Dabawenyo
  • People’s Park
  • Philippine Eagle Center
  • Roxas Avenue Night Market
  • San Pedro Cathedral
  • SM City Davao
  • SM Lanang Premier
  • Sta. Ana Shrine
  • Sul Orchids
  • Tamayong Prayer Mountain
  • The Peak
  • Tribu K Mindanawan
  • Upside Down House Museum

If you plan to visit the province of Davao del Sur, you can use the following sites to determine the best places to stay:


The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Davao del Sur throughout the year:

  • Araw ng Dabaw (March 1) – Davao City
  • Kadayawan sa Dabaw (3rd week of August) – Davao City
  • Kasinatian Festival (October) – Toril, Davao City


The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Davao del Sur province.

Where in the Philippines is Davao del Sur located?
Davao del Sur is located on Southeastern Mindanao.

Is Davao del Sur a city or province?
Davao del Sur is a province.

What is the Capital of Davao del Sur?
The capital of Davao del Sur is Digos.

What is Davao del Sur famous or known for?
Davao del Sur is famous or known for Mt. Apo, durian, and coconuts.

How do I get to Davao del Sur?
There are several ways to get to Davao del Sur, the most common being from Manila:

  • Car ferry to Cagayan de Oro | 34 hours | $16-$34 + Bus to Davao City | 5.5 hours | $7-$14
  • Plane | 1.75 hours | $40-$120

RESOURCE: Best Online Transportation Resource for the Philippines

How many islands are in Davao del Sur?
There are NO islands in the Davao del Sur.

What does Davao del Sur mean?
Davao is derived from indigenous Bagobo name for Davao River. Three subgroups call the river davah, dawaw, and dabo.

How Safe is Traveling in Davao del Sur?
Davao del Sur is very safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Davao del Sur is considered tropical with significant rainfall throughout the year.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below …

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines


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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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