Provinces

Davao Occidental Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Davao Occidental is the 81st and newest province in the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital is the municipality of Malita. By virtue of Republic Act 10360 enacted on July 23, 2013, the province is the newest in the country, carved out from the southern part of Davao del Sur.

LOCATION

Coordinates: 6°05′N 125°40′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Davao Occidental
Location:
6°05′N 125°40′E | View Map
Year Founded:
2013
Capital:
Malita
Area:
2,163.45 km2 (835.31 sq mi)
Population:
317,200
Density:
150/km2 (380/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
5 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Davaoeño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Latian) 1,612 m (5,289 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
8012
Area code:
+63 -(082)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
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).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Fourth Class
Religion(s):
52.4% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Cebuano, Sangirese, Sarangani, English
Known For:
Durian
Major Industries:
Fishing, Agriculture (bananas, coconuts, durian), Tourism
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
January and February
Clothing:
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.
Airport(s):
None
Seaport(s):
None
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is to the fourth type of climate, that is rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. Maximum daytime temperature throughout the province is in the range of 23-38 degrees Celsius, falling to 23-32 degrees Celsius during the night depending on the elevation

January and February are perhaps the best months to visit during, as the rains have stopped, and the temperatures are on the cooler side of things.

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

CITIES & TOWNS

Davao Occidental Map

The Davao Occidental province is divided into 5 Municipalities:

  • Don Marcelino
  • Jose Abad Santos
  • Malita
  • Santa Maria
  • Sarangani
 

ISLANDS

There are 3 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Davao Occidental which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Balut Island
  • Olanivan Island
  • Sarangani Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

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

  • Balakayo Falls
  • Indalugong Falls
  • Kablolan Falls
  • Kinangan Falls
  • Kipiya Cave
  • Sangay Falls
  • Tubalan Cove

FESTIVALS

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

  • Gaginaway Festival (Full moon of November) – Malita

FAQs

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

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

Is Davao Occidental a city or province?
Davao Occidental is a province.

What is the Capital of Davao Occidental?
The capital of Davao Occidental is Malita.

What is Davao Occidental famous or known for?
Davao Occidental is famous or known for durian.

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

  • Plane to Davao del Sur (Davao City) | 1.75 hours | $40-$130 + Bus | 3.5 hours | $7-$10
  • Plane to Gen. Santos | 1.75 hours | + Taxi to Davao Occidental | 3 hours | $54-$66

You can fly to an alternate airport, however the time will be approximately the same, but the cost will be significantly more

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How many islands are in Davao Occidental?
There are 3 islands in Davao Occidental province.

What does Davao Occidental 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 Occidental?
Davao Occidental is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Davao Occidental province is considered tropical with rainfall more or less evenly 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

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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