Provinces

Davao Oriental Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Davao Oriental is a province in the Philippines located in the Davao Region in Mindanao. Its capital is Mati, and it borders the province of Davao de Oro to the west, and Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur to the north.

LOCATION

Davao Oriental

Coordinates: 7°10′N 126°20′E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Davao Oriental
Location:
7°10′N 126°20′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1967
Capital:
Mati
Area:
5,679.64 km2 (2,192.92 sq mi)
Population:
576,400
Density:
98/km2 (250/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city, 10 Municipalities
Demonym(s):
Davaoeño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Hamiguitan) 1,620 m (5,310 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
8200–8210
Area code:
+63 -(087)-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:
First Class
Religion(s):
80% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Davawenyo, Cebuano, Kalagan, Mandaya, Kamayo, Mansaka, English
Known For:
Natural attractions and resources
Major Industries:
Agriculture (coconut and abaca)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
January and February
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Seaport(s):
Lupon Seaport
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON

CLIMATE

The climate in this province has a pronounced rainy season and a short dry season, with maximum rainfall occurring from November to January especially at coastal areas.

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 Oriental Province Map

The Davao Oriental province is divided into 10 Municipalities, 1 Component City:

  • Baganga
  • Banaybanay
  • Boston
  • Caraga
  • Cateel
  • Governor Generoso
  • Lupon
  • Manay
  • Mati
  • San Isidro
  • Tarragona
 

ISLANDS

There is 1 outlying island surrounding the mainland of Davao Oriental which is under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Pujada Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

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

  • Aliwagwag Falls  
  • Bango Beach
  • Bonsai Forest
  • Buso Hot Spring
  • Dahican Beach
  • Mayo Beach
  • Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Municipal Baywalk Park
  • Pujada Island
  • San Luis Beach
  • San Salvador del Mundo Church
  • Sleeping Dinosaur Island
  • Subangan Museum
  • Tagdalid Falls
  • Waniban Island

FESTIVALS

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

  • Bauldayawan Festival (3rd week of June) – San Isidro
  • Banayan Festival (3rd week of October) – Banaybanay
  • Sambuokan Festival (Last of October) – Mati City

FAQs

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

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

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

What is the Capital of Davao Oriental?
The capital of Davao Oriental is Mati City.

What is Davao Oriental famous or known for?
Davao Oriental is famous or known for natural attractions and resources

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

  • Plane to Davao del Sur (Davao City) | 1.75 hours | $40-$130 + Taxi | 4.5 hours | $66-$80
  • Car ferry to Cagayan de Oro | 34 hours | $16-$34 + Taxi or van to Davao Oriental | 9.5 hours | $130-$170

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How many islands are in Davao Oriental?
There is 1 island in Davao Oriental province.

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

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Davao Oriental 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

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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