Davao City is the largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area and the most populous city in the country outside of Metro Manila and Luzon. It is the center of Metro Davao, the third most populous metropolitan area in the Philippines. The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the regional center of Davao Region.
Davao is connected to Manila and other major Philippine regions by roll-on/roll-off inter-island ferries. It also has a major airport ocated north from the city center, the Francisco Bangoy International Airport.
Home of the stinky but sweet durian, agriculture remains the largest economic sector, thanks to the numerous plantations in the city. Davao has also explored the chocolate industry, and had grown to become the Philippines' leading artisan chocolate recognized worldwide.
Davao City serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and is also one of the financial hubs of Mindanao. There are several commercial areas in the city: Downtown (the city centre), Davao Chinatown (Oyanguren), Bajada, Lanang, Matina, Ecoland, Agdao, Buhangin, Tibungco, Toril, Mintal and Calinan, the latter three located at the southwestern part of the city. There are many shopping centers that dot the city, which include Abreeza Mall, SM Lanang Premier, and the Gaisano Mall of Davao among others.
It is also a favorite local and foreign tourist destination. Tourist destinations in the city include the Philippine Eagle Foundation and Nature Center, Mount Apo, Gap Farming Resort, the Davao Crocodile Park, Malagos Garden Resort, Eden Nature Park, and People's Park in the city center. Travelers also head out to Samal Island, an island city situated immediately off the city's coast in the Davao Gulf, which is popularly known for its scenic beaches.