Davao River

Davao City, Davao del Sur

The Davao River catchment is the third largest river catchment on the Southern Philippines Island of Mindanao. It drains an area of over 1700 km² with a river length of 160 km. Most of the area is uplands. Average flows within the river near to the mouth are estimated at 70-80 cubic meters per second. The climate type is relatively uniform throughout the year with evenly distributed rainfall and ...

temperatures and humidity. The area rarely experiences typhoons.

The main drinking water sources for Davao City are in the neighboring Talomo watershed. These sources are under pressure and the Davao River Basin is likely to be required for water abstraction in the near future.

Davao River News

  • Matigsalug People Of The River

    Matigsalug People Of The River

    Derived from the words matig (place of origin) and salog (river), the Matigsalug tribe of Davao City are found in Marilog, Paquibato, Tala-ingod, and Calinan. They are also found in Kitaotao and San Fernando in Bukidnon; Arakan, North Cotabato; and Cotabato.

    They are the people who reside by the banks and tributaries of the great Davao River (Salug).

    According to the tribe's historical profile, the Matigsalug people believed in Manama as the creator of all. For them, Manama enacted the Magbavaye, the commandment the tribe follows for self-governance.

    In terms of their traditional wear ...

  • Davao River Rafting Adventure

    The Davao River catchment is the third largest river catchment on the Southern Philippines Island of Mindanao.

  • 8 Enchanting Rivers In The Philippines That Will Make You Skip The Beach

    8 Enchanting Rivers In The Philippines That Will Make You Skip The Beach

    The Philippines is a tropical country, known to the rest of the world as a place full of beautiful beaches. It offers plenty of options, may it be a short travel outside of Metro Manila or a posh island that racks up the attention of Hollywood stars (Amanpulo, anyone?).

    Anyone you ask would recommend a great beach to go, either a touristy one or a beach less travelled to. Beaches get all the stars, yet most Filipinos forget that the Philippines is an archipelago, which means water is everywhere.

    The Philippine beaches have long been given the spotlight, but now is the time to show the ri ...

  • Davao 2016 White Water Rafting

    September 4, 2016

    One of the highlights of our Davao trip!

    Exciting White Water Rafting experience along Davao river! (errr, it's actually white but the rainfall last night turned it into a chocolate drink colored river :D)

    Thanks to Davao Wild Water Adventure for capturing our precious moments!

  • The River Where It All Emanated From

    The River Where It All Emanated From

    If Hiyas ng Kadayawan is the crown of the Philippines' King of all Festivals, then the Subang Sinugdanan is its heart. Subang Sinugdanan or the Fluvial Float parade opens the Indigenous Peoples' Day of the festival.

    Spectators rally early at dawn alongside Davao River to witness the 11 tribes' boats which are reflective of their traditions, culture, and unique artistry.

    Davao River served as the main corridor of the highlanders to the lowlanders when there was nothing in Davao except the tribes, thus, as Davao City puts emphasis on the indigenous peoples this year, the fluvial parade onc ...

  • Whats More Exciting During The Rainy Season Water Tubing And Rafting

    Whats More Exciting During The Rainy Season Water Tubing And Rafting

    As the water rages, so does the adrenaline!

    For the adventure junkies, the rainy season is not an excuse to try some of the most thrilling activities in the country. The swollen rivers of Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, and Maitum, Sarangani serve as adventure hub for those who want to try various water activities.

    Cagayan de Oro City water rafting is one wet and wild ride though 48 kilometers over 59 major rapids. There are breaks from the raging waters and you just go with the undulations in between.

    Keeping afloat amid the churning water is a team effort and so the paddling shoul ...