By Betsy Burlingame
Last updated on Feb 09, 2022
With a population of 1.8 million, Davao is a coastal city (the 3rd most populous in the Philippines) with year-round daily highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. In this article, expats, retirees and digital nomads talk about the quality of healthcare in Davao, the lack of local job opportunities, the benefits of living in a subdivision and more.
What do I need to know about living in Davao?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Davao, they said:
"The best is to have some work over internet from outside the country. It is more an investment country over here than a job finding country,"
said another expat in Davao.
How do I meet people in Davao?
Join our Philippines forum to meet other people living in Davao, Philippines.
Help other expats and newcomers by answering questions about the challenges and adventures of living in Davao.
Healthcare in Philippines
Expats in the Philippines have a lot to say about the quality of medical care, hospitals, prescription medicine availability and health insurance in the Philippines.
Moving to Davao, Philippines
Expats offer advice about everything you need to know before moving to Davao: what to bring (and what to leave behind), how to find housing and more.
Expat Report: Moving to Davao
An expat in the Philippines talks about what it's like moving to Davao City. He wishes he had brought his golf clubs and shoes and left his scuba gear at home (no fish, no corals). He offers great advice about the pros and cons of typical types of expat housing.
Expat Report: Living in Davao
An expat who has lived in Davao, Philippines for 10 years says that life in Davao revolves around socializing, eating, drinking and living a nice and happy life -- in and surrounded by nature. Although there is some work to be found in Davao, he explains that it's best to have remote Internet-based work from outside the country.