Riding the Rapids
This was my first time to try river rafting and with these guides, I never felt any fear just excitement. They way they gave instructions were clear and concise. They made the run fun and exciting.
The tour was inclusive of lunch, disk of photos and videos, free tickets for their affiliated establishments and they even gave us souvenir shirts!
Equipment: In my opinion, longsleeve rushguard is a must! We were in the river close to three (3) hours and it will darken your skin (big deal for me since I already have dark skin :) Cover your legs for the same purpose (I wore short shorts so the tan-line was not very visible but for those who wore tights until their calves had regrets) YOU DO NOT WANT LINES IN YOUR LEGS :D
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Zipline between mountains
We knew the place was in the area but it was farther than we expected. We traveled 2hours up a mountain to reach Camp Sabros. I must admit I was ready to accept defeat but thank goodness my cousin pushed the group, IT WAS SOOOOO WORTH IT!
There was not much activity offered there so if you think of the travel time and the actual time to zip, you might have second thoughts.
There are 4 runs offered:
Run 1: Zipline 380m (couple run)
Run 2: Zipline 400m (single run)
Run 3: Cable Lift
Run 4: Zipline 820m (single run)
Equipment: Sorry I had to copy the info: (fares subject to change without prior notice)
How to get there:
Camp Sabros is located in Sitio Barras, Brgy. Kapatagan, Digos City, davao del sur. Travel time from Davao City takes around 2 - 3 Hours depending on the speed of your transportation and the condition of the road.
If you plan to commute:
FROM Davao (Ecoland Bus Station) Here are the Key Points:
BUS RIDE TO DIGOS CITY
- Ride a bus going to General Santos or cotabato with one stop to Digos Terminal(New)
RIDE A TRICYCLE
- Then from Digos New Terminal, ride a Tricycle going to Digos Old Terminal. From the OLD Digos Terminal you will ride going KAPATAGAN and you'll have 2 options.
a. RIDE A VAN
Departure Time: 9AM or until Mapuno
Capacity: 12 pax
b. RIDE A HABAL-HABAL (MOTOR)
Departure Time: ASAP
Capacity: 4 pax
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins (it may vary to the speed of your motor)
3. UPON REACHING THE CHECKPOINT (literally a DENR checkpoint for Mountaineers going to Mt. Apo. From this, you will see the big sign going to Camp Sabros)
You have 2 Options again:
a. RIDE A SHUTTLE
Fare: 60php/person (base on campsabros website)
b. WALK (700m)
For private vehicles:
As soon as you reach the 'Welcome to the Lion City of Digos' sign [ with the statue of a lion], the road will split into two. Stay on the right road [ leading to Kidapawan] and watch out for the first road that turns to the right. You won't miss it as there is a sign that says "This way to Kapatagan'. Take that road and go on [25 kilometers] until you reach the Sitio Barras check-point, go up to Camp Sabros.
Note: even if the road to the camp itself has been widened, we discourage non-4-wheel drive vehicles from going up to the camp as the weather up there is very erratic. If it rains too long or too hard, your wheels may get stuck on soft earth on your way down. you may park your vehicles at the parking area at the checkpoint.
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Two different zipline and 3 positions for it. First run we opted for the superman position and the next inverted position and from there you can go to sitting position. It is a little difficult if you start sitting to inverted because you have to use you weight to go upside down. I was a lot of fun but icy hands and a case of nerves we were advance to let go of the main rope.
Equipment: There are two line our harness were connected to, this is a safety feature so that if I line (for whatever reason) fails, you have a back-up line.
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Golf in Davao
Davao City has 2 private 18-hole courses and a public 9-hole course.
Apo Golf Club is a storied course which was developed in 1965. It is located in Bago, approximately 13 kilometers south from the Davao City Hall. At 7,000 yards from the back tees, the course is very challenging - with mature trees lining the rough, and numerous water hazards. Its name comes from the tallest Philippine mountain, which can be viewed in its majesty especially from the 10th fairway.
Palos Verdes Golf is west of the Diversion Road. There are 2 routes to the course, one of which will take you through a banana plantation. A much younger course (less trees), it offers a different golfing experience, but challenging nevertheless due to its undulating fairways, bunker positions. At 7,039 yards (gold), the back tee is for the pros. The blue (6,450) is recommended for intermediate players and white tees for those who just want to enjoy a stress-free round.
The par-4 13th hole (island green) and the par-4 9th hole require strategy and precision. Don't hook or pull your shot on the par-3 2nd, there are crocodiles in the ravine!
The 9-hole Matina Golf is a kilometer from SM mall, and is 5 kilometers south of Davao City Hall.
- Family Travel
White Water Rafting
If you are more of the adventurous type then i recommend you try rafting at Davao River. The waves are much bigger, stronger and more challenging than the one found in Cagayan de Oro. A word of warning though, this is not for the weak at heart. But believe me..it's all worth it! Enjoy and welcome to Davao.
Equipment: Just wear light clothes all the safety gear will be provided for. You can't take pictures during the actual raft but you can take some in between breaks just make sure you place it in a secure bag.
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