It was 12 noon and the park opens at 1:00 pm. When the staffs knew that I was from Manila and will leave at the night, they let me inside the park. However, since the park is still closed, the fountains and waterfalls are not yet opened to enjoy. The park offers cool arts that show how Filipino lives.
My most favorite place in Davao is Camp Sabros located at Digos. The locations has great view of Mt. Apo. The place is remote though, you need to take habal habal and trek for 20 minutes to reach the place. But it is all worth it.
See the mountains of Mt. Apo, ride a habal habal, feel the rush of the wind while on the zipline. Really cool. :)
There were few tourists at the camp since it was a weekday. One of the staff was nice enough to take pictures of me while on the zipline.
The first one I tried is the 380 meter-ride.The zipline at Camp Sabros offers the great view of lush greeneries of Mt. Apo.
Second ride is 400 meter long
I woke up at 4:30 am to prepare and left at 5:00 am. I had a quick breakfast at Kusina Davao and ordered Arozcaldo. I took a Route 2 jeep going to Ecoland. Traffic in Bankerohan was heavy even if it’s early. I reached Ecoland Bus Terminal at 6:00 am. I took a Cotabato-bound bus going to Digos City and dropped off at the New Digos Terminal (this is the second terminal from Davao, the first one is in Sta. Cruz. If you see the Lion statue in Digos, you know you’re near the terminal). It took about two hours to reach Digos City.
From the new terminal, I rode a tricycle going to the “Old” Digos Terminal where I can ride a van going to Kapatagan. It was 7:40 am when I arrived and no passenger was in the van. The driver said I have to wait for the van to get full before it leaves. I waited for an hour and still no passenger. I could no longer wait so I decided to ride habal habal. As soon as the driver agreed on the fare we left Digos at 9:15 am.
For those who are afraid getting sunburns, make sure you put on a sunblock before riding habal habal. Also, wear a hooded jacket to protect you from the heat and dust of the city and the cold in Mt. Apo. At first, I thought that riding a habal habal was a bad idea because of the dusty, bumpy and muddy streets but this is where the actual adventure begins. I reached Kapatagan at 10:10 am. I trekked for 20 minutes to reach Camp Sabros.
When we went to Jack's Ridge, it reminded me of John Hay in Baguio and when we saw the sky line of Davao, it reminded me of Tagaytay. But what John Hay and Tagaytay doesn't have is the pool.
My friend who tour us said that Jack Ridge is Davao's favorite wedding place. I would have to agree with them, the place is not only photogenic it's also romantic. We happened to see a lot of lovers on a date when we visited--I guess a lot of love story was made there.
If you're looking for something different, try visiting the Maxima Aqua fun Eagle view and Canopy Walk. It is a resort beside a mountain where you can enjoy a water slide to the sea, couple of diving boards, canopy walk, jet ski, banana boat and other water sports. The water in Maxima is deep, so deep that we were not allowed to swim without a life vest.
What I liked best about the resort is their tarpaulin water slide. I never seen a water slide in a beach, it was so unique that I tried it six times! I also tried their diving board, I never knew that walking the plank was so scary, I have to muster 10x my regular courage just to jump the plank!
We were supposed to go to Pearl Farm on our second day but we missed their boat (We were so tired on our first day ok? hehe) So what we did was to go to another resort in Samal Island which is The Blue Waters Resort.
Situated right across the pier of Pearl Farm, it boast of two infinity pools and a beach front. We went there on a Monday so we basically have the resort to ourselves which is fine because lying there on their beach chair uninterrupted was the most relaxing thing ever! They also serve sumptuous food which is just perfect without breaking the bank
After having that excitement at Maxima, we unwind to the cold spring waters of Hagimit falls. It is a collection of small water falls surrounded by trees below the mountains of Samal. It was developed by different garden resort owners so once there, you'll see different sections of the falls.
We enjoyed the clean cold water there, but I was turned off by the sections of the resorts, I think it spoiled the beauty of the falls which could be better if they just let the falls be.
Located in the Island Garden City of Samal, which is part of Davao del Norte.
Paradise Beach Resort can be reached in 45 minutes from downtown Davao City, and the boat crossing takes only 10 minutes.
This is the SM (the mid-range, value-for-money mall chain) of beach resorts. Clean, with lots of attentive staff, the resort's variety of recreational facilities distinguishes it from the rest in the resort middle market. Admission to the resort is P150/ person (P50 of which is consumable, i.e. it can be applied as payment for food or use of resort facilities).
Recreational and water sports equipment are available (billiards, air hockey, foosball, kayak; jetski rental is P1,500 for 15 minutes). One-hour massage service is P400.
The resort has common dressing and shower rooms. The open-air restaurant serves staple Davao fare such as grilled tuna belly or panga (jaw), pork and chicken barbecue, pancit (stir-fried noodles), and of course, kinilaw (raw fish soaked in vinegar, ginger, onion, cucumber and radish; red chili optional).
The last boat departs from the resort at around 5 pm. If you decide to stay overnight in one of the resort’s cottages, you can have the beach to yourself and a few other guests after sunset and until 8 a.m. the following day, when the day-trippers start trickling in from Davao City.
Premier Room- PhP 3,200
with TV, Air Con, hot and cold bath
Deluxe- PhP 2,900
with TV, Air Con, toilet and bath
Standard Room-PhP 2,300
with ceiling fan, toilet and bath
Family Romm PhP 600/pax
4 rooms, air con, toilet and bath
Capacity:20 minimum, 40 maximum
Check-in time: 4pm
Checkout time: 12:00nn
Rates are inclusive of tax and service charge
Day tour: PhP 125/pax (Adults/Kids)
For inquiries call:
International calls: +6382 3002343
Paradise Island Park and Beach Resort
Diving, Jet ski Riding, Snorkeling, Sea Scooter, & Banana Boat Riding
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Lakwatsera Ako:Paradise Island Beach Resort, Samal Island
Strolling around the huge complex requires you to be physically fit since this is a mountain park with mountain trails located along the 80 hectare area of the complex and among the amenities here at Eden Nature park include the GUIDED SHUTTLE TOUR which costs 80 pesos per person and last for 40 minutes around the park, THE AMPITHEATRE, Jogging Lane, Hiking Trails, SWIMMING POOL, FISHING VILLAGE, THE ACTIVITY CENTER, HOLIDAY LODGE, CAMPSITE 1 and dont forget the mini zipline just beside the Vista Restaurant and the 200 meter Sky Ride Zip Line at the top of the Complex (unfortunately, i did not have time to ride the Main Zip line).
A day your package Including Lunch Buffett is 500 pesos per person excluding transport to and from davao city proper (another 20o pesos per person for a round trip via the Eden Park Shuttle Bus).
Opens: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
one of the Big Parks in davao city, located in the Mount Apo Mountain Ranges
located at an elevation of 2630 feet above sea level in the Mount Apo Mountain Range and the park was formerly a denuded area due to illegal logging but was tranfsformed into a mountain and nature trail park. Today, there are over 100,000 pine trees spread in about 80 hectares, providing a refreshing backdrop to the various attractions in Eden Nature Park. The park is about a 1 hour drive from downtown davao city and a day tour package including lunch is 500 pesos per person and the shuttle tour around the park using Multi Cabs at 80 pesos per person.
Opens: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm everyday
the butterly farm of the sprawling Malagos Garden Resort and for me is the second best wonderful attraction in the Malagos Garden Resort. In the small butterfly sanctuary where there are lots of enclosed mini aviaries connected by walkways, you will see lots of local butterflies endemic to the philippines and the biggest varieties which arethe Triodes Radamanthus and Triodes Megallanus. The Butterfly release is at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm everyday.
the other views of Malagos Garden Resort.
The Malagos Resort is a 12 hectaure mini park paradise with various activities there like bird feeding, koi feeding, butterfly release and more and after a strenous activity in tropical heat, what a better way to refresh and recharge at the huge Garden Restaurant. The tour package of the Malagos Resort includes a mini buffett of Afternoon meals (merienda) included in the package. The Malagos Garden Resort Complex include The Malagos Bird Park , The Butterfly Sanctuary, Waling Waling (Orchid) Forest or “Vanda Sanderiana,” an orchid endemic to the mountains of Mindanao. The Petting Zoo, houses donkeys, miniature horses, goats, sheep and other farm animals that will surely give the kids lot of educational fun. The Bird Feeding and Watching Dome features exotic birds like the kingfisher, wandering whistling duck and more that undergo continued rehabilitation.
Opens: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm everday
A daily tour with lunch included will cost about 800 pesos per person.
Malagos Garden Resort
Bgy. Malagos, Calinan, Davao City
Telephone (6382) 3011375
Fax (6382) 3011533
Mobile (0917) 7008583
Malagos Garden Resort Davao Sales Office
Bolcan Street, Agdao, Davao City
Telephone (6382) 2211545
Fax (6382) 2240173
Mobile (0917) MALAGOS or (0917) 6252467
Email : email@example.com
Malagos Garden Resort Manila Sales Office
Puentespina Orchids and Tropical Plants Bldg.
Manila Seedling Bank, Edsa corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Telephone (632) 9299310
Fax (632) 9241271
the big aviary and bird feeding area of Malagos Garden Resort and for me is the star attraction of the Eco-Tourism Park. The Malagos Garden Resort is a 50 minute drive from downtown and is a 15 hectare nature park with lots of activities (see my separate shopping and restaurant tips). The Bird feeding program of the park is at th big domed aviary where can you find assorted birds like love birds, parakeets, mynah's, Rufus Hornbills, even ducks where they will feed on bird feeds that you stuffed in your hands and it is included in the entrance fee to the park (see my videos too). Daily feeding every 10 am and 2:00 pm.