You can stay in Malagos Garden Resort because it has different kinds of cottages all suitable for family travel or group travel. It has a swimming pool, butterfly farm, aviary and orchid gardens.
Learn about the waling-waling(scientific name Vanda Sanderiana), the queen of Philippine orchids.
Kids will particularly like the Interactive Bird Show so they can meet and greet macaws, hornbills and eagles in a scripted and musical show! This is a fun way to learn about environmental conservation.
If you want to see how the Philippine Eagles are being bred in captivity, visit the research center in Malagos. It's a huge research center set in a rainforest tropical environment. Students and visitors can have a picnic there.
The Pearl Farm Resort which happens to be Davao's best offers a day trip which costs 1,500 per person inclusive of the boat ride from the Marina to the resort and back, lunch buffet and unlimited use of the pool. The first boat trip going to the resort is at 8 am and the last one out is at 4.
Unless time and budget are the issue and only one person is going, I wouldn't recommend this deal because the resort has packages that are really cheap. the boat trip is at least 45 minutes per way and you are required to be on the boat leaving the resort at least 15 minutes before it is scheduled to leave. The remaining time you have left would mostly be during the hottest time of the day - from 9 am to 3 pm. Also, chances are that you'd be taking other meals there so you end up spending additional anyway.
Mind you, it's just the deal I don't like. The resort itself is wonderful.
A great side trip. Can be combined with trips and lunch to Malagos Garden Resort, and a stop by the Dairy Coop. Entrance to the Eagle Center is inexpensive about Php 5. The area is not too big but a variety of eagles and quite spectacluar Philippine (Monkey Eating Eagles) abound. It's the place they've been trying to revive the species. The place is just past Calinan on the Davao Buda Road. About 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the traffic from the town center. Very interesting aside from the various native birds some other native animals on the side. Native fruit trees and plants are also planted around the garden.
Hit the Greens Play golf amidst the scenic backdrop of the formidable Mr. Apo. Spread along a vast coconut plantation the 18-hole Apo Golf and Country Club is a challenge to local and international golfers. One can also play in the 18-hole Lanang Golf and Country Club, ten minutes from downtown Davao, and the 9-hole New Davao City Golf Club in Matina. Wining and Dining The diversity of people living in Davao translates into an exciting culinary adventure. Finding a new or exotic type of cuisine is no problem here. For starters, hop on to the Luz Kinilaw Place at the Sta. Ana Wharf. Sample the bariles (tuna) or panga (head of tuna) skewered over hot coals then dipped in a mixture of soy sauce and lemon. There are also grilled prawns, squid and other seafood. Or drop by F. Torres Street, Davao's proverbial restaurant row. One can also visit the Madrazo Fruit Center for some durian or rambutan Climb Up the Apo At 10,311 feet, Mt. Apo is the tallest in the Philippines. Virtually unexplored, Mt. Apo provides a variety of nature's spectacular landscape, from forest greens and sulfur pillars to majestic waterfalls and untamed rivers. Mt. Apo lies on the boundaries of Davao, North Cotabato and Bukidnon. For amateurs, it's best to join organized climbs for the safest trail up the mountain. Dabaw Museum Located inside the Davao Insular Village, the museum is a showcase of the province's colorful heritage. On display are tribal arts, crafts, costumes, weapons, musical instruments and other paraphernalia from the highland tribes. Contemporary artists have a place on the second floor's modern gallery. Into the Deep Explore the marvelous underwater horizons of Davao Gulf's numerous dive sites. Dive deep at Mushroom Rock, Ligid Island, Talicud Island, Pearl Farm of Isla Malipano all in Samal Island. These dive sites are only 45 to 120 minutes away from the city proper. Other dive spots are located in Sarangani and Balut Islands in Davao de Sur and San Isidro (Davao Oriental). Samal Island For some fun in the sun, visit Samal Island in Davao del Norte. A pristine island with coves of white sand beaches, Samal Island also offers diving and snorkeling opportunities with its lively underwater menagerie.
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.
Philippine Eagle Nature Center provides shelter and a breeding program for this highly endangered species, one of the world's largest aerial predators. This camp (also known as Eagle Camp) has been set up at Malagos, near Calinan in the Baguio District, about 36 km north-west of Davao by road. A trip to this establishment run by the Philippine Eagle Foundation Inc is really worth the effort. The grounds are very well maintained and laid out like a botanical garden. They also have some typical Philippine animals in a small zoo, which includes the whole range of Philippine eagles (admission P25).
The people at the camp, who observe the nesting habits of the Philippine eagle, are very friendly and prove to be a mine of information on these birds. For a fee, it may be possible to stay overnight and go trekking in the area, for instance to Mt Apo National Park.
Malagos Garden Resort has a pleasant restaurant, orchid garden and swimming pool. It has a large collection of orchids, tropical plants, butterflies, durian trees and other fruits. The resort is open from 9am-5pm.
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.
Eden Nature Park had the potential to be an extraordinary outing had the weather cooperated. Eden Nature Park is quite beautiful, make no mistake about it. There are several observation areas, but the one near the restaurant probably had the best view. From there, I understand you can see Davao and for miles around.
Unfortunately, it was very cloudy and we couldn't see much that day. Next time I make certain it's a clear day.
Eden Nature Park is remotely located. The staff is friendly and courteous. It's probably best to go in a group and STAY IN THE MAIN PARK AREA. I understand there has been some issues with Abu Sayaff in the past with people who have strayed beyond the main park area.
By the way, I really don't wear neon/shiney, electric shoes!!! As you can see I was sweating alot, because February is extremely hot there, but notice my water bottle. Don't go anywhere without bottled water because drinking the local water will give you disintary, which I had this trip to Davao. Disintary is no fun. On my first trip to Davao, my wife gave me something ALL locals use and you'll need it also. It's a handkerchief. Use it to wipe the sweat away!.
According to our hosts, and I do attest to it, the Bangkerohan is the best place to get durian for two main reasons: the fruit is sold cheap and the sellers break open the durian before you even pay for it so you get to choose which one you really like. they can actually do this because when they find a durian that does not appeal to their customer, they just simply put it in a basket of other durian which will be made into a jam.
Other reasons would be that the place is accessible, the sellers speak tagalog, visayan and English (a plus factor for foreigners), transportation is aplenty.
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.
Eden Nature Park is an ecologically-friendly forest and farm resort in Davao City. Among its attractions are Guided Shuttle Tour, Hiking and Jogging Trails, Swimming Pool, Fishing Village, Playground, Animal Sanctuary, Flower, Prayer, Herb and Vegetable Gardens, and Tree Nursery. The park is open to day tours and overnight stays. Aside from all the recreational features of the park, it also serve meals and snacks for the guests.
Rates for overnight stays are: Family Cottages P7200 (12 pax), Mountain Villas P12000 (11 pax), Suites P3750 (2 pax) and Standard Rooms P3750 (4 pax).
Island Garden City of Samal is emerging as a major travel destination. The island is only a 30 minute boat ride across the Pakiputan Strait. It boasts two exclusive resorts and a host of smaller accomodation for budget conscious travelers.
Samal used to be the place to find a romantic pearl-diving atmosphere, but no longer. The days of prosperity for the once lucrative Aguinaldo Pearl Farm on the island are over. Nowadays, a first-class hotel complex - the Barcelo Pearl Farm Island Resort - spreads along the picturesque bay where only a few years ago thousands of oysters produced cultured pearls. And it is an exclusive resort; uninvited day visitors may not be admitted.
The white Paradise Island Beach on the north-west coast is the best beach on Samal. To the north of the Paradise Island Park & Beach Resort stand the cottages of the Coral Reef Beach Resort, and to the south, a little out of the way, the Costa Marina Beach Resort.
Big and Little Cruz, also known as the Ligid Islands, north-east of Samal, are good for diving. There is another good diving area near the Barcelo Pearl Farm Island Resort at Malipano Island, where the wrecks of two WWII ships lie 30m below water.
Once a year in the first week in March, the island celebrates the Pangapog Festival. Highlights of this many faceted festival are the boat races (Bancarera), a sandcastle building competition, and a street parade in Penaplata with colourful dance and music groups.
Crocodile Park at Ma-a is the home of the country's largest crocodiles and also features a mini-zoo and aviary. It is a world class establishment that showcases a 'state of the art' crocodile farming in the Philippines. There's also a children's playground with crocodile statue. The park features Animal Petting, Animal Shows, Crocodile Dancing, Tightrope Walker/Stunts, Pangil Encounter, Crocodile Frenzy and Crocodile Feeding. The park has modern facilities made up of concrete pens and welded wire screen plus double security doors provided for each pen especially in breeding ponds. A covered walk path with few benches and other amenities to include toilets and lavatories are provided for the comfort of visitors and tourist.