Sky riding at Eden Nature Park in Davao
Right at the foot of Mt. Talomo in Davao City’s Toril District is an 80 hectares of man-made nature park that for years has been providing a cool relief from the city’s busy urban life – the Eden Nature Park and Resort.
Popularly known as Eden, the mountain resort offers various attractions, activities, adventures and even a native food experience. At 2,650 feet above sea level, it also offers the best view of Davao City. Visitors to the part can enjoy nature with its vast gardens of organic vegetables, various tropical flora, thousands of pine trees and other plants while enjoying the temperate climate and fresh forest air. For first time visitors, a tour is highly recommended to see the The Amphitheatre, Lola’s Garden, Flower Garden, Plaza Maria, Mayumi’s Well and other spots around. For adventure travellers, the Mountain Trail is a popular activity and destination with facilities for a camp. Other activities include rope gliding Indiana Jones-style, or zipping down the 200-meters zip line tagged as Sky Rider. (Source: Davao Tourism)
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One of Davao’s newest attraction is white water rafting on the Davao River. The three-hour run starts from the highlands of Baguio District, then down to Calinan, and then the lowlands. The day-trip and adventure has about 30 rapids of varying degrees of difficulty. There’s also additional activities for the more adventurous, like cliff-side rappelling.
The Davao Wild Water Adventure Inc. (Crocodile Park Compound, Riverfront Corporate City, Davao,) is the premier white-water rafting sports facility in the region. The company’s day-trip takes newbies and experienced paddlers on a 15-km adrenalin-rush ride downstream the majestic Davao River. Tourists are given thorough, on-location training on land and in the river, including paddling basics. The river trip promises a row of downstream water adventures, such as swirling waters called “washing machines,” sudden drops, “kiss-the-walls” and more. The five-hour ride also brings adventurers to the rich flora surrounding the river.
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Pearl Farm is a first-class resort located in a secluded cove on Samal Island off Davao City, Mindanao Island in southern Philippines. The resort is known for its beach, the suites and air-conditioned cottages set on stilts or perched on a hillside overlooking the sea.
The 14-hectare resort was once a pearl farm where thousands of white-lipped oysters, transported from the Sulu Sea, were cultivated for their pink, white and gold pearls. Today, the resort offers luxurious villas and is popular among well-heeled locals and foreign visitors. The resort has facilities for wind surfing, water polo, jet skiing, and scuba diving. Pearl Farm is 1.5 hours by plane from Manila, 50 minutes by car from Davao’s City’s airport or 45 minutes from the city port by boat.
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Mt. Apo is the Philippines’ highest peak and is actually a dormant volcano. A favourite for both local and foreign mountain climbers, Mt. Apo is 2,954 meters high (9,692 ft) and is located in Davao Province in Mindanao, southern Philippines.
Trekkers to the slopes of Mt. Apo are rewarded with forests of varied flora, steaming geysers, rainwater lakes, waterfalls and rivers. Mt. Apo is also known as the largest habitat of the endangered Philippine Eagle, one of the world’s tallest and biggest eagle species at one meter high and with a wing span of about 2.5 meters. Waling-waling, a rare Philippine orchid of exceptional scent and beauty, also thrives in the jungles of Mt. Apo.
Six ethnic tribes live in Mt. Apo and the mountain is a sacred place for the 450,000 Lumad tribal people who considers Mt. Apo as their last remaining home. On the base of Mt. Apo is the Science Foundation, an agricultural foundation where visitors can bird-watch, and the Philippines Eagle Nature Center which provides temporary shelter to eagles in captivity and numerous other bird species, animals and tropical plants.
Environmental pressures on Mt. Apo include a geothermal power plant that some conservationists say could lead to the development of settlements and commercial areas. Whether this assertation has factual basis is under debate (See Reader’s Comment and rejoinder below). There are more than 7,000 families occupying 258 square-kilometres within the park and much of this area is used for shifting cultivation, another major threat. Illegal logging and bounty hunters who pan for gold are also threats to Mt. Apo’s eco-system
Mabuhay ang Mt. Apo!