Travel Guide: Davao Part 2

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1 | Jack’s Ridge
0.5 hours away from city proper
Shrine Hills,  Matina, Davao City
+6382.297.8830 (restaurant)

Offering a sweeping view of the city, Jack’s Ridge is a popular tourist attraction in Davao. Situated on a mountain slope off Matina, the park was once part of the Japanese forces’ headquarters during World War II. Now, it offers relaxation spots alongside panoramic views and delicious food choices.

Food: around PhP500/head
Admission: free

Stay for: 1-2 hours

2 | Eden Nature Park & Resort
1 hour away from city proper
Sales and Reservation Office: Matina Town Square, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City
Tel: +6382.299.1020 / +6382.296.0791/ +63918.930.7590

Discovered sometime in 1971, the mountain resort used to be a bare expanse of land—a victim of illegal logging. A group of people bought it, planted pine tree seedlings, and transformed it into a nature and adventure destination. Now, the 80-hectare park has 100,000 pine trees nestling aviaries, beautiful gardens, plantations, butterfly sanctuaries, and of course, isolated areas for the host of activities offered like horseback riding, zipline, SkySwing (like that one in Sandbox) and the famous SkyCycle—yep, bicycle on wire.

Admission: Adults - PhP550 (with buffet lunch) / PhP220 (with plated snack); Children 10 yrs. and below – PhP350 (with buffet lunch) / PhP190 (with plated snack)
Guided Shuttle Tour: PhP120/head
SkyRider/SkyCycle/SkySwing: PhP150 to PhP300/activity per person

Stay for: 3-4 hours

3 | Philippine Eagle Center
1 hour away from city proper
Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City

Home to the endangered Philippine Eagles as well as a miscellany of other creatures, the Philippine Eagle Foundation-owned park is not to be missed in any Davao itinerary. Even for people who don’t like going to parks and zoos, this tourist attraction will impress visitors as it’s not every day you get to see such a majestic bird like the Philippine Eagle. Our feet were tired but we waited until the king opened his wings wide and we heard that distinct, imposing flapping sound.

Admission: Adults – PhP100; Children 18 yrs. and below – PhP50

Stay for: 1 hour

4 | Malagos Garden Resort
1 hour away from city proper
Malagos Garden Resort, Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City, Davao del Sur
+6382.221.1545/ +917.625.2467

A short drive from the Philippine Eagle Center is the Malagos Garden Resort, which houses manicured gardens, ornamental plants, an organic farm, a zoo, and butterfly and bird sanctuaries. At 12 hectares, the accredited wildlife farm is also home to the famous Malagos (chevre!) cheeses—made and sold onsite—as well as delicious dark chocolate and tablea.

Admission: PhP150

Stay for: 1-2 hours

5 | Davao Crocodile Park
0.5 hours away from city proper
Gadi Road, Talomo, Davao City

This popular tourist attraction houses one of the biggest crocodiles (named Pangil) in the Philippines. It is also sought-after for exotic dishes like crocodile sisig and ice cream.

Admission: Adults - PhP250 weekdays, PhP300 weekends; Children - PhP150 weekdays, PhP175 weekends

Stay for: 30 mins. - 1 hour

6 | Museo Dabawenyo
15 mins. away from city proper
A. Pichon cor. C.M. Recto Street, Davao City

The rich cultural heritage of Davao is showcased by the Davao Museum, which features handicrafts, instruments and other artifacts created and used by the various Mindanao tribes that occupied the city like Mandaya, B’laan, T’boli, Manobo, Mansaka and Bagobo. The displays chronicle everything from the era of the tribes to the more recent political history.

Admission: free (donations are recommended)

Stay for: 30 mins. - 1 hour

Other city attractions:
  • San Pedro Cathedral
  • City Hall
  • People’s Park
  • D'Bone Collector
Read also: Davao Photo Diary

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