Davao City is a huge city in terms of area. There used to be a time when people would refer to it as the world's biggest – in terms of area (though not of generalized development). It is so big that a visit facilitates a vast number of possibilities – from a sea adventure, to a mountain trek, or just plain urban tour for the lazybones. Recently however, I’ve read somewhere that Davao is in fact the world’s 8th biggest city. It’s laidback elegance makes it a new favorite among local tourists.
One of its major attractions is Eden Nature Park, a nature preserve that's 95% man-made. Owned by the Ayalas of Davao (not related to the Ayalas of Makati), this decade-old park is a lush tropical haven. Fruit trees (mangosteens, durian, etc.), vegetables and flowering plants – as well as animals - abound in this 80-hectare park. Situated in Mount Talomo, it takes about 1 hour to travel from the city center to this resort/park. Reservations are required. Walk-in visitors may be entertained, but at peak season, there is the possibility of being refused entry.
An entrance fee of P420/person is paid upon reservation. This includes the entrance fee and lunch buffet. There is an optional park tour (P55/tour) with a guided vehicle). This will cover around 60% of the area: cottages, treks and trails, amphitheatre, mini-zoo, fishing village, etc. (45 minutes). At the end of the tour, guests can opt to try their Skyrider offering (P150/person) - basically hanging on ropes in mid-air.
With an elevation of 3,500 feet above sea level, expect a cool weather on most days. Once again, it is important to reserve for the “tour-guided package” because you need a vehicle to circumnavigate the park. Eighty (80) hectares isn’t easy to roam if you only have a day. Visit their site: firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
The park is named after the Barangay – and Barangay Eden got its name from the first Bagobo woman known to have set foot in the area ages ago. Another trivia: Folk singer Joey Ayala is said to be related to the Ayalas of Davao (owners of Eden).
The amphitheater - with the jade vine.