I started working here in Davao City last 2014 of May and have heard so much about this 95% man-made forest situated in the District of Toril which is a long way from the City Proper, approximately 40 kilometers and a 1 1/2 hour ride of a private car. They said that it is an 80 hectare man made forest with over 100,000 pine trees planted years ago. Since me and my partner were looking for an ideal place for relaxation, fresh air and adventure… so, yes! We went on our first adventure at Eden Nature Park in Davao City.
Things to do there
Because we only had 1 day and a half, we utilized our time and just go for a shuttle tour (120 php each) though its more adventurous if you just go hiking with your friends and discover the beauty of man-made forest. Many spots we haven’t gone because of the time, areas like the hanging bridges, waterfall in mountain trail, swimming pool, souvenir shop and etc. 🙁 . Shuttle tour will take you to at least 3 major stopovers. It’s a 45 minutes shuttle tour.
Our First Day
Before starting the tour at Eden Nature Park Davao around 1pm we checked in our bags to our master type room (2 beds + aircon ) the promo package was 1600 php which includes breakfast for 2 and entrance to swimming pool (adult 80php /child 55 php), fishing village entrance (55php), discount for horse back riding (60php instead of 85 php each) and buffet breakfast for 2. Bringing of foods / drinks are not allowed. Common toilet & bath with hot and cold shower. By the way checked in time is 2pm and out 12nn the next day.
1st Stopover: The Amphitheater – Here you can see different beautiful flowers, statue of St. Francis of Asisi and rainbow tunnel.
2nd Stopover: The Tinubdan Village – It shows the culture of indigenous people in Mindanao and it provides replicas of traditional houses educating us how they lived as indigenous people. There inside are the Datu’s house, the statue of Bagani their protector, garden and some tree house.
3rd Stopover: The Lola’s Garden – Last stopover features one of my favorite spot the overlooking view of trees and the organic herbs.
Our Second Day
We ate breakfast first before starting our activities. The activity or rides area were far from our room thats why we requested a shuttle to bring us there and its free as long as you are checked in.
Recreational Activities / Rides
1. Rope Gliding in Indiana Jones (Free)
2. Skycle ( we availed combo ride promo 300 php each skyride + skycle)
3. Skyride (we availed combo ride promo 300 php each skyride + skycle)
4. Horse Back riding (85php)
4. Fishing entrance – 55php entrance
5. Swimming pool (80php)
HOW TO GET THERE:
Via Public Transportation. If you are from Davao City Terminal, look for a jeepney bound for toril and tell the driver or conductor to drop you at Mercury drugstore. Toril-bound jeepneys can be found traveling along Roxas Avenue, Claveria Street, and Quimpo Boulevard in Davao City. From Mercury Drugstore you can ride a single motorcycle or sidecar and the fare is 50 pesos each. The trip is 40 minutes away to arrive at Eden Nature Park.
Via Taxi. Just talk to the driver and ask how much but mostly 1,000 back and forth, depending on how well you negotiate.