Places to visit in Davao
Davao and I have this unusual relationship; she is like a seductive woman that’s at arm’s reach but all I have with her is a few moments of her time and a smile. I have always made plans to visit and stay longer but something always happens and the longest I got to stay was 18 hours.
For those who are planning to visit Davao, here’s a handy guide to the tourists spots that you shouldn’t miss out on:
DAVAO CROCODILE FARM
With about 700 crocodiles, the park is making waves as one of popular tourist spots in the city.
“The park is an establishment that showcases a state-of-the-art crocodile farming system in the Philippines,” said Philip “Sonny” Dizon, president of PSD Group of Companies, the mother company of Davao Crocodile Park.
“It has the most recent crocodile farm design equipped with modern facilities and equipment.”
Actually, the park is more than just a crocodile farm; it also houses other kinds of animals and plants. As soon as you enter, you would be greeted by colorful birds of all kinds: eagles, parrots, and lovebirds.
Crocodile farming is fast becoming a lucrative industry int he country and as such, Davao has started investing heavily in building and maintaining facilities that can provide the market with quality crocodile skin and meat. Yes, meat. Apparently, it tastes like chicken.
The Davao Crocodile farm is located at the Riverfront Corporate City along Carlos P. Garcia Highway, Ma-a. For more information, visit their website by clicking here.
D’Bone Collector Museum
No, it’s not that Angelina Jolie movie but it’s close. The Bone Collector Museum in Davao offers Pinoys a way of understanding how animals are by looking at their framework – literally.
Bones, skulls and skeletons of animals and fishes are what you will see inside the D’Bone Collector Museum Inc. But what is enthralling is the fact that the collections come not only from the Philippines but all over the world. Some of them are bones of endangered species; others are what you see only in Discovery Channel or National Geographic.
“I have bones and skeletons of animals not only from tropical rainforests but also those coming from the oceans,” says Darrell D. Blatchley, the museum’s president and founder. “I have almost everything, from armadillos to zebras.”
The museum is located at San Pedro Ext. Or Common Name Bucana. Brg 76-A across from Nograles Park. 3 Story Building Blue Cone. Family Circus Compund, 8000 Davao City, Philippines. Operating hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 5pm. Saturday 1pm to 5pm. Check out more interesting photos on their Facebook page here.
Eden Nature Park and Resort
Eden Nature Park is a beautiful man-made resort nestled in the foothills of Mount Talomo in Toril. At 2,650 feet above sea level, Eden Nature Park offers a breath-taking bird’s-eye view of the city and the Davao Gulf in the distance. If there ever was a place that can be truly called paradise, this resort would be it. Visitors almost always give pristine and glowing reviews about their experience while lodged here.
This isn’t your ordinary resort as it focuses on ecological preservation and care. Although it is 95% man-made, which makes it quite hard to sell that they truly are eco-friendly, they do strongly support and encourage the ideals and missions of people in saving the earth.
Eden Nature Park and Resort is located at Matina Town Square, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City. You may call them at telephone nos. (6382) 2991020, 2960791 / Telefax 2990313/ Mobile No. 0918-9307590. For more information, visit their official website here. You can also like them on Facebook.
I hope someday to have a real vacation in Davao. Maybe she’ll stop spurning me and finally allow me to woo her.