A Rush of Adrenaline at Eden Nature Park & Resort, Davao

A Rush of Adrenaline at Eden Nature Park & Resort, Davao

This place is impressive. A verdant 80-hectare mountain resort, Eden Nature Park is about 95% manmade. I never knew that forests could be manmade, especially one as big and lush as this.

With development starting in 1971, thousands of seedlings were planted in an effort to revive a forest that was once stripped bare by illegal logging. As the pine trees grew, they provided canopies that allowed other plants and trees to flourish and create secondary forests. Today, there are over 100,000 pine trees spread throughout the thriving landscape, giving little indication that this was once a decimated area of stumps and wild grass.

Interestingly, the only reminder of this forest’s history are the few pine trees that survived the illegal logging. Much bigger than the rest, they comprise just 5% of what isn’t considered manmade here. A commendable effort indeed and proof that it is possible to rehabilitate nature and rebuild lost environments.

About an hour’s drive from Davao City and boasting unique rides like the SkyCycle, Eden Nature Park is a great place to visit for both nature and adventure seekers alike.

For animal lovers, there’s a butterfly sanctuary and an aviary at the park. You can go horseback riding and fishing for tilapia here as well.
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Freaky statues. They have pockets of attractions like this sculpture garden throughout the park.
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Is that a headband or spores coming out of this kid’s head?
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Plants, flowers, and trees all over, including hydroponic greenhouses and mangosteen plantations. As previously described, the place is verdant and lush. Nature trippers will enjoy hiking unguided through the park’s 4-kilometer forest trail.
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Oddly enough, admission to the park is based on your appetite. PHP 550 (adults) / PHP 350 (kids) gives you admission with buffet lunch, while PHP 220 (adults) / PHP 190 (kids) allows you entry with a plated snack. We went for the latter. Today, they offered pancit and hot dog sandwiches.
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Indiana Jones

Unsupervised and free for use, the Indiana Jones ride is a mini-zipline mainly for kids. You sit your ass on this rubber disc then sail 50 ft to the other end.
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Here’s a big kid trying it out.

SkyRider

A 200-meter long zipline roughly 20 meters above ground. For PHP 150 (USD 3.50), you sail from the first to the second tower, then back again.

SkyCycle

The reason why we were here today – to ride a bicycle on a wire. Affixed to the same platforms as the SkyRider, the bikes are tethered to a wire and have special wheels that “hug” the steel cables. The ride costs PHP 200 (USD 4.50) per person, but you get a small discount if you do it together with the SkyRider – PHP 300 for both (USD 6.70).
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Getting ready…
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

And off we go! Apologies for the distracting background music as I had to drown out the geeky, annoying sounds I was making while riding the bike.


Like birds on a wire. Not too often that you see a sight like this eh?
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Check out Ren showing off. Me, I was just happy to be back on the platform. I’m afraid of heights but I had a lot of fun doing this. It wasn’t really scary until my cable started swaying heavily towards the end. That freaked me out a bit.
Eden Nature Park, Davao City

Most people just come for the day but Eden Nature Park is also a resort. The cottages are nestled within the forest and isolated from one another for privacy. Room rates range between PHP 1,323 and PHP 12,600 (USD 30-281) depending on the size. CLICK HERE to book.

Eden Nature Park & Resort

Sales and Reservation Office: Matina Town Square, McArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City, Philippines
Tel: +63 82 299-1020 / +63 82 296-0791
Mobile: +63 918-930-7590
Fax: +63 82 299-0313
Website: edennaturepark.com.ph
Facebook: Eden-Nature-Park-and-Resort
Email: info@edennaturepark.com.ph
Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 8:30AM-5PM
Suggested Length of Visit: 3-4 hours

ADMISSION:
Adults – PHP 550 (with buffet lunch) / PHP 220 (with plated snack)
Kids – PHP 350 (with buffet lunch) / PHP 190 (with plated snack)

HOW TO GET THERE:
About an hour away from Davao City, we hired a private car to take us to Eden Nature Park, but you can get there via public transportation. Just hop on any jeepney bound for Toril and tell the driver to drop you off at Mercury Drugstore. Toril-bound jeepneys can be found traveling along Claveria Street, Roxas Avenue, and Quimpo Boulevard in Davao City. Once at Mercury Drug in Toril, hire a motorcycle to take you to Eden. CLICK HERE for more information.

For more Davao travel tips, check out our First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Davao City, Philippines

 The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Davao City, Philippines

JB Macatulad

JB Macatulad

JB is one half of Will Fly for Food and its chief itinerary maker.  He's the one to blame for all the crappy photos and verbal diarrhea on this blog.  Don't listen to him.
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There are 12 comments for this article
  1. JB Macatulad at 4:25 pm

    Hey Pepe, it’s super fun! No, you won’t roll if you stop pedaling so you have to keep going. It started to sway at the end for me which was pretty scary haha…

  2. Angela at 10:04 pm

    Hi, we would like to try this soon that’s why I came around your blog. I would like to ask who took your photos while on the bicycle?

  3. JB Macatulad at 6:50 am

    Hi Angela, you should! It’s a lot of fun. One of the SkyCycle staff took our pictures using my camera. 🙂

  4. Juliene at 2:17 am

    Do you still have the contact details for the private car rental? I’ll be going to Davao this week and planning to go to EDEN.

  5. rina at 12:31 am

    Hi, can I do the sky cycling even if i don’t really ride a bike? i am afraid that I can’t balance my body and fall even though the wheels hug the wire

  6. JB Macatulad at 1:07 am

    Hi Rina, yes you can. The wheels do hug the wire so all you’ll need to do is pedal. The cable can sway though in high wind so it can get a little scary, but other than that you should be fine. 🙂

  7. chezka at 7:33 pm

    Hi! How did you take a video, was that a staff skycyling too who took your video? And what did you use to take the video? Thanks so much!

  8. chezka at 7:33 pm

    How much did it cost you to rent the taxi? It’s a 1hour ride from the city right? Thank you:)

  9. JB Macatulad at 9:43 am

    Hi Chezka, I had a GoPro attached to my helmet. 🙂 Regarding the taxi, we hired him for the day. Going rates at the time were about PHP 3,500 per day. Yup, Eden is about an hour away from the city. Hope that helps and enjoy your trip! 🙂

  10. Liz - purebliz.xyz at 3:30 pm

    I’ve been living here in Davao for years now but unfortunately, I haven’t been to Eden… I hope I could finally tour the resort this year. 🙂

    the skycycle looks intimidating! but i would love to try that out! hehe

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