Davao City Day 1: Jack’s Ridge, Eden’s Nature Park, Philippine Eagle Center

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Hi there!

Just 3 days after my sister got married, we went to Davao to have a little bonding that, for sure, I will totally miss. Anyway, it’s both our first time to go to Mindanao and the lucky destination is Davao. We, rather, she already made an itinerary out of the limited time that we have in the city: 2 days and 1 night to be exact.

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As we arrived at Davao City around 10 am, and undecided as to what mode of transportation to take due to lack of research, we finally decided to book a grabtaxi with no booking fee required (lucky for us). I think it was a promo for grabtaxi users that day.

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For lunch, we went to eat at Jack’s Ridge, which a friend of mine also suggested. It is a restaurant that has a panoramic view of the whole Davao City.

From where we were seating though, the photo above was our “view”. Yes, the cemetery is very much noticeable. Overall, our stay there was not very good. Staff (waiters) were not very friendly and accomodating, they served food slowly, the price of their food is expensive. Maybe because you are also paying to have the above picture kind of view. Despite our bad experience at Jack’s Ridge, I would still suggest you give it a try, but definitely not during the day.

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The only thing I loved at Jack’s Ridge is their durian flan.

Afterwards, we decided to rent a taxi (after arguing a lot) to go to Eden Nature Park and Philippine Eagle Center. Yes, I know, we are not the most practical person alive in this planet. If only I knew that we can actually ride a jeepney going to both destinations, then maybe we could have saved some money.

It took us around 1 hour from Jack’s Ridge to Eden Nature Park. Because of limited time, we decided to take a guided shuttle tour for one hour and skip other activities available at the man-made park. Below is their updated rates as of March 2016.

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Since we got there around 2pm and had already eaten lunch, we chose the day tour snacks package instead. If we only knew ahead, we would have just got here after landing at the airport. Anyway, there’s a complimentary water bottle for each ticket.
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Whole map of Eden Nature Park.

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Some turistas roaming around the area.

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Typical bahay kubo setup in the provinces.
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Datu’s House
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Lola’s Garden
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Vista Restaurant, where you will claim your snacks or buffet lunch.
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I love Eden!!!

Then we headed straight to Philippine Eagle Center. I just wanted to emphasize this, please before going there, make sure you put some mosquito repellent lotion.

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Entrance of Philippine Eagle Center.

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Entrance fee each cost 150 pesos plus environmental fee.
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A guide as to where you would start the trail. Just a tip, just follow it and you won’t be lost haha! There are a lack of staff there so just be brave and go on.
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The Philippine Eagle Center guided map.
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We heard weird noises and since we couldn’t see any people, we were having thoughts like “there might be a snake somewhere” or “the crocodile might have been released and it will eat us” Yes, we were being paranoid. And wouldn’t want to go see the crocodile not until we saw a couple of people going there.
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My sister’s lucky number!

Our last stop for the day before going to Samal Island, was the best place to shop for pasalubong in town, the Apo ni Lola. All sweets made from durian can be seen in the store. Also available there are t-shirts, key chains, reg magnets, bags, etc.

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Make sure to stop by here when you’re in Davao.

P.S. Will update this once I already tracked down our expenses for our trip. =)

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