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Garden Ampitheatre: Eden Nature Park Celebrates 20 Years

Eden Nature Park Celebrates 20 Years

Written by Ria Jose

A lot of travelers visit Davao to getaway from their bustling busy lives because in this city you can literally go from downtown to the mountains (or to the beach) in just a few hours. And one of the most popular destinations is a mountain resort that offers both adrenaline-pumping adventure and calming relaxation in a cool climate, Eden Nature Park and Resort. This year, Eden Nature Park celebrates 20 years of being one of the top resorts in Davao.

Since it opened in October 1997, Eden has captured the hearts and imagination of DavaoeƱos and tourists, alike. It opened with offers of day tours and guided tours around its expansive 80-hectare property. It became a popular choice for locals touring their visiting family and friends around Davao. With its picturesque views and proximity to nature, Eden also became one of the most desired venue for weddings, seminars, retreats, and special events.

Eden Nature Park Amenities and Facilities

Eden has various attractions and amenities that is sure to delight guests of all ages and interests. The resort boasts of four food and beverage outlets that serve buffet meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and various ala carte options. Their F&B outlets highlight their fresh produce and artisan sauces and condiments. You can also get your fill of Aling Foping’s Halo-Halo at Eden.

For nature lovers and gardeners, Eden has sprawling gardens that feature various flora such as herbs, vegetables, and popular endemic flowers. Large trees, endemic animals, and domesticated animals also inhabit the park.

Flower Well of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

Flower Well of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

Eden provides the best Instagram spots to capture your memories and showcase the beauty of nature.

Another attraction of Eden is the Cultural Village that displays and highlights the Indigenous Tribes and cultures of Mindanao. On display are traditional houses and cultural artifacts. A local group of dancers welcome visitors with a music and dance presentation.

Other park facilities include a pool, a fishing village, and a butterfly house.

To fully enjoy these facilities, we suggest you take the guided shuttle tour. Or, if you are the more adventurous type, pack your comfy shoes and get a hiking trail map from the lobby. You can explore more of Eden’s more rustic and rugged areas while trekking.

Where Nature Meets Adventure

True to its tagline of being the place “Where Nature Meets Adventure,” Eden has expanded their facilities to delight the hearts of adventure-seekers. In 2000, Eden introduced the SkyRider, a zipline ride overlooking the countryside. In 2005, it introduced the SkyCycle. And in 2015, the SkySwing was launched.

Check out this video by the Davao Bloggers to see how Eden is a haven where nature meets adventure.

From functions halls and food outlets to gardens and a cultural village, Eden offers a memorable immersive experience for tourists and locals. And for those who want to get away from the hustle bustle of the city for more than just one day, Eden has sixty-three rooms and cottages that can accommodate couples, families, small groups, and solo travelers.

And this 2017, Eden Nature Park celebrates 20 years of being one of Davao’s prime destinations for locals and tourists.

Eden Nature Park Celebrates 20 Years

Eden has been serving DavaoeƱos and tourists with topnotch accommodations, well-maintained facilities, and friendly service for 20 years now. We dare say that no visitor has left Eden without happy memories. Just check blog posts, videos, and social media updates about visits to Eden. Surely, you will see vibrant smiles and joyous moments captured and shared.

Davao Bloggers at the Cultural Village of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

Davao Bloggers at the Cultural Village of Eden Nature Park and Resort Davao

And there is even more to smile about as Eden Nature Park celebrates 20 years with month-long promotions.

Eden Nature Park Davao 20th Year Promo

Eden Nature Park Davao 20th Year Promo

From October 1 to 30, 2017, you can enjoy an overnight stay for two in Eden’s Deluxe rooms for only P2,000. Accommodations at Family Cottages and Mountain Villas are available at 20% off. And all Day Tour Packages and Rides like the Skyswing, Skycycle, Skyrider, and Guided Shuttle Tour are at P20.00 off.

So gather the gang, set a date, and get ready to share memorable moments at Eden Nature Park and Resort where nature meets adventure.

For more information, visit the Eden Nature Park and Resort website at
https://www.edennaturepark.com.ph. To be updated about their latest events and promotions, like their Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/edennatureparkdavao. And follow them on Instagram @edendavao.

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Holiday Gym at Park Inn Davao

Written by Ria Jose

Holiday Gym at Park Inn Davao

Holiday Gym at Park Inn Davao

Great news to all Holiday Gym members who live in the north. Holiday Gym, one of the best gyms in Davao has opened a new fitness center at Park Inn Davao by Radisson.

Their monthly membership fee is P2,500. This fee gives the member the following privileges:

  • Unlimited use of the Fitness Center;
  • Unlimited attendance to Group Exercise Classes;
  • A Personalized Exercise Program;
  • Exercise supervision by a licensed, certified, and well-trained instructors;
  • Free use of locker and shower facilities;
  • Free use of Park Inn Davao’s Swimming Pool;
  • 15% Discount at Park Inn Davao’s RBG
  • 10% Discount on Park Inn room’s best available rate;
  • 10 days Free Workout at Holiday Gym – Torres Street, Davao, within the enrolled month; and
  • 3 days Free Workout at Holiday Gym – Banilad, Cebu, within the enrolled month.

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Mono Resto Bar and After Office

Written by Ria Jose

Mono Restobar and After Office

Mono Restobar and After Office

Is work bringing you down? Spend your after office hours at the newest restobar in town, Mono Resto Bar and After Office. Mono was conceptualized and opened as a venue to relax for professionals and businessmen who spend most of their time working and grinding to earn.

Mono Restobar and After Office

Mono Restobar and After Office

Mono Restobar and After Office has the perfect ambiance to chill and enjoy the night after a hard day’s work.

Mono serves beer, whiskey, wine, and other forms of liquor. They also serve up cocktails, Margaritas in a pitcher, and flaming shooters.

Tequila Sunrise by Mono Restobar and After Office

Tequila Sunrise by Mono Restobar and After Office


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Kanakbai Resort in Dahican, Mati

Written by Ria Jose

I am not a beach person, but if I were to visit one beach over and over again, it would be Dahican in Mati, Davao Oriental. The reason why I’m in love with Dahican is the gorgeous yet relatively deserted beach coupled with the very modern amenities of Kanakbai Resort.

First, look at the shoreline…

Shoreline in front of Kanakbai in Dahican Mati Davao Oriental

Shoreline in front of Kanakbai in Dahican

So tranquil and quiet. And yes, a bit deserted. This is right in front of Kanakbai Resort. Only a few minutes walk away from one of the most exciting surfing spots in the country.

One of the houses in Kanakbai in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental

One of the houses in Kanakbai in Dahican, Mati, Davao Oriental


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The Vanishing Island

Written by Ria Jose

Vanishing Island at the Island Garden City of Samal

Vanishing Island at the Island Garden City of Samal

One luxury we have here in Davao is our proximity to the ocean and the beach. The Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) is around 10 minutes to 1 hour away depending on which part of the island you’re going to and from which wharf you’re coming from. One islet that belongs to IGACOS is the Vanishing Island.

Remember when former Binibining Pilipinas Universe Charlene Gonzales was asked how many island there are in the Philippine archipelago? And she answered with “Low tide or high tide?” I’m not too sure if she was talking about the IGACOS Vanishing Island but it is one of those islands that vanish during high tide. When we went there for the Davao Food Appreciation Tour, it was before lunch time and the tide was still low. Lookie…

Vanishing Island during Low Tide

Vanishing Island during Low Tide
Image by Renz Bulseco of The Traveling Nomad.


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Islands Banca Cruises in Davao

Written by Ria Jose

Take an Island Cruise on this Banca Davao City Tour

Take an Island Cruise on this Banca

After a successful launch in Cebu, Islands Banca Cruises is finally in Davao.

On a sunny afternoon, two white and orange bancas took their maiden voyages in the Davao channel, taking locals and tourists on a relaxing cruise from Davao City to the Garden City of Samal Island.

Islands Banca Cruises is the brainchild of the people behind Island Souvenirs. Realizing the need to bridge the gap and fulfil the request of Philippine tourists, Island Banca Cruises launched customized island hopping tours in Cebu. With their success in Cebu, Island Banca Cruises partnered with Davao entrepreneur Kirby Te to launch the Island Banca Cruises franchise in Davao.
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