Nowadays, traveling does not only mean rest and relaxation. Quite a number of people actually travel with a purpose. There are a few who travel to get that perfect spa treatment; some go on literal food trips. Then there are those who crave to get in touch and explore nature. Many local and foreign tourists have suffered the long way to Sagada and the hassle of flying to Palawan for that elusive chance to experience Mother Natureâ€™s wonders. Thus, the birth of what is called as eco-tourism.
Davao is definitely not one to be left out of the eco-tourism market. One of more apt taglines of Davao City is â€œfrom Islands to Highlands,â€ which is a succinct way to describe the marvelous qualities of the Davao environment. Davao City, being the expansive city that it is, is amazingly close to both the mountainside and the shores. Thus, it is possible to experience the cool mountain breeze in a day and experience the warm glow of the sun on the beach the next day. Whatâ€™s even more amazing is the fact that all of it is within near proximity to the comforts of a city.
Eden Nature Park located at Toril, a 45-minute drive from the cityâ€™s center is one of the most frequented eco-tourism sites in the Davao. This nature park offers a magnificent view of the city and a great opportunity to be up close with local flora and fauna. The park also offers various amenities from which you can choose your accommodations for an overnight stay. They have clean and safe camping grounds, dorm-type rooms, cottages and suites.
One of the most popular species in Davao is the Philippine Eagle, also called the Monkey-Eating Eagle or the Haribon (short for Haring Ibon). It is not the national bird for nothing. It boasts of the widest wing span of any bird species. Thus, it is only natural to devote an entire park to its conservation: the Philippine Eagle Park located in Calinan, some 20 kilometers away from the city. Although devoted to the conservation and breeding of the Philippine Eagle, the park also boasts of a wide array of wild endemic animals such as a crocodile, other birds (owls, other eagle species, etc) and some mammals.
The Davao experience would not be complete without a trip to the beach. Or for some, to the depths of the sea. Quite a number of people have begun to discover the great diving sites in between Davao City and Samal Island and those located in the Davao Gulf. And of course, there are countless of beach resorts in the area such as the widely popular Paradise Beach Resort, the upscale Pearl Farm Beach Resort and Chema’s.
And for the more adventurous, the Davao River is now a certified kayaking site through the Davao Wild Water Adventure experience. Kilometers of river spotted with varying degrees of rough terrain that is sure to excite any thrill seeker.
And of course, Davao will not be Davao without the majestic Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines. The mountain is one of the more challenging climb sites for any mountain climber. However, the climb is not just hard work. Along the way, climbers are treated with sights of flora and fauna such as the elusive waling-waling and other local orchid varieties and various species of birds and mammals. And of course, the greatest prize for any climber is the exhilarating view that one gets upon reaching the apex on the mountain.
Other local ecotourism sites which deserve a visit or two are the spelunking sites in Samal and the Marilog District, the tubing site in nearby Sta. Cruz, the Crocodile Park in Ma-a, the bat caves in Samal Island and the various mountain resorts in the Marilog District.
So whether it is for adventure or to simply smell the flowers, Davao City is the right place for all nature-lovers, or those aspiring to be one. 😉