David’s Edge (Davao City, PH)

After having visited several places here in the Philippines, I have noticed that if a certain place (city or town) is seaside or coastal in location, most likely they have a “baywalk” – a seaside promenade overlooking a body of water (usually a bay, hence the name). Other places would call it a seawall, others – an esplanade. Notable ones here in the Philippines include the ever famous Manila Baywalk, there’s Iloilo Esplanade, SM MOA Esplanade, and Cebu City Seawall to name a few. But one particular promenade I personally like is the Davao Seawall.


Located along the stretch of the Matina Coast is Davao’s version of a seawall. Known in different names, some call it Davao Baywalk and Park, others call it as David’s Edge, and to a few, it is known as Queensland Park. Unlike other seaside promenades across the country, Davao’s baywalk is a standout for some reasons.


For one, a replica of an almost 30-foot golden statue of Michelangelo’s famous work of art – David — stands pompously to welcome both local and foreign visitors who visit the place to catch some fresh sea breeze. This is the very reason why it is sometimes called David’s Edge.


Another stand out feature of the seawall is a replica of Denmark’s The Little Mermaid. This iconic statue of the Harbor in Copenhagen is crafted atop a rock platform supported by three huge boulders which are usually submerged in water during high-tide and re-emerges during low-tide.


This a beachfront park showcases a spectacular view of sunrise in the morning amongst the enormity of the Davao Gulf. In the afternoon, the seaside exudes luminously during the sun down. I was fortunate to visit this place early morning to witness the sunrise. I saw some people walking/jogging within the area. Some, even, are having Zumba sessions.


I was able to speak to a local who sportingly told me things about the park. He said that there used to be white benches ornamented with vines, a mini-zoo that featured animals like ostriches and mouse-deer, and even a shallow pool with baby sharks in the park. The place is also known as Queensland Park because it was constructed through initiative and funding by the nearby Queensland Motel. Too bad, I wasn’t able too see these features.


How to Get to the Davao Seawall:

The seawall is located along the coastline of Times Beach, just right behind the Queensland Motel. It is accessible by either private or public transportation via the highway adjoining Matina Aplaya and Ecoland (about 2 kilometers away from downtown Davao City). It is in close proximity to SM Davao Ecoland. So you can just walk from there if you can bear the heat of the sun. Best to go here early in the morning or late afternoon just before sunset.


Don’t be a wasted soul, be ‘juan’derlust. Take it easy ebri’juan’.

Skycycling 101 (Davao City, PH)

The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. – Christopher McCandless


During my 1st Davao visit, I did climb Mount Apo. Then, my next visit made me try out white water rafting along the Davao River. And so during my 3rd visit, the adventure junkie in me was yearning to try another thrilling activity in the largest city in Asia. Since riding a zip line is no longer that adrenaline whipping to me, I opted to try out biking. I’m not talking about the usual cycling that would just require you to pedal your way to wherever you would want to go. Instead, this form of cycling is done with you and your bicycle suspended at an elevation of 60-feet. Yes, you read that right!


The activity is called skycycling and this cable adventure was 1st introduced in Eden Nature Park – Davao. (Today, one may experience this in Caliraya Laguna and in Campuestuhan Bacolod).

And so, before I went skimboarding in Mati (Davao Oriental), my Davao-based friend accompanied me to Eden Park and try out this sky adventure. During our 30 – 45 minutes “habal-habal” ride, I cannot contain my excitement. Imagine, you will be pedaling your way on a wire, on a thin wire. Dope isn’t it!? Just like a zipline, the bicycles are tethered to a wire and have special wheels that “hug” the steel cables.


How much does it cost to do the skycycle? The ride costs Php 200 (USD 4.50) per person, however, you get a small discount if you do it together with the SkyRider – PHP 300 for both (USD 6.70). (So, to cut the story short, I did avail of the latter one – adventure junkie here!)

The original plan was that both of us (my friend and I) will do the skycycle. However, when everything was already set, he realized he hasn’t gotten over his fear of heights. So, I ended up having his tickets. Yehey! Haha..


Well, at first, my knees were also trembling and I could even hear my heart palpitating. But once my bicycle was release, all I did was to continuously pedal my way to the other end. The mid-part was pretty shaky plus the wind was gently blowing adding up thrill to my ride. The experience was indescribable, it was a great one! This is by far my best cable-adventure experience.


This is just one activity you can do in Eden Nature Park. The recreational ground is pretty large in area and there is so much to do. For more information, check out the following details.


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: http://edennaturepark.com.ph/main/

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 8:30AM-5PM

Adults – PHP 520 (with buffet lunch) / PHP 200 (with plated snack)
Kids – PHP 330 (with buffet lunch) / PHP 170 (with plated snack)

IMG_20140403_152556HOW TO GET THERE:

About an hour away from Davao City, 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. (Php80 per person to bring you right at the entrance of Eden Nature Park & Resort).