Today I wondered what to check out first. I came to Davao with two main activity highlights: 1) Go sky cycling at Eden Nature Park, 2) Get a shot of Mount Apo. But despite residing at a dormitel situated on Mt. Apo street, the famed mountain — the largest in Philippines — was nowhere near me. Heck, Mount Apo, wasn’t even visible from Davao City! It seems Mount Apo is so huge that most people just go there as part of a multi-day trek.
I couldn’t do that since I only had two more days in Davao so I figured I’ll go check out Eden Nature Park. I followed the instructions on their website on how to get to Eden Nature Park and boarded a jeepney going to Toril (₱20). The landmark given to get down at was a Mercury Drug Store in Toril.
It was along this road I saw signs pointing to Mount Apo. Excited about seeing Mt. Apo after my time at Eden Nature Park, I asked the bike taxi driver if he could take me to Mt. Apo National Park so that I could just take a photo of the mountain. But the driver told me it’s still many kilometres further from Eden Nature Park.
Anyway, the bike taxi dropped me at the entrance to Eden Nature Park and I made way to the ticket counter. I bought the ₱200 entry ticket which is the basic entry fee access to the park. I needn’t buy the tickets for the Sky Cyle and zip line from this counter as the attendant told me I could do the same in the Sky Cycle area.
I bought the ₱300 (Rs. 418/$6/€5) ticket for both Sky Cycle and zip line (it’s cheaper if you buy the combo ticket). The ticket price includes a basic lunch meal. Then I sat down at the waiting area for my turn.
When my number was up, I climbed up the tower with my GoPro, leaving my locked bag at the visitor’s area.
(I merged the Sky Cycle and zip line videos into one video which you can see below)
After I returned to the first tower, I was un-strapped of the harness I was wearing. Now it was time for me to strap on the harness for the zip line.
On the way back, I took a video — which you can see after the Sky Cycle ride (at the 2:06 mark).
Mind you the ticket includes a lunch meal and I was going to the small restaurant where they serve it next.
I decided to make the second half of my time at Eden Nature Park as a second post.