Feeding butterfly watermelon Davao Philippines

Philippines: Attractions at Eden Nature Park… and getting lost

Date: May 4, 2014

The first half of my day was spent at the SkyCycle and zipline area. Now it was time for lunch.

Forest path Eden Nature park Davao
I crossed the road and walked to the cafe where my lunch coupon was valid
Restaurant Eden Nature park Davao
This is the main restaurant at Eden Nature Park
Buffet Eden Nature Park Davao
They have buffet lunch too, but that costs extra
Cafe Eden Nature park Davao
This is the cafe where I was going to get my ‘lunch’ as included in the ticket
Spaghetti tomato sauce Eden Nature park
A glass of soft drink, a cupcake and a plate of spaghetti with meat sauce, and garlic bread

If you are wondering where the meat in the sauce is… yeah I wondered that too. I only got mushroom bits, and when I asked the server where the beef bits where, he looked at the plate and poured more of the same sauce.

So after a sloppy, lousy spaghetti meal, I began to explore the rest of the park.

Family Village Eden Nature Park Davao
I walked to the Family Village
Philippines monkey Eden Park Davao
More of a mini-zoo really. This the Philippines Monkey.
Cockatoo Eden Nature park Davao
Peacock Eden Nature park Davao

There were a few more animals and birds but it was all things I had seen at many other zoos or bird parks. Plus the condition the cages were in were pretty poor. So I felt guilty standing there taking photos of these animals.

Way to butterfly park Eden Nature Park Davao
I walked to the Butterfly Garden next
Butterfly garden Davao Philippines
I swapped my wide angle for the 70-200mm
Black white butterfly flower Davao
I don’t know the names of the various species of butterflies…
Butterfly wings Davao Philippines
… because there were so many of them
Black white butterfly Eden Nature park
Still, I just enjoyed taking these close up photos
Black green teal butterfly Davao Philippines
The many wonderful creations of mother nature

Black pattern butterfly Eden Park Davao

Exotic butterfly Eden Park Davao

Feeding butterfly watermelon Davao Philippines
They sure do love water melon
Butterfly mating Eden Park Davao
Didn’t mean to intrude on their private moment (butterflies mating)

Black butterfly flower nectar Davao

Stick insect Eden Park Davao Philippines
Not a butterfly, but stick insects amaze me!
Fishing village Eden Nature Park Davao
I left the butterfly garden and walked next to the Fishing Village
Fishing village pond Eden Park Davao
You can pay to feed fish here. Boring. So I left.
Eden Nature Deer Park Davao
I walked past the deer park
Philippines deer Eden Davao
The Philippines deer
Eden Nature park trek path
To the right was Eden Nature Park’s offices. I walked down the road on the left.
Eden Nature Park trekking road
It was a downhill trekking path and the bricked path gives way to unpaved stretches
Tana-Tanaman village Eden Nature park
There are attractions along the trekking path. This is the Tana-Tanaman village.
Tana-Tanaman village Eden Nature park Davao
This place was dedicated to showcasing the culture of the indigenous people of Southern Philippines
Eden Nature park viewpoint Davao
This was Lola’s Garden (‘lola’ = grandmother in Filipino)
Eden Nature park hillview Davao
Lot of agriculture in and around Eden Nature Park
Hut Eden Nature park hillview
You can just sit here and enjoy the view
Fruit tree collection Eden Nature park Davao
This is a collection of a variety of fruit trees they grow in the park
Vegetable growing Eden Nature park
Dragonfruit plantation?
Log cabin house Eden Nature park
One of the few log cabins you can rent. Eden Nature Park offers several different types of guest accommodation.
Log cabin house Eden Nature park
These are shared, but cheaper
Hanging bridge Eden Nature park Davao Philippines
This is a hanging bridge you pass along the trekking path
Hanging bridge Eden park Davao
And I walked on it (it’s sturdy)
Forest trek Eden Nature park
This stretch has a mini waterfall… but more like a small stream
Waterfall stream Eden Nature park Davao Philippines
Maybe it looks better after heavy rains

Truth be told, from here on I got a bit lost. I took a wrong turn somewhere and ended near a forest area where a few visitors were zip-lining and setting up camp for the night (which Eden provides for). I went around in circles before getting really frustrated and ran towards a staff member whenever I crossed paths with one.

I asked for directions and how to get back because there were no arrows pointing back to the main reception area.

Bizarre flower Eden Park Davao
This was the last photo I took as I didn’t care much for photography anymore. It was nearing 5pm and I didn’t want to get lost in the dark!

After nearly an hour wasted, I ended up back-tracking and walked across the hanging bridge and made it all the way back.

Fern trees Eden Nature park Davao
By the time I made it back to the starting point, other visitors were barely visible

I rushed back out just as the last few cars were leaving Eden Nature Park. At this point, after an hour of getting lost, I didn’t care about visiting Mt. Apo or anything. I just wanted to get back to Davao City!

Downhill road from Eden nature park
I hired a bike taxi which took me all the way back to Toril (cost ₱100 this time)
Road to Toril from Eden Nature park Davao
The amazing part was that for much of the journey downhill, the bike’s engine wasn’t even running!

Here’s a video I took:

All the more reason to question why these bike taxi guys charge ₱100 for a ride that doesn’t consume as much fuel as the ride going up to Eden Nature Park!

Toril market Davao Philippines
I reached Toril market and just then two things happened. 1) The strap of my slippers broke, 2) electricity went!
Toril market trike jam Davao
The citizens just expressed a loud, collective sigh when the power went 🙂
Toril barbershop shoe repair Davao
Conveniently enough I found a shoe repair boy (in front of a barber shop) who stitched the strap all for just ₱10
Jeepney ride Toril Davao evening
I waited by the highway and managed to get a jeepney going to SM Davao

The sun had set by the time I got down at SM Davao. I decided to have an early dinner from here itself before taking another jeepney back to town.

Curacha red crab Davao Philippines
It’s called a Curacha, a type of crab quite common in South Philippines

It cost ₱105 for the curacha with some rice — and it wasn’t worth it. Hardly any meat inside, and by the end of the meal, I still felt hungry. So I went and had two slices of Pizza Hut pizza (₱55). After checking out a few stores, I left SM Davao and hopped on a van taxi going to Davao City.

Once I reached my stop, I walked back to Green Windows Dormitel after picking up some baked goodies for tomorrow’s breakfast. Tomorrow, I would visit Philippines Eagle Center… which is another long drive from the city.

Next post in this series:

Philippines 2014: Philippine Eagle Center, Davao

Philippines 2014: Scuba diving for the first time, at Samal Island (Davao)

Philippines 2014: Japanese tunnel; leaving Davao for Manila

Philippines 2014: Bargain shopping in Manila; Paseo de Santa Rosa & Solenad

Philippines 2014: Corregidor Island tour

Philippines 2014: Manila Chinese Cemetery

Philippines 2014: Pahiyas Festival in Lucban; Kamay Ni Hesus

Previous post(s) in this series:

Philippines 2014: Sky Cycle at Eden Nature Park, Davao

Philippines 2014: Leaving Cebu for Davao; Davao City sights

Philippines 2014: Tumalog Falls; Oslob church, Cuartel

Philippines 2014: Oslob – Swimming with whale sharks

Philippines 2014: Trek to Mount Pinatubo crater lake

Philippines 2014: The itinerary this time around; UP Diliman and Maginhawa

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