Davao city at night. Image is from afterthesunset files from wordpress

Traveling to Davao by air from Manila will only take two-and-a-half hour. This premier city in Mindanao has an international airport, five-star hotels, shopping malls, fabulous restaurants, boutiques and romantic resorts worthy to explore. Davao City is outside the typhoon built in the country, giving this city a perfect place to spend a relaxing holiday adventure. The city is now being pushed as a major tourist destination in the country  because of the city’s unique charm and gift of nature. Business establishments had mushroomed in recent years and investments are kept coming. The city is facing the breathtaking Island Garden City of Samal home of world-class romantic and pristine beaches. 

Two of the best tourist attractions in the city are Pearl Farm Beach resort in Samal and Eden Nature Park and Resort in Toril, just an hour drive from the city proper. These holiday destinations are perfect spots for travelers who  are looking for a well-deserved holiday break and exciting nature tripping.

 Pool side of Pearl Farm Beach Resort
The scenic view of the resort

This is an exclusive, private getaway located at the beautiful Island Garden City of Samal, just a 45-minute ferry ride from Davao City. Categorized as a world-class beach resort, Pearl Farm offers a terrific view of the sea as well as the mountain. Its unspoiled tropical surroundings and powdery white sand welcome the guests with a different experience of luxury and comfort. The tranquil environment of the resort pampers the visitors with a unique feeling of relaxation, this is also a cool place for sports aficionados, offering state-of-the-art facilities for wind surfing, water polo, jet skiing, scuba diving and other sports water adventures.
The cottages along the shore
Near the pool

The resort has several villas and cottages, perfectly designed with a touch of regional architecture to reflect the culture of Mindanao.

All suites and villas are fully air-conditioned with cable television, coffee/tea maker, private toilet/bath, telephone and a balcony with a soothing view of the idyllic environment. Guests are requested to make an arrangement ahead of time (during booking) for airport transfers and boat transfers directly with the resort staff to avoid inconvenience.
Creative dining hall on the floating cottage
Floating dining hall
Entrance area of Pearl Farm

Balay House – Located on the hillside surrounded with lush forest. Single or Twin sharing room (lowest rate- $100), the rate is not inclusive of meals.

Samal House- ideally located on the shoreline above the shallow water, this romantic house is designed in bright pink, yellow and blue shades with separate toilet and bath. Single or Twin occupancy (lowest rate - $ 115), additional $45 for a third person sharing on the room.

Samal Suite – a story Muslim-inspired cottage with a bathtub in master’s bedroom, good for three persons (4th person will be charged $45 per night). Rate is not inclusive for meals. Lowest rate - $300

Malipano Villas – Luxury Villas located across Pearl Farm. Master’s bedroom with bathtub, a butler service and a standby boat.

Pearl Farm Resort Contact Numbers:
Tel. No.: (6382) 221-9970
Fax No.: (6382) 221-9979         

For more information visit their website:

The sprawling function garden of Eden ideal for weddings and other celebrations. Image from davaodaily.com

This breathtaking mountain resort in Davao Cityoffers a wonderful haven of tranquility and amazing nature adventure. Visitors will experience an incredible feeling of serenity from deep within while roaming around Eden. This nature park, which covers 80 hectares, offers a perfect hideaway for a fascinating, well-deserved vacation, it has wild plants and trees covering the whole area. 

The resort has luxury gardens of herbs, organic vegetables, botanical, tropical foliage, lofty pines, fruit trees, rolling hills, boulders, lush forests and waterfalls cascading in the background of thick wild plants. The breezy, fresh and green environment is a welcome respite from the polluted air in the city.

A subsidiary of Davao-based business empire, JVA Group of Companies, Eden Nature Park provides a unique experience of adventure and relaxation.


Horseback riding                 Skyride
Fishing Village                     Swimming Pool
Campsite                            Souvenir's shop
Cable Swing                       Function Hall
Bird Walk                           Sprawling garden for special celebrations
Deer Park                           Vista Restaurants

Its sales and reservations office located at Matina Town Square, Matina, Davao City, Mindanao
Website: www.edennaturepark.com.ph
Tel. Nos: +63 82 299-1020, +63 82 296-0791
Fax: +63 82 299-0313
Mobile No.: +639189307590
E-Mail: info@edennaturepark.com.ph

Important reminders:

Breakfast is served at 6:30 to 9:00; lunch at 11:30 to 2:00; dinner at 6:30 to 9:00.
Food & Beverage:
Guests are not allowed to bring food and drinks except for visitors staying at Mountain Villas, Log Cabin and Campsites. The resort’s restaurant and snack bars are located near the cable swing area.
Pets are not allowed within the resort premise. Pet owners may put their pets on a cage located at the entrance area of the resort for shelter.
Accommodation charges
Free of charge: children 3 years old and below.
Four to five years old kids will be charged as that of an extra person rate with a special rate of P200.00 for lunch or dinner.
Extra Person (Adult)
The extra person rate is P525.00 for Deluxe, P420.00 for Standard Rooms

Consider Davao City for your next travel adventure. Contrary to popular belief among travelers that Mindanao is not an ideal place to hop in for a relaxing vacation, this Philippine island offers a terrific experience of a happy and tranquil vacation and Davao City is one place in Mindanao where peace reigns.