The bamboo sways to the rhythm of the strong wind—that is why it doesn’t break. So it is with life’s challenges, we bend to the will of the wind.
The latest Davao City refuge pays homage to the humble bamboo. Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park is 3.5 hectares of green forest cover of 26 varieties of bamboo and other trees and lush ornamental plants strewn all over its pathways.
In the center of the developed areas is a huge dome designed by Architect Ed Viacrucis who also designed the durian dome at People’s Park. Vines intertwine all over the structure and its aerial roots hang over plants with differently colored flowers in bloom on the floor.
The dome is a favorite for photo shoots. When we were there, a pre-nup shoot was ongoing.
You move on and pass by a bridge over a pond where you can go fishing for tilapia and carp or where you can ride on kayaks and a gondola.
Everywhere, the recurring theme of bamboo is on the bridge, the rails, the restaurant, and in the decors.
A refreshing pool with flowing fresh spring water beckons you to stop and take a dip. The design on the swimming pool floor is of course, the bamboo.
You take a walk on the sanctuary’s pathways that are flower-filled, shaded, and relaxing to the eyes. It is a breather and a getaway from the busy city although it is still within city limits.
The Bamboo sanctuary has a dormitory-type room for big groups for teambuilding and rooms for couples and families.
Make sure to book before you visit the sanctuary at (082) 228-6116 or leave a message at https://www.facebook.com/davaobamboopark/ because for now, they can only accommodate 250 people/day.
Regular daily rate: Monday to Sunday Adult PhP250. Kids 4-10 years old PhP150 includes pool use, table and chairs.
Weekends Special Rate: Friday to Sunday Adult PhP600 Kids 4-10 years old PhP400 includes pool use, table and chairs and buffet lunch.
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Travel time is an hour and 50 minutes from Manila and 50 minutes from Cebu.
Davao Bamboo Sanctuary and Ecological Park is located in Brgy. Banga, Malagos, Calinan, Davao City.
From Davao city proper, it’s a good 40-50 minutes road trip passing by Malagos Garden Resort and the Philippine Eagle Center.
When booking, you can inquire for shuttle service.
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