There are more spots that Davao can offer beyond its city attraction. Below are a compilation of the places I’ve been to in the highlands of Davao. These are more of a nature trip – unwinding away from the city and getting into the ‘green sites’.
If you’re into this kind of trip, then might as well see these places when you visit Davao. By the way, I keep this post updated every time I get to visit new places in the highlands of Davao.
Feel free to comment your experience in any of your highland Davao trips.
June 2018, my whole extended family decided to get together in Davao City. Since most of us are busy with work and studies, we only scheduled a one-day bonding at an area where every family would be “meeting half-way”.
Indeed, our one-day bonding was jam-packed. We were able to visit these three must-see places in Davao.
Sonnen Berg Mountain View
This started our day. Best visited at dawn, this place is where you’d be able to see a beautiful sea of clouds as you watch the sun rises. The ambiance is great for a sip of coffee or a “chowkate”. Morning snacks are available in their cafeteria, so there’s no need to worry if you may have dashed without breakfast. Entrance is P50/person. The place is surrounded with pine trees, with pool at the middle and an overlooking view. A piece of advice – go there as early as 5am to have time for an exclusive photo opportunity. Around 6am, people will start coming and it will be hard to get a good capture of the view.
Garden of Gethsemane Mountain Resort
I’d say it is one of the best mountain resort I’ve been to. Located in the deepest mountains, I believe (after that long rough road), I was immediately mesmerized by this place. The pool is from a fresh spring running COLD waters and the area is so clean and well-maintained. This place is best for a group retreat or if you just want to relax away from the city. Rooms and rest houses are available for any overnight accommodation.
Here is a photo of their rates :
Trying their desserts, fresh salads and other treats is a must. Surprisingly, they have a wide variety of menu made from their fresh produce. This is a good stop for any travelers who appreciate nature. You can buy fresh organic lettuce or go strawberry picking. The good thing is that the entrance fee is consumable, so there’s no way you wouldn’t be able to get a delicious treat inside and chill.
August 26, 2019 – Another highland trip in Davao. This time, a glamping experience with my family.
Just a few meters ahead of the Bemwa Farm, you’ll find a site with just a simple gate entrance at the right side of the way going to the Garden of Gethsemane Mountain Resort. It’s actually a new glamping site and in fact, some of its amenities are still being constructed.
You’ll be able to rent the whole place exclusively. The place is really best for family bondings, retreats, or just a time to chill away from the bustling city.
You’ll be able to use its pantry house with all the complete kitchen tools and amenities. Plus, a karaoke is available if you want to sing your heart out.
Having a sip of hot coffee during an early cold morning partnered with some family talks at the veranda was one of the relaxing experience in the site.
If you just want to have a ‘homey’ vibe, you can take a rest inside the Pink House. Beddings are provided at the attic or else you may want to just stay in the living area where beddings will also be provided (Sorry, everybody just woke up and we’ve left our areas a little messy).
Otherwise, if you are really into a glamping experience then don’t miss their log sleeping quarters.
The site comes with a small pool. However, given the super icy cold waters and ambience, I doubt if adults like us would dare to swim in the pool (but yeah, the kids did!) Lol.
If you want to sweat out, you may want to enjoy yourself in the trampoline. Else, if you just need to chill under the trees then the hammocks are readily available for you.
You may also want to chill at the outside coffee tables or get on your feet and stroll around the site.
Overall, we really had a great glamping experience. Not only that we were able to exclusively use the whole place and amenities but the experience itself refreshed us from our busy work and studies. The caretaker was very polite and helpful. I believe there will be more amenities that this glamping site can offer in the future.