Jive Highlands Resort allowed me to get in touch with nature again. I always get the best feeling every time I am close to nature, I guess living in the city for most of my life is the major reason why I always want to spend time with mother nature. I love the idea of waking up to a foggy morning and then hearing the sound of the crickets when the sun starts to set.
I am blessed to be living in a city that offers of a lot choices when it comes to nature tripping. Last holy week, my friends and I went to Jive Highlands Resort located in Datu Salumay, Marilog District. Marilog District is considered to be the Little Baguio in Davao City. Travel time depends on the mode of transportation you have. We took the bus bound for Cagayan de Oro going to the resort – travel time was about two hours. If you have your own car, travel time would be less than two hours.
The place was fully booked during our visit. A handful of nature loving groups decided to spend the night over in their respective tents. We decided to get a room – the room is too big for the 4 of us but don’t expect a hotel room like because it is far from that.
After resting for few minutes, we toured the place. The resort has a mini waterfalls – the water is ice cold by the way. We also got inside to their cave – which is cold too. The place is a perfect destination if you want to get away from the heat of the summer. At night, the place gets a little too cold it’s as if you are in Baguio.
I woke up early the following day and I am in awe with the nature’s beauty. I could live there forever!
We decided to leave the resort early since we wanted to visit the Bemwa Farm, a popular place for tourists also located in Datu Salumay. We asked the locals there if we can just take a walk going to the farm, they said it is far but walking is fine, so off we go. Based on experience, I personally don’t recommend walking especially if you are walking under the heat of the sun.
- If you are traveling with kids, it is advisable that you rent a car or van because you need to ride an improvised motorcycle commonly called “habal- habal” plus the travel is little bumpy and the road is rough.
- Bring your anti mosquito lotion with you
- The resort does not provide blanket, so you need to bring one.
- Weak to no cellular signal at all.
- You can bring your own food at no extra cost.
- You can cook your food at the resort at a price of 500 pesos (that’s only cooking by the way)
- Datu Salumay is a home to several nature resorts.
Here’s the expenses for the Jive Highlands Resort trip.
Bus fare – 80 pesos (Davao to Buda)
Motorcycle fare – 40 pesos (from highway to the resort)
Room – 450 per head (room price is at 1800 good for 7 persons)
Food – 110 pesos (breakfast only) – we brought lunch and dinner food with us
Motorcycle fare – 20 pesos (from Bemwa Farm to highway)
Bus fare – 85 pesos (Buda to Davao)