Davao Crocodile Park: Guide and Activities

From the city proper, take a jeepney going to SM City Davao, from SM, take another jeepney or bus going to Maa. I took a jeepney. You should drop at the last stop, near a church. There are habal-habals that can take you to Crocodile Park. I asked Kuya Sonny to take me there, paid the RIGHT amount of I think twenty pesos. He said that he’s just to tourists. Some drivers would normally charge higher to non locals. He asked me if I wanted to be picked up after my tour since there were no public vehicles in the place. He gave me his number and asked me to text him once I was done. If you’ll ever visit this place, I recommend this guy. You may reach him here 0926-528-2908.
Crocodile Park is located in Maa, Talomo District and is operated by Mr. Philip DIzon. Contrary to its name, it houses not only Philippine saltwater crocodiles but also other species of reptiles, birds and other animals. Apart from these, they also hold animal and game shows regularly. Crocodile ice cream and civet coffee are available. Well other “weird” flavors of ice cream offered were pandan ostrich, maple bacon, crocodile, durian crocodile, crocodile pandan, etc. Ice cream costs Php 80-90. What’s ironic about this place is that they raise and propagate crocodiles but they offer crocodile sisig, caldereta and other menus with crocodile meat. Imagine, they even have crocodile lechon for heaven’s sake!

entrance
park entrance

Anyways, what will you expect when you go here? There is a mini grocery inside. You may buy food and drinks but mind the prices.There are different animals-from monkeys, parrots, tigers, eagles, owls, pythons, ostrich, of course crocodiles and other kinds of reptiles. Animals are either caged for safety, tied or roaming free for picture taking. I had mine taken with an albino python. Yay! Prepare Php 150 for adults and Php 75 for kids under 12 years old for entrance fee. Stay as long as you want. Roam around and make sure to see all the animals. Check out shows and activities. Don’t forget to try their exotic ice cream flavors!

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ice cream parlor
ice cream parlor

Fun activities and shows are available. Here are the lists:
Daily Shows: Monday-Sunday 10 am
• Birdshow and Friendly Animal Encounter
• Wildlife Encounter Interactive
Regular Shows: Friday-Sunday 4 pm
• Birdshow and Friendly Animal Encounter
• Pangil Encounter
• Crocodile Feeding Frenzy
• Crocodile Dancing
• Tightrope Walking
• Wildlife Encounter Interactive
Mini Shows: Monday 4 pm
• Crocodile Feeding Frenzy
• Wildlife Encounter Interactive
Mini Shows: Wednesday 4 pm
• Crocodile Feeding Frenzy
• Pangil’s Feeding
• Wildlife Encounter Interactive

birds and bird houses
birds and bird houses

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Watch residents feed hatchlings in feeding frenzy. Be exhilarated to see tigers jump and climb as they catch a whole (dead and dressed) chicken. Grab your kids and witness the animal show (parrot, monkey, birds) and you might win tickets! Watch the breath taking performance of Kuya Lolong as he crosses a rope with hungry crocodiles underneath without harness! Watch crocodiles jump and dance to get a chunk of meat!

Crocodile Park is open from Monday-Thursday 8 am-6 pm, Friday-Sunday 8 am-7 pm.
Night fell but it’s still young so I decided to hit the city night life. I was alone but I felt safe. No bystanders, gangsters and suspicious people on the street. I was looking for a night club. I walked until I got tired and found myself in front of the old Victoria Plaza Mall. I found street vendors selling “kwek-kwek”, a common street food made of chicken eggs rolled into flour and then deep fried. In Manila, this is usually paired with sauce (normally sweet and spicy) or vinegar but here, I found out that they pair it with vinegar, strips of cucumber and seaweed! Totally unusually but seemed good.

kwek-kwek with vinegar, cucumbers and seaweed
kwek-kwek with vinegar, cucumbers and seaweed

There’s not much night life in the city. Mostly the same as in Manila so I just headed back to my hotel.

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