Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort

Attraction Purok 3 Tolosa, Barangay Matina Biao | Tugbok District, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

3 hours
08:30 AM - 11:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
Second-time visit
Attraction
Family
Nature
Kids
Free
0.00 USD

Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
Gumamela Cave Rock Farm Resort is a recreation and tourism graded establishment which is bounded by natural and well-preserved rain forest, waterfalls, springs and natural vegetation

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Why Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort is special ?

Gumamela Cave Rock Farm Resort is a two-hectare mountain farm resort situated in a secluded, peaceful and tranquil farm in Purok 3, Barangay Matina Biao, Tugbok District, 21 kilometers away from Davao City. The land where the resort is situated is part of the Tolosa Family Estate which was occupied by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII. The resort is a recreation and tourism graded establishment which is bounded by a creek with accretions along the riverbanks, natural and well-preserved rain forest, waterfalls, springs and natural vegetation. It features a well-preserved World War II Japanese-made caves and foxholes, including various paintings and Bagobo-inspired sculptures. The world's tallest concrete Gumamela Sculpture made by artist Rey Mudjahid "Kublai" Millan can be found in the Resort, and is also one of the main attractions.


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What to explore at Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort?

The Resort offers facilities and amenities, such as a man-made and mud-painted Poolside Caverock (artificial caves and rocks) shower rooms and toilets, a spa-swimming pool, wedding and conference facilities, sports facilities such as billiard, table tennis, darts, mountain bikes etc., a restaurant and bar, traditional heritage cottages in modern-native design, various hybrid hibiscus (gumamela) plants of centennial series, millennium, and celebrity series from the University of the Philippine Institute of Plant Breeding and other ornamental plants.

It offers a wide range of nature-based activities like hiking, trekking, mountain bike tours, short waterfalls trekking, Japanese cave exploration and other outdoor activities.

The Spa-swimming pool consists of 57,000 gallons of deep-well mineral rich water naturally heated by the pool's sandstone bed and walls. The sandstone generates a natural thermal conductivity that heats to the pool water which has been proven beneficial to health. The nature's three most powerful relieving agents: heat, water and air, invigorates and gently massages the body while easing away body aches and pains.

The breeze in the farm resort is particularly refreshing. The resort has six traditional heritage cottages in modern native design, and two bamboo cottages in between fruit trees, with private verandas . The cottages are well crafted with different ceiling and bathroom designs made by local artisans in varying colors and with modern furniture and fixtures.The bathrooms are well-appointed with varied walls and floor designs, and a LED shower system with multi-directional nozzles.

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How to get to Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort?

The resort is accessible by car, motorcycle or jeepneys. Public Utility Vehicle (PUJ) and motorcycle rides going to the resort are available at Mintal Public Market Terminal fronting Network Bank. For PUJ from Mintal Terminal (Driver Mr. Dioli Yap), the fare is Php 15.00 per passenger excluding cargo. A motorcycle ride costs Php 80.00- 100.00 per motorcycle/ tricycle or tricy- boat during daytime (good for two passengers per motorcycle). Night-time fares varies from Php 100.00- 150.00 per motorcycle (good for two passengers per motorcycle and tricycle or tricy-boat. Please note that the said fares must be emphasized and pre-negotiated with the driver before boarding the motorcycle or tricycle/tricy-boat.

DISTANCE GOING TO & FROM THE RESORT:

MINTAL- TACUNAN ROUTE

-8 Kilometers from DECA Homes and Wakeboard Park (with 6 kilometers of concrete road with 2 kilometers rough road which is accessible by car, motorcycle, light trucks and other Public Utility Vehicles).

-10.1 kilometers from Mintal Proper (access roads near the Mintal Gym and fronting Mintal Public Market) near Network Bank passing through DECA Homes and Wakeboard Resort at Barangay Tacunan, On your way, just follow the main concrete road passing through Tacunan Elementary School, Tacunan Gym/ Covered Court, Assumption Missionaries Retreat House, Senator Ramon Revilla's Farm, Barangay Matina Biao two (2) Old Bridges, Matina Biao Elementary School (then turn left) going to Matina Biao Crossing or Y- INTERSECTION ROAD. Finally from the intersection to your right , just follow the 1.2 km straight concrete & rugged road from Matina Biao Barangay Hall, San Roque Chapel, UCCP PAG-UGMAD Day- Care Center before reaching the the resort. Synages were posted along the roads for your guidance.

CATALUNAN GRANDE ROUTE

-12.2 Kilometers from Skyline Subdivision passing through Catalunan Grande Public Market and Elementary School & Barangay Catalunan Grande Gym, going straight to Santiago Villas/ Subdivision,, Catalunan Grande Purok San Pedro (Note: DO NOT TURN LEFT TO ELENITA HEIGHTS/SUBDIVISION) , passing through a 1.7 kilometer concrete road before reaching the Bridge connecting Barangay Catalunan Grande and Barangay Tacunan and before turning right to Tacunan Elementary School and Tacunan Gym/ Covered Court, passing new Tacunan Relocation, Senator Ramon Revilla's Farm, Barangay Matina Biao 2 Old Bridges (Purok 6), Matina Biao Elementary School (turn left) before reaching the Y- INTERSECTION or so- called Barangay Matina Biao Crossing. From here (to your right), just follow the 1.2 km right paved road going to Matina Biao Barangay Hall, San Roque Chapel, UCCP Pag-ugmad sa Kabataan Day- Care Center before reaching the resort. Please note that you can also pass through the road going to Elenita Heights and turning right passing the Mintal Route to DECA Homes & Wakeboard Resort to the site but it will extend the travel time and distance going to Gumamela Caverock Farm Resort (plus 2 km).

Note: 10-wheeler truck/bus (eq. Bachelor Bus, Weena, Holiday Bus ) are not advisable to ply the Mintal- Tacunan and Catalunan Grande routes due to the limited weight capacity of the bridges (5 tons) going to and from Barangay Matina Biao. It is advisable to utilize instead the Tugbok Route via km. 22 Los Amigos- Biao Guianga (opposite road going to Lantaw Bukid))- Brgy. Biao Eskwela roads (from Biao Escuela Elem. School + intersection-turn right) going to Brgy. Matina Biao. Other alternative routes are the Maa- Magtuod- Carmen concrete road or Barangays Langub (Dencios Hilltop), Magtuod and Carmen going to Brgy. Biao Eskwela before reaching Brgy. Matina Biao (Langub to Brgy. Matina Biao is Not yet passable by Car as of this to this writing- updated June 2012).

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Selling points

  • History, Nature and Adventure
  • Great place for family
  • Beautiful nature
  • Peaceful atmostphere
  • Great outdoor activities
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
92.39 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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  • Toilets are modern and clean
    Toilet
  • Cooking/grilling is not allowed.
    Food
  • You can bring raw meat/fish and let kitchen staff do the cooking- for a fee, of course
    Food
  • Dont forget your camera as there are many interesting things for a shutterbug.
    Photography
  • Cellphone signal repeaters and boosters are available at the resort with mobile broadband signals.
    Experience
  • It's important to follow the signs since they're the only way that you can reach their cottages
    Experience
  • This resort strictly implements the "No Smoking" policy
    Environment
  • You should bring insect repellant.
    What to bring

Reviews

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To be fair, I only spent a few hours in this place- one lazy Christmas afternoon- to check it out, and more importantly, check the road as no one from my family is familar with the way.It was quite tricky but the map on the resort's webpage proved useful plus the signs on the road that also gives distance to destination (Gumamela).Place- secluded, quiet, peaceful. It has a historical significance too (WW2). Swimming pool is average but with few guests, it is more than enough. There is also a small wading pool for kids. Cottages of various types dot the surrounding. Choose which type suits your group- overnighter, day tour-sleeper, day tour-eater, etc.Price- bundling is always easy on the pocket and more interesting to customers esp if bundling offers flexibility. But when we got to CaveRock, we were charged a fee almost every 100 meters since we entered (gate, pool, cottage). Not a very warm welcome considering that getting there means a bumpy long ride. Overall price: not cheap but also not very expensive.People- the owners were gracious and warm people. The staff though needs some time to warm up. Generally, service was good although food took some time to arrive (~1 hour).Downside: cooking/grilling is not allowed. Understandably this is to prevent fire since the place is mostly made of light marerials. Bring insect repellant.Upside: you can bring raw meat/fish and let kitchen staff do the cooking- for a fee, of course. Be ready for more adventure- in drinks (hibiscus mojito) and in trekking (spelunking). There's billiard table, bikes, etc. Noisy videoke is absent- thank you!Rooms for overnight accom are simple but elegant. Toilets are modern and clean. And lastly, dont your camera as there are many interesting things for a shutterbug.

TripAdvisor View more

To be fair, I only spent a few hours in this place- one lazy Christmas afternoon- to check it out, and more importantly, check the road as no one from my family is familar with the way. It was quite tricky but the map on the resort's webpage proved useful plus the signs on the road that also gives distance to destination (Gumamela).Place- secluded, quiet, peaceful. It has a historical significance too (WW2). Swimming pool is average but with few guests, it is more than enough. There is also a small wading pool for kids. Cottages of various types dot the surrounding. Choose which type suits your group- overnighter, day tour-sleeper, day tour-eater, etc. Price- bundling is always easy on the pocket and more interesting to customers esp if bundling offers flexibility. But when we got to CaveRock, we were charged a fee almost every 100 meters since we entered (gate, pool, cottage). Not a very warm welcome considering that getting there means a bumpy long ride. Overall price: not cheap but also not very expensive. People- the owners were gracious and warm people. The staff though needs some time to warm up. Generally, service was good although food took some time to arrive (~1 hour).Downside: cooking/grilling is not allowed. Understandably this is to prevent fire since the place is mostly made of light marerials. Bring insect repellant. Upside: you can bring raw meat/fish and let kitchen staff do the cooking- for a fee, of course. Be ready for more adventure- in drinks (hibiscus mojito) and in trekking (spelunking). There's billiard table, bikes, etc. Noisy videoke is absent- thank you! Rooms for overnight accom are simple but elegant. Toilets are modern and clean. And lastly, dont your camera as there are many interesting things for a shutterbug.

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