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Summer’s Last Hurrah at Banana Beach

A little more than a month ago, just before June started, we had our huling hurit sa taginit in Banana Beach, Tagum City.

We were there on a daytour but we made the most out of it because summer was almost over! Wow, I do miss summer a bit. While I’m enjoying the rainy season now, I miss the carefree days of the past season.

Anyway, I digress. One of the most popular beach resorts in Davao Region (aside from the numerous resorts in Samal Island – which, by the way, is not under the jurisdiction of Davao City) is Banana Beach. I’m not 100% sure but I heard it is owned and/or managed by the same owner as Eden Nature Park. I’ve always been intrigued about Banana Beach but never found the time to go there, so this was a great opportunity.

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I’ll show you Banana Beach through a photo story!

Tourist Center

Banana Beach has a tourist center where the visitors gather and lounge while the staff checks or makes their reservations. They have bananas free for everyone (at least, until the last piece is taken) and the lounge area is comfortable enough.

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I was fascinated with these statues that dotted the lawn.

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In the tourist center, you can buy souvenir items.

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Beach

Okay, the beach itself is not white sand unlike the beaches in Samal Island. There are plenty of activities you can do, though, like the banana boat ride, paddle board, and the floating trampoline. We didn’t do any of these activities because I’m the type of human who prefers lounging around hahahuhu.

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We were there on a company outing so we reserved the big pavilion (I didn’t get to take a picture of it, but you can see part of it in the photo above, right side). Along with the big pavilion was an al fresco cottage pictured above.

Tour

Similar to Eden Nature Park, they offer tours around the property. We availed of a plantation tour first.

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We saw monkeys living harmoniously with wild boars. We loved them! (Of course you can’t go down to pet them.)IMG_3547

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Hanging Bridge / Forest Tour

After the plantation tour, we had a forest tour.

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I didn’t know the forest tour entailed crossing several hanging bridges! Judging the picture below, I was vastly unprepared. I still took the “risk,” hoping not one of my fliplops would fall to the ground, because I wanted to see the forest.

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Sorry for the shaky pictures. The hanging bridges swung like there’s no tomorrow.

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I didn’t take a lot of pictures during the forest tour because I was so afraid I’ll drop my phone below the bridge hehe.

Pool

After having lunch (which I wasn’t able to take pictures of because I was so hungry), off to the pool we went!

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It was a nice infinity pool with a kiddie pool on the other side. Yuri and I hung out at the adult pool because a good area of it was shallow enough for him. Also, the kiddie pool was too full. I like kids but too many kids crowding around me is another story!

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Their restaurant, just by the pool area.

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Overall, a day we spent at Banana Beach Resort was a day well spent. I wouldn’t go back there for the beach (because I didn’t even step on their sand once) nor for the pool (because, for me, all pools are the same), but I would surely go back there for the experience. I loved the tours, especially the forest tour!

Rates for day tour start from P500 per head (for groups of 10) and P650 per head for smaller groups. For overnight stays, accommodations start from P3,700 (2 persons) for an air-conditioned room or premium casitas and P850 (2 persons) for al fresco casitas. Visit their website for more info.

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21 Comments

  • Reply Meikah Ybañez-Delid (@Meikah) July 11, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Nice place! Why is it called Banana Beach? 😀
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    • Reply Maan July 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Because the property used to be a banana plantation 🙂

  • Reply Eve July 11, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    The place is very refreshing. I love the nipa hut rooms and cottages!
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  • Reply Gilian July 11, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    The place looks really peaceful. =) Do many people go there?

    • Reply Maan July 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Maraming tao when we were there. Best to go on a weekday perhaps?

  • Reply Nilyn Matugas July 12, 2016 at 5:00 am

    May pa mo nakalaag na mo diha! I’ve been planning to visit banana beach every time I go home in Tagum, di madayon dayon, huhubels kaayo ang rate kung daghan akong dal-on (my family), that’s why we’d only go to Pindasan or mga beach duol sa Maco, mao ra among afford. But I’m not giving up on Banana Beach, gusto jud nako ni adtuon! haha. Btw, Yuri is so cute, katong nagpicture sya sa tour tapos katong nakatalikod, mura syag ga worship kay Lord. ♥
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    • Reply Maan July 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Hala bitaw na! Love it! Bitaw ay, too much ra pud ang rate uy i-compare sa lain resorts. Actually promo rate na gani na nila, 700+ something ang original rate per head. Pero kung makalugar mo, I’m sure mag-enjoy sad si Nate sa tour!

  • Reply Nhessie July 12, 2016 at 8:37 am

    wow! this resort is phenomenal! I would want to go visit that place one day! never been to Tagum/Davao. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Melissa July 12, 2016 at 4:41 pm

    I miss summer too! The place looks refreshing, parang bitin ang mag day tour dito.
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  • Reply Mommy Levy July 12, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    I really wish we could visit Davao soon. This looks like a nice place with the family.

  • Reply Jerzee Benavente July 13, 2016 at 12:02 am

    Interesting place to visit. What I love about the resort is the forest tour. It’s not the usual activity that you’ll find in a beach resort. Normally, beach resorts offer kayaking, parasailing and the like. Nice pictures too!

  • Reply Jackie July 13, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I’ve never heard of this place before! Will share it via twitter and it’s now on this Pinterest board about traveling in the Philippines: https://kr.pinterest.com/pin/494129390348263585/. Let me know if you’re ever interested in joining, I can invite you! 🙂

  • Reply Berlin July 13, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Something refreshing. Love the vastness and the greens. Like the name too. I dont know but i find it cute- banana beach.

  • Reply Janice July 13, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    My brother and sister-in-law have told me about Banana Beach. They’re also based there in Davao. I think they had a chance to go there last summer too. Would love to experience it for myself in the future when we’re finally able to visit Davao again. 🙂
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  • Reply Maine @MomsterTeacher July 13, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Don’t dream of living in Luzon na! Hahaha! It’s amazing how many awesome places there are in Davao that are underrated, ‘no? My husband accused me of being too picky when it comes to beaches, tats daw ng standards ko. Well, that’s because I grew up in Mindanao.
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  • Reply Tetcha Figuerres July 14, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I was wondering why it was called Banana Beach. Now I know! Haha! Seriously, that’s a lovely place for a family getaway or a company outing.
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  • Reply Rowena Wendy Lei July 18, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Parang ang saya mag-stay sa Davao, so many nice places to check out in the vicinity.
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  • Reply Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen July 20, 2016 at 7:11 am

    It looks like such a nice resort!! Ganda!
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  • Reply May Palacpac July 21, 2016 at 5:25 am

    I would love to tour the forest! But I get you when you say you didn’t want to take out your phone because you might drop it. I’d feel the same way, haha!
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  • Reply Pinknomenal July 21, 2016 at 9:27 am

    I was waiting for the food pictures. Haha But mukhang nakakaenjoy yung infinity pool compared sa beach.
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