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.
I’ll show you Banana Beach through a photo story!
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.
I was fascinated with these statues that dotted the lawn.
In the tourist center, you can buy souvenir items.
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.
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.
Similar to Eden Nature Park, they offer tours around the property. We availed of a plantation tour first.
We saw monkeys living harmoniously with wild boars. We loved them! (Of course you can’t go down to pet them.)
So we just took pictures.
Hanging Bridge / Forest Tour
After the plantation tour, we had a forest tour.
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.
Sorry for the shaky pictures. The hanging bridges swung like there’s no tomorrow.
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.
After having lunch (which I wasn’t able to take pictures of because I was so hungry), off to the pool we went!
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!
Their restaurant, just by the pool area.
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.