Banaybanay, Davao Oriental’s Beach Paradise
Travel to a new beach haven in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental— Bonhomie Leisure and Resort.
Bonhomie in French means a pleasant and affable disposition; geniality.
Seeing and being in Bonhomie Leisure and Resort in Puntalinao, Banaybanay, Davao Oriental certainly put me in a better and more pleasant mood than when I was travelling 4-5 hours in a non-air-conditioned bus leading to the resort.
Bonhomie personnel told me to take the aircon bus to Mati but I insisted on taking the non-aircon. Serves me right.
Bonhomie’s waterfalls pouring on to the pool was a very relaxing sight… floating in its waters while having a glimpse of the clear blue sea released all the kinks from the bus ride. It was bliss.
The Asian country-themed rooms were comfortably furnished. Just enough to make me lie down and enjoy the rest but I still had Burias Island to look forward to. Bonhomie is the jump off point to this 8-hectare island.
From the boat, one can see the beautiful white sand beach of Bonhomie which is protected by a row of stones that serve also as a boundary for swimmers not to go far into the big beyond.
When you want to shield yourself from the sun, take shelter on the big and small cottages along the beach line. The big cottage costs PhP600 (US$13.95) and the Nipa Huts costs PhP200 (US$4.65).
If you want to have a laid-back time to enjoy the white sand beach and the calm waters of Davao Gulf from Banaybanay, Davao Oriental, the Bonhomie Leisure and Resort is the place to be. Go there on a weekday. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, it would be full of weekenders.
Oh, beach haven at Bonhomie!
Rate for the room for 2: Php1,999 (US$46.50) per night.
Daytour (6am-5pm) for adults is PhP100 (US$2.33) and for kids (3-12 years old) PhP80 (US$1.86).
Overnight rate: Adults: PhP180 (US$4.18) Kids: PhP120 (US$2.80).
Bonhomie’s restaurant caters for special occasions like weddings, debuts, anniversaries, corporate meetings and seminars. Non-aircon and airconditioned buses which ply the route to Mati City, Davao Oriental pass by the resort which is just along the highway.
How To Get There:
Major air lines fly daily to Davao City. Bon Homie in Banaybanay, Davao Oriental is 2 1/2 to 3 hours bus/van/car ride.
Bus fare: Bachelor Express: Non-airconditioned bus: PhP140 (US$3.26), Airconditioned bus PhP210 (US$4.88)