Lanikai = Serenity

Davao City

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | May 01, 2013

"Lanikai" is a Hawaiian word that means heavenly sea. It is also a beach in Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. In Madaum, Tagum City, Davao del Norte in Mindanao, it is a place where you can find serenity by the sea.

The colors green and blue welcome you to Lanikai. Green for the tall trees and other flora that surrounds the resort and blue for the endless sky above you and on the horizon as you gaze at the sea.

Acacia trees with its sprawling branches provide you with natural shade while the gentle sea breeze provides you with the negative ions that relax your soul.

Lanikai’s star is a plantation house that has held years of meaningful history. It is a home that the Tuason family has kept and treasured and now shares with families and individuals who come for peace and quiet or for that memorable family vacation or bonding time.

It won’t be a lazy life though. You have the option of playing a mean game of tennis on its courts or take a forest tour, a river cruise or a banana plantation tour. But if you don’t want any of that, the infinity pool lets you have a relaxing swim.

The nearby Banana Beach has paddle boards, kayaks, frisbee discs and ATV for rent. Even horses are for rent for horseback riding on the beach.

Mealtimes are a joy at the Lanikai. It could be a romantic candle lit dinner by the beach or at the lanai. Sinigang for one would be unique because the resort uses the Katmon fruit to make the soup sour.

After an adventure filled day and a full stomach, the Lanikai rooms are inviting and would surely guarantee a good night’s sleep or a relaxing siesta. There are no televisions in the rooms. If you want that kind of entertainment, the TV room can provide you with that. And if you are that wired, the whole place is Wi-Fi.

For the lover of art, Kublai Milan’s works at the Lanikai house might just make a collector of you.

Exclusive and laid-back, that’s Lanikai. But for the serenity seeker, Lanikai is the place to be.

For reservations and inquiries, contact Hijo Plantation at 0917.633.7000/0917.633.7019/0917.637.8438.


Major airlines fly daily to Davao City from Manila and Cebu. Tagum City is an hour away by land from Davao City.

Bus Fare is Php95-110 (US$2.21-2.56). Van fare is Php70-90 (US$1.63-2.10). Take a multicab jeep to Madaum at PhP15 (US$0.35) per head.

Private vehicles can take the Panacan route out of Davao City to Tagum City then turn right for the road leading to the Hijo Plantation in Madaum before reaching the Tagum City proper.

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