Resorts

Seeing Bananas at the Beach

Davao City

Ida Damo
Ida Damo | May 10, 2013

“I see the beach but I don’t see a single banana tree. Where are they?” That’s probably one of the first questions on your mind when you reach Banana Beach.

For what welcomes you to Banana Beach is fresh sea air, an infinity pool, palm fronds and tree leaves swaying in the breeze, blue skies, calm sea water and casitas that simply invite you to take that much deserved rest and relaxation. The only bananas you see are the ones in the restaurant ready to be eaten. And on special weekends, a whole bunch of bananas are on display at the restaurant area for the picking. FREE!

Aside from the delicious meals prepared by the resort’s chef, banana dishes are also offered at the restaurant. Don’t forget to sample the Monkey Tail and have a cool blast. For those who want a more active stay, there are lots of activities to choose from: there’s ATV, fun boat, banana boat, water trampoline, paddle board, kayak, skim boarding, horseback riding, mountain biking, ultimate Frisbee and beach volleyball.

Others might opt to go on tours like the Forest Tour, Banana Plantation Tour, go on a River Cruise or request for a side trip to Lanikai.

For those who want go fishing, The Spot might just be the place to reel in one big Bangus or Talakitok.

Banana Beach offers a unique way to enjoy your stay through its Day Package Passport wherein at PhP750 (US$17.45) per head, you get to use the infinity pool and fully consumable on food and drinks, activities and use of one equipment. For Davao del Norte residents, it is just PhP500 (US$11.63).

So where are the banana trees? Banana Beach used to be a vast banana plantation. Through time, the land leading to the beach was converted into a coconut plantation but the name remained. So if you want to see banana trees go on the Banana Plantation Tour offered by the resort and learn a bit of banana science and history.

To have a memento of your Bananariffic stay, knick knacks and other souvenir items are available at the Tourist Center.

So fill-up that Banana Beach Passport with good memories to treasure until your next visit.

WHERE TO STAY:

For the beach lovers, there are tea houses under the trees facing the beach where you can relax in. Rental fee range from PhP1,200-2,500/unit (US$27.91-58.14).

The al fresco casitas during daytime range from PhP1,600-2,500 (US$37.21-58.14) and for overtime accommodation, range from PhP2,800-4,500 (US$65.12-104.65).

The air conditioned casitas for overnight accommodation range from PhP5,000-6,000/unit (US$116.28-139.54)

HOW TO GET THERE:

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 city proper.

The Resort offers an Adventure Package for a minimum of 8 persons for those coming from Davao City. For weekdays, its PhP1,200 (US$27.91)/head and on weekends at PhP1,500 (US$34.88)/head.

Inclusions: Welcome drinks, Van transfer to and from the Hijo Damosa Office in Davao City, use of the Infinity pool and Lunch

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