Friday, September 23, 2011

Banana Beach Resort



Banana Beach Resort is touted as the world's only beach resort within a banana plantation, and it is located in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines. The resort is nestled within a sprawling 760-hectare banana plantation owned by Hijo Resources Corporation. Its coastline beach spans 4.5 kilometers of a flat and even seabed, which provides guests with popular water activities such as kayaking, skimboarding, banana boat riding, beach volleyball, water trampoline, Frisbee throwing, or simply building sand castles.

Hailed as the most child-friendly resort in Tagum City, swimmers are always in the constant watchful eyes of the Resort's lifeguards who are strategically situated in the beach area. It also has a 60-hectare forest, a playground for children, and a "Spot" where guests can do fishing, and a trail for biking and horseback riding.

Beach grounds

Clustered a few steps from the beach are tropical-inspired cottages, two of which can accommodate up to 25 persons each, and seven smaller huts which can seat 10 persons each.

Another view of the grounds

View of the beach

View of Davao Gulf from the Resort

Kayaking is one of the popular pursuits in water activities

Frisbee throwing is also one of the popular pursuits

The Resort charges a nominal entrance fee for each guest which is fully consumable on food and drinks at the restaurant and bar, but exclusive of rentals for water activities, accommodation, and other amenities. Senior citizens get a 20 percent discount, and children under 12 years old are free of entrance but must be accompanied by adults.

There are two big day cottages which can accommodate up to 50 persons and seven smaller huts with a maximum capacity of 15 persons. There are also 10 tables which can seat six persons each.

Big Cottages

Casitas

For overnight stay, the Resort has several Casitas which resemble a traditional "bahay kubo" but are open like a cabana :  Single Casitas which can accommodate two guests, and seven Family Casitas which can house four guests. Each of the Casita is provided with one to two mattresses and includes a mosquito net for protection. The toilet and bathrooms, however, are for common use: one for men and another for women.

Casitas

Casitas Bedroom

Single Casita


Open Cottage

At the center of these Casitas is an open cottage for dining, meetings, and parties which is surrounded with lush ornamental and flowering plants of various breeds, colors and sizes.

Pool Area

The Pool

The Pool features a sunken bar with seats submerged in the water. Guests can swim and at the same time enjoy refreshing tropical drinks or cocktails while lounging at the sunken bar within the pool area.

The "Spot"

"The Spot" is the most popular place in the Resort where guests can fish for bangus, kitang, lapu-lapu, talakitok, and pompano. It was named as such because guests will have to find their "spot" to do their fishing. It has a huge pavilion where guests can feast on their prized "catch-of-the-day" and other local delights while enjoying the view of the pond, mangroves, and the Madaum River. It is ideal for business events and social gatherings such as weddings, family reunions, debuts, and birthday parties.

Smaller huts around "The Spot"

Aerial view of the "The Spot"

View of the pond and the surrounding towering coconut trees

Not far from the beach is a sprawling 60 hectares of lush forest of trees, bamboos, giant Anahaw trees, and some species of rattan. Guests can avail of a guided tour called the "Twilight Safari" aboard a touring cab provided by the Resort that includes a perimeter survey of the forest where monkeys, wild boars, snakes, monitor lizards, heron, egrets and other birds roam freely. The guided tour is from 5:30 AM to 9 PM.

Or, a tour of the Banana Plantation where guests will have an opportunity to learn the science of banana planting and processing, including a brief history of how the Hijo Plantation started and became the first plantation in the country to export bananas to Japan.

Banana Plantation in Tagum

Group of Macaque monkeys roam freely in the forest

The "e-Walk"

The "e-Walk", or the elevated walk, is the newest forest attraction in the Resort. It is a series of about eight hanging bridges, 22 to 25 meters long each, that are interconnected to huge Dao trees with a ground elevation of about 10 meters. While treading along these hanging bridges, guests will enjoy a scenic view of the inner forest where various animals and wildlife creatures roam freely about.


How to get to Banana Beach Resort

The Resort is located at Barangay Madaum, about 15 minute drive from Tagum City, Davao del Norte, or an hour away from Davao City.

Map of Tagum where Banana Beach Resort is situated along the coastline of Davao Gulf


Contact Information


Banana Beach Resort
Hijo Plantation, Barangay Madaum
Tagum City, Davao del Norte
Tel (084) 400-3358
Mobile +63918-452-1849
and +63917-633-7000
Website www.bananabeachdavao.com