Banana Beach…come rain or shine.

The people of Davao are no strangers to good beaches, but every once in a while, there is a new beach resort that tickles everyone’s interest. Some beach resorts come and go, and when a new one does open, word does go around.

One of the newest talks of the town is called Banana Beach, in the outskirts of Tagum City, the largest city in Davao Province (not part of Davao City). Tagum, which is around a couple of hours drive away from the center of Davao City, is not particularly known for beaches, but one thing synonymous with it is banana plantations, and the beach’s name has a lot to do with it.

“Banana Beach” sounds like a beach out of the Cartoon Network, but there is good reason for the name – it is located within one of Mindanao’s largest banana plantations. Going to the beach, from the National Highway, takes you down a narrow, tree-lined stretch of private road that leads all the way to the coastline – like a perfect setting for a movie. The resort itself feels laid back and relaxed, like haveing your own “hacienda” for a day. Maybe it’s just because we came on a weekday, but I would guess the distace from Davao City would prevent it from getting too crowded anytime.

The beachfront isn’t spectacular – not even enticing to swim on, but the resort has a large infinity pool to compensate. They also have plenty of activities for people not really wanting for a dip. The airy, comfy teahouses are perfect places for sleeping on entire afternoons (some people do consider that an activity), and if you’d like to get a little more active, you can go fishing, rent an ATV or a mountain bike, go kayaking, or join guided tours to the plantation or nearby forests.

It was rainy when we went there though, due a low pressure area the was hovering in the vicinity, which meant that apart from swimming, eating and sleeping on a hut, we weren’t able to do much. But again, one of the attractions of good beach resorts is that you can enjoy your stay without doing anything, and by my standards, Banana Beach is quite a good one.

 

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The Php 400 entrance fee for the resort is “consumable”, like a debit account you can use on food or other activities like ATV or bike rentals, and so on. Once all your food purchases and activities exceed your Php 400 initial payment though, you will be required to pay the balance, and take note that almost every activity on the resort, including swimming in the pool, has a fee.

The food in the resort though is, in my opinion, better than average, as far as beaches in Davao are concerned, and priced just like you’re dining on an average mall restaurant. Overall, we had a pleasant and enjoyable experience at Banana Beach…and that’s despite of the weather.

 

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*We were at Banana Beach last December, 2011. All photos taken with Panasonic Lumix LX5

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