February 26, 2016



Tagum City's Banana Beach Resort
I have visited Davao Region's Davao City a number of times and I am constantly captivated by its beauty and bounties. In my previous written works published in various food and travel magazines, I have even entertained the idea that Davao would be a good place in the event I relocate and felt the need for a better place after my overly stressful work in the field of television production.

The iconic Durian sculpture at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City
Tagum City streets filled with palm trees

Every visit to this jewel in Mindanao, I search for new cities and islands to explore. During my last trip to Davao region, I hopped on a cab from Davao City Airport and traveled to Tagum City, just 45minutes of land travel without traffic. Why Tagum City? I wanted to visit Banana Beach Resort, said to be the only beach resort in the world, found in a banana plantation.

Entering Banana Beach Resort at Hijo Plantation

Artworks created by renowned Mindanao artist, Kublai Millan
Located at Madaum Village, approximately 25 minutes from the city center, is Banana Beach Resort managed by the Hijo Estate Resorts. With three dining areas, the restaurant, part of Lanikai and The Spot - Banana Beach Resort is a splendid place to unwind.

Fishing at The Spot located at Banana Beach Resort
The Spot offers fishing and crabbing for enthusiasts and your choice of fish and crab dishes can be concocted for your eating pleasure. Fortunate that during this trip, they have just introduced crabbing for their guests to enjoy.

Sandwich creations at the Restaurant of Banana Beach Resort

Banana Beach Burger with Egg and Banana Chips
During this visit, I sampled some of their restaurant’s appetizers and sandwich creations but the highlight was the Banana Beach Burger with Egg made with 100% lean beef grilled to a tee and paired with Banana Chips instead of fries. Be warned, this is no ordinary banana chips, as these were harvested from their own banana plantation, this is the literal sense when one says “fresh out of the farm to table.”

Thatched roof casitas at Banana Beach Resort

Enjoy a sprawling garden at Banana Beach Resort
So if you plan on visiting this city in Davao region, check out Banana Beach Resort to chill in one of the six air-conditioned casitas, stroll in the verdant garden with colorful blooms, fishing and crabbing at The Spot, bask in the glory of the black sand beach and fill your tummies with delicious creations inspired by the Mindanao tribes and flavored with Davao's famous exotic fruits.

Hijo Plantation
Brgy. Madaum, Tagum City
Davao del Norte
+63 917 633 7019
+63 999 885 0031
+63 999 885 0032


So while you’re in Davao region or in Tagum City, visit Yuyu Café and Dessert Shop to chill and enjoy a slice of cake or two. Details here.



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Pie Rivera is a former food columnist of Republic of 7107 Island Travel Magazine and a freelance food & travel writer for local magazines and online travel communities. She is a TV producer and creative director by day and wanderlust at heart.

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  1. WOWzers! I love those pictures I am all about a good getaway! Whether with my family or with just my husband. This place looks great! I love the atmosphere, it looks great!

  2. You are making me want to travel to Philippines. A beach resort on banana plantation sounds amazing. The scenery is just so lush and tropical. The food looks just amazing. I think I need to look for flights tonight.

  3. That resort looks amazing! All of the food looks really delicious, too. But I love how green everything looked in terms of the scenery! Such a beautiful place!

  4. Oh wow! what a great place to escape! The food and the scenery would be enough for me to want to stay there forever! :) I need an escape like this very soon!

  5. Tagum City looks like a wonderful vacation destination. I love the thatched roof and the beautiful gardens. The food looks absolutely wonderful! I bet the flavor difference of a fresh banana compared to the store bought is incomparable!