Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours

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Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours

Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours
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Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours are set on Sagitun Farm, just minutes away from resorts on the Placencia Peninsula and a quick drive from Dangriga and Hopkins. We are Belize's original banana farm tour. Reservations are essential.
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CBrandt77
Vero Beach, FL203 contributions
Solo
You want to do this tour. Cost is $15 USD. Tour guide is a lovely young American woman named Evin who is married to the son of the farm's owner. Very educational, very informative, very professional. Not at all boring or dry. You'll watch a video, then go into the plantation to see the process of growing the bananas and keeping them safe from pests. You'll see how the bananas are transported to the processing facility. You'll see the bananas processed and packaged for their trip to the port. No photos allowed of the workers or the processing facility, but photos are permitted of the banana plantation...

Only complaint for me was getting to the plantation and back from Placencia--it's a pain in the neck. A taxi will cost $25 USD one-way. The bus will drop you off at the plantation, but its schedule doesn't coincide with the beginning of the tour, so you'll be waiting a while at the gatekeeper's house. Once the tour concludes, you're looking at an hour wait for the bus back to Placencia. If you have a rental car, you're fine...but I would advise against trying to get to the plantation on a bike or golf cart. It would be great if the tours could be synchronized to the bus schedule, or if the plantation would do a Placencia pick-up/drop-off for a reasonable price...
Written June 27, 2017
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pthomas156
Newport, RI1,188 contributions
Friends
It's hard to believe we found this tour of a banana farm as fascinating as we did. And we did! Six of us took the tour on the way from our sail charter base in Placencia to our jungle lodge near St. Ignacio. It was right on the way. We had gotten erroneous info that we didn't need a reservation (you definitely DO need a reservation as the staff prepares for each one as it's scheduled) but Evin Zabaneh, an American woman from Oklahoma who looks remarkably like Carrie Underwood, was able to scramble and put a tour together for us on the spot. (Thanks Evin!) Her father-in-law owns the plantation, and the tours are her bailiwick.

It takes about two hours for the tour with a little time at the end to enjoy Evin's surprise. We all thought we knew pretty much about how bananas got from the tropics to our grocery stores; it turned out we knew about 5 percent of what it takes to deliver a good banana. It was fun wandering among the banana trees, marveling at each step. You'll also see banana varieties you didn't know existed. And, when they show how the bananas are whisked out of the trees and into the sorting barn, put your phone camera on video.

There's lots of banana trivia here, and even banana jokes. The historic pictures of women carrying banana clusters on their heads to the port are classics. The whole time was just delightful. All ages would enjoy this, tho I think kids under 10 could be a little bored. I'm not absolutely positive, but as I think back on it I believe people in wheelchairs would be okay on this tour. The paths in the farm are hard-packed dirt. The email is bunchesoffuntours@gmail.com.
Written March 31, 2019
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Stan M
Boise City, OK16 contributions
Couples
Evin and the staff at Bunches of Fun give its visitors a wealth of knowledge about the history of bananas and every aspect of their production and shipping process. The guides are personable and treat you like a friend, which you are, by the end of the tour. The tour ends with a complimentary bag of freshly fried banana slices which are incredible, but are best eaten while fresh and warm.
Written January 11, 2018
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dev00312
Scranton, PA147 contributions
Couples
We saw this tour offered and opted for the vip tour to actually see the harvesting and packing and the tour was amazing. We learned so much about what goes into banana growing and harvesting. I will NEVER complain about the price of bananas after seeing how much manual labor goes into them and how hard these people work. You must do this tour or you will regret it.
Written January 31, 2016
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Ellen J
Columbus, OH17 contributions
Family
We visited the Bunches of Fun Banana Farm and took a tour with Evin. We were able to watch a short history on bananas in an air conditioned office and sample a naturally ripened banana just before heading out to the farm. So much education was crammed into our short time there! We had little ones around 2-3 and older children from 11-13 and everyone was pretty into it. We witnessed the entire process of growing, harvesting, and packaging bananas. This is totally worth your time and get ready for a unexpected unique banana treat at the end!
Written November 29, 2015
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raidertraveler
Lubbock, TX25 contributions
Couples
I absolutely loved this part of our vacation! We came to Belize to relax and enjoy the great beaches, but we came home with a new appreciation of how food is produced--plus the banana farm was absolutely beautiful!
The tour was of a family owned and operated banana farm that's a short drive from all of the resorts and attractions in Placencia. The tour guide is married to the banana farmer and she was awesome! She is so knowledgable about the banana industry, plus she was hilarious. We really enjoyed listening to her stories.
We learned so much about the banana industry. It's a very labor intensive crop, the fruit is kind of hard to grow in the soil in Belize, and all the bananas grown in Belize go to the UK. And, if you eat a banana in Belize, chances are, it was grown right there at that farm.
This was a really great agri/eco-tourism experience for us. I loved learning about this fruit that I eat every day, I loved the surroundings, our tour guide was AWESOME, and I really loved the fried banana chips that we got on the tour. I recommend this to anyone visiting Belize--couples, families, or even a group of friends. It's Bunches of Fun!!!
Written February 26, 2013
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Rodney C
San Francisco, CA55 contributions
Couples
About twenty minutes from Placencia, big operation. Informative, insightful, one get a better appreciation when you buy five or six bananas...did you know a bunch of bananas is what's taken off the plant. It nice to have one of the owner's leading the tour. "Fried green bananas" to eat are a nice touch.
Written July 2, 2019
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Anandamom
Minneapolis, MN69 contributions
Okay, I know appealing is spelled wrong in my review title but I just cannot resist a good pun! Bunches of Fun Banana Farm Tours was a total highlight on our family trip to Belize. The teenagers were a little tentative about it ("What are we going to do on a banana farm?", they said, "Learn about bananas!" we said) and they ended up loving it as much as we did! We got to walk out into the fields, learn a lot about a fruit that we eat pretty much every day, watch the amazing way they grow and harvest, as well as learning all about different kinds of bananas, packing bananas - it was bananas! HA! No, seriously, it was totally worth the visit and they even gave us a delicious snack at the end! DO bring bug spray as it is in an area with MANY mosquitoes. Our tour guide was fantastic, the tour was fantastic, really...it was all around a great time! Do not miss!
Written June 7, 2019
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Tammie H
St. Petersburg, FL53 contributions
Couples
My husband was a bit skeptical at first, but this tour was his favorite out of all the things we did in Belize. It's not just a tour. They set up workers along the way so you can really see how the farm works. Wonderful explanations of banana plant development along with why they do things the way that they do. We both learned a bunch! Be sure to message them to set up a tour as reservations are needed, but it really was super easy to set up. I'm so glad we saw their sign on the way to our hotel! Evin is super sweet!
Written April 27, 2019
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Beth K
North Ridgeville, OH31 contributions
Couples
We took the banana tour at mid-morning -- perfect timing before the day became too hot.

After we had made our reservation, the owner called to let us know that another group had scheduled for the same time, giving us the option of moving our time if we didn't want to be part of a large group (12 people). It turned out to be a good thing as the other group was a tour of students from the West Indies. They were familiar with growing bananas, and so they asked very good questions, helping us all learn even more.

The tour is very informative. You will actually walk through the banana plants and workers will show how the plants are trimmed, how the bananas are grown and harvested. We learned what kind of banana is "acceptable" to most consumers (sadly, a small blemish may keep a banana from making it to market) and saw a video of how the bananas are packaged and shipped.

While our tour was conducted on a day where there was no shipping, it was still a great tour. Having the video made up for the part that we did not see in action.

If you are on the peninsula of Placencia, make sure to include the Bunches of Fun tour. It is easy to get to, a great way to spend a couple of hours, and you will have more respect for the bananas you eat when you return home.

Oh, and everyone gets a little bag of fried banana chips to snack on at the end of the tour!
Written April 6, 2018
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