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“Nice Swimming Pool; Overpriced Food”
Review of Banana Beach

Banana Beach
Manila, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Nice Swimming Pool; Overpriced Food”
Reviewed January 1, 2014

We got lost trying to find this place. We passed by a banana and coconut plantation. The pool was nice. Plus it is just a few meters away from the beach. It has black sand. We arrived at around 6 pm that's why they did not allowed usanymore to swim at the beach. But they allowed us and even extended out time at their infinity pool. Very near our hotel in Tagum. Entrance fee is consumable. Service is slow. Overpriced food.

Visited March 2013
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Davao City, Philippines
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Over Priced, Black sand beach, This is not Samal...”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

This resort is priced as if it is on Samal, Even several places on samal, are much cheaper then this place: Bluwater Resort, Holiday Resort, Bluejazz to name a few.

This has black sand beach.. which isn't really worth the swim.. at high tide the coast line is basically gone.. so its more like a river style experience.

the pool is nice, but its not worth the price. if your in tagum and you want to go to a black sand beach, you can go to Hijo Retiree Beach for 10p per person... then rather waste 750P per person here.. you cannot bring your own food here either..

All in all this is the most overly priced place I have ran across hear, your money is better spent going to Samal Island, or try the resorts in Mabini about an hour from tagum, much better places in either place.

The only thing I say that this has that not many other places have, is they allow you to go fishing and will cook what you catch. ( though you have to pay for what you catch ).

This place is for sure not worth the price tag.. the room rates should be able 1000P less they they are.. there weekend rates are the same as staying at BlueJazz's Fiji room

Visited April 2013
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Davao
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Good for family. Interesting activities”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights and selected one of the new bungalows.
The bungalow was very good indeed. Spacey, clean,modern with air con minibar and nice bathroom. The restaurant was so so and rather slow. Need improvement both in quality and management . Pool was very good but cleaning should be done during night and not in the morning when guests are eager to swim. The long beach was nice. We tried river trip, jungle adventure and also visited the plantation. All quite nice and interesting.
A good place for a family gathering.
My review is for the resort.

Visited December 2012
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Central Florida, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
200 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“the place is good but the food takes forever to prepare”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

Banana beach is an hour drive from davao city.
Very huge with coconut planatation, you can do finshing too, 1 hour tour to the forest , the hanging bridge , close encounter with monkeys n wild pigs.
The entrance fee is 750 php and its consumable we used ours for food and forest tour but dont go there hungry bec. It tkes forever for them to serve the food they said 45minutes but its not .
Theres an infinity pool too.. too bad we didnt bring swim suits for they are strict for proper clothes to wear on the pool.
The best part of it was the forest tour i was amaze wih all the old trees unique roots and bigger trees...
The staff are nice n freindly too...

Visited September 2013
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Seattle, WA
Level 6 Contributor
297 reviews
214 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
“Fun Half-day”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Pool was nice, ride through the jungle and 'tree-top' experience were fun. Had a great half-day. While I hate this 'corkage' idea the Phils continues to push, we had a great time. The places to sit and eat (away from the pool) left much to be desired, but it's forgivable, I guess.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Doug H
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