Are you flying to the Philippines in the next few months? If you haven’t solidified your travel plans yet, consider a visit to Hijo Resorts Davao (Tagum City). More than just a beach trip, Hijo will give you and your family a really unique Filipino experience. You’ll be stepping away from the shopping malls and stepping into the world that many of our countrymen in the Davao region live every day.
A visit to Hijo has at least four components.
What is a resort in the Philippines without a beach, right? Just be ready for a black sand beach. It isn’t the largest or longest beach in the country, but there are tons of things to do! Banana boats, kayaks, and SCUBA divings just to name a few. Hijo has been working to preserve the marine life in the Davao Gulf, and it has recently installed bommies which have just started to grow coral and attract some of the Philippines’ best marine life.
While many Filipino dishes have made across international waters, there’s definitely more to our cuisine once you visit the different provinces. Hijo is home to The Spot, a Halal restaurant accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT). Be sure to try the dyampok, the traditional Kalagan, an ethnic group, way of cooking bananas, fried in a light batter and served with coconut sugar and roasted sesame seeds!
Hijo is situated inside a plantation, giving it the chance to offer tours no one else can. It offers two plantation tours, one to the coconut plantation and another to the banana plantation. You can learn about how both are grown and harvested. Think that’s boring? It really isn’t!
Apart from the plantations, you can take a mangrove boat tour. Mangrove forests are endangered, and Davao is home to a large chunk of what’s left in the world. The boat tour will take you through the Madaum river, where the Kalagan tribe still lives.
Unlike other cities in the Philippines, Tagum is full of parks. You can rent a bike, take a ride, have a picnic, or just enjoy some of the Philippine plants. The botanical garden, which is not quite full of flowers as it grows a variety of Philippine trees, is a lovely spot to visit if you like strolling through the greenery.–Rachel Davis