This year’s special treat for Emma’s birthday was an overnighter at Banana Beach Resort, near Tagum City in Davao del Norte – about 60km north of Davao City. The resort had recently been recommended to me for its natural setting and wild monkeys and pigs. There are actually very few wild monkeys left in the Philippines, which is a very sad fact, so the chance to see monkeys in the wild was something I wanted to do.
The resort isn’t cheap, costing around P1000 per person per night for an open cottage.
The open cottages have mosquito nets, mattresses and clean linen and towels. There are drop-down screens for privacy at night.
Black sand beach and a view taking in Davao Oriental (on the left) Samal Island (in the middle) and Mt Apo (where the trees meet the horizon).
The pool and restaurant
The restaurant and cottages are right on the north coast of the Gulf of Davao
Mt Apo, soon after dawn
Samal Island breaking the horzon
Davao Oriental swathed in early morning mist
Pathway to the bahay kubos (nipa huts)
And so to the Forest Tour…
The open-sided tour vehicle meets monkeys and wild pigs (known locally as baboy damor)
The beginning of the tree-top walk
The tree-top walk is about 5m off the ground
60 Ha of forest has been set-aside for conservation purposes
The guides are ever-present and great at answering questions
The giant buttresses of the Dao tree