Davao City is often the first destination that tourists think of when planning travel to Mindanao. Although there is no denying the beauty of Davao City, there are quite a number of interesting attractions and destinations a short drive away. One such place is Tagum City in Davao del Norte.

Tagum City is the capital of Davao del Norte and has recently been garnering attention from local and international tourists alike. Not only does the city provide a great alternative to the “typical” vacation destination, but it also boasts some interesting attractions that tourists should definitely see and experience. Whether you decide to do a quick day trip or plan to stay in the area for a few days, make sure you don’t miss the following top things to do in Tagum City:

Tagum City River Tour

No stay in Tagum City is complete without a tour of the Madaum River. The river is a sight to behold thanks to its still waters teeming with life and its adjacent century-old mangroves. The river tour and cruise is a great way to spend a few hours of your afternoon, especially if you want a breathtakingly picturesque backdrop for your travel selfies.

Banana Beach at Hijo Resorts

Banana Beach, located inside Hijo Resorts Davao, has been gaining popularity among beach lovers in recent years. Boasting fine sand and crystal clear waters, Banana Beach is an amazing alternative to the more well-known and touristy beaches of Boracay or Palawan. Guests may also rent water sports equipment for activities like jet skiing, banana boating, and paddle boarding.

Tagum City Night Market

Immerse yourself in the local lifestyle by visiting the always-festive Tagum City Night Market. Similar to the night markets found abroad, Tagum City Night Market is a shopper’s paradise with fantastic deals on clothes, bags, phone accessories, and more. Fancy yourself a foodie? Visit the numerous food stalls selling both local and international favorites. Lugaw (rice porridge with various toppings), Inihaw (grilled pork, chicken, or seafood), and Kwek-kwek (fried pigeon eggs) are some of the must-try dishes! The Tagum City Night Market is open every day from 6pm to 2am.

These are only some of the can’t-miss activities and attractions that await you in Tagum City. If you’ll be staying in the city for a few days instead of going on a day trip, make sure you choose a beautiful resort, like Hijo Resorts Davao, that’s just a few minutes away from all three attractions!