Top 10 Best Things to do in Tagum City

What are the top tourist spots in Tagum City, Davao del Norte?

Tagum Night Market photo via Tagum City Tourism

Tagum City Bucket List: 10 Best Places to Visit in Tagum City, Philippines

Tagum City is the capital of Davao Del Norte in the Philippines and is dubbed as the next tourist capital in the South. The city’s charm and competitiveness were proven for ranking as the 3rd Competitive City in the Philippines in 2017 and for being one of the finalists as the Most Child-Friendly City in the country. Also known as the “Palm City Capital” for its lined of palm trees along Maharlika Highway and the “City of Festivals” with 16 festivals in total, there are indeed many things to do in Tagum City.

Here are the top 10 things to do in Tagum City to complete your to-do list.

1. Banana Beach

Banana Beach photo via Hijo Resorts Davao FB Page
Banana Beach photo via Hijo Resorts Davao FB Page

If you want to relax and be surrounded by nature, the Banana Beach at Hijo Resorts Davao is the perfect place to stay. The resort is surrounded by century-old trees and free-roaming animals.

Banana Beach site consists of 1,878-acre banana plantations, 148 coconut plantations, and an outstanding beach resort offering plenty of tours and water activities.

2. Energy Park

Energy Park Tagum City photo via FB Page
Energy Park Tagum City photo via FB Page

Also called by the locals as E-Park, the Energy Park is a 25-hectare park providing relaxation and recreational activities. If you are a morning person, one of the best ways to start your day is to stroll at the park or ride a bicycle.

And if you want to relax in the afternoon to evening with family and friends, you can just lay down on the grass since the park is open from 5 am to 10 pm.

3. World’s Largest Rosary

World’s Largest Rosary in Tagum City photo by S5switch via Wikipedia CC
World’s Largest Rosary in Tagum City photo By s5switch, CC BY 3.0, CC

The Philippines is known globally as a religious Christian country, and having the World’s Largest Rosary proves Filipinos devotion to their religion.

Located at the grounds of Mindanao’s Largest Basilica, the Christ the King Cathedral can be seen as the World’s Largest Rosary. The rosary measures 85.5 meters long and consists of 35 kg each ironwood bead, with a total weight of 2,815 kg.

4. San Agustin Botanical Park

San Agustin Botanical Park Tagum photo via Tagum City Tourism
San Agustin Botanical Park Tagum photo via Tagum City Tourism

For a family picnic and nature tripping activity, head to San Agustin Botanical Park. If you are also looking for a less touristy spot, it is the perfect place to go.

San Agustin Botanical Park provides a scenic view filled with over 37, 620 variety of trees species, both endemic and exotic. Visitors can see various plant species from different countries such as Thailand, South Africa, and Australia.

5. Tagum Night Market

Tagum Night Market photo via Tagum City Tourism
Tagum Night Market photo via Tagum City Tourism

To know more about the local life, visit the Tagum Night Market from Monday to Sunday from 6 pm to 2 am. The local government of Tagum organizes the Nigh Market, closing 6 streets to let the locals sell their goods.

The Tagum Night Market is the best place to shop and taste local food specialties for the tourist.

6. Freedom Park

After visiting several tourist destinations in Tagum City, visiting Freedom Park to relax or kill some time is recommended. Situated along Arellano Street, the lively Freedom Park is where locals usually gather to relax and do people-watching.

And if you are a tourist, visiting Freedom Park is a must, where many street food vendors and local shops flock to sell the cheapest goods.

7. Alina & Okbot Cave

Okbot Cave photo via kapalong.gov.ph
Okbot Cave photo via kapalong.gov.ph

For spelunking enthusiasts and thrill-seeker tourists, visit one of Davao del Norte’s most valued natural wonders, the Alina and Okbot Cave. The cave is reachable by booking a tour since various safety equipment is needed. Tourists will ride a motorcycle with a tour guide and walk 30 minutes to reach the cave entrance during the tour.

The cave is filled with stunning stalagmite and stalactite, and the Okbot cave is 90% water, so be ready to get wet.

8. Tagum City River Cruise

Tagum City River Cruise is a popular tourist attraction, especially for those who are into water activities. Hop on a boat and cruise an 8.8 km river along Tancu-an to Davao Gulf, and cruise back for a total of 2 hours.

Explore through the mangrove forest and buy some soft-shelled crabs and other goods at Maningo Farm, sold by local Muslims from a floating tiangge.

9. Tagum City Festivals

Tagum City Musikahan Festival photo via FB page
Tagum City Musikahan Festival photo via FB page

Tagum City is known as the “City of Festivals,” celebrating a total of 16 festivals held throughout the year. Musikahan sa Tagum, held from February 21 to 27, is the city’s signature festival showcasing musical compositions and performances.

It is also recognized as the longest Musical Festival in the country. So if you are planning to enjoy one of Tagum City Festivals, make sure to visit from February to December.

10. Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex

Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex is the largest sports complex in Davao. The sports complex facility consists of a 3,000 capacity main grandstand, rubberized eight-track oval, football field, Olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis court, gymnasium, and a Pasalubong Shop. Today, the sports complex is the home of the Philippines Football League and a go-to place for fitness enthusiasts locals.

References

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  • Top 10 Attractions in Tagum City, Filipino Homes
  • Celentano, (2018), The 10 Best Things to Do in Tagum City, Philippines, Things To Do
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