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Tagum City is found on the Island of Mindanao, Philippines. A city at a crossroads of tradition and modernity. The capital city of Daval Del Norte, it is part of Metropolitan Davao. The ethnic groups that have thrive here make it a fascinating place to experience culture and its eco adventures offer a taste of Mindanaos beautiful natural corridor, while its city offers a slow pace for a complete and comfortable vacation.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly to Tagum City via Davao International Airport. These have daily flight to and from the major cities in the country plus a few weekly trips from Singapore and Manado, Indonesia. From the airport take an hours ride to Tagum City via bus or van at the nearby terminal. You can also rent out a taxi that can bring you direct to the city.
You can also get there by sea through the Davao Sasa Wharf. A ferry can take you from Manila to Tagum, with schedules three times a week. The travel can take about 3 days. If you’re from Cebu City, the trip is only once a week, the departure is Sunday and you will arrive Davao on Monday.
Although not a common means of travel, you can head to Tagum City by land from most parts of the country. These will take a few days boarding from bus to bus. From Pasay, Manila, ride a series of buses headed eastward traveling to Bicol -Samar -Leyte -Surigao City and Butuan. There are no direct bus line, instead these will jump from island to island via roll on and roll off buses. It is a long route but can be made part of a greater adventure across the country ending a long journey at Tagum City Overland Transport Integrated Terminal
Three major roads cross Tagum City The common mode of transport in Tagum is by tricycle (motorized rickshaw) and will cost anywhere between 8-20 Philippine pesos. depending on the distance. Public ones can only take you within city limits while the rest are for rent and can take you to destinations a few kilometers outside the metro.
The hottest and humid months begin in April and end in September, while the cool season begins from November all the way till February. May to June may bring occasional rain showers while September can expect a few major typhoons.
WHAT TO DO
- Visit and learn from they plantations and agricultural tours, where you can
visit banana plantations, eco park or take rough road drive along eco trails.
- Enjoy a river adventures where you can set sail or paddle board. Pick a spot
to go fishing as well.
- Take up horseback riding along its eco-trails
- Tagum City Agricultural Office and pick midget coconut trees
- Plan a eco adventure at the Hijo Plantation and get up close with monkeys or
learn more about the local flora.
Other Notable Sites
Hospitals: Health Centers Davao Regional Hospital
Tagum City Multipurpose Hall
Tagum City Pavilion
Tagum Public Market
Tagum City Overland Transport Integrated Terminal
What to Eat?
The Spot - shakes and tropical food at
Punong Resturant - fresh seafood
Dencio’s Kamayan - Filipino delciacies
Yuyu Cafe and Dessert Shop
What to Bring Home:
Beaded jewelry with intricate native patterns
Tagum City wood carvings
Where to Stay?
Banana Beach Resort
5 Star Resorts
Lanikai private villa for guests
Local Customs and Culture
Tagum city is home to many ethnic minorities in Mindanao, among them are the Kalagan Kaagan Mandaya Mansaka Maguangan respected educational hub