Panabo City: Banana Capital of the Philippines

Panabo City, Davao del Norte is part of Davao Metropolitan Area which also includes the cities of Davao City, Digos and Sta. cruz in Davao del Sur province; Tagum, Panabo,Samal and two municipalities of Carmen in Davao del Norte province.

At the Panabo City Municipal Hall

Known as the “Banana Capital of the Philippines” due to its thousands of hectares of banana plantations, Panabo City is home to the world’s biggest banana plantation, which is owned by the Tagum Agricultural Development Company (TADECO). TADECO covers around 6,900 hectares of banana fields. Aside from producing millions of boxes of export-quality bananas, Panabo City is also a major source of milk fish in the Davao region. The Panabo Mariculture Park which covers 3 out of 4 coastal barangays of the city produces class-A quality milkfish (bangus), siganid (danggit), groupers (lapu-lapu), saline tilapia and lobsters.

One of the numerous plantations around Panabo City

How to get to Panabo City?

You can reach Panabo City from Davao City via Davao-Butuan, Davao-Mati, and Davao –Tagum bus routes. Other public vehicles such jeepneys, vans and metered taxis are also available. It is 32 kilometers or approximately 45 minutes away from Davao City.

Getting around…

The simplest way to get around the downtown area is by tricycle. If you want to go in farm areas outside downtown, hop on jeepneys, multicabs or motorbikes.

The Freedom Park
Old Panabo City Hall turned into Panabo Museum
View at Panabo Sea Wall
Panabo Food Centrum at night

Where to stay?

Panabo is a simple city. There are no luxury hotels within the city as inns and apartelles are also limited. Here are some places where you can stay:

3-One Inn and Apartelle
National Highway, Km.31, Cagangohan, Panabo City

Casa de Julia
Garcia cor. Narra St., New Pandan, Panabo City

Jam’s Apartelle
National Highway, Sto. Niño, Panabo City

Panabo City Inn
Wharf Road, Sto. Niño, Panabo City

Residencia de Cristita
Mabitad Extension, Sto. Niño, Panabo City

Madonna Homotel and Suites
Quezon Street, Panabo City

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