I woke up early on my first day in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte. Today, I'll be visiting one of my chilhood dream destinations - Dakak Beach Resort in Dapitan City! Yes, I am one of those "batang 90's" who grew up seeing that commercial of the resort in Eat Bulaga. Hahaha! Do you know that commercial too? Did you ever dream of going to Dakak when you were younger? Umamin na kayo! Hahahaha!
Located off the coast of Sulu Sea in Taguilon, Dapitan City, this sprawling beach resort is 45 minutes away from Dipolog City. How to get to Dakak Beach Resort? From Dipolog City terminal, just take a mini bus bound for Dapitan and then hire a single motorcycle (habal-habal) to get to the resort.
Almost everyone who grew up in the 90's would recognize this beach. The first thing that blew my mind upon arriving at the resort was the cleanliness of the place and how big it is. I can't imagine how everything was well-maintained. You could see the presence of the resort's staff in almost every corner, so getting help is really not a problem. Customer service is commendable, smiling faces are everywhere and they never forget to greet you.
Since I don't have all the money to spend a night in one of the resort's beautiful villas. I opted for a day tour. It costs 500 pesos inclusive of the following:
- Resort Tour
- Free use of the beach
- Free use of the Dolphin pool with slides and kiddie pool
- Snacks at Patio Ristorante Italiano
- Free in-resort shuttle
Since I haven't had my breakfast, first thing I did is to go to Patio Ristorante Italiano to avail the free snacks that comes with the entrance fee. I had pasta which I don't remember the name. Hahaha! But it was good! For some Italian fare, this is the place to go to!
Then I started to walk around and toured the place. Here are the other facilities and amenities.
When I got tired, I went to the beach and lounge at the hammock hanging in one of the trees. It was a surreal feeling of just having an "alone time", just enjoying the breathtaking view of the beach and the cool breeze of the air.
Dakak has a wide array of fully furnished rooms mostly made from native materials. They have 98 Deluxe Rooms, 2 Executive Rooms, 16 Prime Deluxe Rooms, 14 Beach front Rooms, 30 Family Rooms and 1 Presidential Suite.
Room Rates at Dakak Beach Resort
- DELUXE BUNGALOW - US$ 120 to US$ 135
- PRIME DELUXE - US$ 160 to US$ 165
- EXECUTIVE ROOM - US$ 190 to US$ 205
- BUNGALOW - US$ 225 to US$ 235
- SUITE ROOM - US$ 500 to US$ 600
They also offer tours such as:
- Shrine City Tour w/ Lunch at Fishpond Restaurant
- Night Tour at Gloria de Dapitan with dinner at 77 Barbecue Grill
- Sunset Cruise - Dakak Bay
- Cove Hopping Tour
- Aliguay Island Tour with Lunch
- River Cruise with Lunch
Dakak Beach Resort is really a great place to unwind. It has a lot of facilities, so you could do and enjoy a lot of things. Staying overnight in the resort will never bore you. That I have to try next time.
Dakak Park & Beach ResortAddress: Taguilon, Dapitan City, 7101, Zamboanga del Norte
Telephone Number: (065) 213 - 6813
Telefax No.: (065) 213 6647
Mobile Numbers: (+63) 918 8038403 | (+63) 946 6431814 | (+63) 915 3185238
How to Get to Dakak Beach ResortYour entry point will be Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air have daily flights from Manila and Cebu to Dipolog City. From the airport, you could take the resort's shuttle service. Or if you want to take public transportation, there are mini buses at the Dipolog terminal that will take you to Dapitan City. From the town center, you could hire a single motorcycle (habal-habal) to Dakak Beach Resort. Travel time is about 45 minutes from Dipolog City.
There are also fastcrafts that travel daily from Cebu to Dapitan City. Trips from Cebu City to Dapitan City is about 5 hours with stop over in Tagbilaran City and Dumaguete City.
This is part of my trip in Zamboanga Peninsula that happened in July 12-15, 2012. Zamboanga del Norte is the 71st province on my list.
READ MORE FROM THE LINKS BELOW:
- The Luxurious Dakak Beach Resort
- Rizal Shrine in Dapitan City
- A Historical Walking Tour in Dapitan
- Montaño Spanish Style Sardines, the Best Pasalubong from Dipolog City
- The Century-old Dipolog City Cathedral
- TRAVEL GUIDE: Dipolog and Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte
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