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TRAVEL GUIDE: Dipolog and Dapitan - Things To Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions, How To Get There, Where To Stay, Where To Eat, Itinerary, Expenses and Contact Persons (Zamboanga del Norte)




Dipolog and Dapitan in the province of Zamboanga del Norte offer historical sights, beaches, islands and other man-made and natural wonders. There are a lot of tourist spots and attractions to enjoy and activities to do in Dipolog and Dapitan. This travel guide will provide you with basic information on how to get there, things to do, where to stay, where to eat, suggested itinerary, estimated budget and contact persons that will help you plan your visit.


HOW TO GET THERE?


How to Get to Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte
Dipolog City is the gateway to the province of Zamboanga del Norte. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air have daily flights to Dipolog City from Manila and Cebu.

How to Get to Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
Your entry point will be Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air have daily flights to Dipolog City from Manila and Cebu. From the airport, you could take a tricycle to the city terminal. There are mini buses and vans at the Dipolog terminal that will take you to Dapitan City. Travel time is about 45 minutes from Dipolog City, fare is 25 pesos.

There are also fast crafts 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.


THINGS TO DO, TOURIST SPOTS AND ATTRACTIONS


Tourist Spots and Attractions in Dipolog City
  • Dipolog Cathedral
  • Sta. Cruz Marker
  • City Hall Building
  • Dipolog's Three Prominent Pioneers Statue
  • Sitio Tulwanan (Old Town Site of Dipolog)
  • 3003 Steps to Linabo Peak
  • Plaza Magsaysay
  • Goodtimes Café & Art Gallery
  • Pagsalabuk Circle/Rotunda
  • Dipolog Boulevard (Seawall & Foreshore Dev't.)
  • OISCA Pamansalan Forest Park
  • Dipolog Beach
  • Eco-Tourism Complex
  • Cogon EcoTourism Park
  • Sungkilaw Falls

Tourist Spots and Attractions in Dapitan City
  • Rizal Shrine
  • Dakak Beach Resort
  • Gloria de Dapitan
  • Gloria's Fantasy Land
  • Ilihan Hill
  • Our Lourdes of Grotto
  • Rizal Disembarkation Site
  • Saint James Church
  • City Plaza
  • Old City Hall
  • Relief Map of Mindanao
  • Parochial School
  • Casa Real
  • Old Rizal Memorial District Hospital
  • Liboran and Dapitan Rivers
  • Taguilon Bay and Port
  • Tag-ulo Point Lighthouse
  • Waterfalls in Barangay Ba-ao and Kauswagan
  • Balut Island in Barangay Burgos
  • Cave in Barangay Ma. Uray
  • Aliguay and Selinog Islands


WHERE TO STAY?


Pepic's Lodge / Pension House
I stayed here for 2 nights. It's a budget accommodation conviniently located at the city center, it offers comfortable rooms at a very affordable rates.
Address: Cor. Herrera & Malvar Sts., Dipolog City
Telephone Number: (065) 212-5781
Room Rates: You could get an ordinary non-aircon room for as low as 230 pesos per night. Air-conditioned rooms with cable TV, private toilet and bath for around 600 pesos good for 2 persons.

OTHER ACCOMODATIONS IN DIPOLOG CITY
TOP PLAZA HOTEL
Cor. Echavez St. & Quezon Ave., Dipolog City
(065) 212-5777/212-5888

MIBANG HOTEL
Mibang, Sta. Filomena, Dipolog City
(065) 212-6689/212-3585

HOTEL CAMILA I
Gen. Luna St., Dipolog City
(065) 212-3008/212-3009

HOTEL CAMILA II
Turno, Dipolog City
(065) 212-5533/5534

TOP PLAZA PENSIONNE
Cor. Malvar St. & Quezon Ave., Dipolog City
(065) 212-8650

WEST END COURT
Echavez St., Dipolog City
(065) 212-5300-02

BUENSALIDA MANOR
Capitol Ext., Dipolog City
(065) 212-4748 / (065) 800-0051

RAGIN PENSION HOUSE
Quezon Ave., Dipolog City
(065) 212-6320

VISMIN GV HOTEL INC.
Addres: Quezon Ave; Miputak, Dipolog City
065-212-4188/2231

CL INN
Rizal Ave., Dipolog City
(065) 212-3216

GREEN MELLOW COURT
Capitol Ave., Egot, Dipolog City
(065) 212-6839

GREEN MELLOW COURT- OSMEÑA
Address; Osmeña Street.,Central Brgy, Dipolog City
065-212-8400

RANILLO PENSION HOUSE
Bonifacio St., Barra, Dipolog City
(065) 212-3536

ALEJO`S PENSION HOUSE
Address: Sta. Isabel, Dipolog City
065-212-6195

MONTAÑO INN
Turno, Dipolog City
(065) 212-2824

CASA JOSE PENSION HOUSE
Bonifacio St., Dipolog City
065) 212-4240

ZAMBO. DEL NORTE CONVENTION CENTER
Gen. Luna St., Dipolog City
(065) 212-2910

MARILYN’S PENSION HOUSE
Martinez Village, Sta.Isabel, Mibang, Dipolog City
(065) 0921-5304528 / 0906-9271955

TWINZEL BEACH RESORT
Baybay Galas, Dipolog City
(065) 212-7402

NANYANG PENSION HOUSE
Martinez St., Miputak, Dipolog City
(065) 212-9350

FSA TRADER’S INN
Tomas Claudio St., Dipolog City
(065) 212-5244

FSA APARTEL
ABC Complex, Quezon Ave., Dipolog City
(065) 212-5244

KUAN’S PENSIONNE HOUSE
Baybay Galas, Dipolog City
(065) 212-7402

ESCOURT DRIVE INN
Sicayab, Dipolog City
(065) 212-4846

SEABREEZE DRIVE INN LODGE
Gampis Sicayab, Dipolog City
(065) 212-6025/212-2283

WHITE LILIES LODGE
Address: Gonzales Street, Dipolog City
065-212-3869

ACCOMODATIONS IN DAPITAN CITY

Dakak Park & Beach Resort
Address: Taguilon, Dapitan City, 7101, Zamboanga del Norte
Contact Numbers:
Telephone Number: (065) 213 - 6813
Telefax No.: (065) 213 6647
Mobile Numbers: (+63) 918 8038403 | (+63) 946 6431814 | (+63) 915 3185238
Email: reservation@dakakresort.com

Dapitan City Resort Hotel
Sunset Boulevard, Dapitan City
065-213-6415 / 065-213-6416

Home Sweet Home by the Bay Pension
Sunset Boulevard, Dapitan City
065-908-8396 / 09088855709
www.homesweethomedapitan.com

Bajamunde Pension
Sunset Boulevard
065-213-6564 / 09196007624

Bajamunde Farm Hall
Sunset Boulevard
065-213-6564 / 09196007624

Sunset Pension
Sunset Boulevard
09197381424

Jose Rizal Memorial State College Guesthouse
Gov. Guadalupe Adaza St.
065-213-6444 / 065-213-6445 / 09192225116

Madzvie
Sunset Boulevard
065-213-6969 / 09186803821

Villa Pillar
Sunset Boulevard
065-213-6579

Monina Pension-Main
Justice Florentino Saguin St.
065-213-6715 / 091996144295

Harohoy sa Baybayon
Sunset Boulevard
09203774278

Casa Jose Pension Haus
Sunset Boulevard
065-212-4240 / 09226722597

Alexandra By The Sea
Sunset Boulevard
065-213-6873


WHERE TO EAT?


Popular fast food chains such as Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich and Mang Inasal are available in Dipolog City. Alternatively, you could look for the street-side eateries and barbeque stalls at the boulevard and experience the local flavors of Dipolog City. Restaurants, bars and cafes are also abound around the city.



SUGGESTED ITINERARY


Day 1
  • 08:00 AM - Depart for Diplog City from Manila
  • 10:00 AM - Arrive in Dipolog City
  • 12:00 NN - Check-in
  • 01:00 PM - Walk around the city
  • 01:30 PM - Visit the Cathedral and other interesting places
  • 05:00 PM - Eat at the boulevard
  • 08:00 PM - Go back to the hotel
  • 09:00 PM - Sleep

Day 2
  • 07:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 08:00 AM - Depart for Dapitan City
  • 09:00 AM - Arrive at the Dakak Beach Resort, explore, have lunch
  • 12:00 NN - Depart for Rizal Shrine
  • 12:30 PM - Arrive at Rizal Shrine, explore
  • 02:30 PM - Depart for Dapitan City proper
  • 03:00 PM - Walking tour around the city
  • 05:00 PM - Depart for Dipolog City
  • 06:00 PM - Arrive in Dipolog City
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner
  • 08:00 PM - Go back to the hotel
  • 09:00 PM - Sleep

Day 3
  • 07:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 08:00 AM - Depart for Montaño Sardines Factory, buy some for pasalubong
  • 10:00 AM - Go back to the hotel, check out
  • 11:00 AM - Depart for Dipolog City Airport or wherever your next destination may be.


This is my suggested itinerary for a 3-day trip in Dipolog and Dapitan City coming from Manila. You could adjust it based on how many days you want to explore and the places you want to see and experience.


ESTIMATED EXPENSES


  • 2 nights accommodation at Pepics Lodge - 460.00 pesos
  • Van from Dipolog to Dapitan - 25 pesos
  • Habal-habal (single motorcycle) from Dapitan proper to Dakak - 100 pesos/way
  • Dakak Beach Resort Day Tour - 500 pesos
  • Habal-habal (single motorcycle) from Dakak to Rizal Shrine - 100 pesos/way
  • Tricycle from Rizal Shrine to Dapitan City proper - 20 pesos/way
  • Van or mini bus from Dapitan to Dipolog - 25 pesos/way
  • Food (3 days) - 800.00 / person
  • Additional tranportation cost, going around the city - 100.00 / person
  • Tricycle to Airport - 25 pesos

ESTIMATED TOTAL OF BASIC EXPENSES - PHP 2,155.00 per person

Please note that these are just the basic expenses per person excluding airfare and terminal fess. Your expenses are dependent on the places you want to visit in Dipolog and Dapitan City, you may add other expenses for souvenirs and tips.



CONTACT PERSONS


City Government of Dipolog - Tourism Office
Telephone Number: (065) 212 2485
E-mail Address: cecile_bilog@yahoo.com

Dapitan City Tourism Office
Telephone Numbers: (065) 213-6203
(065) 213-6377 (Telefax)

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.

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3 comments :

  1. Very helpful post! I wanna visit Dapitan and Diplog soon!

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  2. Thank you for this info! I'm visiting both Dapitan and Dipolog next month!

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