A LOCAL'S GUIDE TO DIPOLOG CITY: 8 Tips and Tricks for First-time Travelers

Dipolog City Travel Guide Tourist Spots and Attractions

Dipolog City is a one of the key cities in the province of Zamboanga del Norte. There are a lot of tourist spots and attractions to enjoy and activities to do in Dipolog and the nearby Dapitan City. What to do, where to eat and what not to miss in Dipolog City? Check out this interview we had with Charles Rotoni of the Department of Tourism Region 9 - Zamboanga Peninsula Region. As a local, he has extensive knowledge about the city and shared to us some of the best-kept secrets and gives travel tips when traveling to Dipolog for the first time.

DIPOLOG TRAVEL GUIDE: 8 Tips and Tricks for First-time Travelers

1. Where are your most-recommended hotels in Dipolog City?

A lot of accommodation facilities are available at Dipolog City. For business travellers, D' Hotel (Check Rates Online) in Rizal Avenue is favourable along with Ariana Hotel (Check Rates Online) at Airport Road, Minaog, Dipolog City. If you’re going on budget, Top Plaza Hotel (Check Rates Online) in Quezon Avenue and Mibang Hotel (Check Rates Online) at Sta. Filomena are recommended. Other budget hotels include Hotel Camila 2 (Check Rates Online) in Turno, Rehan Grand Suites (Check Rates Online) in Herrera St., Antonio’s Pension House (Check Rates Online) in Magsaysay St. (near Dipolog Boulevard) and Bamboo Garden Business Inn (Check Rates Online) along Bonifacio St, Dipolog City.


2. Where to eat in Dipolog City?

Dipolog City has a significant influences of American, European and Visayan cuisine. One should not miss UrChoice Bistro Cafe that offers authentic Italian Pasta and Pizza - considered one of the most recommended restaurant in Dipolog City. Big Joes Cafe at Gen. Luna, Kendough Maggic Kaffei at Quezon Avenue and Grandma’s Best at Brgy. Barra Dipolog offers American influences and some Filipino Chinese Menu. If you’re up for local experience, try the Mcdo (Magduko-duko, meaning “bow / bowing”) because of the tendencies of bowing your head when you’re on-hands eating. It’s never a real dining experience without using hands. Barbeque Chicken, Pork and Fish are available with “Puso” - rice wrapped and cooked in a young palm leaves.

3. Best places to visit in Dipolog City?

Best places to visit would include the Dipolog Boulevard, Cogon Eco-Park, Linabo Peak and Rizal Shrine of Dapitan which is just 15 minutes away from Dipolog accessible by mini-bus (coaster type).

ALSO READ: Dipolog and Dapitan Travel Guide - Things To Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions, How To Get There, Where To Stay, Where To Eat, Itinerary, Expenses and Contact Persons

4. What are the must-do activities in Dipolog City?

Jog, walk and run at Dipolog Boulevard, one of the city’s tourism magnets. It’s best to be in the place at 5 o’clock in the morning and 4 o’clock in the afternoon. The perfect place to get the sweat out and meet some friendly Dipolognons. Dipolog is building up its new tagline “Outdoor Sports Capital of the South,” which is the prime reason why most of its attractions are outdoor and requires physical effort such as the 3,003 steps to Linabo Peak, Cogon Eco-Park, and Sungkilaw Falls at Brgy. Diwan.

5. What are the secret spots in Dipolog City?

There are not much of a secret spot in Dipolog, but one may check out Onay Museum, an exhibit of a heroic and inspiring tales of the first Mindanaon AFP Chief , Gen. Alexander B. Yano, presently, the Undersecretary for National Defense. His humble beginnings will reraly inspire the Filipino youth.

6. How to get around in Dipolog City?

The most common modes of public transportation are tricycles. Vans for hire can also be arranged when you are traveling with a group. Buses can bring you to other places in Zamboanga Peninsula region like Pagadian City, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga City, as well as Ozamis City, and Cagayan de Oro City.

7. What are the best pasalubong to bring back home?

Dipolog trip will never be complete without bringing home some bottled-Spanish Sardines which the city is known of. Other things you may bring home are the banana chips and cassava chips that are products of neighbouring towns, Manukan, Polanco and Dapitan City. Be sure to also check one of the newest variety of Spanish sardines product of Octavio Sardines, the Sardines Pate-a perfect spread for breads.

8. Where to shop for pasalubong in Dipolog City?

Dipolog Pasalubong Center located at Rizal Avenue (just few meters away from city hall) is a prominent pasalubong center. You can also check Montaño Sardines–Main Display Center at Martinez Village, Barangay Turno (just 2 mins away from City Hall), Zaragosa Sardines at Gen. Luna St., (beside the Provincial Capitol Building), Bueno Sardines also at Gen. Luna St., near Penong’s Dipolog and the Nam Nam Sardines (an output of the Women Livelihood Center of Dipolog) which is mainly available at Top Plaza Hotel. There are a lot of brands to choose from, be sure to check all of them.

Come and Visit the twin cities of Region 9-Zamboanga Peninsula. #Dipolog #Dapitan #tourism #mindanao

A photo posted by Charl-Thon Cordero Rotoni (@mrcharlthon) on

Get more travel tips from Charles by following him on his Instagram account @mrcharlthon where he shares his travels and adventures around the Philippines and beyond.

ALSO READ: Dipolog and Dapitan Travel Guide - Things To Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions, How To Get There, Where To Stay, Where To Eat, Itinerary, Expenses and Contact Persons


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