Dapitan City Travel Guide 2022: Best Things To Do and Top Destination Spots
Born and raised in the beautiful province of Zamboanga del Norte, Dapitan City is more than just a place that we have read in history books. It’s far beyond the historically based stories of Dr. Jose Rizal’s exile. This Dapitan City travel guide is everything you need whether you want to experience it as a tourist or as local.
Dapitan being rich in history and culture is what usually captivates Filipino tourists to visit this thriving city, but all the events that took place in it has wonderfully shaped this ever-changing place into a magnificent destination city.
Wake up to a Mas Pachada Dapitan in this ultimate 2021 travel guide with updated list of the best destinations in the city, new places for food trip, things to do, and a lot more.
About Dapitan City
Dapitan City is most well-known because of its historical treasure as our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent 4 years of his life in the city where he was exiled. He gives Dapitan its identity establishing it as a unique place where Philippine history unfolded.
Once you’re in Dapitan, you can recall to yourself the memories of the historical chapter of our past as what you have seen and read in history books. It is like slipping into the crack of time and find yourself caught in a time wrap.
How to get to Dapitan City
Today, Dapitan City can be reach by a different mode of transportations as more transportation facilities were developed to give convenience to those who want to visit this beautiful city by the bay.
By Air — If you’re coming from Luzon and Visayas area, daily air trip schedules are available by local airlines like Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to and from Dipolog City.
By Land — Dapitan City is accessible by a land trip both for private vehicles and public transportation bus from Dipolog, Ozamis, Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga City.
By Boat — Many domestic shipping company like Medallion, Cokaliong, GP, Montenegro Lines offers routes vice versa from Visayas area like Cebu and Dumaguete going to the port of Dapitan or Dipolog.
Getting around the city of Dapitan
Although I am highly recommending that you travel overland by a private vehicle, there are tricycle and habal-habal ride that are available for your convenience. A PHP 10.00 fare price will cover short distances within the heart of the city.
However, there’s an everyday Evergood bus trip from Dipolog City Integrated Terminal that will take you to Dapitan City if you’re on a tight budget and want to commute.
The Best Travel Destination Spots in Dapitan City
With a number of scenic attractions, breathtaking views and very inviting travel spots that have emerged in the city over the years, Dapitan has remained raw, calm and admirable.
My one week itinerary has taken me to a lot of places in Dapitan City, but these are my most recommendable places that you must visit.
- Dakak Park and Beach Resort
Villa Angelina Luxury Suites is a highly exclusive resort that is a luxury wing of Dakak Park and Beach Resort.
It has an exclusive amenities with a royal service treatment to its guest. If you want to be a bit luxurious when you travel to Dapitan City, book an overnight stay in Villa Angelina Luxury Suites and get a free access in Dakak Park and Beach Resort with your own resort service.
Living the island life in #CampAliguay means beautiful sunrise, bike tour, scuba diving, bonfire by the beach, and a lot more. The way of life in the island is much slower, but time seems to be moving fast.
Aliguay Island boasts of its calm, serene vibes with rich natural resources, heartwarming locals, white sand, and heavenly blue waters. The vast and alluring clear water of the Sulu Sea is a sight to see as you cruise by and if you get lucky, dolphins may jump in the fun along with the boat with you.
- Rizal Shrine Park
- Mt. Lab
- Tag-Olo Coast
- Napo Beach
10 Things To Do In Dapitan City
As a local, I have seen and experience its vibrance and diversity. Now, I want to celebrate its culture, people, food, nature, and a lot of adventures in Dapitan City with you. Here are some of the best things to do in Dapitan City.
- Start your morning routine with a coffee and exercise at Sunrise Boulevard
- Quick hike at Ilihan Hill or Mt. Lab
- Visit St. James Church and check the Relief Map of Mindanao
- Aniano Heritage House
- Tour at the Rizal Shrine Park
- Disembarco de Rizal
- Parade of lights and amusement park at Fantasyland Reserve
- Experience the safari adventure and aqua sports at Dakak Park and Beach Resort
- Coastal Adventure
- Biking at the two most beautiful islands — Aliguay and Selinog
- End the day with sunset viewing at Sunset Boulevard
Where to Eat in Dapitan City
- Beer and Barbecue
- Chow Bai
- Taguilon Bay Bistro
PRO RECO: Craving for some affordable coffee? Try the pop-up coffee store at Buena’s Brewery located at Sta. Cruz Beach, Sunrise Boulevard.
Pasalubong Delicacies of Dapitan City
Dapitan City proudly stands for its local delicacies exported and distributed in the national market and even outside the Philippines.
One of their well-known product delicacy is the cassava chips. The product is made purely by the hands and heart of pure Dapitanons wherein the production has became the main source living of some of the local farmers of Dapitan City.
With its satisfying taste, it’s not surprising to me that this cassava chips has gone international as well and they are now exclusively exporting to S&R market.
Where To Stay in Dapitan City
Affordable Hotels and Backpacker Places to stay
- Dakak Park and Beach Resort
If you feel extra luxurious, stay in the most premiere hideaway in the south — VILLA ANGELINA LUXURY SUITES and experience the vacation fits for royalty.
Travel TIps and Must-knows
Dapitan is a laidback lifestyle city. It’s adaptable to most people from different walks of life because it has a lot to offer. From budget traveler, solo adventurers to those who want to experience luxurious staycations. But no matter what type of traveler you are, here’s some tips that you can take away with you when you visit Dapitan City:
- Bringing cash with you is less-hassle than paying through cards.
1-week Dapitan City Itinerary
Whether you want to experience Dapitan City like a tourist or a local like me, this detailed itinerary will provide you with basic guide on how I spent my one week adventure in the shrine city of the Philippines. This itinerary is based on my experience and I stayed in Villa Angelina Luxury Suites for a week. You may opt to stay in Dakak Park and Beach Resort for cheaper accommodation.
DAY 1 – CULTURE TOURISM TOUR
- Morning coffee and exercise at Sunrise Boulevard
- Quick hike At Ilihan Hill
- Breakfast at Inato Lang, Dampa
- Viewing of the Relief Map of Mindanao
- Visit St. James Church
Afternoon (City Day Tour)
- Lunch at Dapitan River Cruise
- Walk Back In Time To See The Ancient Houses (Aniana Adasa Heritage House)
- Check-In Villa Angelina Luxury Suites
- Tour at the Rizal Shrine Park
- Take A Photo At Punto de Dissembarco De Rizal en Dapitan
- Catch Sunset at Sta. Cruz Beach
DAY 2 – NATURE TOURISM
Morning – Dakak Adventure Zone
- Morning hike At Mt. Lab
- Breakfast at Yugo Fusion Restaurant, Villa Angelina
- ATV Ride
You can spend the whole day trying all the activities in Safari Adventure Park
- Lunch at Tag-Ulo Bay Bistro
- Baga Falls
- Dip at Villa Angelina Swimming pool
AQUA TOURISM (Island Hopping)
Day 3 – Spend overnight and dive in the coral landscape of Aliguay Island
Day 4 – Overnight at Selinog Island and experience the biking tour
Other things you can do in both islands: wimming, free-diving, snorkeling, scuba-diving
DAY 5 – DAKAK AQUA SPORTS
- Morning breakfast at Bamboo Restaurant, Dakak
- Try Parasailing
- Lunch at Sea Catch Dakak
You may try more activities in Dakak Aqua Sports. They have so much to choose from! Or just chill in the beach.
- Visit the amusement park, Fantasyland (6PM)
- Dinner at Chow Bai, Fantasyland
- Night out and unwind at Beer and Barbecue Restaurant
If it’s Friday or Saturday, I highly recommend you to watch the parade of lights and experience their rides at Fantasyland.
DAY 6 – COASTAL ADVENTURE
- Early travel to the coastal road of Dapitan City
- Swing your worries away at Tag-Ulo Beach Resort
- Roadtrip going to Napo Beach
DAY 7 – Villa Angelina Luxury Day Tour (Optional if you’re not staying at Villa Angelina Luxury Suites)
- Get pumped at The Gym
- Dip and chill at Sabores Del Mar
- Lunch at Yugo Fusion Restaurant
- Quick tour in the entire villa resort
- Swimming in the infinity pool of Villa Angelina
- Experience the Korean barbecue dinner at the Garden
- Massage in Spa At The Villa
More information about Dapitan City
Follow their official social media pages to get the latest updates about Dapitan City
- Local Government Unit of Dapitan City
- Dapitan City Tourism