Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines · 7 hotels available
Tour historical sites, go to the beach, or enjoy a relaxing stroll in the city. Dipolog may be small but for those looking for a relaxing and carefree trip, it certainly packs a punch. The city allows you slow down and gives you a change of pace from the hectic routine of Metro Manila.
Dipolog City is the capital of the province of Zamboanga del Norte and known for its beautiful wild orchids and large sardine industry. Because it is located at the northern tip of western Mindanao, the city has also been dubbed as the “Gateway to Western Mindanao”. Brimming with history and culture, the small city has elegantly blended its progressive urban landscape with traditional scenery.
Book a one hour and thirty minute flight and get there quickly. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines offer daily flights from Manila to Dipolog City.
If you prefer something more affordable and if you don’t mind travelling by sea, you can also reach Dipolog City through ferries like 2go, Negros Navigation, and Sulpicio Lines. Travel time from Manila to Dipolog usually takes around 48 hours.
If you’re going by land, the best option would be to ride a Ceres RoRo bus from Manila going to Dipolog City. You’ll be passing through a lot of other cities, which is is great if you want to see glimpses of other parts of the Philippines.
To get around, the best modes of transportation are through jeepneys and tricycles because they’re cheaper and you can easily ask the drivers about your destination. But taxis are also available if you want a more comfortable ride.
Cogon Eco-Park is a great destination in the city where you can observe not only a diverse breed of birds and reptiles but also various tree species. The place is also a great spot for camping, trekking, and mountain climbing.
Some of the beaches that should be on the top of your list include Aliguay Island, Silinog Island Beach, Olingan Beach, and Sicayab Cliffs. You can also check out Dakak Beach in Dapitan City.
Dipolog Sunset Boulevard is known for its amazing sunset views so be sure to unwind and catch the sunset as you stroll this lovely boulevard stretch.
When you’re in Dipolog, you shouldn’t miss out on touring historical landmarks and learning more about our country’s culture. Do a historical walking tour of Dipolog City. To see the place where Rizal was exiled, head over Dapitan City as well.
If you want to check something off your bucket list, try spelunking in Libuton Cave or climbing 3,003 steps to Linabo Peak. You can also take a detour from the beach and swim in the fresh waters of Sungkilaw Falls with your friends.
Dipolog is known for its delicious bottled Spanish-style sardines so don’t forget to bring home a box or two for yourself and as souvenirs for your family and friends.
Some of the local eats in Dipolog City that you must try out include Green Kitchen, Esquina Deli Food Products, UrChoice Bistro Cafe, and Big Joe’s Restaurant. These are all great options if you want to grab a good meal for lunch and dinner before heading out to do other activities that you’ve got planned.
You can also treat yourself with scrumptious dessert treats like creamy Halo-halo from Julie’s Halo-Halo or a cup of coffee while watching the sunset at Cafe Isabelle.
At night, Dipolog City transforms from a quaint historical town to a city bustling with life, music, and energy. Dance to the beat, chat with your friends or sing karaoke with a beer in hand in bars like Balai Resto Bar, Tapas and Beer Restaurant Bar, Tagay Resto Bar, Dipolog City Bar and Grill Restaurant, Fat Cat, and 55th Avenue Bar and Entertainment Center.
If you’re a budget traveler, check out some reasonably priced hotels in Dipolog city. Mibang Hotel, Top Plaza Hotel, C and L Seaview Hotel, Hotel Camila, and CL Inn offer comfortable and affordable rooms that definitely fit the bill. But if you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious and relaxing, you may want to try going to places like D’Hotel and Suites, Royal Farm Resort, and Ariana Hotel instead.
Walking around in the sun without sufficient rest will definitely drain you so make sure you get plenty of sleep before you go for a walking trip around the city.
Whether you’re swimming and sunbathing in the beach or taking a tour around Dipolog, bring a bottle of water with you and drink lots of fluids.
If you plan to take on the 3,003 steps leading to Linabo Peak or walk around Cogon Eco-park, wear comfortable shoes.