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Monday, July 30, 2012

Dakak Beach and Resort -Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte




Dakak  is always  linked with  people who really can afford a stupendous vacation in this famous beach resort. Dakak Beach Resort is usually tagged as the beach for the high class members of the society and the "usual" Westjet international travelers. But after my short trip in this hidden paradise in Dapitan, I can say that the myth is only HALF TRUE! And since I am part of the general  masses,  I will settle on the other half of the myth about Dakak. 


Dakak is situated 15 minutes motor ride from the City Proper of Dapitan in Zamboanga del Norte.  Getting there is not a problem if you are traveling with a buddy or doing it solo. Habal habal or motorcycles are available at the city’s bus terminal waiting patiently for tourists visiting Dakak. But of course getting there with a personal car is much convenient.

Riding the habal habal, I noticed that the road was already improved unlike before, muddy and generally   inconvenient to everyone’s journey.

Reaching the toll gate of Dakak, friendly personnel warmly greeted me and inquire on my plan inside the resort. Since I am on a limited time getaway, I mentioned that I will be there for a day tour. The entrance was Php 500.00 and there was a free shuttle transfer ride from the entrance to the main club house. Motorbikes  are not allowed inside the resort. 

The area was huge and green was the motif of the park as trees  and flowering plants were all well groomed inside Dakak's vicinity.

Since I  arrived almost noon, I chose to sit and relaxed first in their well maintained restaurant and locked my eyes on the menu of different classic foods that they were offering that day. I ordered a Sweet and Sour Fish that was actually good for 2 and a glass of my favorite mango juice. While enjoying my lunch, a guy suddenly played the piano serenading the guests eating inside the restaurant.

After a delightful lunch, I dipped into the turquoise blue water of the famous white powdery sugar sand of Dakak . The whole area was well maintained with no litter could be seen anywhere.

At the end side of the beach was the aqua/water sports adventure unit where you can avail their SCUBA lessons/adventures, sailing, kayaking etc. There was also an area  for a relaxing massage/spa just right after the hanging bridge. As much as it was tempting to have a spa due to my sleepless travel coming from Zamboanga City, I opted to explore the other parts of the resort instead.

The hilly background of the whole resort is covered with lush green  vegetation  suited for a grand relaxation in serene and quiet environment.

The amenities are complete with well maintained comfort rooms. Guest houses are huge enough to accommodate  big families or group of friends on a major vacation, reunion or any celebrations.  If you get tired of the beach, there was the well maintained and clean pool located  adjacent to the restaurant with lifeguards on the watch for the safety of children playing and having fun.


One of the best parts of the resort was the Pirates  Disco Bar where you can hang around with other guests while enjoying a nightlife with good music, drinks and food. There are also other entertainment/sports facility like bowling alley, billiards and my favorite past time –singing at the videoke bar with a cold beer on one hand.

All in all it was a good trip, only it was cut short that I have to leave before the night comes. A friendly staff offered me a ride back to the city bus terminal with a side trip to historical Rizal Shrine. 

With a total of Php 800.00 spent inside Dakak, who says  it isn't affordable to have a taste of relaxation that the rich and famous can have?

Now for the other half of the truth , if you wish to stay overnight you can have a guest room good for your family for Php 4000-5000 a night.

They also offer barkada package promos for an overnight stay including a tour to Aliguay island or to Fantasyland. Prices varies depending on the activity you wish to enjoy in Dakak. 

Locally Dakak is accessilbe via local ferry boats  bound for the ports of Dipolog and Dapitan. Coming from Manila, flights are available daily bound for Dipolog City everyday .




Check the list of available rooms and tour packages  they offer below.

Room type

Ordinary  Season
Peak Season
Deluxe Bungalow
Single/Double
US$ 105 ++
US$ 115++
Prime Deluxe
Single/Double
US$ 140++
US$ 145++
Beach Front



Bungalow
Single/Double
US$ 195 ++
US$ 205++
Suite Room
Single/Double
US$ 450++
US$ 600++



Tour Package

Inclusion
Fantasyland sa Dapitan/min of 10pax
3days/2nights/Php 4,499/pax
  • 2 nights accommodation at the family pavilion/ 2 days breakfast and 1 buffet dinner
  • Round trip airport/wharf-resort transfer plus daily transportation for the whole tour destinations
  • Seafood lunch @Fishpond restaurant
  • River Cruise/ lunch
  • Dinner @Inato Lang, Dampa (Aquamarine Park)
  • Fantasyland Rides
  • Historical Tour to Rizal Shrine
  • Visit to Gloria de Dapitan leisure complex

Aliguay Island/ min of 10pax
Min of 10 pax per room @ Php 5000/ additional Php 500 in excess of 10 pax
  • Overnight stay @Family Pavilion
  • Usage of the swimming pool

@ Serpentina –bucana to Aliguay
  • Transportation vis-à-vis with lunch @Php 550.00 /pax @ Tacubo Restaurant



For more info:
Dapitan
Tel: (065) 213-6813
Cell: 639197959416
Manila
(02) 724-7375
(02) 721-1461

Email: dakak28@yahoo.com



This is my entry for the Pinoy Travel Blogger (PTB) Blog Carnival with the theme " WHERE WOULD YOU TRAVEL GIVEN P1,000 BUDGET?" for the month of August 2012,hosted by Pinay Thrillseeker of Love Conquers All.

Click on the logo on the right  to check on the previous carnival themes and posts.









11 comments:

  1. beyondoutdooradventuresJuly 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    800 pesos lang? It's cheap. Mukhang masarap naman yung pagkain. Ant the beach, syempre.


    Perhaps we should take our foreign mountain biker guests there in Dakak for their bike tour.

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  2. hindi ko pa rin nagagawa Dakak post ko:) 800 pesos for 1 day Dakak Escapo is not bad ha:)

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  3. may baon kaya akong kakanin at tubig kaya mas tipid ... lol

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  4. Maria Estrella LedesmaAugust 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    A few of my friend have been there also for a day trip. They only have good words for the place.

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  5. Isa ako sa mga biktima ng misconception na ang Dakak ay para sa mga sosyal kaya ni hindi ko naisip na puntahan. Kayang-kaya naman pala. Thanks for sharing.:)

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  6. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.comAugust 21, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Super mahal nga mag-stay jan. I've been there in the 1990s pa, I wonder kung madami nang changes? Would love to go back again, the water then was so clear.

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  7. hi , does the 500 day tour includes pool usage or jacuzzi?

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  8. yes Ara, you can use the pool upon entry to Dakak.

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  9. I had a chance to visit the Dakak Beach Resort last year through the bus tours. This Resort boasts a long stretch of white sand beach, 15 hectares of wooded land and natural spring water feeding the resort's pools. As well as we really enjoy their number of activities such as horseback riding, and other sports (billiards, basketball, bowling, golf, tennis etc.). However I recommend Dakak because it’s a real summer getaway for you and the whole family.

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  10. hi @Alix lion am so glad you had the chance to enjoy your summer in Dakak. Indeed it is a peaceful haven in Dapitan ..Beautiful :D

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