Zamboanga del Norte Photo: Jay A.

Zamboanga del Norte

Zamboanga del Norte, one of the three provinces that make up the Zamboanga Peninsula, is a colorful province. One of its two cities, Dapitan, was where national hero Dr. Jose Rizal spent his 4-year exile. Its capital, Dipolog City, is known as the Orchid City of the Philippines. This diverse province is worth a trip to Mindanao.

Dr. Jose Rizal’s Dapitan home from 1892 to 1896 is now the Rizal Shrine, where you can learn more about the national hero. The shrine is home to five nipa huts, which are replicas of the huts built during Rizal’s time, and a museum showcasing artifacts like blackboards that Rizal used.

Other Rizal-related heritage locations in Dapitan are the Dapitan Plaza, St. James Church, and Punto del Desembarco de Rizal, the exact point where Rizal disembarked the S.S. Cebu and began his exile.

Escape your worries and spend a day at the beach. Zamboanga del Norte has many public beaches, but the most popular is the Dakak Park Beach Resort in Dapitan City.

The white sand beach of Dakak stretches for about 800 meters (2625 feet). Besides relaxing on the beach, guests can also enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city by going for a helicopter ride, or ziplining on the 1,364 meters (4475 feet) of wire in the Dakak Adventure Zone.

The waters surrounding the Dakak Beach Resort are great for jetskiing, kayaking, and wakeboarding. The resort also rents out boats that can bring you to diving spots nearby. Other activities in the Dakak Adventure Zone include horseback riding, ATV (All Terrain Vehicles) rentals, and rock climbing.

Just 45 minutes away from Dakak Beach Resort is the Aliguay Island. The deep blue waters of Sulu Sea surround this small island, which you can tour by golf cart. Watch out for playful dolphins while on the boat ride to the island. The island has rooms for rent, but starry nights are best spent in tents on the beach.

For thrill and excitement, visit the Gloria de Dapitan Leisure Complex, located in the heart of Dapitan City. While the rest of the city sleeps, the complex comes alive. Night owls can drink at the complex’s restaurant-bars and pubs. Gloria de Dapitan also has retail stores, a cockpit, and an 8-lane bowling alley for daytime activities.

The Gloria de Dapitan Leisure Complex is the home of Gloria’s Fantasyland Amusement Park. The park features over 30 rides like rollercoasters, bumper cars, a ferris wheel, and a mechanical bull ride. Every night at 9:30, the park holds their grand parade: The Festival of Colors. Fire dancers and performers in brightly colored costumes fill the park’s streets. Guests are treated to a fireworks show at the end of the parade.

Zamboanga del Norte is also full natural wonders. Visit the unspoiled Situbo Falls in Tampilisan, or go river trekking to the Sungkilaw Falls in Dipolog.

Head to the Sicayab Cliffs in Dipolog City, where the constant lapping of waves have formed natural sculptures out of limestone. The nearby Sicayab Beach has a wide shoreline that’s perfect for skimboarding during low tide.

Before leaving Zamboanga del Norte, be sure to try Dipolog’s popular Montaño Sardines, and sutukil, which refers to seafood or meat dishes cooked three ways: sugba (grilled), tula (stewed), and kilaw (raw).

Top Rated Restaurants in Zamboanga del Norte Browse All

  1. Umami Room
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  2. UrChoice Bistro Cafe
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  3. Mang Inasal
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  4. Grandma's Best
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  5. Big Joe's Cafe
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  6. Tonino's Resto and Wine Bar
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  7. Cafe Isabelle
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  8. Esquina Deli
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  9. Tablea Chocolate Cafe
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  10. Chloe's Bistro
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Top Rated Hotels in Zamboanga del Norte Browse All

  1. Dakak Park and Beach Resort
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  2. D' Hotel and Suites
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  3. Ariana Hotel
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  4. Villa Pilar Pensione
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  5. Organic Greenville Inn
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Top Rated Places in Zamboanga del Norte Browse All

  1. Umami Room
    5.0 Stars
    Japanese
    4 Reviews View
  2. UrChoice Bistro Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Italian
    3 Reviews View
  3. Mang Inasal
    5.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    2 Reviews View
  4. Big Joe's Cafe
    5.0 Stars
    Café
    2 Reviews View
  5. Grandma's Best
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    2 Reviews View
  6. Tonino's Resto and Wine Bar
    4.0 Stars
    Mediterranean
    4 Reviews View
  7. Dakak Park and Beach Resort
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  8. The Greenhouse Hair & Nail Lounge
    5.0 Stars
    Hair Salon
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  9. Songhits Family KTV
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  10. Tapas & Beer Restaurant Bar
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Popular Areas in Zamboanga del Norte

  1. Dipolog

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  2. Dapitan

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