My friend, when you were a kid, where do you wish to go? We both want to go to Disney and any other fun theme parks overseas. But sometimes, we were influenced with what we usually see on TV on the things we want to have or the places we want to go to. Yup! Television is powerful. That is why I also want to go to Dakak Beach Resort because of its commercial I always saw on the noontime show my family watched before. That is one of the reasons why B and I chose to go to Dapitan City in Zamboanga del Norte, Mindanao for our annual summer getaway.
When I booked a discounted flight with Philippine Airlines going Dipolog City, the gateway to Dapitan City & Dakak. We stayed at Dapitan City for a day and stayed at Dakak Park and Beach Resort for 2 nights.
Based on their website and Facebook page, their package already includes hotel pick-up and drop off and one-day pass to their sister park named Gloria Fantasyland. Since we stayed at Home Sweet Home by the Bay, we arranged that they pick us up there.
The Php 5,500 per day Dakak ‘Ta Bay package given to us was expensive compared to the resorts we availed in most of our trips. We were somewhat forced to avail of that package for our contact said it was their cheapest, only to find out that they have a cheaper room. Anyway, we got we have paid for and more because it includes free buffet breakfast daily, can use their swimming pools and Jacuzzi, free one-day pass to Gloria Fantasyland, and the surrounding area of our private villa was quiet but near their restaurants and pool area:
The pools evoke fun that we maximized it and swam there for 2 days:
The area was serene since the resort was far from the city center:
And the beach was heavenly! The sand was fine, water was calm and clear and the atmosphere was serene! Perfect area to unwind and forget the busy work life we have back in Manila:
We noticed that the waters were always calm. Maybe because the beach is surrounded by cliffs and mountains which breaks the waves. It is ideal if you want to swim at calm waters. There is no stones at the beach nor at sea which means you can walk barefoot here. The sand is cold to the feet, which is similar to the sands in Boracay, even if the sun is beaming hot .
Beach activities like kayaking, banana boat ride, jetski, and other activities were available for an additional fee which we did not asked nor availed since we want to relax and not do any strenuous activity. But we did availed of their zipline adventure for Php 500 which includes a free 30-minute horseback ride going to the starting point. They claimed that they have the longest zipline in the country, and I guess they were right. I think it took us more than a minute for us to land on the other end. It was scary at first for our starting area was very high. But once you’re released, you will enjoy the fresh breeze and the scenery of the mountains, its forest and the sea.
If you’re hungry, they have the Bamboo Restaurant that serves Filipino and international cuisines. This is also the venue for their buffet breakfast and is facing the beach.
But if you have enough money, try their Italian Restaurant named Il Patio.
Il Patio Ristorante Italiano is their fine dining restaurant. It is surprising to know that there’s a semi-fine dining Italian Restaurant at the beach cause I was used to seeing crowded bars. The price was quite heavy on the pocket but it was so worth it! Their pizzas were cooked the traditional Italian way. The pizza crust of our Margherita Pizza was soft and chewy. We never ate any other pizza like that in Manila. Their ravioli was al dente and full of cheese and basil inside. The entire meal was so simple yet so full of fresh flavor of its ingredients! So far, Il Patio is the best Italian Restaurant I have ever been!
The resort was a surprise for me. You can’t imagine that a quiet and laidback province like Zamboanga del Norte will have a world-class eco-resort hiding at the back of its mountains will full of modern amenities. Again, the fee we paid was super worth it!
This is my second part of our Dapitan Tour. Wait for my last post about availing of our free tickets to Gloria’s Fantasyland.