Saturday, October 20, 2012

Dakak: The Forgotten but Still Amazin' Resort

I remember when I was a kid while watching television during noontime, I usually come across the commercial of Dakak during breaks from Eat Bulaga.  It was stunning to see even on tv that I told myself I will have to visit it someday.  And yes, I made that dream come true.  I was able to set foot on the said paradise.

May 5, 2012.  Four days following my successful final interview in the new company I am working with right now, me and my girlfriend, together with our friends Charisma and Charlotte decided to take a land trip from Bacolod to Dumaguete (a 6-hour nonstop drive) and hop aboard a fast craft going to Dapitan City.  From the port, a service van from fetched us and took another 30 minutes drive to Dakak Park & Beach Resort.  You can also hire a single motorcycle (or locals call it habal habal) to get you to the resort.

The place is still the same as what is seen in the commercial.  Beautiful sights, peaceful ambiance, a perfect place if you want to get away from the city's busy lifestyle.  So as I described it - a hidden paradise.  Other than the beach itself, we also enjoyed the city tour as part of our group package (roughly 7k for four persons).  Yes, Dakak offers group packages which includes your overnight stay, visits to Rizal Shrine in Dapitan, Gloria's Fantasyland (an amusement park based on Enchanted Kingdom, less the roller coasters) as well as a quick city tour to a nearby city, Dipolog.  

One of three pools offered for your relaxation

A Chinese temple with the scenic mountain background

The resort also offers three swimming pools, one of them is about 12 ft deep that it is very good for those who wants to practice diving (as long as you know how to swim); bowling, billiards, videoke, snorkeling, jet skiing, and kayaking.  Charlotte brought her skim board so I practiced skimboarding by the shoreline early morning (and was not good at it haha)

Rizal's Shrine in Dapitan

Charlotte, Edz, Me and Charisma enjoying the clear beach waters

At Gloria's Fantasyland

The Magestic sunset in Dakak

Amidst the popularity of "party" beaches, to name Boracay and Puerto Gallera, Dakak is something beach lovers should visit.  If you are a peace-loving person, you will be amazed of the tranquility the place has to offer.

How to get there:
Dakak is in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte.  It is accessible via air (Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines) from Manila and Cebu to Dipolog Airport; via fastcraft from Dumaguete, Cebu and Tagbilaran to Dapitan Port.  If you have a tour package with the resort, a service van will be available for you.  If not, or if you just simply looking for adventure, you can hire a habal habal, but always remember to negotiate first.  For more information, you can get in touch with them at (+63) 65 213 6813.

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