Why Dakak Beach Resort Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

Why Dakak Beach Resort Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

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Aerial view of Dakak resort and lounging at the poolPhoto from Dakak Park & Beach Resort Day Pass with Dining Credits

The Philippines, with its over 7,600 islands, is known for its pristine beaches and resorts that can be found along its stunning coastline. Among its popular beach destinations are Boracay, Cebu, Palawan, Bohol, and Batangas, all of which can be found in Luzon or the Visayas Region. While some tourist spots in Mindanao like Siargao and Davao are popular among travelers, this region in the country has largely remained underrated, hosting relatively untouched natural wonders.

One of the under-the-radar destinations in Mindanao is the Zamboanga Peninsula. While most people associate the region with Zamboanga City, it is also home to the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay and the cities of Dipolog, Dapitan, Isabela, and Pagadian.

The region is home to several natural attractions like beaches, forests, mountains, and dive spots. It is also known for its diverse culture, being home to several ethnic groups like the Badjao, Samal, Subanen, Tausug, and the Yakan. 

Dakak Resort welcome letters

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If you’re planning a vacation in the Zamboanga Peninsula, one of your best options for accommodations is Dakak Park and Beach Resort. This property is one of the largest in the region and boasts a 750-meter beach, several different kinds of accommodations, its own golf course, an adventure zone, three swimming pools, and several dining outlets.  

Operating since 1988, the resort has been a top-of-mind destination in Zamboanga, and in recent years, it has even expanded to include Villa Angelina Luxury Suites, offering modern but still serene accommodations right inside the resort.

This Dakak Resort guide will help you discover the amenities and features of the property so you can make the most of your stay here.

Where is Dakak Beach Resort Located?

Dakak Resort beach

Photo from 4-Day Relaxing Dakak Resort Island Tour Package in Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte with Airfare

Dakak Beach Resort is located in Barangay Tanguilon, the city of Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte. The city is most associated with the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, as he was sent here in exile by the Spanish government under suspicion of being part of the rebellion.

However, Dapitan City is also home to several natural attractions, including lush greenery and white sand beaches like Dakak Beach.

How to Go to Dakak Beach Resort? 

If you are coming from outside the Zamboanga Peninsula, the fastest way to reach Dakak Beach Resort is by air, but you can also take sea transfers. If you are already in Dapitan or Dipolog, it’s also easy to reach the resort by land.

By Air

A plane going to Dakak Beach ResortBook a flight to Dipolog Airport. If you’re coming from Manila, the trip should take around 1 hour and 45 minutes, but those coming from Cebu will have a shorter flight at approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. Both these routes are serviced by Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific.

By Sea

Inside a ferry You can reach Dakak Beach Resort by Philippine ferries or sea transfers either via Dipolog City or Dapitan City. You take a ferry from Manila to Dipolog City. This route with 2GO will take a bit over 35 hours, while a Cebu to Dapitan City trip with Starlite Ferries will take around 10 hours.

By Land

From Dipolog City, you can take a bus to Dapitan. The trip will take around 45 minutes and will cost you around PHP35 to PHP40. 

Once you reach Dapitan, you can take a tricycle or a habal-habal (motorcycle) from the city proper to the resort.

Top Dakak Beach Resort Activities and Amenities

A water activity in Dakak

Photo from 4-Day Fun Family Package at Dakak Resort in Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte with Theme Park Access

With its expansive grounds, you won’t run out of things to do in Dakak Resort. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling adventure or a quiet escape from the city, there are plenty of Dakak activities you can choose from.

Cool off in the swimming pools

Having fun at pool in Dakak

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Dakak Beach Resort has three swimming pools. The Dakak Main Pool is 4 to 6 feet deep and is the perfect spot to relax and chill. If you want a more exciting experience, head to the Dolphin Pool, which is 6 to 8 feet deep and features a fun water slide. Finally, those with children will appreciate the 2- to 4-foot-deep Kiddie Pool, which even has a cute island with a solitary coconut tree in the middle.

Enjoy a round of golf at Dakak Golf Club

Golfing at Dakak

Photo from Exciting 4-Day Golfing Package at Dakak Resort in Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte with Airfare

Dakak Golf Club, which is located inside the resort, is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman. The par-72 course covers 6,500 yards and will take you through rolling terrain and challenging greens. The best part is, it is located along the coast of Sulu Sea, giving you picturesque views of Dapitan’s landscape while teeing off.

Chase an adrenaline rush at Dakak Adventure Zone 

Zipline at Dakak Resort

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Dakak Adventure Zone is an area inside the resort that is perfect for adrenaline junkies. You can explore the massive property via an ATV ride or go old-school and go horseback riding. You can also see the resort’s lush canopy of trees when you go on a zipline ride. For groups of friends who are competitive and don’t mind a bit of bruising, the Airsoft arena is a must-visit.

Enjoy fun water activities

Jetski in Dakak Beach Resort

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Head to the Aqua Sports area for some fun on the resort’s beach. Those traveling in groups will enjoy bonding over an exhilarating banana boat ride, while couples can try a tandem jet ski ride. Travelers who want a more relaxed activity can rent a paddle board and gently make their way across the waters of Dakak Beach.

Learn how to dive

Marine life in Dakak Bay, Zamboanga del Norte

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The Aqua Sports area is also home to a Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)-certified diving school and dive shop. The dive shop offers courses for both beginners and advanced divers under the supervision of a dive instructor. You can also avail of a full gear rental here, so you don’t need to worry about bringing your own. 

Lounge and chill at the beach

A dad with his kid at Dakak beach

Photo from 4-Day Relaxing Dakak Resort Island Tour Package in Dapitan Zamboanga del Norte with Airfare

Dakak Beach Resort is famous for its 750-meter stretch of powdery white sand, which offers its guests stunning views of the resort’s cover and the Sulu Sea. Take advantage of this tranquil atmosphere and enjoy a laid-back time and just hang out or go on a leisurely stroll. If you wish to grab a drink or some snacks, you can check out Tiki Bar, Cockpit Bar, and Bamboo Cafe, all of which are just along the beach.

See Dakak Beach Resort from above via a helicopter ride

Aerial view from Dakak helicopter ride

Photo from 10-minute Helicopter Ride at Dakak Park & Beach Resort with Optional Tour Upgrades

For a unique experience, you can book a helicopter ride at Dakak Beach Resort. This activity will take you and up to two of your companions on a 10- to 12-minute aerial tour of the 300-hectare property, including the golf course. If you want to see Dapitan City Proper or Aliguay Island, you can also upgrade your tour to either a 15- to 17-minute flight or a 20- to 22-minute trip.

Where to Stay at Dakak Beach Resort

Dakak Beach Resort’s accommodations are spread out across the property, so even if there are no vacancies, it will never feel crowded. Whether you’re traveling solo, with your partner, or with a group of friends or family members, you’ll find the perfect accommodations at Dakak Beach Resort or in Villa Angelina Luxury Suites, which is located inside the resort. For a hassle-free stay, you can book Dakak package tours, which usually come with accommodation and roundtrip airport transfers.

Deluxe Room

Dakak Deluxe room

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With a maximum capacity of 4 people, the spacious 100-sqm Deluxe Rooms are perfect for small families and couples. Couples can opt for a king bed, while those in a group may request a two-queen-bed configuration. All 20 Deluxe Rooms come with air-conditioning, a balcony or a patio, and an en suite bathroom with a shower.

Prime Room

Dakak Prime room

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Prime Rooms have 100 sqm of space, making them big enough to accommodate a maximum of three people. They are ideal for a small group of friends and couples. There are 16 Prime Rooms at the resort, all of which are equipped with air-conditioning and have an en suite bathroom with a shower, coffee- and tea-making facilities, and their own balcony or patio each. 

Garden Room

Dakak Garden room

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Those who want to stay close to nature should consider the Garden Rooms, all 4 of which are located next to Dakak Beach Resort’s forest garden hill and just within a few steps from the sea and Il Patio Ristorante, the resort’s Italian restaurant. 

Apart from providing guests with a view of lush greenery, Garden Rooms also have air-conditioning, a balcony or a patio, an en suite bathroom with a shower, and a set of lounge chairs or a sofa. The 100-sqm accommodations are roomy enough for solo travelers and couples, but they can also accommodate groups traveling in threes.

Family Room Pavilion

Dakak family room

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Large families or groups of friends will feel at home at the Family Room Pavilion as it can accommodate a large number of guests. 20 of this accommodation type can host up to 16 people, while 30 Family Room Pavilions can accommodate up to 21 people. The bunk beds are spread across two bedrooms, and there are two bathrooms that everyone can share.

Treetop Cabana

Dakak Treetop cabanas

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As its name suggests, Treetop Cabanas are located on higher floors, giving you a view of Dakak Beach Resort’s green canopy. The ten cabanas can accommodate up to 6 people and feature a mix of bunk and double beds and a balcony with a table and lounge chairs. The room layout is perfect for bonding with friends or family members.

Beachfront Casa

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites Beachfront Casa

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Beachfront Casas are located in Villa Angelina Luxury Suites, still inside the Dakak Beach Resort. There are two types of this accommodation, Beachfront Casa A and B. There are two Beachfront Casa As, which are the largest accommodations in the beachfront area, occupying 200 sqm.

The two Beachfront Casa Bs are slightly smaller at 150 sqm but have similar amenities, including a king bed, a bathroom with a bathtub and shower, a living room, and a private patio. All Beachfront Casas can accommodate a maximum of 4 people and accept pets as guests, making it perfect for couples who can’t leave their furbabies behind.

Beachfront Casita

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites Beachfront Casita

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Located near the white sand beach of the resort, the six Beachfront Casitas are perfect for honeymooners or couples celebrating a special occasion. At 80 sqm, these casitas that are part of the Villa Angelina Luxury Suites each have a queen-sized bed, an en suite bathroom, and a sitting area. Pets are also welcome to stay with their owners.

Cliffside Casita

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites Cliffside Casita

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Those who want to enjoy picturesque views of Dakak’s cove and beach should book a Cliffside Casita. Amenities in these casitas include a Jacuzzi with an overlooking view, a private balcony, a sitting area, and sofa or lounge chairs, making it the ideal retreat for couples. If you book a Cliffside Casita A, you may also request to stay at the casitas with a kitchenette and a maid’s quarter. All Cliffside Casitas can be found at Villa Angelina Luxury Suites, host a maximum of 4 people, and allow guests to bring their pets with them. 

What time is the check-in and check-out at Dakak Beach Resort?

Swimming pool at Dakak resort

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The standard check-in time for Dakak Beach Resort and Villa Angelina Luxury Suites is 2 PM, while the standard checkout time is 12 NN. Early check-in and late checkout may be requested, but this is subject to availability, and additional charges may apply.

Is Dakak Beach Resort pet-friendly? 

Some areas of Dakak Beach Resort are pet-friendly. Guests staying at Villa Angelina Luxury Suites may bring a maximum of two cats or dogs per room, with all animals having a maximum height of 60 centimeters.

Pets are also allowed in public areas as long as they are leashed or in a carrier. Exceptions are the indoor area of Yugo Restaurant, the infinity pool area, the tennis courts, and the golf course. Pet owners are also required to fill out a pet waiver form.

Where to Eat and Drink at Dakak Beach Resort

There are several dining options at both Dakak Beach Resort and Villa Angelina Suites, so whether you are craving Italian, Korean, Mexican, or Asian food, you’ll find it at the resort. There are also a couple of poolside and beachside bars where you can enjoy a drink or some snacks.

Dakak Beach Resort Restaurants and Bars

With eight dining outlets, you’ll never run out of new dishes and drinks to try at Dakak Beach Resort. Whether you want to indulge in a filling meal or enjoy a cocktail by the pool, you’ll find the perfect place to have it in the resort.

Bamboo Restaurant 

Dakak Bamboo Restaurant

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Offering a range of Filipino and Asian food, Bamboo Restaurant is perfect for early risers and night owls, as it is open from 6 AM to 1 AM. Its location along the beach also gives guests a stunning view while enjoying their meals.

Capiz Restaurant

Dakak Capiz Restaurant

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Located next to Bamboo Restaurant, Capiz Restaurant also offers Filipino dishes that may be ordered a la carte. Similar to Bamboo Restaurant, it is also open from 6 AM to 1 AM. 

Il Patio Ristorante 

Dakak Il Patio Restorante

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Il Patio Ristorante is Daka Beach Resort’s premium Italian restaurant, with pasta and meat dishes as their best sellers. Each dish is made from fresh ingredients and can be ordered from 11 AM to 9 PM.

Sea Catch Restaurant

Dakak Sea Catch Restaurant

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This seafood restaurant is open from 11 AM to 9 PM and features Mediterranean-inspired decor. Feast on fresh food inspired by flavors from all around the world while enjoying views from its cliffside location.

Tiki Bar

Dakak Tiki Bar

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Located along the beach, Tiki Bar is the perfect place to grab a refreshing drink or a tasty bite in between relaxing on the sand or swimming in the ocean. Tiki Bar is open from 10 AM to 10 PM

Bubba Boat Cafe

Dakak Bubba Boat

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Enjoy an overlooking view of the resort’s stunning cove as you try the snacks and drinks at this cafe.

Cockpit Bar

Dakak Cockpit Bar

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This 24-hour bar is located between Dakak Beach and the Main Pool, making it a perfect spot to enjoy cocktails, smoothies, ice cream, fries, and sandwiches after a refreshing swim.

Cafe Tropicana

Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy indulging in Cafe Tropicana’s cakes, pastries, and local delicacies. Drop by from 8 AM to 10 PM for your dessert fix.

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites Restaurants and Bars

Enjoy a variety of flavors when you dine at the restaurants and bars at Villa Angelina Luxury Suites. These five dining outlets will keep you full and your tummy happy during your stay here.

Yugo Restaurant

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites Yugo Restaurant

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Those craving a mix of Asian cuisine should try Yugo Restaurant, which serves Japanese, Korean, and Filipino dishes from 6 AM to 10 PM. Guests dining here will also be treated to a panoramic view of the resort.

Infinity Pool Bar

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites infinity pool bar

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Take a break from swimming and order a snack or a drink from the Infinity Pool Bar, which is open from 7 AM to 9 PM. 

Korean BBQ Garden

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites korean bbq garden

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Enjoy samgyupsal and other Korean dishes at this restaurant, all while taking in a view of the ocean and the distant mountains. 

Sabores del Mar

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites Sabores del Mar

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Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11 AM to 7 PM, Sabores del Mar features its own private beach. Take in the pretty vista as you enjoy Mexican snacks and drinks.

Sunset Cove Bar Lounge

Villa Angelina Luxury Suites sunset cove bar lounge

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Catch the golden hour at this beachfront lounge which serves drinks, light snacks, and vegan fare. Sunset Cove Bar Lounge is open from Wednesday to Monday, from 3 PM to 11 PM.

Nearby Attractions from Dakak Beach Resort

With its location in Dapitan City, Dakak Beach Resort offers its guests a great home base to explore the city’s attractions, as well as other nearby tourist spots. 

Rizal Park and Shrine Dapitan

Rizal Shrine (photo by Dapitan Gov)

Photo by Dapitan Government Website

Also known as Jose Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape, Rizal Park and Shrine Dapitan is 16 hectares of land that was once owned by Dr. Jose Rizal himself. He built houses, a school, and a hospital on this land, helping the locals of Dapitan during his exile here. In 1913, the government converted the land to a park honoring his memory.

Glorious Fantasyland Theme Park

Glorious Fantasyland

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This theme park is one of the biggest and most popular in Mindanao, operating since 2009. Glorious Fantasyland Theme Park features rides and attractions for all ages, including a rollercoaster, a 5D Cinema, and Lakbay Pilipinas, a chill train ride that will take you to replicas of some of the Philippines’ top tourist spots, including Rizal Park in Manila.

Aliguay Island

Aliguay Island

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A boat ride away from Dakak Beach Resort is Aliguay Island, which is famous for its white sand beaches and coral reefs. During an Aliguay Island tour, guests can enjoy snorkeling, riding a bike, or just lounging at the beach. The island is home to a restaurant where visitors can enjoy snacks or a meal.

Punto del Desembarco de Rizal

The name of this attraction literally translates to Rizal Landing Point, as this was the spot where Jose Rizal disembarked on July 1892 to begin his four years of exile in Dapitan. Here, you’ll see a life-size statue of the national hero along with the Spanish men who accompanied him.

Balay Hamoy Museum

Balay Hamoy Museum

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Balay Hamoy is an ancestral house built in 1893 and owned by Don Mariano B. Hamoy, Jose Rizal’s schoolmate. During Rizal’s stay in Dapitan, he often hung out in the house with Hamoy. The second floor has been turned into a museum, which is home to several artifacts, including the chess set that Rizal and Hamoy used during Rizal’s visits.

Relief Map of Mindanao

Relief Map of Mindanao

Photo by National Museum of the Philippines

The Relief Map of Mindanao is what it seems: a map of Mindanao made with grassy mounds. What’s special about this map is it was created in 1892 by Dr. Jose Rizal with the help of his mentor. It is interesting to see and note the old names of some of the places depicted on the map.

St. James Parish

St James Church

Located right beside the Relief Map of Mindanao, St. James Parish is another spot that Jose Rizal frequented during his time in Dapitan. The parish is also often referred to as Dapitan Church, and its upper floors offer a better view of the Relief Map of Mindanao.

Gloria de Dapitan

A commercial complex located along Sunset Boulevard, Gloria de Dapitan is home to several establishments, including a bowling center, an arcade, and several dining establishments. The main attraction here is the central fountain, which lights up in different colors at night.

Plan your visit to Dakak Beach Resort now!

Aerial view of Dakak Resort

Photo from Dakak Park & Beach Resort Day Pass with Dining Credits

The Zamboanga Peninsula is an underrated destination in the Philippines, and one of the best ways to enjoy it is by staying at this Dapitan beach resort. There are countless Dakak Beach Resort facilities you can enjoy and take advantage of, including dining establishments and activity areas catering to all ages. 

This beach resort in Dapitan City is also considered one of the best beach resorts in the Philippines, offering a wide variety of accommodations for all kinds of travelers. If you want to experience staying in one of the best luxury resorts in the Philippines, you can stay at Villa Angelina Luxury Suites, where you will be pampered with plush accommodations and top-notch service.

During your stay, you can book Zamboanga tours so you can explore more of Dapitan City and other destinations on the peninsula. If you want to see more of the Philippines, you can book Philippine vacation packages to other destinations.

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