Zamboanga Del Norte can be described as a vibrant province in the Zamboanga Peninsula. If you haven’t heard about it yet, this province is famous for its Dakak Beach Resort and Jose Rizal’s Memorial Landscape. The beauty of this place is a combination of natural enchantress and historical reminiscence. Not a lot of vehicles or people crowding the street can be seen in this province, specifically in Dapitan City. Be prepared as the ambiance transformed into a lively one after the sun sets in to give you a memorable nightlife experience. For the list of the possible places where you can spend your day and night, here are the top tourist spots in Zamboanga del Norte. [Check out our Dapitan City Travel Guide]
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Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
José Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape
This destination is also called the Rizal Park and Shrine. It is a protected landscape to preserve the memories of the late Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ National Hero, during his life in Dapitan. The place extends to 439 hectares and a popular tourist spot for kids and families. Jose Rizal’s life in Dapitan is one of the reasons why Zamboanga Del Norte is a historical province.
Dakak Beach Resort
Dakak Resort is by far the most popular among the top tourist spots in Zamboanga Del Norte. It is a 15-hectare area with a 750-meter private beach resort. If you take a look at it from above, the island is curved in shape, instead of a long straight shore. This made the place unique among other beaches and resorts. If you are an island person, don’t miss out the Zamboanga’s best beach resort!
Aside from Rizal’s memorial landscape and Dakak Beach, Dapitan also houses the Gloria’s Fantasyland which is regarded as one of the biggest theme parks in the Philippines. This amusement destination has various rides inside–swinger, kiddie ride, train ride, tea-cup rides, happy journey, and many more. This is such a perfect place for family bonding especially if you want to treat your kids after a long day at Dakak.
St. James Church Dapitan
Dapitan City is indeed a tourist destination itself. You can also visit St. James Church in this city as you plan your itinerary to Dakak and Gloria’s Fantasyland. Historically speaking, this church symbolizes Christianity in Dapitan. Its architecture inspired by Spaniards is still evident.
Dipolog City Cathedral
In Dipolog, the capital city of Zamboanga Del Norte, you will find the famous cathedral. If you want a sacred place plotted on your travel trip, you should not miss out this destination. This place is not only popular for its sacredness but as well as its unique architecture.
Surrounded by the Sulu Sea, Aliguay Island is a 65-hectare property of trees and white sand and is home to a thriving small community. To get there, you either have to ride a helicopter, take a motorized boat (outrigger), or take a speed boat from Dakak Park and Beach Resort.
How to get to Zamboanga del Norte
The gateway to Zamboanga del Norte is Dipolog CIty. Flights from Manila and Cebe are available on a daily basis. You can also take a bus from Zamboanga City and Cagayan de Oro City to go to the province. For those whoi prefer to travel by ferry, boats from Cebu, Manila and Dumaguete have trips to Dapitan Port.