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Top 12 Best Things to Do in Dipolog City

Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Dipolog City

Sunset in Aliguay Island by rio Ubatay via Wikipedia CC

Dipolog Bucket List: 12 Best Places to Visit in Dipolog City, Philippines

Here we go! One of the most complete places to visit in the entire island of Mindanao is a humble city in the province of Zamboanga Del Norte. The city I’m talking about is hailed as the “Gateway to Western Mindanao” and the “Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines.” Interesting, right?

Dipolog City is a 3rd class city of Zamboanga Del Norte. Why did I say that it’s complete? Well, it is simply because of its ideal location! The city is surrounded by rolling hills and mountains and rich and abundant seas. Moreover, the city center is also full of growing establishments that make the city’s overall economy great. Dipolog is also called an “Orchid City,” thanks to the surrounding mountains, which contain numerous species of orchids and other rare plants. So if you’re a plantito or a plantita, you’ll surely love this place!

Oh, and who could even resist the tasty and savory delicacy of Dipolog, the Spanish sardines? Yep, it is also nicknamed the “Bottled Sardines Capital of the Philippines” for this exact reason. One of the major sardines companies based in Dipolog is Montano, which makes some of the best-tasting Spanish sardines in the country!

Hey, we’re just getting started. Aside from all the things I’ve said earlier, there are still many things to look forward to during your visit here to Dipolog! Tons of natural wonders and hidden gems are scattered all over the city and nearby towns. There are also many destinations where you can admire beautiful creations of culture and architecture. Undoubtedly, your visit here to Dipolog City will be one of your all-time favorites! So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started and find out the 12 Best Things to do in Dipolog City!

Visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary by Jimmy A Domingo via Wikipedia CC
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary By Jimmy A Domingo – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

First on the list is a place not only because of its astonishing beauty but also its historical significance. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Dipolog City because it is designed by our one and only national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. It is said that the church was established sometime in the year 1895 and that Dr. Jose Rizal himself designed the altar.

Hike the 3003 Steps to Linabo Peak

I hope you’re in for an exciting adventure because the next destination will require tons of energy! Linabo Peak in Dipolog City is easily one of the best hiking spots in the entire province of Zamboanga Del Norte. It is popular because of the number of steps you have to hike to reach the top and witness the breathtaking sight you deserve! By walking a total of 3003 Steps, you get to have the scenic view featuring Mt. Talinis, Mt. Kanlaon, and the beautiful landscape of Zamboanga.

During the Holy Week season, Linabo Peak is also a popular destination for pilgrims who want to participate in the annual Stations of the Cross. There are 14 stations throughout the area where several people participate in the “Sacrificial Climb.”

Explore Libuton Cave

Libuton Cave photo via Manuel Resort FB Page
Libuton Cave photo via Manuel Resort FB Page

Another challenging experience awaits as you are now set to explore the famous Libuton Cave! This popular spelunking destination consists of a total of 7 caves, but only 3 are open for exploration. Make sure to bring a lot of courage and water, as this could be one of the most challenging yet memorable experiences in your life!

Experience Peace and Serenity at Cogon Eco-Tourism Park

Cogon Eco-Tourism Park photo via FB Page
Cogon Eco-Tourism Park photo via FB Page

Ah, after taking and conquering the two challenges earlier, the next thing we should do is just relax and breathe in the cool mountain breeze of Dipolog. At Cogon Eco-Tourism Park, that’s precisely what you’ll get because more than 344 hectares of land covered with forests will surely let you feel the peace and serenity that only nature has.

There are also many exciting spots in the park to take nice pictures with animals and beautiful backgrounds. This one’s perfect for the family, too!

Fall in Love with Dipolog Sunset Boulevard

Dipolog Sunset Boulevard by placeover via Wikipedia CC
Dipolog Sunset Boulevard By Placelover, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Who wouldn’t love to witness the captivating scenery of the setting sun, right? If Manila has the famous Roxas Boulevard, then Dipolog City has the Dipolog Sunset Boulevard! That’s right, and it is directly facing the beautiful Sulu Sea. Yep, you’ll get to enjoy that fresh and clean sea breeze while having a picnic with your special someone!

Explore the Tropical Paradise of Aliguay Island

Sunset in Aliguay Island by rio Ubatay via Wikipedia CC
Sunset in Aliguay Island By Rio Ubatay – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, CC

Ah, since you’re already in Dipolog City, you also shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the famous Aliguay Island! It is a very remote location in Zamboanga Del Norte, offering some of the most exciting and relaxing experiences for tourists! Get to witness the pristine and crystal clear waters of a white sand beach where you can also enjoy some water sports activities and feast on fresh seafood caught by the locals!

Enjoy Nature at Selinog Island Beach

Selinog Island Beach photo via FB Page
Selinog Island Beach photo via FB Page

If you’re a beach person, then you might as well maximize your experience, right? While you’re at it, you should also visit the famous Selinog Island Beach! It is a tropical paradise featuring a long sandbar where you can casually stroll and enjoy all the scenic views around you. Of course, fresh seafood is always on the table, so if I were you, every day here be a cheat day!

Breathe Fresh Air at the Sicayab Cliffs

Ah, yes, unleash the daredevil in you as you visit one of the most exciting destinations in the entire province of Zamboanga del Norte, the Sicayab Cliffs. Here, you can try engaging in adrenaline-rush activities such as cliff diving, rock climbing, skimboarding, and swimming! Don’t worry; you can also just relax and unwind at the beach as you breathe the fresh air and watch the beautiful sunset while drinking a bottle of your favorite beer!

Hang Out at Magsaysay Park

You should also relax and appreciate the beauty of the city center here at Magsaysay Park. Explore around the city and discover hidden gems such as restaurants, cafes, shops, and all. You could also meet different people and learn more about the city’s rich culture and history!

Go Swimming in Sungkilaw Falls

Sungkilaw Falls photo via Fb Page
Sungkilaw Falls photo via Fb Page

Next up is another favorite tourist destination located at the farthest barangay from the city. But don’t worry! I assure you that it’s definitely going to be worth it. Sungkilaw Falls is a 20-foot high waterfall where tourists love to take a dip and even dive too! The water here is clean and cold, so it’s a perfect summer destination for the locals. There are also tons of exciting activities that tourists love to do here, so be sure to drop by!

Visit and Pay Respects to the Sta. Cruz Marker

Santa Cruz Marker, also known as the Punta Corro, Dipolog City by Dastreetfilmer via Wikipedia CC
Santa Cruz Marker, also known as the Punta Corro, Dipolog City By Dastreetfilmer, CC BY-SA 3.0, CC

Located in Dipolog City is the oldest landmark of Christianity. It is also the oldest landmark of the city, situated on one of its oldest streets. It is said that the cross was erected to commemorate the time when Boholanos first landed in the city and called it their home. Hence, the beautiful city of Dipolog was born.

Learn More History at Tulwanan Village

Finally, located about 6 kilometers away from the city center is the “Old Town Site of Dipolog,” the Tulwanan Village. This place is the first settlement of the Subanons, Dipolog’s early inhabitants. Here, you can learn more about the rich culture and history of Dipolog and also be mesmerized by beautiful traditional Subanen Houses.

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