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  • Jun Ruaya
    Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
    This place has everything a tourist is looking for: waves hitting the seawall, fishing boats leaving the jetty at sunset, joggers, romantic couples, bikers, live bands, fresh sea foods, zumba dancers, entertainment, sporting events or a beach to put your bare feet during low tide.
    I got stranded here so i used the time to explore what Dipolog has to offer.I arrived here from my Camiguin and Mindanao tour on March 8. On the 16th the place was on a lockdown mode. No transport. So I bought an old bike to explore this area every afternoon. When the city reverted to GCQ people started to do their jogging here. It was back to business since the local government recorded a Zero Covid 19 case here. In short, this area is the best place to get stranded. Food affordable and every place is a walking distance. This stgretch of cemented infrastructure has lengthened to more than 3 kms and has reached the feeder RORO port in barangay Galas. At the end of the sunset boulev ard you can swim since there are beach resorts there. I used to swim thrice a week at the end of the boulevard where i swam with the kids in the morning.
    Written 26 July 2020
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  • Jun Ruaya
    Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
    The church could have retained its historical value had not the Catholic community modernized the facade of the church.What makes the church a must-see for tourists is that its original altar was designed by the country's national hero during his three-year exile in the province in late 1800.A marker installed by the historical institute near the entrance proves the claims of church administrators.What is inside is the modern version of the old church.Its the only landmark left to remind people of its connection with the colonizers. The old municipio, which was the exact replica of the municipal hall of Maribojoc built by the Americans was totally modernized without any semblance of the old structure left.
    It's not anymore very hot inside since it has industrial-sized ceiling electric fans. Better seat near the side entry doors for the cooler air blowing into the building.If you prefer an air-conditioned house of worship, there is one in nearby barrio Santa Filomena but smaller compared to the cathedral. One thing good during Mass here is that its parish priest delivers thought-provoking homilies during the celebration.
    If your want to see a really Spanish-time church go the nearby Dapitan parish church where an earthen map of Mindanao, which was installed by the national hero, still exist.All the other landmarks in the city are recent creations.There are some masses celebrated in English, contrary to earlier review where the mass is said in the native language of the place.
    Written 6 November 2019
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  • Jan v
    Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands32 contributions
    Strong but very nice...
    Nice nature..
    Go early 06:00 so not to hot...
    Take water with u..also comfortroom on the route.
    Written 26 July 2019
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  • Jun Ruaya
    Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
    I have been to different places to snorkel. So far this is the best for me. First, it is an isolated paradise. During my trip I was the only one off the shore snorkeling. Schools of fish with various colors could be viewed few meters from the shore.Underwater plants, corrals and creatures are in their natural habitat. The water is clear, the beach is white and very quiet. I suggest you do your swimming and snorkeling on a weekend. It's not really a ghost town. During Sundays, you could explore the whole island . You may join the locals betting on cock fighting. Bring your own tent and food. No lodging houses on the island.
    Written 21 October 2019
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  • Jun Ruaya
    Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
    This is not really a must-see ecotourism destination in Dipolog.This is only for the very healthy, good pair of lungs, non-smokers and for people with a strong heart.But for the fundamentalist Catholics this 3,0003-step concrete stairway is a pilgrimage venue for the presence of the 14 stations of the Cross. Parishioners walk up the steps during the Holy Week for the community's Katkat Sakripisyo church event.
    I suggest you make first a tour to Dapitan and Dipolog to familiarize the local terrain.Travel up to the Sungkilaw Falls in Diwan, the airport to the outskirts of Dapitan..Thus make the climb as your last destination. In so doing, when you are already at the top, you can easily identify landmarks in Dipolog like the boulevard, airport, river, subdivisions, highways, bridges and highways. From the peak you have a 360-degree view of the twin cities. I suggest you start your climb early morning, around 6 am on a weekend so by 9 am you would reach the top where telcos and national TV stations have their repeater antennas.
    Bring bottles of water and food since there are no restaurants there. A consolation is that there are stores at the foot and near the peak in the vicinity of the Lugdungan elementary school.But bring along your garbage after your picnic at the top.
    My caution is do not attempt to run up or down the steps since its higher altitude would burden your lungs. Second, it could injure your knees.It's even harder to walk down than to walk up the stairway.A day or two before you climb try to do some exercises for your legs and waists so that after the climb you would not be injured.
    But if you no other place to visit in Dipolog then you may savor the scenery from the top.
    Written 6 November 2019
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  • Wanderlust323
    Las Pinas, Philippines19 contributions
    I've been here once and it was a family trip. This is where I learned to float on my back when I was still learning how to swim so this place will always hold a special place in my heart. This is the place to be if you're looking for peace and quiet. White sand, blue waters.

    ps. make sure you bring lots of sunscreen, a tent or beach umbrella to protect you from the harsh sun. there aren't a lot of shady spots in the island.
    Written 27 July 2016
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  • Jun Ruaya
    Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
    Sea Breeze restaurant is actually encroaching the beach since it stands on the sand. If you are a customer of this affordable seafood outlet there is a concrete steps going down to the beach.It is not a private beach because it's open to the public on any day. If you happen to take your lunch here on a weekend you would notice scores of picnickers under the coconut palms and under the trees. Motorcycle riders usually converge here on Sundays doing some swimming and conversing about their adventures on their iron horses.
    Since there are no resorts nearby I suggest you get a room at Sea Breeze budget hotel so you can use their shower rooms after dipping in the sea and rolling on the sandy beach.Although it is not white, the sand is powdery and stretches up to the airport area and toward the Bucana barrio in the boundary of Dapitan.
    You may use the second floor of the restaurant to drink your beer in the afternoon. The use of the karaoke is free. If there are other tables being occupied, your singing session is limited up to three songs, then the mic would be passed on to the next table.
    The bottom line is that you have a free beach and you could swim the whole day. No night swimming allowed since there is no light on the beach nor lifeguards since the hotel is not a resort.For Dipolognons, the Sicayab is the nearest public clean beach for weekend celebrations for free.
    Written 6 November 2019
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  • rpantoni
    Melbourne, Australia836 contributions
    Libuton Cave in Manukan offers great experience...One thing, there is not much crowd and only people around Zamboanga del Norte knows this cave.. I had been to many caves around the philippines (>10caves), and I rank Libuton cave within top 3.

    I would recommend cave enthusiasts to visit there.

    Transportation: Ride a bus (
    Written 20 November 2014
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  • Jun Ruaya
    Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
    I have been to several falls in Laguna, Aklan, Bohol, Lanao and many others that Sungkilaw to me doesn't fall under "falls" but a creek with rushing white water between two boulders. The drop is only around 5 ft. The area upstream is more scenic and functional than the falls itself. The facilities--sheds, rest rooms, tables, path walk, shower rooms.--are not functional nor maintained.The only rest rooms open are at the reception building near the parking area. Entrance is free.
    I suggest, however, that a token fee or donation should be encouraged from visitors to maintain the facilities. With better facilities the place could be promoted as a nature park, camping ground or a weekend picnic area.There are no overnight facilities there so tourists should be urged to bring tents. Better the locals may provide overnight lodging for out of town tourists for a minimal fee. A home-stay arrangement could be okay like in Puerto Galera during peak season.
    I took a dip at the cool pool upstream and it was really good. It is not advisable, however, to swim because of the rapid flowing water going down the falls.I propose to the local tourism office to maintain and improve the area. There is now a wide cemented highway all the way to the falls from the junction in barangay Cogon.Second, the city government of Dipolog deploys a free ride bus that leaves city proper to the falls every two hours from the boulevard and at the integrated bus terminal in Sta Isabel near ABC in Miputak.Also a UV point to point van ferries tourists from the integrated overland bus terminal at a reasonable fare on weekends.The potential for the area as tourism destination is great.It needs only better marketing. Second, visitors could take a bus going to Pagadian and disembark in Cogon. Then they could hire a habal-habal or a motorcab going to the falls. A habal-habal from Dipolog costs P120. from Cogon P100 one way. Or visit the area in the morning and take the Libreng Sakay buses of the city government.You may also take your breakfast or lunch in Cogon. There's a restaurant near the junction. Look for Ed Facturan, a pastor, who runs this resto during weekdays.Marang,mangosten, papaya are sometimes sold in his restaurant. The place is airy and you dine al fresco..
    Written 21 October 2019
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  • dagz09
    Dipolog, Philippines10 contributions
    The most accesible place in the city..Fastfood outlet, Groceries, Perfume, Books, Playground, Cloth are all available here. It is also a relaxing area for a stressfull walk and, You surely will not regret your visit here!
    Written 20 May 2016
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  • Wanderlust323
    Las Pinas, Philippines19 contributions
    This is the place to be for history buffs. Visit it at least once when you come to Dipolog and you really won't get disappointed.
    Written 27 July 2016
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  • Jun Ruaya
    Calamba, Philippines52 contributions
    The old, filthy, dark park is a thing of the past. The city government did a make-over of Magsaysay Park. The vintage cement kiosk was replaced by a beautiful structure comparable to those found abroad. Parking spaces are available around the park. A colored fountain was installed around the old Rizal monument. A man-made canal from the lighted fountain area is installed to connect the fountain to the modern spacious activity area that serves as a a mini stage for social gatherings. When the SAP fund were available, it was here where Mayor Darrel Uy distributed the cash with health protocols observed.It is cool at night since the old Talisay trees are still there giving shade at early morning or late afternoon. In short, the park, which opened to the public last April 2020, is worth your time. There are also several exercise equipment and cement and wooden tables and chairs for park goers. It's really worth to while away your time. The Catholic and protestant churches , schools, city hall are just across the park.
    Written 26 July 2020
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  • Rod L
    Metro Manila, Philippines36 contributions
    Yes, Rui is a restaurant at day and at night is a club goers paradise. But the clubbing scene though is scheduled, and not every weekends. So its a bit frustrating to think that a high class clubbing scene in Dipolog is Only scheduled. You just have to wait and be patient for a party to be scheduled, but when you're lucky... You're god damn lucky. The clubbing scene is worthy comparable to clubs in BGC, the crowd is not jologs but rather a bit high class. Its well organized, well planned and secure. Beers are perfectly chilled and the food is astounding.
    Written 22 January 2016
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  • KrizPRO
    Dumaguete City, Philippines562 contributions
    A mini hike in the forest of Cogon Eco-tourism Park.. Nature lovers would like this place. You would stop by a mini zoo with monkeys, birds and other wildlife native to this area on your hike. Be careful on the slippery muddy pathways though. The climax of the hike is reaching the tallest treehouse of Mindanao. Spiral steps going up shivers as you pace higher and higher up until you reach the top. A time for a breather and savor the height of the treehouse while on it. It will give you a bit of adrenaline as you go down because you can see how high you are plus the rocking stairs that would really make you hold the railings a bit tighter.
    Written 16 December 2015
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