Monday, March 27

#SteerTrue: Adventure Awaits with Hull & Stern

Most of my travels almost always include a trip to different waterscapes. May it be the sea, lakes or waterfalls or just a simple hotel pool. I love swimming and the simple thought of a travel with no constant communing with the water world makes me sad.

As I love being near the waters, sometimes it's hard to keep my valuables safe and dry. My earliest ventures to the beaches of the Philippines would lead me to shopping for beach bags which claimed to be 'water proof', but were actually not. 
So I was glad to have finally been able to try out a reliable travel gear like Hull & Stern Dry Bag. I have brought it with me in my various travels the past months. Having all the qualities I was looking for in a dry bag, my travels turned out to be more fun and totally hassle-free.

Monday, March 20

Day Tour in Dakak Resort

Our last full day in Dapitan was spent inside the well-known Dakak Beach Resort. It was raining in the morning of our planned visit. Luckily, it went away later in the day. 

Funny that after a few decades of hearing its commercial in Eat Bulaga since I was a little girl, I felt kind of giddy to finally having stepped foot in it.
To make the most of our day, my friend and I decided to have our breakfast in the resort. After preparing our things, we went out the still wet street (it was raining cats and dogs the previous night) and hailed a trike to take us to Dakak. However, our trike driver explained to us that tricycles are forbidden now since the route is only suitable for four-wheeled vehicles or for motorbikes which locals refer to as habal-habal.

He gladly offered to take us to his cousin who has one. After thanking and paying him, he introduced us to Kuya Edmond before taking off.

Good morning from Dakak Beach Resort! #dakakbeachresort #dapitan #ponderingpaodaolei #themermaidwanders

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We took advantage of the day tour pass priced at only Php 1000 per person. We were only planning to try the ATV or Zipline then spend the rest of our day in the beach. However, an unexpected visitor came and my hormones were whacked up that we only lounged beside one of the pools and tried the promo we saw posted at the gate - 500 pesos for horseback ride and zipline combination.

They said that I conquered the longest zipline in Asia at 1364 m and at 300 m high! 😁 #zipline #dakakbeachresort #ponderingpaodaolei #zamboangadelnorte

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Dakak's Gorgoeous Shoreline 
It turns out that this resort was owned by former politician.

Since our visit was on a weekday, there were not much tourists. The resort was huge and even if the place was packed I am sure that you still can get a cozy spot to yourselves. 

Staying here for a number of days is more enjoyable as guests will find everything they need inside. There are several restaurants to choose from, various swimming pools, private huts, and outdoor facilities.

It was also a good choice for a destination wedding. The beach is in a cove, making the waters calm and child-friendly. I was actually curious if its shoreline was naturally white sand. But seeing the rest of shoreline when we zip-lined made me think otherwise.

Day tour is between 8 AM to 6 PM. And from the things we that were able to do in this span of time, I can say that the 1000 peso fee was worth it. We called it a day and we went back to the town proper before night fell. 

Habal-Habal for Hire 
Kuya Edmond - 0936 563 5405
Itinerary and Expenses
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Monday, March 13

Where to Stay in Dapitan: Travel Bee Heritage Inn

I wanted our lodging in Dapitan to be both modest and nice. As compliments to the simple surroundings we were in, we found a gem when we stayed for a couple of nights at Travel Bee Heritage Inn.

Located in Maria Clara corner Retiro Sts., this lovely inn was a former ancestral home.

It is just within walking distance from St. James Cathedral, an 8 Peso per person trike ride to Dapitan Sunset Blvd. and under ten minutes from Rizal Shrine. 
If coming from Dipolog City, alight at Maria Clara St. and look for the Travel Bee Heritage Inn sign as seen below. 

Travel Bee Heritage Inn
Book Discounted Rooms Here!
(065) 213-6480
Ma. Clara St. corner Retiro St., Banonong, 
Dapitan City, Philippines

Itinerary and Expenses
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Monday, March 6

Dapitan City's Simple Allure

If there was destination I would not mind visiting again soon, It will be Dapitan City. Sure, it is not as bustling as Cebu nor cosmopolitan like Davao. But what sets Dapitan City for me is its simple allure, a laid back charm strengthened by the memories of one great man named Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippines' National Hero.