Dapitan is a chartered city in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Northern Mindanao. It lies in the Dapitan Bay of the Sulu Sea and is a land of great historical significance. This place that served as home to Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippine National Hero, during his exile is reverentially referred to as the “Shrine City of the Philippines.” Dapitan city is an idyllic place away from the chaos of commercialization and is characterized by the raw countryside simplicity. ‘Dapitan’ meaning ‘to invite’ stands for the welcoming ambience of this city. Don’t you wish to embrace the hospitality? Book flights to the Philippines immediately with iEagle! From the scenic natural attractions to the historical sites, below is the list of Dapitan tourist spots every traveler must visit.
The Rizal Park and Rizal Shrine:
Many of the famous Dapitan city tourist spots are connected with Dr. Jose Rizal, and Rizal Park is a prominent one among them. This is where Dr. Rizal had spent his four years of exile during the Spanish Colonial era. The beautiful park sprawling 70 hectares features Rizal’s residence (a bamboo-home built by himself), his clinic, nipa cottages for his patients and students, and also museum housing artifacts and belongings of Rizal. There’s also a shop that sells items at affordable rates if you wish to take home some souvenirs.
Rizal’s Landing Place:
Rizal’s Landing Place near Santa Cruz Beach is a historical landmark where Dr. Jose Rizal first set his foot on this land. A monument recreating this scene is constructed to memorialize this moment in Philippine history. This place situated along the Sunset Boulevard is a popular Dapitan tourist spot for watching magical views of the sunset. There are many seaside cafes and restaurants that offer the best dining experience!
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Dakak Beach Resort and Dakak Adventure Zone:
Dakak Beach Resort is one of the famous tourist attractions in Dapitan. It offers everything, right from comfortable (though expensive) stay to beach access to the scope for every possible adventure at the nearby Dakak Adventure Zone. If you are not a person to be satisfied with the relaxing vibe at the white-sand powdery beach, try out adventurous activities at the Dakak Adventure zone! The scores of thrilling activities include zip lining, trekking, bungee jumping, rock climbing, banana boat riding, jet skiing, rappelling, kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, speedboat riding, etc.
St. James Church:
A plain ancient church from the outside looks stunning on the inside, thanks to the simple engravings on the church walls and mind-blowing artwork on the spiral-looking ceiling. Don’t stare at it for too long, you might start feeling dizzy. When you are here, you cannot miss another Dapitan tourist spot – the Relief Map of Mindanao – found right in front of the church. Climb the bell tower for a better view. You’ll be astonished to see the green pastures perfectly groomed to replicate the map of Mindanao.
After offering your prayers in the church, take up the hike to Ilihan Hill that is situated behind the St. James Church. Climb up the concrete steps to the top of the hill and enjoy the panoramic views of Dapitan City.
One of the essential things to do in Dapitan City if you are traveling with kids is to have fun at Gloria’s Fantasyland located along Sunset Boulevard. It is the first world-class theme park in Mindanao that boasts 35 thrilling rides, 5D cinema hall, and numerous entertainment shows. This amusement park comes as a pleasant surprise in the otherwise quaint Dapitan city. You’ll gain access to all the rides and attractions in this fantasy land by buying an admission ticket of PHP 1,000.