Dakak Beach Resort in Dapitan is right across the sea from Dumaguete. After so long a time, we finally decided to visit such a tropical getaway. The promise of luxury, tranquility and bountiful nature will be fulfilled, but for a hefty price tag, especially if you plan to stay there overnight. If money is no object, there is a wide array of resort rooms to choose from. There is also a list of activities to consider such as a game of airsoft, ATV, climbing (rappelling, rock climbing, biking, trekking), horseback riding, diving and zipline with an outstanding 1, 364 meters and 300-meter drop. It is the fastest dual zipline in Asia.
In our case, however, money doesn’t grow on trees and our only other option was to avail of their Day Tour package. It only costs P500 with a complimentary italian pasta meal and free use of their swimming pools, jacuzzi, pure white sand beach and other high-class amenities. We will focus solely on this, because our blog caters to backpackers who prefer to maximize their travels and spend less at the same time.
Our day started with an early breakfast at a Tapsilogan food station located on the opposite side of the road from where the Rizal monument rests nearby the Gloria de Dapitan amusement park. We ordered Tapsilog for P45 each and tap water on the rocks. We took some pictures of the gray sands lining the entire breadth of the Sunset boulevard while waiting for our tasty meals to be served.
We rode on a motorcab going to the market area where the single motorcycles are parked, by the way the fare is only P8 so always ask first before you step on any public vehicle. We then asked the driver to look for a single motorcycle rider who would settle for P75/head one way going to Dakak beach resort. Luckily, there was one who agreed – Marlon, cellphone #: +639174602373. From there we were whisked away to the Dakak beach resort portal for about 30 minutes. We don’t want to delve anymore into our conversations about the Jalosjos clan and their political grips all over the land.
As soon as we arrived at the gates of Dakak Beach Resort, we showed our receipts of P1,000 for the Dakak Beach Resort Day Tour. P500 for me and another P500 for my wife, in case you’re wondering. We purchased our tickets from Fantasyland Travel and Tour inside Gloria de Dapitan. So, after showing our tickets, one of the staff called up the free shuttle ride going to where the Dakak Beach Resort is nestled in the distance. We noticed that the roads were well-paved and fantastic landscaping were a common sight along the way. It took less than 10 minutes to reach our destination.
The first thing we saw there was this huge boat fixture between the big Dolphin swimming pool and kiddie pool which is actually the Pirate’s Disco Bar. We visited the souvenir shop nearby but the Dakak T-shirts were so expensive from P250 to P375 each. So, we had to skip that and just decided to proceed to their lockers area. Yes, there is a person in charge of all your baggage situated by the kiddie pool. We left our bulky stuff there with him and darted straight to the beach. The cove itself was clean, white and somewhat wide but if you’re looking for long walks on the beach then this particular patch of beach isn’t for you. On the other end is the Dakak Aqua Sports, they have everything there – Jetskis, banana boats, scuba gear you name it. If you came to Dakak Beach Resort as a group, you may cheapen the cost of the Jetski rental by taking turns with your mates. We estimate it to be around P2,000 for a mere 30 minutes use. So again, we went beach bumming for a bit then took pictures here and there. We still could not believe that we’re already in Dakak.
During our stay, there were a throng of people since it was the weekend after all. But, we were fortunate enough to capture stills of the beach when the others were hiding from the scorching heat of the sun. We wasted no time and took advantage of such an intimate moment of having the entire stretch of the beach all to ourselves!
The underwater scene was not that spectacular, but it still laid some pretty awesome surprises for us. There were fish species we haven’t seen elsewhere. There were gardens of spiny uea urchins nearby the shore, which could definitely injure unsuspecting guests without a snorkeling gear on. Not a lot of corals, but we did see a sneaky lionfish camouflaging itself in front of a sea urchin. That was a priceless thing to see indeed.
Il Patio Restaurant
We were told that we could consume our free meals that came with our Dakak Beach Resort Day Tour package at 11:am. So, after snorkeling and beach bumming for hours we got so hungry and decided to go there right away. We were delighted to find out that the servings were huge and we had so much fun eating our lunch without ever paying a single centavo.
Il Patio Restaurante Italiano Menu
Bamboo Cafe Restaurant Menu
We were happily satisfied with our lunch at the Il Patio Italiano Restaurant, but still we decided to drop by the Dakak Beach Resort’s Bamboo Cafe Restaurant by the beach to see what’s up on their menu. Bamboo Cafe restaurant allows the customers a full view of the beach, sea and the embracing land masses. We’re doing yet another public service by posting their menu here.
Bamboo Cafe Restaurant Breakfast Menu
Bamboo Cafe Restaurant Seafoods Menu
Bamboo Cafe Restaurant International Favorites and Vegetables Menu
Cockpit Bar Menu
This Bar is right next to the Bamboo Cafe Menu, so if you prefer some drinks over food then just head to this part. Without further ado, here are the pages of their menu for your perusal.
Dakak Beach Resort Swimming Pools
We didn’t feel like eating again, so we just checked out their swimming pools next, the Dolphin pool for adults and the kiddie pool, obviously for the kids. There is a jacuzzi beside the kiddie pool and we must have spent a full hour in there, just enjoying the massaging sensation of the water against our tired bodies. Later, we moved on to our last pool – the Dolphin pool! It was deceptively clear for it was too salty that it would be unbearable to open your eyes beneath the water. We swam in that pool for an hour and afterwards dared their yellow-colored slide which seemed wider than the usual – you can slide in tandem or as a group, just be careful on your way down!
Dakak Park & Beach Resort Pool Munchies Menu
Chinese Function Hall
There’s a Chinese-themed Function Hall in the midst of the resort, mainly for functions like seminars, birthdays and weddings. We liked how it is strategically built on a spot with a limestone cliff backdrop. It looked good even though we were using our point-and-shoot underwater camera.
How to Go to Dakak Beach Resort in Dapitan
Super Shuttle Ferry
FARE: P308 (early bird promo, so get your tickets before 3 PM to avail)
5 PM – 8 PM (Dumaguete to Dapitan)
5 AM – 8 AM (Dapitan to Dumaguete)
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
7 AM – 10:30 AM
4 PM – 8 PM
Just reasearch on Aleson Shipping Lines and George & Peter Lines schedules.
Upon arriving at the Dapitan City Port, walk to the exit gates and then hire a single motorcycle. Fare per head is P50 if you’re heading to Sunset Boulevard. If you’re traveling solo, just tell the driver to send you to the crossing, fare is P20. That’s where you should alight and then ride another motorcab (tricycle) for P8 going to Sunset boulevard. We were unable to try the latter and went for the P50 / head.
When you have arrived at Gloria de Dapitan, go inside and then look for Fantasyland Travel and Tour. They’re open there from 8 AM to 9 PM and the staff there are helpful and friendly.
If you want to avail of the Aliguay promo day tour, just check out their Facebook page “Official Aliguay Island” and wait for announcements.
They only charge you P275 per person for a trip to Aliguay Island on board the Serpintina fast craft. It will leave Dakak Pier 1 at 9 AM then a 45-minute seafaring will follow. You are given the option to avail of their lunch buffet for an additional of P475, so that would total P750. Not bad.
Since we’re a DIY traveling couple, we also suggest to those of you who don’t wish to pay for their buffet lunch of P475 to try out the Tacubo Restaurant on the island. The prices are affordable. If not, then buy yourself a few Tuna Paella ready-to-eat canned goods for only P30+ a piece. We always carry a few with us in case we get hungry and we’re in the middle of nowhere or when we simply run out of cash.
Chances are if you’re coming from Manila, you will probably spend overnight in Dakak Beach Resort or elsewhere. The former provides free pick up from the airport. It’s much more convenient that way.
If you are booked elsewhere, say those hotels or pension houses along Sunset Boulevard – please book your rooms at least a day in advance! Then just follow our directions riding a single motorcycle from Dapitan to Dakak!
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