What to do and see in Dipolog, Philippines: The Best Places and Tips

January 9, 2018 Alida England

Dipolog, officially the City of Dipolog, (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dipolog; Filipino: Lungsod ng Dipolog; Chavacano: Ciudad de Dipolog; Subanen: Gembagel G'benwa Dipuleg/Bagbenwa Dipuleg), is a 3rd class city and capital of the province of Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 130,759 people.
Restaurants in Dipolog

1. Dipolog Sunset Boulevard

Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
61%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 76 reviews

Dipolog Sunset Boulevard

Reviewed By Don L - Mindanao, Philippines

We often eat an early dinner at one of the restaurants on the Boulevard. Lovely sunset view. Great to watch the passing crowd. Many restaurants and food stalls to choose from. Clean!
I only wish there were a really good restaurant there. Unfortunately, to date, all very so so.

2. Cathedral of Our Lady of The Most Holy Rosary

Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
56%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Cathedral of Our Lady of The Most Holy Rosary

Reviewed By John Alexis Q - Caloocan, Philippines

Our Lady of Holy Rosary Cathedral is the home of the Diocese of Dipolog, the host diocese of last NCYM 2016. This church witnessed the celebration of the youth ministers of the country in promoting the youth ministry of the bigger Mission of the church.
We attend the sunday mass on our last day of stay. Their dialect used in mass was bisaya. We appreciate the vendors inside and nearby the church because they're very hospitable for us tourist. They trying their best to speak tagalog to communicate with.
You should never skip this church for your visit in Dipolog City.

3. Linabo Peak

Mt Linabo Park, Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
54%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 15 reviews

Linabo Peak

Reviewed By raffr - manila

If you want to challenge yourself , this is a test for those without health problems. it has 3,003 steps to climb plus a 10 to 15 minutes of trekking before reaching the peak.

4. Aliguay Island

Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
37%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

Aliguay Island

Reviewed By Ching Ling H

Blue ocean with much seen in the drift dive. Indeed an untouched beauty. Mr. Jean Paul, from Dakak Beach Resort gave great advise, detailed briefing and shown the awesome dive sites. Great visibility more than 25m horizontally full stretch of corals. From bottom looked up, one is greeted by the sun. The last thing I recalled as I looked back while I was diving was "Wow, amazing"

5. 3003 Steps to Linabo Peak

Lower Dicayas, Dipolog, Mindanao 7100, Philippines
Excellent
84%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

3003 Steps to Linabo Peak

Reviewed By marcianaspector - Dipolog, Philippines

There are indeed 3,003 concrete steps all the way up Linabo Peak. Along the way are 16 stations of the cross depicting scenes from the life of Jesus. The steps are hugely popular during Holy week, when thousands of locals make the climb up. The steps are quite busy year-round - there's even an elementary school two thirds of the way up! Views from the top are awesome, but we started from the bottom too late in the afternoon; dusk was falling as we arrived on top. Best to start off very early in the morning, at first light, when it's cooler. Better still would be to climb up in the afternoon and camp on top; come down the next morning. You could easily get some locals to carry your equipment! Bring plent of drinking water with you.

6. Sungkilaw Falls

Virginia | Diwan, Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines +63 910 007 8356
Excellent
0%
Good
80%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Sungkilaw Falls

Reviewed By Noël C

Pun intended -- because I tripped & sprained my ankle. Happy birthday to me!
Twas an over-30 km travel from Dipolog.
Some parts of the road weren't paved; can be a muddy/slippery ride on a motorcycle if it rained the night before, so be careful.
Upon arriving, we encountered only one person, whom I assumed was the caretaker. Quite a number of steps down, so again, be careful. Damp steps + dead leaves = sprained ankle (Yay me!).
There's a fork on the steps: the left leads to the viewing area of the falls, the right goes to the picnic/bathing area.
There were A LOT of ants in the viewing area (at that time or maybe always, I don't know). I was barely able to take photos because they were aggressively biting me. I had to march in place to deter them then take a quick shot. Not much of a falls, really. Rather lilliputian.
I didn't get to take a dip in the river (or is it brook?) though. Next time.
I would've liked to explore the place more, but I was debilitated by my sprained ankle.
Left the place around 6 pm. There were no lights at all. I had to use my phone.
Was it worth the trip? Not really. Just checking it off my list.
Will I go back? Not anytime soon.
*no network signal there. At least not for Smart or Sun.

7. Sicayab Cliffs

Sicayab-Bucana, Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Sicayab Cliffs

Reviewed By Jonathan S - Dipolog, Philippines

Get to one of the most private hidden Beaches in the Philippines! Follow the signs for Sea Breeze cafe / restaurant (always a cool place to hang out for while) off the main National Hiway. From Sea Breeze, just walk south down the beach. Keep on going past the PNP Police Camp.. There's then a 2 meter high sea wall all along, between the sea and the Airport runway, for the next 2 kilometres. This concrete wall guarantees your total privacy and seclusion from everyone else. Skinny dip or whatever, just sunbathe or swim in total seclusion and privacy. The beach is fine soft medium brown sand, the ocean is deep blue and your body could get an all-over tan...

8. Cogon Eco-tourism Park

Dipolog, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
33%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
67%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Cogon Eco-tourism Park

Reviewed By KrizPRO - Dumaguete City, Philippines

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.

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