Not far from Dipolog – the capital city of the province of Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao – lies a hidden paradise called Dakak Park and Beach Resort. Like a secret treasure snuck in an obscure, remote place, Dakak stands out for its opulence amid the surrounding wilderness.
It’s close to a 45 – minute ride from Dipolog, thru the historic town of Dapitan. As you pass through Dapitan, you must drop by Rizal’s place of exile, another nice-to-see tour spot. It is a fascinating find, if you’re a Philippine history buff, plus it has a museum chronicling Rizal’s life, to include records of his genius, pictures of relatives, and the many loves of his life. But that in itself is another story.
The road to Dakak is concrete all the way, and there is no traffic at all. Hence, the trip for us was as pleasant as one could wish for. Dakak is owned by the powerful Jalosjos clan, a traditional political family who have governed Zamboanga Norte for decades. It is no wonder then that the road to Dakak is first class.
After going through miles of forest and third world rural environment,we were greeted by a pompous gate that woke us from our travel slumber. From hereon, it would be simple elegance personified. At the front office, a nice glass of pina colada awaited us.
Dakak’s allure lies in the fact that it has first-class facilities to offer in a place that is so remote. Dakak is situated in a huge estate that boasts of 15 hectares of wooded land, with a natural reservoir for plants and wildlife, plus a beachfront with 750 meters of fine white sand. It has a golf course; an Adventure Zone which has facilities for zip-lining, horseback-riding, rappelling, biking, etc; some good dive spots, plus a beach so serene and quiet for lovebirds to enjoy. The picturesque bay has magical tranquil blue waters, and there are protected coral reefs to explore within distance. The cottages, while complete with air-conditioning and other modern courtesies, have a distinctively native look. Indeed, its recreational and entertainment facilities are worth it all.
So if you plan on taking a brief respite away from the maddening crowd, try Dakak. Here you’ll get Boracay’s best amenities minus the noise, the crowd, and the inquisitive eyes. For more on Dakak, try: Dakak Park and Beach Resort.