Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dakak Beach Resort

Do you recognize this beach? Well, if you watched Eat Bulaga when you were still a child, you would notice this landscape. Yes, this is Dakak Beach, tucked at the tip of Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao.


I never really had the urge to visit this place because it was a beach resort, and being one, I assumed it'll pretty much look the same as any other beach resort. And being one of the oldest resorts in the country, I figured that it's time has already passed. But when we made our way into Oroquieta in Misamis Occidental, I took the opportunity to stay for 3 days in Dakak.

Little did I realize I was in for an unexpected treat.


We decided to commute from Oroquieta to Dapitan via a public van. We were dropped off at the Rotonda in Dapitan, where I called the resort and asked if we could be picked up from there. Good thing their van was coming back to the resort from the Dapitan airport, so we didn't wait too long. I thought Dakak was just nearby where we were, but it took us almost an hour, passing through the Rizal Shrine to traverse a seemingly endless winding and unpaved (under construction) path. Finally, we entered the gates of Dakak Beach Resort, and made our way to the reception. Dakak turned out to be bigger than I thought - way bigger. It was much like Puerto Azul, but even better. We got a package of 3 days/2 nights for only 6k for two people. I calculated that the rooms were just P2,500 a night.


And the rooms were not disappointing. Though noticeably old, they were kept well, and the bathroom was huge. I thought it was worth the price.


I really didn't think Dakak would be such a huge resort. There were several rooms, a convention hall, 3 swimming pools, a lot of dining areas, a bar, a dive shop, and even a bowling alley. Upon exploring, I really felt that the price was worth it.



We had lunch at the main restaurant, which had a great view of the beach. There weren't any people around, which made me even fall in love with the place even more.

The food was actually good, however not cheap. The price is average for a resort, and at least, not expensive. I recommend the baked scallops. I also recommend you plan your meals, since you cannot eat anywhere else around here. You have to settle with their menu.

When we went out for dinner, which was a buffet at P399 per person (with a cultural show), we realized we weren't alone. In fact, there were about 200 guests. I wondered if they arrived all at the same time when we went back to our room.

As I've said, Dakak had a lot of facilities, so you could do a lot of things. I'll be showing you more of Dakak in my next entry. For now, this entry better make you start looking for flights to Dapitan, which are relatively cheap (P3,000 roundtrip).

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