Dakak island

"Diving Mecca in Mindanao"

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The famous Dakak Beach is most known for its strikingly shaped bay and powdery white sand, and as a diving Mecca in Mindanao. Perfect blue waters, tremendous dive sites with great quantity of coral reefs, and a wonderful sunset scope characterize this tropical Eden. Dakak Park and Beach Resort boasts 15 hectares of wooded land, a natural reservoir for native plants and animals, and a 750-meter private white-sand beach.

Nestled on the tip of Northern Zamboanga, Dakak faces the Sulu Sea in the west and is surrounded by mountains on its east side. Conveniently encircled by large island, Dakak tactfully avoids the typhoon belt, making it the ideal all-season destination

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Zamboanga del Norte today is equally famous for Dakak Beach, the province's leading natural attraction. The very popular Dakak Beach is most known for its beautifully shaped cove and powdery white sand, and as a diving mecca in Mindanao. Perfect blue waters, tremendous dive sites with an wealth of coral reefs, and a splendid sunset horizon distinguish this tropical Eden. Dakak Park and Beach Resort boasts 15 hectares of wooded land, a natural reservoir for native plants and animals, and a 750-meter private white-sand beach

InDipolog which is about 2 hours by air fromManila, you will enjoy the beauty of Dakakwhere you can discover coral reefs while youscuba dive in astonishing clear waters. Italso boasts of fine white sand and surroundedby glamorous flowers and coconutpalms.

Divingsites in Dakak

Diving in Dakak is best in the months of Marchuntil September.
Dakak dive sites in the beach resort provide avariety of environment from gradual slopes to coralthickets, vertical walls and caves. Marine life isassorted. Some spots are thick with soft coralgrowth and huge basket sponges, others with schoolsof jacks, surgeons, and small reef inhabitant.


A low dive, sloping bottom, and a good selectionof invertebrates, especially soft corals. Unusualnudibranchs and several species of starfish. Goodfor novices for general poking around. Ideal forcheck-out dives.
Striking walls drop to an average of 60 degreeswhere there is a sandy bottom and a series of cavesoccupied by sweepers, soldier fish, puffer fish,and sea plumes. Some nice bushes of black coral areseen here. Night diving is impressive with Spanishdancers, sleeping fish and a wide diversity ofnocturnal crustaceans.
At only 10 ft, the shallow roof area turns to anice wall with fan corals, encrusting sponges,crevices, small ledges and dramatic undercuts,bottoming out at 60 feet. Huge scraps of hardcorals (Stag horn, lettuce leaf) with thousands ofreef fish separate Mushroom Wall from "The Caves"on its end and to Snapper Ridge to the West.
A sequence of coral gardens, small walls, sandyarea with coral heads and slopes with soft corals.Plenty of anthias, hawk fish, and invertebrates.Good for snorkeling and for trainee or beginner indiving.
Tiny reef area with bounded coral covers. Richwith large fish such as napoleon wrasses (Chieflytropical marine fishes with fleshy lips andpowerful teeth; usually brightly colored), tuna andparrot fish. View schools of surgeon fish,barracuda (Any voracious marine fish of the genusSphyraena having an elongated cylindrical body andlarge mouth with projecting lower jaw and longstrong teeth), snappers, and blue-spotted stingrays. For experienced divers only.
Seven year old sunken passenger liner with bottomdepth of 180 feet, and 130 feet at its highestpoint. Big schools of fish from deck such as blackand white snappers, red snapper, jacks, andgroupers. Great visibility. For adventurous,experienced divers.
Small wall with pretty growth, octopuses, scorpionfish, sponges, tubastrea, continuous into a slopeto the north with some strange crinoids coveredformations provide a very scenic view ofrudderfish, groupers, etc.
A series of large coral mounds with nice selectionof marine life: giant reef rays, small white tipsharks, unicorn surgeons, snappers and sweetlips.For experienced divers only.
The reef area is almost half the size of Aligua,its top is about 125 feet deep, with soft coralgrowth. The northern part of the island has shortwalls and a long narrow opening and a few juvenilefish.
Plenty of coral mounds, with enormous basketsponges, a fine and nice selection of reef fish andinvertebrates. Sightings have been reported of bluespotted rays and a few turtles. Some coral damageand unfruitful areas though; eastern area thoughhas massive coral thickets and extends through toEscuelahan.
Named for the numerous schools of fish (snappers,jacks, rainbow runners, surgeons, etc) andoccasional tuna found in the area. It is a centerof activity with fish of all sizes feeding. Giantfrog fish have been also sighted. Currents may be aproblem for novice divers.


• Philippine Airlines flies four times a week (Monday,Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday) to Dipolog City fromManila.
• From Cebu, you may take the fast ferry to DapitanCity.
• The flight from Manila is 70 minutes while the fastferry from Cebu takes 4 hours.
• All visitors and guests are met by Dakak's A.N.G.E.L.S.at Dipolog Airport or Dapitan Landing stage and are escorted tothe resort via private coach to Dapitan and from then on viaprivate motor take-off, arriving at Dakak approximately 45minutes later. Baggage is checked through to reception.

The newest attraction in Dapitan, Dakak, is fast becoming apopular dive spot. Dapitan, a city since 1963, is on thenorthwestern coast of Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao. The cityis known for the Rizal Shrine where the Philippine nationalhero, Jose Rizal spent his last four years in exile.

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