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Dapitan may well be one of the most famous names you’ll hear because of its significance to the Philippines’ history. It is mostly known as the place where the country’s national hero was exiled. Now, though, it’s a place that’s just more than its history. 

This tranquil city found in Zamboanga del Norte is filled with attractions that visitors will surely enjoy and love. But even as this city is becoming quite a tourist destination, it remains to be raw, serene, and naturally beautiful - and maybe that’s precisely what makes it that much attractive.

If you’re wondering what to do when you visit Dapitan City, here are a couple of things that might interest you. 

Rizal Shrine - The exact place where Rizal was exiled is actually far from the Dapitan city center. The shrine showcases Rizal’s clinic and lodging during his stay there. It also exhibits several of the National Hero’s personal items.

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Rizal Landing Site - As you might have guessed, this is the exact same spot where Rizal first stepped foot in Dapitan City. This is one of the most famous tourist spots in the city and one of the places where you can witness an amazing sunset. You’ll find a monument to commemorate this event on the boulevard. 


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St. James Church - It wouldn’t be a trip to the Philippines without visiting any religious structure. At first glance, St. James may look simple. But one look at its ceiling and you’ll immediately know what makes this special. 


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Ilihan Hill - Ilihan Hill is the place to visit if you want a bird’s eye view of Dapitan City. What’s great is that the climb isn’t difficult at all. No other place in Dapitan can give you this view. 


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Dapitan River Cruise - Dapitan River Cruise isn’t known as much as other tourist attractions, but this should definitely be included in your itinerary. It’s a relaxing cruise that involves amazing local delicacies while being serenaded by local music. As well as an equally scenic view of the Dapitan River. 


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Dakak Beach - This famous beach is known for its powdery white sand and crystal clear waters. There are plenty of activities you can do here including zip lining, rock and wall climbing, horseback riding, airsoft, jet skiing, water skiing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and speedboat riding. 


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Aliguay Island - The island is a protected sanctuary. But visitors can visit this beautiful island as part of a tour where there are plenty of activities to do such as snorkeling, diving and more. 


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Gloria de Dapitan - Visitors will be able to do all sorts of activities within this theme park. There all sorts of rides, shops, and restaurants that are perfect for all ages. 


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Dapitan Heritage Houses - Rizal Shrine isn’t the only place where you can witness the past. There are plenty of heritage houses around Dapitan where you’ll get a glimpse of how life was like during those times. 


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A city that’s rich in history and natural attractions, it’s no wonder Dapitan City has become one of the country’s favorite tourist destinations. Visit this fantastic city soon and check out all these attractions and more. 

Planning to visit this great city soon? Consider staying in any of RedDoorz hotels within Dapitan City. Our hotels within the province are located near most attractions including these places on this list, making your trip easier and better. Plus, with our HygienePass certification, you can rest assure that you and your family are safe during this time. 

For the most comfortable stays at budget-friendly prices, choose RedDoorz. Book your stay by visiting our website and downloading our mobile application now! 

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