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7 Things to Do at Aliguay Island in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines

An interesting place in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines is Aliguay Island. Much of the island is under the management of Dakak Park and Beach Resort of the influential Jalosjos family. This is the reason why most of the touristy things to do in the island are actually advertised as part of Dakak Park and Beach Resort.

7 Things to do in Aliguay Island

Beach Bumming 

The sand cover at Aliguay Island is not fine, sugary white sand. But just the same, Aliguay has an amazing beach with crushed shells and little pebbles mixing with the sand. 


Kayaks and beach umbrellas at a beach in Aliguay Island, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
Kayaks and beach umbrellas at a beach in Aliguay Island, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines



Dolphin Watching

On our way to Aliguay Island from the Mindanao mainland, we saw a few dolphins. I suppose that if we had left earlier in the day, we would have seen more as dolphins are known to be most active in the early morning.

Snorkeling 

The marine ecosystem around Aliguay Island is also a thing of interest. One of the more popular things tourists do around Aliguay is snorkeling.

Scuba Diving 

For those who want a closer look at the marine life around Aliguay Island, Dakak Park and Beach Resort also offers scuba diving trips for guests. Since currents are strong around the island, this activity is recommended for more advanced divers.

Swimming 

Aliguay is an island surrounded by tempting waters you can be sure is cleaner than that of Boracay in Malay, Aklan, Philippines. And if swimming at the beach is not enough, there's also an 8-feet deep swimming pool available.


Swimming pool at Aliguay Island in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
Swimming pool at Aliguay Island in Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines



Kayaking

For those who wish to do a whole body exercise other than swimming, kayaks are also available for guest use.

Seafood Trip

For foodies, there is Tacubo Restaurant on Aliguay Island with seafood dishes as specialty. When I was there for a familiarization trip sponsored by Dakak Park and Beach Resort in 2013, we were treated to crabs in coconut milk, grilled fish, kinilaw na isda, and guso (a type of seaweed).


Seafood-inspired lunch at Tacubo Restaurant in Aliguay Island, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines
Seafood-inspired lunch at Tacubo Restaurant in Aliguay Island, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, Philippines

Note: Photos are courtesy of Maria Lyra Lumbab-Boholst and  Imee Fatima Aliñabon-Nejudne.
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