ZAMBOANGA Home of the famous Dakak Beach Resort
This province's major places of interest are Dipolog and Dapitan cities. In Dipolog which is about 2 hours by air from Manila, you will enjoy the beauty of Dakak where you can discover coral reefs while you scuba dive in incredible clear waters.
It also boasts of fine white sand and surrounded by exotic flowers and coconut palms. You can also head inland and go trekking at Linabo Peak. Dapitan is a historical and old Spanish town where most of the interesting sites are associated with the Philippines' national hero, Jose Rizal.
Exotic Zamboanga is the melting pot of the south. Five tribal groups may be found in and around Zamboanga. These are: the Badjao, Subanon, Sama, Tausug, and Yakan.
Though the Muslim influence is seen in the architecture, Zamboanga's population is actually 80% Christian with the remaining 20% mostly Muslim
The more popular attractions in the province are: Fort del Pilar; Pasonanca Park with its botanical garden, Rio Hondo and Taluksangay, both villages where members of the Samal Tribe live in their huts on stilts. For shopping, visitors must go to Lantaka Hotel . The nearby sea becomes afloat with Muslim boats with colorful sails called vintas , filled with handicrafts such as mats, brassware, and handwoven native cloths. The Sta. Cruz Island, a 25-minute boat-ride away from the city is unique because of its pink coral beach while Samal Island is best for swimming and snorkeling.