20+ Zamboanga Del Norte Tourist Spots (Best Places)

Here is a complete list of Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots you should not miss!

Zamboanga Del Norte may be one of the least known provinces when it comes to tourism. But don’t let that stop you from visiting this rustic escapade.

Hidden on its vast landscapes are numerous eco-historical wonders waiting for avid travelers. There’s so much to see and explore here and it takes a heart for ecotourism for you to be able to appreciate the province’s beauty.

If you’re planning to visit, here are the must-see attractions in Zamboanga Del Norte that you should not miss.

Behold Zamboanga Del Norte Tourist Spots

1. Sungkilaw Falls

Sungkilaw Falls is one of the Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots
Image Source: Sungkilaw Falls FB Page

Sungkilaw Falls is one of the hidden waterfalls in the province. Cascading white waters pound to a narrow and deep pool, creating natural music.

Some daring adventurers rappel from the top of the falls and then swim on the pool. It has crystal-clear and icy-cold waters that will surely give you a soothing experience.

The indigenous Subanen tribe has long been protecting the site to ensure its preservation. It is one of the must-see Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Diwan, Dipolog City

2. Situbo Falls

Situbo Falls is one of Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots
Image Source: Earl Kristianne Villamor

Cascading majestically amidst lush vegetation, Situbo Falls is your ultimate nature’s getaway. It is a two-tier beauty with a collective height of more than 100 feet.

Its raging waters carved a very wide and deep pool with icy-cold waters. It is one of the off-beaten Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots you should visit.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Situbo, Tampilisan
  • Trekking Time: 20 minutes

3. Dapitan River Cruise

If you want a gentle tour amidst rustic sceneries, try the Dapitan River Cruise. Enjoy gazing at the placid waters while you catch a glimpse of the locals’ daily activities.

Along the river, you’ll also see coconut plantations and forests plus rural communities.

  • Location/Jump-off: Dapitan City
  • Fee: Php 350 per person (inclusive of lunch)
  • Trip Schedule: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Cruising Time: 30 minutes

4. Libuton Cave

Libuton Cave is one of the Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots
Image Source: Manuel Resort FB Page

Libuton Cave hides stunning stalactite and stalagmite rock formations. All in all, it has seven interconnecting caves though only three of these are opened for tourism.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you should not miss coming here. It is one of the emerging Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Libuton, Manukan

5. Jose Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape

It is a protected landscape covering more than 439 hectares and was established to preserve the memories of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Dr. Rizal is the country’s national hero and he has spent years imprisoned in Dapitan.

It is a popular destination, especially for kids and families. Also called Rizal Shrine and Park, it is one of the recognized historical Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Talisay, Dapitan City
  • Entrance Fee: None

6. Malala Falls

Image Source: Assenav Fran

Malala Falls cascades lazily for about 25 feet towards a naturally-built pool. It is one of the secluded Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots. Fortunately, the trails are well-established. Expect to trek on grasslands and forests before reaching the waterfall

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy San Pedro, Polanco
  • Entrance Fee: Php 20

7. Guimputlan White Beach

Guimputland is one of the off-beaten Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots. Aside from the white beach, you’ll love the views of the sunrise and sunset here. It is also a good place for activities such as beach volleyball, sunbathing, diving, and a lot more.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sitio Guimputlan, Dapitan City

8. Aliguay Island

Aliguay Island is one of the Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots
Image Source: Lee Franco via Philippines Pride Page

Aliguay Island is one of the least known Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots. It has powdery white-sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The island hosts a small fishing community. Aside from the beautiful beach, you can also go diving to explore the rich marine life and colorful corals.

  • Location/Jump-off: Dapitan City

9. Cogon Eco-Tourism Park

Showcasing sustainability, the Cogon Eco-Tourism Park features secondary forests with various flora and fauna species. It covers more than 344 hectares.

A massive tree-planting program since 1958 created the forest. It also has more than 10 hectares of old-growth forests, home to endangered Philippines species such as monkeys, Pigeon Dove, Monitor Lizards, and fruit bats.

It is one of the protected Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Cogon, Dipolog City
  • Things to Do: Picnic, Camping, Forest trekking, Birdwatching

10. Linabo Peak

Image Source: Katkat sa Dipolog Page

Linabo Peak is famous for its 3000-steps. Oh yeah, that’s how many you need to conquer before reaching its summit.

With an elevation of 486 meters above sea level, Linabo Peak offers you a panoramic view of the city and surrounding landscapes. You’ll also hear or encounter different wildlife species such as birds and crickets.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Lugdungan, Dipolog City

11. Dakak Beach Resort

Dakak Beach Resort is among the top Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots. It boasts of a long and curved shoreline with creamy and powdery sands. Locals love to come here to enjoy the scenery and swim on the calm waters.

  • Location/Jump-off: Brgy Taguilon, Dapitan City
  • Things to Do:
    • Kayaking – Rate: Php 275/30 minutes
    • Wakeboarding with Speedboat (Php 1000/15 minutes)
    • Banana Boat Ride (Php 1,950/15 minutes)
    • Pedal Boat (Php 500/30 minutes)
    • Parasailing (Php 1000/10 minutes)
    • Jet surfing (Php 1000/15 minutes)

12. Ilihan Hill

If you’re up for a hiking experience, find your way to Ilihan Hill. Don’t worry. The trek is not as difficult as you think especially that there is a concrete stairway to the top. The hill’s summit provides a panoramic view of Dapitan City and its varied landscapes.

  • Location/Jump-off: Maria Uray Lane, Potol Dapitan City

13. Gloria’s Fantasyland

Considered as one of the biggest theme parks in the Philippines, Gloria’s Fantasyland is your ultimate getaway for fun and thrill. It offers various recreational activities and rides such as a happy journey, kiddie ride, train ride, swinger, and a lot more. You’ll feel like you’re in HongKong when you come here.

  • Location/Jump-off: Dapitan City
  • Operating Time: Monday to Saturdays (7 PM to 1 AM)

14. Dapitan City Plaza

Image Source: Taga Zamboanga del norte kaba? Page

The City Plaza is the Rizal Park version of Dapitan City. It’s an ideal place to stroll around and unwind.

You’ll surely love the rustic sceneries here, the scents of grasses, and the lush trees. It’s a rustic escape from the hustles and bustles of city life. It is among the most frequented Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots.

  • Location/Jump-off: City Hall Drive Corner, Justice Florentino Saguin St., Dapitan City

15. Mount Lab

Mount Lab is another hiking destination you should not miss in Zamboanga Del Norte. While at the top, you’ll have a view of scenic coves, mountains, and beaches. Local hikers love coming here for fun and adventure.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sto. Nino, Dapitan City

16. St. James Church Dapitan

St James Church Dapitan is one of the Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots
Image Source: Raul V. Angeles

If you’re a devout Catholic, visiting St. James Church should make up to your bucket list. It is one of the oldest Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots. Built during the Spanish period, the church has a stunning architecture. It’s an ideal place for spiritual reflection and recollection.

  • Location/Jump-off: Ipil-Dipolog Highway, Dapitan City

17. Gloria De Dapitan

If you want to taste the most authentic dishes of Zamboanga, check out Gloria De Dapitan. Here, you’ll also find a disco bar, salon, and a children’s playground.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sunset Boulevard, Dapitan City

18. Tulwanan Village

It is the original settlement of the native inhabitants of Zamboanga Del Norte namely the Subanen tribe. To help promote their culture, the local authorities constructed traditional houses on the site.

  • Location/Jump-off: Sitio Tulwanan, Brgy Lugdungan, Dipolog City

19. Dipolog City Cathedral

Dipolog City Cathedral is one of the Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots
Image Source: BecomingFilipino

Another must-see church is Dipolog City Cathedral which has a unique architecture. You’ll surely love the spiritual ambiance aside from the beautiful design. Thousands of Catholic devotees troop here every year.

  • Location/Jump-off: Dipolog City

20. Magsaysay Park

It is an oasis of greenery within the heart of Dipolog City. Trees and plants of different species dominate the landscape. It is often considered as one of the last lungs of the city.

You can also spot different kinds of birds here. It is just a walking distance from the City Hall and the Holy Rosary Cathedral.

  • Location/Jump-off: Dipolog City

For Your Information

If you need more information to help set up your itinerary to Zamboanga Del Norte tourist spots, do contact the provincial tourism office via the following:

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