A Guide to Touring Around Divilacan, Isabela, Philippines

[Updated 3/30/2018] If you are planning for a holiday on the beach, then Divilacan in the province of Isabela, Philippines, should be one of your choices of destination. Here, you can enjoy the sun, lay down to your heart’s content and visit different attractions the place has to offer.

Divilacan, which in the Dumagat language literally means “where fish and shells abound” is definitely one of the most interesting travel destinations in Isabela, which is also known as the Queen Province of the North.

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Divilacan photos from Isabela Tourism Office

How to get there?

[Updated 3/30/2018 from info provided by JK T. of Isabela Tourism Office]

*** Note that cost/fees are estimated and can change. Please do your due diligence in verifying actual cost with respective service providers when planning your travel.

  1. By Air 

Option A

Air Travel via North Sky Air, 11 Seater Airplane

1) Book a North Sky Flight from Tuguegarao Airport, Cagayan –> Moconacon Airport, Isabela {estimated travel time -> 20 to 25 minutes}

Estimated Air Fare: P2,600/pax with 5kg extra baggage

2) Continue by land from Maconacon Airport to Divilacan {estimated travel time -> 20 to 25 minutes}

Estimated Land Fare (pick one mode of transportation from below):

Single Motor – 100php/Pax

Tricycle – 100php/Pax

Kuliglig -20php/pax

Option B

Air Travel via Cyclone Airways, 3-6 Seater Airplane

1) Fly via Cyclone Airways from Cauayan Airport, Isabela to Maconacon Airport {estimated travel time -> 20 to 25 minutes}

Estimated Air Fare: P2,600/pax with 5kg extra baggage.

2) Continue by land from Maconacon Airport to Divilacan {estimated travel time -> 20 to 25 minutes}

Estimated Land Fare (pick one mode of transportation from below):

Single Motor – 100php/Pax

Tricycle – 100php/Pax

Kuliglig -20php/pax

2. By Boat

a) Catch a ride on boats from San Vicente, Santa Ana, Cagayan going to Maconacon, Isabela {estimated travel time -> 8 to 10 hours}

Estimated Boat Fare: P500/pax.

b) Continue by land from Maconacon port to Divilacan {estimated travel time -> 20 to 25 minutes}

Estimated Land Fare (pick one mode of transportation from below):

Single Motor – 100php/Pax

Tricycle – 100php/Pax

Kuliglig -20php/pax

 

Things to Do in Divilacan

The island destination boasts of a wide array of attractions, activities and sites travelers can enjoy. These include trekking, mountaineering, camping and exploration of the forest area covering not just Maconacon and Divilacan, but also Palanan and Dinapigue. You can also have a snorkeling or diving trip at Dicotcotan Beach.

Dicotcotan Beach Image source: www.cagayanvalley.com
Dicotcotan Beach Image source: www.cagayanvalley.com

For a nice trek, you can take the jeepney from Ilagan to Bintancan. From here, you can hike through the abandoned logging roads via the Abuan river for about 4 days to Barangay Sapinit.

Aside from these mentioned activities, there are still many things to enjoy in Divilacan, especially the famous Dicatian Mangrove Forest and Crocodile Sanctuary. To ensure you have a good itinerary, do not forget to coordinate your travel choices beforehand.

Visiting the Dicatian Mangrove Forest and Crocodile Sanctuary

Together with a tourism staff, you can take a “kuliglig” service and drive to the coast to reach the Dicatian Mangrove Forest. There you can sight-see this eerily beautiful place, and of the tide is on your side (it should be low), you can walk through several mangrove clusters, while marveling the scenery against its usually grey sky.

Near the mangrove forest is the lake, which is more known as the Crocodile Sanctuary. Here, the Mabuwaya Foundation is releasing young crocodiles. You can also check a tree house, where observers and researchers station themselves.

Image source: www.mabuwaya.org
Image source: www.mabuwaya.org

Where to stay?

There are many places where you can rest your head in Divilacan and make your stay more relaxing and comfortable. These include the Divilacan Tourist’s Pavilion, LGU Dormitory & Training Center and some homestays. There are actually many residents who are willing to offer their hospitality to tourists who want to experience life in this wonderful place.

For more useful information that you can use in your Divilacan trip, you can communicate to the LGU-Divilacan Tourism Information Center or visit the LGU Divilacan Sub-Office in Guinatan, Ilagan.

Have fun and stay safe!

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  1. Hello po. We’re planning to visit divilacan after the pandemic. We are from tumauini. How much would it probably cost going to the said place and staying at it for 3 days? And any guide or tips for us to have a nicer trip? We have our vehicles by the way. 🙂

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