Dipolog is the capital of the province of Zamboanga del Norte.
Flying to Dipolog is a good way to get to Mindanao. Cebu Pacific flies from Manila 4 times a week while Philippine Airlines has daily flights from Manila to Dipolog. The city is also reachable from Mactan Cebu International Airport with Cebu Pacific and PAL Express Airlines with the same flight schedule of Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
To visit other cities take the coach to Ozamis and beyond. Rural Transit Bus (RTMI) is the main company. The airconditioned buses can be servere so best go non-aircon (De Luxe buses).
The best way to get around are tricycle, habal-habal (Single motorcycle), & multicabs.
The center of Dipolog at night during Christmas. It is a truly wonderful sight, the decorations and the small stall and the sounds of people. It is truly captivating and much better decorated at Christmas than many richer countries. The people are so friendly and helpful, it's a real joy to visit.
By morning: You can go to the bay walk to exercise for some energy around 04:00-06:00 Then, go shopping by which the locals call Okay Okay.
By afternoon: You can get around by walking to Plaza Magsaysay, Bay walk, go swimming in the beach or just go shopping at Lee Plaza, Dipolog Mall, Vallecer or Friendly Mart. Or you can eat snacks from restaurants.
By evening: Dipolog is sparkling when the night comes. You can go to bay walk which has so many events like concerts. Or go some disco clubs like FatCat or Zpol.
Jo's is ok but there are a lot of better places to go. Try Mang Inasal if you want true value for a good lunch and Karyll's for a great evening BBQ.