Jan 31, 2020 - Feb 1, 2020
2 adults - 1 room
Pagadian is a center of culture, trade and recreation for the island of Mindanao. The city is perhaps best known for its steep-hilled streets that rival those of San Francisco, and for the unique tricycle design that locals have come up with to economically tackle their transportation needs. Tourism is mostly centered on the beaches, waterfalls, caves and resorts that surround the city.
Pagadian is not considered a major tourist destination, and there are only about a dozen options for lodging in the area. Fortunately they do not frequently fill up, and usually offer attractive pricing to boot.
Pagadian itself does not have major peak and low tourist seasons, but you may see some fluctuation in pricing based on general tourism patterns to the Philippines.
For the country as a whole, the peak season is fall and winter. The weather is nicest during this time (dry and not too hot) and there is considerable snowbird traffic from the United States and other countries that are getting cold during this time.
The rest of the year (June to October) can generally be considered the low season. The country experiences high heat and humidity during this time, and frequent rain puts a damper on vacations. Severe flooding is also a risk during this period.
Major annual events in the area include Procession of the Black Nazarene parades and Pasalamat Festival in January, Chinese New Year in February, Araw ng Pagadian in June, and Zamboanga del Sur Anniversary and Megayon Festival in September.
Given the dearth of lodging options in Pagadian, it can be hard to get something very close to the specific places you plan on going. Fortunately, you don't have to worry about walking up and down the city's hills if you don't plan on renting a car. The area has a good bus system, as well as inexpensive private transit by way of the city's signature inclined motorized tricycles.
About half the city's lodging options are located in the city center near City Hall. You'll find a few more to the east along Rizal Avenue and the Pan-Phillipine Highway. Unfortunately there is not much else for options unless you go all the way east across the island to Valencia City.
Of the limited options in Pagadian, the three area resorts have the nicest rooms. The two resorts that are close to Pagadian City are the Garden Orchid Hotel and Resort, and the Four Queen Resort. There is also the Alindahaw Lakeview Resort, which is located on Wood Lake some distance west of town. These rooms can go for anywhere from $20 to $100 USD per night.
Outside of the resort properties, most of Pagadian's hotels regularly offer very low pricing, sometimes as low as $10 USD per night. Even in this price range one can expect private rooms and bathrooms, daily housekeeping service, air conditioning and the option of non-smoking rooms in Pagadian.