Dapoli is separated from the Sahyadri range by the Khed taluka. Dapoli has a seaboard of 50 km which stretches from Burondi, Kelshi to Dabhol. The coastline differs little in its general characteristics from that of other parts of Konkan. It is densely covered by coconut farms. The principal rivers are Bharja in the north and Vashishthi in the south. There is also a small river called Jog which flows through Bandhtivare, Sarang, Tadil, and into the Arabian sea.
Despite being only 8 km away from the coast of Arabian sea, the town is located at an altitude of around 800 feet (240 m). It is called a "Mini Mahabaleshwar" because of its cool climate throughout the year. It acts as a Taluka headquarters for several small surrounding villages such as Anjarle, Mandivali, Sarang, Bandhtivare, Bhopan, Harnai, Dabhol, Navse, Unhavare, Jalgaon, Gavhe, Gimhavane, Asud, Vanand, Kherdi, Karde, Visapur, Murud and Umberghar.