Monday, March 23, 2015

23 Amazing Destinations in Mindanao

Just when you thought only Luzon and Visayas has the most fine-looking tourist attractions in the Philippines to explore then Mindanao will definitely prove you wrong. In the farther reaches of Southern Philippines lie several amazing destinations which awaits to be visited. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the stunning sightseer spots in Mindanao and find out why this place has won the hearts of several adventure travellers.

Siargao in Surigao del Norte

Hailed as one of the best surfing spots in the Philippines, Siargao has a whole lot more to showcase, drawing the interest of tourists coming from diverse walks of life. Apart from its surfing haven, Siargao is adored for its pristine beaches, rich marine life and relaxing atmosphere.

Camiguin Island

Setting foot in Camiguin will somehow give you a glimpse as to how jam-packed its featured attractions are. Camiguin is renowned for its White Island which is a long stretch of white sand bar surrounded by clear azure waters. Camiguin is also famous for its Catarman Church Ruins, Sunken Cemetery, Katibawasan Falls and a great deal of cold and hot springs to choose from.

Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte

Considered as a diving paradise located in the Northern part of Zamboanga, there is still just so much to see and to do in Dapitan. Dakak Park and Beach Resort for example is acknowledged for its beautiful coral reefs and rich, scenic refuge of diverse marine flora and fauna. In addition to that, Dapitan is also famous for its Rizal Shrine, and inspiring Historical Walking TouR

Featuring a huge number of beach resorts in Mindanao, Samal Island has earned the fame as one of the most-sought after beach destinations in Mindanao. It takes pride for its marvellous seascapes, copious tourist spots and whole lot more. Among the most-visited resorts in Samal are Paradise, Bali-Bali Beach, Pearl Farm and Chemas.

Falls in Iligan City

Deemed as one of the premier tourist magnets in Iligan, Maria Christina Falls and Tinago Falls have really lived up to Iligan’s moniker as the City of Majestic Waterfalls.

Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City has been recognized as one of the great mementos of the Spanish Colonial period owing to its quaint colonial structures and other tourist attractions. Not to mention, seeing a pink-sand beach like that of Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga City is simply outstanding, out of the box, more interesting and picturesque because of its unique blending of the vibrant hues of red corals to the white sand.

Tawi Tawi

 Panampangan Island / Photo by Basil Villacortes Sali
You can never truly say that you somehow had a meaning experience in Tawi Tawi if you haven’t visited Bud Bongao or Bonggao Peak. Bud Bongao is distinguished as a holy mountain of Tawi-Tawi since it is where the locals’ climb to contemplate.

Davao City

Taken pride as one of the most well-preserved and peaceful cities in Mindanao, there are so many striking attractions to look forward seeing and experiencing in Davao. To name a few, there is Eden Mountain Resort, Crocodile Park, Philippine National Eagle, Mt. Apo, People’s Park and Deca Wakeboard Park.

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Never leave Mindanao without visiting one the its famous cultural landscapes- Lake Sebu. Lake Sebu is a known for its three distinct, tranquil lakes, luscious food offered and thrilling zip line adventure.
Tinuy an FallsPhoto by Wilbert Quebral
Be drawn by the breath-taking view of the majestic falls of Tinuy-an which was likened to that of the world-renowned Niagra Falls. Without a doubt, Tinuy-an Falls has its own inimitable charm which makes it a worth-visiting destination in Bislig, Surigao del Sur.

Enchanted River in Hinatuan Surigao del Sur

Photo by Joemarie B. Escovilla Jr.
Can’t figure out where to spend your holidays or long vacation in Mindanao? Then, include Enchanted River in your bucket list. Be enthralled by the river’s radiant, turquoise to deep blue hues and take a refreshing plunge into its clean, cool waters.

Mati City in Davao Oriental

Delight in an exciting adventure trip to Mati, Davao Oriental and experience a getaway that is worthwhile even if you have not yet arrived to your actual destination. For surfing aficionados, Dahican Beach in Mati, has been the number one tourist magnet. Dahican is a wide stretch of powdery white.

Cagayan de Oro City

Engage in an extreme adventure in the tropical, wild and rocky area of Cagayan de Oro City. Conquer your fear and experience heart-stopping activities and beautiful sights in CDO such as white water rafting, Tubing, Dahilayan Adventure Park, Caving at Kweba de Oro and many more.

Malamawi Island, Basilan

A scenic beach nestled in one of the most isolated regions in the country, The White Beach in Malamawi Island of Basilan takes pride of its powdery white sand complementing well with the unspoiled blue waters.

Cotabato City

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid (Grand Mosque) in Cotabato / Photo by: Chris Domingo
A lot of tourists may forego visiting Cotabato City due to its heartbreaking reputation but for those with courageous souls, this city has more to offer than just its tarnished status. Deemed as one of the works of art of Islamic architecture, the Bollkiah Mosque now serves as a great attraction in Cotabato City. Nestled in Baranggay Kalangan II, the Grand Mosque is recognized to be the biggest mosque in the Philippines patterned after the name of Brunei’s Sultan

Sohoton, Surigao del Norte

If you were mesmerized by the beauty of Britannia Islands then all the more will you be enthralled by Sohoton. Sohoton is packed with lush greens, diverse coral reefs and clear waters. Every tourist would be in awe with its featured pristine lakes, hidden coves, clean lagoons and out of the ordinary underwater wildlife.

Mt Hamiguitan, Davao Oriental

Nestled in the remarkable province of Davao Oriental is a mountain which has truly caught the eye of several nature lovers. Just recently Mt. Hamiguitan has been considered as an extra addition to UNESCO’S World Heritage Sites. It is distinctly known for its tropical forest which houses miniature trees which are more than a hundred years old.

Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani

Plugged to be likened to that of Boracay, Gumasa Beach has captured the interest of beach lovers owing to its fine white sand, extensive coasts and clear waters. So if you would like to experience the perfect beach ambience minus the overloaded crowd then Gumasa is the place to be.

Dinagat Island

Babas Cove / Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap of
There is definitely more to love about Dinagat than what meets the eye. Dinagat may be just a small province in Surigao  but it is undeniably wrapped with sparkling clear waters, vast mountain ranges and a whole lot more of interesting things to enjoy such as island hopping, diving, hiking and visit the Ecleo Mansion.

Kitanglad Mountain Range, Bukidnon

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For adventure enthusiasts, Kitanglad Mountain Range is a visit destination in Mindanao. Kitanglad govers the northern central region of Bukidnon province and is among the few safe-guarded rainforests in the country serving as a refuge to various wildlife including that of the endangered Philippine Eagle.

Lake Holon in Tboli, South Cotabato

In a distant region in South Cotabato lies a serene lake that will make you fall in love with it the first time you lay your eyes on it. Dotted in the crater of Mt. Parker (Mt. Melibingoy), Lake Holon is a top camping spot among adventure-lovers and is recognized for its vast unspoilt lake and rich greeneries. However, as of the moment, Lake Holon has been temporarily closed to the public since June 15, 2014 for further rehabilitation works and is expected to open again in March 2015.

Britannia Group of  Islands in San Agustin, Surigao del

If you are looking for a secluded, budget-friendly beach destination that is equally beautiful to that of the more expensive and commercialized beach spots in the country then Britannia Islands is a must-try for you. Britannia Islets of San Agustin Surigao del Sur brags of its 24 beautiful islets, outlined by fine white sand and clear turquoise waters.

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Pagadian City is the type of place where you can take pleasure in a unique fusion of metropolitan progress and rural culture. In Pagadian, you get to experience liveliness of the city life thru several business enterprises and natural destinations where you can truly loosen up and have fun.