Top 18 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Mindanao: Beaches, Islands, Waterfalls

Top 18 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Mindanao: Beaches, Islands, Waterfalls

Ryan Gabriel Arcadio

18. Philippine Eagle Centre (Davao)

17. aliwagwag falls eco park (davao), 16. maria cristina falls (iligan), 15. samal island, 14. pink beach (zamboanga), 13. malagos garden resort (davao), 12. eden nature park (davao).

  • 11. Dinagat Islands

10. Panampangan Island (Tawi-Tawi)

9. pink mosque (maguindanao), 8. white island (camiguin), 7. mount apo (davao), 6. tinuy-an falls (surigao del sur), 5. lake sebu (south cotabato), 4. magpupungko rock pools (siargao), 3. whitewater rafting (cagayan de oro), 2. enchanted river, surigao del sur.

  • 1. Cloud 9, Siargao

Lake Sebu and Camiguin's White Island

Mindanao, the second-largest Philippines primary island after Luzon, encompasses the southernmost part of the archipelago. It's the farthest island region from the capital Manila but you'll find many stunning natural wonders here that will surely be worth the trip. 

Mindanao's largest city is Davao , which showcases the conservation area for the Philippine Eagle, the country's national bird. Davao is also home to the colorful Kadayawan Festival , one of the major festivals in the Philippines .

Some of the top breathtaking tourist spots in Mindanao and also some of the best places to visit in the Philippines include the laidback surfing hotspot called Siargao Island, the tropical beaches of Samal Island  dubbed the largest resort city, the small but beautiful island of Camiguin that's blessed with white sand beaches , and the multitude of waterfalls in Iligan. Mindanao is also home to some of the top island hopping in the Philippines . As a mountainous region, Mindanao is also home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the country and famous for hiking tours . 

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Thanks to the  geographical features of the Philippines , the most convenient way to go to the islands of Mindanao is by plane. There are regular flights from Manila and select international airports to Davao City's International Airport, Cagayan de Oro's Laguindingan International Airport, Zamboanga's International Airport, and Siargao's Sayak Airport. Read our articles on the best cars to rent in the Philippines  and the requirements to rent a car in the Philippines for your Mindanao vacation. 

To help you plan your trip to the Philippines and plot your Davao itinerary , here are the top tourist spots in Mindanao that you shouldn't miss and have more reasons why visit the Philippines : 

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A Philippine Eagle in Davao's Philippine Eagle Centre

Home to the critically endangered bird species, the Philippine Eagle, the Philippine Eagle Centre is an 8-hectare wildlife breeding center in Davao City that shelters the only captive eagles in the country. From massive aviaries to smaller cages for other endemic birds, the world-class park features enclosures and towering aviary duplexes resembling those in Singapore Zoo.

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Aside from eagles, this wildlife shelter also shelters macaques and crocodiles. For more than 20 years, the Philippine Eagle Centre has been educating its guests about the importance of preserving the haribon and its habitat. The wildlife center has a free guided tour with lectures about the eagles. 

Guests who want to see raptors in action can request a falconry demonstration. The park also offers lectures about its captive breeding program and its current field research about the last remaining eagles in the wild.

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View of Aliwagwag Falls in Mindanao

Another must-see attraction in Davao is the Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park, one of the most scenic waterfalls in the Philippines . It boasts the highest waterfalls in the Philippines, the 84-tiered Aliwagwag Falls, which stands at 1,110 feet and features over 130 cascades.

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Apart from swimming, you can try riding a 680-meter long and 180 feet high zipline across the waterfalls. You may also opt to cross the Monkey Bridge with a view of the falls rushing beneath you.

Aliwagwag Falls provides a source of irrigation for rice fields surrounding the area and renewable hydropower for communities in Davao Oriental. Before the eco-park was developed, the only way to get there was by passing through the Cateel River.

Wide shot of Maria Cristina Falls

One of the most beautiful waterfalls as told in Philippine history books is the Maria Cristina Falls, also called the Twin Falls. The 320-foot cascade is a sight to behold in Iligan, which is also known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls. According to the legend, Maria and Cristina are beautiful twin sisters who fell in love with the same man.

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Maria Cristina Falls supplies 70% of Mindanao’s electricity. It is regulated by the National Power Corporation (NPC), which developed a National Power Nature Park connected to the waterfalls. Guests can try rock climbing and trekking. Swimming is strictly prohibited because of the strong current.

You may also opt to have a picnic by the Agus River. There is even a restaurant and cafe inside the park. If you’re looking for some adrenaline rush, you can ride a zipline. Then, stroll along the Botanical and Zoological Garden to get a close encounter with ostriches, monkeys, and crocodiles.

White sand beach on Samal Island

The Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte, commonly known as Samal Island , is the largest resort city in the Philippines that houses more than 30 resorts with over 1,000 rooms. Teeming with vibrant coral reefs and crystal clear blue waters, Samal Island boasts white-sand beaches like Kaputian Beach, Vanishing Island, and Talikud Island. 

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During low tide, you can walk over the so-called Vanishing Island. At Talikud Island, you can go scuba diving, snorkeling, or just lounge on its long stretch of powdery white-sand beach. You can also go hiking at Mt. Puting Bato and go spelunking at Baga, Magongawong, and Balete Caves.

Take a dip at Hagimit Falls, featuring 3-feet to 7-feet deep cascades with natural pools. Then, explore Monfort Bat Cave to see thousands of fruit-eating bats.

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Pink Beach in Zamboanga

Featuring unique pink sand, the Santa Cruz Island of Zamboanga City boasts its own Pink Beach. As the name implies, the sand gets its pinkish color from the crushed red organ pipe coral washed ashore. Santa Cruz Island also features a small inland lagoon surrounded by century-old mangrove trees. 

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Teeming with vibrant marine life and calm blue waters, the Pink Beach serves as an ideal scuba diving and snorkeling site. The City Tourism Office provides dive guides for guests who seek prior dive registration. Camping is not allowed on the beach, and there is no accommodation available on the island. 

To get to the famed Pink Beach, you have to take a 15 to 20-minute boat ride from Paseo Del Mar, which is only 5.2KM away from Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, you can lounge on the beach, take some photos, and swim in the crystal clear waters. If it’s low tide, you can pass by the small sandbar on the island.

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Kalesa ride in Malagos Garden Resort

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Up next is an agri-tourism resort in Davao City, the Malagos Garden Resort. It is a 12-hectare lush greenery resort that makes you feel closer to nature. What makes it one of the leading recreational resorts in Davao is its exciting multitude of activities like skating, horseback riding, animal feeding, and vegetable harvesting.

Malagos Garden Resort caters to couples, barkadas (group of friends), and families who want to unwind and break free from the ordinary. Kids and adults young at heart can explore the resort’s signature attractions: Chocolate Museum, Chocolate Laboratory, Chocolate Park, Museo De Mariposa, Butterfly Sanctuary, Bird Feeding Dome, Petting Zoo, and Treeline Birdwatching Deck.

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The Chocolate Museum, which was opened in 2017, lets you have a glimpse of the history behind the world-class homegrown cacao chocolate bar. You may also try decorating your own chocolate bars at the Chocolate Laboratory. Then, you can strike a pose behind life-size statues of chocolates and cupcakes at the Chocolate Park.

Tourists trying Eden Nature Park's skycycles

Photo by Eden Nature Park

Nestled at the southern end of Davao City, Eden Nature Park is a 40-hectare mountain resort sitting at 3,000 feet above sea level. One of the best tourist spots in Davao , it is a great spot to unwind, try recreational activities, and capture spectacular views. The mountain resort has different types of accommodation, ranging from garden/mountain villas to log cabins.

Eden Nature Park boasts 11 attractions: Amphitheater, Birdwalk, Deer Park, Flower Garden, Hiking Trail, Lola’s Garden, Hydroponics, Playground, Butterfly Garden, Tinubdan, Bamboo Maze. Enjoy taking photos while trying out some exciting activities like the skyrider, skycycle, sky swing, horseback riding.

The resort also provides an array of dining options. At the Fishing Village, you can catch fish and have it cooked at the restaurant. You may also opt for an enchanting dinner at the Vista Restaurant. Other cafes and dining spots at the resort include the Cafe Vista, Fisher’s Grill, and Skyview Cafe.

11. Dinagat Islands 

Shoreline of Dinagat Island

Another underrated yet must-visit place in the northeast of Mindanao is the Dinagat Islands. This emerging attraction in Surigao del Norte features secluded beaches, waterfalls, Philippines caves , and panoramic mountain views.  

One of the must-see spots you wouldn’t want to miss in Dinagat Islands is its mystical Lake Bababu. It is a meromictic lake, which contains both saltwater and freshwater. Another interesting thing about the lake is its 650-meter long and 2,200-feet deep underwater cave, the longest one in the Philippines. It connects scuba divers from the lake to the open sea.

After your lake exploration, you can lounge on the pristine white sand of Bitaog Beach. Then, you can go island-hopping to the nearby islets. Up next is Cabacungan Cove, which boasts turquoise-colored waters surrounded by towering coconut trees and limestone cliffs. 

Another majestic attraction is the Pangabangan Island, which boasts a Tidal Pool and Blue Lagoon that is often compared to El Nido , Palawan. Meanwhile, Hagakhak Island features impressive rock formations.

Boasting the Philippines’ longest sandbar at 3KM, Panampangan Island in Tawi-Tawi is a 12-hectare white sand dotting the Celebes Sea. It is a secluded paradise with clear blue waters and powdery sand, which seemingly invites you to walk barefoot.

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Tawi-Tawi is the southernmost province in the Philippines located in the southwestern Sulu archipelago between the Celebes Sea and the Sulu Sea. It is considered as one of the most off-beaten spots destinations in the country. Among all of its tourist spots, Panampangan Island is undeniably its most stunning attraction.

Not only is it surrounded by turquoise waters, but it is also teeming with lush greenery and towering coconut trees that provide adequate shade. During low tide, the sandbar extends far out to its neighboring islet, known as Basibuli. 

Exterior of Maguindanao's pink mosque

Dubbed as the first-ever pink mosque in the Philippines, Masjid Dimaukom or The Pink Mosque is a Maguindanao centerpiece constructed in 2013 to become the new image and representation of the province. The sacred building is the initiative of Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom of the Datu Saudi Ampatuan town who happens to have chosen pink as his favorite color.

Pink represents peace, harmony, and love. Likewise, the people of Datu Saudi Ampatuan believe that the mosque will bring them unity and brotherhood. Inspired by the mosque’s color and design, the town’s municipal hall, police stations, and public market are also set to be repainted pink. When you enter the town, you will also be greeted by the pink flags lined on the sidewalks.

Mosques serve as a place for worship for Muslims around the world. Its magnificent interiors also draw tourists to countries like the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, and Turkey. The Pink Mosque is a perfect example of a mosque that turned into an attraction. 

Camiguin's White Island

Emerged from the shifting tides off the coast of Mambajao, Camiguin is a powdery white sandbar known as White Island. It is also called the Naked Temptress due to its immaculate white sands and crystal clear blue waters. Although the sandbar is originally boomerang-shaped, it changes its form every year depending on the tides.

Camiguin Island is also known as the Island Born of Fire due to its volcanic origin. At White Island, you will see the panoramic view of one out of seven volcanoes in Camiguin. Mount Hibok-Hibok is an active stratovolcano alongside a smaller volcano known as Mount Vulcan or the island’s last-formed volcano.

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White Island’s clear waters are also ideal snorkeling sites. It is teeming with colorful reefs and vibrant marine life. Aside from swimming, you can also lounge and sunbathe on its pristine sandbar. You can visit the island via a  Camiguin White Island & countryside tour .

Hikers at the peak of Mount Apo

Towering over Southern Mindanao, Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines located in the Durian Capital of the country, Davao. It rises over 2,956 MASL and covers the provinces of Davao del Sur and North Cotabato. 

Mount Apo features mossy forests, swamps, and volcanic structures. It possesses an array of lush landscapes that mountaineers can pass through by following the Kidapawan-Magpet Trail. When hiking Mount Apo, you must consider its difficulty level of 7/9 that requires a major climb.

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You will cross the Lake Agko and Mabel River before reaching the first campsite at the Mainit Hot Springs. It has a small pool where you can take a soothing dip. Up next is Lake Venado, featuring a serene swamp with pine trees. After hours of trekking, you will reach the rocky summit, where you can find wild berries and temperate plants.

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People floating on a raft by Tinuy-an Falls

Often described as the Little Niagara of the Philippines, Tinuy-an Falls is a curtain-like waterfall that stretches around 95-meters wide and 180-feet deep in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. This 3-tiered cascade features natural pools perfect for taking a plunge. The biggest and tallest of the three layers is wide enough to accommodate bamboo rafts for guests who want to get closer to the waterfall drop.

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In 2018, Tinuy-an Falls is proclaimed as one of the three protected areas of the Caraga region. It is home to 91 species of animals, including amphibians, birds, reptiles, freshwater fish, and more. There are also 144 species of flora and 33 of which are nearing extinction.

A boat in Lake Sebu

Situated in South Cotabato or the Land of the Dreamweavers, Lake Sebu is a major watershed recognized as a UNESCO cultural landscape in Mindanao. It irrigates the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato. There are three lakes in the area: Lake Sebu, Lake Seloton, and Lake Lahit. What makes each of them stunning are the floating pink lotus flowers. 

With its picturesque view, tourists will find themselves drawn to its beauty and charm. Apart from the lake itself, there are other attractions in Lake Sebu, including The Seven Fall with a total of 7 waterfalls and the Punta Isla Lake Resort, featuring the lake’s panoramic view.

Lake Sebu is also home to various indigenous tribes, including the Tirurays, Ubos, Manobos, and T’bolis. If you like to learn about the T’bolis rich culture, you can visit the T’boli Museum and School of Living Tradition (SLT). Then, see their special weaved fabrics at the Grand Dulay T’nalak Weaving Center.

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Aerial view of Magpupungko Rock Pools

One of the majestic sights in the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Siargao Island , is the Magpupungko Rock Pools. It has a stunning tidal rock pool with crystal clear emerald waters surrounded by striking rock formations. This crown jewel is only accessible during the low tide and is not visible when the tides are high.

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Magpupungko Rock Pools is only a 45-minute drive away or 35KM away from the center of General Luna. The best way to enjoy the tide pools is to go cliff diving into its 3-meter deep refreshing blue waters. It is situated near Magpupungko Beach with towering coconut trees that offer adequate shade.

There are nearby restaurants along Magpupungko Beach. You may also drop by the nearby Sugba Lagoon, a gorgeous emerald lagoon with verdant mangroves in Del Carmen.

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Whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan De Oro  (CDO) is known as the whitewater rafting capital of the Philippines. Among the many extreme sports in CDO, whitewater rafting is the most popular one for adrenaline junkies. It takes place along the Cagayan River, which spans up to 48 kilometers with over 59 rapids. The best time to try this sport is from July to December when the water current is strong. For a hassle-free adventure, book a  Cagayan de Oro whitewater rafting package .

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Whitewater rafting usually takes around 5 hours, and you need a lot of arm strength to paddle and face the turbulent waves. This wet and wild ride will take you through huge rock formations between lush mangrove forests. Throughout the ride, a professional river guide will accompany you.

The ride gets tougher as you paddle along the rapids. At the end of the exhilarating ride, you will go down the calmer part of the river where a verdant surrounding awaits you.

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People swimming in Enchanted River, Surigao del Norte

There is probably no other river in the country that will surpass the blueness of the famous Enchanted River, another mystic gem nestled in Hinatuan town in Surigao del Sur. It is 290 meters long, but its depth remains a mystery for many divers. 

There were diving expeditions made in the past, yet there is no clear picture of what lies at the bottommost part of the mystical river. With water flowing to the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the Hinatuan Enchanted River opens up to an estuary where salt water mixes with the river’s spring water.

The famous blue river is only a small portion of it. Divers even found an opening of an underwater cave at the river’s deepest portion. To preserve its beauty, visitors are not allowed to swim in the main pool. There is a designated area for swimming, which is only 10 meters away from the main pool.

1. Cloud 9, Siargao 

Sunrise at Cloud 9, Siargao

Cloud 9 is one of the best spots to learn and practice surfing in the Philippines . This famous surfing destination is located on the laidback island of Siargao. Local and international travelers love going back to this place to witness its white-sand beaches, blue-green waters, and scenic islands.

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Cloud 9 is recognized as one of the world’s best surfing destinations. It is even ranked as one of the top ten waves worldwide, where international surfing competitions are often held. Beginners can watch the pros showcase their skills and limits. Siargao is also a good choice for couples who want to have their honeymoon in the Philippines .

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The ideal time to go to Siargao is from September to November. Surfers can ride waves as high as 8 feet up to 12 feet. There are also surf schools around the area that offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced surf courses. Surf camps in Siargao usually last a week, which already include surf rental equipment and instruction. Read our guide to surfing in Siargao to learn more. 

Discover Mindanao’s Top Tourist Spots 

Aerial view of Siargao Island

If you’ve already been to several destinations in the Philippines, you may want to consider traveling further to the southernmost part of the country. For those of you wondering where to go next, Mindanao is the place to be! Whether you like to explore iconic attractions or gaze at natural wonders, there are various parks and historical spots  in Mindanao. 

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You can visit numerous islands and beaches in the Philippines  nestled in the southernmost part of the archipelago. Other than white-sand beaches, Mindanao also boasts some of the highest and most scenic waterfalls in the Philippines .

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15 Best TOURIST SPOTS in MINDANAO 2024 (Beaches, Falls, Rivers & More)

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As we all know, Mindanao is the second largest of the three (3) major Philippine Islands. It is approximately 97,530 sq. km and is home to 25% of the entire nation’s population. Mindanao is the farthest island region from the capital Metro Manila, this is the reason why sometimes it is outshined by its siblings Luzon and Visayas in the tourism industry.

However, make no mistake! Because through the years, Mindanao is becoming more and more popular not only in the country but also in the whole world. A lot of tourists are discovering hidden gems in the entire region that are worthy of international attention. Mindanao has an enormous set of preserved natural wonders from mountains, forests, rivers, waterfalls, and everything that you can imagine!

The proud island of Mindanao is also being recognized in the whole world! Firstly, it has long been known as the home of the Philippines’ tallest mountain, Mt. Apo. It’s also the breeding grounds of the largest eagle in the world in terms of length and wingspan! Yes, I’m talking about no other than our very own Philippine Eagle. Aside from these natural wonders, several personalities in our current society proudly represent Mindanao! First of all, the current Philippine president, Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte traces his roots from the major city of Davao itself. Also, our first Filipino Olympic Gold Medalist, Hidilyn Diaz also comes from Mindanao!

With the current rise of Mindanao to the spotlight of Philippine tourism, I won’t be surprised if it becomes the tourism capital of the country in no time! How do I prove it? Well, tune in because, in this article, we’re going to discover the fifteen top tourist destinations in Mindanao!

1. Cloud 9 in Siargao

First up! Ah, I think there’s no better way to start this phenomenal list than mentioning the surfers’ haven itself, Siargao Island. Siargao is considered to be the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.

Cloud 9 in Siargao

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You don’t know how to surf yet? Well, don’t worry! There are several surfing lessons offered around the island so you’ll learn in no time. Another thing so good about Siargao is that it’s beautifully preserved. The place isn’t crowded like the other islands in the country so tourists have the perfect chance to appreciate its beauty.

Siargao Island’s Cloud 9 was among the world’s best-surfing spots according to international broadcasting giant, CNN. Be prepared to witness a tropical paradise with Cloud 9’s white-sand beaches, pristine and sky blue waters, tide pools, caves, coves, corals, and many more! CHECK THE BEST RESORTS IN SIARGAO HERE

2. Hinatuan Enchanted River

Next up is a truly magical place to be on the island of Mindanao. The Hinatuan Enchanted River or sometimes called the Hinatuan Sacred River baffles the minds of everyone who visits it and at the same time makes them all fall in love with its very own natural beauty.

Hinatuan Enchanted River

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Hidden somewhere in the jungles of Surigao del Sur, is a deep spring river exuding a miraculous clear blue water. Technically, it can’t be considered a river because of two (2) reasons. Firstly, it is a saltwater river. It flows into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean. And secondly, it is relatively short to be considered a river. Nevertheless, all those doubts are answered by the name of the river itself because it truly is enchanting.

The best part? The Hinatuan Enchanted River isn’t only for sightseeing. Aside from taking remarkable photos, visitors are allowed to dive and swim on the river! Of course, keep in mind that this tourist spot is a beautiful creation of nature. Let’s do our part and preserve it so future generations can still have a chance to witness it.

3. Tinuy-An Falls

This curtain-like waterfall is hailed as “The Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines”. The stream of water cascades into three (3) separate tiers so tourists have a wide area to explore! In the largest tier of the falls, they also let you ride a bamboo raft to wander nearer to the water drop itself.

Tinuy-An Falls

Aside from fun activities like swimming, diving, and hiking, the Tinuy-An Falls is also home to an abundant ecosystem consisting of hundreds of different animal and plant species. What a beautiful way to bring us closer to nature, right? BEST HOTELS IN BISLIG, SURIGAO

4. Malamawi Island

Malamawi Island is also known as the Hidden Paradise of Basilan for a reason. It is a tropical paradise with a long stretch of white sand beaches filled with turquoise waters and plenty of marine life! It is indeed one of the most beautiful beaches ever in the Philippines.

Malamawi Island

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Unlike other established beaches and islands in the country, Malamawi Island is not that crowded yet. However, several resorts are already starting to develop the island for many years now so you can expect that lots of rooms and cottages are already available by the time of your visit!

The best part about visiting Malamawi Island is that you seemingly have the entire island just for yourself. You can hear the waves crashing, the leaves rustling, and the birds chirping loudly and clearly. Nothing beats a day or two of peace and serenity before you go back to the hustle and bustle of the city, right?

5. Panampangan Island

Who would’ve imagined that the Philippines’ longest sandbar is located at the farthest islands of the country? That’s right, Panampangan Island is a 3,128-kilometer sandbar situated in the province of Tawi-Tawi.

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From here, you can clearly see the white sands with the pristine waters of the island. Sometimes during the low tide, the sandbar even connects Panampangan and Basibuli! How beautiful is that?

Tourists love Panampangan Island because of the exclusive ambiance it provides. Yes! It would seem like you’re the only ones on the island, so go ahead and flaunt that sexy body of yours with extreme confidence! The locals there are also some of the most friendly ever, so you’re perfectly safe and secured.

6. Asik-Asik Falls

Nestled in the jungles of Cotabato is one of the natural wonders of nature. The Asik-Asik Falls are found in the mountains of Mount Ragang. What the tourists love about this majestic waterfall is its unique appearance. Instead of having the system of a regular waterfall where the stream of water stems from a river, the water comes from a wall of solid rock filled with lush greeneries and moss!

Asik-Asik Falls

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That’s right. The wall is approximately 140 meters wide and about 60 meters tall. At a sight, the Asik-Asik Falls looks like a green curtain with water flowing from the spots of rocks. That view itself earns the respect of many photographers all over the country, so be sure to try it!

7. Cape of San Agustin

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If you’re not up to climbing the lighthouse, you can still enjoy the raw beauty of the Cape of San Agustin. Take your time and breathe in the freshest air of Mindanao before you get back to the hustle and bustle of the city.

8. The Sunken Cemetery

The Sunken Cemetery is one of the most prominent tourist attractions in Mindanao. This magnificent yet intriguing destination is located just off the coast of Cagayan de Oro. The reason? It’s a cemetery. The story of the place and picturesque view of the Sunken Cemetery itself deserves all the attention it gets.

The Sunken Cemetery

It is said that the place was formed as a resting place for the first settlers of Camiguin who were buried alive during the eruption of Mt. Vulcan. The place is so popular that more tourists are said to be visiting the graves than the relatives of the dead themselves. It is also mentioned that upon entering the area, some people experience a sudden feeling of emptiness and loneliness. So, aside from taking pictures and admiring the view, please offer a prayer to all the lost souls of Camiguin.

9. Lake Sebu

Up next! Aside from being one of the Philippines’ most important watersheds and major irrigation providers, Lake Sebu has also become an integral part of Mindanao’s tourism industry.

Lake Sebu

The lake itself is a one-stop-shop for a wide variety of fun activities that everyone can enjoy! Waterfall zip lines, multiple falls, lily fields, resort and restaurants, view decks, hiking, and many more are waiting for you. So, go ahead and appreciate nature at its peak!

10. Tinago Falls

Tinago Falls

Well, yet another magnificent natural attraction can be found in Mindanao! The Tinago Falls is a hidden gem found in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte. In fact, the name “Tinago” itself literally means “to be hidden” which truly speaks for the enchanting and majestic beauty of the falls.

Tinago Falls is 240 feet tall and can only be reached by hiking down some 500 steps below the Agus River. Tourists are often astonished by the pristine beauty of Tinago Falls because the basin full of a greenish-blue pool of water is similar to those famous postcard-worthy spots in Palawan! The cold pool is perfect for swimming and diving aside from taking memorable photos.

Oh, and while you’re at it. Grab the chance to hit two birds with one stone because the ever-famous Maria Cristina Falls is also in Iligan City! Yup, the largest waterfalls in the Philippines, itself.

11. Zamboanga City

Zamboanga Hermosa Festival

Zamboanga is the third-largest city in the country and is basically the center of industrial and commercial businesses in the south. Having said that, tourists can expect a wide array of shops and businesses like restaurants, malls, and entertainment establishments. However, aside from all those things, Zamboanga is also home to some of the country’s best natural tourist attractions!

Places like the Merloquet Falls, Paseo del Mar, Fort Pilar, and Little Santa Cruz Island are just a few of the more iconic spots that you can find in Zamboanga!

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12. Dahican Beach

Dahican Beach

Enjoy a 7 kilometer stretch of clean sandy beaches, pristine waters, and tall coconut trees when you stay at this tropical paradise in Mindanao. Aside from engaging in watersports activities like surfing and skimboarding, the beach is also a protected area as it is a breeding ground for pawikans or sea turtles. The name of the beach itself is associated with pawikans because the name “Dahican” comes from the word “Dahik” which describes the act of the sea turtles coming from the sea and to their nests to lay eggs.

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13. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Hamiguitan serves as a sanctuary for some of the globally endangered species of animals and plants. In fact, some of those can only be found specifically on Mount Hamiguitan itself.

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Hamiguitan is recognized by the whole world as it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the first-ever World Heritage Site of the Philippines that’s a mountain and comes from Mindanao. Tourists are attracted to this sanctuary because they get to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of getting closer in touch with our country’s pride, the Philippine Eagle, and other species like the Philippine Cockatoo and other endangered plants and animals.

14. Island Garden City of Samal

Ah, the Island Garden City of Samal. Welcome home to the Philippines’ largest resort city which is home to a total of 30 different resorts featuring an astonishing amount of 1,000 rooms for accommodation!

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Samal Island

If you’re planning to visit Mindanao, you’ve gotta get Samal Islands on your list because you will surely have the best time of your life here. Endless engaging activities, a wide variety of cuisines and traditional delights, the best nightlife parties, and tons of festivals are waiting for you! Yes, the Samal Islands are not dubbed as the Island of Festivals for no reason! All year-round, the islands are hosting different traditional festivals such as Kabasan, Hugyaw Madayaw, and Caracoles Festivals!

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15. Aliwagwag Falls

Last but definitely not least is another wonder of nature located in Mindanao. What is regarded as the Tallest Waterfall in the Philippines with 84 tiers and towering at approximately 1,110 feet is the spectacular Aliwagwag Falls!

Aliwagwag Falls

This beautiful spectacle of nature is truly a gift of God. In fact, based on the Mandaya Tribe of Cateel, Aliwagwag falls is a gift from the gods to the townspeople. So, once you’re here, don’t forget to take quality pictures because it would surely seem that you’re in a stairway towards a magical world of an all-new dimension!

FAQ: Mindanao Tourist Spots

1. What are the top tourist spots in Mindanao?

  • Siargao’s Cloud 9: Famous for surfing.
  • Hinatuan Enchanted River: A mystical saltwater river.
  • Tinuy-An Falls: The “Little Niagara Falls of the Philippines”.
  • Malamawi Island: A beautiful, less crowded beach.
  • Panampangan Island: Known for its long sandbar.
  • Asik-Asik Falls: Unique waterfall from a rock wall.
  • Cape of San Agustin: Offers stunning panoramic views.
  • Sunken Cemetery: A historic site in Camiguin.
  • Lake Sebu: A place for nature and adventure.
  • Tinago Falls: A hidden waterfall in Iligan City.
  • Zamboanga City: Rich in cultural heritage.
  • Dahican Beach: A sanctuary for sea turtles.
  • Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary: A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Island Garden City of Samal: Known for resorts and festivals.
  • Aliwagwag Falls: The tallest waterfall in the Philippines.

2. What is the best time to visit Mindanao? The dry season from March to May is generally the best time. However, Mindanao is beautiful year-round, with some areas having their own ideal visiting times.

3. Are there any cultural considerations to keep in mind when visiting Mindanao? Yes, Mindanao is culturally diverse. It’s important to respect local customs and traditions, dress modestly, and be mindful of local sensitivities, especially in rural and Muslim-majority areas.

4. How do I get around in Mindanao? Public transportation like buses, jeepneys, and tricycles are common. For remote areas, renting a car or using local guides may be more practical.

5. Can I find accommodation easily in Mindanao? Yes, there are various options from budget hostels to luxury resorts, especially in tourist-friendly areas. It’s advisable to book in advance during peak seasons.

6. What should I pack for a trip to Mindanao? Essentials include lightweight clothing, a good pair of walking shoes, sun protection, insect repellent, and any personal medication. For adventure spots, consider outdoor gear.

7. Are there any special culinary experiences in Mindanao? Definitely! Mindanao offers a range of unique culinary experiences, from fresh seafood to local delicacies like Durian and Marang. Don’t miss out on trying the local cuisine.

8. What languages are spoken in Mindanao? While Filipino and English are widely spoken, Mindanao is home to many indigenous languages. In some areas, Cebuano and Chavacano are commonly used.

9. Are there any eco-friendly tourist spots in Mindanao? Yes, Mindanao has several eco-friendly destinations like Lake Sebu and Mount Hamiguitan, where sustainable tourism practices are encouraged.

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Top 25 Tourist Spots in Mindanao: Beaches, Mountains, Caves, Waterfalls

What makes up a superb tourist spot in Mindanao? Find out more in this article about the best spots to see including the hidden and best tourist spots!

Mindanao is the second biggest island in the Philippines. For many years, news of rebellion and terrorism hindered tourism growth in the area. But today, it’s fast becoming a favorite summer and weekend getaway, especially for nature lovers and adventurers.

The varied landscape of Mindanao hosts some of the best tourist spots in the Philippines. Towering mountains, unspoiled beaches, mystic caves, underground rivers, and stunning lakes are among the sights here.

Many of these sights remain off-beaten, thus, ideal for those who prefer less touristy destinations.

When planning your itinerary to the tourist spots in Mindanao, you might want to consider the following:

Best Tourist Spots in Mindanao

1. sta. cruz island pink beach.

Sta Cruz Pink Beach is one of the famous tourist spots in Mindanao

The island is known for its rare white beach that stretches for kilometers. The beach is fringed by lush vegetation complementing crystal-clear waters. The pinkish color is due to the pink corals washed onshore by the waves. Enjoy strolling around as your relish the rustic views of the sea and the forests.

It is a can’t-miss tourist spot in Mindanao for beach bums!

  • Location: Sta. Cruz, Zamboanga City

2. Tagbilat Falls

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If you want to chase hidden waterfalls, check out Tagbilat Falls, also known as Malagandis Falls. It resembles a huge curtain cascading like heavenly drizzles. You can stand on the base of the falls and let the cascading waters give you a rejuvenating massage. It takes more than 30 minutes of hike on dense forests to reach it.

  • Location: Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay

3. Situbo Falls

Situbo Falls is one of the best tourist spots in Mindanao

Situbo Falls is one of the emerging tourist spots in Mindanao. Its stunning beauty makes up to Instagrammable shots that will make your friends think that you’re backpacking in Vietnam or the Amazon Basin. This multiple-layered beauty has different pools where you can swim in cold waters.

  • Location: Tampilisan, Zamboanga Sibugay

4. Mount Hibok-Hibok

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Mount Hibok-Hibok dominates Camiguin Island. It’s a biological paradise, home to endemic flora and fauna species. Hiking to its summit will lead you into rustic encounters. Mossy forests also abound and from atop, you can view the ridge to reef landscape of Camiguin. Along the way, you can catch sight of different kinds of birds.

  • Location: Mambajo, Camiguin

5. Sunken Cemetary

Sunken Cemetery is one of the best tourist spots in Mindanao

If you’re a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, you might also like to see the Sunken Cemetery. Sounds creepy? You’ll hear a lot of interesting stories about it. Today, the remnants are impressive attractions. Corals also grew on the site, attracting colorful fishes for you to see. A huge cross has serves as a reminder of the tragedy.

  • Location: Catarman, Camiguin

6. Limunsudan Falls

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Limunsudan Falls is among the top highest cascades in the Philippines. It has two layers and the first drop alone is higher than famed Maria Cristina falls. Expect to hike on dense forests and steep terrains before finally catching sight of this majestic beauty.

  • Location: Iligan City, Lanao Del Sur

7. Tinago Falls

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Tinago Falls is one of the most famous tourist spots in Mindanao. It measures around 420 feet high and has a wide and very deep pool. The turquoise waters will surely invite you to take a brave jump. If not, ride the bamboo raft and have a shower on its base.

  • Location: Linamon, Lanao Del Norte

8. Mount Dulang-Dulang

Mount Dulang Dulang is one of the famous tourist spots in Mindanao

Catch one of the best views of the sunrise and sea of clouds at the summit of Mt Dulang-Dulang. It is the second-highest peak in the Philippines. To reach the summit, expect hours of continuous trek. But fret not. Along the way, you’ll catch sight of spectacular views including some of the country’s best mossy forests.

  • Location: Lantapan, Bukidnon

9. Mount Kalatungan

Mount Kalatungan is one of the off-beaten tourist spots in Mindanao

Do you want to level up your adventure? Take the challenge to climb one of the toughest mountains in the Philippines – Mt Kalatungan. Expect to trail on wild terrains and steep slopes before reaching the summit. But those are thrills to conquer. Besides, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of waterfalls and mossy forests. You can also chance on the critically-endangered Philippine Monkey-Eating Eagle.

  • Location: Talakag, Bukidnon

10. Piduan Curtain Falls

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Imagine standing on cold waters while drizzles relieve you of stress. That is exactly what you can experience when you visit Piduan Curtain Falls. When the sun’s rays hit the waterfall, a beautiful rainbow often emerges. Shower like you never had before as you relish the beauty of the lush forests around.

  • Location: Piduan Valley, Misamis Occidental

11. Mount Malindang Range Natural Park

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Mount Malindang Range Natural Park is one of the most preserved tourist spots in Mindanao. It hosts a plethora of wildlife species including the Philippine Eagle. It’s towering peaks are ideal for trekking and are home to incredible mossy forests. The park also has hidden lakes and crystal-clear rivers and streams.

  • Location: Misamis Occidental

12. Sagpulon Falls

Sagpulon Falls is one of the most beautiful places in Mindanao

Do you believe in love at first sight? Oh gosh, I am being corny. But that’s how you will feel when you glimpse of Sagpulon Falls for the first time. It’s a towering cascade with a height of 180 feet. It has a wide and very deep pool where you can swim all day.

  • Location: Jasaan, Misamis Oriental

13. Mount Lumot

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Known as the “Mountain of Souls,” Mount Lumot saw the crash of Cebu Pacific Flight 387, killing all passengers. Despite stories of lost souls or ghosts, it has become a popular hiking destination. Different wildlife species inhabit the mountain including hawks and eagles. It is one of the highest peaks of the Balatukan Mountain Range.

  • Location: Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental

14. Mt Pandadagsaan

Mt Pandadagsaan is one of the most beautiful tourist spots in Mindanao

Also known as the White Peak, Mt Pandadagsaan has become popular for its so-called Avatar Mossy Forest. In fact, it has already been featured in a popular TV show. It is the 13th highest mountain in the Philippines. Home to diverse species, the mountain teems with waterfalls and other natural wonders.

  • Location: New Bataan, Davao De Oro

15. Awao Falls

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If you’re done assaulting the mountains of Davao De Oro, check out Awao Falls. It’s now one of the emerging tourist spots in Mindanao. It has a height of 80 feet with shallow pools. Thus, it’s an ideal swimming spot for non-swimmers. But mind you. The water is icy-cold!

  • Location: Monkayo, Davao De Oro

16. Mt Talomo

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Mt Talomo lies on the same mountain range where Mt Apo stands. Locals consider them as twin peaks. According to them, Mt Talomo was higher than Mt Apo. But a massive eruption lowered its height. Its summit is also ideal for viewing the sunrise and occasional sea of clouds. Then, there are the mossy forests that will surely leave you in awe.

  • Location: Calinan, Davao Del Sur

17. Mt Hamiguitan

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Mt Hamiguitan hosts the largest bonsai forest in the world. Covering an area of more than 1,200 hectares, these forests shelter unique species found nowhere else. It has been listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the heart of the pygmy forest, you’ll find a beautiful lake. It has an unusual low and high tide setting.

  • Location: San Isidro, Davao Oriental

18. Aliwagwag Falls

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Considered as the highest waterfall in the Philippines, Aliwagwag Falls is one of the best tourist spots in Mindanao. It has more than 130 beautiful cascades. These collectively measure 1,110 feet with amazing pools and crystal-clear waters. Enjoy jumping from one of the big boulders towards the dee pool.

  • Location: Cateel, Davao Oriental

19. Dahican Beach

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With its long stretch of powdery white sands, you can have a whole day of fun here. Dahican Beach may be popular but it’s not as crowded as Boracay Beach. It’s a favorite getaway, especially during summer. Who would not love its beach complementing the turquoise waters?

  • Location: Mati, Davao Oriental

20. Mount Redondo

Mount Redondo is one of the best tourist spots in Mindanao

Mount Redondo is the second highest peak in Dinagat Islands. It is home to the second-largest pygmy forest in the country, after that of Mt Hamiguitan. It shelters endangered species such as the Dinagat Tarsier and Cloud Rat. Thanks to local opposition, the mountain was spared from mining.

  • Location: Loreto, Dinagat Islands

21. Tinuy-an Falls

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Tinuy-an Falls is one of the iconic tourist spots in Mindanao. Known as the Niagara Falls of the Philippines, Tinuy-an Falls has three layers. The highest of which measures around 180 feet with a beautiful pool. You can ride a bamboo raft to get to its base and relish the cascading waters.

  • Location: Bislig, Surgao Del Sur

22. Hinatuan Enchanted River

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Hinatuan River is known for its turquoise waters emanating from underground caves. It is one of the most beautiful places in Mindanao. Although it’s a freshwater ecosystem, it’s like a sea with the presence of big and colorful fishes. You can swim with them and enjoy the chilly waters. It’s one of the best tourist spots in Mindanao.

  • Location: Hinaturan, Surigao Del Sur

23. Asik-asik Falls

Asik-asik falls is one of the popular tourist spots in Mindanao

Asik-asik Falls is also one of the best tourist spots in Mindanao. Cascading like heavenly drizzles amidst lush foliage, it is has rapidly gained popularity. It cascades like a huge curtain of relaxing waters. There is a river flowing through where you can also swim.

  • Location: Alamada, Cotabato

24. Lake Venedo

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When trekking to Mt Apo, you can glimpse the mystical Lake Venedo. From here, you can see an imposing view of Mt Apo’s summit, like a god guarding the lake. Local folks say that unseen deities and spirits protect the lake. Thus, there is the need to perform a ritual before continuing with the trek.

Mt Apo is one of the famous tourist spots in Mindanao you should see.

  • Location: Digos, Cotabato

25. Lom Cave

Lom Cave is one of the hidden tourist spots in Mindanao

Want to explore the wonders of the underground? Check out Lom Cave. Inside, you’ll find a variety of stunning stalactite and stalagmite rock formations. It is 400 meters long with a river running through. It’s just one of the many caves found in the province.

  • Location: Lebak, Sultan Kudarat

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Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, is a destination that offers a unique cultural experience and natural beauty. The island boasts stunning landscapes, from the lush forests and majestic mountains to the pristine beaches and coral reefs.

It is home to diverse ethnic groups, each with its own traditions and way of life, making it a melting pot of cultures. Visitors can immerse themselves in Mindanao’s rich history and heritage by visiting historical sites, trying local delicacies, and participating in cultural festivals.

Is it safe to travel to Mindanao?

While certain areas of Mindanao have been affected by conflict and terrorism, many parts of the island are considered safe and welcoming for tourists. It is essential to research and plan before traveling to Mindanao and to stay informed of any travel advisories or updates on the security situation. As with any travel destination, it is also advisable to exercise caution and take necessary precautions to ensure personal safety.

There are many Mindanao tourist spots that are worth visiting; here are some of them:

Philippine Eagle Center, Davao City

Philippine Eagle Center

The Philippine Eagle Center is a popular tourist destination in Davao City, where visitors can observe the critically endangered Philippine Eagle up close. The center is a conservation facility dedicated to protecting and breeding Philippine eagles, known for their impressive size and unique appearance.

Visitors can watch the eagles as they fly and interact in large enclosures designed to mimic their natural habitat while learning about the conservation efforts to preserve this iconic species. The center also offers educational tours and programs that provide insights into the ecology and importance of the Philippine Eagle in the country’s ecosystem.

Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park, Davao Oriental

Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park by Edge Genciagan via Flickr cc

Aliwagwag Falls Eco Park, located in Cateel, Davao Oriental, is a stunning natural wonder and a must-visit tourist spot in Mindanao. The eco-park boasts of the famous Aliwagwag Falls , considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines, with its unique cascading tiers and crystal-clear waters.

Visitors can enjoy the picturesque view of the falls while learning about the area’s rich biodiversity and cultural heritage. The park also serves as a conservation area for endangered species, including the Philippine eagle and the Philippine tarsier.

Maria Cristina Falls

Maria Cristina Falls, Iligan

Maria Cristina Falls is a majestic waterfall located in Iligan City . It is considered one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Philippines. The falls are fed by the Agus River and have a height of around 98 meters, with a powerful and thundering flow of water.

Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the falls from a viewing deck and take a boat ride on the river to get closer to the base of the falls. Maria Cristina Falls is also a source of hydroelectric power for the region, and visitors can learn about the history and technology of the power plant that harnesses its energy.

Samal Island

Samal Island photo by @nicric via Unsplash

Samal Island is a paradise destination off the coast of Davao City, known for its crystal-clear waters, white-sand beaches, and lush tropical forests. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mindanao, Samal Island offers a range of activities for visitors, from swimming and sunbathing on its shores to snorkeling and diving in its coral reefs.

Visitors can also explore the island’s natural beauty through trekking and hiking, with trails that lead to scenic spots such as Hagimit Falls and Mount Puting Bato. The island is also home to various wildlife, including monkeys, bats, and sea turtles.

Pink Beach, Zamboanga

Zamboanga Pink Sand Beach

Pink Beach, also known as Sta. Cruz Island is a unique and picturesque beach in Zamboanga City. What sets this beach apart is its pinkish sand, which results from crushed red corals mixed with the white sand.

The beach is surrounded by crystal-clear waters and has a vibrant marine ecosystem, making it an ideal destination for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. The beach is only accessible by boat and is a protected area with strict regulations to ensure its preservation.

Once Islas, Zamboanga

Bisaya-Bisaya Island at Once Islas Zamboanga City

Once Islas is an eco-tourism destination in Zamboanga City, which comprises 11 small and stunning islands located at the entrance of the Zamboanga Peninsula. Visitors can explore many white-sand beaches and rich marine life through boat tours, snorkeling, and island hopping.

The islands are also home to diverse wildlife, including rare bird species, making it an ideal destination for bird watching and nature photography. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the local culture by learning about the island’s communities’ traditional fishing techniques and handicrafts.

Eden Nature Park, Davao

Eden Nature and Park Rooms

Eden Nature Park is a scenic mountain resort located in Toril, Davao City, that offers a relaxing and peaceful escape from the city. The park boasts a lush and verdant landscape with various flora and fauna, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and bird watchers.

Visitors can enjoy various activities, such as hiking, zip-lining, and horseback riding, while also savoring the fresh mountain air and panoramic views of Davao City. The resort also features amenities such as restaurants, accommodations, and event venues, making it a popular destination for family outings, corporate retreats, and weddings.

Dahican Beach, Davao Oriental

Dahican Beach by Edge Genciagan via Flickr cc

Dahican Beach is a beautiful and pristine beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental. The beach boasts a long stretch of fine white sand, crystal-clear waters, and gentle waves, making it an ideal destination for swimming, sunbathing, and surfing.

The beach is also known for its abundant marine life, and visitors can often spot sea turtles, dolphins, and whales in the waters. The beach is also a popular destination for water sports, such as skimboarding and windsurfing, and visitors can rent equipment from local operators.

Lake Bababu in Basilisa Dinagat Islands by Calixto Ong II via Dinagat Province Tourism Council FB Page

Dinagat Islands

Dinagat Islands is a group of islands located off the coast of Surigao del Norte in the Caraga Region. The islands offer a range of activities for visitors, from swimming, snorkeling, and diving in its clear blue waters to hiking and exploring its lush tropical forests.

The islands are also home to various flora and fauna, including rare and endemic species, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. Visitors can also immerse themselves in the local culture by visiting the historic towns and heritage sites and experiencing the local cuisine and traditional practices.

Panampangan Island, Tawi-Tawi

Tawi-Tawi Travel Requirements

Panampangan Island is a breathtaking and secluded island in Tawi-Tawi, known for its white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. Tawi-Tawi is one of the most underrated Mindanao tourist spots.

The island offers visitors a tranquil and peaceful escape with opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and diving in its pristine waters. The island is also home to diverse marine species, including sea turtles, reef sharks, and colorful fish, making it an ideal destination for underwater enthusiasts.

Bud Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

View from Bud Bongao

Bud Bongao, also known as Mount Bongao, is a sacred mountain in Tawi-Tawi , known for its natural beauty and spiritual significance. Visitors can hike up the mountain, which stands 342 meters tall, and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes, including the neighboring islands and sea.

The mountain is also home to diverse flora and fauna, including endemic bird species, making it an ideal destination for bird watching and nature photography. The mountain is considered a sacred site by the locals. Visitors can also learn about the local culture and traditions associated with the mountain, such as offering prayers and sacrifices to the spirits believed to reside there.

White Island, Camiguin

White Island - Camiguin DIY Budget Travel Guide photo by Nico Alumbro via Unsplash

White Island is a stunning sandbar off the coast of Camiguin Island, known for its crystal-clear waters and powdery white sand. The island offers visitors a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscapes, including the towering Mount Hibok-Hibok and the turquoise waters of the Bohol Sea.

Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling in the island’s waters, which are home to a diverse range of marine life, including colorful fish and coral formations. The island is accessible via a short boat ride from the town of Mambajao, and visitors can rent umbrellas and beach chairs for a relaxing day at the beach.

Small boats cruising towards the landmark cross above the Sunken Cemetery for a closer look

Sunken Cemetery, Camiguin

The Sunken Cemetery is a unique and historic landmark on the island of Camiguin, known for its submerged gravestones beneath the waters of the Bohol Sea. The cemetery was originally built in the 18th century but was later submerged after the eruption of Mount Vulcan in 1871.

Today, visitors can take a boat ride to the site and view the gravestones seen during low tide or go snorkeling and diving to see the entire submerged cemetery. The site offers a fascinating glimpse into the island’s history and cultural heritage and is also a popular spot for photography, with its unique beauty.

Magpupungko Rock Formation and Tidal Pool by Michael Louie via Unsplash

Magpupungko Rock Pools, Siargao

Magpupungko Rock Pools is a natural wonder located on the island of Siargao, known for its crystal-clear rock pools formed by the tides of the Pacific Ocean. The rock pools are surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and offer visitors a stunning view of the turquoise waters of the Pacific.

Visitors can swim, snorkel, and explore the rock pools, home to diverse marine life, including colorful fish and sea urchins. Visitors can also walk along the exposed reef during low tide and explore the tidal pools.

Siargao Sunset - Cloud 9

Cloud 9, Siargao

Cloud 9 is a world-renowned surf spot on Siargao island , known for its massive waves and challenging surf breaks. This popular Mindanao tourist spot has hosted several international surfing competitions and attracts surfers worldwide who come to test their skills against the powerful waves.

The waves at Cloud 9 are best during the peak surfing season from August to November when the swells are the biggest. The site also offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscapes, including the Pacific’s turquoise waters and the island’s lush greenery. Visitors can also enjoy a range of activities, such as kayaking and paddleboarding, or simply relax and take in the idyllic atmosphere of the island.

Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig

Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls is a magnificent waterfall in Bislig, Surigao del Sur. With a height of 55 meters and a width of 95 meters, it is considered one of the widest waterfalls in the country. The falls feature three cascades that create a stunning water curtain, surrounded by lush greenery and natural rock formations. Visitors can enjoy swimming in the cool waters, trekking to the top of the falls, or simply taking in the breathtaking view from the viewing deck.

Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur

Hinatuan Enchanted River by Lawrence Craft via Flickr cc

Enchanted River is a mystical and enchanting river in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. With its clear blue-green waters and underwater cave systems, it is known as one of the most beautiful rivers in the world. The river is also home to various fish, including large schools of jackfish that swim together in unison. Visitors can enjoy swimming, snorkeling in the river, and watching the daily fish feeding ritual, where the caretakers feed the fish and put them on a dazzling display.

Grand Mosque, Cotabato City

The Grand Mosque nearing sunset

The Grand Mosque , also known as the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, is a stunningly beautiful mosque in Cotabato City. It is considered the largest mosque in the country and one of the most impressive in Southeast Asia.

The mosque’s architecture is inspired by the Islamic design of the Middle East, with its white domes and towering minarets. The mosque’s interior is equally impressive, featuring intricate patterns and designs and a large prayer hall accommodating up to 15,000 worshippers. The Grand Mosque is not only a religious landmark but also a cultural and architectural gem that showcases the Islamic heritage of the Philippines.

Whitewater Rafting, Cagayan De Oro

Whitewater rafting

Whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro is an adrenaline-pumping adventure that offers thrill-seekers a chance to experience the rapids of the Cagayan de Oro River. The river is known for its challenging rapids, ranging from Class II to Class IV, which provide a heart-stopping ride for rafters.

The rafting experience is made even more memorable by the stunning scenery of the surrounding hills and forests and the chance to jump off cliffs, swim in the river, and navigate through natural obstacles.

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Lake Sebu

Lake Sebu is a natural lake located in the municipality of Lake Sebu , South Cotabato, within the Alah Valley region. The Philippine government has recognized it as one of the country’s most important watersheds. Lake Sebu is one of the many bodies of water supplying important irrigation to the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato.

The villages around the lake have been turned into an independent municipality called Lake Sebu after being a former village of Surallah.

Lake Holon by Rawen Balmana

Lake Holon, South Cotabato

Lake Holon is a picturesque lake and totally different from other lakes you might have visited. It is eerily quiet but the kind you appreciate because it’s not every day you experience something unique. It is in a secluded area where you can be one with nature. Government officials even confirmed that the Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) was spotted in the barangays near the lake.

Asik-Asik Falls, North Cotabato

Asik-Asik Falls, Alamada, North Cotabato

Asik-Asik Falls is a stunning waterfall in Alamada, North Cotabato. It is a relatively new attraction, having been discovered only in 2012, and quickly gained popularity due to its unique appearance. Unlike most waterfalls, Asik-Asik Falls is not a single stream of water falling from a cliff, but a series of water sprouts that emerge from the rock face of a lush cliff, creating a mesmerizing curtain of water that falls into a natural pool below.

The falls are surrounded by lush vegetation, providing visitors a picturesque and serene atmosphere. Asik-Asik Falls is a hidden gem of North Cotabato, offering a breathtakingly beautiful sight that will leave a lasting impression on anyone who visits.

Malamawi Island, Basilan

Malamawi Island in Basilan

Malamawi is a small and secluded island in the province of Basilan. The island has a long stretch of white sandy beach on its northern coast, with crystal blue water and breathtaking scenery.

To attract more visitors, the local government built toilets and cottages that can be used by visiting tourists.

Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani

Gumasa Beach in Glan

Gumasa Beach is a stunningly beautiful beach located in Glan, Sarangani. The beach boasts powdery white sand and a picturesque view of Sarangani Bay. Visitors can enjoy a range of activities such as swimming, sunbathing, beach volleyball, and snorkeling in the pristine waters. The beach is also a popular spot for beach camping, with several resorts and accommodations available for visitors who wish to stay overnight.

Mindanao is a large and diverse island in the Philippines that offers visitors a unique and rich cultural experience. From the stunning natural landscapes, such as the towering Mount Apo and the pristine beaches of Siargao, to the vibrant and colorful local festivals like the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City, Mindanao has much to offer. Additionally, the island is home to various ethnic groups, each with its own distinct customs, traditions, and cuisine, providing a fascinating insight into the cultural diversity of the Philippines.

Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Mindanao

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most visited place in mindanao.

There is no definitive answer to what the most visited place in Mindanao is. However, some popular tourist spots in Mindanao include beaches, islands, waterfalls, mountains, cultural tours, and local festivals. Some sources also list the top tourist spots in Mindanao, such as Cloud 9 Siargao, Davao City, and other popular tourist attractions in Mindanao.

Why is Mindanao a good tourist destination?

Mindanao is a good tourist destination because it offers stunning beaches, lush forests, vibrant culture, friendly locals, and natural wonders worth the trip. Mindanao is also home to different indigenous tribes, making it a great cultural immersion and education destination. Additionally, Mindanao hosts some of the best local festivals in the country, such as the Kadayawan Festival in Davao and the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in Zamboanga City. Despite being overlooked as a tourist destination in the past, Mindanao has a lot of potential as a tourist destination.

What is the emerging tourist destination in Mindanao?

Zamboanga City is emerging as a tourism destination in Western Mindanao. With the ease of pandemic restrictions and the reopening of mountain resorts and island beaches, Zamboanga City is becoming a popular tourist destination. The city offers a rich cultural experience with its Spanish colonial architecture, vibrant street food scene, and local festivals such as the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival. Additionally, the city is home to some of the best beaches in the region, such as the Great Sta. Cruz Island and Little Sta. Cruz Island is known for its pink sand beaches.

Why should we visit Northern Mindanao?

There are several reasons why Northern Mindanao is a great destination to visit. First, the region is known for its stunning natural wonders, such as the Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City and Tinago Falls in Lanao del Norte. Second, Northern Mindanao is home to some of the best beaches in the country, such as the white sand beaches of Camiguin Island and the unspoiled beaches of Balingoan and Initao. Third, the region offers a rich cultural experience, with its diverse indigenous communities, traditional music and dance, and local festivals such as the Higalaay Festival in Cagayan de Oro. Fourth, Northern Mindanao is an adventure destination, with activities such as white water rafting, zip-lining, and trekking available. Overall, Northern Mindanao offers a unique and diverse travel experience worth exploring.

What other things do you know about Mindanao?

Here are some additional things that we know about Mindanao:

  • Mindanao is the second-largest island in the Philippines after Luzon. The island is divided into six regions: Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and Davao.
  • Region, SOCCSKSARGEN, Caraga, and the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).
  • Mindanao has a rich cultural heritage, with various indigenous groups and tribes living on the island, such as the Lumad, Moro, and Visayan.
  • The island has a diverse economy, with agriculture, fishing, and mining as major industries and a growing tourism industry.
  • Mindanao is known for its tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 36 degrees Celsius.
  • The island has faced various challenges, such as conflicts between government forces and insurgent groups, but efforts are being made to promote peace and development in the region.

What is Mindanao famous for?

Mindanao is famous for several things, including:

  • Its stunning natural wonders include beaches, waterfalls, mountains, and forests.
  • It has a rich cultural heritage, with various indigenous groups and tribes living on the island, such as the Lumad, Moro, and Visayan.
  • Its vibrant local festivals include the Kadayawan Festival in Davao, the Higalaay Festival in Cagayan de Oro, and the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in Zamboanga City.
  • Its delicious and diverse cuisine includes seafood, grilled meats, and various local delicacies.
  • Its adventure activities include white water rafting, zip-lining, and trekking.
  • Its role in Philippine history and politics, as the island has been the site of various conflicts and peace negotiations between the government and insurgent groups.
  • Its contribution to the Philippine economy, particularly agriculture, fishing, and mining.

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Top 20+ Can’t Miss Mindanao Tourist Spots

Have you ever thought about venturing to the southernmost region of the Philippines? That’s right. We’re talking about the vibrant and diverse island of Mindanao.

Mindanao, often dubbed the “Land of Promise,” is a treasure trove of natural wonders, rich history, and cultural diversity. It’s the second-largest island in the Philippines, and it’s teeming with unique experiences that you won’t find anywhere else.

Why is tourism important in Mindanao, you ask? Well, it’s not just about boosting the local economy, although that’s a big part of it. Tourism in Mindanao opens up opportunities for cultural exchange, fosters appreciation for the environment, and helps preserve the region’s rich cultural heritage.

So, what makes Mindanao unique? Is it the pristine beaches, the majestic mountains, or the vibrant festivals? 

Yes, yes, and yes! But it’s more than just the tourist spots. It’s the warmth of the people, the richness of the culture, and the spirit of Mindanao that truly make it a one-of-a-kind destination.

Ready to embark on this journey with us? Let’s dive in and discover the unforgettable tourist spots in Mindanao!

The Breathtaking Beaches and Islands of Mindanao

Mindanao is home to some of the most stunning beaches and islands in the Philippines. Let’s explore three of the most popular ones.

1. Siargao Island: The Surfer’s Paradise

Siargao

First stop, Siargao Island. Known as the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” or the “Surfer’s Paradise,” Siargao is a dream destination for surfers worldwide. 

The island’s most famous wave, Cloud 9, offers a thrilling ride for experienced surfers. But don’t worry, beginners! There are plenty of surf schools where you can learn the ropes.

The best months for surfing are from September to November, and an annual surfing competition is held every October. But don’t worry if you’re not a surfer yet. There are plenty of surfing lessons offered around the island. 

Beyond surfing, Siargao is beautifully preserved, not crowded like other islands in the country, allowing tourists to fully appreciate its beauty.

It has excellent surf conditions, a friendly local community, and beautiful natural scenery. However, it can get crowded during peak surf season, and the waves may be too challenging for beginners.

  • Getting there: To get to Siargao, you can take a flight from Manila to Sayak Airport in Siargao. From the airport, you can hire a van or tricycle to your chosen resort or hotel. 
  • Local Tip: Visit during September for the annual Siargao Surfing Cup!

But Siargao isn’t just about surfing. You can explore the lush palm forests, swim in the crystal-clear rock pools, or visit the enchanting Sohoton Cove.

Planning to visit? Here are the best Siargao resorts to book!

2. Samal Island: The Largest Resort City

samal island beach resort

Next, we have Samal Island , the “Largest Resort City in the Philippines.” You’ll find several Samal island beach resorts catering to all budgets, making it a perfect destination for relaxation.

Samal Island, officially known as the Island Garden City of Samal, is the largest resort city in the Philippines. It’s located in the Davao Gulf and is known for its pristine beaches, clear waters, and diverse marine life. 

The island is a perfect blend of nature and comfort, with numerous resorts offering various amenities for tourists. Some of the must-visit spots on the island include Hagimit Falls, Vanishing Island, and the Monfort Bat Sanctuary.

There is a wide range of accommodations, beautiful white sand beaches, and various water activities. But, some areas can get crowded, especially during peak season.

  • Getting there: To reach Samal Island, you can take a flight to Davao City. From Davao City, you can take a ferry from Sasa Wharf or Sta. Ana Wharf to Samal Island.
  • Expert Tip: Try snorkeling or diving to explore the island’s rich marine life! It’s one of the things to do in Davao that you can’t miss!

Aside from its resorts, Samal Island also boasts of natural attractions like the Hagimit Falls and the Monfort Bat Sanctuary, home to the largest colony of fruit bats in the world!

3. Camiguin: The Island Born of Fire

camiguin tourist spots

Camiguin is known as the “Island Born of Fire” due to its volcanic origins. This small island is famous for its white sand beaches, especially the stunning White Island sandbar.

This small island province is known for its volcanic hills and diverse ecosystem, making it a paradise for nature lovers. With seven volcanoes, including the still-active Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Camiguin holds a fiery charm that’s hard to resist.

Another must-visit is the Sunken Cemetery , a hauntingly beautiful spot marked by a large cross standing in the sea, a remnant of a volcanic eruption that occurred in the 1870s.

It has unspoiled natural beauty, less crowded, and unique attractions like sunken cemeteries. There can be limited nightlife and dining options.

  • Getting there: Getting to Camiguin is an adventure in itself. From Manila, you can take a flight to Cagayan de Oro City, then a bus or van to Balingoan Port, and finally, a ferry ride to Camiguin Island. 
  • Local Tip: Don’t miss the Lanzones Festival held every October!

Camiguin also offers hot springs, waterfalls, and the chance to explore the sunken cemetery, a unique underwater graveyard caused by volcanic activity.

Planning to visit? Check out the best resorts in Camiguin island .

4. The Unspoiled Beauty of Dinagat Islands

Dinagat Islands

The Dinagat Islands in the Caraga region is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Its pristine beaches, crystal clear waters, and rich biodiversity make it a paradise for nature lovers.

Known for their unspoiled beauty, these islands boast of pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush forests that are home to a variety of flora and fauna.

The islands are also rich in mineral resources, including chromite, nickel, and gold. However, it’s the natural beauty that truly sets Dinagat Islands apart. From the stunning Bitaog Beach in Basilisa to the mystical Kisses Islets in Libjo, there’s always something to explore.

Remember, these are remote islands, so it’s best to plan your trip well. Bring enough cash for your stay, as ATMs and credit card facilities are limited. 

Also, respect the local culture and environment to ensure these beautiful islands remain unspoiled for future generations to enjoy.

It has unspoiled natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and is less crowded. But, there can be limited accommodations and amenities.

  • Getting there: To get to Dinagat Islands, you can take a flight to Surigao City from Manila, then a ferry ride from Surigao City to San Jose, the capital of the Dinagat Islands. 

The islands are open to tourists all year round, but it’s best to visit during the dry season from March to May.

  • Local Tip: Don’t miss the mystical Bitaog Beach, known for its beautiful rock formations.

5. The Pink Sands of Great Sta. Cruz Island

Great Sta. Cruz Island

The Great Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga City is famous for its pink sand beach. Yes, you read that right—pink! The sand gets its unique color from crushed red organ-pipe corals washed ashore.

The pink hue of the sand gives the beach a magical and otherworldly feel. It’s a perfect place for beach lovers and those who are looking for a unique beach experience.

Enjoy the unique pink sand beach, clear waters, and rich marine life. Take note, though, that there are day trips only. No overnight stays are allowed.

  • Getting there: To get there, you need to take a boat ride from Paseo del Mar in Zamboanga City. The boat ride usually takes around 20 minutes. 
  • Opening hours: 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Expert Tip: The best time to visit is during the dry season, from January to May.

6. The Serene Malamawi Island in Basilan

Malamawi Island in Basilan is a serene getaway known for its white sand beach. Despite its proximity to the bustling city of Isabela, Malamawi offers a peaceful retreat.

Malamawi Island is a tropical paradise with a long stretch of white sand beaches filled with turquoise waters and plenty of marine life. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines.

Enjoy the beautiful white sand beach, peaceful environment, and stunning views. But remember to check travel advisories due to security concerns.

  • Getting there: To get to Malamawi Island, you need to take a boat ride from Isabela City to Basilan. The boat ride usually takes around 10 minutes. 

Once you reach the island, you need to take a habal-habal (motorcycle) ride to get to the white beach. The island doesn’t have specific opening hours, but it’s best to visit during daylight hours for safety and to fully enjoy the beauty of the island.

  • Local Tip: Try the local delicacy, “Lukot,” a seaweed salad.

7. The Vibrant City of Zamboanga

Zamboanga

Zamboanga City, known as “Asia’s Latin City,” is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture. Its beautiful beaches, like Paseo del Mar, are perfect for sunset viewing.

It’s a melting pot of Spanish, Filipino, and Muslim influences, making it a fascinating destination for travelers. The city is known for its colorful vinta boats, the historic Fort Pilar, and the beautiful Paseo del Mar. 

The city also boasts a rich culinary scene, with a variety of local dishes influenced by its diverse cultural heritage.

Zamboanga City is open for tourists year-round for its rich history and culture, beautiful beaches, and delicious local cuisine.. However, it’s best to check the local weather and travel advisories before planning your trip. 

The city’s main attractions, such as Fort Pilar and Paseo del Mar, are usually open from morning until evening.

  • Getting there: To get to Zamboanga City, you can take a flight from Manila, which takes approximately 1.5 hours. The city is also accessible by ferry from various points in Mindanao. Once in the city, you can get around by jeepney, tricycle, or taxi.
  • Local Tip: Don’t miss the chance to ride a “vinta,” a traditional boat with a colorful sail.

8. The Pristine Dahican Beach in Mati

Dahican Beach

The Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental is a 7-kilometer stretch of white sand beach that is a haven for surfers and skimboarders. The beach is also a nesting ground for sea turtles, adding to its natural charm.

Experience excellent surf conditions, a beautiful beach, and a sea turtle sanctuary. But it can get crowded during peak season.

  • Getting there: To reach Dahican Beach, you can take a flight to Davao City, then a bus or van to Mati City. From Mati City proper, you can take a tricycle or habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) to Dahican Beach.
  • Local Tip: Visit during April for the annual “Amihan sa Dahican” skimboarding competition.

9. Panampangan Island

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Panampangan Island is a hidden gem nestled in the Tawi-Tawi province of Mindanao. Known for having the longest sandbar in the Philippines, this island is a paradise for beach lovers. The sandbar, stretching almost 3 kilometers, is visible during low tide and offers a unique walking experience as you traverse from one end to the other. 

The crystal-clear turquoise waters surrounding the island are perfect for swimming and snorkeling, revealing a vibrant underwater world teeming with marine life.

  • Getting there: To get there, you’ll need to fly to Bongao, the capital of Tawi-Tawi. From Bongao, hire a boat to take you to Panampangan Island. The boat ride usually takes about an hour. 
  • Local tip: It’s best to visit during daylight hours for safety and to fully enjoy the beauty of the place.

These beaches and islands offer not just beauty but also unique experiences that make a trip to Mindanao truly unforgettable.

The Historic Sites and Monuments of Mindanao

Mindanao’s rich history is reflected in its numerous historic sites and monuments. Let’s take a closer look at some of these cultural treasures.

10. Rizal Park and Shrine in Dapitan City

Rizal Park and Shrine in Dapitan City is a significant historical site in Mindanao. This 16-hectare area served as the exile place of Dr. Jose Rizal, the national hero of the Philippines, from 1892 to 1896. 

Today, it stands as a testament to Rizal’s contributions to the country, featuring replicas of his home, clinic, and school. It offers a glimpse into the life of a national hero, well-preserved artifacts, and a beautiful park.

Note that it can get crowded during national holidays and school field trips.

A visit to Rizal Park and Shrine offers a glimpse into the life of a national hero, making it a must-visit for history buffs and anyone interested in the rich cultural heritage of the Philippines.

  • Getting there: To get there, you can take a flight from Manila to Dipolog City. From Dipolog , a 30-minute ride will take you to Dapitan City. 
  • Opening hours: 9:00 AM to 4 PM daily except Monday
  • Address: Sunset Blvd, Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte
  • Local Tip: Don’t miss the light and sound show that narrates Rizal’s life.

11. Fort Pilar in Zamboanga City

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Fort Pilar is a 17th-century military defense fortress built by the Spanish colonial government. Now, it’s a regional museum showcasing Zamboanga’s history and culture.

Fort Pilar is also known as Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza. This historical landmark is a testament to the city’s rich past and is a must-visit for history buffs. 

The fort is now a regional museum where you can learn about the city’s history and culture. The outdoor shrine is a popular pilgrimage site, especially during October when the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar is celebrated.

Enjoy its rich historical value, beautiful architecture, and it’s a significant religious site. However, there is limited English information available.

  • Getting there: Getting there is easy as it’s located in the city center, NS Valderosa St, Zamboanga, Zamboanga del Sur. You can take a tricycle or jeepney going to Paseo del Mar where the fort is located. 
  • Opening hours: 9 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Friday
  • Address: Valderosa Street, Zamboanga City
  • Expert Tip: Visit during the evening when the fort is beautifully lit up.

12. The Heritage Houses of Cagayan de Oro City

These American-era houses provide a glimpse into the city’s past, showcasing unique architecture and design.

Cagayan de Oro City, often referred to as the “City of Golden Friendship,” is known for its warm and hospitable people. But aside from its people, the city is also home to several heritage houses that tell stories of the city’s past. 

These houses, with their vintage architecture, offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history and culture. 

One of the most notable heritage houses is the Casa del Chino Ygua, a Bahay na Bato built in the 1880s. It’s located in the city center and is open for tours. Another is Gaston Park and St. Augustine Cathedral, which are also worth a visit.

Appreciate the beautiful architecture, rich history, and some houses are open for tours. Some houses are privately owned and not open to the public.

  • Getting there: You can take a flight to Laguindingan Airport and from there, take a bus or van going to the city center. The heritage houses are usually located within the city center and can be reached by jeepney or tricycle.
  • Local Tip: The best time to visit is during the Higalaay Festival in August, when some houses are open to the public.

13. Pink Mosque 

Pink Mosque

The Pink Mosque, also known as Masjid Dimaukom, is a stunning piece of architecture located in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao. Its vibrant pink color, chosen by the town mayor’s wife, is a symbol of peace and love, making it a unique and eye-catching landmark in Mindanao. 

The mosque is not just a place of worship, but also a popular tourist spot that attracts visitors from all over the world. They’re tangible links to Mindanao’s past, playing a crucial role in preserving the region’s history and culture. 

By visiting these sites, you’re not just sightseeing—you’re also taking a journey through time.

  • Getting there: To get there, you can take a flight to Cotabato City, then hire a van or jeepney to Datu Saudi Ampatuan. 
  • Opening hours: The mosque is open for visitors from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 
  • Address: Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao
  • Local Tip: Just remember to dress modestly and respect the religious customs when visiting.

The Vibrant Festivals of Mindanao

Festivals are a significant part of Filipino culture, and Mindanao is no exception. Let’s delve into two of the most vibrant festivals in the region.

14. Kadayawan Festival in Davao

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Every August, Davao City comes alive with the Kadayawan Festival, a week-long celebration of the city’s cultural heritage and bountiful harvest. The festival’s name comes from the local word “madayaw,” which means good, valuable, or beautiful.

Kadayawan Festival is one of the most vibrant and colorful festivals in the Philippines. This celebration happens in August and is a thanksgiving for the city’s bountiful harvest and the peaceful living among different cultures and tribes in Davao.

The festival features street dances, float parades, horse fights, and a lot more exciting activities. The city becomes a huge market place with fruits, flowers, vegetables, and local products on display.

Enjoy the colorful parades, cultural performances, and local food fairs. But, the city can get crowded, and accommodation prices may increase.

  • Getting there: To get there, you can book a flight to Davao City. The festival usually happens in the third week of August, but it’s best to check the exact dates as they can vary each year. 
  • Local Tip: Don’t miss the Indak-Indak sa Kadalanan (Street Dancing Competition) and the Pamulak Kadayawan (Floral Float Parade).

The Kadayawan Festival is not just a feast for the senses—it’s a testament to the Davaoeños’ appreciation for nature’s gifts and their rich cultural heritage.

15. Zamboanga Hermosa Festival in Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City, known as the “City of Flowers,” celebrates the Zamboanga Hermosa Festival every October. This festival is in honor of the city’s patroness, Our Lady of the Pillar.

The grand celebration of Zamboanga Hermosa Festival, also known as Fiesta Pilar, isn’t just a one-day affair, oh no, it’s a month-long fiesta filled with a kaleidoscope of activities and events. 

Imagine the thrill of seeing hundreds of vintas, traditional boats with colorful sails, during the Regatta de Zamboanga. It’s a race like no other, a spectacle that’s uniquely Zamboanga.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The city also showcases its rich sardines industry with the Wow Sardinas Grand Boodle Fight. Picture a long table filled with a variety of sardines products for everyone to feast on. 

And let’s not forget the Chavacano Video Music Festival, an annual event that celebrates the city’s unique language and culture through music and film.

Religious processions, street dances, and a grand regatta featuring colorful vintas (local sailboats) are seen in these times. The city can get quite busy though, and it’s advisable to book accommodations in advance.

  • Getting there: To get to Zamboanga City, you can take a flight from Manila or Cebu. The city is accessible via Zamboanga International Airport. The festival usually takes place in October, so plan your visit accordingly.
  • Expert Tip: Try to attend the Chavacano Song Festival and enjoy the unique blend of Spanish and Filipino in song.

The Zamboanga Hermosa Festival is a vibrant display of faith, culture, and tradition, making it a must-experience event when visiting Mindanao.

The Rich Wildlife and Nature Parks of Mindanao

Mindanao’s diverse ecosystems are home to a variety of wildlife, some of which are endemic to the region. Let’s explore two of the most popular nature parks in Mindanao.

16. The Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City

Philippine Eagle

The Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City is a must-visit for wildlife enthusiasts. This conservation center is dedicated to the protection and breeding of the Philippine Eagle, one of the world’s largest and most endangered eagles.

This isn’t just a place to see these magnificent birds up close, it’s a place to learn about their importance and the efforts being made to protect them.

Remember, your visit isn’t just a fun day out, it’s a contribution to the conservation of these endangered birds. Have close encounters with the Philippine Eagle, educational tours, and a lush botanical garden.

It’s located on the outskirts of the city, so travel time can be lengthy.

  • Getting there: To get there, you can take a taxi from downtown Davao or ride a bus going to Calinan. From Calinan, take a motorcycle or tricycle to the center.
  • Opening hours: 8 AM to 3 PM (Tuesday to Saturday), 8 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday), 9 AM to 3 PM (Sunday)
  • Address: Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City
  • Expert Tip: The center is usually less crowded on weekdays.

17. The Eden Nature Park and Resort

Nestled in the heart of Davao City, the Eden Nature Park and Resort is a slice of paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. This 80-hectare property offers a mix of adventure, relaxation, and nature exploration.

This mountain resort is filled with lush greenery, colorful flowers, and a variety of wildlife. It’s a perfect escape from the city’s hustle and bustle, offering a tranquil environment where you can relax and rejuvenate.

The park offers a plethora of activities for all ages. You can explore the park on a guided tour, ride a horse, go fishing, or even zip-line across the park.

For the more adventurous, there’s even a sky cycle – a bike ride in the sky! The park also features a butterfly garden, a deer park, and a bird walk where you can spot different species of birds.

 Some activities may not be suitable for those with mobility issues.

  • Getting there: To get there, you can take a taxi or a private vehicle from Davao City. 
  • Opening hours: The park is open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM from Monday to Sunday. 
  • Address: Eden, Toril, Davao City, Davao del Sur
  • Local Tip: Don’t miss the chance to try their homegrown organic vegetables!

These nature parks not only provide recreational activities but also promote conservation and appreciation for the environment. They’re perfect for those who want to take a break from the beach and experience Mindanao’s rich biodiversity.

The Natural Wonders of Mindanao

Mindanao is blessed with an abundance of natural wonders, from majestic waterfalls and stunning mountains to fascinating caves. Let’s explore some of these breathtaking sights.

18. The Majestic Waterfalls of Mindanao

Mindanao is home to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the Philippines. These natural wonders are scattered across the island, each offering a unique and mesmerizing sight.

Getting to these waterfalls often involves a combination of land and boat travel, but the journey is well worth it. Opening hours vary, but most are accessible from early morning until late afternoon. Always check local guidelines and weather conditions before planning your visit.

Maria Cristina Falls

  • Tinuy-an Falls: Often dubbed as the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines,” Tinuy-an Falls in Surigao del Sur is a multi-tiered waterfall that’s truly a sight to behold. This waterfall has its cascading waters creating a curtain-like spectacle.
  • Maria Cristina Falls: This iconic waterfall in Iligan City is a towering waterfall that’s also a major source of hydroelectric power in the region. The city itself is known as the “City of Majestic Waterfalls”, housing more than 20 different waterfalls.
  • Aliwagwag Falls: Located in Davao Oriental, Aliwagwag Falls is considered as one of the tallest and most beautiful waterfall systems in the Philippines.
  • Asik-Asik Falls: Tucked away in the rugged terrains of North Cotabato, Asik-Asik Falls is a hidden gem that’s worth the journey. Imagine a curtain of water cascading down a green, mossy wall, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that’s a feast for the eyes. The name “Asik-Asik” translates to “sprinkle-sprinkle”, which perfectly captures the essence of this unique waterfall.
  • Tinago Falls: Tinago Falls in Iligan City, as its name suggests, meaning “hidden” in Filipino, this waterfall is tucked away in a deep ravine and requires a bit of a trek to reach. But the journey is well worth it. The falls cascade beautifully into a stunning blue-green pool, creating a serene and refreshing oasis.

Remember, these are natural attractions. Let’s do our part in preserving their beauty by practicing responsible tourism. Always dispose of your trash properly and respect the local flora and fauna. 

19. The Stunning Mountains of Mindanao

Mount Apo

For hiking enthusiasts, Mindanao offers a range of mountains to conquer.Its stunning mountains are a testament to the island’s untouched beauty. The mountains are not just a sight to behold but are also home to diverse flora and fauna, including the majestic Philippine Eagle.

Getting to these mountains usually involves a flight to Davao City or Cagayan de Oro City, followed by a bus or van ride to the jump-off points. The mountains are open for climbing all year round, but it’s best to check with local tourism offices for any weather advisories. 

Remember, always practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the beauty of these mountains.

  • Mount Apo: As the highest peak in the Philippines, Mount Apo is a must-climb for any mountain climber. It’s known for its diverse flora and fauna, including the iconic Philippine Eagle.
  • Mount Kitanglad: Located in Bukidnon, Mount Kitanglad is the country’s fourth highest mountain and is a declared ASEAN Heritage Park.
  • Mount Hamiguitan: This mountain in Davao Oriental is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its unique pygmy forest and diverse wildlife.

20. Hinatuan Enchanted River 

Hinatuan Enchanted River 

Dive into the magical world of the Hinatuan Enchanted River, a hidden gem nestled in the jungles of Surigao del Sur. This deep spring river, known for its clear, mesmerizing blue water, is a sight to behold. It’s not your typical river, it’s a saltwater river that flows into the Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean. 

Despite its short length, it’s enchanting beauty makes it a must-visit spot. But it’s not just for sightseeing! You can also dive and swim in the river, making it a perfect spot for thrill-seekers. 

Its clear, blue waters are enchanting, hence the name. The river is surrounded by a lush forest, adding to its mystical charm. It’s a perfect spot for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

Just remember to respect the natural beauty and preserve it for future generations. 

  • Getting there: To get there, you can take a bus from Butuan City to Hinatuan, then hire a habal-habal (motorcycle taxi) to the river. 
  • Opening hours: 8 AM to 5 PM 
  • Address: Barangay Talisay, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Jolo, the capital of Sulu Province, is a vibrant town rich in culture and history. It’s a place where tradition meets modernity, offering a unique blend of experiences for travelers. From the bustling marketplaces to the historic mosques, there’s always something to explore in Jolo.

It’s best to explore during the day when the markets are open and the town is bustling with activity. While in Jolo, don’t miss the chance to visit the Mauboh Beach with its stunning white sand and clear waters. 

Also, make sure to try the local cuisine, especially the Tausug dishes like Tiyula Itum, a black soup made from burnt coconut.

Remember, Jolo is a predominantly Muslim area, so be respectful of local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites. And as always, leave no trace behind to help preserve the beauty of the place.

  • Getting there: To get to Jolo, you can take a flight from Zamboanga City. Once you’re in Jolo, you can get around by tricycle or jeepney. The town is quite small, so it’s easy to explore on foot as well.

The Fascinating Caves and Rock Formations of Mindanao

Mindanao’s caves are a spelunker’s dream, offering a mix of adventure and natural beauty.

Mindanao’s landscape is dotted with fascinating caves and rock formations, each with its unique features. Let’s explore some of these natural wonders.

22. The Luminous Sohoton Cove in Bucas Grande

Sohoton Cove

Sohoton Cove in Bucas Grande, Surigao del Norte, is a natural wonder that’s sure to leave you in awe. This labyrinth of limestone islets, caves, and lagoons is home to luminous jellyfish and stunning stalactite formations.

This enchanting paradise is known for its crystal-clear waters, lush greenery, and fascinating caves. The cove is home to the Tojoman Lagoon, where you can swim with non-stinging jellyfish, a truly unique experience!

There are unique cave formations, non-stinging jellyfish encounters, and crystal clear waters. However, it can get crowded during peak season, and some areas are not accessible during high tide.

Remember to respect the natural environment and follow the guidelines set by the local community to preserve this beautiful place for future generations.

  • Getting there: You can hire a boat from General Luna in Siargao. The journey takes about 2-3 hours, but the stunning views along the way make it worthwhile. 

Once you’re there, you can explore the cove’s many attractions, including the Hagukan Cave, which glows with bioluminescent plankton, and the Magkukuob Cave, where you can cliff dive into the clear waters.

  • Opening hours: 7 AM to 4 PM daily 
  • Local Tip: The best time to visit is during low tide when all areas of the cove are accessible.

23. The Unique Magpupungko Rock Pools in Siargao

Magpupungko Rock Pools

Next, we have the Magpupungko Rock Pools in Siargao. These natural tidal pools are surrounded by unique rock formations, creating a natural infinity pool during low tide.

If you’re looking for a unique and breathtaking experience in Mindanao, the Magpupungko Rock Pools in Siargao is a must-visit. This natural wonder is a collection of tidal pools that reveals  a playground of crystal-clear waters and unique rock formations. It’s like having your own natural jacuzzi!

Enjoy these unique natural pools, clear waters, and ideal for snorkeling since it is only accessible during low tide, and it can get crowded. Just remember to check the tide times before you go, as the pools are only visible during low tide.

  • Getting there: To get there, you can take a short day trip from General Luna, Siargao. The journey is an adventure in itself, with the route taking you through lush landscapes and local villages. The trip costs around 1500 pesos ($30 USD) per person, but if you’re up for a bit of DIY, you can find a local boat driver to take you there for less.
  • Opening hours: The Magpupungko Rock Pools are open from 6 AM to 5 PM, giving you plenty of time to explore and enjoy the area. 
  • Expert Tip: Visit early in the morning to avoid the crowd and have the pools to yourself.

24. The Crystal Clear Waters of Sugba Lagoon

Sugba Lagoon

Lastly, we have Sugba Lagoon, also in Siargao. This secluded lagoon is surrounded by limestone hills and mangrove forests, making it a perfect spot for swimming and paddleboarding.

This 4000-hectare sanctuary is surrounded by epic mountains and features a stunning lagoon with crystal-clear waters. Aside from swimming, paddleboarding, you can just chill out and enjoy the view.

You can rent a bamboo raft or a standup paddleboard, or you can just swim in the lagoon. There’s also a pontoon house where you can grab a fresh seafood lunch at a reasonable price.

Enjoy the crystal clear waters, serene environment, and rich marine life. But, there can be limited accommodations and amenities.

  • Getting there: Getting to Sugba Lagoon is a bit of an adventure. It’s about an hour boat ride from Del Carmen or an hour and a half boat ride from General Luna. You can book a tour online or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can find a local boat driver to take you there. The day trip costs around 1500 pesos ($30 USD) per person.
  • Opening hours: 6 AM to 5 PM
  • Local Tip: Try paddleboarding in the lagoon for a unique experience.

These caves and rock formations offer not just a feast for the eyes, but also a sense of adventure that makes a trip to Mindanao truly unforgettable.

These natural wonders offer not just beauty, but also a sense of adventure that makes a trip to Mindanao truly unforgettable.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mindanao Tourist Spots

What is mindanao famous for.

Renowned for its stunning coastlines, lush forests, historical richness, and thriving tropical fruit industry, Mindanao stands as the Philippines’ second-largest island, located in the nation’s southern region.

Why choose Mindanao as a tourist destination?

Mindanao is a treasure trove of natural beauty. Travelers describe Mindanao’s top nature spots and hidden gems as majestic and breathtaking. From pristine beaches and islands to majestic mountains and waterfalls, Mindanao offers a unique travel experience.

Why Davao is a tourist spot?

Davao City is a popular tourist spot because of its blend of urban comforts and natural attractions. One of its main attractions is the Eden Nature Park, an 80-hectare man-made mountain resort forested with different plants, crops, and trees. It also offers a breathtaking view of Davao Gulf.

What are the places in Eastern Mindanao?

Eastern Mindanao, like the rest of the region, is known for its beautiful beaches, islands, and waterfalls. Specific locations would depend on the exact provinces considered part of Eastern Mindanao.

What are the tourist spots in Autonomous Northern Mindanao?

Northern Mindanao is home to various attractions. One of the must-see sights is the Binangawan Falls in Camiguin, which, despite being one of the shortest falls on the island, is also one of the most difficult to reach. Another popular spot is the White Island, known for its beautiful white sand beach.

Mindanao, the second-largest island in the Philippines, is a treasure trove of natural wonders, rich history, and vibrant culture. 

From the surfer’s paradise of Siargao Island to the majestic peaks of Mount Apo, from the historic sites of Zamboanga City to the vibrant festivals of Davao, Mindanao offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to all types of travelers.

Whether you’re an adventure-seeker looking to conquer mountains and explore caves, a beach lover in search of pristine sands and clear waters, or a history enthusiast eager to delve into the region’s past, Mindanao has something for you. Its unique blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality make it a must-visit destination in the Philippines.

So, pack your bags, bring your adventurous spirit, and get ready to discover the wonders of Mindanao. Trust us, it’s a journey you won’t forget.

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The Sneaky Traveller

THE 30 TOURIST SPOTS IN MINDANAO

Mindanao, the southernmost major island in the Philippines and a vibrant destination teeming with natural wonders, cultural diversity, and warm hospitality. Mindanao offers a wide array of tourist spots that showcase the region’s breathtaking landscapes, rich heritage, and adventurous spirit.

Come and discover the wonders of Mindanao, a hidden gem waiting to be explored, where breathtaking landscapes, cultural diversity, and warm hospitality converge to create an unforgettable travel experience.

Siargao Island Surigao del Norte

Table of Contents

Here are The 30 Best Tourist Spots in Mindanao

1. cloud 9 – siargao island, surigao del norte.

Cloud 9 - Mindanao Tourist Spot

Cloud 9 is a world-renowned surfing spot located on Siargao Island, known as the surfing capital of the Philippines. Surrounded by pristine white beaches and crystal-clear waters, Cloud 9 offers consistently powerful waves that attract surfers from around the globe. The laid-back island vibe, combined with the breathtaking beauty of the waves, makes Cloud 9 a paradise for surfers and beach lovers alike in Mindanao area.

2. Camiguin Island – Camiguin

Camiguin Island - Tourist Spot

Camiguin Island is a hidden gem in the Philippines, offering a diverse range of natural attractions. This volcanic island is known for its tranquil atmosphere, lush rainforests, and crystal-clear waters. Visitors can explore stunning waterfalls like Katibawasan Falls and Tuasan Falls, soak in natural hot springs, and witness the unique Sunken Cemetery, a submerged graveyard created by a volcanic eruption. With its rich biodiversity and unspoiled beauty, Camiguin Island – Mindanao is a paradise for nature enthusiasts.

3. Mount Apo – Davao del Sur

Mount Apo - Tourist Spot

Mount Apo is the highest peak in the Philippines, standing majestically in Davao del Sur. As a dormant volcano, it offers a challenging yet rewarding climb for avid hikers. The mountain boasts breathtaking landscapes, including mossy forests, scenic ridges, and even a crater lake. The journey to the summit allows hikers to witness diverse flora and fauna, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

4. Tinuy-an Falls – Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls - Tourist Spot

Tinuy-an Falls is a stunning four-tiered waterfall nestled in the lush forests of Surigao del Sur in Mindanao. Referred to as the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines,” it captivates visitors with its powerful cascades and ethereal mist. The natural pool at the base of the falls invites visitors to take a refreshing dip while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Tinuy-an Falls is a true tropical paradise and a must-visit for those seeking natural wonders.

5. Dinagat Islands – Dinagat Island

Dinagat Islands - Tourist Spot

Dinagat Islands, located off the northeastern coast of Mindanao, is an emerging destination known for its pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, and rich marine biodiversity. The islands offer a diverse range of activities, including snorkeling, island-hopping, and exploring hidden caves. Visitors can immerse themselves in the local culture, visit traditional fishing villages, and indulge in fresh seafood delicacies. Dinagat Islands provide an off-the-beaten-path experience for those seeking natural beauty and a sense of adventure.

6. Eden Nature Park – Davao City

Eden Nature Park - Tourist Spot

Eden Nature Park, nestled in the cool highlands of Davao City in Mindanao, is a lush and sprawling paradise that offers a retreat from the bustling city life. The park features a wide range of activities and attractions, including beautifully landscaped gardens, fruit orchards, nature trails, and a butterfly sanctuary. Visitors can engage in outdoor adventures such as ziplining, horseback riding, and fishing. With its refreshing mountain air, breathtaking vistas, and tranquil ambiance, Eden Nature Park provides a haven for relaxation and reconnecting with nature.

7. Philippine Eagle Center – Davao City

Philippine Eagle Center - Tourist Spot

The Philippine Eagle Center, located in Davao City, is a conservation facility dedicated to protecting and breeding the endangered Philippine eagle, also known as the monkey-eating eagle. The center provides a natural and spacious environment for these majestic birds and offers educational programs for visitors to learn about their conservation efforts. Visitors can observe the Philippine eagle up close, along with other endemic bird species and wildlife. The Philippine Eagle Center serves as a vital hub for raising awareness and promoting the preservation of these magnificent creatures.

8. Jolo – Sulu

Jolo -  Tourist Spot

Jolo, the capital of Sulu, is a vibrant city with a rich historical and cultural heritage in Mindanao. It boasts a unique blend of Islamic architecture, Spanish influences, and traditional Filipino culture. Visitors can explore landmarks such as the Astana Putih, a white palace built during the Spanish colonial era, and the Masjid Tulay Central Mosque, a stunning example of Islamic architecture. Jolo’s bustling markets, friendly locals, and warm hospitality make it a fascinating destination for those interested in immersing themselves in the culture and history of the region.

9. Bud Bongao – Tawi-Tawi

Bud Bongao - Tourist Spot

Bud Bongao, located in Tawi-Tawi, Mindanao, is a sacred mountain revered by the local Sama-Bajau people. It is a place of pilgrimage and spiritual significance, where visitors can climb the mountain’s gentle slopes and reach its summit. Along the way, they will encounter lush forests, diverse flora and fauna, and sacred shrines. From the top, panoramic views of the surrounding islands and the vast ocean can be admired. Bud Bongao offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural significance, and spiritual tranquility.

10. Sohoton Cove – Bucas Grande, Surigao del Norte

Sohoton Cove - Tourist Spot

Sohoton Cove, located in Bucas Grande Island, is a natural wonderland that showcases the beauty of Surigao del Norte. Accessible through a narrow channel, the cove features stunning limestone formations, hidden lagoons, and enchanting caves. Visitors can explore the cove’s emerald waters, go spelunking, or take a boat ride through the captivating landscapes. Sohoton Cove offers a truly magical and otherworldly experience that will leave visitors in awe.

11. Sugba Lagoon – Siargao, Surigao del Norte

 Sugba Lagoon - Tourist Spot

Sugba Lagoon, situated on Del Carmen Island in Siargao, is a hidden gem that captivates visitors with its serene beauty. Surrounded by towering limestone cliffs and vibrant greenery, the lagoon’s turquoise waters offer a tranquil oasis. Visitors can go kayaking, paddleboarding, or simply relax on floating cottages, taking in the breathtaking views. Sugba Lagoon is a sanctuary for those seeking tranquility and natural beauty in a remote and untouched setting.

12. Magpupungko Rock Pools – Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Magpupungko Rock Pools - Tourist Spot

Magpupungko Rock Pools, located on Siargao Island, Mindanao, offer a unique natural wonder. During low tide, these natural rock formations create small pools filled with clear, turquoise water. Visitors can swim in the pools, sunbathe on the rocks, and explore the vibrant marine life that thrives in the surrounding coral reefs. The stunning juxtaposition of the rocks, pools, and ocean creates a captivating sight that showcases the beauty of Siargao’s coastline.

13. Lake Holon – Mount Parker, South Cotabato

Lake Holon - Tourist Spot

Lake Holon, nestled within the picturesque Mount Parker in South Cotabato, Mindanao is a serene and enchanting destination. Surrounded by lush forests and mist-covered peaks, the lake offers a tranquil setting for camping, trekking, and outdoor adventures. The journey to Lake Holon involves a challenging hike, but the reward is a breathtaking view of the turquoise lake, mirrored by the towering mountains. It is a place where visitors can reconnect with nature, find serenity, and create lasting memories.

14. Aliwagwag Falls – Davao Oriental

Aliwagwag Falls - Tourist Spot

Aliwagwag Falls, located in Cateel, Davao Oriental, is one of the most unique waterfalls in the Philippines. It is a series of cascading waterfalls that form a stunning curtain-like effect as the water flows down a rock formation. With its impressive height and the lush greenery surrounding it, Aliwagwag Falls creates a breathtaking and photogenic sight in Mindanao. Visitors can trek along the cascades, swim in the cool waters, or simply marvel at the natural beauty that unfolds before them.

15. Island Garden City of Samal

Island Garden City of Samal - Tourist Spot

The Island Garden City of Samal is a picturesque destination just a short boat ride away from Davao City. This charming island offers stunning white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a laid-back atmosphere. Visitors can go snorkeling, diving, or island-hopping to discover the hidden coves and islets that dot the coastline. The island also features unique attractions like the Monfort Bat Cave, which is home to millions of fruit bats. The Island Garden City of Samal is a tropical paradise that beckons visitors to unwind and enjoy the beauty of nature in Mindanao.

16. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Davao Oriental, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a sanctuary for unique and endangered species. The sanctuary is known for its pygmy forest, characterized by dwarf trees and other flora that have adapted to the harsh conditions of the mountain. It is also home to the iconic Philippine eagle, one of the rarest and most majestic birds in the world. Exploring the sanctuary allows visitors to appreciate the incredible biodiversity and ecological significance of the area in Mindanao.

17. Dahican Beach – Mati, Davao Oriental

Dahican Beach - Tourist Spot

Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental, is a hidden gem that showcases the unspoiled beauty of Mindanao’s eastern coast. With its powdery white sand, crystal-clear waters, and towering coconut trees, Dahican Beach is a paradise for beach lovers. It is also renowned for its strong and consistent waves, making it a popular spot for surfing. Visitors can relax on the beach, engage in water sports, or even witness sea turtles nesting along the shore. Dahican Beach is a pristine and picturesque destination that will leave visitors in awe of its natural splendor.

18. Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City - Tourist Spot

Zamboanga City is a vibrant and culturally diverse city located on the westernmost part of Mindanao. Known as the “City of Flowers,” it boasts beautiful colonial architecture, colorful festivals, and a rich blend of indigenous, Spanish, and Muslim influences. Visitors can explore historic sites such as Fort Pilar, immerse themselves in the lively atmosphere of the local markets, and indulge in delicious seafood. With its unique cultural heritage and warm hospitality, Zamboanga City offers a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Filipino culture.

19. Tinago Falls – Iligan City, Lanao del Norte

Tinago Falls - Tourist Spot

Tinago Falls in Iligan City is a majestic waterfall hidden in a lush forest of Mindanao. The name “Tinago” translates to “hidden” in English, perfectly describing its secluded and enchanting nature. To reach the falls, visitors must trek through a series of trails and descend a steep staircase, adding to the sense of adventure. Upon arrival, they are greeted with the breathtaking sight of cascading waters plunging into a serene pool. Surrounded by verdant foliage and the symphony of nature, Tinago Falls offers a tranquil retreat for those seeking solace in the embrace of nature.

20. The Sunken Cemetery – Camiguin Island

The Sunken Cemetery - Tourist Spot

Camiguin Island is home to the unique and intriguing Sunken Cemetery. Located just off the coast, this underwater graveyard was created when a volcanic eruption caused part of the cemetery to sink into the sea. Today, visitors can take a boat to the site and see the eerie sight of crosses and tombstones submerged underwater, offering a hauntingly beautiful and poignant reminder of the island’s volcanic history in Mindanao.

21. Cape of San Agustin

Cape of San Agustin - Tourist Spot

The Cape of San Agustin, situated in Surigao del Sur in Mindanao is a scenic coastal area that showcases the raw beauty of the Pacific Ocean. The cape features rugged cliffs, dramatic rock formations, and panoramic views of the vast sea. Visitors can take leisurely walks along the shoreline, marvel at the crashing waves, and witness stunning sunsets that paint the sky with vibrant colors. The Cape of San Agustin is a mesmerizing destination for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts.

22. Dahilayan Adventure Park – Bukidnon

Dahilayan Adventure Park - Tourist Spot

Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon offers an adrenaline-packed experience for adventure enthusiasts. Set amidst the cool mountainous region, it features exhilarating activities such as Asia’s longest dual zipline, bungee jumping, and a thrilling dropzone free fall. The park also boasts scenic views of rolling hills and pine forests, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers seeking an adventure-filled getaway.

23. Panampangan Island

Panampangan Island - Tourist Spot

Panampangan Island is a small but captivating island located off the coast of Tawi-Tawi in Mindanao. It is known for its pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. The island is relatively untouched by mass tourism, allowing visitors to enjoy a tranquil and secluded beach experience. Panampangan Island is a perfect destination for beach lovers, offering serenity and breathtaking beauty that will leave visitors in awe.

24. Malamawi Island

 Malamawi Island - Tourist Spot

Malamawi Island, located in Basilan, is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. This pristine island offers unspoiled beaches with powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. It is a paradise for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts, as the island’s vibrant coral reefs teem with marine life. With its peaceful atmosphere and picturesque landscapes, Malamawi Island offers a tranquil and idyllic getaway for those seeking relaxation and natural beauty.

25. Lake Sebu – South Cotabato

Lake Sebu - Tourist Spot

Lake Sebu in South Cotabato is a picturesque lake surrounded by misty mountains and lush forests. It is home to the T’boli indigenous community and offers a glimpse into their rich cultural heritage. Visitors can cruise on the lake’s tranquil waters, visit traditional T’boli villages, and witness traditional dances and crafts. The scenic beauty and cultural immersion make Lake Sebu in Mindanao is a unique and unforgettable destination in the Philippines.

26. Cagayan de Oro River – Misamis Oriental

 Cagayan de Oro River - Tourist Spot

Cagayan de Oro River, located in Misamis Oriental, is a popular destination for thrilling whitewater rafting adventures. The river offers a thrilling and adrenaline-pumping experience as visitors navigate through rapids and cascades. Surrounded by lush greenery and towering cliffs, the river provides a stunning backdrop for an exhilarating outdoor adventure. Cagayan de Oro River in Mindanao is a haven for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

27. Asik-Asik Falls – North Cotabato

 Asik-Asik Falls - Tourist Spot

Asik-Asik Falls in North Cotabato is a hidden gem tucked away in the dense rainforest. This captivating waterfall features a curtain-like veil of water cascading down a towering cliff covered in lush vegetation. The sight is truly awe-inspiring, and the misty atmosphere creates a serene and magical ambiance. Asik-Asik Falls is a testament to the beauty and grandeur of nature in Mindanao and it provides a refreshing and rejuvenating experience for visitors.

28. Britania Islands – Surigao del Sur

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The Britania Islands, located in Surigao del Sur, is a group of pristine islands that offer a tropical paradise experience. These islands boast powdery white sand beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and fascinating rock formations. Island-hopping adventures allow visitors to explore various islets, each with its unique charm and secluded beaches. The Britania Islands offer a tranquil escape and a chance to bask in the natural beauty of Mindanao.

29. Hinatuan Enchanted River – Surigao del Sur

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Hinatuan Enchanted River is a mystical river that captivates visitors with its enchanting beauty. Known for its crystal-clear blue waters, the river is surrounded by lush greenery, creating a magical atmosphere. Snorkeling and swimming in the river reveal a vibrant underwater ecosystem teeming with colorful fish. Legends and local tales add to the allure, making Hinatuan Enchanted River a truly captivating destination in Mindanao.

30. Great Sta. Cruz Island – Zamboanga City

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Great Sta. Cruz Island, also known as the “Pink Beach,” is a unique and captivating destination in Zamboanga City. What sets this island apart is its blush pink sand, a result of crushed red organ pipe coral that blends with the white sand. The island’s vibrant coral reefs and crystal-clear waters make it a paradise for snorkeling and diving. With its distinctive pink sand and natural beauty, Great Sta. Cruz Island offers an unforgettable and visually striking experience.

In conclusion, Mindanao in the Philippines offers a captivating blend of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and thrilling adventures. From its pristine beaches and majestic mountains to its vibrant cities and tranquil lagoons, Mindanao has something for every traveler. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adrenaline-pumping activities, cultural immersion, or simply a chance to connect with nature, Mindanao invites you to explore its diverse landscapes, discover its rich heritage, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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20 Mindanao Tourist Spots For Your Bucket List

Mindanao tourist spots are rich in culture, beauty and diversity. It was once hailed as the land of promise because of its abundance of fertile lands, dense forests, and pristine beaches. As more people flocked to the region, resorts and hotels started sprawling—making it easier for visitors to get accommodation. Access to tourist spots has become more seamless as well because of the rapid development of concrete roads and transportation systems.

List of tourist attractions in the Mindanao region

As the second largest island group in the Philippines, it offers a great variety of breathtaking attractions and fun activities. Its natural wonders abound with majestic waterfalls, white-sand beaches and enchanting rivers. Travel back in time with its ancient heritage and Renaissance structures. Mindanao tourist spots are truly bucket list worthy.

Mindanao Tourist Spots per Province

1 . sunken cemetery.

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The Sunken Cemetery is Camiguin’s most iconic spot because of its enormous cross that looks glorious during sunset. Beneath the sea is a cemetery that sunk because of a series of powerful earthquakes caused by Mount Vulcan from 1871 to 1875. The large cross was erected in 1982 to continue honoring the departed undersea.

2 . Mantigue Island

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Mantigue is an island near the coast of Mahinog. You can enjoy swimming in its clear blue waters or simply bum in its glimmering white sands. There’s rich vegetation at the center of the island that allows some locals to reside there. You’ll see some fish being dried on some sections of the island.

3 . Katibawasan Falls

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Katibawasan Falls is a charming attraction hidden deep in the dense forest of Mambajao . Beat the heat by swimming in its shallow waters while enjoying its majestic view and fresh surroundings.

4 . Guiob Church Ruins

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Take yourself to the medieval era as you explore the Guiob Church Ruins. Learn about its tragic past and then use your imagination to revive its old glory as you wander around its large church complex. The ruin’s imposing and sturdy mossy walls made out of colossal rocks would make you appreciate the tremendous amount of work our countrymen had gone through during construction.

5 . White Island

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White Island is famous for its vanishing feature. Make sure to catch it before it disappears during high tide. This sandbar island is literally reborn on a daily basis. It lives up to the name because it’s like a giant spill of sugar in the middle of a sea.

Lake Sebu , South Cotabato

6 . seven falls.

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The Seven Falls  attraction also known as Dongon Seven Falls is just one of the many grand waterfalls tourist spots in Mindanao. Wonderfully cascaded by mother nature, each of the seven falls has its own name. Its splashes are so strong that they create mists around its base. It’s truly an awesome sight.

7 . Punta Isla Resort

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Punta Isla Resort lets you plunge into the natural beauty of South Cotabato’s enormous lake. The specialty of their floating restaurant is the tilapia fish. You would also see large tilapia dummies on top of their floating cottages. They have a wide variety of tasty tilapia dishes like kilawin, fried, ginataan and even chicharon .

8 . Tboli Tribe

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Learn about the fascinating culture of the T’boli tribe, one of the oldest indigenous tribes in the Philippines. Watch them manually weave their colorful clothing and see the various products of their creative hands.

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9 . cloud 9 boardwalk.

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Siargao is known globally for its high and strong waves that are ideal for surfboarding. Surfboarding competitions are regularly held in the Cloud 9 Boardwalk . As you enter the venue, there are several surfing guides waiting if you need help learning how to surf. They also have a great stock of surfboards that you can rent. With its pleasant view and fresh surroundings, you can enjoy visiting this place even if you don’t want to surf.

10 . Daku Island

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Daku Island is one of the best spots in Siargao. It’s the ideal place to take your lunch. This island has several huts where you can relax and vendors who will cook freshly caught seafood for you. Enjoy swimming in its crystal clear blue water or bumming in its fine white sand as you wait for your meal to be cooked.

11 . Magpupunko Beach

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Magpupungko Beach is one of the gems of Siargao. It’s only a short travel away from the Cloud 9 Boardwalk. Aside from its pristine waters, it is also known for its imposing Rock Formations and Tayang-ban cave pool.

12 . Naked Island

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The Naked Island is a sand bar that seems to float like a cloud in the blue sky. It’s locally called  Pansukian Island . The absence of any form of plants or shrubs could be one of the reasons it is referred to as naked.

13 Guyam Island

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Guyam Island is the perfect siesta spot after a tiring island-hopping adventure in Siargao. The word Guyam means “ant” in English. It’s clearly the little brother of the nearby Daku Island because it’s like a smaller version of it. This is where you can enjoy having a snack while drinking cool refreshments. You can also relax in their hammock or take a nap on their mats with pillows.

14 . Samal Island

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Samal Island is the grand beach getaway of Davao. This large island has a long list of beach resorts because it has a lot of sections with white-sand beaches. The grandest resort on this island is the Pearl Farm Beach Resort .

15 . Eden Nature Park and Resort

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Nature lovers would surely have a wonderful time exploring Davao’s hidden paradise, the Eden Nature Park and Resort. Named after the famous biblical garden, the park’s colorful flowers and lush green surroundings would surely give you a blissful feeling. Beyond its natural beauty, you’ll also learn about the ancient tribes and their culture here. They are well illustrated with statues and model houses.

16 . People’s Park

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Enjoy a late afternoon stroll in the People’s Park of Davao City. This 4-hectare park is wonderfully decorated with colorful statues and has a giant durian dome as its centerpiece. Its huge pond filled with a great number of koi fish is a great spot to relax. Have a smile while watching the koi fishes swarm while being fed by random visitors.

17 . Crocodile Park

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Davao’s Crocodile Park may sound like a large farm of crocodiles only, but it’s actually a zoo with tigers, pythons, eagles, ostrich and more. Its grandest star is the 18 feet long  Pangil , the biggest crocodile in the Philippines. Lolong used to be the biggest crocodile with its size of 20 feet and 3 inches but it died on February 10, 2013.

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18 . tinuy-an falls.

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Dubbed the mini-Niagra Falls of Mindanao, the Tinuy-an Falls’ wide stretch and strong flow definitely give it some resemblance. You can get near to it using a bamboo raft and then have fun swimming right at its foot. It’s a majestic sight that you can’t afford to miss in Bislig, Surigao Del Sur.

19 . Hinatuan Enchanted River

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Be mystified as you adore the beauty of the Hinatuan Enchanted River. Its glimmering clear water and great depth truly made it look enchanting and mysterious. To preserve its beauty, the local government restricts swimming in the main river but there are designated swimming areas.

20 . Pink Beach

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Enjoy a sweet and charming swim on Pink Beach. This beach in Zamboanga is known because of the way it turns pink in the late afternoon. Prepare to wear your pink swim wears to blend in the shade of this pink beach.

These are just some of the wonderful tourist spots in Mindanao. Discover the grace and exquisiteness of its many islands, cities and towns. Don’t hesitate in treating yourself to a memorable Mindanao tour.

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Tourist Spots in Mindanao: A Guide to 34 Must-Visit attractions

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Attention all travelers and adventure seekers! Have you ever heard of Mindanao , the southern island of the Philippines ? Known for its rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes, Mindanao is the perfect destination for those looking to escape the crowds and immerse themselves in new and exciting experiences. But the true gem of Mindanao lies in its hidden tourist spots, waiting to be discovered. Mindanao is a nature lover’s paradise, from stunning waterfalls and breathtaking beaches to unique rock formations and awe-inspiring mountains. So pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable adventure as we take you on a journey to uncover the top tourist spots in Mindanao !

The Beauty of Mindanao: A Journey Through the Philippines’ Hidden Gem

Nestled in the southern region of the Philippines, Mindanao is a land of diversity and cultural richness. With a history dating back to pre-colonial times, Mindanao is home to numerous indigenous communities with unique customs and traditions. This rich cultural heritage and its stunning natural beauty make Mindanao one of the country’s most fascinating destinations.

Despite its beauty, tourists often overlook Mindanao in favor of more popular destinations such as Boracay and Palawan. However, for those willing to venture off the beaten path, Mindanao offers a wealth of experiences that are truly unique and unforgettable. Mindanao is a nature lover’s paradise, from its stunning waterfalls and breathtaking beaches to its diverse wildlife and lush forests.

The island is also home to some important historical sites, including the famous Rajah Sulayman Park in Zamboanga City, which dates back to the 16th century. In addition, the island is also home to numerous sacred sites and shrines, including Mount Apo, considered one of the holiest mountains in the Philippines.

Mindanao has faced some challenges despite its rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty in recent years. The region has been plagued by conflict, poverty, and a lack of infrastructure, which has limited its development as a tourist destination. However, in recent years, efforts have been made to promote the island as a tourist destination and improve its residents’ quality of life.

Today, Mindanao is a destination that offers something for everyone. Mindanao is the perfect destination whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or simply looking for a unique and unforgettable travel experience. So pack your bags and join us as we discover the beauty of Mindanao, the hidden gem of the Philippines.

Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, is a land of diversity, beauty, and adventure. Situated in the southern part of the country, it is surrounded by the Celebes Sea to the north, the Sulu Sea to the west, and the Pacific Ocean to the east. Mindanao is known for its diverse geography and natural wonders, making it a popular tourist destination.

Geographical Location

Mindanao is located between 4° to 8° latitude north and 124° to 126° longitude east. It has an area of 94,630 square kilometers, making it the second-largest island in the Philippines after Luzon. The Celebes Sea borders Mindanao to the north, the Sulu Sea to the west, and the Pacific Ocean to the east. The island is divided into five regions: the Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, and Caraga.

Mindanao has a tropical climate, ranging from 26°C to 32°C. The island experiences two seasons: the wet season, which lasts from June to October, and the dry season, which lasts from November to May. The wet season is characterized by heavy rain and strong winds, while the dry season is characterized by low humidity and little to no rainfall.

Population and Culture

The population of Mindanao is estimated to be around 25 million people, making it the second most populous island in the Philippines. The island is home to various cultures, including the Maranao, the Maguindanao, the Tausug, the Bilaan, the Subanen, the Mandaya, and the Lumad. Each culture has unique customs, traditions, and beliefs, and they coexist peacefully on the island.

Key Attractions and Activities

Mindanao is known for its natural wonders, stunning beaches, lush forests, and crystal-clear lakes. Some of the most popular tourist spots in Mindanao is on the island include Cloud 9 in Siargao, Enchanted River in Hinatuan, White Island in Camiguin, Tinuy-An Falls in Bislig, Mount Apo in Davao, and many others. Tourists can also enjoy various outdoor activities, such as surfing, kayaking, trekking, snorkeling, and diving.

In addition to its natural beauty, Mindanao is also known for its rich history and cultural heritage. The island is home to some ancient ruins and historical sites, such as the Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin, the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao, and the Bud Bongao in Tawi-Tawi. These attractions offer a glimpse into the island’s rich history and cultural heritage and provide a unique opportunity for tourists to learn about the history and culture of Mindanao.

Getting There: A Guide to Reaching Mindanao’s Tourist Spots

Mindanao is the southernmost island in the Philippines and is known for its lush landscapes, stunning beaches, and vibrant culture. The island is a popular tourist destination, attracting local and international travelers. However, getting there can be a bit of a challenge, so planning is essential. This section will cover the different modes of transportation options, the cost, and how to book transportation.

Mode of Transportation Options

There are several transportation options available to reach tourist spots in Mindanao. Depending on your budget and travel style, you can choose from the following:

This is the most convenient and quickest way to reach Mindanao. Several airports are located on the island, including Laguindingan Airport, Francisco Bangoy International Airport, and General Santos City International Airport. Most major airlines operate flights to these airports, making it easy to book a ticket.

If you’re coming from nearby islands, taking a ferry is another option. Several ports on the island, including Cagayan de Oro, Davao, and Zamboanga, offer regular ferry services to other parts of the Philippines.

Buses are available from Manila to Mindanao for those who prefer a land-based transportation option. The journey takes about 26 hours, so it’s not for everyone, but it can be a budget-friendly option.

If you’re traveling in a group or with family, renting a car is a great option. You can rent a car at any of the major airports on the island or from a local car rental company.

Cost of Transportation

The cost of transportation to Mindanao will vary depending on your transportation mode. For example, a round-trip plane ticket from Manila to Laguindingan Airport can cost anywhere from $50 to $150, while a ferry ticket can cost anywhere from $10 to $30. Renting a car will cost anywhere from $50 to $100 per day, depending on your vehicle type.

How to Book Transportation

To book transportation to Mindanao, you can use online booking platforms such as Expedia, Orbitz, or Booking.com. You can also book directly with the airline or ferry company. You can book online or directly with a local car rental company if you’re renting a car. When booking transportation, compare prices and options to ensure you get the best deal.

Getting to Mindanao’s tourist spots is easy, with several transportation options available to suit your budget and travel style. Whether you prefer to fly, take a ferry, take a bus, or rent a car, there’s something for everyone. Just be sure to plan ahead, compare prices and options, and book your transportation in advance to ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip.

Accommodation Options

Types of accommodations.

When visiting Mindanao, there is a range of accommodation options to choose from. Depending on your budget, preferences, and travel style, you can find anything from basic hostels and budget hotels to luxury resorts and eco-friendly lodges. Some of the most popular options include:

From budget-friendly to luxury options, there is a hotel to suit every type of traveler in Mindanao. Some popular hotel chains in the region include Red Planet, Microtel, and Marco Polo.

If you’re looking for a more relaxing and comfortable experience, a resort may be a perfect choice. Many resorts in Mindanao offer stunning views of the surrounding scenery, as well as a range of amenities such as pools, spas, and restaurants.

Eco-Lodges:

For those looking for a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly experience, eco-lodges in Mindanao offer comfortable and unique accommodations that prioritize environmental conservation.

Cost of Accommodations

The cost of accommodations in Mindanao will vary depending on the type of accommodation, location, and time of year. Budget hotels and hostels can cost as little as PHP 500-1,000 ($10-20) per night, while resorts and eco-lodges can range from PHP 2,000-10,000 ($40-200) per night.

How to Book Accommodations

There are several ways to book accommodations in Mindanao, including:

Online Booking Platforms: Popular websites such as Booking.com, Agoda, and Airbnb offer a wide range of accommodation options in Mindanao. Simply search for your desired location and compare prices and amenities to find the perfect fit for you.

Direct Booking: Many hotels and resorts in Mindanao also have their own websites and booking systems. This can be a good option if you want to speak directly with the hotel staff and make any special requests.

Travel Agents: If you’re planning a larger trip and need help coordinating multiple aspects of your trip, a travel agent can be a useful resource. They can help you find and book accommodations, transportation, and activities.

Food and Drinks

Local cuisines.

Mindanao is known for its diverse and rich food culture, which is a mix of Malay, Spanish, and indigenous influences. Some of the must-try local dishes in Mindanao include:

Lechon – a roasted pig dish that is popular during special occasions and celebrations.

Kinilaw – a dish made with raw fish marinated in vinegar, ginger, and spices.

Adobo – a dish made with meat, usually chicken or pork, simmered in soy sauce, vinegar, and spices.

Sinigang – a sour soup dish made with tamarind, vegetables, and meat, such as pork or seafood.

Pansit – a type of noodle dish that comes in wide varieties, such as bihon, palabok, and canton.

Best Restaurants and Cafes

Mindanao, one of the three main islands of the Philippines, is known for its rich and diverse culture, as well as its delicious and unique food. The cuisine in Mindanao is a fusion of indigenous, Spanish, and Chinese influences and is characterized by bold and flavorful dishes that incorporate a variety of ingredients, including seafood, meat, and rice.

Cost of Food and Drinks

The cost of food and drinks in Mindanao can vary depending on the type of restaurant and the location. On average, a meal in a local restaurant can cost between PHP 100 to PHP 250, while a meal in a mid-range restaurant can cost between PHP 250 to PHP 500. A cup of coffee in a cafe can cost between PHP 70 to PHP 150, while a beer in a bar can cost between PHP 70 to PHP 150. Overall, the cost of food and drinks in Mindanao is relatively affordable compared to other tourist destinations in the Philippines.

34 Must-See Attractions

Mindanao is the second largest island in the Philippines and is known for its rich cultural heritage, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant atmosphere. With so many incredible tourist spots to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, if you’re looking for the best of the best, here are some must-see attractions that you simply can’t miss.

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Cloud 9 is a world-famous surf spot located in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte in the Philippines. This destination is a must-visit for surf enthusiasts, as its stunning waves attract surfers from all around the world. The stunning white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters provide the perfect backdrop for a day spent surfing or simply relaxing. With its tropical paradise-like setting, Cloud 9 has become a popular tourist spot, offering a unique blend of adventure and relaxation. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of other activities such as island hopping, kayaking, and snorkeling, making it an ideal destination for both solo travelers and families.

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  • Tinuy-An Falls

Tinuy-An Falls is a magnificent waterfall located in Bislig, Surigao del Sur, Mindanao. It is considered as one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the Philippines, with its 95-meter wide curtain of water cascading down into a large pool. The crystal clear water, surrounded by lush green foliage and towering cliffs, creates an idyllic and serene atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool or relax on the surrounding rocks and soak in the natural beauty. To reach Tinuy-An Falls, visitors can take a short trek from the parking area, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

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  • Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur is a natural wonder that has captivated visitors for years. Located in Barangay Talisay, the river is renowned for its crystal-clear turquoise water and unique underwater caves. The Enchanted River is said to be enchanted because of its strange and magical features, including the way its waters change color throughout the day and the strange noises that can be heard echoing from the river.

Visitors can go for a swim in the river, or take a boat tour to explore the caves and nearby islands. The best time to visit is early in the morning when the river is at its most peaceful, or during the lunchtime feeding of fish, when hundreds of colorful fish can be seen swimming near the surface.

The Enchanted River is surrounded by lush jungle and towering cliffs, making it an ideal location for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing. The local government has also built picnic areas and viewing decks for visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty of the river.

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Lake Sebu, located in the municipality of South Cotabato in the Philippines, is a serene and breathtaking destination known for its stunning natural beauty. This tranquil body of water is surrounded by lush green hills and is fed by several springs, creating an idyllic and peaceful environment.

One of the main attractions of Lake Sebu is its crystal-clear waters, which offer a serene and peaceful environment for swimming, fishing, and boating. Visitors can also take a dip in the natural hot springs surrounding the lake, which are said to have therapeutic properties.

In addition to its natural beauty, Lake Sebu is also home to a number of indigenous communities, including the T’boli and Ubo tribes. Visitors can learn about their cultures and customs by visiting their villages, where they can see traditional dances, music, and clothing.

For those looking for a more active experience, there are a variety of adventure activities available in and around Lake Sebu. These include zipline rides over the lake, trekking through the surrounding hills, and exploring nearby waterfalls.

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  • White Island in Camiguin

White Island is a stunning crescent-shaped white sandbar located off the coast of Camiguin Island in the Philippines. The island is a popular tourist destination, known for its crystal clear waters and pristine white sand beaches. Visitors to White Island can lounge on the beach, swim in the warm waters, or go snorkeling to explore the vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. The island is only accessible by boat, and the journey there provides stunning views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes. A visit to White Island is a must for any beach lover, offering a slice of tropical paradise in the heart of the Philippines.

  • Cagayan River in Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan River, also known as Rio Grande de Mindanao, is a major river in the northern region of Mindanao, Philippines. It is located in Cagayan de Oro, a bustling city known for its rich history and natural beauty. The river is approximately 388 kilometers long and is a vital source of water, irrigation, and transportation for the local communities.

Visitors to Cagayan de Oro can take a boat tour along the river to appreciate its stunning scenery, including lush green forests, towering mountains, and local fishing villages. The river is also a popular spot for water sports and activities, such as kayaking and fishing, making it a great destination for adventure seekers.

Aside from its scenic beauty, Cagayan River is also rich in cultural and historical significance. It was once a major trade route and played a key role in the region’s development. Today, visitors can explore the local market and discover traditional crafts, foods, and clothing made by the local communities.

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  • Lake Holon in South Cotabato

Lake Holo, located in the town of T’boli in South Cotabato, is a crater lake situated on the top of a mountain. This stunning body of water is surrounded by lush forest and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The lake is crystal-clear and appears turquoise in color, adding to its enchanting beauty. Lake Holon is a popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts, as it offers opportunities for activities such as hiking, camping, and fishing. It’s also a great place for birdwatching, as the lake is home to various species of waterbirds. Despite its beauty and popularity, Lake Holon remains relatively secluded and off the beaten path, making it a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet.

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  • Asik-Asik Falls in North Cotabato

Asik-Asik Falls is a hidden gem located in the province of North Cotabato, Philippines. This breathtaking waterfall is unique because of its unusual curtain-like appearance, which is formed by the lush green foliage surrounding it. The water cascades from a height of over 200 feet, creating a shimmering curtain of water that glistens in the sunlight. Visitors can take a dip in the crystal-clear pool at the bottom of the falls, or simply bask in the beauty of the surroundings. The best time to visit Asik-Asik Falls is during the rainy season, when the water flow is at its peak, creating a truly magical and enchanting experience. To reach Asik-Asik Falls, visitors can take a 45-minute jeepney ride from the town of Alamada, followed by a 30-minute hike through lush, tropical vegetation. This natural wonder is truly a must-see for nature enthusiasts and travelers looking for a unique and unforgettable experience in Mindanao.

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  • Magpupungko Rock Pools in Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Magpupungko Rock Pools is a breathtaking and unique tourist attraction located in Siargao, Surigao del Norte, Philippines. The rock pools are situated on top of a rock formation, surrounded by turquoise blue waters and offer visitors a chance to enjoy the beauty of nature in a serene and peaceful environment. The pools vary in size and depth, with the largest being about 4 meters deep and perfect for swimming. The shallow pools are ideal for relaxing and soaking in the sun.

The rock formation also provides a stunning viewpoint of the nearby island and is a popular spot for photographers looking to capture the breathtaking panoramic views. There are also several small caves and crevices to explore and enjoy.

Visitors can reach Magpupungko Rock Pools by boat or by a short hike through a mangrove forest. The best time to visit is during low tide when the pools are at their most spectacular. The area is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and offers a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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  • Sugba Lagoon – Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Sugba Lagoon is a stunning natural attraction located in Siargao, Surigao del Norte in the Philippines. The lagoon is surrounded by lush jungle and surrounded by cliffs, making it an idyllic tropical paradise. It is fed by the surrounding rainforest, ensuring that the water is crystal-clear and inviting for swimming.

Visitors to Sugba Lagoon can enjoy a range of activities including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling, and swimming. The area is also popular for its diving and fishing opportunities, offering a chance to see a variety of marine life.

The lagoon is easily accessible, with a short 10-minute boat ride from the nearby town of Del Carmen. Visitors can also take guided tours to explore the surrounding area and enjoy the stunning scenery.

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  • Sohoton Cove in Bucas Grande, Surigao del Norte

Sohoton Cove is a natural wonder located in Bucas Grande, Surigao del Norte in the Philippines. The cove is a protected area that is surrounded by towering cliffs, lush vegetation, and crystal-clear waters. The highlight of the cove is the Sohoton Cave, which is a series of interconnected caves and lagoons filled with stunning turquoise waters and diverse marine life. The cave is only accessible by a small paddle boat, which is provided by the local tour operators.

Visitors to Sohoton Cove can enjoy various activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming in the pristine waters. The cove is home to a variety of exotic species of fish, coral, and other marine life, making it a popular destination for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. The area is also rich in cultural and historical significance, with the indigenous Mamanwa tribe residing in the nearby villages.

Sohoton Cove is the perfect destination for those seeking an adventure in the heart of nature. With its breathtaking scenery, unique geological features, and diverse wildlife, Sohoton Cove is a must-visit tourist spot in Surigao del Norte.

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  • Mt Apo in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato

Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines, located in the provinces of Davao del Sur and North Cotabato. It stands at a height of 2,954 meters above sea level and is considered a sacred mountain by the local indigenous people.

The mountain is home to diverse flora and fauna, including the endangered Philippine Eagle, making it a popular destination for nature lovers and hikers. The climb to the summit of Mount Apo is challenging and requires a high level of physical fitness, but the stunning views and unique experience make it well worth the effort.

Visitors can choose from several trails to reach the summit, with the most popular route starting from the town of Kidapawan in North Cotabato. Guided tours are available and provide camping gear, food, and other necessary equipment.

Mount Apo is also a major cultural and religious site for the local communities, who celebrate traditional rituals and festivals at the mountain’s base. The area surrounding the mountain is rich in history, with several interesting historical sites and traditional villages to visit.

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  • Dahican Beach in Davao Oriental

Dahican Beach is a pristine and unspoiled 7-kilometer long white sandy beach located in the province of Davao Oriental in Mindanao, Philippines. This stunning beach is surrounded by coconut trees and is considered one of the best surfing spots in the country. With its crystal clear turquoise waters and rolling waves, it is a perfect destination for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing. The beach also offers a variety of outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, ATV riding, and beach volleyball. Visitors can also explore the surrounding area, including the nearby Mati Mangrove Park and enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunset. The peaceful and laid-back atmosphere of Dahican Beach make it a great place to relax and unwind, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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  • Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin

The Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin, Philippines is a unique and historic attraction that provides visitors with a unique look into the island’s history. Located just off the coast of the island, this underwater cemetery was once a bustling town cemetery but was eventually submerged due to volcanic activity. Today, visitors can dive or snorkel to see the remnants of the cemetery and its headstones, which are still visible despite being covered by sand and coral. The site is considered one of the most unique attractions in the region, offering a unique and haunting look into the island’s past. Visitors to the Sunken Cemetery can arrange for a snorkeling or diving excursion through a local tour operator, and should be prepared for a shallow dive of around 30 feet to fully explore the site.

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  • Great Sta. Cruz Island in Zamboanga City

Great Sta. Cruz Island is a stunning tourist destination located in Zamboanga City, Mindanao. It boasts of crystal clear turquoise waters and fine white sand that attract both local and international tourists. The island is known for its picturesque scenery and offers a variety of activities for visitors such as swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. The island is surrounded by coral reefs teeming with diverse marine life, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. Additionally, Great Sta. Cruz Island offers a range of food options and comfortable accommodations, making it an ideal place for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation. Visitors can reach the island by taking a short boat ride from the mainland, and entry is free. Overall, Great Sta. Cruz Island is a must-visit destination in Mindanao for those seeking a tropical paradise getaway.

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  • Bud Bongao in Tawi-Tawi

Bud Bongao is a stunning mountain located in the southernmost province of Tawi-Tawi in the Philippines. It is known for its diverse wildlife, vibrant culture, and breathtaking scenic views. The mountain stands at around 1,800 feet and is home to various species of birds, reptiles, and mammals. At the summit, visitors can take in panoramic views of the surrounding islands, including the stunning Sulu Sea.

Cultural activities are also a highlight of Bud Bongao. Visitors can witness the traditional dances, customs, and practices of the local Sama-Bajau community. These people are known for their seafaring skills and are considered the “Sea Nomads of the Philippines.”

Visitors can reach Bud Bongao by taking a flight to Tawi-Tawi and then traveling by land to the base of the mountain. From there, it is a short hike to the summit. Whether you are interested in scenic views, wildlife, or culture, Bud Bongao is a must-visit destination for any traveler to Mindanao.

Jolo is a charming island in the province of Sulu, Philippines. It is known for its rich history and cultural heritage, as well as its stunning natural beauty. Jolo is home to several attractions that are sure to delight travelers, from scenic beaches to lush forests and rolling hills.

One of the most notable attractions in Jolo is its historical landmarks, including the Jolo Cathedral, which dates back to the 1800s and is a stunning example of Spanish colonial architecture. Another must-visit site is the Jolo Fort, a well-preserved 19th-century fortress that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

Jolo is also renowned for its stunning beaches, such as the White Beach and Tanduhan Beach, which offer clear turquoise waters and pristine white sands. For a more secluded experience, travelers can head to the secluded Mangsee Island, a small island surrounded by crystal-clear waters that are perfect for snorkeling and diving.

Foodies will find plenty to enjoy in Jolo, as the island is known for its delicious cuisine, including a variety of seafood dishes and traditional Sulu-style dishes, such as piyanggang and kakanin.

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  • Tinago Falls in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte

Tinago Falls is a breathtaking natural wonder located in the city of Iligan in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao. It is a towering, multi-tiered waterfall that cascades down a lush, green mountain and into a crystal clear pool below. Visitors are amazed by the sheer beauty and power of Tinago Falls, which is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and serene, tranquil surroundings.

The falls are easily accessible, with a well-maintained trail leading down to the pool below. Visitors are welcome to swim in the cool, refreshing water and bask in the natural beauty of the surrounding scenery. There is also a nearby viewing deck, which offers panoramic views of the falls and the surrounding mountains.

Aside from enjoying the beauty of Tinago Falls, visitors can also engage in other activities such as hiking and picnicking. There are also several local restaurants and shops nearby, offering delicious food, drinks, and souvenirs for visitors to enjoy.

Overall, Tinago Falls is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Mindanao. With its stunning beauty and serene atmosphere, it is a truly enchanted place that will leave visitors with memories that will last a lifetime.

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  • Aliwagwag Falls in Davao Oriental

Aliwagwag Falls is a stunning waterfall located in the mountainous region of Davao Oriental, Philippines. The falls are comprised of several cascading tiers that reach a total height of approximately 84 meters (276 feet), making it one of the tallest waterfalls in the Philippines. The falls are surrounded by lush green foliage and are fed by the clear and cool waters of the Aliwagwag River.

Visitors to Aliwagwag Falls can take a scenic hike through the dense jungle and enjoy the stunning scenery along the way. The waterfall is a popular spot for swimming, picnicking, and taking in the natural beauty of the area. The falls are also surrounded by numerous local villages, making it a great opportunity to experience the local culture and interact with the friendly locals.

Getting to Aliwagwag Falls can be a bit challenging as the area is not well-developed and the roads can be difficult to navigate. However, the journey is well worth it for those seeking an authentic and off-the-beaten-path adventure. Visitors can reach the falls by hiring a local guide or by taking a guided tour, which will provide transportation and all necessary gear.

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  • Mt Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental

Mount Hamiguitan is a mountain located in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. This mountain is known for its rich biodiversity, with a diverse range of flora and fauna species that can only be found in this area. The mountain has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its unique geological formation and unique ecosystem.

The summit of Mount Hamiguitan provides breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, making it a popular destination for adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts. The mountain also offers opportunities for trekking, bird watching, and wildlife observation.

Visitors can explore the mountain’s lush tropical rainforests, which are home to various species of birds, insects, and primates, including the Philippine eagle, one of the largest and most endangered birds in the world. The mountain’s unique geology, with its towering peaks and deep valleys, also makes it an ideal location for rock climbing and mountaineering.

Mount Hamiguitan is located in the city of Mati, and can be reached by car or public transportation. Visitors are required to register at the park office and pay an entrance fee to access the mountain. Guided tours and trekking packages are also available for those who want to explore the mountain with a local guide.

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  • Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City

The Philippine Eagle Center, located in Davao City, is a nature park and conservation center dedicated to the preservation and protection of the Philippines’ national bird, the Philippine Eagle. The center provides a home for captive-bred eagles and serves as a research and breeding ground for the species, which is considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world. Visitors can explore the park and learn about the conservation efforts for the Philippine Eagle through interactive exhibits, guided tours, and bird watching opportunities. The center is also home to other wildlife species, including monkeys, deer, and various bird species, and offers stunning views of the surrounding forest and mountains. Whether you are an avid bird watcher or simply want to learn more about the Philippines’ unique wildlife, the Philippine Eagle Center is a must-visit destination in Davao City.

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  • Eden Nature Park in Davao City

Eden Nature Park is a 120-hectare eco-tourism destination located in Davao City, Philippines. Surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills, it offers a peaceful escape from the bustling city. The park is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, including over 200 bird species, making it a popular destination for birdwatching enthusiasts.

Visitors can enjoy a range of activities, including scenic walks through the park’s well-manicured gardens, horseback riding, and even ziplining. The park also features picnic areas, swimming pools, and restaurants serving delicious local cuisine.

Eden Nature Park is easily accessible from Davao City and is a must-visit for those looking to immerse themselves in nature and enjoy a peaceful and rejuvenating experience. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adrenaline junkie, or simply in need of a relaxing getaway, Eden Nature Park has something for everyone.

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  • Dinagat Islands in Dinagat Island

Dinagat Islands, located in the northern part of Mindanao, is a group of stunning islands renowned for its picturesque landscapes, breathtaking views and rich cultural heritage. The archipelago, which is part of the Dinagat Province, is composed of 7 major and several smaller islands, each with its unique features and attractions.

One of the major islands, Dinagat Island, is known for its enchanting caves, crystal clear waters, and lush vegetation. Visitors can take a boat tour to explore the various caves and beaches, go snorkeling or diving to see the diverse marine life, or hike through the lush forests to see exotic birds and other wildlife.

Another popular island, Basilisa, is known for its pristine beaches and stunning lagoons. The island is surrounded by coral reefs, making it a popular spot for snorkeling and diving. Visitors can also relax on the beaches, go kayaking or island hopping, or visit the local communities to learn about the local culture and traditions.

Apart from its natural beauty, the Dinagat Islands are also rich in cultural heritage, with several historic sites and monuments, including the War Memorial Park, which honors the bravery of the soldiers who fought during World War II.

Getting to Dinagat Islands is relatively easy, with regular ferries departing from the ports in Surigao City. Visitors can also opt to fly to Surigao City and then take a ferry to the islands. Accommodations in the islands range from budget-friendly guesthouses to luxurious resorts, catering to the needs of different travelers.

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  • Gumasas Beach in Glan, Sarangani Province

Gumasa Beach, located in Glan, Sarangani, is a stunning and pristine white sand beach surrounded by lush tropical foliage. The crystal clear waters and picturesque shoreline make it a popular destination for beach lovers, surfers, and nature enthusiasts. This beach offers a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and is a great place to relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy the natural beauty of the Philippines.

Visitors can engage in various activities such as swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and paddleboarding. The beach is also ideal for surfing, with gentle waves that make it suitable for beginner and intermediate surfers. There are several surf schools in the area that offer lessons and equipment rental.

Aside from the beach, there are several nearby attractions to visit, including the Magdalena Cave, Sarangani Bay, and the Sarangani Island Wildlife Sanctuary. The area also offers an array of dining and shopping options, with local restaurants serving fresh seafood and other Filipino specialties.

Gumasa Beach is easily accessible by bus or private vehicle from Davao City and General Santos City. With its breathtaking scenery and peaceful atmosphere, Gumasa Beach is a must-visit destination in Sarangani that promises to leave visitors with unforgettable memories.

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  • Samal Island in Davao Del Norte

Samal Island, located in Davao del Norte in the Philippines, is a tropical paradise renowned for its pristine beaches and lush greenery. The island boasts crystal clear waters, soft white sand, and abundant marine life, making it a popular destination for beach lovers, snorkelers, and divers.

Visitors can enjoy various activities on Samal Island such as swimming, sunbathing, kayaking, island hopping, and fishing. There are also several resort options for those looking for a luxurious beach getaway, as well as budget-friendly accommodations for those traveling on a budget.

One of the island’s main attractions is the Hagimit Falls, a picturesque waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. Other must-visit spots include the Monfort Bat Cave, the Maxima Aquafun, and the Penaplata Island, all offering unique experiences and breathtaking views.

Getting to Samal Island is convenient, with frequent ferries departing from the Davao City Sasa Wharf to the Island Garden City of Samal. The island is also easily accessible by private boat or yacht.

Whether you’re seeking a relaxing beach vacation, an adventure-filled trip, or a combination of both, Samal Island is a must-visit destination in Mindanao, offering something for everyone.

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  • Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat

Baras Bird Sanctuary is located in Tacurong, a city in the province of Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. This sanctuary is a protected area that serves as a habitat for various species of birds, including some of the country’s endangered birds. It is a perfect destination for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts who are interested in exploring the diverse avian fauna of the Philippines.

The sanctuary is spread across an area of 10 hectares and is surrounded by lush green forests and mangrove trees, providing the perfect habitat for the birds. It is home to over 100 species of birds, including the Philippine Serpent-Eagle, the Philippine Hawk-Eagle, the Philippine Hornbill, and many more. Visitors can take a guided tour of the sanctuary and observe the birds in their natural habitat.

In addition to birdwatching, the sanctuary also offers other activities such as picnicking, fishing, and boating. The calm and serene surroundings of Baras Bird Sanctuary make it an ideal place to relax and unwind. Visitors can also visit the nearby rice fields and rural villages to gain a deeper understanding of the local culture and lifestyle.

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  • Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon

Dahilayan Adventure Park is a nature park located in Bukidnon, Philippines. It offers a variety of activities and attractions, including zipline rides, horseback riding, and scenic walks through the forest. The park’s main attraction is its 8,500-foot zipline, which is one of the longest and fastest in Asia. Visitors can also hike up to the forest canopy to see the park’s diverse plant and animal life. Dahilayan is a perfect place for adventure-seekers, nature lovers, and families looking for a fun day out. The park is surrounded by lush, green mountains, making it an ideal destination for those looking to escape the city and connect with nature. With its stunning views, diverse activities, and breathtaking landscapes, Dahilayan Adventure Park is an unforgettable destination in Bukidnon.

  • Cape of San Agustin in Davao Oriental

The Cape of San Agustin is a scenic headland located in the province of Davao Oriental, Philippines. It is known for its breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and rugged cliffs that line the coast. The cape is surrounded by lush greenery and boasts of a stunning seascape that is perfect for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Visitors can take a scenic drive along the cliff to get a panoramic view of the surroundings, or go for a hike along the trail that winds along the cape. At the end of the trail, visitors can reach a lighthouse that provides a stunning view of the sea and the surrounding islands. The Cape of San Agustin is also a popular spot for birdwatching, with a variety of endemic species found in the area. The best time to visit is during the dry season, which runs from December to May, to enjoy the most comfortable weather conditions.

  • Balut Island in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat

Balut Island is a small island located in the municipality of Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat, Philippines. It is known for its pristine beaches and stunning scenery, making it a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. The island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters and is an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Visitors can also take a walk on the beach and enjoy the peace and quiet of this serene paradise. The island can be reached by boat from the mainland and is a great place to spend a day or two, soaking up the sun and enjoying the laid-back island lifestyle. With its beautiful surroundings and relaxed atmosphere, Balut Island is a must-visit for anyone exploring the Sultan Kudarat area.

  • Zamboanga City

Zamboanga City is a highly diverse and culturally rich city located in the southern Philippines. It is known for its blend of Spanish, Filipino, and Islamic heritage, which can be seen in its architecture, food, and people. This vibrant city is situated on the western coast of Mindanao, facing the Sulu Sea, and is surrounded by picturesque hills and clear waters. The city has a rich history, having been occupied by several different groups throughout its existence, including the Spanish, American, and Japanese. This cultural melting pot has led to a unique blend of flavors and traditions, making Zamboanga City a must-visit destination for anyone interested in Philippine culture.

Visitors to Zamboanga City can explore its rich cultural heritage by visiting the historic Fort Pilar, which has stood as a symbol of the city’s proud history for over 400 years. The fort is now a museum, showcasing artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Zamboanga’s past. Another popular attraction is the Paseo del Mar, a popular promenade that offers a great view of the city’s coastline and the stunning sunsets that can be seen from the area.

The city is also a food lover’s paradise, with a diverse range of dining options that feature local and international cuisines. Seafood is a staple here, and visitors can enjoy delicious dishes such as grilled seafood, fresh oysters, and clams at the many seafood restaurants along the coast. There are also several street food stalls that offer unique and flavorful snacks, like the famous Piyanggang Manok, a grilled chicken dish that is marinated in spices and coconut milk.

  • Bat Sanctuary in Maitum, Sarangani Province

The Bat Sanctuary in Maitum, Sarangani Province is a unique attraction that showcases the fascinating world of bats. Located in the heart of Maitum, the sanctuary serves as a habitat and protection center for a variety of bat species that are found in the area. The sanctuary features a large colony of bats hanging from the roofs of the structures and provides visitors with an opportunity to observe their behavior and learn about the important role bats play in the ecosystem.

The sanctuary offers a guided tour for visitors to learn about the different species of bats and their behavior, including their feeding habits and migration patterns. The tour also includes information about bat conservation and the importance of preserving their habitats.

Visitors can also observe the bats from a safe distance in a designated viewing area and see how they interact with each other and their surroundings. The sanctuary also offers a souvenir shop for visitors to purchase bat-themed souvenirs and gifts.

Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast or simply looking for a unique and educational experience, the Bat Sanctuary in Maitum is a must-visit attraction. The entrance fee is minimal and the sanctuary is open to visitors throughout the year.

  • White Water River Tubing in Maitum, Sarangani Province

White Water River Tubing in Maitum, Sarangani Province is a popular adventure destination for thrill-seekers. Located in the province of Sarangani in the Philippines, this activity offers a unique and exciting way to explore the scenic beauty of the area. Participants are equipped with inner tubes and guided down a fast-moving river, surrounded by lush tropical forests and dramatic cliffs. The rapids provide a challenging, but safe and fun, experience for both experienced and beginner tubers. Visitors can also enjoy the calm and peaceful sections of the river and take in the stunning natural surroundings. With its breathtaking scenery and heart-pumping excitement, White Water River Tubing in Maitum is a must-visit destination for adrenaline junkies and nature lovers alike.

  • Mt. Matutum in Polomolok, South Cotabato

Mt. Matutum is a popular hiking destination located in Polomolok, South Cotabato. It is an active stratovolcano and the second highest peak in South Cotabato, standing at 2,286 meters above sea level. The mountain is surrounded by lush green forests, making it an ideal place for nature lovers and adventurers. The hike to the summit is challenging, but the views from the top are breathtaking, offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape.

The trek to the top of Mt. Matutum starts from the jump-off point in Barangay Matutum, which is approximately an hour’s drive from General Santos City. The trail is well-defined, but steep and rocky, so it is advisable to wear sturdy footwear and bring plenty of water and food. The journey takes around four to six hours to reach the summit and back, and it is best to start early to avoid the heat of the day.

At the top of the mountain, hikers can enjoy a picnic or take a nap before starting the descent. There are several makeshift huts available for rest and shelter. As Mt. Matutum is an active volcano, visitors are advised to take caution when hiking and to follow the guidelines provided by local authorities.

  • Malamawi Island in Basilan

Malamawi Island is a small island located in the Basilan Strait, off the coast of Isabela City in Basilan, Philippines. The island is known for its stunning white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush tropical vegetation, making it a popular destination for beach lovers and nature enthusiasts. The island is surrounded by a coral reef that is home to a diverse array of marine life, making it a great spot for snorkeling and diving. Visitors can also explore the island’s lush forests, which are home to a variety of endemic wildlife species, such as monitor lizards and exotic bird species. To reach Malamawi Island, visitors can take a ferry from Isabela City, which is approximately a 30-minute journey. Overall, Malamawi Island is a peaceful, unspoiled destination that provides a unique and memorable experience for those seeking a tropical getaway.

Activities and Excursions: A Guide to the Best Adventure in the Philippines

The Philippines is an archipelago that boasts of a rich and diverse culture, breathtaking landscapes, and an array of activities and excursions that can cater to all kinds of travelers. From surfing to diving, trekking to kayaking, the options are endless, and there’s something for everyone.

  • Overview of Top Activities and Excursions

Surfing in Siargao

Siargao is a surfer’s paradise, located in the province of Surigao del Norte. The island is famous for its waves, and the most popular surf spot is Cloud 9, a world-renowned surfing destination. The waves are challenging, with a long barreling wave, making it a popular spot for professional surfers. If you’re a beginner, there are also several beginner-friendly spots where you can rent surfboards and take lessons from local surf instructors.

Trekking to Mount Apo

Mount Apo is the highest mountain in the Philippines, and it’s a popular destination for trekkers. The hike can take 2-3 days, and the trail offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including hot springs and waterfalls. The summit offers panoramic views of the surrounding islands, and it’s a great place to watch the sunrise or sunset.

Snorkeling and Diving in Palawan

Palawan is famous for its stunning beaches, and the island is surrounded by some of the best snorkeling and diving sites in the Philippines. There are several dive shops and centers offering snorkeling and diving trips, including the Tubbataha Reef, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary. Snorkeling and diving trips range from half-day trips to multi-day liveaboard trips, and you can see a wide variety of marine life, including reef sharks, manta rays, and sea turtles.

Kayaking in Bacuit Bay

Bacuit Bay is located in El Nido, Palawan, and it’s a popular destination for kayaking. The bay is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs, and there are several lagoons and beaches that are only accessible by kayak. The excursion usually lasts 4-5 hours and includes stops at several lagoons and beaches, where you can swim, sunbathe, or simply relax.

White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro is located in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, and it’s a popular destination for white water rafting. The Cagayan River is one of the best rivers for white water rafting, and there are several companies that offer excursions, ranging from half-day trips to multi-day trips. The river is Class III and IV, and the excursion is suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters.

Information on Cost, Duration, and How to Book

The cost, duration, and booking process vary depending on the activity and excursion, but in general, the cost ranges from $20 to $100 per person, and the duration ranges from half a day to several days. To book, you can contact the excursion company directly, or you can book through a tour operator or travel agency. Most excursion companies offer online booking, and you can easily compare prices and packages before making a booking.

Safety and Precautions

When travelling to a foreign country, it is important to consider the local laws and customs, health and safety tips, and travel insurance. This section will provide you with information on these important topics to help you have a safe and enjoyable trip to the Philippines.

  • Local Laws and Customs

Before traveling to the Philippines, it is important to be aware of the local laws and customs. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Drug Laws: The Philippines has strict drug laws and any possession or use of illegal drugs can result in severe consequences, including imprisonment and fines.

Respect for Religion: The Philippines is predominantly a Roman Catholic country and visitors are expected to show respect for religious customs, such as covering their heads when entering a church.

Public Behaviour: Public displays of affection, such as kissing and holding hands, are generally frowned upon in the Philippines.

Photography: It is not recommended to take photographs of military installations or government buildings. Additionally, always ask for permission before taking photos of people.

Health and Safety Tips

Stay Hydrated: The Philippines is a tropical country and it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, especially during the hot months.

Avoid Tap Water: It is recommended to avoid drinking tap water and instead opt for bottled water.

Food Safety: When eating out, it is best to opt for well-cooked food and to avoid street vendors, as the quality of food and cooking methods may not meet Western standards.

Protect Your Skin: The sun in the Philippines can be intense, so it is important to use a high-SPF sunscreen and to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

Health Insurance: It is highly recommended to have comprehensive health insurance coverage when travelling to the Philippines.

Information on Travel Insurance

Benefits of Travel Insurance: Travel insurance can provide peace of mind while travelling and can cover unexpected medical expenses, trip cancellations, and loss of personal belongings.

Types of Travel Insurance: There are different types of travel insurance available, including comprehensive coverage, medical-only coverage, and trip-cancellation coverage.

Cost of Travel Insurance: The cost of travel insurance will vary depending on the type of coverage and the length of your trip. It is important to compare different options to find the best coverage at a reasonable price.

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Mindanao is a treasure trove of diverse experiences and enchanting destinations. Whether you’re a nature lover, a history buff, or an adventure seeker, Mindanao’s tourist spots have something unique to offer every traveler. Take the chance to explore these hidden gems in the heart of the Philippines.

In this exploration, we will unravel both the familiar and the hidden facets of this island, shedding light on what most people know and, more importantly, what they don’t. By peeling back the layers of perception, we hope to offer a comprehensive understanding of Mindanao, from its renowned natural beauty to its lesser-known socio-political complexities. Join us as we embark on a journey through Mindanao, aiming to bridge the gap between popular perceptions and the nuanced reality that defines this remarkable region.

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What Most People Know About Mindanao:

Mindanao, often called the “Land of Promise,” is the second-largest and southernmost island in the Philippines. It is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, including pristine beaches, lush forests, and captivating waterfalls. 

The island ranks as the second largest in the Philippines, showcasing a wealth of breathtaking natural marvels and exhilarating opportunities for travel enthusiasts. Nevertheless, it is disheartening that the premier tourist destinations in Mindanao remain somewhat less explored when compared to the popular destinations in the Luzon and Visayas regions. This unfortunate circumstance primarily stems from a common, though often unjustified, association of the term “Mindanao” with concerns related to peace and order.

It is true that certain parts of Mindanao are marred by conflict and are best avoided by those seeking a leisurely travel experience. However, it is essential to recognize that Mindanao offers many locations where safety is on par with any other destination in the Philippines, providing a secure environment for travelers to explore and enjoy.

What Most People Don’t Know About Mindanao:

Under its famous attractions, Mindanao holds a treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Remote provinces like Tawi-Tawi offer unspoiled beaches, diverse marine life, and vibrant coral reefs, making them a paradise for adventurous travelers. Moreover, Mindanao’s cultural diversity is astounding, with numerous indigenous groups preserving ancient traditions. 

The extensive land area of Mindanao, combined with the fact that most of its provinces are inland, offers a remarkable advantage for those looking to explore the island’s hidden tourist treasures. In contrast to the Visayas Region, where travel often involves boat rides and navigating through challenging waves, Mindanao provides a hassle-free experience, as you can conveniently embark on your journey by car unless you’re planning to venture to the smaller islands within Mindanao.

Revered as the “Land of Promise” in the Philippines for an extended period, Mindanao is a region teeming with riches for passionate travelers. This locale has abundant natural wealth and enchanting tourist destinations that enthrall visitors with pristine allure and unadorned simplicity.

Tourist Spots in Mindanao

1. davao city: the crown jewel of mindanao.

Welcome to Davao City, “The Crown Jewel of Mindanao”!

Davao City, located in the southern part of the Philippines on the island of Mindanao, is a captivating blend of natural beauty and urban vibrancy. It is the largest city in the Philippines, both in terms of land area and population. Davao City offers many attractions and experiences, making it a must-visit destination for travelers.

Davao City stands as a beacon of natural beauty and urban vibrancy. This bustling metropolis is known for its serene parks, such as People’s Park, where you can find a plethora of indigenous flora and sculptures. 

Don’t miss the chance to explore the iconic Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines, which offers a thrilling adventure for hikers. Davao is also celebrated for its durian fruit, often called the “King of Fruits.” You can relish its unique taste at local markets. Experience the captivating blend of nature and city life in Davao City.

So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to Explore the Crown Jewel of Mindanao ; Here’s the perfect list of destinations for an unforgettable vacation.

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2. Iligan City: The City of Majestic Waterfalls

Prepare to be mesmerized by Iligan City, “The City of Majestic Waterfalls”.

Iligan City, situated in the northern part of Mindanao, is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Home to more than 20 breathtaking waterfalls, including the world-famous Maria Cristina Falls, Tinago Falls, and Mimbalot Falls, this city is rightfully called the “City of Majestic Waterfalls.” The lush landscapes and calm, cascading waters provide trekking, swimming, and photography opportunities. Iligan City is a true treasure for those seeking an escape into the heart of Mother Nature.

Iligan City is not just about waterfalls; it also has a rich cultural heritage. The Higaonon and Maranao tribes are part of the city’s diverse population, and their traditions and customs are a significant part of the local culture. Visit the Ma. Cristina Ancestral House to learn more about the city’s history and culture.

Go and prepare to be mesmerized by The City of Majestic Waterfalls; here is the list of waterfalls that could help you plan your vacation now, and don’t forget to pack your hiking boots and your sweet tooth! Iligan awaits you!

3. Zamboanga City: The Latin City of Asia

Experience the unique blend of cultures in Zamboanga City, “The Latin City of Asia”.

Zamboanga City, located on the western tip of Mindanao, offers a rich tapestry of cultures influenced by its Spanish and Muslim heritage. Wander through the historic Fort Pilar and visit the Pink Sand Beach at Sta. Cruz Island, and explore the vibrant local markets. Remember to savor the Chavacano cuisine, a fusion of Spanish and Filipino flavors. This city’s distinct character is a testament to the harmonious coexistence of diverse traditions.

Zamboanga City, “The Latin City of Asia,” offers a unique blend of cultures, natural beauty, and vibrant traditions. Whether you’re interested in exploring history and architecture, indulging in diverse cuisine, or simply relaxing on idyllic beaches, Zamboanga City is a destination that will leave a lasting impression on any traveler.

Are you ready to experience the unique blend of cultures in the Latin City of Asia? Get inspired by this list of Zamboanga’s tourist destinations and get a taste of its rich culture. Make the most out of your stay!

4. Tawi-Tawi – The Remote Paradise

Escape to Tawi-Tawi, “The Remote Paradise”.

Tawi-Tawi is the epitome of untouched natural beauty. Located at the southwestern edge of the Philippines, this remote province is blessed with crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and an abundance of marine life. Experience the captivating landscapes of Bud Bongao, an eco-park with panoramic views, or dive into the underwater wonders at Tawi-Tawi’s coral reefs. For those seeking a genuine escape from the bustling world, Tawi-Tawi is the perfect destination.

It’s time to discover the untouched beauty of The Remote Paradise. Pack your bags and set out on a journey to experience the serenity and natural wonders of Tawi-Tawi.

5. Camiguin Island: The Island of Fire

Discover the charms of Camiguin Island, “The Island of Fire”.

Camiguin Island, known as the “Island of Fire,” boasts natural wonders like hot springs, waterfalls, and volcanoes. Don’t miss the chance to dip in Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring or explore the enchanting Katibawasan Falls. Lanzones Festival, a local celebration, is a must-see to taste the island’s vibrant culture. With its unique blend of fire and water, Camiguin Island is a destination like no other.

Camiguin Island invites you to explore its volcanic wonders, natural beauty, and vibrant culture. Whether you’re seeking adventure in nature, cultural immersion, or simply a serene island escape, Camiguin Island has something to offer every traveler.

Ready to unveil the fiery beauty of Camiguin Island ? Don’t wait any longer. It’s time to explore the volcanic wonders of this incredible destination. Pack your bags and discover ‘The Island of Fire’

6. Surigao del Sur: The Enchanted Province

Uncover the enchantment of Surigao del Sur.

Surigao del Sur, located in the eastern part of Mindanao, is a land of enchantment with its untouched landscapes and unique attractions. Explore the mesmerizing Enchanted River, a stunning azure river surrounded by lush vegetation that seems to change color throughout the day. Also, witness the captivating Tinuy-an Falls, often called the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines.” Surigao del Sur is an off-the-beaten-path destination that promises an enchanting experience for nature lovers.

Adventure awaits in “The Enchanted Province” of Surigao del Sur. There’s no better time than now to experience the magic of this place. Plan your journey and prepare for enchanting adventures.

7. Cotabato City: The City of Stone

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Cotabato City, “The City of Stone”.

Cotabato City, located in the Maguindanao region of Mindanao, is steeped in history and cultural significance. Known as “The City of Stone,” Cotabato City is characterized by its unique stone structures and historical landmarks, providing a glimpse into the area’s rich heritage.

Cotabato City, “The City of Stone,” invites you to embark on a journey through time and culture. With its historic landmarks, cultural treasures, and serene natural settings, Cotabato City offers a truly immersive experience for travelers seeking to connect with the rich heritage of Mindanao.

Step into the heart of history in Cotabato City. This is your chance to embark on The City of Stone like no other. Discover the vibrant mosaic of traditions that awaits you in this captivating city.

8. Siargao Island: The Surfer’s Paradise

Ride the waves in Siargao Island, The Surfer’s Paradise.

Siargao Island, located in the province of Surigao del Norte, is a surfer’s dream come true. With its famous surf break, Cloud 9, it has gained a reputation as one of the world’s top surf destinations. But Siargao is not just about surfing; it’s also a tropical paradise with pristine beaches, natural rock pools, and lagoons. Explore the vibrant nightlife and indulge in delectable seafood. Whether you’re a surfer or not, Siargao Island promises an unforgettable island experience.

Surf’s up in Siargao Island, The Surfer’s Paradise. Get ready to ride the waves and experience the laid-back island vibe. Your tropical adventure starts now!

9. Dinagat Island: The Mystical Island, Province of Love

Experience the mystical allure of Dinagat Island, “The Province of Love”.

Beautiful Dinagat Island, also known as the “Province of Love,” is a secret gem in Mindanao. Natural wonders, clear beaches, and thick woods mark this mysterious island. Experience the mysterious caves and rock forms that hold stories from the area’s folklore. As a result of its calm atmosphere and friendly people, Dinagat Island is ideal for people wanting a mysterious and peaceful getaway.

Enchant yourself in “The Mystical Island, Province of Love.” Experience the mystery of this alluring place and find the love that surrounds its secret gems. Make travel plans to Dinagat Island right now.

10. Bukidnon: The Food Basket of Mindanao

Explore the abundance of Bukidnon, “The Food Basket of Mindanao”.

Nestled in the heart of Mindanao, Bukidnon is a province known for its lush agricultural landscapes and diverse cultural heritage. This “Food Basket of Mindanao” is a haven for those seeking a taste of authentic local cuisine and a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Filipino culture.

Indulge in the culinary delights of Bukidnon, often hailed as ‘The Food Basket of Mindanao.’ This is your chance to savor the flavors and traditions that define this fertile land. Take advantage of the opportunity to embark on a gastronomic adventure in Bukidnon.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a trip to mindanao worthwhile.

A trip to Mindanao is worthwhile because of its unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and warm hospitality. You can enjoy various outdoor activities, explore diverse ecosystems, and immerse yourself in the traditions and festivals of the local communities.

What makes it a must-see destination?

Mindanao is a must-see destination because it offers a different side of the Philippines compared to more popular tourist spots like Manila and Cebu. The region provides a chance to discover off-the-beaten-path adventures, unspoiled nature, and cultural experiences distinct from the rest of the country. The warmth and friendliness of the people add to its charm, making Mindanao a must-visit destination for those seeking a unique and authentic travel experience.

What is Mindanao famous for?

Mindanao is famous for its natural beauty, including pristine beaches, coral reefs, and lush mountains. It is also known for its cultural diversity, with many ethnic groups and languages spoken. Additionally, Mindanao is renowned for its delicious fruits, such as durian and pomelo.

What is the most visited place in Mindanao?

The most visited place in Mindanao is often considered to be Davao City. Davao is known for its natural beauty, cultural attractions, and activities like visiting Mount Apo (the Philippines’ highest peak), exploring the Philippine Eagle Center, and experiencing its vibrant culture.

Why is Mindanao a good tourist destination?

Mindanao is a good tourist destination because of its diverse and stunning landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality. It offers a wide range of experiences, from beautiful beaches and islands to lush mountains and rainforests, making it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.

Our Takeaways

Discover the untouched beauty of Mindanao, the “Land of Promise.” This diverse region is a hidden gem in the heart of the Philippines, offering unique experiences for every type of traveler. From the urban vibrancy of Davao City to the enchanting waterfalls of Iligan City, the rich cultural tapestry of Zamboanga City, the remote paradise of Tawi-Tawi, the volcanic wonders of Camiguin Island, the enchantment of Surigao del Sur, the rich history of Cotabato City, the surfer’s paradise of Siargao Island, the mystical allure of Dinagat Island, and the culinary delights of Bukidnon, Mindanao has something for everyone. Take the chance to explore this hidden treasure trove of natural beauty, culture, and adventure in the Philippines.

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20 Towns and Cities You Must Visit in Mindanao [Philippines]

There are countless of Mindanao Tourist Spots, and you’ll be amazed by how different they are from Luzon or Visayas. We’ll round up the 20 Best Towns and Cities that you must visit in Mindanao to add in your Philippines Bucket List.

Mindanao is the least traveled part of the Philippines; this is due to news on terrorist attacks, possible combats and kidnaps for ransom where tourists and missionaries are usually involved. Even Filipinos like me are a bit wary of this part of the country. However, we are mostly wrong.

Must Visit in Mindanao

The president of the Philippines has declared Martial Law in Mindanao, which makes it safer than other parts of the country. Much military personnel are deployed; security is everywhere. When traveling from a region to another, be sure always to bring your ID/Passport because when there are bus stops, the military will check your identification one by one.

Mindanao is the land of promise; you can do trail hikes on mountains, swim and surf on the islands, take a bathe on gorgeous falls or enchanted rivers, and encounter animals, notably the Philippine Eagle, up-close and personal.

Must Visit in Mindanao

There are six regions in Mindanao: Region 9 – Zamboanga, Region 10 – Northern Mindanao, Region 11 – Davao, Region 12 – SocCSkSarGen, and ARMM – Bangsamoro.

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Region 9 – Zamboanga

Must Visit in Mindanao

Zamboanga City

If you are Spanish or know Spanish, you would enjoy conversing with the locals here as they speak Chavacano, a Spanish-based language in Asia. The best spot here is Sta. Cruz Island , the only beach in the Philippines with pink sand. You could also go to the majestic Merloquet Falls . Hang around the city proper at Paseo del Mar and Fort Pilar . Buy colorful textiles for souvenirs at Yakan Weaving Village .

Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte

Our National Hero, Jose Rizal, was exiled to this place for four years; if you want to see where he lived, go to Rizal Park and Shrine . You can also dive at Aliguay Island or get some vitamin sea at Dakak Resort . Visit also St. James Church and if you want to have fun, then go to Gloria’s Fantasyland .

Region 10 – Northern Mindanao

Must Visit in Mindanao

Cagayan de Oro City

When going to CDO, you must try white water rafting . Travel in Cagayan River on a raft and survive paddling through the rapids; there are beginner and advanced courses which surely you will have fun especially with friends. After this strenuous activity, spend the next day relaxing or maybe do more adrenaline rushing activities in Seven Seas Water Park or at Mapawa Nature Park . Enjoy also scenic views at Garden of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village or Eden’s Solace .

Camiguin Island

Though Camiguin is one province; you could tour this place in a day or two. This Isle Born of Fire has seven volcanoes; Mt. Vulcan erupted on 1871 resulting to the Sunken Cemetery and Old Spanish Church Ruins . You can trek at Mt. Hibok-Hibok and see at Tuasan Falls . Don’t forget to check out the sunset at White Island .

Iligan City

Iligan City is the “City of Majestic Waterfalls,” how many falls are there? 24, yes, it’s twenty-four and you can waterfall-hop. However, in case you want a few here’s my top 5: Maria Christina Falls (the most popular one not only because it’s grandeur, but it’s a source of electricity in Mindanao), Tinago Falls , Limunsudan Falls , Mimbalut Falls , Dodiongan Falls .

Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

For adventurers out there; go to Dahilayan Adventure Park and zipline or sky jump. You can also trek at Mount Kitanglad or Mount Ma-agnaw , or just hang-out near Alalum Falls . This place is also where Del Monte Pineapple Plantation is; you could sneak a peek or buy some pineapples.

Valencia City, Bukidnon

Want to go somewhere peaceful? Relax at Lake Apo , a crater lake at Barangay Guinoyoran. You could also hike to Mount Kalatungan , Mount Dulang-Dulang , or Musuan Peak .

Region 11 – Davao

Must Visit in Mindanao

Davao City is the capital of Mindanao; this is also where our current president, Pres. Rodrigo Duterte served as mayor for many years, right now the first lady, her daughter is serving as Mayor. You hike and camp at Mt. Apo , the highest mountain in the Philippines. You could also check out the Philippine Eagle Center or Crocodile Park where they serve Crocodile Ice Cream. You could also hang out at People’s Park . Also, they have Kadayawan Festival (article 9) here on the 3rd week of August, so it adds more excitement if you visit near that date.

Cateel, Davao Oriental

Aliwagwag Falls is the main attraction in this place, with 84 tiers; it seems endless but seems like a stairway to heaven. Walk from edge to edge at Maglahus Hanging Bridge and relax at Banahaw Beach Resort or San Antonio-Baybay Long Beach .

Island Garden City of Samal

IGCOS is the largest resort city in the country, so expect many beaches, marine life, and clear waters. You could check it at Pearl Farm Beach Resort that is owned by Ms. Universe 1973 Margie Moran. Explore Mount Putting Bato , Hagimit Falls or visit Batman’s friends at Monfort Bat Cave . Check out beaches also at Talikud Island .

Want to experience flying? Try booking at Mindanao Saga Flying Club, and you can glide above the skies of Mati. You can check out also islands like Sleeping Dinosaur Island , Waniban Island , or Pujada Island . Try also surfing at Dahican Beach .

Region 12 – Caraga

Must Visit in Mindanao

Bislig City

Tinuy-an Falls is the main attraction in the charming city, it’s gorgeous, and you won’t regret seeing this. While in Bislig, you can also go to Hagonoy Island , Lawigan Beach , Togonan Cold Spring or Lake 77 .

Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Want to see something like a fairy tale? Check out the Hinatuan Enchanted River that flows to the Philippines Sea. It is so bright and so blue you would see marine creatures without goggles. Hinatuan Bay is also a habitat of various species of turtles.

Siargao Island

Siargao Island is the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, when you’re visiting here don’t pass the opportunity to learn how to surf at Cloud 9 area. Also, try diving at Sugba Lagoon and do tri-island hopping from Naked, Dako and Guyam Islands . Catch the sunrise at Mapungko-pungko beach .

Region 13 – SocCSkSarGen

Must Visit in Mindanao

Glan, Sarangani

Gumasa Beach is perhaps the Boracay of the South, untouched white and sandy with clear waters. Many beach resorts are here; be sure to stay in one. You can also snorkel at Kapatan-Lago Dive Spots . Be in awe of the Century Old Houses in this town. Fun fact, renowned boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has a private beach in this province.

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

This first-class municipality’s main attraction is the Lake Sebu itself. Allah Valley is a UNESCO as a cultural landscape. Try seeing all Seven Falls of Lake Sebu and do that exciting Zipline Adventure.

T’boli, South Cotabato

Want to go somewhere serene? The hikes to these places may be time-consuming and a bit difficult for non-professional hikers, but the view and the aura are worth-it; Mount Melibengoy , Lake Holon and Maughan Lake .

Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao – Bangsamoro

Must Visit in Mindanao

Cotabato City

Cotabato has the largest Mosque in the whole Philippines, the Masjid Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah or Grand Mosque . Also visit the Kutawato Cave , Tamontaka Church , and People’s Palace . You should also check out the Pink Mosque at Datu Saudi-Ampatuan, which is an hour ride from the city.

Basilan Island

When we Filipinos talk about Basilan, we think of a terrorist group. However, ever since people started opening up to Basilan, we have learned that it’s a hidden paradise and that people are warm and friendly there. You can start your adventure at Bulingan Falls then Island hop Lampinigan Island to Malamawi Island .

Tawi-Tawi Island

If you want to check out one of the longest sandbars in the Philippines, go to Panampangan Island . You could also trek Mount Bongao . Visit islands like Sangasiapu Island , Saluag Island , or Sanguisiapo Island .

With this list alone, I bet you want to travel Mindanao? I, myself, want to book a ticket there immediately. The Land of Promise has many things to offer; mainly natural attractions. However, Mindanao also has diverse cultures as it is home to different tribes. There are about 18 tribal Filipino groups; I hope you meet one on your adventure there.

It’s easy to go to Mindanao because Davao has an international airport and most regions have at least one. Unlike the Visayas , Mindanao is a big island with a few small ones in the outer part so that you can travel by bus. People in the Philippines can also speak English well, so don’t be afraid of language barriers.

Come and visit these Mindanao Tourist Spots. We hope that at least you go to one out of 20 Best Towns/Cities you must visit in Mindanao within a year. Remember, it’s more fun in the Philippines!

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Top 10 Stunning Tourist Spots in Mindanao

  • March 16, 2023

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Welcome to Mindanao, home to some of the most beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines.

Mindanao is a dream tourist spot for travelers who wish to experience the beauty of nature, from its deep blue water to its beautiful forests and waterfalls. In this article, we’ll look at Mindanao’s top 10 stunning tourist spots . Mindanao offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking to go island-hopping and mountain-climbing or relax in the sunshine and sand. Grab your bags and get ready for a memorable vacation!

Here are the Top 10 Stunning Tourist Spots in Mindanao

1. siargao island, surigao del norte.

Siargao Island is a gorgeous tropical haven located in the province of Surigao del Norte, in the southern part of the Philippines. Siargao Island is the ideal tourist spot for surfers, as it has the best waves in the world. Siargao isn’t just a surfing destination, though. Numerous activities are available on this lovely Island for all kinds of tourists.

Siargao Island - Tourist Spot

The Cloud 9 surf spot on Siargao Island is among the most well-liked destinations.

A very well surf spot, which is best known for its perfect, barreling waves, has been highlighted in several surfing magazines. The Island’s other surf spots, such as Jacking Horse, Quicksilver, and Daku Island, are also available to surfers.

Visitors can participate in water sports like kayaking, paddle boarding, island hopping, and surfing. General Luna Beach, Magpupungko Beach, and Sugba Lagoon are some of the stunning beaches on Siargao Island. All of them have gorgeous white sand and clear waters.

Siargao Island offers a variety of opportunities for rest and restoration for those seeking a more laid-back experience. Tourists can enjoy carefree strolls through the verdant forests and scenic villages that populate the Island, along with yoga classes, spa treatments, and meditation sessions.

Siargao Island is a must-visit tourist spot for anyone seeking a tropical vacation with downright adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty.

2. Camiguin Island, Camiguin

Camiguin Island is a small but beautiful island province off the northern coast of Mindanao in the Bohol Sea. Camiguin Island, also known as the “island born of fire,” is a tourist spot that appeals to travelers of all ages and interests with several fun things to do.

Camiguin Island - Tourist Spot

The spectacular volcanic scenery of Camiguin Island, which features several active and inactive volcanoes and natural hot springs, cold springs, and waterfalls, is among the Island’s most well-known sights. One of the Island’s most active volcanoes, Mount Hibok-Hibok, can be explored by visitors, and Ardent Hot Spring’s soothing waters are also the best choice.

White Island’s fine white sands, Agohay Beach’s rocky shoreline, and San Roque and Yumbing’s black sand beaches are just a few of the stunning beaches on Camiguin Island. The Island’s spectacular underwater environment, which features vibrant coral reefs and various marine life, is open to snorkelers and divers.

Camiguin Island is known for its natural beauty and extensive cultural history. Tourists can find several important historical sites on the Island, including the Katibawasan Falls, the Sunken Cemetery, and the Old Spanish Church Ruins.

Attending customary celebrations and events, like the Lanzones Festival, which honors the Island’s most well-known fruit, allows visitors to experience the local way of life fully.

Camiguin Island is a must-go tourist spot for anyone seeking a unique and unforgettable tropical experience. This gorgeous island paradise offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or cultural enrichment.

3. Mount Apo, Davao del Sur

At 2,954 meters (9,692 feet) above sea level, Mount Apo is the highest peak in the Philippines and towers over Mindanao island in the south. Adventurers and nature lovers worldwide travel to Mount Apo, located in the province of Davao del Sur.

Mount Apo - Tourist Spot

One of Mount Apo’s main attractions is its unique natural scenery, which includes forested areas, captivating waterfalls, and an extensive range of wildlife. Several extraordinary plant and animal species are wandering the mountain, including the Philippine eagle, the world’s giant eagle. 

Apart from the urban areas of Davao and Kidapawan, climbers can also take in breathtaking views of the Samal Island beaches and the nearby Davao and Kidapawan cities.

For hikers of all skill levels, Mount Apo offers a variety of trails, with routes ranging from basic day hikes to challenging multi-day adventures. Kidapawan, Magpet, and Kapatagan trails are a few of the best-known paths.

The mountain’s several hot springs and waterfalls, including the Agko Hot Springs and the Tudaya Falls, provide climbers with a welcome relief from the challenges of the expedition.

Mount Apo is a must-visit tourist spot for anyone seeking a challenging but worthwhile outdoor adventure. Mount Apo is ideal for climbers and nature lovers because of its fascinating beautiful nature, diverse wildlife, and many hiking trails. It is a true Philippine treasure.

4. Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao del Sur

In Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, in the southern Philippines, there is a waterfall called Tinuy-an Falls , which is incredibly beautiful. Tinuy-an Falls also called the “Niagara Falls of the Philippines,” is an important site for tourists to see while passing through the area.

Tinuy-an Falls - Tourist Spot

Tinuy-an Falls’ enormous size, measuring 95 meters (311 feet) in width and 55 meters (180 feet) in height, is one of its main attractions. The waterfall consists of several tiers, the largest of which forms a natural swimming pool where visitors can unwind and cool off in the clear waters.

Tinuy-an Falls is also renowned for its stunning natural environment, with dense forests and tall trees enveloping the waterfall and providing a picture-perfect backdrop for photos and videos. A bamboo raft rental allows visitors to get close to and in touch with the cascading water while exploring the area by hiking the trails that lead to the waterfall.

In addition to being naturally beautiful, Tinuy-an Falls is an important cultural site for the neighborhood. The native inhabitants of the area revere the waterfall as sacred, and they think it has therapeutic qualities. The nearby Bislig City Museum, which has artifacts and exhibits related to the local culture and history, has information on the cultural significance of the waterfall that visitors can learn more about by going there.

Tinuy-an Falls must be a visited tourist spot for anyone wishing for a breathtaking natural wonder that provides a mix of expedition, comfort, and a sense of community. This magnificent waterfall will leave viewers in awe and amazement due to its enormous size and beautiful scenery.

5. Dahilayan Adventure Park, Bukidnon

Dahilayan Adventure Park is a premier outdoor adventure tourist spot residing in the beautiful province of Bukidnon, in the northern part of Mindanao. Ziplining, horseback riding and ATV rides are thrilling activities the park offers adventurers of all ages.

Dahilayan Adventure Park - Tourist Spot

One of Dahilayan Adventure Park’s main draws is its 840-meter (2,756-foot) zipline, which provides spectacular views of the surrounding area, including the magnificent Mount Kitanglad. The park also has a shorter zipline and a dropzone where tourists can feel the sensation of falling 120 feet high themselves.

A horseback riding trail at Dahilayan Adventure Park leads visitors through the lovely countryside nearby. The park offers ATV rides that take visitors on an off-road adventure through the rough terrain of Bukidnon if they’re looking for a more exhilarating experience.

Other attractions in the park include a mini-golf course, a kids’ playground, and several restaurants serving delectable regional and international fare. In addition, visitors can spend the night in one of the park’s grand and comfortable lodgings, including villas and cabins.

Dahilayan Adventure Park should be on the bucket list of anyone searching for an unforgettable outdoor adventure in the stunning province of Bukidnon. This world-class adventure park is excellent for a fun-filled and action-packed getaway with its thrilling activities, breathtaking scenery, and cozy overnight stays.

6. Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur

Located in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, in the southern region of the Philippines.

The Enchanted River is renowned for its astonishingly clear waters that shimmer in hues of blue and green, as well as its special connection of underwater caverns, thought to be the habitat of unidentified creatures.

Enchanted River - Tourist Spot

The Enchanted River’s crystal-clear waters, tall trees, and lush vegetation make it a magical tourist spot. With its extensive underwater cove, the river is a wonderful tourist spot for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. These activities provide an extraordinary glimpse into the area’s distinctive marine ecosystem.

Other activities available to visitors in Enchanted River include boat tours that take them along the river and teach them about the region’s history and cultural significance. Additionally, the tourist spot is home to several little boutiques and eateries that sell souvenirs, other goods, and regional specialties.

Due to the numerous myths and legends surrounding Enchanted River and its mysterious underwater caves, locals believe the area has a significant cultural origin. Visitors can learn more about the river’s artistic value by speaking with locals or visiting nearby museums and cultural centers.

For anyone looking for a distinctive and memorable experience in the southern Philippines, Enchanted River is the best tourist spot to visit.  Visitors will be amazed and awed at this enchanted river’s stunning natural beauty, rich cultural history, and various activities.

7. Britania Islands, Surigao del Sur

Off the coast of Surigao del Sur, in the southern Philippines, are a collection of stunning, undeveloped islands known as the Britania Islands . The islands have become a favorite vacation spot for tourists and locals because of their clear waters, white sand beaches, and stunning rock formations.

Britania Islands - Tourist Spot

A boat tour of the Britania Islands can take visitors to several islands, where they can swim, snorkel, or unwind on the beach. Hagonoy Island, one of the most visited islands, is renowned for its extensive white sand beach and enormous rock formations.

Another well-known island in the group is Naked Island, a tiny sandbar seen only at low tide. The Naked Island is a popular place for swimming and tanning regardless of its small size, and its crystal-clear waters make a beautiful background for photos and videos.

The nearby mangrove forests, inhabited by numerous bird species and other wildlife, are another attraction for tourists to the Britania Islands. Additionally, the region contains several tiny fishing towns where tourists can explore the local culture and eat delectable seafood dishes.

In conclusion, anyone seeking a stunning, untouched tropical paradise in the southern Philippines should journey to Britania Islands. These islands will leave visitors with lifelong memories thanks to their breathtaking beautiful nature, various activities, and rich cultural heritage.

8. Asik-Asik Falls, North Cotabato

In the southern Philippines province of North Cotabato, Asik-Asik Falls is a breathtaking natural wonder. The falls are well-known for their distinctive and beautiful appearance, with water cascading down a wall of lush green vegetation to produce a stunning curtain-like effect.

Asik-Asik Falls - Tourist Spot

Visitors must first take a trip through the rugged terrain of the nearby mountains to get to Asik-Asik Falls, which can be a challenging but worthwhile experience. They will enjoy the breathtaking horizons of the surrounding area, which features towering cliffs, lush forests, and winding rivers.

Visitors arriving at the falls will be amazed by their beauty as water cascades down the rock face, cooling the area with a cool mist. The nearby rocks are a great place to unwind or take a boat ride to explore the nearby river. Visitors can also take a dip in the refreshing waters of the falls.

With numerous myths and legends surrounding the falls and their distinctive appearance, Asik-Asik Falls is also an important cultural site for the community. Communicating with locals or touring nearby cultural centers and museums will help visitors learn more about the historical and cultural significance of the falls.

Generally, anyone looking for a distinctive and memorable experience in North Cotabato should consider Asik-Asik Falls. This spectacular natural wonder will leave visitors astonished by its astounding beauty, challenging hike, and rich cultural history.

9. Cagayan de Oro River, Misamis Oriental

Located in the northern part of the Philippine Islands of Mindanao, the Cagayan de Oro River is one of the province’s most important rivers. It flows about 90 kilometers from its source in the Kalatungan Mountains through Cagayan de Oro, Talakag, Baungon, and Libona before emptying into Macajalar Bay.

Cagayan de Oro River - Tourist Spot

The river functions as a water source for irrigation, and domestic and industrial use, thus being a significant natural resource for the people of Misamis Oriental. It is an important passenger and cargo transportation route with numerous ports and waterfronts along its banks.

Furthermore, the Cagayan de Oro River is renowned for its white-water rafting experience, drawing thrill-seekers and adventure enthusiasts worldwide. All level rafters will find the river’s numerous rivers exciting and challenging.

Nevertheless, despite the river’s significant economic and tourism value, there are some issues it must deal with, such as pollution from household, agricultural, and industrial waste, as well as illegal logging and mining along its tributaries.

The government and local communities have implemented various programs, including reforestation campaigns and regular clean-up drives, to protect and preserve the river.

The people of Misamis Oriental benefit from the Cagayan de Oro River regarding their economic, social, and environmental well-being. For the province to continue to develop and grow, its protection and sustainable use are essential.

10. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Lake Sebu is a beautiful site in the province of South Cotabato, Philippines. 

It is a large freshwater lake with a surface area of about 354 hectares, regarded as one of the nation’s most majestic lakes. The lake is surrounded by beautiful green forests, sloping hills, and cascading waterfalls, making it a favorite spot for nature lovers and people who enjoy the great outdoors.

Lake Sebu - Tourist Spot

The indigenous T’boli people who have lived in the region for centuries have preserved the traditional T’boli culture, one of Lake Sebu’s main draws. Visitors can discover more about their distinctive way of life, including their traditional dance, music, weaving, and metalworking.

Beyond its cultural importance, Lake Sebu is a haven for various flora and fauna. Visitors can sample fresh tilapia dishes in the many restaurants and eateries around the lake, known for producing tilapia. More than 200 species of birds are detected in the area, making it an attractive location for birdwatching.

Moreover, visitors can engage in various activities at Lake Sebu, including ziplining, trekking, and boating. On a boat tour around the lake, visitors can explore the seven waterfalls that flow into it and take in the breathtaking scenery.

In conclusion, Lake Sebu is a natural treasure that blends cultural heritage and natural beauty, making South Cotabato a must-visit tourist spot. The T’boli people and the local authority have worked hard to protect and promote the region’s natural and cultural resources, turning it into a national eco-tourism model.

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Top Must-see Destinations/Tourist Spots in Mindanao

Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. These three major islands of the country have always been proud to offer their unique places as tourist destinations. In this article, I would like to focus on the top tourist spots in Mindanao. This part of the country is perhaps one of the least visited in tourism since it is a bit farm compared to the other if one comes from the Metropolitan. Far from the knowledge of many people that this place is heaven-sent in terms of natural resources and scenic spots to witness let’s go for a fantastic tour of this article.

Cagayan de Oro City, White Water Rafting [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY

Whether it is tubing, water rafting, or any other water sport, your adrenaline will be tested. CDO’s rocky and wild areas will test your patience, strength, and perseverance; ultimately, a must-try adventure is achieved.

  • Cagayan de Oro Travel Guide
  • White Water Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

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Sinulom Waterfalls in Cagayan de Oro [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

BRITANNIA GROUP OF ISLANDS IN SAN AGUSTIN, SURIGAO DEL SUR 

With 24 islets, getting to the Brittania Group of Islands is exciting. Explore the beautiful beaches without spending too much! The turquoise color of the water, matched with the powdery sand, is what these islets are all about.

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The Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

CAMIGUIN ISLAND

A long white sand surrounded by pristine clear water will undeniably enthrall tourists. Thus making Camiguin one of the top tourist spots in Mindanao. Aside from the beach life, you may also want to visit other notable places such as the Katibawan Falls and the Catarman Church Ruins.

  • Camiguin Island Travel Guide
  • Camiguin Lanzones Festival
  • Camiguin Resorts and Hotels 

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White Beach in Camiguin [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

Mantigue Island in Camiguin

Mantigue Island in Camiguin [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

COTABATO CITY

If it is culture immersion that you are searching for, heading to Cotabato City is the key. In this place, the teaming culture and tradition of the Muslims can be seen. You may also go to the Bollkiah Mosque and witness the grand beauty of it.

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Dakak Beach Resort [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

DAPITAN, ZAMBOANGA DEL NORTE

If marine diversity is what you are after, then head to Dakak Park and Beach Resort and be mesmerized by the vibrant and teeming life of fishes and corals. On the other hand, if it is diving that you are after, then Dapitan will be the suited spot for you.

Must read: Dapitan City Travel Guide

People’s Park in Davao City [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

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

  • Davao City Tourist Spots | Travel Guide
  • People’s Park Davao
  • Davao Hotels
  • Davao Tourist Spots
  • Davao White Water Rafting
  •  Davao Crocodile Park 
  • Davao Kadayawan Festival

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White Water rafting in Davao [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

DINAGAT ISLAND

The hiking and diving activity in this part of Surigao is exciting enough to be tried by any visitor. Dinagat Island may be small, but it is a gem in the middle of the sea. Plus, the indigenous people in the area will make you stay comfortable and at home.

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Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

HINATUAN ENCHANTED RIVER IN SURIGAO DEL SUR 

Take on a boating adventure as you head to the Enchanted River. If you like, you may even take some swimming time. The river’s cleanliness and natural turquoise color make it enchanting. The cold water it has is enough to take away anyone’s stress feeling.

Hinatuan Enchanted River

PAGADIAN CITY 

Pagadian City is alive and vibrant, just like the other neighboring cities. As you go here, you can enjoy the place and, at the same time, meet the welcoming people of the town. As a part of the top tourist spots in Mindanao, I know that the place will never disappoint you.

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Mimbalut Falls in Iligan City [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

WATERFALLS IN ILIGAN CITY

I have always read about Maria Cristina Falls since I was young. I have read it in elementary textbooks, and from then, I was already eager to see the place. Now, I can say that Iligan City deserves its label as the City of Majestic Waterfalls. With the Maria Cristina Falls, Mimbalut Falls and Tinago Falls in one city, it is a must-visit spot.

  • Iligan Travel Guide
  • Maria Cristina Falls
  • Tinago Falls

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Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

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Tinago Falls in Iligan City [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

MATI CITY IN DAVAO ORIENTAL 

A long stretch of fine sand on a beach invites tourists to jump and enjoy the clear water. You have to be careful since the waves are high, making it a hit for water sports enthusiasts such as surfers.

MT. HAMIGUITAN IN DAVAO ORIENTAL

Visiting one of the lists of UNESCO’s World Heritage seems exciting, right? Well, Mt. Hamiguitan in Davao Oriental is part of the file and is a haven for all nature lovers. The sparkling green surroundings, the humming of birds, and the overall serenity of the place are heavenly.

Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

GUMASA BEACH, GLAN, SARANGANI 

A place as spectacular as Boracay, this is what Gumasa Beach is all about. What is good about it is that it is not as crowded as other famous beaches. So, you may enjoy the beauty of the place without worrying about the flock of people.

Must Read: Gumasa Beach Resorts | Travel Guide  

Lake Sebu in South Cotabato [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

LAKE SEBU, SOUTH COTABATO

Never leave Mindanao without visiting one of its famous cultural landscapes- Lake Sebu. Lake Sebu is known for its three clear, tranquil lakes, luscious food offered, and thrilling zipline adventure.

Lake Sebu, South Cotabato Travel Guide

7 Falls in Lake Sebu

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Lake Sebu Waterfalls [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

LAKE HOLON, SOUTH COTABATO

A camping site near Lake Holon is not only romantic but also extraordinarily serene and exhilarating. The green environment around the lake adds to the total beauty of the place. May it be with your family or friends, you will for sure enjoy your stay here.

MALAMAWI ISLAND, BASILAN  

The Island of Malamawi in Basilan may not be known to many, but I must say that as one of the top tourist destinations in this list, the place has reserved something magical and beautiful for visitors. For one, the unexplored beaches of the area are merely spectacular.

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Maxima Aqua Fun in Samal Island, Davao del Norte [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

SAMAL ISLAND, DAVAO DEL NORTE 

Several beach resorts are here, including Chema’s by the Sea, Bali-Bali Beach, and Pearl Farm. The long stretch of creamy powdery sand will make you want to stay here for good. Not to mention the bright and inviting water.

  • Samal Island Travel Guide
  • Samal Island Resorts, Beaches, and Hotel

Magpupungko Rock Pool in Siargao [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ] Photo by Agustin Mendez

SIARGAO IN SURIGAO DEL NORTE

The island of Siargao has been making a name as one of the top tourist destinations in the country. No wonder many celebrities and well-known personalities will usually include this one as a part of their top vacation list. What makes the place unique is its perfect haven for surfers because of the big waves and the pristine beaches.

  • Siargao Travel Guide
  • Siargao Tourist Spots
  • Siargao List of Resorts and Hotels

SOHOTON IN SURIGAO DEL NORTE 

The diversity of marine creatures and the lush green surrounding of Sohotan is impeccable. It has lakes, lagoons, and parks, making it ideal for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and even picnics.

Baras Bird Sanctuary in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat  [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

BARAS BIRD SANCTUARY, IN TACURONG, SULTAN KUDARAT

Must read: Baras Bird Sanctuary Travel Guide

TAWI-TAWI  

You can never honestly say that you somehow had a meaningful 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.

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Tinuy-an Falls in Bislig, Surigao del Sur [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

TINUY-AN FALLS IN BISLIG, SURIGAO DEL SUR

The Tinuy-an Falls is comparable to the Niagara Falls of the United States. Believe me, as you watch the majestic flow of water as it hits the ground along with the sound that it creates, you will feel nothing but peace and refreshing.

Must read: Tinuy-an Falls Travel Guide

  • ZAMBOANGA CITY

One of the tourist spots in Mindanao is the City of Zamboanga. Being here will make one feel that the Spanish influence still runs in the blood, culture, and environment of the people and the place. For natural areas, the Pink Beach in Sta. Cruz of this town is also beautiful.

Hobbit House in Kitanglad Mountain Range, Bukidnon

Hobbit House in Kitanglad Mountain Range, Bukidnon [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

KITANGLAD MOUNTAIN RANGE, BUKIDNON 

The Mt.Kitanglad and Mt. Dulang-Dulang will bring out the adventurous part of you. May it be mountain climbing or visiting the haven of the Philippine eagle, both of these activities can make your vacation a fulfilling one.

DAHILAYAN IN BUKIDNON

Just 2 hours away from Cagayan de Oro City, Bukidnon is also a place to explore. Apart from Dahilayan, you can also visit the Hobbit House.

Must read: Dahilayan Travel Guide

Getting to know and visiting the top tourist spots in Mindanao are two different stories. No matter how much I’d describe it here, no words could do justice to the actual beauty of the places. That is why I highly urge you to visit these places.

Tinago Falls in Iligan

The blogger at Tinago Falls in Iligan [ Attraction/Tourist Spot in Mindanao ]

Travel Tips When Visiting Various Tourist Spots in Mindanao

Many are scared they heard Mindanao. Mindanao is relatively safe. I had visited numerous tourist spots in Mindanao, and I didn’t experience any problems for each of my travels. Of course, every traveler must exercise the necessary precautions when visiting a new place, including all places in the world.

In line with the above, we recommend the following if you plan to visit any tourist spots in Mindanao.

  • Research. Before your trip, it is imperative to research the place before hitting the road. You should know if there is a pending advisory at the place. Learn the bus schedules, especially the last trip, etc. Many daring tourists meet some accidents because they miss the last bus and are forced to sleep on the street or at the terminal.
  • Contact the Local Tourism Office. This office will give you sound advice on where to go or whether to go in certain seasons.
  • Avail the services of accredited tour operators. Let’s face it: you need a guide in some places, and you cannot do it alone.
  • Get some travel insurance. Just a few more bucks will surely save you from any unforeseen accidents.
  • Check and recheck the information you get online. Not all travel bloggers who wrote about the place have been there. This is one of the reasons why I put my pics on my blog pages as much as possible to show the readers researching that I had been in the place.
  • Ask. Try to be friendly and talk to the locals when you reach the place. They can provide you with priceless pieces of information and tips.

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Britania Islands - one of the best beach destinations in Mindanao

15 Breathtaking Mindanao Beaches for Certified Beach Bummers

If you’re planning a trip to the Philippines, chances are you’ve heard about the stunning beaches in Boracay or Palawan . But did you know that the region of Mindanao also has its fair share of beautiful beaches?

Located at the southernmost part of the Philippine archipelago, Mindanao boasts a rich cultural heritage and diverse natural landscapes. And what better way to experience its beauty than by visiting some of the best Mindanao beaches?

In this guide, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of breathtaking beaches in Mindanao that will make you fall in love with this region even more!

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1. Great Sta. Cruz Island (Zamboanga City)

2. daku island (siargao), 3. dahican beach (mati city, davao), 4. white island (camiguin), 5. dakak park and beach resort (zamboanga del norte), 6. britania islands (surigao del sur), 7. cagwait beach (surigao del sur), 8. mantigue island (camiguin), 9. gumasa beach (glan, sarangani), 10. samal island (davao del norte), 11. panampangan island (tawi-tawi), 12. dinagat islands (surigao del norte), 13. tandu beach (sulu), 14. malamawi white beach (basilan), 15. balot island (sultan kudarat), what to read next:.

Kat in the Pink Beach of Zamboanga

It seems that Zamboanga has it all – interesting cityscape, delicious food , and beautiful nature attractions. One of the most tourist spots you should visit here is the Great Santa Cruz Island , more commonly known as the “ Pink Beach of Zamboanga .”

This beach gets its name from the stunning naturally pink sand, a unique feature that’s a result of crushed red organ pipe coral mixed with white sand. Visit here for a day of beach bumming, snorkeling, and indulging in fresh seafood! You can also visit the nearby mangrove tour for an eco-friendly kayaking tour.

Afterwards, have dinner at the Paseo del Mar near the port and enjoy some of the best cuisines in Mindanao .

Where to stay in Zamboanga City:

  • Midrange : Marcian Garden Hotel
  • Budget : Winzell Suites

Daku Island, Siargao - one of the best Mindanao beaches

One of the top beaches in Mindanao that you should visit is Daku Island in Siargao. Daku Island is one of the three islands included in a Siargao island hopping tour. Of these, it is the largest (hence the name “daku,” which means “large” in the Visayan language) and is the most suitable for beach bumming and swimming, with its white-sand shoreline surrounded by coconut trees and cottages where you can rest and relax.

Where to stay in Siargao :

  • Luxury : Nay Palad Hideaway | Siargao Bleu Resort and Spa
  • Midrange : Villa Cali Siargao
  • Budget : Patrick on the Beach

Surfing in Dahican Beach in Mati, Davao Oriental

Up for some fun surfing and skimboarding? Then come visit Dahican Beach, a surfing haven located in Mati City, Davao. This beach features a long stretch of white-sand beach flanked by coconut trees, perfect for swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and camping!

Aside from these activities, you’ll also love the laid-back atmosphere at Dahican Beach, where you can catch a glimpse of the locals and fishermen at work. All in all, it’s a perfect destination for a little rest & relaxation.

White Island in Camiguin

Camiguin ‘s very own White Island is a staple in the list of top Mindanao beaches. This uninhabited, horseshoe-shaped sandbar is a sight to behold with its pure white sand that contrasts beautifully with the turquoise waters surrounding it. The beach offers an unobstructed, panoramic view of Mt. Hibok-Hibok and Old Vulcan that will take your breath away.

The absence of shade on the sandbar provides the perfect spot for sunbathing and the clear waters make for a fantastic swimming and snorkeling site.

The best time to visit here is in the mornings, when the sun warms lightly but still tolerable to the skin. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen, umbrella, and some change so you can purchase fresh seafood such as sea urchins being sold right on the sand bar.

Where to stay in Camiguin :

  • Midrange : Bintana sa Paraiso – Binunsaran ( Read our review ) | Naasag
  • Budget : Paras Beach Resort

Dakak Park and Beach Resort

Dakak Park and Beach Resort is a one-of-a-kind paradise in Mindanao , comprising 15 hectares of mountain, forests, and powdery-white sand beach. You can opt to stay here for a staycation, enjoy watersports at the beach, or engage in fun activities at Dakak’s Adventure Zone.

It is also known for its top-notch amenities, from a range of restaurants serving local and international cuisine to comfortable and luxurious accommodation options.

The resort offers over 160 accommodations, from rooms to luxury suites and villas with their own jacuzzi, so you can choose which suits your preferences best. Couples can book Deluxe or Garden Rooms, while families can opt for the more spacious family rooms.

Whether you’re into watersports, exploration hikes, or simply lounging by the beach, Dakak has something for everyone. With its perfect balance of relaxation and adventure, Dakak Park and Beach Resort is another gem in Mindanao that deserves a spot on your beach bucket list!

Dakak Park and Beach Resort: Book discounted rooms here

Britannia Islands - one of the best beach destinations in Mindanao

In the coastal town of San Agustin, Surigao del Sur, you’ll find one of Mindanao’s hidden treasures – the Britania Islands . This fascinating group of over 20 islets scattered across the azure waters of the Pacific is a sight to behold. Each islet boasts its own charm, ranging from tiny specks of land barely enough for a single coconut tree, to larger ones covered with lush vegetation.

Hop on a boat and island hop to four islands open to tourists: Boslon , Hagonoy , Britania , Hiyor-hiyoran , and a bare sand bar called Naked Island .

For beach lovers seeking the best beaches in Mindanao, the Britania Islands are a must-visit.

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Want to experience the white-sand shores of Boracay but without the huge tourist crowd?

Cagwait Beach is a crescent-shaped beach famous for its powdery, white sand and clear blue waters, surrounded by a thick throve of coconut trees. It is a popular destination among the locals and still a hidden gem among those living outside Surigao del Sur Province. There are several resorts and restaurants along the beach, where you can stay for a beach vacation and enjoy local food and beer while watching the scenery.

Aside from being a beach bummer’s paradise, Cagwait Beach is also the site of the annual Kaliguan Festival , a vibrant celebration featuring a fluvial parade, street dancing, and a beauty pageant. So if you’re in Mindanao, make sure to add Cagwait Beach in Surigao del Sur in your itinerary.

Mantigue Island in Camiguin

Camiguin may be a small island province, but it’s filled with gorgeous natural attractions that will make you want to stay longer than planned!

Just a few minutes boat ride away from mainland Camiguin, Mantigue Island is a haven for nature and beach lovers alike. It boasts of a white-sand beach encircling a lush forest, as well as a marine sanctuary teeming with vibrant aquatic life. You can visit here on a day trip to beach bum, swim, and snorkel to see the beautiful corals, giant clams, and variety of fish species thriving in its underwater ecosystem.

The island also features a few cottages where you can rest and enjoy a picnic.

Whether you’re a thrill- or peace-seeker, Mantigue Island offers a unique blend of natural beauty and adventure that’s hard to match. It’s no wonder this picture-perfect island is considered one of the must-visit beaches in Mindanao!

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Dubbed as “ Boracay of the South ,” Gumasa Beach in Sarangani Province is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This six-kilometer stretch of white sand beach boasts of crystal-clear waters and a peaceful atmosphere free from the commercial clutter. Surrounded by lush greenery, Gumasa Beach offers visitors a serene getaway, perfect for beach camping, picnics, and swimming.

It is also known for the annual Sarangani Bay Festival, one of the biggest festivals in Mindanao. It’s a local celebration with a multitude of activities including beach sports, dance competitions, and cultural shows to the most awaited night-long concert and party.

Samal Island  in Davao

Just a short boat ride away from Davao City, Samal Island is a popular weekend getaway for both locals and tourists alike.

It offers a variety of beaches to choose from, from the famous Pearl Farm Beach Resort to white-sand beaches such as Kaputian Beach and Isla Reta in Talicud Island to the more secluded Canibad Cove . You can also try island hopping and explore other hidden coves and beaches in this tropical paradise.

Pearl Farm Beach Resort: Book discounted rooms here

Panampangan Island in Tawi-Tawi

Next on our list of the best Mindanao beaches you should see is Panampangan Island , an off-the-beaten island in Tawi-Tawi Province. This island is known to have the longest sandbar in the country, stretching over 3 kilometers at low tide.

Enjoy an afternoon of lounging in the white-sand beach, enjoy fresh seafood from the neighboring barter market, and visit other nearby islands for a complete island hopping experience!

Getting to Panampangan Island can be challenging, as you need to charter a whole boat to get here from the town of Bongao, the capital of Tawi-Tawi . However, the journey is worth it, and you’ll not only discover one of the most pristine beaches in Mindanao, you’ll also get the opportunity to mingle with the locals.

Pangabangan Pool in Libjo, Dinagat Island

Did you know that there are more amazing island hopping destinations in the Philippines aside from El Nido and Coron ?

Dinagat Islands in Surigao del Norte is a group of islands featuring white sandy beaches such as Bitaog Beach, turquoise waters, and an array of beautiful rock formations. It is also home to a bonsai forest, an in-land lake, and a breathtaking tidal pool.

Explore the islands through a day of island hopping or book a night in one of the island resorts where you can experience sleeping in beachfront cottages getting lulled by the relaxing sounds of the ocean.

Tandu Beach in Parang, Sulu

Sulu is another off-the-beaten location in Mindanao, boasting pristine islands and white-sand beaches. Most notably, Tandu Beach in the town of Parang offers a long stretch of fine white sands, coconut trees, and public cottages that you can use. It’s the perfect spot to swim and beach bum, enjoy bangbang (local pastries in Sulu), and mingle with the locals.

Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and shades!

Boardwalk in Malamawi Beach Resort

Malamawi White Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in the Mindanao region and a popular day trip from Zamboanga City.

This beach resort features a magnificent stretch of powdery white sand against the backdrop of turquoise waters. Take a picture along its iconic boardwalk, order fresh seafood for your meal, or stay a night or two to truly experience the beauty of Malamawi White Beach.

If you’re up for more adventure, you can also include the nearby Lampinigan Island in your itinerary or head to other tourist spots in Basilan .

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Balot Island is one of the off-the-beaten destinations in Mindanao, featuring a few beautiful white-sand beaches that will delight any beach lovers. Its main beach is a long strip of white-sand shore surrounded by coconut trees. Except for a small community of Muslims, there are no other establishments here. You’re free to frolick in the water, bask in the sun, and take endless pictures at the rock formations beside the beach.

For those who wish to stay overnight, there are certain areas in Balot Island where you can find casual beachfront resorts.

From popular destinations such as Siargao and Samal Island in Davao to hidden gems, the region of Mindanao has something for every beach lover. So pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready to explore these stunning Mindanao beaches!

Planning a trip to Mindanao? Check out these guides:

  • Best Mindanao Tourist Spots + Things to Do
  • Best Beaches in Mindanao
  • 15 Mindanao Food You Need to Try

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Discover the Most Beautiful Tourist Spots in Mindanao

Introduction.

Mindanao, one of the most under-visited parts of the country, has many incredible scenic spots that you can visit this year. If you don’t have time to go on vacation or if you’re just tired of the same old tourist spots, then we suggest that you check out these most beautiful tourist spots in Mindanao.

Discover the rich heritage of the region and immerse yourself in the local way of life, while taking in the breathtaking beauty of these top tourist spots. Why not make Mindanao your next travel destination and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime?

A Tropical Paradise for Adventurers and Nature Lovers

Nestled in the southern part of the Philippines , Mindanao is a lush tropical paradise filled with stunning natural wonders, cultural diversity, and adventure activities. The island’s stunning landscapes attract tourists who are looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. Despite its rich potential as a tourist destination, Mindanao remains largely undiscovered by travelers.

This article aims to highlight some of the must-visit tourist spots that can be found in this beautiful island of Mindanao. But more importantly, we hope to encourage travelers to explore off-the-beaten-path destinations that offer unique experiences steeped in indigenous culture.

Mindanao: A Tourist Destination Worth Exploring

Mindanao is not just about beautiful beaches and mountain ranges – it is also home to various ethnic groups each with their own distinct cultures and traditions. Traveling through different provinces allows visitors to experience different dialects, cuisines, dances, and music performances.

The spirit of adventure is very much alive in Mindanao – surfing on Siargao Island’s waves, white water rafting on Cagayan de Oro’s rapids, or exploring Lake Sebu’s seven waterfalls by zipline – these are just a few examples of adrenaline-pumping activities you can try out. There are also plenty of opportunities for nature enthusiasts here – trekking through Mount Apo’s lush forests or swimming at Tinuy-an Falls’ cool waters are just two examples among many others.

Must-Visit Tourist Spots By Region

If you’re looking for a getaway that’s off the beaten path, then Mindanao should be on your list. This southern island of the Philippines is teeming with natural wonders and cultural treasures that are waiting to be explored. Here are some must-visit tourist spots in Mindanao that should be on your itinerary:

Here is a list of the top Mindanao tourism attractions, organized by region. Discover the island’s natural beauty, from its lovely beaches to its stunning mountains , as well as its cultural and historical wealth. This guide will help you discover the greatest destinations in Mindanao and make your vacation unforgettable.

TOURIST SPOTS IN DAVAO ORIENTAL

  • Aliwagwag Falls, Davao Oriental
  • Cape of San Agustin, Davao Oriental
  • Dahican Beach, Davao Oriental

TOURIST SPOTS IN CAMIGUIN

  • Camiguin Island, Camiguin

TOURIST SPOTS IN SIARGAO, SURIGAO DEL NORTE

  • Cloud 9, Siargao 
  • Coconut Mountain View, Siargao
  • Naked Island, Siargao
  • Daku Island, Siargao
  • Guyam Island, Siargao
  • Maasin River, Siargao
  • Magpupungko Rock Pools, Siargao

TOURIST SPOTS IN SURIGAO DEL SUR

  • Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur
  • Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao del Sur

TOURIST SPOTS IN DAVAO DEL NORTE

Island garden city of samal , tourist spots in davao del sur.

  • Eden Nature Park, Davao City
  • Malagos Garden Resort, Davao City
  • Philippine Eagle Centre, Davao City

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary.

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  • Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

TOURIST SPOTS IN ILIGAN, LANAO DEL NORTE

Maria cristina falls,   tinago falls, tourist spots in tawi-tawi.

  • Panampangan Island, Tawi-Tawi

TOURIST SPOTS IN ZAMBOANGA

  • Pink Beach, Zamboanga

TOURIST SPOTS IN MAGUINDANAO

  • Pink Mosque, Maguindano

TOURIST SPOTS IN CAGAYAN DE ORO

Cagayan de oro river (whitewater rafting), the best tourist attractions in mindanao, aliwagwag falls , davao oriental.

Tucked away in the lush green mountains of the Philippines is a magnificent waterfall that will leave you breathless. With an impressive 84 tiers and over 130 cascades, this natural wonder stands tall at an incredible height of 1,110 feet, making it the tallest waterfall in the country. As the water gracefully descends down the mountainside, it creates a sight to behold. The waterfall may not be steep or free-falling, but it more than makes up for it with its impressive width and the sheer volume of water that cascades down every minute. As you follow the path of the river, you’ll come across several small lagoons that are perfect for a refreshing swim and a chance to take in the beauty of the surroundings.

Photo of Aliwagwag Falls in Davao Oriental, Mindanao Tourist Spots

Cape of San Agustin , Davao Oriental

This stunning islet has been molded over countless years by the relentless pounding of the mighty Celebes Sea, resulting in breathtakingly unique geological formations. Cape San Agustin is situated in close proximity to the country’s southeasternmost point, offering awe-inspiring views of the Davao Gulf to the west, the Celebes Sea to the south, and the vast Philippine Sea to the east. Beyond its picturesque beaches, Cape San Agustin is steeped in history and boasts a rich cultural heritage dating back centuries to the arrival of the first Spanish explorers in the Philippines .

Beach at Cape of San Agustin in Davao Oriental, Mindanao

Dahican Beach , Davao Oriental

Dahican Beach, situated in the heart of Mati City, is a breathtakingly beautiful natural wonder. With its pristine seven-kilometer stretch of powdery white sand, crystal-clear waters that sparkle in the sun, and towering coconut trees swaying in the breeze, it’s truly a paradise on earth. The beach boasts of an unspoiled, serene environment, making it a perfect escape for those seeking solace and relaxation amidst nature’s bounty.

Photo of Dahican Beach, Davao Oriental, Mindanao Tourist Spots

Camiguin Island , Camiguin

Volcanic eruptions and land movements developed this lovely island, which is rich in natural wonders and historical treasures. It is home to seven volcanoes and numerous volcanic domes.

The island is also regarded as one of the world’s top 10 dive spots. It is home to some of the Philippines’ most stunning waterfalls. Katibawasan Falls, which cascades 229 feet into a plunge pool below, is one of the most famous falls on the island.

Photo of Beach in Camiguin Island, Camiguin, Mindanao Tourist Spots

Cloud 9 , Siargao, The Best Tourist Spots in Mindanao

Siargao Island is a paradise located in the Philippines that boasts of a beautiful coastline on its southeastern corner. One of its top tourist attractions is the famous Cloud 9 , a surfer’s haven that has gained worldwide recognition for its barreling huge waves that come crashing on the shore. Initially known for its surfing accommodations and facilities, Cloud 9 has now evolved into a popular tourist destination for both surfers and non-surfers alike, offering breathtaking views, thrilling activities, and a vibrant local culture to explore.

Cloud 9, Siargao - Surfer's Paradise in the Philippines

Coconut Mountain View , Siargao

From the top of the Coconut Mountain Viewpoint, one can witness a breathtaking panoramic view of endless rows of towering coconut trees that span across the horizon, creating a mesmerizing sight that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Coconut Mountain View in Siargao, Mindanao - Tropical Paradise

Naked Island , Siargao

This particular destination is known for its simplicity and lack of development. Its name, “fully stark and naked,” perfectly describes the landscape: a vast expanse of pristine white sand with no added structures or amenities. Visitors often marvel at the unspoiled beauty of the beach, which is why it is usually the final stop on the popular Siargao island-hopping tour. Despite its lack of facilities, the raw natural beauty of this spot is enough to captivate any traveler who is in search of a serene and undisturbed oasis.

Naked Island in Siargao, Mindanao - Pristine Tropical Paradise

Daku Island , Siargao

Daku is a magnificent island located in Siargao , Philippines , and is part of the classic island-hopping tours. The name Daku comes from the Visayan language, which means “large,” and this island is famous for its vast expanse of white powdery sand that stretches far and wide. The crystal-clear waters surrounding the beach of Daku are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving, providing a breathtaking underwater view of the vibrant marine life. The island is also surrounded by lush greenery, adding to the natural beauty of this paradise.

Daku Island, Siargao - Tropical Island Getaway

Guyam Island , Siargao

Guyam Island is a stunning piece of paradise that boasts a unique teardrop shape, adorned with a mesmerizing short stretch of powdery-white sand and a delightful grove of swaying coconut trees. This exotic gem is a must-visit destination for island hopping enthusiasts, who often add it to their itinerary alongside the equally stunning Daku and Naked Island.

Guyam Island, Siargao - A Hidden Gem in Mindanao

Maasin River , Siargao

Located on the stunning island of Siargao , the Maasin River is a natural wonder that can be reached by a quick 25-minute drive from General Luna. This picturesque river gets its name from the unique flavor of its water, which is slightly salty due to the presence of natural minerals. In fact, “asin,” which means salt in Filipino, is the origin of the river’s name. A visit to the Maasin River offers a serene and tranquil escape, surrounded by lush greenery and a breathtaking landscape that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

Maasin River, Siargao - Natural Beauty in Mindanao

Magpupungko Rock Pools , Siargao

Magpupungko Rock Pools is a natural wonder that boasts of mesmerizing tidal rock pools with crystal-clear, sapphire-blue waters that reflect the sky above. The jagged, towering rock formations surrounding the pools offer a breathtaking view, especially during low tide when the water recedes, and the pool floors are exposed. The interplay of light and shadow on the rocks and pools creates a stunning visual feast that is sure to captivate anyone who visits this beautiful spot.

Magpupungko Rock Pools, Siargao - Nature's Infinity Pools

Hinatuan Enchanted River , Surigao del Sur

Hinatuan’s Enchanted River is an extraordinary natural wonder that is worth visiting in Surigao del Sur. The river is so crystal clear that even at its deepest point, you can still see the riverbed. However, what makes this river even more magical is its perceived bottomless depths that have fascinated tourists and locals alike. The water’s shades of aquamarine and blue in the shallower areas of the river are just breathtaking to look at. On the other hand, the river’s dark blue hue in the deeper portions only adds to its mystique, hinting at the unknown depths that lie beneath.

Photo of Hinatuan Enchanted River, Surigao del Sur, Mindanao Tourist Spots

Tinuy-an Falls , Surigao del Sur

Tinuy-an Falls, located in Bislig, Surigao del Sur, Philippines , is one of the most stunning natural wonders that the southern island of Mindanao has to offer. The waterfall boasts multiple tiers and is the widest in the Philippines , measuring an impressive 95 meters in width. At its tallest point, it plunges 55 meters, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of cascading water and mist that any nature lover would appreciate.

Photo of Tinuy-an Falls, Surigao del Sur, Mindanao Tourist Spots

Samal Island is a magnificent tropical paradise, boasting a stunning coastline with stretches of pristine white sand beaches that are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and beach combing. The island is surrounded by crystal-clear waters teeming with diverse marine life, making it a favorite destination for snorkeling and scuba diving enthusiasts. Along the coastline, visitors can marvel at the magnificent rock formations that have been shaped and sculpted by the waves and winds over time. The island is also home to a thriving ecosystem of flora and fauna, with lush green forests and nature reserves that offer a glimpse of the island’s rich biodiversity.

Photo of Beach in Island Garden City of Samal , Mindanao Tourist Spots

Eden Nature Park , Davao City

Eden Nature Park is a mesmerizing mountain resort situated at an elevation of 3,000 feet above sea level. It is a highly sought-after destination that offers a plethora of captivating activities and exhilarating adventures to its visitors. From exploring the lush green forests and indulging in outdoor sports to relishing delectable cuisine and unwinding amidst picturesque landscapes, this resort has something for everyone.

Photo of Eden Nature Park, Davao City, Mindanao Tourist Spots

Malagos Garden Resort , Davao City

Davao City boasts of a popular agri-ecotourism destination that offers a multitude of natural adventures for families to indulge in and create memorable experiences. This resort is renowned for its picturesque landscapes, lush greenery, and exciting outdoor activities that cater to all age groups.

Photo of Malagos Garden Resort, Davao City, Mindanao Tourist Spots

Philippine Eagle Centre , Davao City

Nestled in an eight-hectare rainforest area lies the Philippine Eagle Center , a haven for the critically endangered Philippine Eagle and other birds of prey. The center aims to conserve and breed these majestic creatures and is home to around 40 Philippine Eagles, half of which were bred in captivity. The center also provides a sanctuary for a diverse range of other bird, animal, and reptile species. Visitors are in for an educational treat as they explore the center’s simulated tropical rainforest setting, learning about the country’s unique forest ecosystem and the efforts being made to protect it.

Photo of Philippine eagle at Philippine Eagle Centre, Davao City, Mindanao Tourist Spots

Nestled in the heart of the Philippine Archipelago, stands the majestic Mount Apo , towering above all other peaks at a staggering height of 2,954 meters above sea level. The mountain is renowned for its diverse and exquisite flora and fauna that thrive in its lush, unspoiled environment, making it a true paradise for nature lovers and enthusiasts. As you traverse through the rugged terrain, you’ll discover hidden streams that offer a refreshing respite for weary adventurers. At the end of the trail, you’ll be rewarded with a tranquil and soothing experience as you soak in the natural hot springs, rejuvenating your tired muscles and soothing your soul.

Photo of Mount Apo, Mindanao Tourist Spots

The Mount Hamiguitan range is a vital ecological hotspot that sustains a diverse array of life. The area is home to a multitude of plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. The terrain varies greatly in elevation, allowing for a mix of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems to thrive. This unique landscape also contains several endangered and endemic species of flora and fauna, including critically endangered trees and plants. Among these special creatures are the majestic Philippine eagle and the charming Philippine cockatoo, both of which rely on this precious habitat for their survival.

Photo of Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary, Mindanao Tourist Spots

Dinagat Islands is an archipelago situated off the northeastern coast of Mindanao, comprising a group of pristine islands that boast an impressive level of biodiversity, a myriad of natural wonders, and an abundance of natural resources. The islands are a true paradise for nature lovers, featuring a wealth of attractions that include the Bat Sanctuary in Tubajon, the enchanting Kisses Islets of Libjo, and the awe-inspiring Rock Formations of Basilisa. Whether you’re looking to explore the islands’ lush forests, discover their hidden coves and beaches, or simply immerse yourself in their unique culture, Dinagat Islands is a destination that promises to captivate and inspire.

Photo of white sand beach in Dinagat Islands , Mindanao Tourist Spots

Lake Sebu , South Cotabato

Lake Sebu is one of the most important watersheds in the Philippines , providing irrigation to the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato . Lake Sebu provides bountiful and gorgeous vistas from its lush, pristine forests, immense wildlife, the rich and diversified culture of its local tribes, and the compassion of its people.

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Nestled in the lush greenery of the Philippines , lies the magnificent Maria Cristina Falls, a natural wonder that stands as the country’s second-highest waterfall. The magnificent cascade of water towers at an impressive height of 321.5 feet (98 meters), emanates a roaring sound that echoes throughout the surrounding landscape. The waterfall is not only a spectacular sight to behold but also serves an essential purpose, providing the primary source of electricity for the nearby city. The Maria Cristina Falls is truly a breathtaking sight that showcases the raw beauty of nature and its ability to provide life-sustaining resources.

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Tinago Falls, a mesmerizing waterfall on the Agus River, is situated in a captivating location between the towns of Linamon and Iligan City in Lanao del Norte, on the northern coast of the Philippine island of Mindanao. The name Tinago is derived from the Filipino language, which means “hidden”, as the falls are nestled in a steep ravine, away from the bustling city. The falls are a sight to behold, with a towering height and crystal-clear water that cascades down gracefully into a vast and tranquil pool, resembling a mesmerizing blue lagoon. The cool breeze and serene ambiance make it a perfect place to relax and unwind in the lap of nature.

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Panampangan Island , Tawi-Tawi

Panampangan Island is an island in the Tawi-Tawi municipality of Sapa-Sapa. It is located within Basibuli Shoal, whose sandbar stretches for 3,128.37 meters. During low tide, it boasts the largest sandbar in the Philippines .

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Pink Beach , Zamboanga

The stunning Santa Cruz Island boasts a unique wonder – the Pink Beach, whose name is inspired by the breathtaking pink sand that adorns its shore. The sand’s rosy hue is a result of the countless crushed fragments of red organ pipe coral that have washed up over time. The combination of the coral’s distinct color and the beach’s crystal-clear waters creates an otherworldly and mesmerizing sight that is sure to leave any visitor in awe.

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Pink Mosque , Maguindano

The Dimaukom Mosque, which is popularly referred to as the Pink Mosque, is an awe-inspiring mosque located in the Maguindanao province of Datu Saudi Ampatuan in the Philippines . Its vibrant pink exterior is a striking sight to behold and represents the values of peace and love. The mosque was constructed with the purpose of promoting unity and harmony between different religions and is a testament to the region’s cultural diversity.

Photo of Pink Mosque in Maguindano, Mindanao Tourist Spots

The Cagayan River, also referred to as the Cagayan de Oro River, is a vital waterway that flows through the northern central region of Mindanao, a picturesque island in the Philippines . This magnificent river is a popular destination for thrilling whitewater rafting adventures, attracting visitors from various parts of the world. It is widely recognized as one of the top tourist attractions in Cagayan de Oro, offering breathtaking views of its lush surroundings and providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.

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Mindanao may be perceived as a dangerous destination due to negative media coverage; however, it has numerous hidden gems waiting to be discovered by travelers willing to take risks. From surfing havens like Siargao Island to cultural hubs like Lake Sebu and hidden paradises like Britania Islands, Mindanao has something for everyone. The natural beauty and cultural diversity of this region make it an unforgettable destination that deserves to be explored.

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19. General Luna Beach

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Binangawan Falls

At 15m or so this is the shortest of the falls on Camiguin and one of the most difficult to reach. You can go on your own or with a guide arranged through…

White Island

Uninhabited White Island, a pure white-sand bar a few hundred metres offshore, is accessible by boats (P450, up to four people) that leave from a spot…

Malasag Eco-Tourism Village

Cagayan de Oro

Set in acres of botanical gardens with a small wildlife collection of butterflies, birds and deer, the Malasag Eco-Tourism Village is a theme park of…

Museum of Three Cultures

The three galleries here have an interesting mix of photos, ceramics, art and artefacts, including several huge ceremonial M’ranao swords and a full-scale…

Katibawasan Falls

A beautiful clear stream of water dropping more than 70m to a plunge pool where you can swim and picnic. The few souvenir kiosks and concrete walkway mean…

Balangay Shrine Museum

Northern Mindanao

Towards the airport, at barangay Libertad, is the Balangay Shrine Museum, home to the remains of a balangay (seagoing outrigger boat) dating from 321, one…

Sunken Cemetery

Between the hillside and Bonbon you’ll see an enormous white cross floating on a pontoon in the bay, marking the spot of the Sunken Cemetery, which…

Tuwasan Falls

This previously unspoiled and beautiful spot has been disfigured by the construction of a large parking lot and paved road (part of the all-asphalt cross…

Stations of the Cross

Heading west from Mambajao, just before Bonbon, you’ll pass the Old Camiguin Volcano, whose slopes have been turned into a steep and beautiful Stations of…

Spanish Watchtower

In Guinsiliban, behind the elementary school by the pier, are the remains of this centuries-old sight, which used to guard against possible Moro attacks…

Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology (Philvolcs) Station

Monitors activity of the Hibok-Hibok Volcano. A hired motorcycle or multicab will take you there to see the lacklustre equipment and memorabilia of past…

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