Did you know that the safest city in the Philippines is located in Mindanao? Yes, Mindanao, the second-largest island and the major breadbasket of the Philippines. Divided into six regions, Mindanao consists of the Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao region, Caraga Region, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, and the BARMM (Bangasamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao).
Aside from being the surfing capital of the Philippines, another main highlight in Mindanao is its top tourist destinations. Most of their places are untouched by modern technology, making them a popular tourist spot among local and foreign tourists alike. From their majestic waterfalls to pristine white sand beaches, to hopping from one beautiful island to another, Mindanao is a great tourist destination for nature lovers and foreign tourists visiting southeast Asia.
Best Tourist Spot in Mindanao
In this blog, we’ll list down famous Mindanao tourist spots with pristine beaches perfect for island hopping. Mindanao also has a lot of surfing destinations, natural pools, and lush greenery that captivates foreign and local visitors. There are many picturesque tourist spots on the island that will surely be a great surprise to whoever wants to travel to this island with adventure and love.
Philippine Eagle Centre (Davao City)
First on the list of tourist spots in Mindanao is the Philippine Eagle Center in Davao City. The Philippine Eagle Center is an 8-hectare wildlife breeding center and the home of the critically endangered Philippine Eagle bird species.
The park offers presentations about its captive breeding program and its most recent field research on the last remaining eagles in the wild. The center has educated its members and customers about the importance of preservation by providing them safe environment and habitat.
Lake Sebu (South Cotabato)
Lake Sebu is a 42,450-hectare landscape recognized by UNESCO cultural landscape at Mindanao. It is irrigated by Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato provinces. Apart from the lake itself, there are other attractions on Lake Sebu including the Seven Falls with a total (7 waterfalls) and the Punta Isla Lake Resort. The T’boli Museum and School of Living Tradition is also home to diverse indigenous peoples, including Tirurays, Ubos Manobos Manobo, and Ts. See their special textiles on the Grand Dulay T’nalak Weaving Center.
A popular surfing spot in Mindanao, Siargao island is home to fine white sand beaches and is another great tourist spot destination. It also has other tourist spot destinations such as Sohoton Cave, Magpupungko Pool, Guyam and Del Carmen Mangroves, Bukas Grande and Taktak Falls, Sugba Lagoon and Naked Island Siargao.
A small pear-shaped island with many scattered springs and waterfalls, Camguin is great for natural exploration and is also known to be surrounded by seven volcanos, two of which are still “active”. They have scuba diving spots and if you’d like to have an adventure, they have a sunken cemetery which you can explore around in.
A short boat trip will take you to White Island, an uninhabited long stretch sandbar which is perfect for a relaxing day out on the beach. White island is another popular tourist spot especially among local islanders and visitors.
Known as the official island garden city of Samal, it is the largest resort city and a popular tourist spot in Mindanao. Typically, you’ll see a lot of people coming in from all over the Philippines and abroad during peak season so if you want to book a room in your favorite resort, you should book it early. The closest international airport to Samal island is the Davao International Airport.
Another tourist spot destination you can go to is Talikud island. It gets its name because it sits directly behind Samal island. The island is known for its rich marine wildlife and a great spot for scuba diving.
If you love white sandbar beaches, then the Panampangan island is for you. Located in the municipality of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi, the island is considered to be the longest sandbar in the Philippines.
Lake Holon is one of the best tourist spots in Mindanao. It caters to outdoor adventurers and camp hikers since there’s lots of trekking and climbing mountain terrains. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart or those who tire easily. At the end of the trek, you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Lake. Surrounded by mountains and filled with pristine blue waters, Lake Holon is considered to be the crown jewel of the south in South Cotabato.
Hinatuan Enchanted River
If you love pristine clear turquoise rivers, then you’ll love the Hinatuan Enchanted River. The river is found in Surigao del Sur. A reason why it’s called the enchanted river is because of the fresh water and saltwater mixing together, namely the Pacific Ocean.
Santa Cruz Island
As the only beach with pink sand, Santa Cruz island is another tourist spot destination you need to visit. Located in Zamboanga city, the pink beach can be found further down south of the Santa Cruz Bank in the Basilan Strait. The reason why the sand color is pink is because of the pulverized organ pipe corals from eons of the surf touching the shoreline.
If you love a challenging hike, then Mt. Hamiguitan is the perfect tourist spot for you. Located in Davao city, the mountain is home to many diverse wildlife species and is considered to be one of Unesco’s World Heritage. The terrain isn’t for the inexperienced so be prepared to struggle climbing through difficult terrains but once you reach the top, the perfect view of the untouched mountain forest will be worth it.
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