5 Best Places to Visit in Mindanao

 

Sohoton Cave and Magpupungko Pool at Siargao, Surigao Del Norte

Surfing enthusiasts definitely have Siargao on their top list to kiss the waves with their surfboards. It is considered to be the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. When the wild waves calm down, those who enjoy moments of reflection and solace would really appreciate it. Parties at beaches are not a thing here and there are no loud noises so you can really just focus on the sounds the waves create.

There is so much to see in Siargao aside from its breathtaking beaches. The Sohoton Cave can be explored by renting a kayak and nature lovers can indulge on its tunnel with stalactites, bats and wild orchids surrounding it. In addition to that, there is also stingless jellyfish swimming on its clear waters.

Another attraction here is the Magpupungko Pool at Pilar that is an hour drive from General Luna. You’ll be amazed on the rock formations within the island while feeling the sea water.

 

Mt. Hibok-Hibok Ardent Hot Spring and  Sto. Nino Cold Spring in Camiguin

Beaches almost always make it to someone’s bucket list. Not to mention white sand beaches. Camiguin Island has become popular to beach lovers as well as it has white sand bars and that “untouched” vibe.

Aside from the beaches, one of the popular attractions here is the Sto. Niño Cold Spring. The summer heat can become too overwhelming and it will be worth it to dive into the cool running water here. Although during the night, it can become too cold and a hot spring could be the best place to go to relax and enjoy the island.

Mt. Hibok-Hibok Ardent Hot Spring is one of the most popular hot springs in Camiguin and it is almost always included on tourist packages in this island. If you prefer to visit just the hot spring, you can always hire a habal-habal (motorcycle) that is around PhP 80-100 to drop you off there.

 

Dakak Park and Beach Resort in Dapitan, Zamboanga

It’s always invigorating to become one with nature. Dakak Park and Beach Resort has a rich marine life, and has a diverse flora and fauna around it. It is located at Brgy. Taguilan. It is just a 30-minute drive from Dipolog City. The resort, aside from giving the best view of the beach, prepares themed feasts and performances for tourists. In addition to that, they have suites and bungalows to offer for rest and relaxation after a long day at the beach and at the attractions surrounding this resort. They also have 9 dining venues and a 24-hour cafe for those late-night goers.

Attractions near the resort are Rizal Shrine, Dapitan River, Holy Rosary Cathedral, and Aliguay and Selinoz Islands.

 

Bongao Peak, Tawi-Tawi

Being at 300 meters above sea level, Bongao Peak or (Bud Bongao for the locals) is considered the highest peak in the Philippines. You can have a great view of Sabah, Malaysia here. As part of the ecotourism venues within the country, it has become one of the most visited places in Tawi-Tawi because it’s also near Sanga-Sanga Airport. Mountain hiking is a popular activity here and you can visit “tampats” or hut-like structures meant for praying and reflection near the peak. Bongao peak has a cultural importance for both Muslims and Christians.

Aside from being a sacred burial site for Muslim Imams (leaders), it is also a monkey sanctuary. It is strongly suggested to hire a tour guide during your hike, and to bring a bunch of bananas to feed the monkeys along the way.

 

Kagay Whitewater Rafting at Cagayan De Oro

KAGAY Whitewater rafting is for those who seek an adventurous way of exploring the stretch of Cagayan de Oro River. KAGAY is an outfitter, hosting water rafting for beginners and advanced out-goers. They use State of the Art Rafts for the takers that ensure their safety. Plus, they have experienced guides every session. For beginners, they let rafts go through class 1-2 rapids while class 3-4 rapids awaits those who have more experience with this type of thrilling outdoor activity. Aside from this, you can do river trekking and caving as part of the package.

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