The Great Mindanao Adventure: ZamBaSulTa Itinerary and Guide

One of the best backpacking routes in the Philippines is the ZamBaSulTa. ZamBaSulTa refers to the Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi provinces. It typically starts in Zamboanga City, which serves as the gateway to other provinces. This is a great route because it allows you to experience the unique culture, history and food in Mindanao …

Island hopping in Tawi-Tawi: Exploring the country’s longest sandbar

One of the things I was looking forward to my visit in Tawi-Tawi is setting foot in Panampangan Island, which features the longest sandbar in the Philippines. My backpacker friends who’d already been here tell me it’s one of the highlights of their trip. Here’s our island hopping tour in Tawi-Tawi. I also included a …

Travel Guide to Tawi-Tawi: Home of Peace-Loving People

I visited the province of Tawi-Tawi as part of our ZamBaSulTa trip. Prior to this, I didn’t really know what to expect. All I know is that it’s “far flung”. That saying, my experience here was wonderful! It was beyond what I hoped for, and in writing this guide, I hope I can share the …

11 BEST Things to Do in Tawi-Tawi

I’ll dare say that Tawi-Tawi is one of the best places you can visit in Mindanao! Whether you’re staying here for 2-3 days or longer, here are the best things you can do in the province of Tawi-Tawi. P.S. Planning a trip to Tawi-Tawi? Read about our Travel Guide to Tawi-Tawi. 1. Explore Baloboc Rock …

Trekking Bud Bongao: The Highest Peak in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi

One of the must-do activities in Tawi-Tawi is climbing Bud Bongao. “Bud” means mountain, so its name means the mountain of Bongao. At 342 meters above the sea, Bud Bongao is the highest peak in the municipality of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. It’s also considered a sacred mountain. Local legend says that two of the followers of …