If you have this desire to travel, immerse, or just simply get on the road and go somewhere you haven’t been to, we suggest you go further south – into the third island group of the country, Mindanao. It might not be your easiest out of town get-away but it is undeniably worth it!

Underrated, rich in culture, breath-taking sceneries, appetizing cuisines – and other exciting surprises will get your feet moving in no time. Book a ticket after reading this list and share to us your travel story!


With its incredible natural beauty, fascinating cultures, rich crafts tradition and vibrant marine ecosystems, Tawi-Tawi is a true jewel of the Philippines. Despite the terrors that cover the land and waters surrounding this place, Tawi-Tawi remains a fascinating and dangerous frontier in one of the most beautiful seas on earth.

HIDDEN TREASURE OF THE SOUTH – Tourists enjoy the fine white sand and prestine water of Panampangan Island in the municipality of Sapa-Sapa, Tawi-Tawi in the Sulu Archipelago, home of the longest sandbar in the Philippines stretching more than 3 kilometers. ⠀ Kevin Tristan Espiritu © 2018 ⠀ #PanampanganIsland #SapaSapa #TawiTawi #Mindanao #Philippines #ARMMazing #everydayPhilippines #everydayasia #everydayeverywhere #befullyinformed #instagram #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #photojournalism #natgeoasia #beautifuldestinations #documentaryphotography #streetphotography #photography #magnumphotos #whenwithfilipinos #ItsMoreFunInThePhilippines #sinoPinas #explorephmag #ChoosePhilippines #The_PH #streetphotographyinternational #wtnadventures #neverstopexploring

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Panampangan Island has the longest sandbar in the Philippines, stretching over three kilometers long or 3,128.37 meters (m). Here you can enjoy being under the sun and just appreciate how wonderful God’s creation is. The crystal clear hues of the water makes this island serene and captivating.

You can’t visit Tawi-Tawi without hiking one of the province’s highest peaksBud Bongao Eco Park. It stands 342 m high, rising proud and tall like a sentinel safeguarding its natural resources. Reaching the peak makes the trail worthy!

It is best to visit Tawi-Tawi on September 25 because the province celebrates the Agal-Agal (Seaweeds) Festival. Known as the seaweeds capital of the Philippines and Carrageenan capital of the world, they honor the bountiful harvest of seaweeds and showcases the rich history and culture of the Sama, Badjao, Jama Mapun and Tausug of southern Philippines through the festival.