Little-Known But Great Summer Vacation Spots in Mindanao – Part 1

A few articles ago, we uncovered some of the best yet highly underrated summer destinations in Luzon and Visayas where you can go drive to and spend your cash loan on. This time, let’s take a look at what Mindanao has to offer.

Panguan Island, Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi

Under the municipality of Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi lies Panguan Island, the remotest and southernmost island of the Philippines. Just 30 minutes away from Sabah, many seafarers from the Sulu region stop over there to roast and eat chickens before heading to Malaysia, making locals living there giving the island the nickname “Malamanok,” which means “eat chicken.” Relatively untouched by the government and private developers, the island is a great place to spend the summer in.

Kiokong White Rock Wall, Quezon, Bukidnon

The Kiokong White Rock Wall in Quezon, Bukidnon is so large and imposing that it can be seen even as far as the bridge along the Davao-Bukidnon Highway. Its numerous rock formations are some of the best but overlooked natural treasures in the Philippines, serving as immovable buffers against strong winds and other dangerous elements. This not only makes the crag a vital part of the area’s ecosystem but also adds beauty and awe to the region’s landscape. Plus, as part of the Kiokong Eco-Tourism Project site, you can do lots of fun activities there on summer, including going rock climbing, rappelling from a bridge, and swimming in the Blue Water Cave Pool.

Cabgan Islet, Barobo, Surigao del Sur

Surigao del Sur may have lots of hidden gems to discover during the hot months, but few of them can compare with the Cabgan Islet in terms of sand quality, clarity of the water, fantastic views, and relative seclusion. As part of the trio of islands located in the enigmatic town of Barobo, the seas around it are teeming with marine life, and the southern part of the island has a small cove for adventurers to explore. And as if that’s not enough, you can even get to meet the local fishermen trading their wares there.

Asik-Asik Falls, Alamada, North Cotabato

Being discovered only last April 2012 made Asik-Asik Falls in Alamada, North Cotabato one of the newest summer destinations to check out in the Philippines. 140 meters wide and 60 meters high, the waterfalls have natural formations that make it resemble large jade walls shielded by silky smooth curtains. And unlike other waterfalls that have visible water sources, the Asik-Asik’s waters come from the mountain’s side like a series of cascading springs.

But Wait, There’s More!

These are just a few secluded travel destinations located in Mindanao. If you’ve already visited them all and you’re still gasping for more, then stay tuned for our next and final piece.