Saluag Island

At the extreme end of the Sulu Archipelago lies an island so simple and quiet it will deliver anyone into a state of instant tranquility. Get ready to be pampered by the sight of hovering sea eagles, soft waves, and the soaring coconut trees which all utterly complement the bright sunny sky.

Saluag, the southernmost island of the Philippines, is home to two indigenous tribes: Tausug and Sama Dilaut, who live together in perfect harmony with the sea. Their main livelihood includes fishing, boat making and seaweed farming.

In a place where time seems to stand still, a busy and stressful day is probably the last thing you’ll experience. And with the bluish green to emerald water adorning its shore, a visit to Saluag will surely be worth the long travel.

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Cebu Pacific flies from Zamboanga City to Bongao, the capital town of Tawi-Tawi.

From the airport in Bongao, hire a tricycle to Chinese Pier and look for the ferry going to Barangay Tandubanak in Sibutu Island. The ferry ride takes about three hours. Alternatively, look for the ferry that goes to Sibutu town proper (this ferry ride takes four hours) and from there, hire a motorcycle to bring you to Barangay Tandubanak which is a 30-minute ride. Ferries going to Barangay Tandubanak and Sibutu proper don’t have definite schedules so it is important to confirm trips at Chinese Pier.

From Barangay Tandubanak, another 30-minute motorcycle ride brings you to Barangay Tandu-owak. From there, Saluag Island is just a short 40-minute boat ride away.

For further assistance please contact Ma’am Salve Pescadera of Tawi-Tawi Tourism Office at +63 910 671 6367 or +63 905 154 7865

Malamawi Island

Malamawi is an island just opposite Isabela City, an hour’s travel across the kilometer-wide Isabela Channel. It used to be a separate municipality but it became part of Isabela.

Basilan may have a bad reputation but if you are up for a one-of-a-kind adventure to visit a beautiful beach paradise, then heading to this small island in Mindanao is worth the risk. All your fears will be washed away once you’ve set your foot on this untouched beauty.

However, just to be on safe side, be sure to have a local tour guide come with you.

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