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Traveler’s Guide: Where to Go in Mindanao
Lily Tabanera
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Mindanao is one of most underrated travel locations in the Philippines. Just like Luzon and Visayas, there is a lot more to it than the generalized broadcast we see in the news. Mindanao has pristine beaches, a rich indigenous culture, and other hidden gems, too.

Here are tourist spot destinations you might want to visit the next time you’re there: 

If you want to go surfing: Siargao

Siargao in Surigao del Norte is hailed as one of the best surfing spots in the country. Apart from its surfing haven, Siargao is also adored for its pristine beaches and rich marine life.

If you want to go on a historical tour: Dapitan and Zamboanga City 

Zamboanga City has been recognized as one of the great mementos of the Spanish Colonial period owing to its quaint colonial structures and other tourist attractions. Dapitan, on the other hand, is famous for its Rizal Shrine and Historical Walking Tour.

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If you want to go hiking: Mt. Apo 

This mountain in Davao City is the tallest in the country. Aside from the magnificent view from the summit, some trails also lead to hot springs.

If you want to go paragliding: Sarangani, Cagayan de Oro, or Lake Sebu. 

Paragliding is is the closest to actually flying without a machine - it's just you and the wing, the air, and your pilot!

If you want pristine beaches and islands: Tawi-Tawi or Samal Island 

Samal Island and Tawi-Tawi have earned reputations for their breathtaking seascapes, beach destinations, and the locals’ hospitality.

If you want a magical experience: Hinatuan Enchanted River  

Located in Surigao del Sur, the Enchanted River flows into the Philippine Sea, but no one really knows where the water comes from! The river's clear water shade ranges from aquamarine to blue.

If you want to see a pink mosque: Maguindanao 

Masjid Dimaukom, the Pink Mosque of Maguindanao, is situated at the heart of Datu Saudi Ampatuan town. Its pink color is intended to symbolize peace and love.

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