Basilan is probably on the list of the least visited provinces in the Philippines due to the negative perception attached to its name. Basilan has actually something that you should see and experience. The white sand beach of Malamawi is one of the most popular tourist spots in Basilan but there’s actually more!
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Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Basilan
Here are what people are missing out when overlooking Basilan as a potential tourist destination:
Despite the troubles the province is facing, there is one side about Basilan that remains ever beautiful as seen through the shore’s unspoiled makeup and tranquil ambience—the Malamawi Beach. Not only is this place is peaceful for the relative absence of people
If there is anything which this seashore signifies, it is that there remains a place of serenity amidst a lingering turmoil. Without a doubt,
How to get to Malamawi Beach?
Assuming that you are already in Isabela City, Basilan (if not, scroll down below to know how to get to Basilan) You can take a passenger boat to Malamawi Island. The boat fare is less than Php10 for a 5-10 minutes ride. After docking, take a habal-habal or tricycle to go to Malamawi Beach.
Almost as barren as the majority of the province itself and its neighboring regions from the presence of people that would have otherwise flocked it, the Lampinigan Island makes for one of Basilan’s hidden gem. There are not many people who could brave going to this island, but those who do experience a kind of paradise that is unparalleled in its kind.
Like the many beautiful beaches that lie at the fringes of Basilan, the shore of the Lampinigan Island is remarkably composed of lush foliage, fine white sands, and turquoise, clear seawater. This island, too, is a hidden gem and is thus one of the best tourist spots in Basilan.
Situated within the forest of Lamitan City, the Bulingan Falls never ceases to flow as it brings waters from a
What is Basilan without a capitol that is the seat of power that manages all of its political affairs? The Basilan Capitol is just that.
Not many will consider the
Sta. Isabel de Portugal Cathedral
The presence of Christianity is widespread across the Philippines. Nothing corroborates to this notion better than the comportment of Christians within the conflicted island-province of Basilan as well as the strong presence of the church, Sta. Isabel de Portugal Cathedral, that is the seat of the
While the city of Isabela was named after the Queen Isabela II of Spain, the church, on the other hand, was named after the patron saint, Sta. Isabel of Portugal.
Although the Sta. Isabel de Portugal is not as grand as those seen in the West, the church structure remains a powerful symbol with Basilan, especially among the practitioners of the faith in the area.
How to get to Basilan from Manila, Davao & Cebu
The jump-off point to Basilan is Zamboanga City. You can fly to Zamboanga from Manila, Cebu, Davao or Cagayan de Oro City. From there, take a ferry/boat to Isabela City or Lamitan City. Most travelers opt to explore Isabela City where Malamawi Beach is located.