Top Tourist Spots in Cotabato Province [And How To Get There]

Our list of must-visit tourist spots in Cotabato Province in the Philippines.

Formerly known as North Cotabato, the province of Cotabato is one of the provinces of Region XII or SOCCSKSARGEN. It’s one of the least visited provinces in the Philippines so you’ll be assured of untouched sceneries. If you are looking for an off-beat destination in the Philippines, then Cotabato Province might just be the right place for you.

Top Tourist Spots in Cotabato Province
Top Tourist Spots in Cotabato Province

Top Tourist Spots in Cotabato Province

Asik Asik Falls

Asik Asik Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines. It’s totally different from most waterfalls you have seen. It’s It’s a 140-meter wide curtain-like waterfall perfect for nature lovers and adventurers. This is one of the top tourist spots in Cotabato Province you shouldn’t miss.

Mt. Apo

Mt. Apo is the Philippines’ highest peak standing at 2,954 meters above sea level. This mountain covers the provinces of Cotabato and Davao del Sur. It has many trails leading to the summit and one of the most popular is the Kidapawan Trail in Cotabato Province. This trail will take you to Lake Agco and Marbel River before reaching the summit.

Fort Pikit

Located in the Municipality of Pikit in North Cotabato, Fort Pikit is one of the remains of an old Spanish Fort in Mindanao and was built in 1893 as part of the Spaniard’s fortification in Mindanao. It was declared as a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines on March 2012. It is situated at the back of Pikit Municipal Townhall.

New Israel Eco-Tourism Park

The New Israel Eco-Tourism Park is located in Barangay New Israel in Makilala, right at the foot of Mount Apo. Its main attraction is its 2.2-kilometer zipline which is considered to be the longest zipline in Asia.

To get to New Israel Eco-Tourism Park, you need to take a 20-minute jeep ride from Makilala town proper to Barangay New Bulatukan. From there, take a 15-minute habalhabal ride to the village.

Lake Agco

Lake Agco is another must-visit tourist spot in Cotabato Province. It is located in Sitio Agco, Ilomavis, Kidapawan City, right at the foot of Mount Apo. This boiling mud lake is located about 4,200 feet above sea level.

How to get to Cotabato Province

There is no commercial airport in Cotabato province. The nearest airport is in Awang, Maguindanao. You can then take a van or bus from Maguindanao to Cotabato. Alternatively, you can fly to General Santos City or Davao City and take a bus or van from there. Travel time is obviously longer if you take this route.

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