Tawi-Tawi is the central island of Tawi-Tawi, which is located in the Sulu Archipelago, Philippines. The island is known as the birthplace of Islam in the Philippines. The visitors can visit the first mosque built in the country on this island. Besides that, Tawi-Tawi is popular for its stunning beaches and refreshing scenery. It is also surrounded by mountains, caves, and historical sites. Tawi-Tawi provides various accommodations, including Almari Beach Resort, Sandbar Beach Resort, and Rachel's Place Hotel & Restaurant. Throughout your trip to Tawi-Tawi, you could not miss many attractions this city has to offer, including but not limited to Sheik Karimol Makhdum Mosque, Mount Bongao, and Panampangan Island. Travelling from Zamboanga to Tawi-Tawi will take approximately 1 hour via flight. However, the travel time may differ depending on the routes available.
The suitable time to visit Tawi-Tawi would be in-between the month of January until March when the climate is warmer with light rain on some of the areas. The sun shines very brightly in this season, resulting in clear open blue skies with the winds blow mildly suitable for outdoor activities at Tawi-Tawi. The least travel season is the in-between month of July until September. The weather during that season is difficult to predict, and typhoons can sometimes occur in a short period.
The weather and temperature in Siargao are tropical environments constant, with an average temperature from 29 to 33 degrees Celsius. Tawi-Tawi or Philippines has only two primary seasons: dry or wet seasons annually where rainfall can be heavy occur during the monsoon or wet season and humidity during the hotter months can reach almost in the peak.
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Zamboanga International Airport - Zamboanga International airdrome handles the world in Zamboanga town. It serves domestic airlines solely. The airlines are Cebu Pacific, Cebu Pacific by Cebgo, Philippine Airlines by PAL categorical and Platinum Skies. This airdrome provides one terminal and a two,610-meter primary runway. The placement of this airdrome is found two kilometres from the town centre. For guests who value more highly take a taxi, the fare is around PHP 181.84. The airport is the main international gateway for travellers to the Philippines. It serves as a hub for Cebu Pacific, AirAsia Philippines, Cebgo, PAL Express, and Philippine Airlines.
Sanga-Sanga Airport - Also known as Tawi-Tawi Airport, it is a domestic airport that serves the area of Bongao. It handles only domestic airlines. Among the airline are Cebu Pacific, Cebu Pacific by Cebgo and Platinum Skies. The distance between this airport and the capital city of Tawi-Tawi, Bangao, is about 6.3 kilometres. The visitors can get a tricycle ride from the airport to the city, which costs around 100 pesos. There is one direct flight from Zamboanga International Airport to Sanga-Sanga Airport until today.
Almari Beach Resort - It is a beach resort with the best views on both sides: the majestic Bud Bongao (Bongao Peak) on one side and the breathtaking sunset. Amazing and relaxing location suitable to be back soon Tawi-Tawi for island hopping. The good things are the owner, Dr Ibbo, and his staff gave visitors the warmest welcome and made sure we were comfortable.
Sandbar Beach Resort - Sandbar Beach Resort situated in Tawi - Tawi Circumferential Rd, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. The resort provides comfortable rooms at a reasonable price. The resort is also near other attractions such as Sheik Karimol Makhdum Mosque, Mount Bongao, and Panampangan Island.
Rachel's Place Hotel & Restaurant - "Your Home in Tawi-Tawi!" Since 1994, located in the heart of Tawi-Tawi's capital Bongao, it is surrounded by commercial establishments, government centres, shopping, and sporting locations, making it a perfect base from which to explore the province. The hotel is also near other attractions such as Sheik Karimol Makhdum Mosque, Mount Bongao, and Panampangan Island.
Sheik Karimol Makhdum Mosque - Sheik Karimol Makhdum Mosque is the oldest mosque in the Philippines. It was recognised as a National Cultural Treasure in 1965. This mosque was built in 1380 by an Arab Trader. The visitors can see the wood carvings on the original structures of the mosque. Besides that, there are four pillars of this mosque that ages 400 years old. The visitors can also find a burial site at the back of the mosque.
Mount Bongao - Mount Bongao is an ideal place for those who love hiking. It has a height of 300 meters above sea level. The visitors can find a small hut for pray which is called the “Tampats". Besides that, the visitors can meet wild animals and different types of vegetables in this mountain. Once the visitors have arrived at the top of the mountain, the visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of the Sulus Seas and Celebes.
Panampangan Island - Panampangan Island is one of the longest sandbars in the Philippines. The sandbar stretches over 3 kilometres. It has white fine sand and crystal clear water. The visitors can see a few cottages and grilling near the beach. The visitors can also have some rest under shady trees while watching the view of the sea.
Planning is a good way when travelling, either domestically or internationally, but do not disregard the fact that things can and most likely would not go as planned. This could either be due to suddenly the activity you want to do is unavailable or if more logistical issues force you to think of other ways to do things. Keep in mind that plan is a good base, but when you are travelling, and there are many external factors involved, it will be a different kind of adventure.
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2) Bring extra credit and ATM cards during your travel
There is a saying that does not keep all your cash with your person when you travel, but that does not mean you should not bring extra cash. Keep extra credit and ATM cards with you when you travel. This will help you when things go wrong, and believe me. It might be. Keeping cards instead of cash with your person is better much safer.
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