Tawi-Tawi is another island province which is part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. It is considered as the southernmost province in the Philippines and is composed of eleven (11) municipalities. Bongao is the capital of  the Province of Tawi-Tawi.

  1. Bongao
  2. Languyan
  3. Mapun
  4. Panglima Sugala
  5. Sapa-Sapa
  6. Sibutu
  7. Simunul
  8. Sitangkai
  9. South Ubian
  10. Tandubas
  11. Turtle Islands

Sheik Makhdum Mosque – The mosque is situated at Tubig Indangan in Simunul Islandis considered to be the first mosque ever built in Phil. Sail. This great work is credited to Sheik Karimmul Makhdum, an Arab missionary who in 1380 AD reached the shores of Simunol and propagated the Islam religion.
Location: Simunul

Tomb of Sheik Makhdum
 – In the southern part of the Island of Sibutu lies in the peaceful harmony with nature of the Tomb of Sheik Makhdum. Location: Simunul

Gusong Reef – could offer before boasting of their best sea explorations. Gusong Reef equals no other reefs with its most covered colorful and beauteous squads of aquarium and non-aquarium fish of numerous varieties. The place is also top producer of highly priced turtle eggs.  Location: Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi
Turtle Islands – also known as “Taganak Island” to the people of Tawi-Tawi. TurtleIsland vaunt of its sea turtle which lay hundred of eggs on its seashore. This island was also declared as Natural Wildlife Sanctuary.
Location: Taganak

Kaban-Kaban Natural Swimming Pool – Tawi-Tawi cannot help offering its natural richness of elegant and beautification characters like the Kaban-Kaban pool with its crystalline water. The place is an excellent resource for picnic goers. Location: Simunul

Sibutu Natural Wildlife Sactuary – upon setting foot in the strange wild of the Islandone could meet here black, reddish brown, white and spotted black wild boars fragrantly roaming in frenzy. Exotic birds like Oriole, Canaries, Lovebirds, and Parrots of various colors abound the treetops of Sibutu. Its forest is also proud of the “Dandunay” of the peacock variety and the sleek “Labuyo” or wild rooster. Location: Simunul

Bongao Peek – on of the pride of Tawi-Tawi projecting luscious out growths of green forests where hundreds of varied sized monkeys of white and brown varieties find their sanctuary. People who traverse the peak by nightfall speak of its spell sorcery. Going deeper into the peak one can almost touch the pretty heads of wild but tame – looking monkeys which roam and acrobat on the well of tree branches.
Location: Simunol

Manuk-Mangkaw – this island lies in the southern side of Simunul derived its name from the branches of an ancient tree which forms the image of a hen, sea farers use this tree as a landmark and teasingly called upon the cluster of branches formed hen to walk Manuk-Mangkaw which means “Walk, hen, Walk”
Location: Simunul

Tahing-Tahing Beach
 – Tabawan South Ubian: It was in this place in where a group of American soldiers were inspired to compose the song Tawi-Tawi beach. The place offers a good sight for picnic goers w/ its clear cool water and aura of contentment. Location: South Ubian

Sangay Slapo Island – about 30 minutes by pump-boat from Bongao Island noted for its splendid ness for swimming, fishing and scuba diving. Location: Simunul

Pearl Farm – A man made; see actual processing of artificial pearl, found in LanguyanMunicipality.
Location: Languyan

La Island Beach – A natural site, surrounded by white sand beach; ideal for scuba diving, swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking. Location: La Island

Panampangan Island Beach – A natural site, an oval shape, surrounded by white sand beach; ideal for scuba diving, swimming, fishing, boating and panicking. Rich in aquatic resources. Location: Sapa-Sapa

Biraddali Water Falls – this magnificent wonder of nature is a site to behold where cool, clear water gushes down from top of the mountain. Location: Languyan

Saluag Island Beach – A natural site, surrounded by white sand beach; ideal for scuba diving, fishing and rich in marine resources. Location: Sitangkai

Sikulan Island Beach – the gateway to Sitangkai Municipality. Here the “parola” of the lighthouse guides ships and motor land “Kumpit”. The market of International Channel. Location: Sitangkai

Tai-Tai Beach – One among the best with crystalline water shoreline, sandy beaches in the west scale of Simunul Island. Location: Simunul

Sukarno Beach – A nearby adjacent beach at Bongao Simunul, crystal clear seawater and sandy beach.
Location: Simunul

Bolobok Cave 
– Previously used as a fortress against foreign invader now converted into a tourist destination about 8 km from Bongao.
Location: Bongao

Marlboro Beach – The most popular sandy beach in Mapun.
Location: Cagayan de Tawi-Tawi

Tangu Beach – Island beach also noted as Paradise Beach of Panglima Sugala. Location: Panglima Sugala


Sheik Karimul Makhdum Festival (Simunul, November 07)

Sheik Karimul Makhdum Festival is celebrated in commemoration for his good deeds for bringing Islam to the land. Sheik Karimul Makhdum is a 13th century Muslim missionary from Malaysia who established the first mosque in the Philippines; the mosque is located in Tubig Indangan, Simunul, Tawi-Tawi.

Sheik Karimul Makhdum festival is a display of Muslim religion, culture and tradition, similar to Shariff Kabunsuan Festival. This festivity is a very popular among foreign and local tourists.




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