Did you know that Maguindanao has a pink mosque and a blue lagoon? Colorful, right?
And did you know that aside from Sarangani, you can now paraglide and do other aerial sports in Cagayan de Oro City, Lake Sebu in South Cotabato, and in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur?
In case you didn't know any of these awesome facts about Mindano, check out the list of but a few adventures and destinations it has to offer, and maybe you can tick off some items from your bucket list this year!
1. Be in the Blue Lagoon of Maguindanao
Barangay Margues in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao has a blue lagoon that also enchants the adventurer in the same way the Enchanted River of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur does.
Ian Garcia of M Magazine describes it as a circular pool filled with turquoise-hued water that is only about 10 feet deep and has no noticeable river or waterfalls that would give you a clue as to where the water could have originated.
2. Finally be in Tawi-Tawi’s Pristine Islands
Tawi-Tawi is the southernmost province of the Philippine Archipelago. Choose Philippines Travel Insider Olan Emboscado revisited Tawi-Tawi in November of 2016 and came home with stories of pristine islands with powdery soft sand beaches and sea that has all the hues of blue that you can name and see. And the most fetching description about the islands? You can have it all to yourself or just a handful of you and your friends!
3. Have a photo in front of the Pink Mosque
Mosques are sacred sites but the Pink Mosque (Masjid Dimaukom) of Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao makes mosques more approachable to non-Muslims.
Painted bright pink, its minarets stand out among all the mosques in the country.
4. Surfing in Lanuza
Cloud 9 in Siargao is the more popular surfing site in Mindanao but Lanuza can give it a nice competition in terms of surf breaks and opportunities to actually surf because it is less crowded.
5. Paraglide in 3 new destinations: Marawi, Cagayan de Oro and Lake Sebu
Ever since that first paragliding experience in Sarangani, the sensation of being able to “fly” like a bird has been etched on my mind and body. It is the closest to actually flying with no machine: just the wing, the air, and your pilot.
With Marawi, Cagayan de Oro and Lake Sebu opening their flysites, it would be awesome to glide under their skies.
6. Climb Lake Holon Again
Lake Holon was a test of my strength, ability, patience, and perseverance. But the naturally carved view deck to see the caldera and the placid lake made it worth every sweat and tired muscle.
7. Get to be up close with a Rafflesia in Maragusan
Rafflesia is considered to be the biggest flower in the world. Among the species, the Rafflesia arnoldii is the biggest with flowers over 39 inches in diameter. Once to twice a year in Maragusan, Compostela Valley, a different Rafflesia species blooms and it’s a rare opportunity to be up close with this giant of the flora kingdom.
8. Visit the Agusan Marshland again
The Agusan Marshland is 14,835.989 hectares of undulating water, wildlife, and greenery, as well as the homeland of a certain Manobo community.
For a long time, it was the home of Lolong, the biggest crocodile to be captured, but unfortunately later died.
9. Try the 2,788 feet high zipline and ride the ATV in Lanao del Norte
Ziplines are a source of unending thrill for me no matter where, how high, how short, or whatever position it may be.
Hoyohoy in Tangub, Misamis Occidental’s zipline traverses a gorge that is 2788 feet high and is 1.2 kilometers long. That would be one exhilarating ride.
Choose Philippines’ Best Pinoy at Heart, Kyle “Kulas” Jennerman recently tried their zipline and it was awesome!
10. Base Jump in Dahilayan Adventure Park, Bukidnon
Jumping from an 8-storey platform is scary. Just climbing the stairs to the platform would make your knees melt and your hands clammy but you would not really know the feeling of free falling unless you try, right?
They said it is similar to bungee jumping.
On the other hand, the last time I was in Dahilayan Adventure Park, they only allowed me on the Drop Zone because I am hypertensive. Maybe they still would not allow me to do the base jump, and it would just be in my bucketlist.
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily from Manila and Cebu, to Mindanao’s capital, Davao City.
From Davao City, you can either ride buses or vans to reach the other destinations.
Other cities like Cagayan de Oro have flights from both Manila and Cebu.
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