9 Must-See Islands in Mindanao Philippines

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Mindanao (/mɪndəˈn/ (About this sound listen)) is the second largest island in the Philippines. Mindanao and the smaller islands surrounding it make up the island group of the same name. As of the 2010 census, the main island was inhabited by 20,281,545 people, while the entire Mindanao island group had a total of 21,968,174 residents.

According to the 2015 Philippine Population Census, Davao City is the most populous city on the island, with a population of 1,632,991 residents, followed by Zamboanga City (pop. 861,799), Cagayan de Oro City (pop. 675,950), General Santos City (pop. 594,446) and Iligan City (pop. 342,618). About 70% of residents identify as Christian, and 20% identify as Muslim. Mindanao is divided into 6 Regions; Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, Davao, Soccsksargen, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). (Source)

1. Daku Island Siargao 

Daku Island is one of the finest best beaches in the Philippines can be found in Siargao. It is the biggest among the three popular island destinations in Siargao (the other two are Naked and Guyam Islands). For first-timers, you will be amazed by the breathtaking scenery of the island and also, for its cleanliness. Visitors will be surely enticed to swim in such a place with very clean surroundings. It has cool winds that can persuade guests to sleep on the fine white sand. Tourists and visitors alike can also have an overnight stay in simple native huts where they can feel the serenity and tranquility of the place.

2. White Island Camiguin 

Camiguin is an island province in the Philippines located in the Bohol Sea, about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) off the northern coast of Mindanao. It is politically part of the Northern Mindanao Region of the country and formerly a part of Misamis Oriental province

3. Mantigue Island Camiguin

Mantigue is a small island located about 3.5 kilometers off the coast of the volcanic island province of Camiguin province in the Philippines.

4. Guyam Island Siargao

Guyam Island is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 780 kilometers southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte. It is around 2 kilometers south-southeast of General Luna municipality.

6. Naked Island Siargao

It got its name because of its 'nakedness'; there's no shade or almost anything on the island. But the fine white sand and clear cool blue water make this island a perfect summer destination. Try to go there early in the morning while still cool otherwise, bring extra protective accessories to protect your self from the sun and don't forget to bring your camera. 

7. Great Santa Cruz Island Zamboanga

Great Santa Cruz Island is a small inhabited island in Zamboanga City in the southern region of the Philippines that is famous for its pink coralline sand.The island, located 4 kilometers (2.49 mi) south of downtown at the Santa Cruz Bank in the Basilan Strait, boasts the only pink sand beach in the Philippines. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand.

The island started to become popular since the 1970s and early 1980s when it was frequented by German, Japanese and Italian tourists. Recently, there's an upsurge of tourists that have been recorded due to its rising popularity as one of a handful of Pink Sand Beaches in the World and is the only one in Asia.(Source)

8. Agutayan Island Jasaan

Agutayan Island is located about 5 kilometers from the Jasaan Town, is the white island that dots Macajalar Bay with its 5,000 square meters white sand. With its shallow water, the place is ideal for snorkeling and swimming. A 3-hectare Marine Sanctuary was established on the island by the local government in 1995. Agutayan is home to giant clams, national treasures from the U.P. Marine Science Institute, Bolinao, Pangasinan. Five hundred of these sea clams were seeded in December 2001. 


9. Samal Island Davao Del Norte

Samal, officially the Island Garden City of Samal (Filipino: Pulong Harding Lungsod ng Samal, Cebuano: Pulong Harding Dakbayan sa Samal), or sometimes called IGaCOS, is a 4th class city in the province of Davao del Norte, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 104,123 people.

It is made up of Samal Island and the smaller Talikud Island in the Davao Gulf, from the merger of former municipalities of Samal, Babak, and Kaputian.

Samal is a part of the Metropolitan Davao area and is two kilometers away from Davao City, the largest city and the primary economic center of Mindanao.(Source)

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