Basilan News

  • Basilans Secret Charms

    Basilans Secret Charms

    The island of Basilan, off the coast of Zamboanga City, is as beautiful as Boracay. Yet, news of terrorist threats prevents it to be a destination of choice for many tourists, domestic or foreign.

    Malawali beach is pristine with crystal clear water and white sand at par with that of Boracay. A favorite of local tourists, many guests also come from Zamboanga City, where they catch a Ro-Ro to Isabela, Basilan's capital, then travel by tricycle to Malawali, which has a few amenities for those who might want to stay the night.

    An elegant two-story hotel has rooms that can accommodate couples ...

  • Basilans Secret Charms

    Basilans Secret Charms

    Perennial visitors of the famous island paradise called Boracay could now only wish they could travel back to a time when the sugar-white beach was once lined with palms, and not concrete buildings and thousands of tourists.

    Well, if they can't travel through time, they can just travel to another island that has an equally beautiful beach. It's the island of Basilan, which is just off the coast of Zamboanga City. Yes, no thanks to headlines about terrorist threats, Basilan hasn't been the destination of choice when it comes to tourism but that's what makes it so appealing. The natural ...

  • Malamawi Island White Sand Beach In Basilan

    Malamawi Island is just a stone's throw from the port of Isabela City, the capital of infamous Basilan. While from the port nothing seems to look special, a cross overland, to the other side, brings one to a beautiful white sand beach. And it has less people.

  • Malamawi Island The Hidden Paradise Of Basilan

    Malamawi Island The Hidden Paradise Of Basilan

    Malamawi is a small island off the coast of Isabela City, Basilan. An "off-the-beaten" destination that you should visit this 2017!

    During our trip to Zamboanga City last year, we made a side trip to Malamawi Island in Basilan. I've been to Basilan twice in the past, but this is the first time I've visited Malamawi Island. Thanks to our friends in Isabela City for taking us to this island paradise. Definitely one of the best beaches in the Philippines I've been to.

    Malamawi Island's White Beach has a long stretch of fine white sand that shines amid rich turquoise waters. Since the beach ...

  • Guide To Malamawi Island

    Guide To Malamawi Island

    Malamawi is an island just opposite Isabela City, across the kilometer-wide Isabela Channel. It used to be a separate municipality but it became part of Isabela. I was able to visit it again this December.

    We started the trip early; we were at the Zamboanga Port before 5am so we can get tickets, and by 6am we were underway. We arrived at Isabela before 7, and after breakfast at my cousin's place, we went back to the port again to take a banca across the channel to the island.

    We got a habal-habal that will take us around. From the market/port area we went up the hilly portion of the isla ...

  • Malamawi Beach Crowdless Paradise In Basilan

    Malamawi Beach Crowdless Paradise In Basilan

    Malamawi Beach is a beautiful pure white sand beach in Basilan. It is just 15 minutes away from Isabela City which is the capital city of the province. This beach is one of the secret gems of Basilan. It is now crowded. It is clean and it is not so very popular among tourists.

    It is a kilometer long white sand beach, flour quality sand, transportation is good and people are accommodating. Best spot for swimming, snorkeling and taking plenty of pictures for your social media posts. 🙂

    Most people fear Basilan but a lot of people who just want to travel and explore the Philippines f ...