Sitangkai Island

Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi

Sitangkai Island is located in Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi. Called the "Venice of Tawi-Tawi", has an eye-catching appeal. The sight of babies learning how to swim even before they learn to walk is a delight to watch. It also manages a marine sanctuary for sustainable fisheries.

Sitangkai Island and Marine Sanctuary News

  • Tourists Arrival Up In Tawi-Tawi

    Tawi-tawi, the southernmost province of the Philippines, registered a tourism boom with visitor arrivals increasing three folds this year compared to that of the previous year.

    The province is attracting local and foreign tourists despite Mindanao has been placed under martial law since the second quarter of this year.

    President Rodrigo Duterte has placed Mindanao under martial law when the ISIS-inspired Maute terror group laid siege in Marawi City.

    "In one month, we can expect more than a thousand to about three thousand tourists both from (the countrys other provinces) and from outs ...

  • Tawi Tawi Gains P1B From Tourists

    Tawi-Tawi, one of the five provinces belonging to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), is getting an increasing number of local and foreign tourists who in 2015 spent close to P1 billion there.

    Marites Maguindra, secretary of the Department of Tourism-ARMM (DOT-ARMM), said local and foreign tourists arriving in 2015 to the island province reached 55,085 or a 14.3-percent increase from 2014 while posting P965 million in gross tourism receipts.

    Over 48,189 tourists came to the province for holidays or business. Tawi-Tawi is the southernmost province in the country and covers sm ...

  • Part I Forbidden Islands Tawi Tawi

    Part I Forbidden Islands Tawi Tawi

    The tide is low, and a handful of Tausug villagers, who live in stilt houses near the shore, paddles into the shallows in their small hand-carved boats to collect seaweedsfromthe filaments mounted on wooden poles. The silence is broken only by the occasional squawks of the Egrets and the swish of the farmers in the placid waters of Celebes Sea. Beaming from ear to ear, Joyce claps her hands in excitement. "Everyone warned me about this place.

    I never imagined I'd be here," she says. Had we flinched upon hearing about the recent bomb explosions, kidnappings and beheadings in the infamous pro ...

  • Sitangkai Seaweed Capital Of Tawi Tawi

    Sitangkai Seaweed Capital Of Tawi Tawi

    If there is one place in Tawi-tawi that was initially at the top of my list, that has to be the island municipality of Sitangkai. For several years, I have read that this sword-shaped island is the Philippines version of Venice where there are waterways and bridges, instead of roads and streets with a touch of Asian culture. With this narrative alone, it has confined my thoughts for quite some time. (Well who would not have wanted to see Venice?)

    And so, when I had the opportunity to visit Tawi-tawi (the Philippines southernmost province) I did not let pass by the idea of visiting the fame ...

  • Footbridge connects two Tawi Tawi villages

    Footbridge connects two Tawi Tawi villages

    A 132-meter timber footbridge built recently by ethnic Samah and Tausog villagers in Sitangkai Island at the border of Tawi-Tawi and Sabah has fostered unity among the two groups, whose villages were unconnected in the past.

    The timber footbridge was constructed by villagers, most of them relying on deep sea fishing and propagation of carageenan seaweeds, as a community project bankrolled by the World Bank through a conduit, the ARMM Social Fund Project.

    "We are thankful to the World Bank and the ASFP for this timber footbridge project," said Tawi-Tawi Rep. Ruby Sahali, who also has doze ...

  • Exploring Sitangkai and Omapuy Islands

    Exploring Sitangkai and Omapuy Islands

    The boatman employed a slender piece of wood to drag us away from the sparkling waters surrounding Saluag Island, while I, for the last time, looked back to implant on my memory the two beacons that serve as landmarks to this hidden paradise. Soon the sound of motor engine replaced the calmness of the shallow sea, and in less than an hour we entered the last Tawi-Tawi municipality before Sabah the water world of Sitangkai.

    Here, instead of roads and cars, you will be welcomed by a wide canal which serves as the main highway, a set of smaller channels leading to the more interior households ...