When people hear the word “Philippines,” the white sand beaches and clear blue waters often come to mind. (Although you might also think of negative notions, that would be a story for another day.)
It wouldn’t be wrong to think so. After all, the Philippines is a tropical country blessed with rich natural resources, a multitude of fauna and flora, as well as diverse cultures.
However, most foreign and local tourists only know either Luzon or Visayas when thinking of popular tourist spots. More often than not, Mindanao—which is the second largest island—is left out of the discussion.
As such, this article sheds light on Mindanao tourist spots. It also tackles the challenges you might encounter if you are a remote worker from Mindanao.
Let’s take a (virtual) trip to the southern parts of the Philippines.
Crown Jewel of Mindanao: Davao City
When in Mindanao, you should not miss Davao City. It is one of the more known cities on the island.
Located in the Davao del Sur region, Davao City has recreational activities you can enjoy from morning to night.
For instance, catch the early rays of the sun up in the mountains on Highway 81. This spot is established on the famed BuDa Road, which is a shortened version of Bukidnon-Davao Road.
You can also go on more adventurous pursuits like going to Eden Nature Park Resort or the D’ Japanese Tunnel.
Of course, you can also travel away from the city. The top places to visit in Mindanao are the Cape of San Agustin and Samal Island.
At night, you can take a walk down Roxas Night Market and enjoy the delicious street food Davao has to offer.
Indeed, Davao City is one of the perfect places for remote workers.
Bukidnon: The Watershed of Mindanao
Moving on to Bukidnon, this area is famous for its colder climate and pineapples.
Since Bukidnon is a plateau, the temperature often reaches as low as 18 degree Celsius. This is a welcome relief if you are someone who prefers cold weather. Philippine summers, after all, are no joke.
Bukidnon is also an ideal location as it is landlocked. Typhoons and tsunamis are not much of a threat here. The region is blissfully outside the Philippine Typhoon Belt.
It won’t also be too hard to have access to fresh produce. Bukidnon will also entice you with its picturesque views.
City of Majestic Waterfalls: Iligan
The word “Iligan” comes from the Higaonon word, which means “fortress of defense.”
However, the atmosphere tends to be more easygoing here. But what is more exciting about Iligan is the love for food people have.
Dine at local restaurants within the area and feast on local delicacies.
There is also no shortage of thrilling adventures. Some of the famous tourist spots in Mindanao are the magnificent waterfalls of Iligan. (Fun fact, Maria Cristina—one of the most stunning waterfalls in the region—is a source of electricity in Iligan.)
However, what makes this place unique is that it is almost like a melting pot of cultures. Three different cultures, namely, Christians, Higaonons, and Muslims, live in harmony here.
Asia’s Latin City: Zamboanga City
Last but not least, let’s take a quick look at Zamboanga City.
There are misconceptions regarding this city. Most people perceive this location as unsafe. While the conflicts have unfortunately tarnished the reputation of Zamboanga City, there’s more to this place than meets the eye.
The place is not at all “rural” and has key infrastructures like any other city in the Philippines.
What’s more, Zamboanga’s Sta. Cruz Grande Island is one of the best tourist spots in Mindanao. After all, it was touted by National Geographic as one of the World’s 21 Best Beaches.
Zamboanga City is also not all that difficult to reach. You can travel by boat, plane, or car.
Challenges of Remote Working in Mindanao
Of course, you may be a remote worker based in Mindanao or you may be thinking of relocating to the island.
While Mindanao has a lot of sights to see, consider also the risks involved with your decision.
Factors like topography, the standard of living, electricity, and internet connectivity can all play a role, especially for remote workers.
You would want to live comfortably while having fun once in a while.
Life in the Land of Promise
Truly, there is much left to explore in Mindanao. While the island is often overlooked, you might want to give it a shot if you are planning a vacation sometime soon.
Who knows? You might find something worthwhile in Mindanao.
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