What to do and see in Mindanao, Philippines: The Best Places and Tips

December 5, 2017 Diedre Savory

Discover the best top things to do in Mindanao, Philippines including Tinago Falls, Dako Island, Camiguin Island, Magpupungko Beach, Tinuy-an Falls, Sohoton Lagoon, Mantigue Island, D' Bone Collector Museum, White Island, Enchanted River.

1. Tinago Falls

Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 154 reviews

Tinago Falls

Reviewed By CzarEmmanuel - Manila, Philippines

They say that there are 23 Waterfalls in Iligan City alone (or in the vicinity). This is one of the places you can visit in Lanao del Norte in Mindanao. Of such 23 watefalls, I was very lucky to have visited at least of them, which perhaps were the most famous and scenic of all ... the Maria Cristina Falls and the Tinago Falls.
Like the Maria Cristina Falls, the waters of Tinago Falls also come from the Agus River. It is called "tinago" (meaning "hidden') because it is located in a deep ravine not readily visible to people. In fact to reach the place, you'll have to take the some 500 steps from the road level ... not advisable for those who have some problem climbing or coming down stairs! However, for those who manage to reach the place, the view is truly rewarding!
Tinago is a series of water falls, the highest of which is about 73 meters high. The waters are then collected in a basin below, which has an amazing blue color. Behind the water curtains there is a small cave accessible to the public. It feels good to just stay there and listen to the sound of the waters dropping from the river above down to the basin below. Aside from this, you can also swim in the basin and enjoy its cold waters.

2. Dako Island

Daku, General Luna, Surigao del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines +63 956 602 5459
Excellent
64%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 247 reviews

Dako Island

Reviewed By Faithy18 - Las Pinas, Philippines

We had our lunch in this island, it has lunch areas managed by different resorts. They charge a fee of 100 per cottage. The current is a bit rough on the shore but you can still take photo ops on the beach.

3. Camiguin Island

Mindanao, Philippines +63 935 886 0125
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 319 reviews

Camiguin Island

The island-province of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. It is approximately 90 kilometers north of the City of Cagayan de Oro. It is bounded to the north by Bohol Sea, to the west by Macajalar Bay, to the southeast by Gingoog Bay and to the east by Butuan Bay.

Reviewed By MelbourneTravelmad - Cebu Island, Philippines

It is well worth the time to visit Camiguin Island. Accessible from Cebu by air in 50 mins, or ferry from Mindanao. I understand there are also flights now from Manila.
There are many natural wonders to see from Waterfalls, hot and cold Springs, Volcanos, white island, coral and sea life to the man made things like Sunken Cemetery and many old buildings.
There are plenty of places to stay on the island at all different prices and levels of quality. Eating out is not a problem either, with many, many places all over the island.
A visit of about 3-4 days should allow time to see and do most of the attractions and things on the island.

4. Magpupungko Beach

Pilar, Mindanao, Philippines
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 192 reviews

Magpupungko Beach

Reviewed By mppagus - Iloilo City, Philippines

The rock pools clearly visible during low tide. But would get very2 crowded often so. Come early like an hour before low tide to appreciate more. Crystal clear water and amazing pool formation behind the rock formation :)
Just be careful of sea urchins hiding in the pools. There are a lot of them. And as well if tide is shifting to high tide. The waves are bad and can push you to the rocks.
Bring everything water prof. lol. The locker area is a walk to the pool and can't enjoy much of swimming when you need to attend to your belongings a few meters from you.

5. Tinuy-an Falls

Burboanan, Bislig, Mindanao 8311, Philippines
Excellent
55%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Tinuy-an Falls

Reviewed By emailuch - Zurich, Switzerland

The falls are considered the widest in the Philippines. In fact there are a few cascades of the falls which makes them truly spectacular. In December the current was not very strong so it was easy to enjoy a refreshing bath in the falls. Great fun. Slow motion. Not a lot of people. A bit challenging to get there as the road from town is not very good and it’s not near but well worth the visit. One of the highlights of the region!

6. Sohoton Lagoon

Sudlon, Socorro, Mindanao 8416, Philippines +63 956 602 5459
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 144 reviews

Sohoton Lagoon

Sohoton Cove is an enchanting place where you can enjoy the breathtaking beauty of nature. In Sohoton area you can visit twelve (12) places of interest. These are the following: ✔ Sohoton Cove ✔ Crystal Cave ✔ Bolitas Cave ✔ Tundan Cave ✔ Magkukuob cavern (Diving Cave) ✔ Hagukan Cave ✔ Bubon Group of Islets ✔ Club Tara Resort ✔ Tiktikan Lake ✔ Bubon Beach ✔ Marka A Island ✔ Jellyfish Sanctuary (Non-sting Jellyfish) You can explore and discover the majestic place with hospitable people and great tour services. Make sure to contact reliable and registered tour operators for you to have a safe and sound getaway.

Reviewed By chardichard - Cebu City, Philippines

I have been there twice and both occasions were a big disappointment. The place is too commercialized. Everything is overpriced. I won't mind paying such fees but if you've been to a lot of more beautiful and affordable places in the Philippines and in the...MoreGood day Chard! We are happy to have your review. We will let the Local Government Unit of Socorro to consider lowering the entrance fee of Sohoton Cove. Thanks and God bless!

7. Mantigue Island

Mindanao, Philippines +63 949 801 8464
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 205 reviews

Mantigue Island

Reviewed By Dr_Bingcarlos - Quezon City, Philippines

Visited this small island off the main island of Camiguin after lunch. It was quite sunny but the island offered refuge as it had trees all over and the visitors' area with tables and chairs was under the trees.
Had a quick swim in the warm clear waters but it was quite shallow since we were there during low tide. The sand was white and fine but the beach had a lot of corals. Wearing beach shoes is recommended.
One can have food cooked in the island. There is also a small store selling drinks and other essentials. For an additional fee, one can visit the marine sanctuary near the island which houses corals and vibrant marine life.
Definitely one of the attractions to visit in Camiguin.

8. D' Bone Collector Museum

San Pedro, Bucana Barangay 76-A, Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines +63 919 624 0744
Excellent
51%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 185 reviews

D' Bone Collector Museum

D' Bone Collector Museum features animals from around the world. From the depths of the oceans to the worlds tallest bird species. Both young and old alike will enjoy learning about the wonderful animal world around us. The Museum currently has over 650 specimens on display and add more every week. It houses over 29 whale and dolphin skeletons.

Reviewed By lionlamica - Florida

went there with my family today and the place was closed. Even the taxi driver was surprised it was not open. Also no info on the gate when it will be open again.

9. White Island

Mindanao, Philippines +63 917 321 0449
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 435 reviews

White Island

Reviewed By Irene F

that day, except for the few fishermen who parked their boats, we were the first tourists in this white island. and we had the whole sandbar all to ourselves for at least 15 minutes before the next batch came. it was a surreal experience witnessing the sun rose in an isolated place.
this attraction should not be missed by any tourist visiting Camiguin. it’s one place that would make you feel grateful of the blessings in your life. that was the wonder of the white island.

10. Enchanted River

Hinatuan, Mindanao, Philippines +63 917 257 6279
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 295 reviews

Enchanted River

Reviewed By Rick_HSeattle - Seattle

Grossly overrated tourist trap. Horrible disappointment for all the time, effort and expense required to get all the way to Hinatuan.
1. The sink hole and "park" are both way smaller than photos would lead you to believe.
2. Forget about snorkeling in the beautiful blue area watching fish and diving deep to explore the cave walls like in the photos. Noone is allowed to swim there anymore. You can still "swim" but the swimming area is downstream and around the corner, is only waist deep with absolutely nothing to see and they REQUIRE you to rent and wear one of their life jackets to "swim" there!
3. Their other petty rules, seemingly endless add on fees and charges take away whatever fun might be left over. Oh, and bring lots of coins because noone can give you change for any of these fees. Could be a ploy to encourage you to let them "keep the change" but either way, it's annoying.
I really regret the extra days of travel and hotel and transportation expenses I spent visiting this overrated tourist trap.

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