Mount Hamiguitan is known for its rich biodiversity and unique ecosystem, making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a protected area known as the Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary.
Located in the southeastern part of Mindanao Island, Mount Hamiguitan stands as a true testament to the country’s rich biodiversity and natural wonders. It was declared a national park and wildlife sanctuary in 2003 and designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, the first in Mindanao.
Mount Hamiguitan range covers an area of approximately 6,834 hectares and is home to an astonishing array of plant and animal species. Its forest is home to the endangered Philippine Eagle, one of the world’s largest extant eagles and the country’s national bird. Based on research, Mount Hamiguitan is home to several animal species – five of which are endangered, 27 rare, 44 endemic, and 59 economically important species. Also inhabiting the mountain are more than 1,000 plant species including eight species of pitcher plants, 45 species of orchids, centuries-old trees, and several species of hardwood.
The mountain has an elevation of 1,629 meters (5,344 feet) and the summit is covered by pygmy forest, the world’s largest, covering an area of more than 1,200 hectares. Aside from flora and fauna as well as the breathtaking views, the sanctuary also has a lake (called Tinagong Dagat), waterfalls, and hidden garden.
Visitors to the sanctuary are offered a unique opportunity to witness the beauty of nature up close. Presently, only 30 hikers are allowed at the area at a time and must be guided to ensure minimal negative impact on the environment. Despite its protected status, Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary faces challenges. Illegal logging, habitat destruction, and hunting continue to threaten the delicate balance of this fragile ecosystem. Conservation efforts are ongoing, and sustainable practices are being promoted to ensure the sanctuary’s survival for future generations.
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How to Get to Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary?
Take a plane to Davao City. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have multiple direct flights to Davao from Manila and Cebu everyday. Iloilo direct to Davao is only offered by Cebu Pacific. AirAsia, on the other hand, flies directly to Davao from Manila only.
From the airport, proceed to Ecoland Davao City Transport Terminal and take a van to San Isidro, the jumpoff point to Mount Hamiguitan. Travel time is less than four hours. Proceed to San Isidro tourism office to finalize the arrangement of your hike.
Alternatively, you can also take a bus to Mati City from the same terminal. The first trip leaves at 2:00 AM and the last trip is at 6:00 PM with a 30-minute interval per trip. The fare is around P330 and travel time is about three hours. Get off at Manikling Junction and take a motorcycle (habal-habal) to San Isidro Municipal Hall where the tourism office is located.
The airport closest to Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary?
Francisco Bangoy International Airport (IATA: DVO), commonly referred to as Davao International Airport, is the airport closest to Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.
This attraction is open daily.
Fees require payment in cash. Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction.
Food & Drink
Food and drinks from outside the attraction are allowed at this attraction.
Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.
Pets are allowed at this attraction.
Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.
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WHERE TO STAY
Hotels and resorts near Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary:
- Mount Hamiguitan Escape Resort
- Mountain Top Spring Resort
- Sakura Beach Resort
TIPS & HACKS
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The following are other points of interest are nearby:
- Mt. Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum
- Oak Island
- Sleeping Dinosaur View Deck
- Eco Park GovGen
- Tagaktak Lagoon
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