Provinces

Sulu Province

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Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Sulu is a province of the Philippines in the Sulu Archipelago and part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Its capital is Jolo. The province of Sulu is predominantly agricultural with farming and fishing as its main livelihood activities. Its fertile soil and ideal climate can grow a variety of crops such as abaca, coconuts, oranges, and lanzones, as well as exotic fruits, seldom found elsewhere in the country such as durian and mangosteen.

LOCATION

Coordinates: 6°N 121°E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Sulu
Location:
6°N 121°E | View Map
Year Founded:
1917
Capital:
Jolo
Area:
1,600.40 km2 (617.92 sq mi)
Population:
1,000,200
Density:
520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
19 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Suluano/a
Elevation:
(Bud Dajo) 620 m (2,030 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
7400–7416
Area code:
+63 -(068)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Second Class
Religion(s):
Sulu inhabitants are predominantly Muslim, constituting about 97% of the provincial population, with a minority of Christians (2.6%).
Language(s):
Tausug, Sama, English, Sabah Malay
Known For:
Pearls
Major Industries:
Agriculture (abaca, coconut, orange, lanzones, durian, and mangosteen), Fishing
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
February, April, June, September
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Seaport(s):
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is a tropical climate. The summers here have a good deal of rainfall, while the winters have very little. According to Köppen and Geiger, this climate is classified as Aw. The average annual temperature is 26.1 °C in Sulu.

The southernmost islands (Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi), which lie north of Borneo, must be put into the equatorial climate zone, ie where it rains even in winter, but since it doesn’t rain too much in this season, you can visit them from February to April, and after all even from June to September.

The most appropriate clothing for this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Sulu Province Map

The Sulu province is divided into 19 Municipalities:

  • Banguingui
  • Hadji Panglima Tahil
  • Indanan
  • Jolo
  • Kalingalan Caluang
  • Lugus
  • Luuk
  • Maimbung
  • Old Panamao
  • Omar
  • Pandami
  • Panglima Estino
  • Pangutaran
  • Parang
  • Pata
  • Patikul
  • Siasi
  • Talipao
  • Tapul
 

ISLANDS

There are 58 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Sulu which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Alicia
  • Bagatusan
  • Bagong Banwa
  • Balicasag
  • Banacon
  • Bakungan Island
  • Balanguingui
  • Bambanoan Island
  • Bangalao Island
  • Basbas Island
  • Bitinan
  • Bubuan Island
  • Bucutua
  • Bulan
  • Bulicutin
  • Cabucan Island
  • Cap Island
  • Capual
  • Dammi Island
  • Dasaan Island
  • Datubato Islands
  • Deatobato Island
  • Doc Can Island
  • Dongdong Island
  • Gujangan Island
  • Hegad Island
  • Jolo Island
  • Kabingaan Island
  • Kamawi Island
  • Kulassian Island
  • Kunilan Island
  • Laminusa Island
  • Lapak Island
  • Laparan Island
  • Mamad Island
  • Mamanoc
  • Manungut Island
  • Marungas Island
  • Minis Island
  • North Ubian Island
  • Pandukan Island
  • Pangasinan Island
  • Pangutaran Island
  • Pantocunan Island
  • Parol
  • Pata Island
  • Patian Island
  • Siasi Island
  • Simisa Island
  • Singdan Island
  • Taluk Island
  • Tapaan Island
  • Tapul Island
  • Tara Island
  • Tatalan
  • Teomabal Island
  • Tikul Island
  • Tongkil
  • Tulayan Island
  • Usada Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Sulu province:

  • Cabunbata Falls
  • Maimbung Bay
  • Maubo Beach
  • Mountt Bagsak
  • Our Lady of Mt Carmel
  • Plaza Rizal
  • Sulu Ethnological Museum
  • Tanjung Beach
  • Wall of Intramuros

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Sulu throughout the year:

  • Mangosteen Festival

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Sulu province.

Where in the Philippines is Sulu located?
Sulu is located in the Sulu Archipelago in Mindanao.

Is Sulu a city or province?
Sulu is a province.

What is the Capital of Sulu?
The capital of Sulu is Jolo.

What is Sulu famous or known for?
Sulu is famous or known for pearls.

How do I get to Sulu?
There are several ways to get to Sulu, the most common being from Manila:

  • Plane to Zamboanga | 1.5 hours | $56-$220 + Ferry to Jolo | 3.5 hours | $16-$18
  • Car ferry to Zamboanga | 44 hours | $20-$70 + Ferry to Jolo | 3.5 hours | $16-$18

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How many islands are in Sulu?
There are 58 islands in the Sulu province.

How Safe is Traveling in Sulu?
Sulu may be safe for locals but not really for tourists due to violent clashes between the government and rebel groups.

Is the climate in Sulu the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Sulu province is considered tropical. It is similar to most provinces of the Philippines.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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