Provinces

Tawi-Tawi Province

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Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Tawi-Tawi is an island province in the Philippines located in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. The capital of Tawi-Tawi is Bongao. Tawi-Tawi is the southernmost province in the Philippines – 300 breathtakingly beautiful islands and atolls in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. It is also the headquarters of the Philippines’ most violent militant group – Abu Sayyaf, which recently aligned itself with so-called ISIS.

LOCATION

Tawi-Tawi

Coordinates: 5°12′00″N 120°05′00″E

FAST FACTS

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

Province:
Tawi-Tawi
Location:
5°12′00″N 120°05′00″E | View Map
Year Founded:
1973
Capital:
Bongao
Area:
1,087.40 km2 (419.85 sq mi)
Population:
440,300
Density:
360/km2 (930/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
11 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Tawi-Tawian
Elevation:
2,454 m (8,051 ft)(Mount Bangbanglang)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
7500–7509
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:
Third Class
Religion(s):
99% Muslim
Language(s):
Sama, Tausug, English, Sabah Malay
Known For:
Beautiful islands, Abu Sayyaf headquarters
Major Industries:
Agriculture (copra), Marine
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
All Year Round
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Seaport(s):
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is dry and wet. The climate is generally moderate. The wettest months are from August to November. The other months of the year are generally dry with occasional rain showers.

This province is not located along the typhoon belt of the Philippines, thus visiting here can be done all year round. But since this tropical archipelagic province is located between Sulu Sea and Celebes Sea, rains may fall at any given time but lasts only for a short period of time which is common to tropical places surrounded by waters.

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

Tawi-Tawi Province Map

The Tawi-Tawi province is divided into 11 Municipalities:

  • Bongao
  • Languyan
  • Mapun
  • Panglima Sugala
  • Sapa-Sapa
  • Sibutu
  • Simunul
  • Sitangkai
  • South Ubian
  • Tandubas
  • Turtle Islands
 

ISLANDS

There are 43 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Tawi-Tawi which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Babas Island
  • Banaran Island
  • Basun Dakula Island
  • Baturrapa Island
  • Bellatan Island
  • Bintoulan Island
  • Bongao Island
  • Cabankauan Island
  • Daluman Island
  • Dial-Dial Sibi Island
  • Kakatan Island
  • Kalupag Island
  • Kang Tipayan Dakula Island
  • Kang Tipayan Diki Island
  • Latuan Island
  • Maningkulat Island
  • Mantabuan Island
  • Manuk Mangkaw Island
  • Mayemayo Island
  • Naungmin Island
  • Omapuy Island
  • Pajumajan Island
  • Pamisaan Island
  • Panglima Sugala
  • Pasegan Guimba Island
  • Sanga-sanga Island
  • Sibutu Island
  • Sikubung Island
  • Simunur Island
  • Sipangkot
  • Sitangkai Island
  • South Ubian Island
  • Tabulunga Island
  • Tagau Island
  • Tamloylangan Island
  • Tancan Island
  • Tandubas
  • Tandubas Island
  • Tawitawi Island
  • Tonkain Islands
  • Topaan Island
  • Tumbagaan Island
  • Tunbauhan Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

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

  • Boloboc Cave
  • MSU (Mindanao State University) Park
  • Sheik Karimol Makhdum Mosque
  • Omapuy Island
  • Panampangan Beach

FESTIVALS

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

  • Agal-Agal Festival – September 25

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Tawi-Tawi province.

Where in the Philippines is Tawi-Tawi located?
Tawi-Tawi is located on Southwestern Sulu Archipelago.

Is Tawi-Tawi a city or province?
Tawi-Tawi is a province.

What is the Capital of Tawi-Tawi?
The capital of Tawi-Tawi is Bongao.

What is Tawi-Tawi famous or known for?
Tawi-Tawi is famous or known for beautiful islands and Abu Sayyaf headquarters.

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

  • Plane | 3 hours | $80-$260
  • Car ferry to Zamboanga | 44 hours | $20-$70 + Car ferry to Bongao | 12 hours | $7

You can fly to an alternate airport, however the time will be approximately the same, but the cost will be significantly more

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How many islands are in Tawi-Tawi?
There are 43 islands in Tawi-Tawi province.

What does Tawi-Tawi mean?
Tawi-Tawi is the Sinama form of “jawi-jawi”, Malay for “banyan tree”, which is abundant in the area.

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

Is the climate in Tawi-Tawi the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Tawi-Tawi province is considered tropical with significant rainfall throughout the year.

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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About the Author

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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