The peninsula, which consists of three provinces – Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur – is surrounded by bodies of water (the Moro Gulf, Sulu Sea, and Iligan Bay) as well as smaller islands and bays with natural pockets of wonder and excitement. Get to know the different destinations that range from natural to cultural and historical.

Libuton Cave. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Libuton Cave in Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte is a seven-chambered cave for adrenaline-seekers looking for off-the-beaten path destinations. Not all caves are open to tourists, so the caves are best explored with a local guide.

Linabo Peak. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Linabo Peak lets you look out to Dipolog, Zamboanga del Norte via a 3,000-plus-step trek that cuts through a lush, inclined path leading to a viewpoint.

Malamawi Island. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Malamawi Island. The island has been likened to Boracay because of its white sands, and clear waters. It also has a boardwalk and a rich marine sanctuary that makes it a popular snorkeling and diving destination.

Paseo del Mar. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Paseo del Mar in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur is a breezy seaside walkway lined with some establishments. Located next to Fort Pilar, it offers stunning sunset views as well as a view of the Sta. Cruz and Basilan Island.

Once Islas. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Once Islas in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur is a snorkeling and trekking haven with some of its 11 islands like Baung-Baung, Bisaya-Bisaya, Sirommon, and Buh-Buh open for underwater exploration and trekking over interesting rock formations and paths.

Grande Santa Cruz Island’s “Pink Beach”. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Grande Santa Cruz Island in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur is renowned for its startlingly pink shoreline that stands in sharp contrast to the clear turquoise and blue waters. It is also aptly known as “Pink Beach”.

Merloquet Falls. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Merloquet Falls in Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Sur has stair-like rock formations that are as gorgeous as its twin cascades.

Mt. Timolan Protected Landscape. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Mt. Timolan Protected Landscape in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur is a protected landscape that contains Mount Timolan – the province’s highest peak – and the heart-shaped Lake Maragang. The protected landscape provides sanctuary for wild bird species and other fauna and flora.

Lake Maragang. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Lake Maragang in Tigbao, Zamboanga del Sur is a heart-shaped crater lake located in the center of the Mt. Timolan Protected Landscape. Visitors can enjoy water activities like kayaking or camping by the lakeside.

Situbo Falls. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Situbo Falls in Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte is one of the lesser known falls in the area, with two cascades pouring out from towering rock formations. The path to the falls is lush and green, and remains relatively pristine and undeveloped.

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Travel Safely!

All these tourist destinations have health and safety protocols in place to protect locals and visitors alike. Everyone is expected to comply by wearing face masks, regularly washing their hands, and practicing physical distancing.

To check out up-to-date information regarding local destinations that are open and the safety protocols and requirements needed for each location, you may visit philippines.travel/safetrip or download the Travel Philippines app at app.philippines.travel, Apple Store, or Google Playstore.