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Welcome to BARMM

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ABOUT

Bangsamoro – Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, or simply BARMM, is an autonomous region in country that is predominantly consists of five Muslim provinces namely Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

Location

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Best Time to Visit

For the best combination of agreeable temperatures of around 27° C (80° F) and as little rain as possible, the best time to visit this region is between February and March. The first months of dry season can still be rainy, while the last months are usually pretty hot and humid.

Fast Facts

Area: 12,711.79 km² (4,908 mi²)

Population: 4,080,825

Density: 256.5/km2

Regional Center: Cotabato City

Languages:TagalogArabicEnglishMaranaoCebuanoYakanTausugSamaIranun; ChavacanoTirurayMaguindanaonSabah Malay

Provinces: 

BARMM

PROVINCELAND AREA KM2POPULATION
Basilan1,103.50346,579
Lanao del Sur3,872.891,045,429
Maguindanao5,047.61,473,371
Sulu1,600.40824,731
Tawi-Tawi1,087.40390,715
Total
12,711.794,080,825

Cities: (3) Lamitan; Marawi; Cotabato City

Barangays: 2,590

Getting Here

The best way to get to BARMM depends on where you’re traveling from and your budget.

The fastest and most convenient method of travel a far distance in the Philippines is most often by plane, however in some cases, traveling by sea or land may be a better option and more cost-effective.

AIRPORTS

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BUS TERMINALS

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SEAPORTS

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Use the following online service to determine the various transportation options available to you based on your point of departure.

Getting Around

The following are the modes of transportation available in this region. 

Suggested Budget

Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily.  Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.

ACCOMMODATION
FOOD
TRANSPORTATION
ATTRACTIONS
AVERAGE DAILY COST
Budget
Accommodation: $7
Food: $5
Transportation: $5
Attractions: $20
Average Daily Cost: $37
Mid-Range
Accommodation: $30
Food: $15
Transportation: $10
Attractions: $25
Average Daily Cost: $80
Luxury
Accommodation: $70
Food: $30
Transportation: $15
Attractions: $30
Average Daily Cost: $145

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SEE & DO 

  • Bai Walk
  • Barurao Springs
  • Basilan National Park
  • Boloboc Cave
  • Cabunbata Falls
  • Hami Beach
  • Kanapnapan Falls
  • Kiga Falls
  • Kutang Bato Caves
  • Lake Dapao
  • Lake Sebu
  • Mabul Beach
  • Maimbung Bay
  • Malamawi Beach
  • Masjid Al-Nasser Abpi – White Mosque
  • Masjid Dimaukom (Pink Mosque)
  • Omapuy Island
  • Panampangan Beach
  • Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid
  • Sulu Ethnological Museum
  • Tanjung Beach

EAT & DRINK

  • Baolu (Tawi-Tawi)
  • Basilan coffee(Basilan)
  • Beef Kurma (Sulu)
  • Dulang (Basilan)
  • Jah panyam pitis(Basilan)
  • Junay (Tawi-Tawi)
  • Kaliya (Basilan)
  • Palapa (Lanao del Sur)
  • Pastil (Maguindanao)
  • Pater (Lanao del Sur)
  • Pinalam-pinalam (Basilan)
  • Piyanggang Chicken (Sulu)
  • Tinumis (Maguindanao)
  • Tiyulah Itum (Tawi-Tawi)
  • Tiyulah sug (Sulu)

WHERE TO STAY

Where to Stay in BARMM

Book Online & Save Money

Book your room with these trusted online booking sites. Booking online in the Philippines almost always guarantees the best price and a room when you arrive.  We use these sites frequently to get the best prices and enjoy convenient bookings. Click each of the buttons below to find the best place for you at the lowest rates.

EVENTS & FESTIVALS

  • Shariff Kabunsuan Festival

WHAT’S NEARBY

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Patrick

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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