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.
The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
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.
CITIES & TOWNS
The Tawi-Tawi province is divided into 11 Municipalities:
There are 43 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Tawi-Tawi which are under the jurisdiction of the province.
POINTS OF INTEREST
- Boloboc Cave
- MSU (Mindanao State University) Park
- Sheik Karimol Makhdum Mosque
- Omapuy Island
- Panampangan Beach
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.
- 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
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
We currently offer the following FREE guides: