Replies: 12 - Last Post: May 20, 2012 12:10 AM Last Post By: travelbert
May 14, 2012 1:22 PM
Tawi TawiGoing back to the Philippines in a couple of months and was consifering making the trip down to Tawi Tawi. I know that in the past it has been a bit of a risk to go there but was wondering if anyone knows what the current situation is there? Is it reasonably safe these days to venture down there, and is it worth the effort if it is ok to go? Would appreciate hearing any info about the place. Cheers.
May 14, 2012 10:29 PM
1Still not 100% safe there so why risk it? Many other beautiful places in the Philippines to visit.. but not Tawi Tawi.. yet..
May 15, 2012 12:36 AM
Furthermore what does Tawi Tawi have that the rest of the Philippines doesn't?
May 15, 2012 1:19 AM
May 15, 2012 11:57 AM
4Thanks for the advice. Reason was considering Tawi Tawi was because over the last 28 years I have travelled extensively thru the Phil - parts Luzon. Palawan Mindoro, Tablas, Negros, Panay, Bohol, parts of Mindanao, Coron, Camiguin, Boracay, Cebu, Malapascua and a few other spots. Ideally wanted to see somewhere that I haven't been to before and somewhere that a bit different and isn't inundated with tourists. I knew about the Australian kidnapped on Basilan Island but hadn't heard aboout anything on Tawi Tawi. Cheers.
May 15, 2012 2:04 PM
May 16, 2012 1:09 AM
May 16, 2012 4:49 AM
7Post here about areas in the Phi. that you are interested in and you have not visited yet.
So we can give you advice.
Currently Tawi Tawi Province is a mix bag.
Some areas are secure other not so. Same as before (See my previous posts).
As of now
The difference now -after a kidnapping case- (compared to last November) is that local authorities, people are more concerned to travellers wherabouts (so It's not that pleasant to go "out of the main track" because you alarm others).
Local authorities have put "unofficial ban" to areas that 99.99% you are not going anyway.
You can visit without any limitation and without any problem Bongao, Bongao Peak etc..
You can visit without security problems (easier to get there from Palawan) the friendly and remote Mapun (Cagayan de Tawi-tawi or Cagayan the Sulu).
You can visit Turtle island but allow plenty of time for transportation there/back. Yes it's perfectly safe.
Visiting Sibutu, Sitangkai, Simunul (overnight) there is a various degree of risk. Can be done with proper planning but now I will delay it if you are not familiar with the area. To be the only foreign visitor it's not nice always (policeman, military have more incumbent tasks to perform than to follow/accompany a foreign tourist). Currently to these last 3S (Sibutu, Sitangkai especially) authorites will "strongly advice you" to have a LOCAL companion/ local guide with you all the time.
Most of the rest of Tawi-tawi Provinc is not and was nearly never visited by foreigners.
Edited by: tanabata_hikoboshi2
May 16, 2012 1:15 PM
May 16, 2012 3:29 PM
9I made friends with a guy in the coastguard working mostly on Camiguin (though they get switched round all the time) he was from Basilan, much more iffy than Tawi Tawi, but I just know they don't want too many foreigners turning up there, in Tawi Tawi. They just think, why. And remember that, if there is any trouble, who else you will be putting in danger, apart from yourself.
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