MINDANAO, the second largest island in the Philippines, is simply bewitching. It is as picturesque as its stunning land and seascapes. Melting pot of Muslims, Christians and Lumads (indigenous tribes).
|Artwork representing three groups of people in Mindanao (Muslims, Christians, Lumads)|
Tiny pearl-shaped Camiguin island is inviting with its white sand beaches and volcanoes. Misamis Oriental is a trekker's destination with its Canopy Walk in the rainforest of Claveria. Cagayan de Oro beckons with its white water rafting, kayaking and the Garden of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village. Bukidnon is Cowboy Country with its cattle ranches and pineapple plantations.
|White water rafting in Cagayan de Oro|
Siargao offers every kind of watersports and has Cloud Nine Break, one of the best surfs in the world.
In Davao, try to conquer Mount Apo, the country's highest peak. It is home to the rare Philippine Eagle, the world's largest eagle, and the exquisite waling-waling, the queen of orchids. The Garden City of Samal Island is where one can enjoy dolphin and whale watching.
|Cloud Nine Surf at Siargao|
Zamboanga City has quaint water villages with houses on stilts and pearl-diving Badjaos. In Lanao del Norte is the Maria Cristina Falls, 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls.
There are fruits and flowers everywhere: durian, marang mangosteen, dragon fruit and rambutan as well as banana, pineapple and various citrus fruits; and countless varieties of orchids and other lovely flora.
And then, there are the people of different tribes and ethnic traditions and beliefs to get acquainted with. Today, the island is home also to most of the country's Muslim or Moro populations, composed of many ethnic groups such as the Maranao, Tausug, Maguindanaon, Banguingui (users of the vinta), as well as the collective group of indigenous tribes known as the Lumads like the T'Boli and Higaonon .