Bud Bongao (Bongao, Tawi-Tawi)
The highest peak of Tawi-Tawi is Bud Bongao, a revered mountain in the province. Rising at an altitude of 314 meters above sea level, the summit of Bud Bongao offers a panoramic vista of the sea and landmass surrounding the island. This is definitely an awesome spot to witness sunrise and even sunset. The vast seas of Celebes and Sulu, the islands of Sanga-Sanga, Simunul, Laa, Bilatan and Sibutu among others, as well as the outline of Borneo on a clear day can be seen from the summit.Tawi-Tawi today is still enveloped by the ghost of its tragic past. Its tourism reputation is coated by the negative perception of the place. But generally speaking, it is a safe place. And for brave souls who choose to discover the place, what await are awesome surprises. Most tourists stay in Bongao, the provincial capitol, where basic facilities are available and within striking distance from the airport. Go there from December to April to best experience the place.To those coming from Manila, Zamboanga is the gateway to Tawi-Tawi. The average roundtrip airfare from Manila to Tawi-Tawi via Zamboanga City is around P9,000 but once you are there, everything is cheaply priced. A P4,000 allowance for a four days and three nights there will go a long way. To save cost on airfare, keep track of airline promotions and sale.