Many people are discouraged to set foot in Basilan due to the security stigma attached to the territory. But in reality, this island in the Sulu archipelago in the Philippines is a fantastic destination. People are warm and friendly, their food tasty, and their tourist spots very inviting for exploring tourists, locals and foreigners alike.

The best thing to do in Basilan is to experience the local way of life. Lamitan City is the provincial capital and should be on top of your list of must visits. This is where you can partake in local delicacies, like lokot-lokot and panyalam, and even watch how they are prepared. To those who love the sun, sand, and sea, you may check out Malamawi White Beach in Isabela City or Pink Beach in Maluso. Other attractions include Bulingan Falls, Isabela City Forest Park, and Bohe Linuan River.

It’s about time people start looking past the negative things said about Basilan and into its charming attractions. The province is easily accessible from the Zamboanga City seaport.

To help with your trip planning, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted below. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app for easy reference. But before you start ticking goals off your bucketlist, here are travel essentials & discounts you’ll need to check. Pre-book online for a hassle-free trip!

Basilan travel essentials

Click below to compare rates & read reviews:

Basilan HotelsFlights

View all travel tips on: Basilan.

1. White Beach

Location: Malamawi Island, Isabela City, Basilan. Save on Google Maps.

For more travel inspiration, follow Detourista on:


2. Malamawi Island Viewpoint

Location: Malamawi Island, Isabela City, Basilan. Save on Google Maps.

3. Bukol Falls (Cabunbata Waterfall)

Location: Maligue , Isabela City, Basilan. Save on Google Maps.

4. Isawad Resort

Location: Isabela City, Basilan. Save on Google Maps.

5. Yakan Banig & Basilan Souvenirs

Location: Isabela City, Basilan

6. Basilan Provincial Capitol

Location: Isabela City, Basilan. Save on Google Maps.

7. Rubber Plantation

Location: Isabela City, Basilan

Where to go near Basilan

Zamboanga City

Location: Zamboanga region, Mindanao, southern Philippines. Save on Google Maps.

Zamboanga Travel Essentials

Where to stay

What places have you added to your bucketlist? Have you been to beautiful places in Basilan that should be on this list? Feel free to share your thoughts!

Places to visit in Basilan

Basilan tourist spots, things to do in Basilan, where to go in Basilan & more.

Note: Destinations featured above are not listed by rank.

Don’t Stop Here

Click below for more travel inspiration: