Fly from Cotabato to Tawi-Tawi via PAL and Explore These Underrated Destinations

Team Out of Town Blog Hub ( – National flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) is set to pioneer regular jet flights with their Airbus A320 aircraft between Cotabato City and Tawi Tawi starting June 9, 2022.

Bud Bongao Tawi-Tawi Travel Guide
Bud Bongao Tawi-Tawi Travel Guide

In a press release posted on their website, this marks their first-ever air links within the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The flight schedule will be every Monday and Thursday morning weekly:

  • PR 2487 Cotabato to Tawi-Tawi departs at 7:30 am
  • PR 2488 Tawi-Tawi to Cotabato departs at 9:40 am

Choices of seating include Premium Economy and Economy seating. The non-stop flights will connect BARMM with Awang Airport in Cotabato, and Sanga-Sanga Airport in Tawi-Tawi. “We look forward to contributing, in our own way, to the development of tourism and commerce in Bangsamoro through regular flights…” said Captain Stanley K. Ng, President, and COO of PAL.

This great news means there’s a new opportunity to travel within Mindanao! If you’ve already been to the Philippines’ prime tourist destinations like Boracay and Baguio, then it’s time to explore Mindanao’s wonders! We’ve listed some of the tourist spots you may want to visit on your flight to Cotabato and Tawi-Tawi!

Kusiong Beach

Enjoy a relaxing seaside getaway in Kusiong Beach and ride a native boat to enjoy this clean and serene beach fully. It’s just 30 minutes away from the Cotabato-Tacurong National Highway, perfect for a quick escape after a long drive.

New Israel Eco-Tourism Park

Are you in for a thrilling adventure? Go to the New Israel Eco-Tourism Park in Makilala, situated at the foot of Mount Apo. It’s most known for having one of the longest ziplines in Asia, making it a must-try for thrillseekers. You may also camp here if you’re going to Mount Apo.

Mount Apo

Known as the highest mountain in the Philippines, climbing Mount Apo is surely one of the mountains that mountaineers dream of climbing someday. In Cotabato, there are several trails leading to the summit.

Tawi-Tawi, the southernmost island in the Philippines, is also a must-visit in BARMM. The island province has several tourist destinations to discover, and we’ve listed a few below:

Panampangan Island

Panampangan Island photo by Macoy.mejia via Wikimedia cc
Panampangan Island photo By Macoy.mejia – Own work, CC BY 4.0, cc

One of the most picturesque islands you’ll see in the Philippines is Panampangan Island in Sapa-Sapa, Tawi Tawi. This white sand beach is also considered to be the longest sandbar in the Philippines.

Sibutu Natural Wildlife Sanctuary

See various wildlife species in this wildlife sanctuary in Tawi-Tawi. It’s the best place to do bird-watching in the province, too.

Gusong Reef

Add Gusong Reef as your next diving site to visit when in Tawi-Tawi. This reef is very much preserved, making it a favorite among divers, as you can really see the pristine conditions of the coral reef here.

Book your flight from Cotabato to Tawi-Tawi now and explore the wonders of Mindanao for your next trip this 2022!

Source: Philippine Airlines

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