Escape the crowds and get off-the-beaten-track in Misamis Occidental. Cascading waterfalls, rainforest-covered mountains and deserted islands fringed by powder-white sand and coconut palms await in this undiscovered province.
Things to do in Misamis Occidental
Spot critically endangered Philippine eagles soaring over Mount Malindang Range Natural Park. The 34,000-hectare park boasts incredible biodiversity and is home to hornbills, flying lemurs and adorable, bug-eyed tarsiers. Hiking trails wind through the park and take you to gushing waterfalls and crater lakes.
Trek to Piduan Curtain Falls and discover a verdant oasis at the foot of Mount Malindang. The falls tumble 60 metres down a fern-covered cliff and into a crystalline pool. Cool off in the icy water and sunbathe on the rocks before heading back to the trailhead.
Soothe tired muscles in the Sibucal Hot Spring. Set beneath towering mountains, the mineral-rich springs are famous for their healing properties. Colourful orchids grow in the surrounding forests and add to the picturesque setting.
Get your pulse racing at Hoyohoy Highland Mountain Park. Speed along one of the longest ziplines in The Philippines and stroll through beautiful botanical gardens. At almost 1,000 metres above sea level, you’ll get dizzying views over Panguil Bay and the surrounding peaks.
Escape to Bawbawon Island, a hidden gem surrounded by lush mangrove forests and coral reefs. Coconut palms dot the sugar-white beach and offer plenty of shade. Relax on the palm-shaded beach, snorkel with tropical fish and kayak around the mangrove forests. You’ll need to charter a boat to visit this secluded island.
Getting around Misamis Occidental
The city of Oroquieta is a gateway to Misamis Occidental. Domestic flights arrive and depart from Ozamiz National Airport, a one-hour drive from Oroquieta. Ferries are a fast and affordable way to travel between Manila and Misamis Occidental. Colourful shared taxis called “jeepneys” are a fast and affordable way to get around Misamis Occidental.