Zamboanga Travel Guide

1. Hermosa Falls in Zamboanga, Philippines:

Go for adventure with some trekking and nature tripping. Visit Hermosa Falls in Zamboanga City.

You can go from the city center, it takes 40 minutes to Barangay Pamucutan, then proceed through narrow roads via a motorcycle until you reach the jump-off point to the waterfall.

It will only take you a 5-minute walk to reach the waterfall from there. Features two small streams and a wide basin to Hermosa Falls, where you can swim and even cliff jump. Surely, it is not  as grand as other waterfalls in Mindanao and the feeling of having discovered this hidden paradise in Zamboanga is more than a reward for tourist.

2. Taluksangay Mosque in Zamboanga, Philippines:

The oldest mosque in Western Mindanao. Taluksangay was the first center of Islamic propagation in the Zamboanga Peninsula. Muslim religious missionaries from Arabia, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Borneo have been flocking to this village.

A representative of the Sultan of Turkey (Sheik-Al Islam) visited this place in later part of 1914.  At the height of the MNLF (Moro National Liberation Front) military conflict in 1973, members of the Quadripartite Committee, Generals Fidel V. Ramos and Romeo Espino, visited Taluksangay village.

Even at the height of trouble during the 1970s, tourists continued to arrive in this historical village.

Zamboanga City, officially the City of Zamboanga (Chavacano and Spanish: Ciudad de Zamboanga, Tausug: Dāira sin Sambuangan, Filipino: Lungsod ng Zamboanga, Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Zamboanga), is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the Zamboanga Peninsula region of the Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 977,234 people.  It is the fifth-most populous and third-largest city by land area in the Philippines.   It is the commercial and industrial center of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region. 

On October 12, 1936, Zamboanga became a chartered city under Commonwealth Act No. 39. It was inaugurated on February 26, 1937. Zamboanga City is an independent, chartered city and was designated highly urbanized on November 22, 1983. Although geographically separated, and an independent and chartered city, Zamboanga City is grouped with the province of Zamboanga del Sur for statistical purposes, yet governed independently from it.

Zamboanga became the main headquarters of the Spaniards on June 23, 1635, upon approval of King Philip IV of Spain, and the Spanish officially founded the city. Thousands of Spanish troops, headed by a governor general from Spain, took the approval to build the first Zamboanga fortress (now called Fort Pilar) in Zamboanga to forestall enemies in Mindanao like Moro pirates and other foreign invaders. There were also a hundred Spanish troops sent to fortify the nearby Presidio of Iligan. The Zamboanga fortress became the main focus of a number of battles between Moros and Spaniards during Spanish rule in the region from the 16th century to the 18th. Spain was forced to abandon Zamboanga temporarily and withdraw its soldiers to Manila in 1662 after the Chinese under Koxinga threatened to invade the Spanish Philippines.

Zamboanga City’s famous Pink Sand Beach of Santa Cruz was recognized by the National Geographic as one of the “World’s 21 Best Beaches” in 2018.  A surge in tourist arrivals was recorded in 2018 that hit almost 100,000. A day-trip to the island includes a hop to Little Santa Cruz’s long white sand bar and a tour of the island’s lagoon known for its rich ecosystem.

DIY with our Tour Expert and Trip Planner

Should you wish to DIY “Do It Yourself” travel, it would be worth saving time and effort by using our expert tour planner on pay per day trip itinerary, regardless of how many persons you have in your group, all of you can use the customized detailed itinerary.

*** Book Your Appointment Now ***

Zamboanga Travel Guide. Zamboanga Travel Guide. Zamboanga Travel Guide.

You might also like