Is it safe to travel to Northeast Mindanao
John Vanek: Any thoughts on safety on NE Mindanao? I get conflicting info. about this area…it’s safe / it’s not safe.
Thanks a lot.
Where exactly in NE Mindanao do you plan to go? Dinagat and Siargao Islands are definitely safe. An international surfing competition is held regularly in Siargao without any problems. Last year or two years ago I think, there was an attack by communist rebels in Siargao, but is more of an exception than the rule. No tourists were harmed in the attacks. Aside from surfing, Siargao also has some nice beaches as well. Dinagat on the other hand has a mini-hundred islands sort of thing going, the problem with Dinagat though is that there is only one resort in the area (AFIK). Camiguin is very safe as well. Cagayan de Oro, maybe you should stay off crowded areas as the city sometimes get attacked by Muslim insurgents intermittently – although white water rafting in the city is superb and generally Cagayan de Oro is a jump off point for people traveling to Camiguin. For updated news on these areas, you may want to check out online Philippine newspapers for your reference like Philippine Star or the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
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