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Isabela City

White Beach
A fine beach found in Malamawi Island. Good for swimming, sunbathing, and fishing.

Malamawi Island
The gateway to Basilan. Here, the parola of the lighthouse guides ships and vintas to the channel. Here can also be found the traditional resting place of the nomad sea-faring Badjaos and Sama-Luans-Banguingui. It also boasts of the only lake in the province with wild ducks. Also found in Malamawi is the Panigayan fishing village where spearfishing is recommended.

Tabiawan & Busay Waterfalls
Located in Isabela and good for picnics and bathing.

Balagtasan Waterfalls
The biggest waterfalls in the province where the Basilan hydroelectric plant is located.

Kumalarang River
This has a 14-meter waterfall and is a proposed site for a hydroelectric plant. Ideal for picnics and photo shoots.

Chapel of Peace, Calvario Peak
A project of the religious sector 400 meters above sea level; an excellent site for photo enthusiasts. It is 15 kms. from Isabela proper but is only a 15-18 minute ride by bus or jeepney.

Sta. Isabel Cathedral
Named in honor of the patron saint of Isabela City. Located in the heart of the town, this pet project of former Bishop Jose Ma. Querexeta js of modem architectural design. Beside the cathedral is Claretcraft, a display center for native handicraft such as bags, mats, all fashioned from buri and the unique Yakan cloth.

Kaumpurnah Mosque
An old and imposing mosque, the sight of which greets visitors aboard ferries as they sail the channel into Isabela.

Sumagdang Beach
A natural site for swimming, passing through coconut plantations, small rice fields, and fish ponds. Only 4 kms. from Isabela proper and easily accessible by jeepney, tricycle, or bus.

Block 35 Falls
This is found inside the Menzi Plantation.

Balas Beach
A cove-shaped beach about 25 minutes away from the town hall; ideal for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, and snorkeling.

Isabela Fish Market
If a yearning for the sweet succulent flesh of fresh fish tickles the visitor's palate, then this is the place to be. Fishermen catches for the day are amply displayed for sale in this market — and the variety of marine delicacies (as well as the prices) entices.

Menzi Agricultural Plantation
See the actual processing of rubber, coffee, black pepper, and African palm oil in this plantation now owned and run by a local cooperative.

Houses on Stilts at Malamawi and Kaun Purna
Rising from the waters at the shorelines are communities that seem to float — houses on stilts and home to those whose closeness to the sea is a philosophy of life itself.


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