South Philippines or Mindanao island is the second-largest island in the country. With a third of its land area dedicated to agriculture, Mindanao is known to be the country's "food basket" because of its richness in natural resources, producing 40% of the Philippines' food needs. Composed of 27 provinces, Mindanao is the home of 24% of the Philippine population.
Mindanao is brimming with colorful culture, beautiful scenery, and thrilling adventure. It has the largest number of ethnic minorities in the country, and it consists of some of the most breathtaking spots you definitely do not want to miss. One of the most famous go-to spots on the island is the Hinatuan Enchanted River, a clear blue saltwater river in Surigao Del Sur. There's also Cloud 9, a renowned surfing site from the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao. Mindanao is also the home of the country's tallest peak, Mt. Apo, standing at 10,311 feet. This active volcano is located west of Davao City. Mindanao is also one of the homes of the country's National Bird, the Philippine Eagle. The Philippines Eagle Center in Davao City is a conservation breeding facility for the Philippine Eagle as well as other birds of prey.
For activities other than enjoying Davao's waters and beaches, advanced hikers can accept the challenge that Mt. Apo presents as the highest peak not just in Mindanao but in the whole country. They can also visit the Philippine Eagle Center, the home of the Philippine Eagle and other animals.