Jolo, Sulu: Tourist Spots, Destinations, What to do and Where to stay

sulu tourist spots
While the sun was still setting and we were a few kilometers away from the port of Jolo, I noticed the big picture of and the stunning view of Sulu - an island province in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. Honestly, this province is always associated with "war." With my statement "I will be traveling to Tawi-Tawi, Sulu and Basilan," I always receive a response like "it's not safe, don't go there." Sad to hear right? But that's the reality. My solo-backpacking in the province is the proof that traveling to Jolo, Sulu is safe and I discovered that the people here are friendly and accommodating. Below are the must do and must visit tourist spots and destinations in Jolo, Sulu.


JOLO, SULU: MUST DO, LIST OF TOURIST SPOTS, DESTINATIONS, EXPENSES, WHERE TO STAY, AND HOTELS:


tourist spots in jolo
WITNESS THE FRESH PRODUCE FROM THE SEA: Sulu is an island province, therefore, there's a lot of fresh sea foods or products are available. Photo above was taken at the port of Siasi, one of the islands in Sulu, while our fishermen brothers were loading the gigantic sea foods and products, such as tuna, other fishes, and squid.

sulu local delicacies
EXPERIENCE BREAKFAST WITH A TRAY OF SUMPTUOUS DELICACIES: We had our breakfast at one of the local restaurants in Jolo and I discovered something interesting. The food server gave us a tray of different dishes (photo above). As Rhu-Rhu (my guide) said, we are not forced to eat all the food that are served. You can eat what you like and pay what you eat.

Sulu Provincial Capitol
VISIT THE ARTISTIC SULU PROVINCIAL CAPITOL: Your visit in Jolo will not be completed without visiting the beautiful and artistic Sulu Provincial Capitol which houses the political seats and power in the province. In front of the building is a park with an open and wide area. The ambiance is relaxing because it is surrounded by greens and the wind is cool.

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TAKE A SELFIE BY THE "I LOVE SULU" SIGNBOARD, WITH THE CAPITOL ON THE BACKGROUND: 

sulu national Museum
VISIT AND DISCOVER THE ANCIENT MEMORABILIA IN SULU NATIONAL MUSEUM: It is a two-story building that houses the relics, documents, paintings and other historical memorabilia of Sulu. What's interesting inside are the Chinese wares and documents such as the 1878 Land Lease Agreement between the sultanate of Sulu and British North Borneo Chartered Co.

Masjid Tulay
VISIT MAJID TULAY, THE LARGEST MOSQUE IN SULU: 99 percent of the people in Sulu practice Islam - according to Google. Did you know that the first Filipinos who adopted Island were the Tausugs? This is when Karim ul-Makhdum (a Muslim missionary) came to Sulu in 1380. Anyways, Masjid Tulay is situated in the center of Jolo.

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PASS BY THE STREET WITH THE GIGANTIC AND CENTURIES OLD ACACIA TREE: 


tourist destinations in sulu
RIDE IN THE LOCAL'S COLORFUL PEDICAB: The primary mode of transportation in Jolo are tricycle, pedicab and motorcycle.

Jolo Cathedral and Rizal Park
VISIT RIZAL PARK AND JOLO CATHEDRAL

Jolo Walled City
TOUCH THE PORTION OF THE REMAINING JOLO WALLED CITY: Others claim that Jolo Walled City is the smallest city in the world, of its kind. Historically speaking, these walls were constructed to protect Jolo from the outside attacks, with gates on different sides that serve as an opening for trades and the likes. Today, during my visit, I only saw a portion of these walls located inside Jolo Arcade.


mauboh beach
ENJOY THE RELAXING AMBIANCE BY THE MAUBOH BEACH: One of the finest white sand beaches in Sulu is Mauboh Beach. The area is open and with the residents houses by the shore. There's a long stretch of fine white sand soaked in a cool crystal clear waters. If you have more time and budget, the nearby islands can also be visited, of course, with a proper coordination with the tourism office.

tausug delicacies
TASTE SULU'S BEST LOCAL DISHES AT D' COUSINS: If you're looking for something to eat after the tiring tour, eat at D' Cousins. They are prominent with their Tausug delicacies for a cheaper price. With Sam and Rhu-Rhu.

Peacekeepers In is the cheapest hotel in Sulu

WHERE TO STAY AND CHEAP HOTEL IN JOLO,SULU: 

There are a few hotels in Jolo, Sulu. One of these is Sulu Peacekeepers In located inside Camp Asturias. For an overnight stay, I paid 950 pesos for a single bed, with aircon, tv and toilet and bath. This is the safest place because it is being run by a cooperative owned by the peacekeepers (uniformed personnel).

hotels in jolo, sulu

HOW TO GET TO JOLO,SULU:

In my case, from Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, I took a ferry to Jolo, Sulu. However, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have their daily trips to Zamboanga City International Airport. Then, a ferry ride from Zamboanga City Port to Bongao (9 hours travel time). For schedule of trips, you can check Aleson Shipping Lines's facebook page.

TO CONSIDER BEFORE TRAVELING TO JOLO, SULU: They have a protocol that all tourists MUST COORDINATE WITH THE TOURISM OFFICE. For contact person and travel tips, just PM ME HERE.

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