Canadians in Basilan... it doesn't happen often. This was actually my second time going to Basilan, and I was so happy I could bring my Canadian friend Mike along with me. Over the years Basilan has had a very negative reputation due to Abu Sayyaf and extremism. Does the island still have a bit of this stuff going on... Yes. But it is not in abundance anymore and the Abu Sayyaf are really losing bad. Saying that thought, it wouldn't be right if you are a foreign national to just randomly go without contacting the local authorities and tourism office first.
But if you are Filipino... You can do everything that you are about to see in this video. Just hop the boat from Zamboanga City in the morning! This is our first day here in Basilan at a beach I love! Malamawi beach is so beautiful! The sand, the water and the majestic Basilan environment... this place is beautiful!
With peace and prosperity blooming... I have a lot of hope that as the years go by this island will continue to get safer and safer for people to visit. Again, if you are a foreign national DO NOT GO TO BASILAN unless you have contacted the local authorities first or have local connections.
Check out this beach! Check out our first day in Basilan!
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