Malamawi Beach is a beautiful pristine white sand beach in Basilan. It is just 15 minutes away from Isabela City which is the capital city of the province. In Basilan, the Malamawi island is a hidden gem that has yet to be discovered.
Malamawi’s White Beach
On the other side of Malamawi is a long stretch of pristine beach, known for its delicate coast and rich crystal blue waters.
Just a few meters from the shoreline are cottages, each with an improvised wooden table and a bench made from coco lumber.
The shoreline of Malamawi White Beach..
How to get there
Fly to Zamboanga City International Airport via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines that has daily flights going to and from Zamboanga. Ride a jeepney going to Zamboanga City Hall and walk towards Zamboanga Port that is about 20-30mins ride from the airport. Ride either Ordinary Ferry or Fast Craft going to Isabela City, Basilan.
When you’ve arrived at Isabela City Port, hop on over to banca (Isabela City Port to Malamawi Island) which is just a few steps from where your ship docked for Php 5 per head. Upon stepping on Malamawi Island, choose your ride will it be habal-habal(tricycle) for Php 25 per head or Multicab for only Php 600 good for two-way ride already and it can accommodate about 10-12 people which depends on the size of the multicab.
RORO Schedule via Aleson Shipping Lines
The first trip from Zamboanga is at 6:30AM and heading back from Isabela City, Basilan last trip is at 3:30PM. The trip is about 2 hrs or less via ordinary ferry, while on fast craft is about 30-45 mins ahead.
Local Travel Guide in The Philippines TIPS and REMINDERS
It is a kilometer long white sand beach, flour quality sand, transportation is good and people are very hospitable. Best spot for swimming, snorkeling and taking plenty of pictures for your social media posts. Though, most people fear Basilan but a lot of people who just want to travel and explore the Philippines found Malamawi Island the best place is Basilan.
Moreover, take the first trip of ferry or fast craft to have more time exploring the beauty of Basila, always go with your tour guide and lastly, be brave, vigilant and enjoy Basilan!