Tawi-tawi has arguably the freshest seafood anywhere. Go to the public market and see for yourself! They offer a wide variety of fish, squid, octopus, rays, edible seaweed, shellfish. Suggestion: buy fresh seafood from the market and have it cooked at the Beachside Inn!
Do try Tawi-tawi's Muslim delicacies, such as tamparan ( the local hot cake), pitis ( akin to suman) and pasong ( cone-shaped sticky rice cake). If you're daring about seafood, try the agal-agal, a dish of guso, lato, cucumber, onion, toasted grated coconut meat, and spices.
Tap water, it should be noted, is safe in Bongao. It is sourced from groundwater and is distributed using modern facilities. For queasy stomachs, on the other hand, bottled water is available in town.