Bongao is a municipality in the province of Tawi-Tawi, Philippines. In the early 1970s, Bongao is merely a backwater village ruled by the prominent noble Halun family, who used to own about 3/4 of the island.
The capital of the province is Bato-Bato.
According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 58,174 people in 10,146 households.
The provincial capitol building is located on a hill overlooking the bay, a Taj Mahal inspired.
One tourist attraction is the famous Bud Bongao (Bongao Peak).
The Town Hall is located in Datu Halun St., Poblacion is the commercial hub. Most of the businesses here are owned by local Chinese. Banks operating in Bongao include Land Bank of the Philippines, Philippine National Bank and Allied Banking Corporation.
The following schools are found in Bongao: Mindanao State University-Tawi-Tawi College of Technology and Oceanography (MSU-TCTO), Tawi-Tawi State Agricultural College (TSAC), Mahardika Institute of Technology (MITI), Abubakar Learning Center Foundation College (ACLC), Tawi-Tawi School of Midwifery (TSF). The first two are government owned state colleges, while the last three are privately-owned.
Bongao is politically subdivided into 35 barangays.
The place has two seasons: dry and wet The climate is generally moderate. The wettest months are from August to November. The other months of the year are generally dry with occasional rain showers.