Patricia Aleckzandra | PinoyTrekker
The Philippines is home of big biodiversities, natural resources, rich culture and traditions, and scenic places which both locals and foreigners enjoy. Of the three main divisions of islands in the Philippines, Visayas has the smallest land area with provinces that has its own adventure waiting to be discovered. In the western part of Visayas is an island full of wonders. Panay Island is the 6th largest island in the country, and is divided into four provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Ilolilo. These provinces may all be in Panay but is surely unique from one another. To make your trip to Panay Island a memorable one, here are the four provinces and what you can do while you are there.
Just because the province is the gateway to the white, sandy beaches of Boracay, it doesn’t mean you should limit your visit to it. Also known as the Land of Sand, Sound, and Fiber, Aklan has many adventures to offer within its boundaries.
- Kalibo and Bakhawan Eco-Park. Being the capital of Aklan, Kalibo has its own attractions which you should not miss. Learn a lot about Piña cloth production, and other things about the “Queen of Philippine Fabrics”. While you are there, visit the 220-hectare mangrove forest known as Bakhawan Eco-Park. To complete your visit, you should also try Tamilok… and no, we won’t tell you what it is.
Known as the place Where the Mountains Meet the Sea, Antique is a gem waiting to be discovered.
- Mararison Island. The little Batanes of Visayas, Mararison Island is a 55-hectare hook-shaped island where you can trek up the mountain to enjoy a 360 degree view of the island and the vast waters surrounding it. Enjoy the island’s white sand beaches, as well as the beauty of marine flora and fauna of Mararison.
- Seco Island. From the work “siko” or elbow, this will be your sweet escape from the hustles of the busy city streets. Dubbed as the “New Paradise”, not only can you enjoy a stroll on the 1.5km stretch of fine white sand and swimming into its clear blue waters, but also beach activities such as snorkeling, sunbathing, and beach games.
Your seafood craving will be satisfied in the province of Capiz. Known as the Seafood Capital of the Philippines, Capiz’ abundant supply of marine resources has given its locals the opportunity to practice and master traditional ways of cooking seafood, as well as to come up with innovative ones. But it is not only the seafood food trip you should be experiencing in Capiz.
- Capiz Heritage Tour. To know more about Capiz, a stroll down the town plaza of Roxas City (formerly known as the municipality of Capiz) will give you a glimpse of the culture and history of the infrastructures of the province. Visit the “Story Teller” or the Panublion Museum. If you are fan of old churches, you should not miss the majestic Santa Monica Parish Church or Pan-ay Church where the biggest church bell in Asia is housed.
- Liktinon Falls and Sangha Farm Tour. For your Liktinon Falls adventure, prepare to your legs and jump from one huge boulder to another. This will be tricky but very fun. Just remember to have someone expert to guide you through the steep way going to the waterfalls. Sangha Aqua Adventure Park, on the other hand, will give you an educational and interactive experience. It has activities like fishing, boating, crab tying, and making products out of coconut palm leaves.
The Heart of the Philippines, Iloilo occupies the center part of the Philippines. Scattered around the province are grand mansions and century-old churches of different architectural design.
- Guimaras Day Tour. Aside from its beautiful white sand beaches, Guimaras is known for its sweet mangoes. Indulge with sweet mango pizza at PitStop.
- Iloilo City Heritage Tour. With structures depicting a mixture of colonial past and western influences, surely you will want to know more about the city. Do not forget to visit different significant places such as old colonial houses, churches, and other structures. Fall deeper in love with the Philippines’ City of Love.