Aklan and Antique offer sun-soaked adventures that go well beyond the sand and surf of its famous beaches. These Western Visayas provinces are filled to the brim with other natural sights and attractions where nature lovers can immerse themselves in in different ways. Here’s a list of destinations to include on your next visit to these provinces.
Kayaking, tubing, and kawa baths in and around Tibiao River. TIbiao River is an ecotourism destination with Grade 4 rapids that are perfect for river tubing and kayaking. The riverside attractions are just as enticing, lined with rustic riverside resorts that offer unique outdoor spa experiences such as fish spas and “kawa” baths – a hot spa bath inside a big kawa or cauldron.
Upcycled art in Basura Garden, Aklan. This privately owned tourist attraction in Balete is most sustainable as its name suggests. “Basura”, which means “trash”, is the main feature here – artifacts, antiques, and upcycled art using garbage from the community are turned into ornaments and artworks in different forms that charmingly adorn the space.
Seco Island in Tibiao, Antique. “Seco”, which means “elbow” in the local language, pertains to this small island’s elbow-shaped contour – which stands out in stark contrast against the surrounding crystal clear blue waters. It consists mostly of a fine, white sandbar and a cluster of sparse vegetation that gives it a beautifully desolate island charm.
San Miguel Wetland in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. Also known as Wetland No. 3, San Miguel Wetland is one of the nine wetlands being rehabilitated and primed for ecotourism in Boracay Island. It was adopted by San Miguel Corporation, that restored and enhanced the area so that the public may better appreciate and enjoy the importance of wetlands in our ecosystem.
Mandala Farm and Resort Villas in Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan. This spa offers award-winning treatments, such as the traditional hilot massage, healing baths, scrubs and wraps, all natural facial treatment, and more in a serene tropical environment. It also has its own farm where it grows most of the produce served in its restaurant, staying true to an authentic farm-to-table experience. It also has special packages for couples and different occasions.
Discover more destinations to see, experience, and savor in Aklan and Antique. Visit these links to map out your next journey across the Philippines.
- These Local Communities Are Thriving With Sustainable Tourism in the Philippines
- 8 Unique Nature and Culture Trips to Try in the Philippines
- Underrated Destinations in Western Visayas: A Discovery List
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