My Panay: AKLAN

6:21 pm

Tourists come in hoards - flying in through Caticlan and Kalibo airport to get to Boracay. Not many set aside time to explore other parts of the province or island; part of this could be not knowing what there is to do. Up until recently, I never showed interest in exploring the area either.

Flash geography lesson! Panay is about 12,000 sq km across (for reference, Boracay is 10.3 sq km). It is divided into four provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo. Boracay is located in Aklan, by the northeast side of Panay. 

I've made it my new goal to visit and explore all four provinces.

Things to do in Aklan:

1. Boracay Island

White beach is the main beach with many options for food and activities, but there are other parts of the island to explore which are more reminiscent of Boracay's virgin days. Pictured above is one of the beaches on the other side of the island - perfect for a quiet afternoon.

2. Mountains (and renewable energy options!)

Nothing like a reminder of how small you are, and how beautiful the world can be.

3. Cold Springs

Hurom Hurom in Nabas is popular with the locals during hot hot hot summer days.
Photo by Manila Rising

4. Mangroves 

Pictured below is Ibajay Mangrove Eco Park. There is another mangrove park called Bakhawan Eco Park in Kalibo which is even bigger - and ends with a view of the ocean and some picnic huts.

5. Jawili Falls

There are seven basins where visitors dare to jump from one basin into another. During the rainy season, water gushes down its slope.

6. Beaches

Tons of coastline to explore. Pictured below is a specific (stunning) beach whose name I will not tell you. It's currently still considered a local's secret - who am I to give it away?

Don't forget to drown yourself in greens and blues. ☮

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