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Pandan Hills: Eastern Aklan’s Hidden Paradise

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Richard Cahilig | Aug 23, 2018

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An early morning view of Pandan Hills
An early morning view of Pandan Hills

Pandan Hills are verdant rolling hills located in Barangay Bay-ang, Batan, Aklan. It offers a scenic view of green sloping grounds covered with cogon grasses, nearby forests, mountain ranges, and the Tinago Lake or ‘Tinagong Dagat.’ The vast grassland serves as a food sanctuary for cows and carabaos (water buffalos) while the surrounding lake is known as one of the province's rich fishing grounds. The refreshing panoramic view of it’s rolling hills can rival the Panaktakan of Malay.

Pandan Hills is considered as a top attraction for adventure-goers, newbie hikers, and landscape photographers. 

Amazing view of sunrise over Tinagong Dagat
Amazing view of sunrise over Tinagong Dagat
Cogon grasses rippling in the breeze as the sun rises over Tinagong Dagat.
Cogon grasses rippling in the breeze as the sun rises over Tinagong Dagat.
The striking sunrise view of Pandan Hills and Tinagong Dagat surrounding the area.
The striking sunrise view of Pandan Hills and Tinagong Dagat surrounding the area.
Spectacular view of the Tinagong Dagat from Pandan Hills
Spectacular view of the Tinagong Dagat from Pandan Hills
Fishermen in their boats visiting their fish pens at Tinagong Dagat
Fishermen in their boats visiting their fish pens at Tinagong Dagat

 

Lush green hillside in Pandan Hills
Lush green hillside in Pandan Hills
Cows grazing in green meadows
Cows grazing in green meadows
Fish pens in Tinagong Dagat
Fish pens in Tinagong Dagat
The surrounding hills can be explored by scooter
The surrounding hills can be explored by scooter
An insta-worthy spot in Pandan Hills
An insta-worthy spot in Pandan Hills
Stunning landscape of Pandan Hills covered with lush greenery.
Stunning landscape of Pandan Hills covered with lush greenery.
 
How to get there:
 
Pandan Hills is normally an hour away from the town of Kalibo and a few minutes away from the town of Altavas. It is accessible by car and motorcycle or scooter. If you’re commuting from Kalibo, ride a bus to Iloilo or jeepney to Altavas and get dropped at Sitio Himbis, Barangay Lalab, Batan, Aklan. From there, take a habal-habal to Pandan Hills. From the road end you can reach it by foot for only 10-15 minutes  of walk or you can opt to drive up with your motorcycle, scooter, or bike following the narrow path winding around and atop the hills.
 
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