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5 Provinces In 4 Days: Panay Island + Negros Occidental Itinerary


Jaysel Ramos
Jaysel Ramos | Apr 11, 2017
5 Provinces In 4 Days: Panay Island + Negros Occidental Itinerary



4 Days 5 Provinces
Western Visayas (Region VI) Solo Backpacking

Antique Iloilo Guimaras
Negros Occidental Roxas, Capiz

Point Of Entry/Exit: Kalibo International Airport


This spur-of-the-moment trip started with my arrival at Kalibo International Airport, your gateway to one hell of an experience. Armed with my trusty backpack and the thought of the wise words ‘negotiate, negotiate, negotiate’

My trip began in one province in Western Visayas. 

Day 1: Mararison Island, Antique

From the airport, my plan was to visit Malalison/Mararison Island in the first instance. I caught a trike from the airport to Ceres bus terminal and from there, I got on a bus to Culasi. It was a bit of an old bus with no airconditioner and suspension that had seen better days, but it 2qw only for 2-3 hours.

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A beautiful view of the ocean from the mountain

Day 2: Malalison Topview + Kawa Hot Bath + Garin Farm

I spent the day exploring the island; having a guide to tour you around the island is not only advised, but in fact mandatory. Mararison is dubbed as the “Batanes of Visayas." The scenery will surely stimulate your senses, and the locals (especially the kids) are super friendly.

I returned to Culasi Port and then took a bus to Brgy. Importante, Tibiao. I rode the habal-habal going to Kayak Inn where I was welcomed by a hot bath. 

It’s getting to be a busy day as after about a few hours it’s onwards to Garin Farm, which is known as a pilgrim's destination, as well as being a place where one can encounter "Herald Angels"

Having cleansed my soul, it was onwards to Samurai Talabahan for something to eat and somewhere to spend the night in: a cheap hotel provided what I needed, and at least it was clean.

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Mountain sunrise


A refreshing hot bath!


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Day 3: The Ruins + Campuestohan + Iloilo City

Undecided where to spend the rest of my two days, I took an unqualified—through lack of any prior info—move going to Negros Occidental. From Iloilo Port, I caught a ferry going to Negros Occidental. After approxiamtely two hours riding the ferry, I eventually arrived at Bacolod Port. From there I haggled a taxi from the port for a great price to take me on a tour of the two most visited destinations in the area. Firstly, I caught the beauty of The Ruins, and after that sucked in the almost “New Zealand-ish” and certainly ”The Hobbit-ish” world of Campuestohan.

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New Zealand feels right here in the Philippines
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The beautiful Ruins of Iloilo

Day 4: Guimaras + Roxas City, Capiz

Early start to catch the first boat going to Guimaras. I took a jeepney from my hotel going to Ortiz Wharf, and it only took me 15 minutes to get to the island. I hired a trike for a land tour, which included the following destinations:

  • Smallest Plaza Capitol
  • Raymen Beach Resort (20php Entrance fee)
  • The Pitstop (Mango Pizza)
  • Trappist Monastery
  • Mango Plantation
  • San Lorenzo Windmills
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The cutest plaza in the Philippines


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Where the best mangoes come from!
A wonderful view of the open sea!

I finished my tour early (10AM) and since my flight back to Manila was still at 9pm, I decided to visit Roxas City, in Capiz first before catching my flight.

From Ortiz Warf, I hopped on a jeepney going to Tagbak Terminal, then caught a bus going to Roxas City. It took me 2 hours to reach the place and the first thing I did on arrival was to hop on a trike to take me on a tour around the city.

  • Roxas Cathedral
  • Roxas City Fountain
  • Roxas City Bandstand
  • Provincial Capitol
  • Pan-ay Church
  • Big Bell
  • Dried Fish Factory

At this point it was already 5PM when I finished so just to ensure I did not miss my flight, I hopped on a van back to Kalibo as the airport was two hours away.

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Old churches dot the Philippines


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The biggest bell in all of Asia!


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Roxas City

The whole trip was fantastic – the open road, wind in your hair, new friends met, and new experiences of some amazing places, experienced firsthand.

Read the entire articles here: 4-Day Panay Island + Negros Occidental Adventure. Visit my blog BYAJAYRO for more ideas on where to travel in the Philippines in a cheaper way.

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