Islands and Beaches

The Summer Guide to the Visayas Islands: Aklan

Belle Piccio
Belle Piccio | Apr 03, 2014

But before anything else, check out our fun Aklan info-map here!


Batan

The municipality of Batan was the home of the mythical Datu Kalantiaw in pre-colonial Philippines. Drop by the Kalantiaw Shrine located near the town's port.

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The Kalantiaw Shrine and Museum in Batan, Aklan from a 1976 postcard printed by the National Historical Institute; photo from mts.net

Explore Tinago Lake, also known as Tinagong Dagat (Hidden Sea), and a mangrove reforestation near Brgy. Tabon and Ipil. Tinagong Dagat is a bay with a narrow opening to the Sibuyan Sea; while there, visit Tabon Island, which is enclosed by the bay.

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Tabon, where most of the local fishermen reside; photo from trekearth.com


Buruanga

A secret hideaway for adventure seekers, Buruanga has a lot to offer with a lot of unspoiled scenic spots.

The name of the municipality, Buruanga, comes from the word “busuanga” which means “eruption” or “swell.” The name was changed from “Busuanga” to “Buruanga” when the Spaniards arrived, with the alteration probably just a clerical error.

Go cliff-diving and take a plunge into the waters of Ariel’s Point. Formerly known as Batason Point, it’s just a 30-minute boat ride from Boracay Island. It's a perfect place for snorkeling and swimming, too.

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Cliff dive at Ariel’s Point; photo from boracayadventure.com

Tuburan Beach or Tuburan Baybay is a great place for scuba divers, while the private Hinugtan White Beach is perfect for beach bums.

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Tuburan Baybay Beach Resort; photo from myboracayguide.com

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Hinugtan White Beach; photo from It’s More Fun In Buruanga FB page


Malay

Boracay Island, the Philippines' paradise.

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Boracay Sunset

Puka Beach is a great alternative to Boracay's crowded Stations 1, 2, and 3.

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Puka Beach, Boracay where the rare puka shells are found; photo by Tomas Tam from en.wikipedia.org


Nabas

You can also swim in the natural cold springs of Basang and Hurom-hurom for those who want to escape the summer sun.

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Hurom-hurom Cold Spring; photo from tripsiders.com


How to Get There:

From Manila, you can fly to Kalibo (Php3500++, round trip, 1 hour 15 minutes).


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