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.
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.
Rich is a former Systems Administrator who left his job abroad in 2016 and spontaneously went backpacking in Israel and all ASEAN countries for more than 7 months before he headed home back to Philippines. He loves history, culture, geography, photography, and explorations. While traveling, he keeps a digital journal of his experiences and make interesting stories out of them. Often, you can see him driving his scooter around remote areas in Panay searching for new mountains to scale. Traveling made him realized that travel writing is his passion. Now, he spends most of his time blogging and managing http://richnritch.com. He is a Tourism Promotion Services NCII holder and finds pleasure in supporting local eco-tourism.