The province of Aklan is located in Western Visayas in the Philippines and it is situated in the northwest part of Panay Island and borders Antique that is located in southwest. The locals believe that the province of Aklan was settled by settlers from Borneo during the 12th century and it was ruled by a chieftain named Datu Dinagandan. Now, Aklan is very popular because of Boracay, but sadly as of this year Boracay is closed due to various political intrigues that my simple mind don’t understand. We’ll list here what other places of interest that you may want to see if you are ever in the province.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Jawili Falls by rdexter
Jawili Falls is located in baranggay Jawili, Tangalan. This is one of the many beautiful falls the country has to offer and this one is unique because of its natural pools that pours down to make a make a gigantic limestone staircase. The entrance for the place is only five pesos so what stopping you from going there. This place is very beautiful and the spring water cascades from one basin to another and that makes a series of pretty mini waterfalls.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Splash by tanakawho
Hurom-hurom Spring is located in Nabas, Aklan. Nabas is just Boracay’s neighbor but as of now Boracay is closed so if you are already in Aklan, this would be a great place to visit. It is a cold spring and there are a lot of pools with varying depths. The water in this place comes from a nearby mountain spring so it is guaranteed to be clean.
Hacienda Maria is a newly discovered eco-tourism that is located in Baranggay Tigum, Buruanga, Aklan. This place is for the adventurers at heart because the place is very beautiful with its waterfalls and two caves that you can wander. There is also a giant cooking pot Jacuzzi where you’ll sit in a large metal bowl filled with lukewarm water and various herbs, it’ll make you feel like they are cooking you. The locals also teach the tourists how to make an alcohol beverage that is made from coconut sap called Lambanog.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Bakhawan Eco Park by rdexter
Bakhawan Eco Park is a 220 hectare park that is also a mangrove forest, the park is also known as the country’s most successful mangrove reforestation project. There are cabanas that you can rest into and just enjoy the scenery. The park is a good destination if you want to take a break from the city hassle and just want to relax and stroll around.
Photo Credits (Flickr CC): Kalibo Cathedral by rdexter
The cathedral was originally built in 1581 and stands as the oldest building of worship in the province, the church was also renovated during 1993 and the designs that was used for the renovations were one of the last works of the renowned national artist Leandro V. Locsin. A good place to see and enjoy the old architecture of the cathedral or to just pray.
Malay Eco Park is a very relaxing place to visit if you’re in Aklan. There are a lot of trees and cabins that are scattered around the park. A good place to bring the family an have a very laid back picnic. The park also has a variety of animals that are roaming around like birds, rabbits and goats.
Here’s another mangrove park for you and your family or friends to relax in, located in Barangay Panilongan, Buruanga. The park is covered with mangrove mazes that are full of shade and good for the environment and there is also a bamboo bridge that you can cross and there are fishes below. The park has a lot of nippa huts to stay in and they offer karaoke machines. The owner also allows guests to bathe in the sea.