Best of Aklan | Things to do, Hotels, Resorts, Guides
Aklan is the oldest province in the Philippines, organized in 1213 by settlers from Borneo, as the Minuro it Akean to include what is now Capiz. It became an independent province when President Magsaysay signed into law on April 25, 1956, Republic Act 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz.
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Canyon de Boracay
Find a luxurious retreat in Boracay Island fit for the most discriminating traveler. Step into Canyon de Boracay and discover an Asian-inspired tropical paradise where verdant surroundings welcome you, complemented by plush exterior furnishings. This boutique hotel is also perfectly situated in Station 2, just steps away from the white sand beach and the hippest bars and restaurants this paradise island has to offer. Our hotel presents thirty one spacious guest rooms including Courtyard and Villa Suites that open to lush greeneries. Each suite is graciously appointed with artworks and tastefully selected pieces creating a distinctive sense of intimate comfort. Room categories include Deluxe, Courtyard Suite and Villa Suites.
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Agos Boracay is a 100% Filipino, family-run no frills guesthouse. We are centrally located along the Main Road in Station 2 (restaurant, shopping and entertainment heart of Boracay) and in between world-famous White beach and Bulabog beach. Strategically located between these 2 beaches, guests can easily walk to both beaches. Come enjoy the views of the horizons and catch the romantic sunset while relaxing at the 4th floor sun deck. We are just five minutes by foot to White Beach, D'Mall and D'Talipapa and 15 minutes to Bulabog beach. Whether you are a solo traveler, on a honeymoon or a group of 3-6 persons, plan to stay for a few days or a year, we have something for you! Here, carefree mornings segue into lazy afternoons and onto a vibrant nightlife on the beachfront. For travelers seeking an authentic experience and homey environment, Agos Boracay Rooms and Beds is the perfect place to enjoy their vacation.
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Patio Pacific Resort opened in 1990, known as Pink Patio, with 8 rooms, and has evolved into a 65-room paradise. The resort is proud to be conferred with the E3 award or the Excellence in Economy and Ecology for medium enterprise by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) as well as the Best "Triple A" Resort in Western Visayas award by the Department of Tourism's Regional Tourism Excellence Awards in 2007.
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Zapa Inn - D' Sapa Lodge
A homestay with a price that's right for a good night
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Angel Charms Travellers Inn
Strategically located at Kalibo, this inn is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay.
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Hangin Kite Resort
Kiteboarding enthusiasts, beach lovers, sun worshippers, or simple people who just need a break - everyone is welcome. The first established kiteboarding center and school in Boracay, Hangin Kite Center and Resort has expanded into a one-stop leisure place with 10 modern resort rooms and its own bar/cafe. Come stay with us during Kiteboarding Season, right in the middle of the action on Bulabog Beach from end of October to April. Or, find refuge from the hustle and bustle of White Beach during Summer or Low Season and enjoy our lower rates from May to early October.
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Hostel Avenue is the first and only beachfront hostel in Boracay White Beach. Strategically located in the center of the island, it is just a few steps away from the most exciting and entertaining spots in Boracay. The property is only a few seconds away from DMALL, and is surrounded by several restaurants, recreational areas, night clubs, transportation hubs, and shopping centers. Hostel Avenue is undoubtedly the perfect stop for all backpackers around the globe!The property has a capsule-inspired bed setup, offering good accommodation with a fantastic value for money. The property’s friendly receptionists are also available to assist guests with any issues as well as help arrange for tours. Hostel Avenue is surely a great base from which to explore this highly popular travel destination. Whatever you need, Hostel Avenue will deliver it for you!
White Beach in Boracay
The most photographed beach in the Philippines, Boracay's White Beach is an iconic tropical marvel in Asia. The sand is as fine as talcum powder, and stretches an overwhelming four kilometers. Walking barefoot from end to end would take about 30 minutes. The beach is roughly divided into three docking stations when boats used to drop off tourists along the shore. Station 3 is home to budget travelers and dormitories. Station 2 is the shopping center of the island, and is the most crowded. Station 1 is the high end and least crowded section of the beach. Farther away from Station 1, following the cemented pathway along the coastline will take visitors to Diniwid Beach. The most commercialized beach in the Philippines, White Beach swarms with tourists and establishments, from bars and restaurants, hotels and resorts, to dive shops and souvenir shops. This beach is also the gateway to Boracay's numerous water activities, the best of which include island hopping, paraw sailing, and sunset cruising. Major events in Boracay are hosted on this beach. These include the annual Ati-Atihan Festival (second Sunday of January), Boracay International Dragon Boat Festival (April or May), Halloween Party, New Year's Eve Party, and the monthly three-day Full Moon Party.
Tambisaan Beach serves as an alternative entry point to Boracay during stormy weather. The beach spans about 500 meters of coarse white sand, and marks the jump-off to nearby snorkeling and scuba diving destinations such as those surrounding Crocodile Island and Crystal Cove Island. Tambisaan Beach is one of the few beaches in Boracay where travelers will find Boracay's longtime island residents. The beach is lined with several huts, palm trees, and eateries. Hotels and resorts are almost nonexistent on this beach, except for one house that could be rented out to big families. On a regular day, Tambisaan Beach is docked with fishing boats and kids lapping in its shallow waters. Two islets can also be explored on foot by simply following the cemented pathways. The beach is best visited in the morning either to watch the sunrise or the local scene when residents unload cargo, such as fish and vegetables, from outrigger boats.
Puka Beach is an outcry from Boracay's famous White Beach. Unlike the restaurant, bar, and hotel-studded White Beach, Puka Beach is uninhabited, with only two establishments at one end. The rest of the 800-meter beach is laid-back and raw, lined with a dense forest and some coconut trees. But unlike the impressive powdery white sand and flatness of White Beach, Puka Beach has coarse sand and plunges deeply, reaching up to the waist after only a few meters from the shore. Puka Beach gets its name from puka shells, which are abundant in the area. Before the island became popular for its White Beach, Boracay was first known for its puka shells. The shells were strung into jewelry and decorative items, and reached as far as western countries. Today, such items are still sold among the stalls at the beach entrance. While it is part of the island hopping destinations in Boracay, Puka Beach is best visited for an entire lazy afternoon until sundown. Apart from viewing the sunset, travelers can also catch sightings of fruit bats and the endangered Giant Golden-Crowned Flying Fox, a huge bat endemic to the Philippines. Meanwhile, across Puka Beach lies Carabao Island, yet another paradise island in the Philippines.
Mt. Luho Viewpoint
At 100 meters above sea level, Mt. Luho Viewpoint is the highest point in Boracay. Built on this peak is a small zoo housing a few mammal and avian species such as monkeys, bearcats, lesser frigatebirds, brahminy kites, and chinese chickens. The highlights of this destination, however, are its 200-meter zipline (P700/head) and its viewdeck. Standing on bamboo stilts, Mt. Luho's viewdeck offers a 360-degree view of islands Boracay, Carabao, Crystal Cove, and Panay. The deck also overlooks Bulabog Beach, the private beaches of Fairways and Bluewater Newcoast, and the nearby 180-hectare golf course. In addition, Mt. Luho Viewdeck is one of the optional stopovers when riding an all-terrain vehicle in Barangay Yapak.
Ilig-iligan Beach is possibly the remotest beach in Boracay Island, and can only be accessed through motorbike, a short hike, or by chartering a tricycle (P250/hour). The beach stretches almost a kilometer of grainy, white sand, and faces a few islets. Unlike White Beach and Bulabog Beach, Ilig-iligan Beach is underdeveloped and less crowded, with only two resorts and a small restaurant. At the northern end of the beach are a forest and some rock formations. Farther off shore, visitors will find the Bat Caves with the help of a local guide (approx. P300 guide fee). Visiting the caves, however, may not be a rewarding experience. It requires a steep descent where rugged footwear is recommended. The caves reek of guano and are home to hundreds of fruit bats, flying foxes, and mosquitoes. Be sure to use insect repellant and bring a flashlight when visiting the area.
Diniwid Beach is a short extension of White Beach located beyond Station 1. It shares White Beach's quality of white sand, and could be quite secluded from White Beach's crowd and party scenes. Spanning about 200 meters, the beach is lined with 10 hotels and resorts, some of which are built on the cliffs. From White Beach's Station 1, Diniwid Beach could be reached through a cemented walkway along the shore. Also found on this walkway is a statue of the Virgin Mary, one of the emblems of Catholicism in Boracay. Meanwhile, swimming for 10 minutes from Diniwid to the northwest, visitors will find a white mansion built on large corals.
Crystal Cove Island
Crystal Cove Island is a 2.5-hectare stone-age park sitting on a large coral in between Boracay Island and Panay Island. Privately owned, the island has two cream beaches for snorkeling, two caves, a small museum, and a prehistoric vibe due to its stone huts, stone towers, and stone pathways. Upon entrance, visitors are free to explore the island for a whole day. While it is included in the island hopping destinations in Boracay, Crystal Cove Island is best explored for at least half a day. Just follow the road signs and stone pathways interconnecting its beaches, caves, museum, and small aviary. From one of the stone towers, visitors can have a panoramic view of islets and islands nearby, such as Crocodile, Boracay, Carabao, and Panay Islands. Crystal Cove Island gets its name from its two crystal caves, aptly named Crystal Cave 1 and 2. Known for their opaque and unpolished crystals, the caves open out to the sea, where visitors can also swim during good weather. Because there are no restaurants on the island, visitors are advised to bring their own food and drinks, or avail the island's tour packages, which includes meals.
Cagban Beach is the very first beach visitors will see when visiting Boracay Island. Half of the beach is dedicated to Cagban Jetty Port, the main entry and exit point from Caticlan to Boracay. This port is saturated with advertisements printed on tarpaulins, and is busy with tourists, travel agents, tour operators, and tricycle drivers. While this half of the beach is cemented, the other half still retains its raw, cream sand. This part of the beach is docked with a few fishing boats and is suitable for swimming. Cagban Beach also has views of Crystal Cove Island and the mainland Panay. Right across the one-kilometer stretch of deep sea is the Caticlan Jetty Port, only a 15-minute ferry ride away.
Aklan is the oldest province in the Philippines, organized in 1213 by settlers from Borneo, as the Minuro it Akean to include what is now Capiz. It became an independent province when President Magsaysay signed into law on April 25, 1956, Republic Act 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz. Aklan was inaugurated as an independent province on November 8, 1956.
Aklan encompasses the northwestern portion of Panay Island and nearby Boracay Island, both situated within the Visayas island group and having an estimated land area of 181, 789 hectares. Cadastrally located between 12°N, 11°19' S and between 121°50' W, 122°35' E, the province is bordered by the Sulu Sea on the northwest, the Sibuyan Sea on the northeast and the east, by the province of Antique on the west, and by the province of Capiz on the south. The northernmost limit of Aklan is Lapuz-Lapuz point on Boracay Island (Malay), while the southernmost limit is that point in the municipality of Libacao where the borders of Aklan, Antique, Capiz meet. The easternmost part of the province is the eastern shoreline of Mambuquiao Bay in the municipality of Batan; the westernmost location is Pucio Point (Buruanga). Political Subdivision The province is composed of 17 municipalities, the largest in land area being Libacao, and the smallest, Lezo. Each municipality maintains a municipal government whose seat is the poblacion. It has 327 barangays.
CLIMATE According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geographical and Astronomical Service Administration, the province of Aklan is characterized by two areas of somewhat different climates. The coldest month is experienced in January measuring 26° rises steadily to an average of 29° in May, and then declines gradually to the January level. The best time to visit is on the months of October to May.
POPULATION The total number of the population of Aklan as of the year 2000 is 451,314.
LANGUAGE/DIALECT The Aklanons primarily speak Akeanon. The people also speak English, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano.
MAJOR INDUSTRIES Most Akeanons derive livelihood from rice, corn, coconut, abaca, and pottery making. Fishponds and offshore fishing employ many persons in the province. What thrive in Aklan are small-scale industries like piña cloth weaving, abaca and bamboo handicraft. Pottery making and pop rice (ampaw) making are local industries that have augmented the people's livelihood in this province. Residents living near the banks of the river make clay pots and jar the old-fashioned way, as others engage in pop rice making. Popularly known as "ampaw" in the local dialect, it is processed from cooked rice, dried, deep fried with oil and sugar, and then molded into the same sizes and dried slowly.
The information here has been sourced from Wikipedia. Check back to see our own updates after our team has explored this part of the Philippines.