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The Premiere Business Hotel
The first Business Hotel in Kalibo. Conveniently located just outside Kalibo Town Proper away from the busy areas. Five minutes away from Kalibo International Airport and Downtown Kalibo.The Premiere Business Hotel houses the The Emerald Dragon Chinese Restaurant, the best Chinese Cuisine in Kalibo. Enjoy the sumptuous Fried Noodles or the Pata Tim.The Premiere Business Hotel also houses the The Premiere Cafe, a fusion of Italian and American cuisines.For a more enjoyable stay in Kalibo, book with us at The Premiere Business Hotel!!!
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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.
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 along 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.
Called the "back beach" of Boracay Island, Bulabog Beach is one-kilometer away from White Beach, and stretches 2.5 kilometers of coarse, cream sand. Unlike White Beach, Bulabog Beach is not advisable for swimming due to the presence of sea urchins and wind addicts. Rather, the beach is popular to kitesurfers and wind surfers during the Amihan Season (November to April), and also offers different surfing lessons to beginners. Otherwise, it's a good place to just grab a beer and watch adrenaline junkies wrestle with the wind. On a regular day, Bulabog Beach is grim with seaweeds and docked with fishing boats. At the northern end of the beach is a cemented road that leads to Mt. Luho Viewpoint (P120/head, take a tricycle or walk for 20mins), which offers a panoramic view of Bulabog Beach, Boracay Island, and nearby islands such as Carabao Island and Panay Island. Most importantly, Bulabog Beach is most known for hosting the annual Boracay International Funboard Cup every January or February. The cup is one of the largest kitesurfing and windsurfing races in Asia.
Boracay Terraces Viewdeck
Boracay Terraces Viewdeck offers a unique perspective to Boracay's White Beach and the mainland Panay. Marked by a gigantic red cross, the viewdeck is about four-storeys high, and sits on top of a cliff behind Boracay Terraces Resort. It is best visited during sunset, when the entire White Beach is tinged with an orange glow. The viewdeck itself is a grave site to the ashes of Steve Tajanlangit, owner of the resort who died in 2011. The ashes are placed inside a small cemented vault at the foot of the large cross, and enclosed in a quiet forest. To reach the viewdeck, visitors would have to trek on rugged terrain for about 10 minutes. During rainy days, however, the trail turns muddy and slippery.
If you plan to cook your own food on a regular basis in Boracay Island, Talipapang Bukid is the best place to shop. Unlike the tourist prices of D'Palengke and D'Talipapa, Talipapang Bukid's fresh produce are sold at local price. Items sold here include organic and non-organic fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat, canned goods, and kitchenwares.
One of the three wet markets in Boracay Island, D'Talipapa is popular for its freshly caught seafood. From a choice of seashells, crabs, scallops, lobsters, shrimps, and a dozen various kinds of fish, visitors can point out whichever seafood they like and have them cooked in one of the surrounding eateries. Best served with a steaming cup of white rice, the seafood can either be grilled, steamed, or cooked in coconut milk, spicy sauce, or tamarind soup. Also in D'Talipapa, visitors will find fresh fruits, vegetables, dry goods, and several retail stalls selling souvenir items, t-shirts, lamps, bags, and accessories.
D'Mall Palengke is one of the three wet markets in Boracay Island. Located beside Crafts Grocery, D'Mall Palengke comprise about 10 stalls selling fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meat. Here travelers will also find a few convenience stores selling softdrinks, snacks, toiletries, and dry goods. D'Mall Palengke is known to sell tourist-price produce, unlike the mid-range price of D'Talipapa, and the local-price of Talipapang Bukid.
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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.