How to Get Here
Tricycles, jeepneys and L300 vans are the means of transportation in the province. Minimum fare for tricycle is Php 10.00 while Php 7.00 for jeepneys. A ride from a town to another starts at Php 20.00 and can go up depending on the distance.
Kalibo has good numbers of hotels and inns that offers affordable stay as well as pricey accommodation.
Budget – Php 350.00
Reasonable – Php 800.00 – Php 1,100.00
Expect a more pricey accommodation when in the island of Boracay.
Bed & Breakfast accommodations starts at Php 990.00.
Php 70.00 – Php 250.00 per meal
Tourist attraction entrance fee
Starts at Php 5.00
Average price per day
Php 1,500.00 - Php 2,000.00
The province of Aklan is within reach via air, land and sea travel.
By air: Aklan has 2 airports – the Godofredo Ramos Airport or Caticlan Airport in Malay and the Kalibo International Airport in Andagao, Kalibo, the only international airport in the country that is located outside of a major city.
Kalibo is only 45-50 minutes by plane from Manila and 30 minutes from Cebu. The following airline companies fly to Kalibo daily:
Kalibo International Airport services international flights going to Taipei, Shanghai, Hongkong, Busan, Seoul-Incheon, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Depending on the date of travel, Manila-Kalibo airfare starts at Php 2,700.00 one way. Once in Kalibo airport, there are tricycles and L300 vans that can be hired to take you to your destination. Fare rates starts at Php 50.00 for tricycle and Php 100.00 for the L300 van.
By land: From Iloilo to Kalibo, there are buses and vans as mode of transportation. Air-conditioned buses can take 3 to 3.5 hours of travel while the regular ones can take up to 4 hours or more.
From Roxas City, Capiz, bus travel is around 2 hours; while from Antique, depending on the place of origin, may take from 3 hours to 6 hours.
By sea: Boat trip from Batangas Pier to Caticlan Jetty Port is approximately 9-11 hours. Shipping company servicing this route is 2Go. Boat fare, depending on the date of travel and the accommodation, starts from Php 900.00 and up.
The Caticlan Jetty Port also caters to RORO shipping lines. Bus companies have terminals in Cubao and Pasay with ticket price that starts from Php 1,300.00, depending on the season.
Best Time to Go
BEST TIME TO GO
The surge of tourists in the province of Aklan is mainly because of the island paradise, Boracay. Peak and off peak season, Boracay is a stunning charmer for all. Visitors flock to the island on the months of December all the way to May. Christmas season until summer vacation is the best time to hit the beach and party all night.
For divers and snorkelers, the summer or dry months are preferable to visit the island because the weather is favourable for such activities. It is also good for exploring other hidden and not-so-hidden attractions of the province.
The annual Ati-atihan Festival, held in January at Kalibo, is also one reason for the influx of tourists during the dry months. Known as the oldest festival in the country and dubbed as the “Mother of All Philippine Festivals”, Ati-atihan is Aklanon’s biggest display of culture and pure merriment both locals and tourists’ enjoy.
Light clothing is advisable when visiting this province. It is also good to bring sunblock and sun-hats when checking out tourist spots.
What to Do
Explore the other parts of the province
There’s more to Aklan aside from the world famous Boracay. Take for example, the town of Tangalan. An austere municipality 20 minutes from Kalibo, Tangalan boasts of an ancient church constructed for a period of 28 years through “polo y servicio” (forced labor) during the Spanish era, the classic St. John Nepomucene Church.
Also in Tangalan is the unique Jawili Falls and the quiet Jawili Beach.
Learn about mangroves
Aklan has several mangrove parks one can visit. Experience a touch of nature and learn a thing or two about these kinds of project. The bamboo walkway offers a moment of solitude whilst showing the significance of the thousand of mangroves protecting the area.
Experience Christmas anytime of the year
The beautiful Sampaguita Gardens, owned by the creator of Precious Moments dolls Sam Butcher, is a popular side trip when in Kalibo. The highlight of this boutique-resort is the Victorian Cottage, Jojo’s Christmas Cottage. It is an edifice that offers ‘Christmas Everyday Experience’. It’s a happy Christmas 24/7 here!
See the province’s landmarks
There are a number of interesting landmarks to see and discover in the province’s capital such as the neoclassical Kalibo Cathedral in front of Plaza Pastrana, the center of the festivities during the Ati-atihan Festival; the Museo it Akean, the province’s museum located across the church; and the Aklan Freedom Shrine that honors the 19 martyrs of Aklan.