Looking for an eco-adventure destination in Panay Island? Tibiao in the province of Antique may just be the right place for you! The town offers a number of interesting and adrenaline-pumping eco-adventures like river tubing, white water river kayaking, nature trekking and whole lot more!


A Day Trip to Tibiao, Antique : Things to Do and See in Antique


We only had a day to spend in Tibiao but we managed to squeeze our itinerary and experienced some of the best attractions of the town. Ideally, you should spend at least a night to see more, but for travelers with limited time, you can still maximize your visit and have fun in Tibiao in a day. Here are some of the tourist attractions you can try in Tibiao, Antique:


Tibiao Kawa Hot Bath

Never leave Tibiao without trying the relaxing Kawa Hot Bath. It's one of the must-try activities in Tibiao and I guarantee you it's worth it. A big cauldron (kawa) filled with water and a "flavor" of your choice is set into a fire to make a warm bath. You can have a milk bath (P399), beer bath (P399), coffee bath (P399) or even a wine bath (P599). The Tibiao River in the background makes the experience more soothing and relaxing.



Tibiao Fish Spa

Tibiao Fish Spa is another tourist attraction you shouldn't miss. Enjoy a tranquilizing experience overlooking the Tibiao River. You will feel ticklish at first but it will fade after a short while and you will start loving the whole experience. It costs P119/30 minutes if you don't avail of the package. 




Lunch by the River in Tibiao

To make your Calawag Mountain Resort experience more fun and instagrammable, you should avail of the resort's boodle fight  by the river. The food is delicious and is good for up to four people. 




River Tubing in Tibiao

If you are a thrill seeker, then you must try Calawag Mountain Resort's Extreme River Tubing. It's an exciting way to enjoy the clear and wild water of the Tibiao River. It's definitely one of my favorite activities in Tibiao. For only P399, you get to enjoy the rapids of Tibiao River.





Other Activities you can try at Calawag Mountain Resort in Tibiao, Antique:


  • Basic Kayaking (P499/30 minutes)
  • Extreme Kayaking (P899)
  • Full Body Massage (P349)
  • Coffee Body Scrub (P349)


How to Get to Tibiao, Antique?

Tibiao is relatively easy to reach. The best way to get there is via Caticlan but of course you can also fly via Kalibo, Roxas or Iloilo but it will take more time to reach Tibiao. 

Going to Tibiao from Caticlan
Caticlan is the closest airport to Tibiao so it's the most ideal jump-off point when you visit the town. 
  • From Caticlan Airport, you can take a tricycle to the jetty port. From there, you can take a Ceres bus going to San Jose, Antique. 
  • Tell the driver or the conductor to drop you off in Tibiao. Most likely, they know where to drop you but if not, tell them to drop you at Barangay Importante (Petron Station).
  • Take a motorcycle (habal-habal) to Barangay Tuno. Fare is around P70 and travel time is around 10 minutes.
  • Before reaching the resort, the motorcycle driver will make a quick stop for you to register and pay the environmental fee of P50.

Going to Tibiao from Kalibo
  • From Kalibo Airport, take a tricycle to the terminal of Ceres Bus.
  • Hop on a bus bound to San Jose, Antique.
  • Follow the rest of the instructions above.

Going to Tibiao from Iloilo City
  • Go to Iloilo's Molo Terminal, take a van or bus bound for Caticlan, Pandan, or Culasi.  Make sure you don't hop on a bus to San Jose since it's on a different way. If so, you will have to get off in San Jose and take anotehr bus to Caticlan, Pandan or Culasi.

Going to Tibiao from Roxas City
  • From Roxas, take a van at the Roxas City Integrated Transport Terminal bound to Kalibo, travel time is around two hours.
  • From there, follow the instructions above.
To book your adventures in Tibiao, you may contact Calawag Mountain Resort at:
Mobile : 0917-4503121 or 0947-5316518 
Email: katahumtoursantique@gmail.com

This is part of my Panay Loop Tour blog series organized by the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines in partnership with SmallVille Travel and Tours.

Bakhawan Ecopark is a 220-hectare mangrove forest in Barangay New Buswang, Kalibo in the province of Aklan. Its rich diversity is home to different species like crabs, fishes, birds, oysters and a lot more. It also provides protection against natural disasters like floods and storm surge during typhoons.


Bakhawan Ecopark features a 1-kilometer boardwalk, picnic huts, watchtower, souvenir shop, canteen, massage area and a relaxing view of the Sulu Sea. It's restoration started in the 1990s with just 45 hectares. With the help of Kalibo Save the Mangroves Association (KASAMA), the local government unit of Kalibo and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the project grew and has provided livelihood for the locals since then.


It was my first time to visit the Bakhawan Ecopark. I already visited Aklan twice but I never really heard of this ecotourism site before so I was quite surprised that there is a massive mangrove forest in the province. Had I known, I would have visited this place long time ago.




Our group arrived past noon so we immediately headed to the middle of the mangrove forest where our sumptuous lunch was served. We had grilled oysters, prawns, steamed fish and a lot more. 


After lunch, we headed to the end of the boardwalk to witness a demonstration on how to carefully remove the tamilok (woodworm) from the wood. It is considered a native delicacy in Aklan and Palawan and is eaten raw after dipping in vinegar.


Why Visit the Bakhawan Ecopark?


Bakhawan offers its guests fresh air, fresh food and a relaxing experience. With just a minimal fee, you get to support the conservation of the mangrove forest which provides livelihood to the local community.



How to Get to Bakhawan Ecopark


From Kalibo Airport
Take a 10-minute tricycle ride from the airport. Fare is less than P100.


From Boracay Island
Ride a boat to Caticlan Port then take a van or bus to Kalibo town proper. From there, take a tricycle to New Buswang.

This is part of my Panay Loop Tour blog series organized by the Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines in partnership with SmallVille Travel and Tours.


Are you an adventurer who’s searching for your next great escapade? The Philippines offers various tourist attractions, and Samar is one of the places that you should definitely visit. In the Municipality of Paranas, you can go on the ultimate adrenaline rush ride: the Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Ride. 

Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Boat Ride | Photo Courtesy of Spark Samar

The name of the ride will surely spark the interest of any traveler and will leave you wondering why an ‘extreme ride’ is the way to go cruising along Samar’s longest river. For those concerned with their safety, the Ulot Watershed Model Forest (UWMF) supervises the rides, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Boat Ride | Photo Courtesy of Spark Samar

This tourist site recently won 1st place in the Best Practices on Community-Based Responsible Tourism (Community-Based Tourism Enterprise) category of the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines - Department of Tourism (ATOP - DOT) Pearl Awards. 

Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Boat Ride | Photo Courtesy of Spark Samar

The award itself is a reason to check out the Ulot river. If you want to know more about this awesome adventure ride, here are the reasons why you should put the Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Ride on your bucket list. 

  • You’ll get to see amazing scenery

Riding on the motorboat will let you appreciate the beauty of nature around you. Paranas doesn’t attract as many visitors as the other areas, so it’ll feel less crowded. If you’re looking for a getaway where you’ll get to take a break from your busy city life and in the sanctuary of nature, this place is for you. You’ll get to see the real beauty of nature - such as the cool, green water of the river. 

  • You’re helping the local people

The boat ride is actually a livelihood project for the locals to help them stay away from activities like timber poaching and wildlife hunting. Residents of Barangay Tenani formed TORPEDO, which stands for  Tour guides and boat Operators for River Protection and Environmental Development Organization.

The Department of Tourism helped TORPEDO by training them in white-water rescue, dealing with and guiding the tourists, and providing first aid in case of injuries. The boat ride was launched in 2010 but was closed down due to flooding. It was reopened in March 2011, and the project has been going strong since then.

  • You get to experience the adventure of a lifetime

The ride spans roughly a total of 10.5 kilometers of the Ulot river. You’ll go through more than ten rapids, and you can also swim and eat at Deni’s Point - the place which marks the end of the ride. This place is a secluded area where you’ll get to see various lifeforms such as birds and lizards which are found in the area. 

If you’re brave, you can try jumping at the whirlpool formed by the strong current of water flowing along the rocks. It’s perfectly safe, and you have your life vest to help you stay afloat. 

  • You get to have fun while staying safe

The torpedoes or the boats which you’ll ride in can seat a total of five people and costs 1,825 pesos for a two-hour ride. A tour guide, a driver, and a point man will accompany you and your companions. The people in charge are strict in following the rules to ensure that everyone stays safe during the ride. A DENR representative will also brief the tourists before the ride begins.

Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Boat Ride | Photo Courtesy of Spark Samar

Takeaway
The Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Ride is an adventure that you shouldn’t miss. You’ll have an unforgettable experience which you’ll carry with you for a lifetime. What’s better about the whole experience is you also get to help the local people earn for their livelihood. 

Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Boat Ride | Photo Courtesy of Spark Samar

Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Boat Ride | Photo Courtesy of Spark Samar

Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Boat Ride | Photo Courtesy of Spark Samar

To get to the Ulot river from Tacloban, take a van to Catbalogan (this will cost you P120). Get off at the Buray junction (look for the Petron gas station). Turn right to Taft-Paranas road via tricycle, and look for the Ulot river jump off point. 

***Special thanks to DOT 8 and the Province of Samar for providing the photos.

About the Author
Reicza Gene Olojan is a writer by passion. She writes for the purpose of social change and awareness. She loves exploring her hometown, Davao City, and writing articles showcasing its natural wonders.



Launched in 2005 during the 6th Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines (ATOP) National Convention in Bacolod City, ATOP-DOT Best Tourism Practices of the Philippines Awards was established to recognize exceptional tourism practices in the country. [Read: ANAHAW Philippine Sustainable Tourism Certification Awardees]


This year's ATOP-DOT Pearl Awardees were announced during the last day of the 19th  ATOP National Convention held in Misamis Oriental. Below is the list of winners.

Best Tourism Month/Week Celebration (Municipal Level)
2nd Place: Municipality of Dueñas, Iloilo
1st Place: Municipality of Bayambang, Pangasinan

Best Tourism Month/Week Celebration (City Level)
2nd Place: City of Antipolo Rizal
1st Place & Hall of Fame Award: Sagay City, Negros Occidental

Best Tourism Month/Week Celebration (Provincial Level)
2nd Place: Province of Compostela Valley
1st Place & Hall of Fame Award: Province of Capiz

Most Outstanding Tourism Officers
Iloilo Tourism Officers Association (ITOA)

Most Oustanding Tourism Officer
Junel Ann P. Divinagracia (Tourism Officer, Iloilo City)

Best Tourism-Oriented LGU (Municipal Level)
2nd Place: Municipality of Mauban, Quezon
1st Place: Municipality of Tanay, Rizal

Best Tourism-Oriented LGU (City Level)
3rd Place: City of Bacoor, Cavite
2nd Place: City of Ilagan, Isabela
1st Place & Hall of Fame Award: Tagum City, Davao del Norte

Best Tourism-Oriented LGU (City Level)
3rd Place:  Province of Samar
2nd Place: Davao del Norte
1st Place: Province Ilocos Norte

Best Tourism Event Sports / Adventure (Municipal Level)
Special Award: Tanay Rodeo - Tanay, Rizal
3rd Place: Pulilan Bike Fest - Pulilan, Bulacan
2nd Place: Rurumba Adventure Race - San Jose, Northern Samar
1st Place: Abre-Grande Lawig 2017 - Palompon, Leyte

Best Tourism Event Sports / Adventure (City Level)
Tourism Kite Festival City of Sipalay

Best Tourism Event Sports / Adventure (Provincial Level)
Lakbike Turismo 2017 - Province of Bulacan

Best Tourism Event Festival Category (Municipal Level)
Special Award: 23rd Simballay Festival - Nabunturan, Compostela Valley Province
Citation: Strawberry Festival 2017 - La Trinidad Benguet
3rd Place: Kneeling Carabao Festival - Pulilan, Bulacan
2nd Place: Liliw Gat Tayaw Tsinelas Festival - Liliw, Laguna
1st Place: Banaag Festival - Anilao Iloilo

Best Tourism Event Festival Category (City Level)
Special Award: Puto Latik Festival - Binan, Laguna
Citation: Liwanag ng Pasko sa San Jose - San Jose, Nueva Ecija
3rd Place: Kadayawan sa Davao Festival 2017 - Davao City
2nd Place: Fiesta Republica - A Festival of Filipino History - Malolos, Bulacan
1st Place: Bakood Festival 2017 - Bacoor City

Best Tourism Event Festival Category (Provincial Level)
3rd Place: Kadagayaan Festival (Province of Davao del Norte)
2nd Place: Pasungko S’g Misamis Occidental (Province of Misamis Occidental)
1st Place: Singkaban Festival (Province of Bulacan)

Best Practices on Community-based Responsible Tourism (Community-Based Responsible Tourism Campaign or Event / Joint Program or Project)
3rd Place: Sizzling Sisig Babi: An Intangible Heritage of Angeles City - Angeles City, Pampanga
2nd Place: The Suyac Island Journey: Coastal Communities Resource Advocacies to Boost Sustainability (CCRABS) - Sagay City, Negros Occidental
1st Place: Tagumpay Gulayan Program - Tagum City, Davao del Norte

Best Practices on Community-Based Responsible Tourism (Community-Based Tourism Enterprise or Services)
3rd Place: Villa Conzoilo Farm (Province of Leyte)
2nd Place: Cadimahan River Tour (City of Roxas)
1st Place: Ulot Torpedo Boat Extreme Ride (Province of Samar)

Best Practices on Community-Based Responsible Tourism (Community Based Heritage Conservation Project/Program)
3rd Place: Hanas Kina-Adman Dueñasanon sa Pag-HAbol 2017 (Municipality of Dueñas, Iloilo)
2nd Place: Empowering the Dumagats-Remintados of Rodriguez, Rizal (Municipality of Rodriguez, Rizal)
1st Place:  Ing Banal A Batuin Queng Magalang: Lubenas Ning Pasku (Municipality of Magalang, Pampanga)






Going to Dumaguete from Cebu or the other way around is quite easy. Just hop on a Ceres Bus at the Cebu South Terminal and after around 6 hours, you should be in Dumaguete City. Pretty easy, right?



Here's the schedule of bus trips from Cebu South Terminal to Dumaguete via Ceres Bus. Travel time is around 6 hours and Fare is P330 (P260 for the bus and P70 for the ferry).

Cebu to  Dumagute Bus Schedule

6AM 
7AM 
9AM 
10AM 
11:30AM 
1PM 
2PM 
4PM 
5:30PM 
11PM

Dumaguete to Cebu Bus Schedule

3:15AM
4:15AM 
5:45AM 
6:30AM 
8:20AM 
9:15AM 
10:15AM 
11:20AM 
2:15PM 
10:30PM

Tourist Attractions in Dumaguete City and Nearby Towns

  • Silliman University Campus
  • Rizal Boulevard
  • Catherine of Alexandria Church
  • Pulang Bato Falls
  • Manjuyod Sandbar
  • Tabalong Mangrove Park & Bird Sanctuary
  • Twin Lakes Balinsasayao
  • Casaroro Falls
  • Apo Island

Top Tourist Attractions in Cebu Province

  • Magellan’s Cross
  • Simala Shrine
  • Taoist Temple
  • Taboan Public Market
  • Museo Sugbo
  • Fort San Pedro
  • Lapu-lapu Shrine
  • Oslob Whale Shark Watching
  • Alegre Guitar Factory
  • Bantayan island
  • Canyoning / Canyoneering in Badian  / Kawasan Falls

Where to stay in Cebu? 

Recommended budget hotels to stay in Cebu City. Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability.
  1. Red Planet Cebu
  2. Azia Suites
  3. Cebu R Hotel Mabolo
  4. Escario Central Hotel
  5. Pillows Hotel Cebu

Recommended hotels to stay in Dumaguete City

Please click the name of the hotel below to check the rates and availability. 
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