Backpacking Eastern Panay Island: Kalibo, Aklan

After my 2-day stay in Boracay island, I decided to drop by in Kalibo, Aklan to see the town proper and visit the Bakhawan Eco-Park.

I rode a tricycle from the main road near D’Mall in Boracay island and told the driver to drop me to the port where I can a boat going to Caticlan. It seems that there is a separate port for people going to and leaving the island. After paying for my fare, I went ahead and took my seat in the boat along with other passengers.

Few minutes after, we arrived in Tabon Port where I rode a tricycle going to Jetty Port in Caticlan. I opted to share the tricycle with other passenger to save funds. From Jetty Port in Caticlan, I rode a Ceres Liner bus going to Kalibo. We left at around 10:00AM and reached Kalibo town proper at around 12:00PM. I took some photos of the town.

This is the Tabon Port, which is the jump-off point for people leaving Boracay island. The tricycle terminal is located from the location where I took this photo.

This is the Tabon Port, which is the jump-off point for people leaving Boracay island. The tricycle terminal is located from the location where I took this photo.

A Ceres bus that will pass Kalibo, Aklan on its way to Iloilo City.

A Ceres bus that will pass Kalibo, Aklan on its way to Iloilo City.

I walked toward the R & C Supermart, Inc., and rode a tricycle going to Bakhawan Eco-Park. The tricycle is blue in color and their terminal is just in front of the supermarket. We waited for other passengers, which are mostly students. The travel time is just less than 20 minutes. The eco-park is, I believe, the last stop of the tricycles for that route. The reason why I said this is that I was the only passenger left in the vehicle.

R & C Supermarket where one can take a tricycle going to the Bakhawan Eco-Park.

R & C Supermarket where one can take a tricycle going to the Bakhawan Eco-Park.

The park is open from 7:00AM until 7:00PM. Entrance fee is Php100.00 for general admission, Php60.00 for locals and señor citizens and Php50.00 for students with ID. The front-desk attendant was very kind and gave me options to leave my backpack in the counter and just bring valuables like money, pieces of jewelries and cameras, among others.

"Mini park" in the eco-park.

“Mini park” in the eco-park.

There is a mini-store just right after the entrance. You can grab some snacks there, buy souvenirs or you may use their comfort rooms free of charge. There is a super mini park inside where you can stay in one of their nipa huts or watch caged animals like birds.

Along the way are seedlings of different species like mud crab, shrimp and fishes. Mangroves are being maintained here with seeds being collected and planted in the park. For every 100 meters of trail, there is a shed where you can take a rest and enjoy the ambiance. You can take photos along the way and free to do selfies too!

Taking my time at the shed.

Taking my time at the shed.

Airplanes flies directly above the eco-park which adds attraction to the park. Seeing airplanes flying never stops amazes me. I find it very clever to enable people from flying one destination to another. Though I find it amazing, I could not stop thinking of possible occurrence of technical issues mid-flight. In any case, I enjoyed traveling to different places and getting there for just a short period of time.

At the end of the trail, there a shed where one can enjoy the beauty of the place. You can sit and relax while having your snacks. There is a mini store in that area where you can buy halo-halo or fresh coconut juice. They offer kayaking and rafting to the sandbar on the other side. Of course, you can do more selfies here! –laughs.

Rewarding myself for a snacks while enjoying the ambiance.

Rewarding myself for a snacks while enjoying the ambiance.

After few minutes of stay in the park, I decided to go back to the town proper for Roxas City. I hired a tricycle just outside the park for Php50.00 and ask the driver to drop me to the van terminal going to Roxas City.

Here is a quick look of the Bakhawan Eco-Park at the end of the trail.

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This is one of the destinations of my BORACAYKALIBOROXASCARLES, ILOILOILOILO CITYGUIMARAS trip with travel dates from 30th of June, 2015 to 8th of July, 2015.

By | 2017-02-26T12:27:28+00:00 October 22nd, 2015|Local Travels|0 Comments

About the Author:

Elpi Garcia is a travel enthusiast who go for an adventure whenever his budget and time allow it. He is more into sight seeing for a nature-packed experience and city / town tour to understand the history and culture of the places he visit. Aside from travel, he is also interested in alternative medicine, business opportunities, website design and information technology. He maintains websites related to alternative medicine, business opportunities like eLoad Matrix and Payday Loan; and website design services.

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