How to have fun visiting the Philippines' 7,107 islands.
Aklan is a 45 minutes flight from Manila. By sea it takes 14 to 18 hours from Manila.
Aklan encompasses the northwestern portion of Panay Island and nearby
both situated within the Visayas
island group and having an estimated land area of 181,789 hectares
Aklan has two of the most famous tourist attractions in the Philippines: Boracay and the Ati-Atihan Festival. Seven-kilometer long Boracay is rated as one of the best beaches of the world. Only one kilometer across at its narrowest point, its legendary white sand stretches can be found in several beaches, the most famous of which is the 4 kilometer long White Beach. Other beaches include Yapak, Manoc-Manoc, Bulabog, Diniwid and Puka Shell.
Boracay’s numerous accommodations range from the most luxurious to the most basic. Other island attractions include the famous Rock along White Beach, the so-called Bat Caves, and Crocodile Island. Caticlan in Malay is the jump-off point to this island paradise. The capital of Kalibo holds the Ati-atihan every third week of January. Celebrated in honor of the Santo Niño, the feast originated from a legendary event held by the Atis, the province’s original inhabitants. Places of interest also include the Museo Aklan, black-sand Busuang Beach, and the revolutionary 19 Martyrs of Aklan Freedom Shrine.
Outside the capital is Manduyog Hill in Banga, Jawili Falls in Tangalan, and lbajay town, where a reputedly more authentic Ati-Atihan is celebrated. The Kalantiaw National Shrine in Batan is said to stand on the site where the pre-Spanish Datu Kalantiaw issued his famous code.