Me and my boyfriend booked a flight to Kalibo for our anniversary. The original planned was to visit Boracay only but because I went there two times already, we decided to visit Antique, too. Just a 2-hour drive from Kalibo.
How to get there?
The nearest airports are Caticlan, Kalibo, Roxas, and Iloilo with dozens of daily flights both domestic and international. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, and Tiger Airways are offering flights from major cities in the country. Example: Manila, Cebu, and Clark.
By land and sea:
From Cubao to Batangas port is approximately 4 hours depending on the traffic plus another 9 hours of ferry ride from Batangas to Caticlan. There are boats traveling from parts of the country to Caticlan. From Mindoro, Romblon, Bacolod, Cagayan De Oro, Puerto Princesa, Cebu City. Please check:
- Cokaliong Shipping Lines
- Montenegro Lines
- Starlite Ferries
- Super Shuttle RoRo and others
While I was doing our itinerary, Ian was really hesitant to push through to Antique because of the creepy stories about the said province. But after this trip, he’s the one who fell in love more in Antique. LOL. He also told me that he enjoyed Antique more than Boracay because of the relaxing ambiance and peace there unlike in Boracay, too many people on the beach. But don’t get us wrong, we enjoyed Boracay, too. The beach is really beautiful. There’s no question about that. We did parasailing there and that’s the highlight of our trip in the island.
Because we have four exciting days to enjoy, we decided to visit these places respectively:
Day 1: Mararison Island, Culasi, Antique
Day 2: Boracay Island, Aklan
Day 3: Tibiao, Antique
Day 4: Flight back to Manila
Our trip to Culasi and Tibiao was separated because we already booked our hotel accommodation in Boracay so we can’t cancel it anymore. So let’s focus now in Antique. Three months before our trip, I was searching for a good contact person there to be our guide throughout our trip. At first, we want it DIY but as time goes by, I saw a post in DIY Travel Philippines about a trusted and recommended tour guide in Antique. So I went to visit this peron’s FB account and message him. And then, we meet Kuya Carlito Amar.
This is located in the Western Region in the Philippines. The capital of Antique is San Jose, the most populous town. The local dialect use there is Kinaray-a but they can speak and understand English and Filipino, too. The word karay-a comes from the word iraya which means “mountain dwellers”.
MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
In Antique, there are only motorbikes, tricycles, vans, and buses.
So our tour package cost 2,195 php each for Tibiao & Mararison Island. This includes:
- Environmental fee
- Accommodation in Tibiao & Mararison Island
- Kawa hot bath
- Tour in Tibiao
- Tour guide in Mararison Island
- Boat transportation
Except FOOD! :)
As per Kuya Carlito, he requires 10% DP for securing the reservation. You can send money through any remmitance center.
FB Account: Carlito Amar
Contact number: 09264252926
Since we got to Kalibo Airport at 12:00 NN, we first had our lunch at Bagobos Resto Grill. For as low as 80 pesos, you are good to go! It is located just outside the Airport. There are other karinderyas around the vicinity.
After eating, we went ahead to Ceres Bus Terminal to Culasi. The bus left at the terminal around 2:00 PM so the itinerary got lost already. LOL. We reached Culasi around 4:30 PM and from Culasi Terminal, we met Kuya Carlito and started the tour.
Around 4:30 PM, we went straight to Culasi Port. By the boat, we went to Mararison Island. The boat ride to the island is only 10 to 15 minutes from the port.
We arrived at Mararison Island at exactly 5:00 PM. We first register our name at the registration booth. After that, we went to our accommodation which happened to be the house of the sister of the barangay captain in the island. We were lucky indeed!
We owned the house! Yep! We just gave extra 200 php for the generator because the electricity runs only from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
What even made this house more relaxing? Every corner of the house has bible verses! Even in the bathroom! AHA! Look at this sample.
After putting our bags in the room, we went out to explore the island and experience the sunset.
The island is really beautiful. No, beyond beautiful. Very breathtaking!!! Plus the perfect sunset! Ugh, we’re so blessed to experienced the sunset here! <3
We went back to our accommodation to rest for a while and get ready for dinner. By the way, the house is just near to the beach. Just a minute walk. For our dinner, we just told Ate Maribel Dayo (the owner of the house) to cooked something for us. Of course, we will pay her. LOL.
Around 7:00 PM, Kuya Carlito said that the dinner is ready. And what’s for dinner? Sinigang na Isda & Fried Fish! My favorite! And surprisingly, the food was so delicious!!! The Sinigang was close to my Papa’s specialty. HUHUHU. Sadly, I don’t have a pic of it. But yeah, it was good! Really good.
So after eating, we just watched TV, freshen up, and get ready for sleep *we really needed because day 1 was really tiring*. Excited for tomorrow because we will have a morning trek. Yay!
We woke up around 5:30 AM, I guess? Kuya Carlito slept around the sala but unfortunately, he’s still asleep when we woke up so we just had our breakfast first at our room and get ready for trek.
Around 6:30 AM, Ate Maribel introduced Ate Inday (our tour guide). I definitely recommend her if you’re going for a trek because she’s not boring *hehe*.
The trek lasted for only an hour. *Though I think it was slower than the usual hehe.* I was happy because I finished it! HAHA. I was about to quit when we we’re about to reach the summit but Ian pushed me, so yeah! I still made it! LOL.
While trekking, Ate Inday introduced us the famous plant here in Mararison Island. It is called Pitcher Plant because obviously, it looks like a pitcher.
NOTE: Guys, don’t you dare pick it! Taking pictures/videos are only allowed! :)
I was also moved when we saw students along the trek going to school. Yes, the students walked for hours just to get to school. There is only one school in the island. The secondary schools are located in the city proper (Culasi) that needed boat ride.
And at last! We made it to the summit. Ugh, guys! The view is amazing! I thanked God for wonderful creations! Sharing some pictures of us in the summit.
After we went back to our room, we prepared our things and took a bath. Unfortunately, we didn’t had an opportunity to swim because we ran out of time. Huhu. Around 10:00 AM, we left the beautiful island. We promised ourselves that we will be back in this island because it is really beautiful! Yaaaaaaas!
Will be sharing too our short Boracay trip. Hehe coz why not.
We stayed at Boracay Backpackers. Guys, this hotel is very affordable and I recommend it to all. The staff were very accommodating! We got our room for only P1,300 for 1 night with FREE breakfast! Very good deal, right? We grab this from Traveloka. Plus, the hotel is just a minute walk to the beach! AHA!
My bad that I didn’t had a pic from the hotel but go try it guys! We had a good stay there. We arrived at Boracay around 3:00 PM. After checking in, we just rest for a while and freshen up. After that, we explore the island and got some refreshing drinks. Of course, don’t forget to try Jonah’s Fruitshake and Snackbar.
We got to experienced the sunset in Boracay, too. What an amazing sunset. Boracay sunset, I will never get tired of you! Ugh.
After that, we just had our dinner and got back to our hotel and rest.
We woke up early morning to have our free breakfast from the hotel. After that, we were ready for an adventure! Yaaas! We will go parasailing!!! We got it for only P1,200 each.
Contact number: 09153163202
After that, we got back to our hotel and get ready for check out! We will go back to Antique. This time, in Tibiao! Yay.
We arrived at Barangay Importante around 4:00 PM already. From there, we met Kuya Carlito again. Hehe. He will drop us in La Escapo Lodge, our accommodation in Tibiao.
We registered first before going to La Escapo. We didn’t pay anything because it was already included in our tour package from Kuya Carlito. We arrived at La Escapo around 5:00 PM and first, we put our bags first in our kubo and explore the place.
We were so excited to try the famous Kawa Hot Bath so we went down where the Kawa is located to check. Hehe.
The view is the Tibiao River. What a nice view we had. This view made us more excited. Hehe.
Let me show you our room in La Escapo Lodge.
The electricity runs regularly. No need for generator. Hehe. What made this accommodation more relaxing? You can hear the river flows. Ugh, that’s very relaxing!
After exploring, we went back to our room and get ready for dinner. They have a menu inside so you can order. We had adobo, grilled liempo, and iced tea for only 240 php. The food was good! Again, I didn’t had a picture of it but they cooked well! Very good for that! After having our dinner, we just freshen up and get ready ourselves to sleep.
So we woke up 7:00 AM. And it’s January 24 so it means, it’s our anniversary. HAHA. And we had these for breakfast. LOL.
After breakfast, while the boy prepares our kawa, we took more pictures from the place.
We even went down to took some pictures with the Tibiao River. Hehe. The water is so freaking cold! Waaaa. As in!
And the long wait is over. We finally tried the famous Kawa Hot Bath! It really felt good. Very relaxing and the happiest part is, we can stay as long as we want to because there’s no other people in the place. Let me show you our happy faces. Hehe.
Bucket list checked!
I’ll be honest, I don’t wanna leave the kawa because it was freaking good! Huhuhu. But we need to prepare our things because you know, flight back to Manila. :(
We just took a bath and had our lunch. We had chicken inasal with 4 rice (hehe) for lunch for only 190 php. Before saying goodbye to Antique, Kuya Carlito took us to some wonderful places in Tibiao.
Tibiao Rice Terraces
Tibiao Hanging Bridge
After that, we headed straight to Brgy. Importante to wait for a bus going to Kalibo. Huhu. Mixed emotions but the memories and experiences we had were one for the books! Yup. Excited for more travels like these!
Look! What a wonderful view while we were in the plane going back to Manila.
We arrived at Manila around 7:00 PM and went home at 10:00 PM. Huhu I’m really back in Manila! Traffic ugh. So I just freshen up and had a much needed rest because you know, back to work again. Hehe.