Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Welcome to Alimodian, Iloilo There is so much…

This is a photo narrative of our trip to Boracay Island.  We traveled there from our home in Iloilo City by car.  First, a confession.  Although we have lived in Iloilo for three years, although we have explored many…

A photo narrative of our trip from Iloilo City to Sira-an Hot Springs in Anini-y, Antique Province. The nine …

Green Park Hotel (Pension House) Pandan, Antique Province – a good stopover point when traveling from Iloilo City to Caticlan and Boracay Green Park Hotel, Pandan, Antique P1500 room, Green Park Hotel, Pandan Antique The Green Park Hotel is located on the National Road in Pandan, Antique. Phone 036-278-96-16. We did not stay here on this trip, but wanted to check it out for future reference.  The hotel has beautiful views of the surrounding rice fields. It’s a very convenient location for those traveling from Iloilo to Boracay who get a late start or don’t want do do the trip in one day.

Digital photo narrative of our visit to Pandan, Antique Province, Philippines including information on natural and heritage sites, beaches, hiking, festivals, accommodations, hotels, resorts and dining. Our next stop is Pandan, Antique (222KM).  Pandan is one of those communities which has reached the realization that the protection and publicizing of its natural resources and maintaining its attractiveness is a good development strategy.  There’s a municipal tourism office in the middle of town.  We did not get to visit Malumpati Cold Spring Resort .  It appears to be a municipally-owned swimming hole mainly intended for day use, although there may be a cottage available.  You should be able …

Traveling to Boracay.  Getting to Boracay. From Iloilo City to Boracay by road, via Antique Province — our recommendations and narrative. There are two road routes from Iloilo City to Boracay.  The almost universally used route is through Passi City and Kalibo to…

White Beach – Boracay, Philippines We’re back from our first visit to Boracay. While we’ll have a complete account of our trip there , we can’t help comparing Boracay to Cebu City/Mactan Island as destinations for the foreign tourist seeking a beach resort. To our mind, Boracay wins hands down. We are speaking from personal knowledge of both places. We lived in Cebu City for months and really like it. We’ve stayed at Maribago Bluewater Resort on Mactan. Mactan and Boracay have two things in common. The foreign tourist can fly in and go more or less directly to a beach resort without having to experience practically any of the inconveniences of travel in the “real” Philippines. This is unlike other places like Bantayan Island or Malpascua which involve the rigors of real travel in the Philippines, for better and for worse. Mactan Island Resort, Cebu, Philippines Here’s what we like better about Boracay: Even through Boracay is a major international beach resort destination with hordes of tourists, the people you come in contact with there, residents, workers alike, sunglass vendors and all the rest there are so pleasant, …

If you’re looking for an quiet, nature-oriented island get-away on Panay Island, something totally the opposite of Boracay, it’s hard to beat the island resort of Marbuena in Iloilo Province in the Philippines.  The resort owns the entire island.  Logging and hunting are not allowed and, of course, there are no vehicles of any kind. A beautiful ocean-front hiking trail circles the island. We catch the pump boat to Marbuena at Mangorocoro, Ajuy, Iloilo Province The family we rent our Iloilo City apartment from often include us in their family outings. This time the trip was to the Marbuena Island resort near Ajuy, Iloilo, about a two hour drive north from Iloilo City. As you head north from Barotac Viejo, pass by Culasi port (Culasi, Iloilo…

Here’s a digital photo narrative of our visit to Nogas Island, Anini-y, Antique Province, Philippines, including hiking, beaches, mangroves, birding, lighthouse, where to buy your Nogas picnic lunch. Pack your lunch, your snorkeling gear, your camera and binoculars in a waterproof bag and head for a very special place. Why you may want to visit Nogas Island, Antique Province, Philippines! We first saw Nogas Island from the Antique shore at Sira-an hot springs nearly a year ago. Nogas was an enticing prospect, an uninhabited marine reserve of an island surrounded by white sand beaches. So in January 2008 we finally had the chance for a visit. We left our home in Molo, Iloilo City before eight in the morning but our progress was not speedy as we stopped to buy the wonderful bibinkas (a coconut specialty) at the “Bingkahan Mohon” in Oton — highly, highly recommended. It is right near the …