DIY Travel Guide: 4-Day Panay Island + Negros Occidental Adventure

🌴4 Days 5 Provinces🌴
🗺Western Visayas (Region VI) Solo Backpacking🗺
Antique Iloilo Guimaras
Negros Occidental Roxas, Capiz

⚠️Point Of Entry/Exit: Kalibo International Airport🛩

This spur of the moment trip started with my arrival at Kalibo International Airport, your gateway to one hell of an experience. Armed with my trusty backpack and the thought of the wise words ‘negotiate, negotiate, negotiate’ It began……….

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Mararison Island, Antique


From the airport my plan was to visit Malalison/Mararison Island in the first instance. I caught a trike from the airport to Ceres bus terminal and from there got on a bus to Culasi.
It was a bit of an old bus with no a/c and suspension that had seen better days, but it is only for 2-3 hours.

Arriving at Culasi Port I had some great cheap street food (maybe was chicken?) and had a haggle with the boat people for the trip to the island, and what I saved in my negotiations paid for my lunch 🙂 It was a small boat but seemed perfectly seaworthy and you get a life jacket just in case!
When I arrived, I found a place to stay on the beach which was a basic hut with a fan and plenty of room for crocodiles. The owners can cook for you if you want or bring food with you.

DIY TRAVEL GUIDE: MALALISON/MARARISON ISLAND SOLO BACKPACKING

day1


Day 2: Malalison Topview + Kawa Hot Bath + Garin Farm


Spent exploring the island and you must have a guide, not maybe because it is the best idea but because it is mandatory. It’s a bit like the “Batanes of Visayas”and lots to stimulate your eyeballs and people (especially the kids) are super friendly.

Malalison Topview

Detailed Travel Guide: MALALISON/MARARISON ISLAND SOLO BACKPACKING

Later returned to Culasi Port and then a bus to Brgy. Importante, Tibiao.
When arrived, then jumped on a Habal-Habal to the Kayak Inn and a welcome hot bath 🙂

Kawa Hot Bath

Detailed Travel Guide: ALL STEAMED UP – THE KAWA HOT BATH OF ANTIQUE

It’s getting to be a busy day as after about a few hours it’s onwards to Garin Farm, which is known as a bit of a pilgrimage and had a ‘hark’ with the Herald Angels 🙂

Garin Farm

Detailed Travel Guide: TRAVEL GUIDE TO GARIN FARM, ILOILO

Having cleansed my soul, it was onwards to Samurai Talabahan for something to eat and night over at a cheap hotel which was at least clean.

day2


Day 3: The Ruins + Campuestohan + Iloilo City

Undecided where to spend the rest of my 2 days, I took an unqualified, through lack of any prior info, move going to Negros Occidental. From Iloilo Port, I caught a ferry going to Negros Occidental. After approx. 2hrs of ferry ride you arrive at Bacolod Port. From there I haggled a taxi from the port for a great price to take me on a tour of the two most visited destinations in the area. Firstly, I caught the beauty of The Ruins, and after that sucked in the almost “New Zealand-ish” and certainly”The Hobbit-ish” world of Campuestohan.

The Ruins

Campuestohan Highland Resort

Detailed Travel Guide: Campuestohan + The Ruins, Negros Occidental

Iloilo City

Having got through these quicker that I thought I was undecided on whether to go to Guimaras or to Lakawon island next  and looking at my budget (well lack of cash really), decided to leave the island and spend more time to Iloilo City. I left all my things inside the SM City Iloilo Tourist lounge and explored the city before heading back to my hotel.

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Day 4: Guimaras + Roxas City, Capiz

Early start to catch the first boat going to Guimaras. I took a jeepney from my hotel going to Ortiz Wharf  and it only took me 15mins to go to the island. Hired  a trike for a land tour, which include:

Guimaras

🚩Smallest Plaza
🚩Capitol
🚩Raymen Beach Resort (20php Entrance fee)
🚩The Pitstop (Mango Pizza)
🚩Trappist Monastery
🚩Mango Plantation🌳
🚩San Lorenzo Windmills

Finished my tour early (10am) and as my flight back to Manila was at 9pm so I decided to visit Roxas City, in Capiz first before catching my flight 🙂 From Ortiz Warf, hopped on a jeepney going to Tagbak Terminal, then caught a bus going to Roxas City. It took me 2 hours to reach the place and the first thing I did on arrival was to hop on a trike to take me on a tour around the city.

Roxas City, Capiz

🚩Roxas Cathedral ⛪️
🚩Roxas City Fountain
🚩Roxas City Bandstand⛩
🚩Provincial Capitol🏛
🚩Pan-ay Church💒
🚩Big Bell
🚩Dried Fish Factory🎏

By this stage it was 5pm when I finished so just to ensure I did not miss my flight, I hopped on a van back to Kalibo as the airport was 2 hours away.

 day4

The whole trip was fantastic – the open road, wind in your hair, new friends met and new experiences of some amazing places.


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17 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi. Pwede bang day tour lang dun? I mean hnd ka magovernight sa island. Thanks

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      Malalison Island po? Yes po. pwedeng pwede mas mura pa 🙂

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi have you got a DIY travel guide to El Nido from Iloilo City

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      Hi there! Sa ngayon po wala pa. Hope we can make one soon. Thanks 🙏🏼

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  3. Karol M. Flores says:

    Hi Jay! I am wondering why you were not able to explore and do anything in Kalibo, Aklan though your point of entry is Kalibo international airport? There are places to go and see in Kalibo, Aklan…

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    1. Jay & Mark says:

      👋 Hi Ms. Karol! thanks for that beautiful question lol no kasi May Boracay ako after ng Panay trip ko since Aklan din namn ako bababa ginamit ko nalang yung Ibang days ko sa ibang part ng Panay and Negros 🙂 Para kapag nagboracay ako dun ko nalang ivisit yung ibang Places sa Aklan 🙂

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  4. ceek5 says:

    THanks. I’m copying your itinerary in Bacolod. Hehehe

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Welcome po 🙂 Happy travels 🙂 you can add lakawon pa or any other tourist spot if maaga kalang sa bacolod. Late na kasi ako nakadating dati from Iloilo City 🙂

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  5. Anonymous says:

    thanks for this 🙂 i will be travelling western visayas for 4 days this august. Your blog is a help. 🙂

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Your welcome! Im just one click away if you have questions:)

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  6. HappyFeet says:

    Hi ask ko lang if may contacts ka pa sa mga transpo mo sa guimaras and capiz? thanks

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      Hi po 😉 sadly wala po sa kaburaraan ko nakalimutan ko saan ko nasave haha tho pagbaba niyo or pagdating niyo sa area may mga nagaabang namn na tricycle. galingan niyo nalng tumawad 🙂 haha

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  7. Matt says:

    5 provinces in 4 days?!!! wow! ikaw na brad haha. Will save this for future references ❤

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      thanks po 🙏
      just ask lang po if may question kayo sa itinerary haha

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  8. Angel says:

    awesome blog! thanks for the iti !!! will follow it haha

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    1. Jay Ramos says:

      welcome po. glad may napuntahan yung blog haha happy travels!!

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