🌴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……….
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.
DETAILED GUIDE: MALALISON/MARARISON ISLAND SOLO BACKPACKING
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.
Detailed 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 Guide: Kawa Hot Bath Travel Guide – Tibiao, 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 🙂
Detailed 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.
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.
Campuestohan Highland Resort
Detailed Guide: Campuestohan + The Ruins, Negros Occidental
Having got through these quicker than 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 in the SM City Iloilo Tourist lounge and explored the city before heading back to my hotel.
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 includes:
🚩Raymen Beach Resort (20php Entrance fee)
🚩The Pitstop (Mango Pizza)
🚩San Lorenzo Windmills
Finished my tour early (10 am) and as my flight back to Manila was at 9 pm 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⛩
🚩Dried Fish Factory🎏
By this stage it was 5 pm 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.
The whole trip was fantastic – the open road, wind in your hair, new friends met and new experiences of some amazing places.