Looking for a travel guide while in Tibiao, Antique? Here are of the some things I did (and want to do again soon) when I was in Tibiao, Antique during my Visayas Trails journey. Prices are also included so you can plan you DIY trip soon!
1. Trek to Bugtong-Bato Waterfalls
The waterfalls was not that stunning as that of Tinago Falls or Aliwagwag in Cateel but it promises travelers a different experience. I don’t know but I’m always attracted to waterfalls- powerful and stunning!
Here’s a raw video Kuya Edwin took when I was playing with the falls (don’t watch if you get scared easily):
The trek from the jump-off point is just about an hour if you tread slow. The trail is perfect even for beginners. You will even saw some kids transporting seedlings to the mountains and they were given money for that. Expect to get dirty because if the mud and wet too.
Local guide price: Php100 (You can look for a guide at the jump-off point to the falls)
2. Tibiao River-Kayaking
I don’t want to compare this to CDO’s Whitewater rafting which I really enjoyed too. But this is quite an experience because unlike the one in CDO, you are the one who will navigate from the start to finish. This experience, Iwant to do again when I go back to Tibiao.
I have lotsa raw videos while kayaking but I don’t know how to edit vids. It would be great to be sharing those here in the near future.
Kayak session: Php 600 + Local guide: Php 250
Kayak Inn cottage (good for 3-4pax): Php 1000 (foreigner’s rate); Php500 (local’s rate)
You can contact Kuya Edwin Enrico at 0921-570-1947 for inquiries regarding the river-kayaking.
I already shared my au naturale dip at the river just below Kayak Inn after I explored the cold waters of the river. This actually comes from Bugtong-Bato waterfalls.
4. Kawa hot bath
It’s like sauna with a local twist. The owners bought these “kawa” (over-sized caseroles used for making muscovado sugar) and transformed it to tubs where weary travelers can relax while communing with nature.
Fee: Php100 (until you want to stay in the kawa)
5. Fish Spa
Tibiao Fish Spa! Not just your ordinary spa, because this spa uses fish to “massage” your tired feet. I wrote what I felt when I visited this local spa
Fee: Php100/30minutes. When I was there, they added 15minutes for free.
6. Eat something from the famous Tibiao Bakery
I always see Tibiao Bakeshop in Iloilo and I was kinda curious because its like a household name in Iloilo. I didn’t buy anything because I wanted to buy from where it really came from- Antique. So when I reached the town proper I asked the tricycle driver to bring me to the first Tibiao Bakery. I bought cheese rolls and special ensaymada.
Price: Php 15 up
Plus, I met the owner of the bakeshop- the Hon. Mayor Walden Lim, He is so accommodating and down-to-earth. He was introduced to me by the very good tourism officer, Sir Ritchie Jermia.
7. Firefly watching
During my 2 nights stay at Kayak Inn, the fireflies just light up the night before I sleep. Wish those moments are shared with special someone right? Soon!
Plus, I’m such a sucker for free things. Why would I book a “fireflies-watching tour” if its available for free? The night was really magical, the fireflies lighted the trees like it was Christmas.
Check my “Goodnight experience with the fireflies.”
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This post is a part of Visayas Trails- a 25-day journey around Western and Central Visayas (October 1-25, 2011). My primary purpose is to learn the dialect, meet locals and rediscover the sites worth visiting for my dream escapade next year.
I visited Iloilo, Antique, Boracay, Bacolod, Cebu, Bohol and Dumaguete spending a total of Php11,096 all-in excluding airfare. Thanks to CouchSurfing and friends who I met along the way, this trip would not be memorable and exciting without you.