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To Boracay, and Beyond: 9 Things to Do Near Boracay

In a province like Aklan where tourists could be seen frequenting the island of Boracay, one might consider opting for a quiet place to stop and breathe. Luckily the area is filled with an array of activities randomly spread beyond what itโ€™s famous for. Here, we listed down things to do outside Boracay.

1.ย Wild swimming in Hurom-Hurom springs

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Begin your adventure with the sound of fresh water flowing through rocks and kick off by riding a kayak down the river of Gibon. Spot some deer and hornbills, and stop by to say hi to some tourists you may encounter, if thereโ€™s any.

Location: Nabas; 45 minutes – 1 hour travel from Boracay

How To Get There: Ride a boat in Caticlan going to Basang then hire a van for a 30 minute land travel from Caticlan to Hurom-Hurom springs.

2. Spelunking in Basang Cave

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Hike about five minutes in a mountainous trail and find an old narra tree plus a massive rock greeting you in the entrance. Explore Basang Cave and discover a basin perfect for swimming. If youโ€™re adventurous enough, the average visit of 20 minutes might not suffice but feel free to spend hours delving deeper into the cave.

Location: Nabas; 45 minutes – 1 hour travel from Boracay

How To Get There: Ride a boat in Caticlan going to Basang then hire a van for a 30 minute land travel from Caticlan to Basang Cave.

3. Tour around Hacienda Maria

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Roam around a newly discovered eco-tourism destination and find a 14-hectare land filled with unspoiled beauty –take a dip in a hot pot jacuzzi, sample some coconut wine, swim in waterfalls or go spelunking. Relax, forget your worries for a day and breathe in clean air and excellent views, all day.

Location: Buruanga; 1 – 1.15 hour from Boracay

How To Get There: This is an exclusive tour. Contact them directly at +639209692788, 09266112661 or email at haciendamaria@yahoo.com to reserve a slot.

4. Volunteer at Aklan Animal Rescue Centre

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Walk to Lambingan beach with some dogs from the animal rescue center and see them play in the sea, with their wheelchairs on, like kids visiting a beach for the first time. Get to know the 70 dogs and cats in their humble home, which also serves as a bed and breakfast welcoming visitors anytime, so long as theyโ€™re animal lovers.

Location: Kalibo; 30 minutes from Kalibo airport

How To Get There: From Kalibo Airport, ride a tricycle and ask to be dropped by Wadeford School then from there, turn left at the next street. AARRC is after 50m on your right.

5. Visit Ingus-Ingus Hill

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Go back in time wherein this hill served as a lookout for Moro pirates during the Spanish era. Discover the hill located underneath it, and retrace history every little step of the way.

Location: Buruanga; 1 hour to 1.5 hour travel from Boracay

How To Get There: Ride a boat going to Caticlan then ride a bus going to Buruanga. Charter a tricycle from there.

6. Spot the Tinagong Dagat

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Find a sea hidden literally between Altavas and Batan, dotted with mangroves and a boulder beach with relaxed waters perfect for speed boating and water skiing. Spend a day of seclusion and exclusivity in this not so popular destination.

Location: Batan; 2.5-3 hour travel from Caticlan; 1 hour travel from Kalibo

How To Get There: From Kalibo, take a jeep heading to Dumaguit Port. Ride a boat going to Batan.

7. Traverse the Bakhawan Eco Park

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Formerly a stretch of empty mud flats, Bakhawan Eco Park in Barangay New Buswang is was reforested by an NGO group to a mangrove forest. Today, being more than just an eco park, itโ€™s been continuously helping the local community avoid floods and storm surges. Walk through its 1.3 kilometer bamboo bridge and listen to some birds singing.

Location: Kalibo; 10 minute ride from Kalibo Airport

How To Get There: Charter a tricycle from the airport heading straight to Bakhawan.

8. Take a dip in Jawili Beach

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Jawili beach may be a bit farfetched from the white, powdery sands of Boracay but itโ€™s isolation, vast land filled with coconut trees, nipa huts, and grey sand beach plus a falls with seven basins nearby –is what makes this place charming.

Location: Tangalan; 45 minutes from Kalibo

How To Get There: Ride a Tangalan bound jeep from Kalibo airport then ride a tricycle bound for Jawili.

9. Water Tubing at Bugang River

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Not only is Bugang River a side trip you can do near Boracay, it was also awarded the cleanest inland body of water in the Philippines. You can trek to Malumpati Spring, and then,ย take a water tube from the head spring to the main lagoon. Swimmingย and rafting on the main lagoon are additional activities you can do that will fill-up your day. If you want to add more local experiences, head to Pandan early and watch Fishermen with their early morning catch.

Location: Pandan, Antique; 1.5 hours from Caticlan

How To Get There:ย From Caticlan, take a Ceres Bus toย Pandan, Antique or any bus to San Jose, Antique or Iloilo as it would pass by Pandan. ย And then, take a tricycle to Malumpati Cold Spring.

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