Nature's bounty of scenic atractions are found in Aklan. Boracay Island, the province's top tourist destination, is known throughout the world for its fine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
Explore exciting caves, cascading waterfalls and natural pools. Ascend the seven-basin waterfalls in Jawili. Plunge into the natural cold spring of Nabas. Conquer the five caves of Buruanga town, the biggest of which is Ignito Cave, known for its cathedral-like chambers.
Immerse in the province's man-made attractions. Heed the call of the Ati-atihan festival (every third weekend of January) and join the rythmic dancing of participants who darken their bodies with soot and don colorful tribal finery.
Pleasant stay is guaranteed in Kalibo's pensions, inns and lodging establishments. Meals are served in these places or nearby restaurants. Boracay has an array of accommodation facilities that range from luxury class to budget ones. Enjoy discos, bars and video KTVs. Savor International and local cuisine in the island's numerous restaurants.
Take home for souvenir items native handicrafts made of nito (local vine), abaca (hemp), handmade paper and pi├▒a (pineapple fiber).
How to get there
Travel to Aklan by air or sea from Manila and Cebu. By jet, it takes 45 minutes from Manila five times daily. From Cebu, there is a flight every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. By sea, it takes 14 to 18 hours from Manila. Asian Spirit flies to Caticlan twice daily.
For more Information on Aklan, write or call:
Department of Tourism Region VI
Bonifacio Drive, Iloilo City
Kalibo Tourism Office
Tourist Information Center (Iloilo)
DOT Information Center (Manila)
Aklan - The Philippines' Oldest Province
Aklan is the oldest province in the Philippines, organized in 1213 by settlers from Borneo, as the Minuro it Akean to include what is now Capiz. It became an independent province when President Magsaysay signed into law on April 25, 1956, Republic Act 1414 separating Aklan from Capiz. Aklan was inaugurated as an independent province on November 8, 1956.
Aklan encompasses the northwestern portion of Panay Island and nearby Boracay Island, both situated within the Visayas island group and having an estimated land area of 181, 789 hectares. Cadastrally located between 12┬░N, 11┬░19' S and between 121┬░50' W, 122┬░35' E, the province is bordered by the Sulu Sea on the northwest, the Sibuyan Sea on the northeast and the east, by the province of Antique on the west, and by the province of Capiz on the south. The northernmost limit of Aklan is Lapuz-Lapuz point on Boracay Island (Malay), while the southernmost limit is that point in the municipality of Libacao where the borders of Aklan, Antique, Capiz meet. The easternmost part of the province is the eastern shoreline of Mambuquiao Bay in the municipality of Batan; the westernmost location is Pucio Point (Buruanga).
The province is composed of 17 municipalities, the largest in land area being Libacao, and the smallest, Lezo. Each municipality maintains a municipal government whose seat is the poblacion. It has 327 barangays.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geographical and Astronomical Service Administration, the province of Aklan is characterized by two areas of somewhat different climates. The coldest month is experienced in January measuring 26┬░ rises steadily to an average of 29┬░ in May, and then declines gradually to the January level. The best time to visit is on the months of October to May.
The total number of the population of Aklan as of the year 2000 is 451,314.
Language / Dialect
The Aklanons primarily speak Akeanon. The people also speak English, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, and Cebuano.
Most Akeanons derive livelihood from rice, corn, coconut, abaca, and pottery making. Fishponds and offshore fishing employ many persons in the province. What thrive in Aklan are small-scale industries like pi├▒a cloth weaving, abaca and bamboo handicraft.
Pottery making and pop rice (ampaw) making are local industries that have augmented the people's livelihood in this province. Residents living near the banks of the river make clay pots and jar the old-fashioned way, as others engage in pop rice making. Popularly known as "ampaw" in the local dialect, it is processed from cooked rice, dried, deep fried with oil and sugar, and then molded into the same sizes and dried slowly.