Located near the capital of the province of Aklan, Kalibo International Airport is one of the two ports of entry serving Boracay Island, the most famous beach destination in the Philippines. It is the fastest growing airport in the country in terms of passenger traffic, due to its proximity to the island. Situated around 3 kilometres east of the main area of Kalibo, the airport caters to a number of international destinations such as Taipei, Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur. This makes it convenient to visit, especially when on a trip around Southeast Asia.
The popularity of Boracay has spurred various developments to take place in the airport in 2008. A terminal building was constructed, with an Instrument Landing System (ILS) installed. The runway was also extended, as well as the apron and tarmac. Additional aircraft and vehicular parking was also put in to make way for more travellers coming in on holiday from Asian routes.
What to see & do
Known as the oldest known province in the Philippines, those going to Aklan from Kalibo will find a variety of scenic natural attractions. Boracay, famous its white-sand beaches and clear waters, can be found here. Thousands of travellers visit it every year, with the centre of the action in White Beach, a four-kilometre stretch of sand with a row of hotels, restaurants, bars, and dive shops about several blocks. Other than the large groups from package tours, one will see here several outrigger sailboats giving rides with firedancers twirling their batons. The nightlife here is also active, making it an entertaining attraction to check out. Those looking for a break from the crowds can head to Diniwid Beach for some peace and quiet, while Bulabog Beach is home to the local watersports.
From here, one can explore the terrain of Aklan, where caves, cascading waterfalls, and natural pools can be found. The seven-basin waterfalls in Jawili, as well as the natural cold spring of Nabas, serve as the main attractions in the area. Buruanga Town also has five caves, the biggest of which is Ignito Cave, with earthen chambers as spacious as a cathedral.
In Kalibo, tourists can check out the Sampaguita Gardens, a cultural theme park and resort. One can stay here overnight in a rented room and go on self-guided walking tours. The Bakhawan Eco Park can also be found from the town in New Buswang, a base for mangrove reforestation project in the late 1980s. Visitors can find here intertidal ecology with birds and mud critters scattered about. There is also the Museo It Akean to turn to, a small downtown museum that offers exhibits on Aklan history, culture, and traditions. If the timing is right, visitors can also participate in the celebrations for the Ati-Atihan and Nabas' Bariw Festival.
How to get around within Kalibo
There are various ways to get around Kalibo, which are made up of tricycles or motorcycles strapped with three-wheeled sidecars. Jeepneys also transport passengers in the area, with buses leaving from the Ceres Bus Terminal. Vans depart from several points in the centre, with the main cluster near La Esperanza Hotel.
How to get there
When out to visit Kalibo, tourists can board various airlines to the area. Some of them are AirAsia, AirAsia Zest, Asiana Airlines, Cebgo, Cebu Pacific, China Airlines, Philippine Airlines, SilkAir, and Tigerair. Ferry boats in the nearby port of Dumaguit is also catered to by boats from Batangas, Odiongan, and Manila.
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