Travel Guide: Tibiao

Two hours away from the famous Boracay is a quiet town of Tibiao, a fourth class municipality in the heart of the provice of Antique. With a population of 21,772 in year 2000, this town may not be a popular tourist destination but it has surprisingly something to offer with its unspoiled and panoramic beauty.

river kayaking in tibiao river

See the a seven-tiered waterfalls called Bugtong Bato, feel the rapids of the Tibiao River, soak in the hot kawa tub, commune with the rain forest of Barangay Tigbaboy, swim in the white sand beach of Seco Point and witness its rich marine life.

Tibiao is more than just a Boracay sidetrip, discover this place and experience the uniqueness of the town that is distinctly Tibiao.

How to Get There:

By Air

Tibiao, Antique can be reached by plane via Caticlan and Kalibo, Aklan or via Iloilo.

Caticlan: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines have flights to Kalibo from Manila while Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Asian Spirit, InterIsland Air and SEA Air has direct flights to Caticlan. From Caticlan, ride a jeepney to Nabas Crossing, a 30-minute ride for P20.00 (~$0.50) then catch another jeepney for a two-and-a-half hour ride (P50.00/~$1.25) to Tibiao.

Iloilo: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Air Philippines fly to Iloilo from Manila daily, travel time is an hour more or less. From Iloilo, there are buses in to Libertad via Tibiao, it is a two-hour ride for P30.00 (<$1).

By Land and Water

(Though Lakwatsero haven’t try these means of transportation yet, one can possibly reach Tibiao by bus and/or ferry rides. These alternatives are relatively cheaper than air travel though quite strenous.)

  • Ride a bus to Batanggas Port, then a RORO ferry (Montenegro Shipping Lines, Inc., Contact No: +63 043 723 7975 / +63 043 723 7598) to Calapan, from there take another bus/jeep to the port of Roxas, Mindoro Orriental where you can catch another RORO ferry to Caticlan, then follow the Nabas Crossing-Tibiao, Antique route.
  • Philtranco buses leave regularly from Cubao to Antique. Travel time is approximately 17 hours.
  • MBRS Lines (Contact No: +(632) 2418539, (632) 2435886, (632) 2435888 Fax No: (632) 2425483) operates a Manila-Caticlan ferry from Manila North Harbor. It is a 12 hours ferry ride, then follow the Caticlan-Nabas Crossing-Tibiao, Antique route.
  • Negros Navigation has ferry direct to Antique, travel time is around 20 hours.
  • SuperFerry and Negros Navigation have ferries bound to Iloilo for around 20 hours travel time. From Zamboanga to Iloilo, it is a 16 hours ferry ride; from Cagayan de Oro, 14 hours; from Cebu, 12 hours; from Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, 38 hours. From Iloilo follow the Libertad-Tibiao, Antique route.
  • If you’re coming from Bacolod, ride a Bullet Express (Contact No: +63-033-3380618/+63-033-3380619/+63-033-3380620) or Weesam Express (Contact No: +63-033-3351572/+63-033-3373282) to Iloilo and then follow the Libertad-Tibiao, Antique route.

Where to Stay

If you plan to spend the night in Antique, you may opt to check-in at Kayak Inn, Tibiao or at Kam’mea Beach Resort in San Jose. But since Boracay and Iloilo are just 2 to 3 hours away, you may also scout for the wide list of hotels and lodges in these places.

Activities

  • White water rafting/river kayaking in Tibiao River (P3000.00/~$72)
  • Soak in hot kawa tubs
  • Try the Tibiao Fish Spa
  • Experience a hibby-jibby walk in their hanging bridge
  • Trek to Bugtong Bato Falls
  • Swim in Seco Point, Tiguis Beach and other nearby beaches
  • Snorkel in Coral Resort
  • Drop by in Boracay and Iloilo
Tibiao

We are not captives here. This is the hot kawa tub of Tibiao :)

Tips

Katahum Tours now offers day tour packages in Tibiao. Please visit their site for details, rates and more information: http://www.katahum.com/

Lakwatsero Experience

Lakwatsero tried the Tibiao River kayaking (the kayaking guy in the picture is me by the way, thanks Mike), trekked to the waterfalls and soaked in hot kawa tubs in 2006. Watch out for the narrative, itinerary and photos of his different experince in Tibiao.

18 Comments on “Travel Guide: Tibiao

  1. Dear Mr. Angel,

    Thank you for promoting Tibiao! Are you based in Manila? I would like to invite you to visit Tibiao Fish Spa in SM City Pampanga. I will treat you for a half-hour fish spa and half-hour body massage as a sign of thanks for featuring Tibiao in your popular blog.

    God bless you more!

    Best regards,

    Flord

  2. Hi Mr. Angel :) definitely an angel, even if you dont have wings hahaha :) :)
    I’m Sarah and I just want to say that I really find your posts very informative and I’m just glad I stumbled upon your blog :)
    my friends and I are planning to have a summer vacation at tibiao this coming april, and now, with all the pictures and the informations and sites you’ve recommended i am really sure that we are definitely in for a wonderful tremendous adventure.. I am soo excited :D

  3. hi good morning ano pong telephone ng roro bus dito sa cubao going to kalibo .pls reply salamat

  4. hi, i am from bacolod city and i am planning to go to boracay via passi route. How long does it take from iloilo to caticlan via passi route? much less hours compared to the usual iloilo – (aklan) to caticlan?

    • Yes, it is. Better road condition in a new iloilo- capiz (via passi) compare to the old one. Seven hours in total from which it include one stop at Mang Inasal in Kalibo for unlimited rice. =)) In my personal experience much better to take Iloilo- Kalibo via Antique. We spent 5 hours only or more and that’s include one stop at Culasi for snacks. The reason is that the road in Antique is all straightforward and well- maintained (except antique-iloilo boundary). And you can save fuel too because most of the time your vehicle is on high gear. Unlike Capiz and Kalibu where uphill/downhill.

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  6. kamusta sa akon kasinmanwa dyan sa Tibiao…most especially to our mayor and family.sa mga elem and highschool classmates ko..all my teachers,friends and relatives..nakita ko sa google ang mga nami nga parasyalan dyan..daw gusto ko mag uli ah..

  7. tibiao is a nice place to stay & to unwind!!specially in tuno wer,u can find 7 water falls..u can go mountain climbing too!!mawawala tlaga pagod nu pag andon n kau!!

  8. wla kang lifevest sa tibiao? ive tried white water rafting in davao.. mukhang mas rough ang water sa tibiao

    • Hi Karla, pwede ako magtanong, meron bng lodging house ung bugtong bato if we want to stay overnight?

  9. Hi I read about the kayaking in Philippines on your site!
    I must say I agree 100%.
    And I would like to say Caramoan is one of the best when it comes to sea kayaking in Philippines.

    Anyhow before there was no kayaks for rent, people had no other possibility but bringing their own kayak to Caramoan, but now this is history only.

    You can now rent cayaks in Guijalo Port of Caramoan and bring it to Gota Beach if you like.

    You can read more about it at http://www.caramoankayaks.com

    Now I wonder in case you are interested I like to put up your url to our site for people to read you say about kayaking in Philippines and wonder if you like to do the same for us.?

    A url swap with you, Driving traffic both ways.
    What you think would you agree to this?

    Best regards

    Arild Sandberg

  10. Hi!
    Can we go from Coron to Caticlan by ferry? Or vice versa? What about Caticlan to Puerto Princessa?
    It’s my second trip to Boracay this summer and I wish to go to Palawan obviously and like to try ferry for the first time.
    Thanks!!!

    There is no direct Caticlan-Puerto Princesa nor Caticlan-Coron ferry. What you can do is travel via bus from Caticlan to Iloilo, where you can catch a ferry to Puerto Princesa via Cuyo. Cuyo is a very beautiful place also. Though you can charter a banca from Boracay directly to Coron, but that would cost much! :)

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