Things to do in Bakhawan Eco-Park, Aklan, Philippines [Side Trip from Boracay]

Here’s our list of things to do in Bakhawan Eco-Park located in Brgy. New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan.

One of the best tourist attractions in Kalibo is the mangrove forest, the Bakhawan Eco-Park. If you just came from the gorgeous Boracay and had a flight back via Kalibo and still have time, don’t forget to stop by here and be in awe of its beauty.

Bakhawan Eco Park, Aklan, Philippines Travel Guide (A Boracay Side Trip)
Photo from Ree Dexter CC BY 2.0

This 220-hectare forest is a reforestation project that was started in 1990. The name “Bakhawan” came from the local dialect that means mangrove. This is one of the most successful mangrove reforestation projects in the country. It helped stop the flood problems of the place but also gave livelihood to the residents.  Read our guide to know how to go there, what to do, and the expenses you may incur!

Things to do in Bakhawan Eco-Park

Bakhawan Eco Park, Aklan, Philippines Travel Guide (A Boracay Side Trip)
Photo by Roman Nuritdinov CC BY 2.0

1. Walk the Bamboo Trail

Go deep in the forest and walk the 1.3-kilometer trail. As you journey towards the end, you will see different types of mangrove trees. You could stop and check out the birds that live in the area. Strike a pose, too!

2. Cruise on the waters

Want to make your trip more memorable? Why don’t you try riding on a bamboo raft above the waters in the Eco-Park? You could also use the Kayak! Just be very careful, so you don’t get wet!

3. Eat Tamilok!

Try the favorite appetizer in this area; the Tamilok or Woodworm. This isn’t a worm, though; it’s a saltwater clam without a shell. It just worms its way to the holes, so it survives. It is eaten raw and tastes delicious as per locals. Give it a try!

Expenses

Here are the costs you might incur during your trip:

Entrance Fees

  • General Admission – PHP 150
  • Aklanons – PHP 100
  • Senior Citizens or PWD – PHP 80
  • Students with ID – PHP 50

Activities

  • Bamboo Raft – PHP 80 – 100
  • Kayaking – PHP 250 – 350 per hour
  • Tamilok – PHP 300
  • Fish Feeding – PHP 10
Bakhawan Eco Park, Aklan, Philippines Travel Guide (A Boracay Side Trip)
Photo by Roman Nuritdinov CC BY 2.0

How to get to Bakhawan Eco-Park

Airport

  • The airport in the province of Aklan is the Kalibo Internation Airport and Caticlan Airport, that’s near Boracay
  • Kalibo International Airport has flights from the following local destinations: Manila, Cebu
  • For international flights, here are the destinations: South Korea (Seoul, Busan, Daegu), China (Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu), Taiwan (Taipei)

To the Eco Park

  • From the airport, you can ride a tricycle to the Eco-Park
  • If you are also in the city center, you can go to Kalibo Public Market where the Terminal to New Buswang is located
  • From there, take a tricycle to New Buswang and stop at the Eco-Park (PHP 10)

Travel Guide Tips to Bakhawan Eco-Park

  • The area is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • You can have a picnic in the area
  • Entrance Fee is pricey, but remember the maintenance of this area needs funds too
  • Make sure your footwear is suitable for walking on slippery areas or bamboos especially if it’s raining
  • If you are a group or organization, feel free to communicate with them especially if you like to do a Mangrove Planting Activity
  • Leave no Trace!
Bakhawan Eco Park, Aklan, Philippines Travel Guide (A Boracay Side Trip)
Photo by Alexey Komarov CC BY 2.0

If you have extra time, don’t forget to visit Bakhawan Eco-Park. You will surely be amazed by the efforts of the government and locals to make this what it is today. Have fun and keep safe during your travels!

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About the Writer

Lyza Paloma

Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I aim to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.

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Written by Lyza Paloma

Lyza is a native of Leyte who spent 10 years studying and working in Cebu before working for Two Monkeys Travel. She decided to stop daydreaming and started to pursue her dreams of traveling to the Philippines and the world. She has already been to 4 countries in Asia and 18 provinces in the Philippines. She’s flexible and can travel solo, with friends, or family. Besides traveling, she loves organizing trips, taking pictures, reading, and making new friends.

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