Kalibo Photo: Maricor C.

Kalibo

The bustling city of Kalibo is mainly known for its international airport, which can bring you to the party island of Boracay. But this city, also known as the capital of the Aklan province in the Visayas region, is worth visiting before heading out to the white sands of Boracay beach.

Visit the Kalibo Piña Village, where you can learn about piña-jusi, nicknamed “The Queen of Philippine Fabrics.” It’s a special kind of cloth used for Filipino formal wear like Barong Tagalog, and is now being used in modern fashion designs around the world. The sandy soils of Kalibo produce red pineapples, quite different from the fruit you normally eat. The leaves are scraped to reveal their fibers, which are then woven in looms to make piña-jusi fabric.

Learn more about Kalibo and Aklan history in the Museo It Akean, which was established in 1980. The museum houses Aklanon artifacts like swords, paintings, and metal crafts. You can also view early versions of piña jusi cloths, which have been produced by Aklanons since the 17th century.

Walk through the mangroves of Kalibo in the Bakhawan Eco Park. Inscripted on stone is the acclamation by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), stating that this mangrove is “one of the exemplary forests managed in the whole of Asia and the Pacific.”

A ₱20-peso (about $0.50) entrance fee can get you crossing over bamboo bridges over rivers and through the green forest. Add an extra ₱200 (about $5) and experience eating tamilok, a woodworm (and aphrodisiac) served ceviche-style.

The biggest celebration in the province, the Ati-Atihan Festival, is held every January in Kalibo City. The festival commemorates the Santo Niño, or the Holy Child Jesus, and was dubbed “The Mother of All Philippine Festivals.”

The Ati-Atihan Festival is a street parade where locals paint themselves black and wear big, colorful costumes and head-dresses. During the festival, the locals hold Higantes competitions, where they make huge papier-mache statues of famous figures and characters, and parade it around town.

The sights and events in Kalibo prove that the party doesn’t start (or end) in Boracay!

Top Rated Restaurants in Kalibo Browse All

  1. Latte Coffee Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    7 Reviews View
  2. Ramboy's
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    4 Reviews View
  3. Peil Crepes & Ice Cream Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Dessert
    1 Review View
  4. Saylo Cuisine
    4.0 Stars
    Fusion
    1 Review View
  5. Lai Chia Chinese Dimsum Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Chinese
    1 Review View
  6. Latte Coffee Cafe
    3.5 Stars
    Café
    2 Reviews View
  7. Miggy's Place
    3.5 Stars
    International
    4 Reviews View
  8. Xplorer's Burger Haus
    3.0 Stars
    Burger
    1 Review View
  9. Kitty's Kitchen
    3.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  10. Bagobos Resto Grill
    1.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View

Top Rated Hotels in Kalibo Browse All

  1. Marzon Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  2. Kalibo Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  3. The Premiere Business Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  4. Hotel Carmen at NVC
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  5. Garcia Legaspi Mansion
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  6. Airport Line Pension House
    3.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Kalibo Browse All

  1. Latte Coffee Cafe
    4.5 Stars
    Café
    7 Reviews View
  2. Ramboy's
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    4 Reviews View
  3. Marzon Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  4. Kalibo Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  5. The Premiere Business Hotel
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  6. Hotel Carmen at NVC
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  7. Peil Crepes & Ice Cream Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Dessert
    1 Review View
  8. Abre Gana Resto Bar
    4.0 Stars
    Bar
    1 Review View
  9. Saylo Cuisine
    4.0 Stars
    Fusion
    1 Review View
  10. Lai Chia Chinese Dimsum Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Chinese
    1 Review View