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Tibiao Town Tour on a Bicycle with Vida Nov 26, 2016

Tibiao Town Tour on a Bicycle with Vida

GPS waypoint: 11°17'21.8"N 122°02'04.0"E
Location: Tibiao (municipality), Antique (province), Philippines

Vida my Tibiao Guide
Vida, my lovely guide from Kayak Inn, took me on a bike tour around Tibiao Town - the pottery, fish spa, the beach and Tibiao Bakery.

Tibiao Town Tour on a Bicycle with Vida
getting a ringside seat while Mary Ann spins her pottery

Pottery Making
potter: Mary Ann | 0975.717.3201
From the main highway, you still need to go deep into a sideroad to get to the pottery. It is best reached by a bicycle or a motorcycle. Mary Ann, the potter, demos how a clay pot is made using malleable clay on a spinning circular table. But you can also roll-up your sleeve and give it a try. You can also purchase some of what is already on display.

Mary Ann busy with her craft cooked clay pots ready for use pots, jars and vases...just needs a little cleaning
demo pot Vida gets her own hand-engraved coffee mug wacky shot with the whole family

Fish Spa
Going further south from the pottery, along the main highway is the Tibiao Fish Spa. For the basic P119 package, your feet get nibbled at by small fishes. You transfer to the bigger fishes for bigger bites. After 30 minutes, they give you a soothing foot massage.

chilling out with Vida as we get our feet nibbled clean fish nibbles can be ticklish there is an option to lie down the foot massage wraps it up

Tibiao Bakery
It seems like a regular bakery selling regular bread, but Tibiao Bakery is a hit amongst the locals. It has many branches across Panay Island but the original is the one in Tibiao (of course!). They claim that bread is baked in wood-burning ovens for that extra taste. In Tibiao, it's as close as it gets to a cafe where locals get to sit-in and order other things on the menu.

Tibiao landmark at the town playground with Vida outside Tibiao Bakery Tibiao Bakery is an iconic institution in Tibiao
Vida getting a mouthful of Rocky Road the inside of the bakery  

Tibiao Beach
While at Tibiao Bakery, Vida and I were just a stone's throw from the beach. Tibiao is afterall, a coastal town. The beach is not Boracay by any measure, but you if you feel like dipping into salt water, the black-sand beach extends for kilometers.

the beach bike with fat tires would have been more appropriate dismounting was the order of the day Vida testing the water....she felt an undertow the clothesline tells you you're not in Boracay

Ending Thoughts
The town offerings of Tibiao are not necessarilly a must-do. But if you are already in Tibiao for the kawa bath or the waterfall, the town offerings of Tibiao would be a worthwhile sidetrip.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: trekking to the rice terraces

Kayak Inn, Tibiao, Antique

Kayak Inn

white water river kayaking
hot kawa-bath | native lodging
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GPS: 11°19'04.55"N, 122°04'38.24"E
Tibiao, Antique, Philippines
(63) 922.701.4648
Tribal Adventures Tibiao

Tribal Adventures Tibiao

town tour on a mountain bike
waterfall trek | rice terraces trek
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GPS: 11°19'04.55"N, 122°04'38.24"E
Tibiao, Antique, Philippines
(63) 998 999 3049

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tourist attractions in Tibiao tourist attractions
  • Hot Kawa Bath at Kayak Inn Hot Kawa Bath - Kayak Inn is the original provider of the hot kawa bath with scenic and elevated river view. It has been featured in Matanglawin TV show with Kim Atienza
  • white water kayaking in Tibiao River at Kayak Inn White Water River Kayaking - only Kayak Inn offers this service with full support crew - guide and porters
  • Bugtong Bato Waterfalls in Tibiao Bugtong Bato Waterfalls - 7 levels of waterfalls. The first 3 levels are popular and accessible. It has plunge pools with rope climbs to the 3rd level. The 7th level can be reached via a different route - it is far and high up but can be seen from the rice terraces.
  • Pottery Making in Tibiao Pottery Making - a demo is done on how to make a clay pot. You can also roll up your sleeve and do it yourself
  • fish spa in Tibiao Fish Spa - get your dead skin nibbled-off by little fishes
  • Tibiao Bakery in Tibiao Tibiao Bakery - they bake their bread using wood burning ovens. It's famous in the whole Panay Island. The location in Tibiao is the original bakery
hotels in Tibiao lodging
  • Kayak Inn Kayak Inn - nipa hut cottages by the river, breakfast included + hot kawa bath + river kayaking
    GPS: 11°19'04.55"N, 122°04'38.24"E
    Location: Barangay Tuno, Tibiao (municipality), Antique (province), Philippines
tours in Tibiao tours

Tibiao Cost Index

(US$1 = PHP 49.73 as of Nov 30, 2016)
  • PHP 1000/pax river kayak and hot kawa bath combo at Kayak Inn
  • PHP 200/pax hot kawa bath at Kayak Inn
  • PHP 500 one night lodging in a nipa hut at Kayak Inn
  • PHP 50 barangay entrance fee (not sure if the barangay can legally unilaterally do this)
  • PHP 150 guide fee for the waterfalls
  • PHP 70/trip motorcycle ride from Importante Junction to Kayak Inn, one-way but per trip, not per person

How to Get to Tibiao from Boracay

  • from Boracay, take a Ceres Bus bound for Iloilo. Get off at the Tibiao Municipality

How to Get to Kayak Inn (Tibiao) from Boracay

  • from Boracay, take a Ceres Bus bound for Iloilo. Get off at the Importante Junction (this is immediately after Tibiao Municipality)
  • at the junction, take a motorcycle to take you to Kayak Inn, P70/trip, one-way, 15 mins. CAUTION: some motorcycle drivers will sell you into going to other kawa resorts and may even say unfavorable things about Kayak Inn - they are being paid commission by the competing kawa providers.

Things to do, Places to go in Tibiao

  1. Hot Kawa Bath - kawa, shaped like an oversized wok, originally designed to cook muscovado sugar, is fired-up using bamboo with water and a few herbal leaves for a hot soaking bath. Kayak Inn is the original hot kawa provider with elevated river view.
  2. White-Water River Rafting - at Kayak Inn, river kayaks with tour guides are provided for a 30 minute splash into the Tibiao River
  3. Bugtong Bato Waterfall - 7 levels of waterfall. The first 3 levels are the most popular and hike-friendly. The 7th level is high-up and far-out requiring a different route. Kayak Inn offers guided treks.
  4. Beach - although not as pristine as Boracay beach, if you are in Tibiao, you might as well give it a try - black sand with big flat stones by the beach
  5. Pottery - clay pottery is demonstrated but you can also roll-up your sleeve and try your hand at it
  6. Tibaio Bakery - in all of Panay Island, Tibiao Bakery is popular and has somewhat become a tourist attraction. They bake their bread in wood-burning ovens
  7. Fish Spa - you can dip your feet by the oversize fish aquarium and have the fish eat up your dead skin - ticklish sensation

Suggested itinerary on the WEST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Pandan - Malumpati Spring
  5. Libertad - Maanghit Cave, Ati Cave and Bungan-Bungan Spring
  6. Sebaste - Igpasungaw Waterfall
  7. Culasi - Malalison Island
  8. Tibiao - hot kawa-bath, white water river rafting, Bugtong Bato Waterfall, rice terraces, Tibiao Bakery, pottery, fish spa
  9. Anini-y - Nogas Island, scuba diving

Suggested itinerary on the EAST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Kalibo - Bakhawan Eco-Park, Tigayon Hill
  5. Tambak - oysters
  6. Capiz - Roxas City
  7. Carles | Estancia - Gigantes Island Boat Tour, Lighthouse of Gigantes Island and Bakwitan Cave of Gigantes Island
  8. Iloilo - Batchoy Indulgence
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