Situated in the Island of Panay and joins such wonderful places like Iloilo, Capiz and Antique, and though not as popular as the attractions within, it is recognized as the most recommended and top destination for travel and leisure activities by all travel agents locally and internationally. The province boasts of 2 major attractions such as the world famous Boracay Island and the famed Ati-atihan that are both considered as one of the eight wonders of tourism. The Province of Aklan is also considered as one or at least the oldest province of the Philippines giving it a rich history and culture, since the arrival of the datus to Panay but only acquired its status as a province on April 25, 1956 signed by President Ramon Magsaysay separating it from the Province of Capiz. At present it is designated as a second class province with 17 Municipalities that comprises it namely, Altavas, Balete, Banga, Batan, Buruanga, Ibajay, Kalibo, Lezo, Libacao, Madalag, Makato, Malay, Malinao, Nabas, New Washington, Numancia, and Tangalan with Kalibo as its capital
Since it is a top destination, reaching Aklan from Manila or from other parts of the country is easy. By air it has 2 airports with Caticlan Airport or Godofredo P. Ramos and the Kalibo Airport. The Caticlan Airport is quite new and provides sophisticated facilities that caters mostly to domestic flights while the Kalibo Airport is classified as a minor domestic class with a few international flights. A few of the airline companies that service the province are Air Philippines, Asian Spirit, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, South East Asian Airlines, Pacific Pearl Airways and the China Eastern Airlines. Traveling by land from Manila the Philtranco Bus Company is the only means of transport that provides service with a daily scheduled service. By sea there are a few ferry companies that service the province and 2 of which are the major shipping lines that service the province, MBRS Shipping Lines and Negros Navigation respectively.
The province’s top destination is Boracay, which is situated in the Municipality of Malay, and has 2 popular beaches namely the White Beach and Bulabog Beach. Resorts or places of accommodation are abundant to satisfy both local and international visitors with pricing based on peak and low seasons. Other leisure activities are hiking, diving, snorkeling, sightseeing kite boarding and wind surfing. Festival attractions in Aklan is the most sought after. The internationally knowned Kalibo Ati-Atihan Festival is celebrated annually on the month of January in honor of the Santo Nino spanning from the first Sunday and concluding up to the third Sunday. It is the most colorful noise making festival of all with the constant beating of the drums and whistle blowing participants clad in dry leaves, faces painted and bodies colored with soot while the Bariw Festival which is celebrated in the Month of May from the 12th to the 15th is of similar celebration with participants dressed in Bariw Leaves, contionous dancing in the streets participated by 20 barangays of the province.
Places of stay are sufficient in Aklan. To visit the province for a holiday of fun and adventure or a mere relaxation, Wow Paradise Philippines recommends to book yourself in advance. Though there are quite a number of resort, hotels and other accommodations most are booked all year round. For more information visit the Province of Aklan Official Website and see for yourself the beauty within.