Bucket List: Top 15 Best Things to do in Tibiao, Antique

What are the top tourist attractions to visit in Tibiao?

Tibiao River photo via Calawag Mountain Resort

Tibiao Bucket List: Top 15 Reasons to Visit Tibiao Antique

Guest post by Flord Nicson Calawag

Antique is fastly becoming one of the tourism hot spots in the Visayas. Recently, Tibiao and the Province of Antique was listed as one of the 5 must-visit provinces in the Philippines.

Sunset at Tiguis Beach by Jonathan Jurilla
Sunset at Tiguis Beach by Jonathan Jurilla

Tibiao offers a perfect mix of nature and adventure. From adrenaline-pumping activities, beautiful beaches, and exciting food trips, you will never get bored in Tibiao. Here are the Top 15 reasons why you should visit Tibiao soon:

A taste of the very first Tibiao Bakery

Tibiao Bakery
Tibiao Bakery
Tibiao Bakery Products
Tibiao Bakery Products

Tibiao Bakery is the first bakeshop in Tibiao, Antique. It provides affordable yet with outstanding quality food products to Antiqueños. Established in 1953,

Tibiao Bakery has spawned out numerous branches, mainly in Iloilo City, and to the whole Panay Island and there’s even one in New Zealand.

It is a landmark in Iloilo and is well known for its pandesal, ensaymada, and pan de coco. Its product ranges from bread, biscuits, cakes, cookies, sweets to short orders like puto, siopao, pancit Molo, spaghetti, and hamburgers.

Tickling experience at Tibiao Fish Spa

Tibiao Fish Spa
Tibiao Fish Spa

After an adventure in Tibiao, take a load off and experience the relaxing sensation of hundreds of little fish nibbling on your feet like little masseurs. The town boasts of the most affordable fish spa in the world using locally bred “TheraFish.”

Tibiao Fish Spa stands out from conventional fish spas because of its affordable rates and novel offerings. While most fish spas use imported Garra Ruffa fish, which are expensive to acquire and maintain, Tibiao Fish Spa uses several species of fish sourced from the highlands of Tibiao in the province of Antique to provide the fish spa experience in a uniquely Filipino setting.

Tibiao Fish Spa’s first facility was right in the owners’ backyard in the quiet town of Tibiao, Antique, where they first observed the fish’s characteristic behavior that the company now call TheraFishTM. The fish spa’s first customers were neighbors, fishermen, and farmers who took advantage of the extremely affordable rates.

The news spread by word of mouth. Soon, busloads of students and thousands of guests representing over a dozen nationalities dropped by Tibiao Fish Spa, conveniently located along the national highway.

Kawa Hot Bath

Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao
Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao

Enjoy a unique relaxation experience in Tibiao by bathing in a hot kawa (large vat or frying pan), just like a local jacuzzi. This unique kawa hot bath will surely relieve the stresses in your body.

Just imagine yourself dipping in a kawa filled with warm water with local herbs and flowers. This kawa was used before cooking muscovado or organic brown sugar, but later on, it was developed for this only one of its kind purposes.

Lambaklad fishing

Lambaklad Fishing in Antique
Lambaklad Fishing in Antique

Lambaklad fishing is one of the largest fish traps in the country. It is located in Brgy. Malabor, approximately 3 km. from town proper. Lambaklad is derived by fusing the dialect, “lambat” or net and “baklad” or fish corral, hence “lambat-baklad” or in short, “lambaklad.”

It consists of four main parts: the leader, playground, the inner and outer slopes, and the bag. The leader blocks the path of the school of migratory fish that lead them to the playground.

From the playground, the fish enters the outer slope utilizing the pointed nettings. As the fish passes through the slope, it enters the inner slope or non-return valve dropping into the bag where they are trapped and hauled.

Tibiao has a good fishing ground, and it is believed to be the highway of migratory fishes. Having productive water, Tibiao produces commercial species of pelagic and migratory fishes such as tuna and tuna-like species, caranx, marlins, Spanish mackerels or tangigue, barracuda, swordfishes, cavallas, red tail scads, and sardines.

Nature Trekking to Waterfalls

Bugtong Bato Falls photo via Facebook Page
Bugtong Bato Falls photo via Facebook Page

You will be hiking along murmuring streams and hidden rice terraces to Bugtong Bato Falls. The Bugtong Bato Falls belongs to Bandirahan mountain – a place used as a hiding place by Japanese Soldiers during WWII.

Trivia about Tuno:

  • Tuno comes from the local tree named Tipuno.
  • Tuno River is part of the Tibiao River with its source from Mt. Madja-as and Bugtong-Bato falls.
  • The distance from Poblacion or town proper is 7 km.
  • Livelihood: farming and tourism

Experience life at the cascading Bugtong-Bato Falls

Bugtong-Bato waterfall is a seven-tiered waterfall located at Brgy. Tuno, Tibiao. Once you reach the barangay proper, it requires a 1.5 km trek for at least 35 minutes before you reach the waterfalls.

Only the first three falls are accessible because there are no trails yet going to the other falls, which is still quite risky. To reach the third fall, you will rappel in the cascading 2nd fall. This would be another unique adventure for nature lovers. We recommend you wear closed sandals or shoes while we trek to the falls.

The 1st fall has a height of 135 ft. or 41 meters. This is one of the highest waterfalls among the seven-tiered falls. Enjoy swimming in the lagoon and try experiencing a water massage through the current of the fall.

The beauty of the 2nd fall is that you could rappel from this place to the third fall in the cascading fall. Rappelling to this fall is like climbing a stairway while holding the big rope. For first-timers, local guides will be assisting you with the climb. Just take one step at a time because the stones are slippery.

The 3rd fall has the deepest lagoon in this place with more than 4 meters or 13 feet. It is also great to experience the water massage in that area.

Pottery and Brick Making

Brick and Pottery Making in Tibiao
Brick and Pottery Making in Tibiao

Learn a new skill in Brgy. Bandoja – a village in Tibiao known for its pottery and brick making. This place is blessed to have 450,000 metric tons of clay reserve for pottery and brick making. Get hands-on in making the pots and bricks.

Discover the art of creating hand-made pots and bricks as you mold chocolate-brown soil into marvelous masterpieces.

White Water River Kayaking

White Water River Kayaking in Tibiao River
White Water River Kayaking in Tibiao River

The Tibiao River boasts of crystal clear waters suitable for white water rafting/kayaking at various difficult grades. Courses are available for those interested in experiencing this challenging recreational outdoor activity.

For Grade 1, the basic kayaking course introduces first-timers to paddling a kayak in calm waters. The grade 2 course is fit for those kayakers who want to experience a higher skill paddling through the rapids and big stones.

Grade 3-4 courses are for those professionals who want to enjoy an adrenaline rush adventure in the strong currents surpassing the big boulders and difficult maneuvers.

The Tibiao River is one of the best white water rivers in the country, perfect for kayaking. It hosted the first “International Kayaking Cup,” which was initiated by Tribal Adventures, Inc. in 1997.

Sunset-viewing at the Tiguis beach

Sunset at Tiguis Beach Photo by Jonathan Jurilla
Sunset at Tiguis Beach Photo by Jonathan Jurilla

The beach is facing the Cuyo East Pass, a part of the South China Sea. Tiguis beach is famous for its shore’s white cliff, the canopy of trees, and the cool blue sea. This area is also a perfect place for sunset-viewing.

Soon investors will be putting up a giant water slide to the sea as part of the adventure package for Tibiao.

Butong River

Water Spa at Butong River
Water Spa at Butong River

This Butong river is named after the most abundant bamboo species along the river, the Butong bamboo.

What makes this place unique is the presence of the biggest boulder in town wherein tourists can experience rock climbing and boulder diving. The deepest area around the boulder is 8-10 ft., ideal for boulder diving.

This area is part of Brgy. Tigbaboy. The barangay is named after the two local things abundant in the barangay before the ‘tigbaw’ (a local grass) and ‘baboy’ (a wild boar).

Tibiao Eco-Adventure Park Zip Trip

Tibiao Eco-Adventure Park Zip Trip
Tibiao Eco-Adventure Park Zip Trip

Tibiao’s newest tourism destination, the Tibiao Zip Trip, is the longest in Panay Island. It is a two-way zip line with a 500-m cable each.

Malakagat Hanging Bridge & Tigbaboy Hanging Bridge

Malakagat Hanging Bridge
Malakagat Hanging Bridge

Malakagat Hanging Bridge can be found near the Ever Land Park and Kayak Inn. Before typhoon Frank, this suspension bridge leading to Sitio Malakagat, Brgy. Tuno has a rigid and strong structure.

The high water level that reached the bridge and the strong current during the typhoon made the bridge a swaying hanging bridge and a tourist destination. From the hanging bridge, you will have a perfect view of the white water river of Tibiao and the perfect cone shape mountain of Brgy. Tuno.

The 1st hanging bridge in town is the Tigbaboy hanging bridge, a 65-meter suspension bridge. Another experience awaits you because you will experience passing over the bridge while riding the habal-habal. This bridge leads the way to the barangay proper.

Buy Tibiao Native Products

Tibiao Native Handicrafts and Souvenir Products
Tibiao Native Handicrafts and Souvenir Products
Tibiao Native Products Photo by Tonzie Gay
Tibiao Native Products Photo by Tonzie Gay

Located at Centro Sur, Tibiao, all kinds of native products such as banig, bayong, native products, hats, gift boxes, bayong bags, hat, abaca, and clay products are available. All of the native products are made in Antique.

Tibiao River photo via Calawag Mountain Resort
Tibiao River photo via Calawag Mountain Resort

Zorbing down the Tibiao River

Zorbing in Tibiao is operated by the newly opening Ever Land Park located at Brgy. Tuno, Tibiao.

The process involves rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic, going down the Tibiao River.

The harness orbs used are good for two riders. You will experience a 21-m rolling or a 7-seconder zorbing.

Riding a habal-habal or Sky-love

Like in other parts of the country, Habal-habal is also famous in Antique because it is the fastest transportation route to the mountains.

Sky-love is derived from the two words ‘sakay’ and ‘love,’ just like how the driver calls for passengers, “Sakay na Love.”

This type of transportation is famous in provinces in the Philippines where jeepneys and tricycles cannot stand the rough, steep terrain and narrow roads.

About the Author

Flord Nicson Calawag
Flord Nicson Calawag

Flord Nicson Calawag is the owner of Tibiao Fish Spa and Katahum Tours. He is a marine fisheries graduate from the University of the Philippines in the Visayas (UPV) in Miag-ao, Iloilo.

He discovered a kind of fish from a friend’s mountain, and he later utilized them in their first-ever fish therapy spa in the town of Tibiao.

Tibiao Travel and Tour Packages

To help you plan out your visit to Tibiao, we listed places to visit and other amazing Tibiao Antique activities. We also listed some of the best travel deals and tour packages and excellent flight deals and accommodation.

Searching for the best hotels, resorts, and affordable flights in the nearby Cities? Check out our list of affordable Tibiao hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

Want more updates about new package tours and tourist spots in Tibiao, Antique PH? Follow #TeamOutofTown, on Facebook, TwitterInstagram, Bloglovin, and Pinterest for more travel ideas.

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