Top 10 Things to do in Panay Island, Philippines

February 7, 2018 Hector Krause

Discover the best top things to do in Panay Island, Philippines including Motag Living Museum, Ariel's Point, Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church, Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach), Isla de Gigantes, White Beach, Diniwid Beach, St Anne Parish Church, Ilig Iligan Beach, SM City Iloilo.
Restaurants in Panay Island

1. Motag Living Museum

Motag, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines +63 921 556 3111
Excellent
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5 based on 134 reviews

Motag Living Museum

SEE THE PAST COME TO LIFE; Step back in time and experience life in Boracay as it was before the tourists arrived Visit the FIRST INTERACTIVE LIVING MUSEUM in the Philippines!

Reviewed By LysT80

We decided to take this tour as a change from the beach scene in Boracay. The trip from Boracay wasn't too hard and locals are friendly to guide you along the way. We found the interactive tour to be very informative, seeing how Filipinos in...MoreDear lys, We are happy to hear that instead of staying on the beach you decide to visit motag living museum. Thank you for visiting motag living museum and for the recommendation.

2. Ariel's Point

Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines +63 36 288 6770
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Ariel's Point

Ariel's Point is a breathtaking eco-adventure destination located a short and scenic boat ride away from Boracay Island. With five cliff-diving platforms (ranging in height from 3 meters to 13 meters) and ample opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and canoeing in a friendly setting, Ariel's Point is the perfect daytime venue for Boracay travelers who want to experience the natural beauty of the Philippines while also meeting fellow travelers. Guests can reach Ariel's Point by signing up for their 5-hour daytrip package, which includes a scenic round-trip boat ride to Ariel's Point, local entrance fees, a BBQ buffet, bottomless beverages, Filipino merienda (afternoon snacks), and full use of Ariel's Point amenities (cliff-diving platforms, sunbathing raft, snorkeling gear, sit-on-top kayaks, and native canoes). Trips depart daily at 11:15 a.M. From Ariel's House near Station 1 along White Beach.

Reviewed By Ygorotta - Norway

Ariels's Point is one tourist stopover when island hopping. It is for those who dare to jump over the cliffs without any protection. The diving boards are in different heights so you get to choose from which point you would rather jump from. A small fee upon registration to conquer your fears. Had to watch while the rest jumped. Happy jumping!

3. Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church

Zullieta Ave, Miagao, Iloilo Province 5023, Philippines
Excellent
56%
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church

Reviewed By Nigel G - Singapore

Miagao is a UNESCO World Heritage site - it's architecture typically Baroque - a style which the Spanish were experts in building in. What the Spaniards were unaccustomed to was the topography and geology of the Philippines - earthquakes and typhoons are alien to Spain, as were volcanoes and coral reefs. This gave a whole new dimension on how churches were constructed. So that made them think again with regards to church construction.
The history of the church is easily found on the Internet, so it is not my role to repeat it here.
Take your time to look at this church - the thickness of the walls. The intricate carving of St thomas on the facade - all so impressive. When your done outside look at the splendour of inside - an altar impressive by any standard.
Unlike some UNESCO sites there are no hawkers making a nuisance of themselves here. A great compliment to the security here. If your a photographic enthusiast - don't forget a wide angle lens to capture full majesty of the facade.

4. Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)

Yapak, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Yapak Beach (Puka Shell Beach)

The second largest beach on Boracay, this popular destination is also called Puka Shell Beach after the prevalent white seashells.

Reviewed By Jen R - Bath, United Kingdom

We much preferred it here to White Beach. The sea was lovely and clear (no algae!) and great for swimming. Just be aware there is a slight current, but nothing problematic. We didn't see any sea urchins in the sea, just smooth rocks that you can stand on, and then it gets deeper a little further out.
The white sand is lovely, and there are many coconut trees for shade. You can either pay to use a mat and cushion or just use your own towel as there is enough free shade. There are ice cream sellers wandering up and beach, and you can get fruit shakes, food and drinks at the start of the beach. Day trips stop here but it never got super busy. I recommend this beach if you are in Boracay.

5. Isla de Gigantes

Carles, Iloilo Province, Philippines
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Isla de Gigantes

Isla Gigantes is one of the hottest and best tropical tourist attractions in the Philippines today. Composed of 13 islands--8 of which are lined with pristine white sandy beaches--Isla Gigantes has more to offer than just swimming in its crystal clear turquoise waters. There are dozens of caves to discover, virgin remote Beaches, a saltwater lagoon, and fantastic snorkeling areas.

Reviewed By CzarEmmanuel - Manila, Philippines

Aside from old churches and colonial houses or mansions, Iloilo Province can also brag about its Islands and seas. One case in point is a group of Islands in the municipality of Carles collectively called "Islas de Gigantes" (literally "Giants' Islands") or Gigantes Islands, which one can reach on an outrigger boat after approximately an hour and a half ride from the port of Carles or Estancia.
The best way to visit the Islands would be to stay overnight in one of the accommodations which you can find both on Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur. From there, rent a boat that can take you to the best tourist destinations in the area, namely, the famous Cabugao Gamay Island, Bantigue Island's shifting sandbar, Antonia Island, and the Tangke Hidden Lagoon (just to name a few). Cabugao Gamay and Antonia Islands have fine white sand and are ideal for swimming. The Tangke Hidden Lagoon, on the other hand, is a natural lake that gets filled with water only during high tide. Boats take turns in bringing guests to it since it is usually crowded most of the time.
Aside from island hopping, you can also enjoy scallops on Gigantes Islands, which are really cheap and fresh. Try the so-called "wasay-wasay" -- an ax-shaped oyster common to the place. One drawback involved here is the lack of proper disposal of the scallop shells. The local inhabitants of the island usually just throw them on the beach, thus attracting swarms of flies to the place!

6. White Beach

Balabag, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

White Beach

Boracay’s most popular beach is famous for its amazing sunsets and its white sand that stays cool in hot weather.

Reviewed By FSRP01 - Mandaluyong, Philippines

Yes! Parts are crowded and noisy! And other parts are peaceful, quiet and with much fewer people.
There is a part that is firm and strollers can be pushed along.
All of human life is here from beggars to millionaires including the good, the bad,the ugly and the beautiful. They are walking, posing, sunbathing, playing, doing water sports, swimming and digging in the sand. But one thing they all have in common is that they are happy.
And if you have nothing else to do,pick a bar, restaurant or coffee house, drink your favorite beverage and watch the world go by......
This is a place you must see and experience at least once in your life!

7. Diniwid Beach

North of White Beach | Balabag, Malay, Aklan Province 5608, Philippines
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4.5 based on 850 reviews

Diniwid Beach

A cliffside footpath connects this small, serene beach with its louder and larger cousin, White Beach. A great place for a quiet picnic.

Reviewed By tommomelbourne - Melbourne, Australia

We visited Diniwind Beach on the way to Spider House. We were informed that Spider House was closed due to demolition. Not sure if this is related to the crackdown of illegal building practices or something else.
Anyway Diniwind Beach hardly had any beach in comparison to last time I visited. Sand was lacking and sandbags were exposed. I guess they are their for stability and erosion.
I was told by my local friend that the sand and beach will return so I guess it may be seasonal.

8. St Anne Parish Church

San Pedro Street | Molo Plaza, Barangay San Pedro, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province 5000, Philippines
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

St Anne Parish Church

Reviewed By jajavalB - Bangkok

This church is now under uplifting its facilities , clean and renew the floor tiles but allow visitors to see inside, despite dustiness. The interior decoration is simple but splendid with high toof with the outstanding colorful stained glasses on the froont facade. Taking the picture from front gardent just crossing the street provides magnificent picture.

9. Ilig Iligan Beach

Malay, Aklan Province, Philippines
Excellent
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4.5 based on 254 reviews

Ilig Iligan Beach

Reviewed By islanderboy - Boracay, Philippines

Becuase of the very fast development in Boracay, you have to include this beach in Boracay in your day trip. The beach is beautiful complimented with a view of two tiny islets facing the beach. Just make sure to negotiate with tricycle driver before going in here or you'll be surprised with over-priced charges. The same with the food and beach beds available for rentals.

10. SM City Iloilo

Benigno Aquino Ave Service Road | Diverson Road, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo Province 5000, Philippines (33) 3209601-02
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4 based on 157 reviews

SM City Iloilo

Reviewed By jajavalB - Bangkok

This shopping mall locates on the highway connecting the city proper of iloilo and airport,nearby is plazuela de iloilo(also shopping mall).it's the stop of shared van to and from ILO airport/connecting downtown with taxis, jeepney (with just only less than 100 peso if you go anywhere within the city proper range). On the basement is supermarket where you can shop for local agriculture filipino products and foods. On the first floor ,there are varities of local restaurants, frenchised restaurants such as KFCs, Mcdonalds;local specialties, like Ted's lapaz batchoy, jollibee and etc. there are event exhibits on Dinagyang 2018 during my time of visit. On 2nd and 3rd floors, many shops, flagship stores, like ToyR'us are there and also cinemas. Enjoy shopping and entertainment there.

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