This is a province of beaches. But you can also walk in the shade of a vast mangrove forest, or see how plant fiber is turned into remarkable Philippine textiles. Aklan province’s claim to fame is Boracay, an island located about a kilo- meter from the province’s northwestern tip. But there is more to this modest coastal province. Buruanga is an off- the-beaten-track destination full of natural attractions. Plunge into the turquoise waters of Ariel’s Point (formerly called Batason Point). The cliff diving is amazing. Buruanga Point is a haven for snorkeling and diving. Nearby Wasak- Wasak beach in the village of Alegria has crystal-clear emerald waters. You’ll also find Tuburan Beach and private Hinugtan Beach, fringed by coconut trees and wilderness. Discover diving at Nag-asog White Beach, with its kaleidos- copic corals and fishes. Other diving spots in Aklan are slack Rock (ideal for Nitrox diving and good for all skill levels), Panay Wall (Dof Drift II), and Santander Wall. Try spelunking at lgnito Cave (also called White Elephant Cave) in Tigum Village. It boasts of cathedral-like caverns adorned with stalactites, stalagmites, and flowstones. Sabang Cave, on the other hand, has a stunning vista of beaches and pastoral land. Explore Tulingon Cave in Nabas, believed to be one of the country’s longest caves. A two-hour trek takes you to Talipis Falls, where you can soak in refreshing waters. Tigis Falls gushes into the sand and sea. Agnaga Falls is also a good day trip nearl3oracay. Other idyllic spots for swimming are the natural springs of Basang and Hurum-hurum. For a change of scenery, take a walk at the Bakhawan Eco-Park. This successful mangrove re-forestation project has a long bamboo bridge stretching out to the beach. Another good side trip from Boracay is the Kalibo Piña Village, which showcases the pitia jusi. Watch in awe as Akianons extract delicate fibers from pineapple leaves that will be made into Philippine native wear like the Barong Tagalog.

Fun Fact: Fun Fact: Considered the country’s oldest province, Aklan is believed to have been established around 1212-1213 by settlers from Borneo.