KAWA HOT BATH and BUGTONG BATO FALLS in TIBIAO

Aside from the ever-famous Boracay and Mararison Island, TIBIAO is the rising star for travelers and wanderers – a municipality in the province of Antique in the Western Visayas, Philippines. Surrounded by lush green scenery of natural resources, this place will surely give you the relaxed vacation you ever wanted. Visit, unwind, and experience the best ecoadventure only here in Tibiao!

This trip is part of 4-days-3-nights adventure of @travel.hubby and @travel.wifey to Tibiao, Mararison and Boracay. (Special thanks to AirAsia!) We will be living the simplest life possible with the thriftiest activities to get the most amazing experience for this travel.

Going to Tibiao via Kalibo

Upon arrival at Kalibo International Airport, we looked for tricycle terminal and hired one going to Ceres Bus Terminal. Look for bus bound to San Jose, Antique. Our bus made 2 stops, one at Ibajay and the 2nd stop at Pandan. We alight at Brgy. Importante and hired habal-habal to Kayak Inn.

You can also reach Tibiao via Caticlan, Roxas and Iloilo.

Caticlan: take a bus bound to San Jose, Antique. Drop-off at Brgy.  Importante (also called crossing) then rent habal-habal.

Roxas: first take a van bound to Kalibo then follow instructions above.

Iloilo: you can ride a van or bus bound to Culasi or Caticlan from Molo Bus and Van Terminal. Alight at Barangay Importante and rent habal-habal.

Accommodation

We stayed at Kayak Inn in Barangay Tuno, a recommended place if you want to experience nature and vacation at its simplest form. Our bamboo hut is just beside a river, one of the most relaxing experiences we had. They have “KAWA” hot baths for solo traveller, couples, and groups which you will surely love.

BUGTONG BATO FALLS

We left Kayak Inn at 4:30pm to go to Bugtong Bato Waterfalls. We already paid entrance fee at Brgy. Importante before checking in at Kayak Inn, we showed these receipts at Brgy. Tuno then Kuya Ladz (our tour guide) accompanied us to the falls.

The falls can be reached by 30 to 45 minutes of walking and nature-trekking.

Bugtong Bato is a 7-tiered waterfall hidden in the unexploited forest of Barangay Tuno in Tibiao, Antique. The first 3 levels are the ones frequently visited by travellers.

We finished our adventure at 6pm and upon reaching their barangay hall we watched some of their locals practicing street dance. We had barbecue while enjoying their company. A lovely and friendly place, amazing!

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KAWA HOT BATH

Some travellers are still enjoying their hot bath when we returned in Kayak Inn. We requested to have our hot bath in the morning after our breakfast so we can have a relaxing night and more enjoyable morning.

Kayak Inn’s KAWA hot bath is the best! We chose the largest KAWA for the two of us so we can swim freely. You can add some water to neutralize the heat of your body, I mean the “KAWA”. (hahaha!)

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Itinerary

1st day

11:30am               arrival at Kalibo International Airport

12:00pm               at Ceres Terminal and took our lunch

12:30pm               bus left terminal bound to Tibiao

03:30pm               arrival at Kayak Inn

04:30pm               left Kayak Inn going to Bugtong Bato Waterfalls

06:30pm               back to Kayak Inn

08:00pm               dinner time (4 rice, 1 liempo, 1 big bowl of sinigang) – PERFECT!

10:30pm               lights out

2nd day

07:30am               breakfast

09:00am               KAWA HOT BATH

10:30am               depart from Kayak Inn going to Mararison Island

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Other Activities

River Kayaking – Tibiao River is perfect for this kind of activity.

Eco Adventure Park – the place is near Kayak Inn, try zip-lining over Tibiao river.

Fish Spa – try their unlimited fish spa near the town proper.

Pottery and Brick Making – Brgy. Bandoja pottery and brick making is also worth a try.

Lambaklad Fishing – experience a new way and style of fishing only here in Tibiao.

Rafflesia flower – known as the world’s biggest exotic flower, sometimes called “corpse flower” due to its smell, can also be found here in Antique.

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Budget/Expenses

Fare: P150 Tricycle from Kalibo Airport to Ceres Bus Terminal
Food: P133 Lunch at Ceres Terminal for 2 pax
Fare: P304 Bus fare going to Tibiao (P152 per pax)
Fare: P140 Habal Habal fare going to Kayak Inn from crossing (P70 per ride)
Entrance: P100 entrance fee before our arrival in Kayak Inn
Accommodation: P2,000 overnight accommodation (up to 5 pax) with breakfast
Fee: P150 Tour Guide Fee
Fare: P40 Habal Habal fare from Kayak Inn to Bugtong Bato Falls (P20 per pax)
Massage: P400 service plus tip
Food: P300 busog-much food courtesy of Kayak Inn
Drinks: P250 beers, water, and coffee
Fare: P140 Habal-habal fare from Kayak Inn to crossing (P70 per ride)
Fare: P80 Van ride from Tibiao to Culasi (P40 per pax)
TOTAL P4,187  Total amount spent for our travel (P2,093.50 per pax)

  

Tips

  1. For a maximum kawa hot bath experience, use their biggest KAWA.
  2. Please do not forget to bring some insect repellent.
  3. Do not expect too much from your accommodation (no aircon/no tv) since you are here for a simple and relaxed vacation.
  4. Visit Tibiao early so you can have your Kawa Hot Bath after visiting Bugtong Bato falls in the afternoon. This is ideal for travelers who will go to Mararison Island the next day.
  5. Mobile signal is not that strong, there are areas without signal.
  6. Kayak Inn has no restaurant but their caretaker can cook for you.
  7. Do not hesitate to give tips to your tour guide.
  8. Say “thank you” always.

 

mjian rating: 9/10

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