Top 10 Things to do in Kalibo, Philippines

December 25, 2017 Tonie Szymanski

Kalibo, officially the Municipality of Kalibo, (Aklanon: Banwa it Kalibo; Hiligaynon: Banwa sang Kalibo; Filipino: Bayan ng Kalibo), is a 1st class municipality and capital of the province of Aklan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 80,605 people.
Restaurants in Kalibo

1. Bakhawan Eco-park and Research Centre

New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines +63 36 262 7696
Excellent
50%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 108 reviews

Bakhawan Eco-park and Research Centre

The Bakhawan Mangrove Forest is one of the most successful mangrove reforestation projects in all of Southeast Asia. Located along the Aklan River in Kalibo, Aklan (the gateway to Boracay Island), the Bakhawan Mangrove Forest offers a wide variety of outdoor, cultural, and culinary attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Tickets can be purchased on-site at the park's entrance. The Bakhawan Forest is only a 10-minute drive from Kalibo International Airport.

Reviewed By rxapur - Manila, Philippines

Mangrove park located in Kalibo. Manager of the place gave us free passes to check the area (Thank you, Sir!). Place is charming and educational specially if you're interested in mangrove-related research. Downside is that it lacks signage, tour guide, mini presentation etc. for explaining mangrove specie available in the area, its difference with trees, life cycle, importance of mangroves, etc.

2. Island Star Express

Kalibo, Aklan Province 5600, Philippines +63 917 623 9796
Excellent
64%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 36 reviews

Island Star Express

Island Star Express provides a convenient airport transfer service to guests who want to enjoy the world-famous island of Boracay. It offers guests a seamless transfer from Kalibo International Airport and Caticlan Airport to any resort in Boracay.

Reviewed By RetREMF1 - McAllen, Texas

Two days before arrival we booked round trip transfers from Caticlan Airport to resort using credit card. Or so we thought. We called to confirm on Saturday, 25 Nov because we had not received any further communication. Good thing cuz Island Star Express didn't have our booking. Website issues most likely to blame.
Most importantly the transferred occurred without a problem. We were met by very pleasant and professional staff at the airport; transported us to and through the port, to the ferry assisting with our bags the entire way - on and off the van, on and off the outrigger boat.
Company representatives apologized for the website malfunction with the credit card; followed up with a receipt that we didn't have because of the online booking, and went way way out of their way to ensure that we were satisfied with their service and that we knew customer satisfaction is their number one priority.
We are satisfied and will use Island Star Express again without a doubt. Actions do speak louder than words. Thanks for reaching out, following up and demonstrating your dedication to customer satisfaction.

3. Aklan Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Center

n. 11 Roxas Avenue, Kalibo, Aklan Province 5600, Philippines +63 915 598 5755
Excellent
92%
Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 12 reviews

Aklan Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Center

Especially if like to see a local animal rescue in action, walk our dogs on the nearby beach, help clean the kennels, pet the cats, play with the kittens, see the happy faces at feeding time. Our staff are more than happy to direct you to splendid, undiscovered sites in the area. For a fee we can even take you there with our AARRC pickup.

Reviewed By Javier C

Being around handicapped dogs is a unique experience. They just crave for your attention. Bridges is blind, but still young at heart, and plays with both humans and dogs. Tina and Midnight back legs are paralyzed, so they could only go for a walk at the beach on a wheelchair, but they really enjoyed those ocasional walks more than anything.
Please visit the center and take them for a walk. Jenie Mae and the staff are very friendly and introduce you to every dog. They will join you for the walk. I spent a week there and I didn't want to leave. Handicapped dogs are so attaching. Please bring a little Sunshine to this lovely creatures, and simply take them for a walk on the beach. Have the oportunity to see their happiness during the walk is priceless.

4. St. John the Baptist Cathedral

Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines +63 920 611 1705
Excellent
29%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 27 reviews

St. John the Baptist Cathedral

Reviewed By frances i - Kalibo, Philippines

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist is the seat of the Diocese of Kalibo. It is a huge church built in the 19th century. Unlike in other provinces where churches were built just on the side streets, without even a compound to speak of, this Cathedral and most churches in Aklan have wide grounds or compounds of their own. It had been renovated sometime in the early 1990s after a strong earthquake. It is a brick and stone church and we only knew it was made of bricks after the renovation exposed the bricks on the side walls, just as it should be. It is ideal for weddings as the church's baroque altar looks grand. it is a beautiful structure, with a cross layout. It has a huge dome over the altar and it reminds one of the dome of St Peter's in Rome. the facade is also beautiful. and you can take photos of the Cathedral from several vantage points of the town plaza.
the church gets locked during 'dead' hours as there had been incidence of theft of church properties and antiques in the past. the front grounds had been landscaped but maintenance is sometimes lacking. to think that tourists come for a visit. a big grotto which has been there for decades can be found on the side of the church. since the town celebrates more the feast of the Sto Nino (third week of January) than the fiesta of John the Baptist on June 24, a statue of the icon can be found on the altar and another big Sto Nino image is housed on a side entrance of the church as pilgrims and church goers regularly pay homage to the icon.
When in Kalibo,dont forget to visit the Cathedral of St John the Baptist. What more, be in Kalibo on the third Sunday of January each year as the diocese celebrates the feast of the Child Jesus.

5. Museo it Akean

Martelino Street, Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines
Excellent
11%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
35%
Poor
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4 based on 17 reviews

Museo it Akean

Reviewed By MichaelEverywhere - Philippines

This is just beside the church in the plaza. Though a bit small, the mesuem showcase a lot about Kalibo, and Aklan as a whole's history.

6. Sampaguita Gardens

506 Rizal Street | New Washington, Aklan, Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines +63 36 264 3422
Excellent
15%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
36%
Poor
10%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 40 reviews

Sampaguita Gardens

Reviewed By Chee-nee Mae D - Kalibo, Philippines

Before its one of the best. But it changed management and it ruined everything. Now, its like a ghost resort. No visitors. Really quiet. My hubby and I come here whenever we want to go swimming (pool). Everything is different unlike before that you wil be amazed. The Mansion is currently close. I cant even see the grand piano anymore. Also the aquarium is no longer there.

7. City Mall

19 Martyr St, Kalibo, Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines +63 2 856 7111
Excellent
16%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 6 reviews

City Mall

Reviewed By saf7670 - Peterborough, United Kingdom

City Mall is the new shopping mall in Kalibo,
Quite a small mall containing a small food court, supermarket, Ace hardware store , Watsons Pharmacy, BDO bank branch and around a dozen other small stores.
Great to pass an hour or two if you have free time before your flight from Kalibo.

8. Tigayon Hill and Cave

Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines
Excellent
75%
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Satisfactory
25%
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Tigayon Hill and Cave

Reviewed By TheMorenoTraveler - Philippines

We had a great time exploring Tigayon Hill and Park with my college classmates after enjoying the food in Linabuan Barangay Fiesta. The facade of its caves are interesting and bats are everywhere.Too dark inside so we plan to play basketball instead in the near basketball court after the picture taking in the nearby Aklan River. It takes a breathtaking climb before reaching the peak but worth it to experience the highest peak of Kalibo.

9. Aklan Freedom Shrine

XIX Martyrs St., Kalibo, Aklan Province, Philippines
Excellent
11%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
11%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 9 reviews

Aklan Freedom Shrine

A tribute to Aklanon forebears, the first Katipunan movement outside Luzon who gave their lives to the altar of patriotism. The 19 steps adorning the monument contain the mortal remains of the 19 Martyrs of Aklan and atop is the effigy of Gen. Francisco Del Castillo, the leader of Katipunan revolutionaries in Aklan.

Reviewed By rpantoni - Melbourne, Australia

Even the drivers don't know where it is... We have difficulty locating this place, and once there, nothing to do... Probably a photo-op then go somewhere else..

10. Pastrana Park

C. Laserna Street, Kalibo, Aklan Province 5600, Philippines
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4 based on 1 reviews

Pastrana Park

Reviewed By Wesley S - Portrush, United Kingdom

It seems like this is where everyone comes to party. It was decorated so well for Christmas and there was so much happening each night. People of all ages just mingling around, enjoying the atmosphere. When we were leaving they were beginning to decorate for the fiesta at the end of January. It was looking really good. It's right in the centre of the city so you'll not miss it, but worth a wander around in the evening.

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