Bakhawan Eco-Park in Kalibo, Aklan

Glide through the mangroves in one of the most successful reforestation sites in the country. Photo by @litratonijuan

Just around five kilometers from the Kalibo airport, the Bakhawan Eco-Park is a place where people can get a more intimate look at mangroves, also known as bukhawan in the local dialect. This 220-hectare mangrove forest in Kalibo, Aklan is actually a successful reforestation project by the local government, NGOs and the locals themselves. Tourists can walk the pathway through the forest, which ends in a pretty view of the open Sibuyan Sea. Kayak rentals are also available for those who want to explore the lush mangroves from the water. Flora and fauna are aplenty and there are huts for rent for people who want to have a picnic in the area. General admission fee is P150.

How to get there
Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia offer flights from Manila to Kalibo daily. From the airport or from the town center of Kalibo, ride a tricycle to the Bakhawan Eco-Park.

Cover photo is screengrabbed from @litratonijuan on Instagram.

By Celia Nachura

Published September 2016