Seco Island in Tibiao, Antique

Kite surfers have long fallen in love with Seco Island, but there's more to this one-and-a-half-kilometer beach to draw all kinds of water lovers. Photo by @mikolozzz

Nestled along dazzling blue waters 50 kilometers west of Panay, Seco Island is a tropical idyll. It's a longish travel to brave to get to it but when you do you will be rewarded with a fine white sand beach about 1.5km long, perfect for people who are content with doing nothing but laze about in the beach and let the day go by. Aside for fantastic swimming and snorkeling, and the chance to marvel at its unique hook-shaped sandbar, people visit Seco for kite surfing with its flat waters and strong gusts of wind - conditions kite surfers look for in a "plaground". No wonder why kite surfers from neighboring Boracay Island are almost always around. 


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How to get there
Fly to Caticlan from Manila via Philippine Airlines or Cebu Pacific. From Caticlan airporrt, take a tricyle to Caticlan port, and walk to the San Jose Buenavista bus terminal for buses headed to Iloilo. Tell the driver to drop you off at Brgy. Importante in Tibiao where you can flag down a habal-habal to take you to the village port where outrigger boats can take you to Seco Island (two to three hours).  Boatmen and local officials often advise tourists to leave as early as possible.

Contact Katahum Tours for a trip to Seco Island. Day tours cost around P2,999 (US$67) per person.

Cover photo is a screengrab from @mikolozzz on Instagram.

By Celia Nachura

Published September 2016