HomeAsiaSoutheast AsiaPhilippinesAntique23 Things To Do in Antique & Itinerary via Iloilo By Marcos Detourista. Updated on September 23, 2017.This province in Panay Island, Western Visayas should be on your list of places to visit in the Philippines. Here are 23 reasons why you should go. Are you looking for places to visit in the Philippines? Antique Province in Panay Island, Western Visayas should be on your list!This province is quite special because of its natural beauty and diversity. Here, you can visit beautiful beaches, remote islands, pristine waterfalls & springs, untouched rainforest, soaring mountain peaks, and peaceful countryside views. Antique is a nature lover’s paradise! I’ve already traveled to Antique many times, but I keep discovering new reasons to come back.Recently, I joined a 6-day tour with Katahum Tours, on my last trip to Antique. I got very excited when I saw our itinerary because it included a lot of places that I haven’t visited before like the Antique Rice Terraces and Igpasungaw Falls.Inspired by our trip, I’ve written this list of 23 things to do in Antique, which should be helpful to both first-timers and travelers looking for reasons to go back and experience more of the province:1. Soak up the scenery at Mararison Island’s Sandbar Mararison Island Sandbar in Culasi, Antique, PhilippinesCrowded beaches not your thing? Head to Mararison Island to experience peaceful island life in the Philippines. Getting there is easy from Boracay and Iloilo City. The ferry crossing from Culasi Town Proper in mainland Panay only takes 10-15 minutes by pumpboat (local outrigger ferry). Culasi, Antique is around 2 hours away from Boracay and 4 hours away from Iloilo City. 2. Enjoy a performance by the Mararison Children’s Choir Mararison Children’s Choir in Mararison Island, Culasi, Antique, Philippines Malalison Children's ChoirMalalison Children's Choir in Malalison Island, Culasi, Antique, Philippines Charming performances by the singing kids of Mararison, now famously known as the Mararison Island Children’s Choir, always make a trip to the island more memorable. These kids have built up quite a repertoire that includes a Karay-a version of Disney’s “Let it go” and the “Mararison” theme song. Karay-a is the (local) language spoken widely in Antique & parts of Panay Island.3. See the pitcher plant gardens in Mararison Mararison Pitcher Plant Garden in Mararison Island, Culasi, Antique, PhilippinesThere is an abundance of pitcher plants in this small island. If you’ve never seen this rare carnivorous plant, you can find them in big bunches growing on the scenic rolling hills of Mararison. This is the only place that I’ve seen pitcher plants thrive in a small island. There’s an easy hiking trail you can follow from the sandbar to this extraordinary site.4. Take a hike, to the Mararison’s view deck Overlooking Mararison Island from the view deck, in Culasi, Antique, Philippines Malalison Grassy HillsGrassy hills in Malalison Island, Culasi, Antique, Philippines Hike past the pitcher plant gardens for a breathtaking view of Mararison Island and the soaring mountains of Antique. You can continue your trek to Nablag Islet and follow coast back to the sandbar. 5. Go on a sunrise cruise to Seco Island Sunrise ferry crossing to Seco Island, Tibiao, Antique, Philippines Seco Island SunriseSunrise ferry crossing to Seco Island, Tibiao, Antique, PhilippinesSeco Island SunriseSunrise ferry crossing to Seco Island, Tibiao, Antique, Philippines Seco Island is one of the most beautiful and must-visit spots in Antique. It takes 2-3 hours to reach this remote sandbar from mainland Tibiao. Start the ferry crossing before the break of dawn to enjoy the beautiful sunrise view. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot dolphins that frequently follow boats headed to Seco Island.6. Unwind at the serene waters & white sandbar of Seco Island Laguna Blue Waters in Seco Island, Tibiao, Antique, Philippines Seco Coral GardenCoral garden in Seco Island, Tibiao, Antique, PhilippinesSeco Island SandbarThe Sandbar in Seco Island, Tibiao, Antique, PhilippinesPhilippine Independence DayPhilippine Independence Day Flag Raising in Seco Island, Tibiao, Antique, PhilippinesMarcos in Seco IslandMarcos in Seco Island, Tibiao, Antique, Philippines Seco Island is a tropical paradise for beach lovers and sun worshippers. There are no concrete buildings or glitzy resorts in this tiny & remote sandbar, but you can look forward to enjoying a luxurious view of an expansive white sand beach and inviting turquoise waters.It was my second visit to Seco Island. This time, we joined a flag-raising ceremony organized by the Municipal Government of Tibiao, in celebration of Philippine Independence Day. Check out this amazing drone video captured during the event. [instagram url=”https://www.instagram.com/p/uBlS4yoP7Z/” hidecaption=”true” width=”720″]Marcos at Seco Island. Click here to see more on Instagram.7. Experience the Kawa Hot Bath & Fish Spa in Tibiao Kawa Hot Bath at Kawa Inn in Tibiao, Antique, Philippines Fish Spa at Kawa InnFish Spa at Kawa Inn in Tibiao, Antique, PhilippinesNative-style Rooms at Kawa InnNative-style Rooms at Kawa Inn in Tibiao, Antique, Philippines Antique’s unique Kawa Hot Bath can now be experienced at Tibiao Fish Spa, in addition to a memorable (and very affordable) fish spa experience. For those traveling on a budget, the newly opened Kawa Inn found within the property offers native-style rooms & dorm beds.8. Dine at Mamammia Italian and Filipino Restaurant Mamammia Italian and Filipino Restaurant, in Tibiao, Antique, Philippines Mamamia Italian and Filipino RestaurantMammamia Italian and Filipino Restaurant, in Tibiao, Antique, PhilippinesMamamia Italian and Filipino RestaurantMammamia Italian and Filipino Restaurant, in Tibiao, Antique, Philippines If you’re passing through the town of Tibiao, don’t pass off a food trip at Mamammia Italian and Filipino Restaurant. This humble seaside joint is where you can enjoy one of the best pizza and pasta in Panay!9. Soak up the refreshing views at the Antique Rice Terraces Antique Rice Terraces, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remegio, Antique, Philippines Antique Rice TerracesAntique Rice Terraces, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remegio, Antique, PhilippinesMarcos at Antique Rice TerracesMarcos at Antique Rice Terraces, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remegio, Antique, PhilippinesMarcos at Antique Rice TerracesMarcos at Antique Rice Terraces, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remegio, Antique, Philippines The Cordillera mountains of Luzon isn’t the only place where you can find expansive terraced rice paddies in the Philippines. 600-hectares of rice terraces has recently been “internet discovered” in the remote barangay of General Fullon in San Remigio. The area is now known as the “Antique Rice Terraces.”10. Have a local homestay experience Native Kitchen, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remigio, Antique, Philippines Elementary SchoolElementary School, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remegio, Antique, PhilippinesElementary SchoolElementary School, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remegio, Antique, Philippines One of the highlights of our visit to General Fullon was the local homestay experience. Getting there takes at least 3 to 5 hours on foot from the nearest village with road access. The areas surrounding the Antique Rice Terraces only get 2 hours of electricity each day. For city dwellers, spending a night here means a retreat from the digital age and an immersive experience of life in the remote countrysides of the Philippines.Professor Emmanuel Lerona, a faculty member of the University of the Philippines-Visayas, allowed us to join a donation of school supplies from PART (Philippines Aid & Relief from Tasmania) Foundation during our visit. This event made us aware of outreach opportunities that the villages are in need of, especially medical and school supplies and services. Hopefully with more people visiting the Antique Rice Terraces, the locals would also benefit from new livelihood/tourism opportunities and attention from well-meaning people who can organize more outreach programs.11. Take a hike, to General Fullon in San Remigio Trek to Antique Rice Terraces, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remigio, Antique, Philippines Trek to Antique Rice TerracesTrek to Antique Rice Terraces, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remegio, Antique, PhilippinesTrek to Antique Rice TerracesTrek to Antique Rice Terraces, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remegio, Antique, Philippines The Antique Rice Terraces isn’t the only worthy destination in General Fullon. There are many waterfalls and hiking trails yet to be explored in this mountainous part of Antique & Panay Island.12. Visit Bagtason Loom Weavers Bagtason Loom Weavers, in Brgy. Bagtason, Bugasong, Antique, Philippines Bagtason Loom WeaversBagtason Loom Weavers, in Brgy. Bagtason, Bugasong, Antique, Philippines The Bagtason Loom Weavers sells handloom textiles and products made in traditional pataydong fashion. For those interested in high-quality handmade products, vibrant multi-colored shawls & scarves among other items are on display at their site in Brgy. Bagtason, Bugasong.13. Stopover at Patnongon’s ruined heritage sites Patnongon Church and Convent Ruins, in Patnongon, Antique, Philippines Patnongon Old Municipal Hall RuinsPatnongon Old Municipal Hall Ruins, in Patnongon, Antique, Philippines If you’re passing through Patnongon town, there are a number of Spanish-colonial heritage sites in town that’s worth a stopover including the ruined structures of Patnongon Church & Convent (The parish church of St. Augustine), and Patnongon Old Municipal Hall.14. See the rare blooming Rafflesia, corpse flower Blooming Rafflesia, in Brgy. Aningalan, San Remigio, Antique, PhilippinesKota Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia isn’t the only place to see the rare Rafflesia, also known as the corpse flower. The mountains of Antique & Iloilo are home to at least two species of this carnivorous parasitic plant. The Rafflesia blooming site in Brgy. Aningalan, San Remigio is very easy to reach thanks to recently completed paved roads. The hike from the road takes less than 5 minutes!15. Explore Igbaclag Cave & Stone Castle Igbaclag Cave and Stone Castle, in Brgy. Aningalan, San Remigio, Antique, Philippines Marcos at Igbaclag Cave and Stone CastleMarcos at Igbaclag Cave and Stone Castle, in Brgy. Aningalan, San Remegio, Antique, PhilippinesIgbaclag Cave and Stone CastleIgbaclag Cave and Stone Castle, in Brgy. Aningalan, San Remegio, Antique, Philippines Brgy. Aningalan, San Remigio is also home to the Igbaclag Cave & Stone Castle, which has Jurrasic-like views of karst (rock) formations & lush rainforest. San Remigio is known as the “summer capital of Antique” because of its cool year-round temperatures. This place has a lot of potentials to be Panay’s next big thing in tourism. The newly finished roads are part of the road network that will connect San Remigio to Bucari, Leon in Iloilo. These ongoing developments will reduce travel time between Iloilo City and Antique Province.16. Go Rock Scrambling Igbaclag Cave and Stone Castle, in Brgy. Aningalan, San Remegio, Antique, Philippines Marcos at Igbaclag Cave and Stone CastleMarcos at Igbaclag Cave and Stone Castle, in Brgy. Aningalan, San Remegio, Antique, PhilippinesIgbaclag Cave and Stone CastleIgbaclag Cave and Stone Castle, in Brgy. Aningalan, San Remegio, Antique, Philippines 17. Take home precious stones and gems Eliza’s Gem Store, in Brgy. Aningalan, San Remigio, Antique, PhilippinesIf there’s one thing that I regret not doing on my trip to India & Nepal, it was buying cheap gems & precious stones abundant in those countries. Antique is also rich in mineral deposits. You can find a few gem stores open in San Remigio & Sibalom that sell gem & stone crafts.18. Take a hike, to Igpasungaw Falls Igpasungaw Falls, in Sebaste, Antique, Philippines Trek to Igpasungaw FallsTrek to Igpasungaw Falls, in Sebaste, Antique, PhilippinesTrek to Igpasungaw FallsTrek to Igpasungaw Falls, in Sebaste, Antique, PhilippinesIgpasungaw FallsIgpasungaw Falls, in Sebaste, Antique, PhilippinesIgpasungaw FallsIgpasungaw Falls, in Sebaste, Antique, Philippines I was very excited to finally get the chance to visit Igpasungaw Falls. In case you didn’t know, I love visiting beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines. Igpasungaw Falls wasn’t as grand as those I’ve previously blogged about, but this multi-level curtain falls was still nice to visit. The trek from the jump-off point takes around 30 minutes to 1-hour along an easy trail. Keep an eye out for the rare Amorphophallus, a carnivorous plant known for having the tallest flower bloom in the world.19. Visit the miraculous image of Saint Blaise in Sebaste Church Miraculous Image of St. Blaise, in Sebaste, Antique, PhilippinesAfter a visit to Igbasungaw Falls we did a quick stopover at Sebaste Church, a famous pilgrimage site known for its miraculous image of Saint Blaise.20. Kick back at Naranjo Water Park Lunch at Naranjo Water Park, Pandan, Antique, PhilippinesNaranjo Water Park is a new dining & adventure destination found on the way to Malumpati Col Spring in Pandan. We really enjoyed the food and riverside ambiance. Do try their sizzling ostrich, sizzling crocodile & pancit!21. Go paddle boarding & kayaking on the Bugang River Paddle Boarding at Naranjo Water Park, Pandan, Antique, Philippines Paddle Boarding at Naranjo Water ParkPaddle Boarding at Naranjo Water Park, Pandan, Antique, Philippines If you want to kick it up a notch instead, Naranjo Water Park has stand-up paddle boards, kayaks & paddle boats for rent. The place is built along the serene Bugang River, awarded as the greenest and cleanest inland body of water in the Philippines.22. Cool down at Malumpati Cold Spring Malumpati Cold Spring in Pandan, Antique, Philippines Malumpati Cold SpringMalumpati Cold Spring in Pandan, Antique, Philippines Malumpati Cold Spring had suddenly become hugely popular this summer. Boracay-bound tourists are now, probably, looking for places to cool off, where they can escape the harsh tropical heat. An upside of visiting the cold spring during the later part of the year is getting to enjoy it will less or no crowds.23. Relax at Pandan Beach Resort Pandan Beach Resort in Pandan, Antique, Philippines Pandan Beach ResortPandan Beach Resort in Pandan, Antique, Philippines Pandan Beach Resort is conveniently located on a quiet corner of Pandan Town Proper. Aside from comfy rooms, you can look forward to a warm reception from their staff and excellent dining experience. Enjoying a massage at the resort was the perfect way to end our Antique adventure.6 Days Antique Itinerary Day 1Destinations — Iloilo City, CulasiActivities11AM to 3PM — Iloilo to Culasi van transport3PM to 5PM — Mararison IslandMararison Hike to pitcher plant gardens & the viewdeckRest at Anna Sophie Hostel (Poblacion, Culasi, Antique; 0920-4762508; Facebook)Day 2Destinations — TibiaoActivities4AM to 6:30AM — Tibiao (mainland) to Seco Island ferry crossing6:30AM to 1:30PM — Seco Island1:30M to 4PM — Seco Island to Tibiao (mainland) ferry crossingFish Spa & Kawa Hot Bath at Kawa InnRest at Kawa Inn (Malabor-Alegre Rd, Tibiao, Antique; 0917-4503121; Website)Day 3Destinations — Antique Rice Terraces, San Remigio.Activities4AM to 6AM — Tibiao to Valderrama van transport6AM to 10AM — Trek from jump-off point in Valderrama to Brgy. General Fullon, San RemigioAntique Rice TerracesRest at HomestayDay 4Destinations — Aningalan, San RemigioActivities6AM to 10AM — Trek back to jump-off point11AM to 2PM — Valderamma to Brgy. Aningalan, San Remigio van transport, including stopovers at Bagtason Loom Weavers & Patnongon Ruins, and lunch2PM to 2:15PM — Blooming Rafflesia2:15PM to 4:30PM — Igbaclag CaveBrgy. Aningalan to Tibiao van transport with side trip at a gem storeDinner at Mammamia Italian & Filipino RestaurantRest at Kawa InnDay 5Destinations — Sebaste & Pandan.ActivitiesTibiao to Sebaste van transport7:30AM to 8AM — Trek from jump-off point in Sebaste to Igpasungaw Falls8AM to 10AM — Igpasungaw Falls10AM to 10:30AM — Trek back to Sebaste10:30AM to 12NN — Sebaste to Pandan van transport, including a stopover at Sebaste Church12NN to 2PM — Lunch at Naranjo Water ParkPaddle boarding & kayaking on the Bugang River2PM to 3:30PM — Malumpati Cold SpringRest at Pandan Beach Resort (Poblacion, Pandan, Antique; 0917-8371155; Website)Day 6Destinations — Iloilo CityActivities7AM to 12:30NN — Pandan to Iloilo City van transport, including stopover at Southern Iloilo heritage sites in San Joaquin, Miagao, Guimbal & TigbauanThis trip is part of Marcos’ Iloilo, Antique & Guimaras 2016 & 2016 Detours travel series.Here are contact details that you can use to plan your own Antique adventure:Mararison Island — Allan Macuja, Brgy. Captain, 0912-8159672Mararison Island Children’s Choir — Joeryl Amora, Trainor, 0930-3652606Antique Rice Terraces — Noli Maguad, Brgy. Captain, 0906-4399957Aningalan, San Remigio — Charity Sanchez, Tourism Officer, 0908-5663379Bagtason Loom Weavers — Mario Manzano, Manager, 0906-8438687Igpasungaw Falls — Jessie Estolloso, Tourism Officer, 0912-4988994Bugang River — Bong Venus, Tourism Officer, 0918-4489348Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by Katahum Tours and our accommodation was provided by Anna Sophie Hostel (Culasi), Kawa Inn (Tibiao) & Pandan Beach Resort (Pandan).About Katahum ToursFor hassle-free tour packages in Antique including tours to Antique Rice Terraces, Seco Island, Malalison Island, Tibiao River, Bugang River, Libertad & more, you may reach Katahum Tours through these channels:Website: http://www.katahum.com/Email: [email protected] or [email protected]Mobile: +63920 126 1205 (Smart) or +63917 450 3121 (Globe)Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Katahum-TOURS-191102211098497/Don’t forget to mention “Detourista” when placing your reservation.Did you find this travel guide helpful? 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Although I think the tour will be hectic for me, my children would surely want to join the tour in the near future. I will share this with my facebook friends. May God bless you!Reply Marcos Detourist saysJuly 7, 2016 at 1:46 am My pleasure :) You can set a more relaxed itinerary when you visit Antique next time. There’s a lot of beautiful places to visit that does not require hiking :) Thank you for sharing!Reply Julius saysJuly 6, 2016 at 10:52 pm sir, I guess you need to visit also Bugtong Bato Falls in Tibiao, Antique.Reply Marcos Detourist saysJuly 7, 2016 at 1:44 am Hey Julius, I’ve been to Bugtong Bato Falls a couple of times already. This time, it was not included in our itinerary. I’ll write a more expanded list of things to do in Antique, next time.Reply Lek2x saysJuly 9, 2016 at 12:10 am No aninii hot springs or nogas island.Reply Marcos Detourist saysJuly 9, 2016 at 3:53 am We did not go to Anini-y, this time. I’ll make sure to include it on my next blog post about Antique.Reply Adrenaline Romance saysJuly 15, 2016 at 10:53 pm Whoa! Those are a lot of activities! We should try them out. When we visited Antique (as a side trip after our G2 climb), we only tried the Kawa Hot Bath and a trek/dip to Bugtong Bato Waterfalls.Reply Mark Anthony Torcita saysNovember 2, 2016 at 4:49 pm Hi sir, i would like to ask lang po if Safe po ba papuntang Antique Rice Terraces ? we’re planning po na pumunta doon on Nov 12 – 13 marami kasing nag sasabi sa amin na hindi daw po safe ang place .Reply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm Relatively safe naman. Make sure to coordinate with the local government & hire a local guide when you visit.Reply ivy saysNovember 11, 2016 at 4:15 pm hello, me and my partner are planning to do the rice terraces in panay. However a friend of ours who lives in bugasong advise us not to go as there are a lot of militants on those mountains. how true is this? I guess you went with a tour to go to rive terraces. we will not be doing that as we want to source out everything ourselves, we might just get a guide to show us the way. at the moment i cant decide wether i will pursue the planned trek to the rice terraces or no as the one who advice us is a local and government official from bugasong which i was thinking the jump off going to valderrama? it would be very kind of you to give me an advice and tell me how many days to go and back to starting point with the cave included. many thanks.Reply Marcos Detourist saysNovember 11, 2016 at 10:39 pm Hello ivy, I recommend that you contact the appropriate people for advice. I have already included the contact numbers on the post, kindly see the one listed under ‘Antique Rice Terraces.’ Also, seek out the Antique Provincial Tourism Office. As mentioned on the article, the jump-off point we took was Valderrama, not Bugasong. We spent 2 days/1 night for Antique Rice Terraces (read the itinerary posted above).I and a lot of my friends also do independent treks to Antique’s mountains. I have never personally experienced or known anyone inconvenienced by ‘militant’ groups. It is important to get a local guide who knows the area well.Reply IVY saysNovember 13, 2016 at 3:58 pm hello, thanks for the quick reply. Nicholas saysFebruary 16, 2017 at 5:44 pm Hi, I am from Malaysia and I hope to visit Antique for 3-4 days after 4 days of Boracay. Your page provided a lot of useful information and I hoping that you can give us some tips on some ‘must visit places’ in Antique. Thanks.Reply Marcos Detourist saysFebruary 23, 2017 at 6:41 pm Great to read your comment Nicholas. You can find more travel tips about Antique on this page: https://www.detourista.com/place/antique/Reply Deborrah Grace Ponce saysApril 10, 2017 at 11:50 am Hi Marcos, I’m Debz from Negros and I find your blog very helpful as I am looking for a place to visit/unwind within the Visayas. I can’t be away from work for too long. Can you suggest a 3-day trip itinerary? Me and my friend are planning to travel next month. Thank you so much! :)Reply Marcos Detourist saysApril 13, 2017 at 8:32 pm Hello Debz!You can maybe do something like this:Day 1 Arrival in Culasi Mararison Island Rest in Mararison IslandDay 2 Mararison to Tibiao transport Bugtong Bato Falls Kawa Hot Bath Rest in TibiaoDay 3 Departure from Tibiao If you have time, you can either go on a side trip to (1) the Rafflesia blooming site in San Remigio or (2) Nogas Island, Anini-yReply Deborrah Grace Ponce saysApril 27, 2017 at 2:49 pm Wow! this is just great! thanks for the help. :) God bless. Nick Anthony Yanson Cervantes saysMay 23, 2018 at 5:16 pm Hi Sir Marcos, Is it possible to finish icbaclag cave and igpasungaw falls and bugang river in one day? We will be coming from iloilo city and we want to get back there at around 8pm..thanks!Reply Marcos Detourista saysJune 4, 2018 at 10:16 pm I don’t think you can fit all those spots in one day trip from Iloilo.Reply Start A TripSee travel guides and blogs about the Philippines and beyond.