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, Philippines

Mararison Island Sandbar in Culasi, Antique, Philippines

Crowded 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

Mararison Children’s Choir in Mararison 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, Philippines

Mararison Pitcher Plant Garden in Mararison Island, Culasi, Antique, Philippines

There 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

Overlooking Mararison Island from the view deck, in 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

Sunrise 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

Laguna Blue Waters 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.

7. Experience the Kawa Hot Bath & Fish Spa in Tibiao

Kawa Hot Bath at Kawa Inn in Tibiao, Antique, Philippines

Kawa Hot Bath 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

Mamammia 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 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

Native Kitchen, in Brgy. General Fullon, San Remigio, Antique, Philippines