What to do in the Philippines’ seafood capital? One item on this list seems pretty obvious, especially given my love for shrimp and seashells. Eating at the seafood stalls along Baybay Beach in Roxas City, Capiz is something that I am always excited about when I wander into this side of Panay Island.

During a recent trip there with Las Islas Travel and Tours, I initially thought exploring Roxas and its outskirts would just be a good distraction while on our way to and from Gigantes Islands. I was shocked to discover many exciting developments happening in the city. It is starting to come into its own with many fascinating tourist attractions and off-beat places to visit for curious travelers.

If ever you find yourself in Roxas City and Capiz province, here is a list of interesting things to do to inspire your itinerary:

1. Watch the sunset at Villa Visaya

Infinity pool at Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Sunset view from the infinity pool at Villa Visaya

This is definitely one of Roxas City’s best-kept secrets. Las Islas took us to Villa Visaya, where the owner personally toured us around the extremely beautiful property. Villa Visaya is located in Brgy. Barra of Roxas City on a hill near the mouth of the Pan-ay River.

I was awed right at the moment our van sped past the imposing yet unassuming gates and saw the scenic views from the hilltop residence. Towards the east is a view of the mighty Pan-ay River. To the west, was a view of the coast with a perfect sunset just about to happen.

The Oriental-inspired modern contemporary residence, designed by world-renowned Filipino Architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa, is an artistic masterpiece in itself. It has multiple dining areas and balconies that take full advantage of the sweeping coastal views and an infinity pool.

Equally engaging were the interiors filled with collections from the owner’s travels around the world. There are two casitas (guest rooms) that are open for anyone who wants to experience a unique romantic getaway.

If that’s not enough, they also have a tennis court patterned on US Open regulation, and even a ruined stone watchtower that served as WWII Japanese garrison in the 6-hectare sprawling properly.

Villa Bedroom at Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Casitas Bedroom at Villa Visaya

Japanese garrison ruins, Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Japanese garrison ruins

Sunset view at Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Sunset view from one of the casitas

Sunset view at Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Casitas balcony view

Sunset view at Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Sunset view from the main house.

Sunset view at Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

The twilight view with blooming flowers on the foreground.

Interiors at Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Interiors of the living room near the main entrance.

Hunting room at Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

A leopard at the hunting room.

Hunting room at Villa Visaya, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Horned animals at the hunting room.

2. Eat at the floating cottages in Palina

Palina Greenbelt Ecopark, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Palina Greenbelt Ecopark in Roxas City

One of many eco-tourism areas in Roxas where you can experience a relaxing river cruise. We had lunch of fresh seafood at one of their floating cottages. Not only did they serve a delicious lunch, but I loved that it was a community-driven program that provides a livelihood to the locals.

Floating cottage at Palina Greenbelt Ecopark, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Floating cottage at Palina Greenbelt Ecopark.

3. Slide down Liktinon Falls

Liktinon Waterfall, President Roxas, Capiz, Philippines

A local slides down the main cascade of Liktinon Waterfall.

A small yet interesting waterfall in the town of President Roxas, Capiz. The jump-off point was around 30 minutes away by car from Roxas City. To get there, you have to jump over huge boulders. This is where the waterfall got its name. “Liktin” means “to jump” in the local tongue. Our hike took around 45-minutes including a stopover to quench our thirst with freshly picked buko (coconut).

Liktinon Waterfall, President Roxas, Capiz, Philippines

Another view of Liktinon. The water current was not strong during our summertime visit.

4. Take a selfie under Panay Church’s huge bell

Huge Bell at Panay Church, Panay, Capiz, Philippines

Huge Bell of Panay Church

Home to the largest bell in the Philippines, and largest functioning Roman Catholic church bell in Asia. The Panay Church is one of the grandest churches this side of the country. Don’t miss going up the watchtower to see the bell and a nice overlooking view of the town.

Front view of Panay Church, Panay, Capiz, Philippines

Front view

Huge Bell at Panay Church, Panay, Capiz, Philippines

The bells of Pan-ay Church

Church Doors at Panay Church, Panay, Capiz, Philippines

Church Doors

Spanish Well at Panay Church, Panay, Capiz, Philippines

Spanish Well

Convento at Panay Church, Panay, Capiz, Philippines

The Convento

5. Dine with a view at Cafe Terraza

Baked Talaba at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Baked Talaba at Cafe Terraza

Elevated on a hill with cool views of the city, Cafe Terraza is one of Roxas’ newer dining destinations. It’s just one short ride away from the bus/van terminal in Pueblo de Panay township. We ate here twice and the food was delicious on both times. We also loved enjoying our food with the relaxing overlooking view. We absolutely loved the Seafood Curry. Other must-taste dishes include the Baked Talaba (Oyster), Crispy Pata, Gambas, and Tres Leches Cake.

I Love Capiz sign at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

I Love Capiz sign, a popular selfie, and groufie spot.

Outdoor seating at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Outdoor seating at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Cottage at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Cottage at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Seafood Curry at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Seafood Curry.

Desserts at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Desserts shelf.

Sisig at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Sisig.

Calamares at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Calamares.

Crispy Pata at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Crispy Pata.

Bangus (Milkfish) Sisig at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Bangus (Milkfish) Sisig.

Gambas at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Gambas.

Adobadong Pantat (Catfish) at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Adobadong Pantat (Catfish).

Coffee at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Coffee in Cafe Terraza’s signature “dainty” cup.

Tres Leches Cake at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Tres Leches Cake.

Blueberry Cheesecake at Cafe Terraza, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Blueberry Cheesecake.

6. Eat Seafood at Baybay

Diwal - Dinner at Alma's Seafood Restaurant, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Grilled Diwal at Alma’s along Baybay Beach.

Most seafood restaurants in the city are found along the coast of Baybay Beach. Alma’s is the go-to place among locals for fresh and delicious seafood at reasonable prices. Don’t miss their diwal (angel wings shell) grilled in butter and garlic, and grilled scallops.

Diwal soup - Dinner at Alma's Seafood Restaurant, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Diwal soup.

Shrimp - Dinner at Alma's Seafood Restaurant, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Shrimp.

Alma's Seafood Restaurant, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Alma’s Seafood Restaurant entrance

Roxas City’s great-value hotels

I stayed in two great-value hotels in Roxas during this trip.

Hotel Veronica

Lobby at Hotel Veronica, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Beautiful wooden panels at Hotel Veronica’s lobby.

I stayed at the deluxe room priced at P1,600 per night. It’s good for two people and includes free breakfast. The price is quite a steal considering the amenities included in the room and the delicious and large servings of their breakfast meals. Hotel Veronica is located across the street from Robinsons Place Roxas mall. You may check current rates and book your room at their website (hotelveronica.com.ph) or at Agoda.

Room at Hotel Veronica, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Deluxe room at Hotel Veronica.

Front view of Hotel Veronica, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Front view of the hotel.

Urban Manor Hotel

This hotel is also located near Robinsons Place Roxas, but a bit farther away than Hotel Veronica. Urban Manor’s cheapest room is their Superior Room priced at P1,350 and includes breakfast for two people. You may check current rates and book your room at their website (urbanmanorhotel.yolasite.com) or at Agoda.

Room at Urban Manor Hotel, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

Room at Urban Manor Hotel.

2nd Floor Interiors - Urban Manor Hotel, Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines

2nd Floor Interiors.

About Las Islas Travel and Tours

Las Islas Travel and Tours is a travel agency and tour operator based in Roxas City, Capiz. They aim to promote and bring to the forefront of the Philippine tourism industry the underrated, less visited, and rarely explored islands in the Philippines.

More than just a travel agency and tour operator, Las Islas Travel and Tours aspires to create a community of responsible travelers by educating clients about proper garbage disposal, waste segregation, environmental conservation and preservation, and the protection of our seas, marine life, and aquatic biodiversity while at the same time helping clients enjoy a destination’s majestic attractions both man-made and natural.

How to Book Your Tour around Roxas City and Capiz

You may book your own adventure with Las Island Travel and Tours through these channels. Don’t forget to mention “Detourista” when sending your inquiry or reservations:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Mobile: (+63) 917 7093856 (Globe) / (+63) 939 5340828 (Smart)
  • Landline: (+63) (036) 5210725
  • Facebook: Las Islas Travel and Tours
  • Instagram: @LasIslasTravelAndTours
  • Twitter: @LasIslasPH
  • Punta Dulog, Pueblo de Panay, Lawaan, Roxas City

Disclaimer: Las Islas Travel and Tours sponsored our tour in Gigantes Islands and Capiz. Las Islas Travel and Tours has no control over opinions posted on this article.