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Revisiting Caticlan Dec 12, 2016

Revisiting Caticlan

GPS waypoint: 11°55'38.7"N 121°57'05.5"E
Location: Caticlan (barangay), Malay (municipality), Aklan (province), Philippines

Malay Attractions
Caticlan has always been known as the gateway to the world-famous Boracay Beach. But a closer look at its municipality, Malay, brings the spotlight on the many ignored attractions overshadowed by Boracay. But Boracay has been done-to-death and Bora-denizens are looking for something else to do while in the area. It's ironic that such places are just under their noses.

Hot and Dusty
Coming from Nabas into Caticlan by jeep, I got off on a dusty main road. The whole town is on a frenzy with activities in support of what's happening in Boracay. Aside from the dust, it was hot and muggy - a sensory overload for someone who just arrived and in search of a place to settle.

Revisiting Caticlan
to save money, I don't charter a tricycle...I huddle myself with locals and pay local fare!

S-E Hotel & ResidenceS-E Hotel & Residence
I visited a few hotels until I came upon the S-E Hotel & Residence across the street from the end of the airport runway. Stranded? This is the ideal hotel - you just walk it to the airport! After talking to the owners, I ended up staying there for the days I'll be in Caticlan, Malay. My room had all the comfortable amenities sheltering me from the heat and dust - a/c, internet, tv, ensuite and a balcony overlooking Boracay on the other island. It was my oasis.

El Cielo HotelEl Cielo Hotel
Surprisingly, I met the owners of a previous hotel I visited (El Cielo Hotel), a lovely couple, who were interested in my internet service. After a few talks, we have become friends in the process. They invited me over for breakfast at their place. We didn't even talk business - just spontaneous conversation on what's compelling. I felt good about that. They seem to be people I can work with in the years to come. El Cielo Hotel is in a handy location - walk to Jetty Port, walk to market and walk to the airport as well.

Ideal Base
Caticlan is always busy with buses and loads of people coming in and out of Boracay. It's really just a support point-of-entry for Boracay. I walked around Caticlan, visiting the market, the Jetty Port...not much really here in terms of attractions. But as a base to explore the many wonders of Malay without going to Boracay, it is ideal. I'm right on the highway with access going south to Iloilo or west, going to Malay town proper and Buruanga.

7 Wonders of Malay
Having settled at S-E Hotel, I now begin my exploration of Malay...and nearby places. Malay's tourism boasts of the 7 Wonders of Malay. Who's heard of that? Not me. Boracay takes center stage. But having just spent time in Boracay, I can explore these wonders without being distracted by Boracay. First on the menu....Pangihan Cave!

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: Pangihan Cave

Caticlan market....busy with Boracay business more market scene Caticlan beach is a busy maritime port with activities left and right
a view of Boracay from across the water from the balcony of S-E Hotel the lobby of S-E Hotel makes it feel home away from home hearty breakfast to start the day right
it's been raning everyday in December? Weather is crazy planes take off just off the street where jet blast can be felt El Cielo Hotel is near all - walk to Jetty Port, walk to market and walk to airport

Google Map Malay, Philippines

tourist attractions in Malay tourist attractions
  • Windmills in Malay Wind Tubines - array of wind turbines on a mountain top, panoramic view. P100 motorcycle ride from highway to turbines, P70 on the way back | 11°52'43.55"N, 121°59'10.33"E
  • Naba-oy River in Malay Nabaoy River - cold clean water to take a bath and swim at. P150 one-way tricylcle ride from Caticlan all the way to Nabaoy River | 11°53'29.69"N, 121°55'48.04"E
  • Pangihan Cave in Malay Pangihan Cave - located right in the heart of Malay Poblacion. P50 entrance fee, P250 guide, 1 hour to visit 2 chambers with bats, muddy but no underwater stream | 11°53'50.57"N, 121°54'26.21"E
  • Agnaga Falls in Malay Agnaga Falls - tricycle to Kabulihan P15, habal in Kabulihan P50
  • Agnaga Falls in Malay Nagata Falls - take a bus northbound and get off at Naba-oy town center. Hire a single motorcycle to get you to the falls. Best to get a guide since you cross mountains and rivers. 3 hours hike one-way, ideal to visit on a mountain bike
  • Naasug Point in Malay Naasug Point - dive and swim
  • Malay Ecological Park in Malay Malay Ecological Park - viewdecks, fruit trees, butterfly and botanical garden
  • Motag Living Museum in Malay Motag Living Museum - interactive learning about Malay culture and heritage
hotels in Malay - hotel
  • Caticlan hotel S-E Hotel & Residence - walk to airport, near Jetty Port, parking lot, beachfront
    Caticlan, Malay, Aklan
  • El Cielo Hotel - near airport, walk to Jetty Port
    Caticlan, Aklan, Philippines

Caticlan FYI / Tips

  • getting to Caticlan is easy by any transport mode from major destinations in the Philippines - bus, ships, planes. Caticlan is the gateway to Boracay, a world-famous destination.
  • if you are stranded on a flight out or in of Caticlan, there are hotels walking distance from the airport - El Cielo Hotel and S-E Hotel and Residence

Malay Blogs by TheLoneRider

Suggested itinerary on the WEST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Pandan - Malumpati Spring
  5. Libertad - Maanghit Cave, Ati Cave and Bungan-Bungan Spring
  6. Sebaste - Igpasungaw Waterfall
  7. Culasi - Malalison Island
  8. Tibiao - hot kawa-bath, white water river rafting, Bugtong Bato Waterfall, rice terraces, Tibiao Bakery, pottery, fish spa
  9. Anini-y - Nogas Island, scuba diving

Suggested itinerary on the EAST coast of Panay Island from Boracay going south

  1. Boracay - most popular beach in the Philippines
  2. Malay - Nabaoy River, Pangihan Cave, Nagata Falls, Agnaga Falls, Naasug Point, Malay Ecological Park, Motag Living Museum
  3. Nabas - wind tubines, Hurom-Hurom Cold Springs
  4. Kalibo - Bakhawan Eco-Park, Tigayon Hill
  5. Tambak - oysters
  6. Capiz - Roxas City
  7. Carles | Estancia - Gigantes Island Boat Tour, Lighthouse of Gigantes Island and Bakwitan Cave of Gigantes Island
  8. Iloilo - Batchoy Indulgence
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