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Hot Kawa Bath at Kayak Inn, Tibiao Nov 24, 2016

Hot Kawa Bath at Kayak Inn

GPS waypoint: 11°19'04.55"N, 122°04'38.24"E
Location: Kayak Inn, Tibiao (municipality), Antique (province), Philippines

Kawa Trend
Kayak Inn's hot kawa-bath started the hot-kawa trend here in Tibiao (perhaps in the Philippines). It was recently featured in Kim Atienza's Matang Lawin TV program as well as Smile flight magazine. Now, a lot of establishments joined the fray. With Outback Greg's invite to join him on the kawa, we made the short trip from Boracay to Tibiao's Kayak Inn

Hot Kawa Bath at Kayak Inn, Tibiao
when they announced dinner would be special, I didn't know they had me in mind
picture shot by Vida

Kawa Bath
An added plus about the kawa is the view. They are all lined-up by the elevated river bank offering a vista of the rapids. The staff prepare the kawa by filling it with water from a nearby spring. Fire is made by using old bamboo (for renewability). Fresh aromatic leaves are added to the bath for that spa feeling. The hot bath is very relaxing as your body complies to the kawa contour with your neck aptly supported by the tapered kawa lid. After about 30 minutes, you would feel that you've had enough.

Nipa Hut Lodging
The nipa hut I stayed at is good for up to 5 pax. With a hammock-friendly porch overlooking the river, it was postcard perfect. I would spend lazy afternoons on my hammock by the porch with a river view.

Ending Thoughts
Just fresh from the waterfall trek, white water river kayaking awaited followed by a hot kawa bath...whoa! Tibiao is beginning to resemble the many layered dimension of an peel a layer to reveal another Easter Egg.

--- TheLoneRider

Next stop: bicycle tour of Tibiao Town

the big kawa being prepared with old bamboo Outback Greg on the kawa I like myself well-done Abbey on the kawa
other guests enjoying themselves the Boracay staff took turns on the kawa as well meeting new friends from Iloilo meeting Hannah and Ningning of Bacolod
seeing new friends leaving for the next destination      
Kayak Inn, Tibiao, Antique

Kayak Inn

white water river kayaking
hot kawa-bath | native lodging
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GPS: 11°19'04.55"N, 122°04'38.24"E
Tibiao, Antique, Philippines
(63) 922.701.4648
Tribal Adventures Tibiao

Tribal Adventures Tibiao

town tour on a mountain bike
waterfall trek | rice terraces trek
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GPS: 11°19'04.55"N, 122°04'38.24"E
Tibiao, Antique, Philippines
(63) 998 999 3049

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Reader Comments:

Nomi GvirzNomi Gvirz
(Dec 7, 2016) ...come drop by Anhawan

Dulce CapadociaDulce USA
(Dec 7, 2016) Antique? Ohhhhh...sigh. San Jose???

Ferd AguilarFerd Aguilar
(Dec 7, 2016) ...told you not to hangout with cannibals

Consolacion ZaldivarConsolacion Philippines
(Dec 6, 2016) how would the soup taste kaya? ha ha ha

Benith Grace LumawagBenith Grace Lumawag
(Dec 6, 2016) Hahahahaha kutang ako sa tawa

Ley DeLey De
(Dec 6, 2016) what kind of dish is that Git? haha

Mel Seco SosobanMel Seco Sosoban
(Dec 6, 2016) Wanna try sir Git. Hot bath

Zoe Valones ArugayDoc Zoe Philippines
(Dec 6, 2016) This reminds me of an old Bugs Bunny cartoon...

Joanna Co LizaresJoanna Philippines
(Dec 6, 2016) hahaha you just made me laugh. i needed this. thank you, my dear friend

NandinniNandinni Philippines
(Dec 6, 2016) Looks like Smeagol

Fritz BlackburnFritz New Zealand
Travel Parenting
(Dec 6, 2016) Man, you look like the (white) African explorer that ended in the native cooking pots...what a shot!

Michael FazackerleyMichael Fazackerley
(Dec 6, 2016) looks like you've got a starring role in a soup

Deo Moncada AlisingDeo Moncada Alising
(Dec 6, 2016) Napangiti ako dito Sir Gigit, ang kulit!

Jackie SanchezJackie
(Dec 6, 2016) Guess who's for dinner?

Nov 24, 2016

Google Map Tibiao, Philippines

tourist attractions in Tibiao tourist attractions
  • Hot Kawa Bath at Kayak Inn Hot Kawa Bath - Kayak Inn is the original provider of the hot kawa bath with scenic and elevated river view. It has been featured in Matanglawin TV show with Kim Atienza
  • white water kayaking in Tibiao River at Kayak Inn White Water River Kayaking - only Kayak Inn offers this service with full support crew - guide and porters
  • Bugtong Bato Waterfalls in Tibiao Bugtong Bato Waterfalls - 7 levels of waterfalls. The first 3 levels are popular and accessible. It has plunge pools with rope climbs to the 3rd level. The 7th level can be reached via a different route - it is far and high up but can be seen from the rice terraces.
  • Pottery Making in Tibiao Pottery Making - a demo is done on how to make a clay pot. You can also roll up your sleeve and do it yourself
  • fish spa in Tibiao Fish Spa - get your dead skin nibbled-off by little fishes
  • Tibiao Bakery in Tibiao Tibiao Bakery - they bake their bread using wood burning ovens. It's famous in the whole Panay Island. The location in Tibiao is the original bakery
hotels in Tibiao lodging
  • Kayak Inn Kayak Inn - nipa hut cottages by the river, breakfast included + hot kawa bath + river kayaking
    GPS: 11°19'04.55"N, 122°04'38.24"E
    Location: Barangay Tuno, Tibiao (municipality), Antique (province), Philippines
tours in Tibiao tours

Tibiao Cost Index

(US$1 = PHP 49.73 as of Nov 30, 2016)
  • PHP 1000/pax river kayak and hot kawa bath combo at Kayak Inn
  • PHP 200/pax hot kawa bath at Kayak Inn
  • PHP 500 one night lodging in a nipa hut at Kayak Inn
  • PHP 50 barangay entrance fee (not sure if the barangay can legally unilaterally do this)
  • PHP 150 guide fee for the waterfalls
  • PHP 70/trip motorcycle ride from Importante Junction to Kayak Inn, one-way but per trip, not per person

How to Get to Tibiao from Boracay

  • from Boracay, take a Ceres Bus bound for Iloilo. Get off at the Tibiao Municipality

How to Get to Kayak Inn (Tibiao) from Boracay

  • from Boracay, take a Ceres Bus bound for Iloilo. Get off at the Importante Junction (this is immediately after Tibiao Municipality)
  • at the junction, take a motorcycle to take you to Kayak Inn, P70/trip, one-way, 15 mins. CAUTION: some motorcycle drivers will sell you into going to other kawa resorts and may even say unfavorable things about Kayak Inn - they are being paid commission by the competing kawa providers.

Things to do, Places to go in Tibiao

  1. Hot Kawa Bath - kawa, shaped like an oversized wok, originally designed to cook muscovado sugar, is fired-up using bamboo with water and a few herbal leaves for a hot soaking bath. Kayak Inn is the original hot kawa provider with elevated river view.
  2. White-Water River Rafting - at Kayak Inn, river kayaks with tour guides are provided for a 30 minute splash into the Tibiao River
  3. Bugtong Bato Waterfall - 7 levels of waterfall. The first 3 levels are the most popular and hike-friendly. The 7th level is high-up and far-out requiring a different route. Kayak Inn offers guided treks.
  4. Beach - although not as pristine as Boracay beach, if you are in Tibiao, you might as well give it a try - black sand with big flat stones by the beach
  5. Pottery - clay pottery is demonstrated but you can also roll-up your sleeve and try your hand at it
  6. Tibaio Bakery - in all of Panay Island, Tibiao Bakery is popular and has somewhat become a tourist attraction. They bake their bread in wood-burning ovens
  7. Fish Spa - you can dip your feet by the oversize fish aquarium and have the fish eat up your dead skin - ticklish sensation

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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