Panay Island

Map_of_the_Philippines_panay-2Panay Island is located in the western part of the Visayas in the center of the Philippines and has plenty to offer if you’d like to spend your entire vacation there. My wife and I explored this island extensively and below are our favourites. More at The Panay Advisor (not yet fully complete) or the sitemap of Panay pages.

For example, you could start off in Singapore, which is much more interesting than Manila (should be avoided like the plague) and fly in directly to Iloilo City, the island’s biggest city. The city aspires to reach the country’s top three by 2028 and seems well on its way towards attaining that goal. It has a nice promenade by its river winding through it, and a very long stretch of beach on the city’s shore. There are several resorts and a good night scene, but the city still needs a lot of work and I would recommend a maximum of one day/night to explore it.

Panay island map

I find going counter clockwise around Panay Island is the nicer option, in which case your first stop could be Concepcion on the east part of the island, from where you can catch some boat tours to some islands, even sleep over on one of them.


After that you continue up the coast to the north east corner where is Carles and some other islands you can explore. You can go on a group tour and fill yourself up with colossal amounts of delicious and very inexpensive seafood.


Around this area are also some waterfalls (and here) if you are up for a romantic hike with your loved one.


We then continue along the north coast all the way to the northwest corner, to the famous Boracay island, where you can also kitesurf.

kite-boracay-board panay

From there you can go back to the mainland and go down the west coast a bit to Tubaran Cove Beach Resort for a nice, relaxing pit stop for an evening.

Enjoying a beer with the family, river for rafting behind us.

After that you can proceed further down the coast and camp out (they also have lodging) at Campolly for some white water rafting and to bask in their famous hot baths, whereby you sit in this massively large wok which can fit several people and they heat it by fire underneath while the flower pedals float in the aromatic water.

Down at the coast you can even take a boat trip to Malalison Island, where you can also stay overnight.

We then continue along our journey to Anini-y, on the southwest tip of Panay Island, where you will find a resort with hot springs and you can take a boat trip to the nearby island.


After that you could consider camping (although they also have huts) at Ooma Beach, and if you time it right, on the weekends a DJ from Boracay usually plays deep house music there to the accompaniment of a drummer (sometime also me, when I am there), for some fun rave dancing experience before heading back to Iloilo City.


And if you still have some time in your vacation, you can spend a few days on the neighbouring Guimaras Island (more info here), famous for having the sweetest mangoes in the world and where there are several nice beach resorts.

Or, if you decide to check out Palawan, our small family operation organizes private custom boat tours through the Palawan area, voted the best island in the world, with its 52 pristine white sand beaches and some of the clearest waters in the world.


Experience the thrill of island hopping in the Philippines

Lou PrataliLou Pratali
11:04 25 Jul 23
This is a must to do!!Super ultimate tour is the best with Kayangan and barracuda lake, twin lagoons (my favorite), coral garden (blue fabulous coral) were the best. It’s really worth it to pay for private tour (3500 to 4000 PHP). You will also have to pay for entrance fees (150 to 200PHP by location) and eventually shopping at the market - must do (count 300 for 2 for fish, pork, fruits and vegetables, water).
16:11 07 Feb 23
I was looking for a personalized excursion to the beautiful Gulf of Bacuit.Seeing the comments, I contacted Mel.Very responsive, very efficient and perfect organization.The flight attendants were very friendly and very helpful.And I'm not even talking about the meal on board...a marvel.In all fairness, this excursion will remain an excellent memory and I cannot recommend Mel and his team highly enough.A big thank-you.
Alyse TarbottonAlyse Tarbotton
23:48 30 Aug 22
This tour went well above all our expectations! I couldn't recommend this enough! The boat crew, captain and tour guide were nothing but amazing, everyone was so kind, helpful and friendly. The crew knew the best spots to visit that weren't overcrowded with tourists, 3 times we were lucky enough to have whole islands to ourselves! It was my partner's birthday while away and everything went above and beyond, bonfire, cake, birthday card, singing and celebrating with us.If you love camping this is definitely a tout you should do, it has been the highlight of our trip!!
Danish KayaniDanish Kayani
10:24 31 Oct 19
Coron is the best place i have ever seen.. picturesque. Beautiful. Peaceful
We booked a 4 days/3 nights private boat trip from Coron to Sibaltan. The organization went very well from the beginning, the owner answered to all my questions, and we were able to choose which islands to visit and where to sleep. The first night we slept in a bungalow in Banana Island, the second we camped in Araw beach and the last we slept in a seafront bungalow builded on a tree in Pical on Iloc Island.The islands in that area are the most beautiful islands I have ever seen, with clear water, lots of coral reef and fishes to see, white sand and almost deserted. The crew was very friendly and polite and they organize every single meal and for camping they give you a tent which was just perfect! This was our highlight in our 2 weeks in the Philippines and I wish I had booked a longer trip. A private trip gives you the freedom to decide where and when to go.

We are a family operation managing private custom boat tours in the beautiful Palawan area, and are happy to help travelers with their plans through the country, having traveled a lot of it ourselves and planning to visit it all.

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