10 Must-See Beaches in Aklan Aside From Boracay
There's more to this province than the famous island.
(SPOT.ph) Boracay, despite its six-month closure for rehabilitation in 2018, remains a popular beach destination for locals and foreigners alike. But Aklan—a province in Western Visayas—has other beaches to choose from, especially if you’re flying to this part of the Philippines during the Ati-Atihan Festival on the third weekend of January.
From gorgeous cliff-diving points to diving spots, here are other must-see beaches in mainland Aklan:
Napti, Batan, Aklan
Entrance fee is at P10
Aroma Beach calls itself the Hidden Paradise in Aklan, and for good reason: it’s a great place for swimming and relaxing. Choose between swimming in the sea or shake things up by taking a dip in their crowd-favorite salt water pool. Visitors often praise this beach for its relaxing and soothing vibe, so we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to do an off-the-grid retreat by this beach.
Batason, Buruanga, Aklan
Contact: (036) 288-6770; (036) 288-4853
Rates start at P2,500
Any adventurer would love what Ariel’s Point or Batason Point has to offer. From activities like snorkeling and kayaking, all the way down to cliff-diving, this beach is perfect if you want to get your adrenaline on. Plus we’re pretty sure you’ll never forget the view when all you can see from way up high is soothing skies and glistening waters.
Alegria, Buruanga, Aklan
Wasak-Wasak Beach is one of the more low-key white-sand beaches in Aklan, so you can be sure it’s never as crowded as Boracay. You’ll find spots to play volleyball, lounge around by the water, and, of course, snap a few new photos for your Instagram. There are also plenty of hotels near the beach, and we hear you can get a pretty stunning view of the sunrise and sunset from the coast.
West Road, Buruanga, Aklan
Tuburan beach is about 30 minutes away by boat from Boracay, so you can expect the same clear blue waters and white sand but with fewer crowds. There are resorts that rent out cozy nipa and bamboo cottages near the water, and some of them also offer guided scuba diving lessons to let you experience our gorgeous waters in the best possible way. Plus, there’s also a restaurant on the rocks (literally) that’ll serve you local and international dishes during your stay.
Andagao, Kalibo, Aklan
This public beach in the capital of Aklan is famous because of its proximity to Kalibo International Airport. The area was developed by the local government in 2010 and now features cottages where you can have a picnic with your family or friends. It's not exactly a white-sand beach, but it's still a must-see for migratory birds—like barn swallow birds—that can be seen in this town every summer.
Bel-is, Buruanga, Aklan
Nasog Beach has a super laid-back vibe that might make you think Boracay was once this peaceful before it became a popular local and international tourist destination. It’s the perfect spot to lounge back and enjoy the ocean breeze. You can even climb nearby spots along the shore to get an elevated view of the sea—you’ll want to have your cameras ready for sunset!
Bel-is, Buruanga, Aklan
Right next to Nasog Beach is the equally beautiful but lesser known Langka Beach. This means having the beach all to yourself even in the summer. At low tide, you can get a glimpse of Buruanga's rich marine life, including sea cucumbers, sea urchin, and colorful schools of fish, without having to go snorkeling or diving.
Jawili, Tangalan, Aklan
With several private resorts around the coast, Jawili Beach is more than accessible for weekend trips. The small town is known for Jawili Falls, so you can make the hike before heading down to enjoy the frothy shore and crystal clear waters. You’ll also feel one with the fishing communities nearby, as there are usually a hoard of fishing boats bobbing in the water while you swim.
Baybay, Tangalan, Aklan
While it’s not your usual fine white-sand beach, there’s still much to do and see at Baybay, Aklan. For one, the seafood you can get at nearby restaurants and eateries are worth the trip, and you and your family and friends can enjoy hanging back in the many bamboo huts for some peace and quiet, or hop on a kayak for a water adventure. No matter what you decide to do here, you can still catch glittering views of an unbelievably blue sea.
Bel-is, Buruanga, Aklan
Hinugtan Beach's water is so blue, you could probably spot three different shades just from the edge of the shore. Resorts in the area also has loads of activities you can plan around for, such as scuba diving, kayaking, and even mountain climbing if you want a little break from water-related pastimes.