Mandala Spa & Resort Villas

Getting to know Panay

Laurel Island (Crystal Cove and caves), Carabao Island and Panay Island (for waterfalls), hiking/biking & cold springs at Hurom Hurom) are accessible by outrigger boat.

The nearest large town on mainland Panay is Kalibo, which most of the year is an uneventful place but comes to life during the third week of January when the colorful Ati-Atihan festival is held. Further afield, a 5 hour bus journey will take you to the town of IloIlo, where you can see some interesting colonial architecture.

Ignito Cave (Buruanga, Aklan). Locally known as Elephant Cave due to its appearance. This and other nearby caves are managed by the San Lorenzo Ruiz Farm Eco-Tourism Cooperative. Beautiful limestone formations of stalagmites, stalactites and other crystalline structures abound. It has a "skylight" in one of its chambers that lets in a soft glow of light at noontime.

Liloan Citrus Farm (Malinao, Aklan). A place where various fruits abound interspersed with colorful anthuriums and heliconias.

Tigis Falls(Buruanga, Aklan). Secluded in an area good as a summer hideaway for its cool surroundings

Basang and Hurom Hurom Cold Springs (Nabas, Aklan). These alternative summer destinations offer the beauty of fresh water gushing from nature-hewn rocks and exhilarating adventure down from Gibon River in a kayak.

Agnaga Falls (Malay, Aklan). A scenic view awaits visitors as they swim in its clear waters. It is a perfect hideaway especially during summer as its cool water beats the heat.

Jawili Falls (Tangalan, Aklan). Has seven basins tiered about 20 feet apart. The highest basin is about 100 feet high, oval-shaped, around 240 sq. ft. in area, and 12 feet deep with clear water almost like a small lake. The other basins are of similar shapes from 130 sq. ft. to 240 sq. ft. in area and 8-10 feet deep except for the sixth basin, which has a swimming area of around 540 square feet.