Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Island Hopping at Concepcion, Iloilo

by Regi Adosto (ABS-CBN Iloilo)

The municipality of Concepcion is located on the northeastern part of Panay Island. It is the capital of the sub-province of Northern Iloilo from 1872 to 1899 and comprises the towns of Banate, Barotac Viejo, Ajuy, Sara, San Dionisio, Estancia, Balasan and Carles.

Iloilo has a lot to offer. You must experience island-hopping off Concepcion.

Stroll along the pristine white sand beaches and sandbars stretching about 200 meters. Set foot on a beautiful island called Pan de Azucar where Juan Salgado defeated pirates in two battles in 1604. Pan de Azucar is the biggest island in Barangay Tambaliza and is one of the largest of 16 island chains.

There is a mangrove eco-park in Barangay Tambaliza. It has at least 100 species of mangroves. The vast mangrove plantation can be seen from the highest island's highest peak.

You can find a small piece of paradise at the Sand Bar Beach in Barangay Bulubadiangan.

Passenger pumpboats can be rented for a whole-day of island hopping for Php1,500.

Tourists can contact The Tourism Office of Concepcion, Iloilo at (+63) 928-983-5476 for inquiries and to help with the island hopping itinerary.

How to Get There:

From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of Php875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 17 hours plus).

The municipality of Concepcion is 2 hours away from Iloilo City. HPQ tourist van or HPQ bus from Tagbak terminal at Jaro, Iloilo City will bring you to Concepcion. 

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