Day 3: Tibiao, Antique - Solo Backpacking Western Visayas

October 2017 - Tibiao, Antique - Philippines


Iloilo City -- After having our breakfast together, I went with Yse and I got off first in Jaro and took another 2 rides to get to the Molo Terminal. There, I boarded a bus bound to Caticlan. From what I read from other blogs, travel time would be 2-3 hours. That day, my destination was Tibiao, Antique.  Along the way, there were immense traffic stuck up. There were portions of the road being blocked due to road work and having only one way to get through. After an hour and a half of travel, which seemed to be very long already, we were still in Iloilo. I also didn’t know that San Joaquin is very far from Iloilo city.  I asked the driver how long would it take to get to Tibiao and I was surprised to hear that he said, 3 more hours. It was already 10 am and I would be there by 1 pm. It rained hard in some parts of Antique and I prayed for it to stop once I get to Tibiao. Thank heavens, for it was all dried up when I got off the bus and reached Brgy. Importante. I took a “habal-habal” ride to Kayak Inn. ("Habal-habal" is a motorbike with driver for rent). The ride going to the inn was very nice and beautiful. There were some huts at the side of the road and I enjoyed to see the mountains from afar.


Kayak Inn


When we reached the inn, I was welcomed by an attendant. I wanted to do a little trekking and get to see the waterfalls before having the Kawa bath and asked about it but I was advised that the trail was very muddy and slippery going there. I was a bit disappointed, I didn’t mind about the slippery trail but I just thought that I have limited time. So I decided to go for the Kawa Bath only. I requested for lunch too and they obliged to cook for me. I watched as they were preparing and filling the cauldron with water. They lit the fire to make the water hot and put some herbs and flowers which gave it a fragrant scent. 



Fragrant Flowers


After a while, they asked me to try if the water was just right. It was too hot for me and they had to put more water in it. Finally, I tried to get settled in the cauldron. At first, it was very hot for me but as minutes passed, it started to feel relaxing. I enjoyed staying soaked in a hot bath for 30 minutes and then I got to eat my oh-so-late lunch. 



Enjoying the Kawa Bath



Afterwards, I managed to clean up and paid my dues then, I went back to the main road by a “habal-habal” ride. It was indeed a short while to spend in Tibiao, Antique but I did love the Kawa Bath and it was undeniably worth coming for.




*Transportation Expenses:

Molo, Iloilo - Tibiao, Antique
- Ceres Ordinary Bus = 160 Php

Brgy. Importante Waiting Shed - Kayak Inn
- Habal-habal = 70 Php

Environmental Fee = 50 Php

Kawa Bath = 250 Php



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Comments

  1. I have always wanted to go backpacking!! I have heard great things about experiencing it. This looks amazing. The hot bath looks so relaxing. I hope you enjoyed :)

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  2. Lovely pics! It looks you had a great time!

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  3. Wow, what a great way to get a hot bath! You never have to worry about the water turning cold. It looks so relaxing.

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  4. Looks like a nice place to vacation. Would love to visit looks so relaxing.

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  5. I really want to try a backpacking trip! It looks like so much fun and a great experience.

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  6. I am prettybsire that after that amazong bath you said “it was worth the long hours of travwling to get there! L

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  7. Wow looks like a great time backpacking in Tibiao! Would definitely try. xo, Suzanne

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  8. I wasn't familiar with Tibiao prior to your post and it looks absolutely amazing! After all the setbacks you experienced, I am glad you were able to enjoy that relaxing hot bath. It looked heavenly!

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  9. Oh wow it looks like you had an amazing time, hands up I would love to try out the cauldron bath it sounds so nice (when you get it to the right temperature).

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  10. Wow. This looks like paradise. I'd love to plan a backpacking trip here.

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  11. Wow, I love this! I've never used that king of bath...

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  12. Would you believe I have a god-daugther there? She lives in Iloilo with her mom - a friend of my husband's- and I really want to visit her some day!

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  13. What a beautiful place to take a solo backpacking trip! That Kawa bath looks really cool!

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  14. Like that bath is for real? This is a real adventure

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  15. I love your writing style! I love travel blogs, but sometimes a lot of the ones i've read focus too much on travel advice... Since i can't just up and leave right now, it ends up being disappointing and leaving me with severe wanderlust. Your chronicle-style writing pulls me into your adventure and makes it possible to almost feel like i'm there too! I love that.
    I look forward to reading more of your blog!

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  16. What an adventure, you are seeing some incredible sights and having some wonderful experiences.

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  17. That Kuwa bath is so cool! I don't think I can get used to this type of bath but it does looks relaxing. Glad you enjoyed the stay!

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  18. this place looks so amazing and relaxing. I would love to visit it someday! Love the photos!

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  19. Aww that Kawa bath it's amazing! Looks like you've visited wonderful place :)

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  20. What an awesome adventure you had. The Kawa Bath looksvery relaxing, I would love to try.

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  21. Wow what an amazing experience to have. Looks like you had a blast. Love the beautiful views
    Yocana Talaia
    Mummyyoyo

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