Information about Bakhawan Eco-Park
Located in Kalibo, Aklan, the ASQ Bakhawan Eco-Park is a 220-hectare mangrove forest. “Bakhawan” in the local language means mangrove. The park is the result of a reforestation project that was started in 1990 by the local government and several non-government organizations.
The aim of the project was to prevent floods and storm surges in the area, and it succeeded. Today, it is recognized as the most successful mangrove reforestation project in the Philippines.
Tourists visiting can enjoy a stroll along the 1.3-kilometer bamboo trail and see different kinds of mangroves in the park. They are currently at least 12 different species of mangrove that can be found here.
Visitors may also explore the waters aboard a bamboo raft or a kayak, buy merchandise at the souvenir shop, enjoy snacks and drinks at the Ecobrew Café, or just chill in one of the cabanas. Those who are adventurous should try eating tamilok, woodworms that are best consumed raw.
Tickets and entry
The entrance fee for regular tourists is PhP 120, but if you are a student, a person with a disability, or a senior citizen, you only need to pay PhP 60. Aklanons only need to pay PhP 60 as well, and Aklanon students, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens will only be charged PhP 40.
Best time to visit
Park operating hours are from 7 AM to 5 PM. To have a better chance of fair weather during your visit, schedule it during the dry months of November to May.