The Kawa or the big pan used on kawa hot baths was formally utilize to ground muscovado; a brown unrefined sugar. As technology advance and factories processing the sugar increase, the manual process of handling molasses died down. In turn, owners of Kawas transformed the large pans into outdoor bathtubs.
The interesting concept of kawa hot baths is compared to being cooked alive which made it popular; alongside the visual representation is the healing properties it provides, which includes soothing body ache, improvement of blood circulation, distressing and other benefits depending on herbs infused with the water.
Tibio, Antique's Kawa Hot Baths are situated outdoors; providing visitors an overview of Tibiao river, the surrounding trees and the abundance of the lush greenery of the area.
As the bath is isolated from cities or town, the Kawa Hot Bath of Tibio, Antique is an ideal spot for tourist to relax after going through nearby nature adventures available around the Kawa Hot Bath shop.
Seventy-three kilometers away from the capital of San Jose Buenavista is Tibio, Antique; a fourth class municipality, with 177.42 square meters of the land area consists of eight coastal barangay-based in Panay Island-one of the islets around the Visayas region.
Due to its geographic condition, residents of Tiabao’s main source of income comes from the agricultural and marine industry; However, as visitors frequent the place, Tibiao became a tourist destination attracting neighboring regions and foreigners.
The rich water and land resources made nature-themed activities popular among the tourist surrounding the Kawa Hot Baths. Tourists visit the Tibiao river to experience kayaking and detours at the100 hectares of rainforest in Baranggay Tigbaboy to trek.
Certain sites in Tibiao features traditional art practices like the weaving of piña’s fine fibers in Baranggay Amar, and pottery, which is Bandoja’s specialty craft.