Iloilo’s 2017 Off Beaten Tracks and Bubbling Up Destinations


Situated in Northern Iloilo, Batad is a small and laid back town known for its vast corn land plantations. Enjoy the tranquility and calmness of Lake Alapasco in Batad as you get there. Its beautiful landscape is ideal to those who wants solace, peace and serenity.HOW TO GET THERE: Ride a Ceres Liner Bus in Buhang, Jaro, Iloilo City terminal bound to Estancia, Iloilo (travel time is around 3 hours and bus fare is around 155php). Alight at Batad Town Plaza. From there, ride a habal-habal to Lake Alapasco (travel time is around 30 minutes and round trip fare is 100php per person)

2. BUCARI IN LEON, ILOILOConsidered as the “Little Baguio” of Iloilo, Bucari is approximately 1 1/2 hours away from Iloilo City. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain view , pine forests and its relatively cold temperature.HOW TO GET THERE: Ride a jeepney or van (45 minutes trip) bound to Leon proper on their terminal at Jaro Public Market, Iloilo City which is just nearby the equally known Jaro Cathedral. Van fare is around 60php. From Leon Town Plaza, ride a habal-habal enroute to Bucari.

3. GARIN FARM IN SAN JOAQUIN, ILOILOIf you want to experience heaven, go for a pilgrimage at Garin Farm in Brgy. Huna, San Joaquin, Iloilo. It is one hour ride by jeep or bus from Iloilo CIty. San Joaquin is the last town in South Iloilo, bounding already the province of Antique. Entrance fee at Garin is 150 pesos.HOW TO GET THERE: Ride a Ceres bus on its terminal in Molo, Iloilo City bound to Antique or ride a jeepney bound to San Joaquin at Super Terminal, Iloilo City. Travel time is around 1 1/2 hours. At San Joaquin Proper, ride a habal-habal enroute to Garin Farm, fare is around 10 pesos only.

4. CONCEPCION, ILOILOLocated in Northern Iloilo, it has lately giving the more popular Islas de Gigantes a run for its money. Concepcion is known for its white sand islands and beaches. You may visit our previous post Concepcion – Iloilo’s Next Beach Destination for additional info.HOW TO GET THERE: From Iloilo City: Ride a bus at Ceres Liner Terminal at Buhang, Jaro, Iloilo City which goes directly to Concepcion. Travel time is around 2 1/2 hours. From Concepcion town proper, charter a boat to get to the islands.