Seco Island, Tibiao, Antique: The Paradise Waiting to Unfold and Discover

I was able to come to this secluded paradise island of Seco together with a friend sometime on 2014 as it was suggested to us by our boatman in our prior trip to the now popular Mararison Island in Culasi, Antique.

The name Seco is derived from the local term “siko” or elbow as the island’s shape resembles that of an elbow. It is only very small, around 300 meters wide and 1.4 kilometers long and uninhabited.

Our boatman suggested that we should leave early in the morning as the sea is calmer on such time so we decided to sleep overnight in Centro Norte, Culasi Antique which was our jump off point as our call time was 4:30 a.m.

We were able to leave at around  5:15 p.m. at the Culasi Port and arrived at around 7:45 a.m. in the island. The island did not only fail us, but it literally left us in awe. imagine this, pristine clear blue water, powdery fine white sand and having the beach all by yourselves to swim and enjoy, isn’t it heaven? There are no available tourist cottages in the island, sari-sari stores or other amenities so it’s important to prepare and bring a lot foods, water and your other needs. During our visit there, there were only two bamboo cottages / nipa hut erected in the island, one is being used as the sleeping quarter of the “Bantay Dagat” tasked by the local government to secure and manage the island and one which is being used as rest area of fishermen or other people who come and visit in the island.

The island is very good for swimming and snorkeling. During “amihan”, it is also very popular to kite boarding enthusiasts particularly foreign tourists coming all the way from Boracay Island.

After 3 1/2 hours of splashing and indulging ourselves in the island, we already left as our boatman advised us to leave before lunch time because waves could get bigger if we leave at a later time.

P.S.: During our boat ride back and forth, we saw a number of dolphins and migratory birds but we were not able to capture them in our cameras as our boatman advised us to keep it secured during the boat ride.

HOW TO GET THERE

From Kalibo or Caticlan, ride a Ceres liner bound to Culasi, Antique. Get down in the town proper. Charter a boat at the nearby Culasi port. Boat ride is about 3-4 hours depending on sea conditions.

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