Boracay, Asia’s most renowned island paradise. However, Panay has plenty more low-key tourist treasures too, some of which match or even surpass the beauty of Boracay. Tourists can enjoy historical highlights and natural delights across the island. Travel Authentic Philippines offers a variety of Panay tours.
There is plenty to see and do when visiting Panay. It happens to be home to one of the oldest cultures of the Philippines, so exploring Iloilo’s rich heritage is highly recommended. The sparkling islands of Guimaras and Gigantes boast stunning natural landscapes. Of course, the heart of the island is drenched in thick forest, making it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
Getting to Panay by air and sea is mostly done through Iloilo City, with connections to major centers across the Philippines and Asia, including Manila, Cebu, and Hong Kong. Roxas City has a busy ferry port, and buses or vans can be taken from here to reach Iloilo in the south. Jeepneys in Iloilo City are renowned for the unique sedan-like design. They provide cheap, fixed-route transport in and around the city. Vans and buses are generally used to travel around Panay.
The northwestern corner of the island is a bustling area thanks to the influx of visitors to Boracay. However, the central and southern areas of Panay Island are still largely untouched in comparison.
The best time to visit Panay is between the months of December and June. Even though rainfall can occur at most times of the year, August through to November welcomes the heaviest storms. Hurricane activity is not uncommon, although most typhoons predominantly hit the Eastern Visayas, rather than the western side.