Experience the Rolling Hills of Batanes and the Windmill of Ilocos Norte in Malay, Aklan located very close to Boracay Island and Bel-is Beach | rich'nritch.com

Experience the Rolling Hills of Batanes and the Windmill of Ilocos Norte in Malay, Aklan located very close to Boracay Island and Bel-is Beach

The refreshing view of Panaktakan rolling hills, just like of Batanes overlooking the world famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, Philippines and the surrounding islands of Romblon
The refreshing view of Panaktakan rolling hills, just like of Batanes overlooking the world famous Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, Philippines and the surrounding islands of Romblon.

Ever wanted to see the island of Boracay, the rolling hills of Batanes, and the windmill of Ilocos Norte all at one place? Malay, Aklan has them all and it's just few minutes away from Caticlan, the gateway to Boracay. And believe it or not, it will only cost you a Php10-tricycle ride and a body fit to hike! Locals call the place as Panaktakan. The first viewpoint called Banderahan requires a 45-minute walk from the Malay Municipal Tree Park and is located at Barangay Argao, Malay, Aklan. Going farther will take you to the breathtaking viewpoint of Panaktakan which is already part of Barangay Napaan, Malay, Aklan.

Alt: A cow eating grass in Panaktakan with an array of windmills in the background
The scenic view of Pawa Wind Farm at Banderahan viewpoint resembling to Bangui Wind Farm in Ilocos Norte.
The layers of vibrant green rolling hills accented by trees and grasses are unwinding sights Panaktakan offers.
The layers of vibrant green rolling hills accented by trees and grasses are unwinding sights Panaktakan offers.

Malay is a first-class municipality in the western part of the province of Aklan composed of an island and a mainland. The island is the world-renowned Boracay Island known for its 7-km beach with powdery white sand, aptly called White Beach. The mainland is the home for the 6 out of 7 'Wonders of Malay'.

View of Boracay beach and resorts in the background
View of Boracay beach and resorts in the background

Aside from being an "island paradise" and hidden from many, the mainland Malay is a "mountain paradise". It offers spots where you can have a full view of Boracay Island and the islets surrounding it, Romblon Islands, and Sibuyan Sea accentuated by the spectacular sight of the rolling hills nearby. The scenery is stunning like of Batanes! Turn a little and you will see an array of windmills displayed on top of Pawa hills like of Ilocos Norte! It is a perfect place for hiking, picknicking, and camping. Plane spotting can also be added in your list of activities as the airport is situated right under.

The surroundings are covered with greenery, hills, trees, and grasses.
The surroundings are covered with greenery, hills, trees, and grasses.
The array of windmills in Pawa Wind Farm not only generate clean energy but also a new tourist attraction.
The array of windmills in Pawa Wind Farm not only generate clean energy but also a new tourist attraction.
The trail going to the highest viewpoint of Panaktakan Hills
The trail going to the highest viewpoint of Panaktakan rolling hills

We unexpectedly stumbled into this place when we went for a short run last Saturday morning, October 21, 2017. The next day, we explored its interior where we found a waterfall named Tabis-tabisan, a perfect place to cool down after hiking. Indeed, it's an ideal place for nature-tripping and adventure. At the end of the trek, you can either go to Boracay Island or Bel-is, Buruanga and enjoy the world-class beach.

Take the plunge at the Tabis-tabisan waterfalls after hiking. This hidden waterfalls is not faraway from Panaktakan.
Take the plunge at the Tabis-tabisan waterfalls after hiking. This hidden waterfalls is not too far away from Panaktakan.
Overlooking the Caticlan International Airport and the surrounding islands of Romblon
The Caticlan International Airport and the surrounding islands of Romblon as seen from Banderahan viewpoint
A plane from the budget airline Air Asia taking-off from Caticlan International Airport
A plane taking-off from Caticlan International Airport

So what are you waiting for? Go get your backpacks!

 

 

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Rich is a former Systems Administrator who left his job abroad in 2016 and spontaneously went backpacking in Israel and all ASEAN countries for more than 7 months before he headed home back to Philippines. He loves history, culture, geography, photography, and explorations. While traveling, he keeps a digital journal of his experiences and make interesting stories out of them. Often, you can see him driving his scooter around remote areas in Panay searching for new mountains to scale. Traveling made him realized that travel writing is his passion. Now, he spends most of his time blogging and managing our website. He is a Tourism Promotion Services NCII holder and finds pleasure in supporting local eco-tourism.

 

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