On a solo trip to Kalibo in June, while en route to the island of Boracay, I took a side trip to Bakhawan Ecopark, a massive and tranquil 220-hectare mangrove forest.
You’ll navigate through the forest via a 1.3-kilometer bamboo boardwalk intersecting with turquoise riverbeds and narrow streams, and finally ends at the mouth of the Aklan River. There was barely anyone when I was there and it was one of my most relaxing nature stroll ever.
Midway, I ran across a small family on their way to the market after a quick harvest at a riverbank.
Then this is what awaits you when you reach the end – the great Aklan meets the sea.