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There are plenty of places and cities to visit around the Philippines, and among the different must visit cities, Iloilo stands out to be a rising tourist destination. Located in the Western Visayas region of the country, the province of Iloilo has a lot to offer, coming from its rich culture dating back to the 1500’s as well as the many beautiful breathtaking islands that surround it. Here are some of the activities that you could do if you are planning to visit the province of Iloilo:
Apart from its breathtaking beaches, Iloilo is also surrounded by many islands with unique caves, lagoons, land formations, and soft white sand beaches. One of the most notable island destinations in Iloilo is Islas De Gigantes, which is a 1.5-hour boat ride away from the Bancal Port in Carles, Iloilo. From there, you can visit other nearby islands such as Cabugao Gamay Island and Bantigue Island – each with its own unique views of nature and experience. You can even get affordable fresh seafood along the way during your island hopping trip in Iloilo.
Visit the local churches
Due to its rich cultural heritage dating back to the Spanish period, Iloilo City is surrounded by plenty of beautiful churches that showcase amazing architecture and design of its time. Some notable churches to add to your holiday itinerary include St. Anne Parish Church in Molo, as well as the Jaro Cathedral – which is a historical landmark and one of the oldest churches in the region.
Go on an Iloilo Cuisine Food Crawl!
Embarking on a food trip in Iloilo is a delightful journey through the diverse and rich culinary scene of this charming province in the Philippines. Iloilo offers a variety of delicious dishes that showcase the region's unique flavors and culinary heritage. Start with the famous La Paz Batchoy and indulge in fresh seafood. Don't miss Ilonggo specialties like Pancit Molo and Chicken Inasal, each reflecting the locals' dedication to their culinary traditions. Wander through local markets and try KBL (Kadios, Baboy, Labong), a hearty stew that captures the essence of Iloilo's flavors. With warm hospitality and a tapestry of tastes, an Iloilo food trip promises an unforgettable experience for any food enthusiast.
These activities are merely the tip of the iceberg of activities that you can do in Iloilo. There’s a whole lot more to explore in this province. If you are interested to know more about Iloilo, click here to download our latest regional report!