This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kalibo. To help you make friends with Kalibo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Kalibo is a small city in the Philippines in the north of Panay –- one island in the center of the Visayas archipelago. The city hasn't much to see and given its location is not the best place to chill out and relax, although it is the easiest way to reach some of the best places in the Visayas archipelago. The only exception, when the city is really interesting, is once a year near the end of January, when the city changes into a giant street party -- the Ali-Atihan. Thousands of people dress up, paint their faces, dance, and party in the streets. Keep in mind that during this period is impossible to find accommodation and most flights will be fully booked, so you will need to arrange everything in advance –- you can expect all prices to double.
Travelers often end up in Kalibo on their way to or from Boracay, the small amazing island with one of the best beaches in the world. From Kalibo Airport, Boracay is just two hours away and it's one of those places you really need to go; and even though it's getting more touristic, you can still have a great time there.
The easiest way to arrive in Kalibo is via an inexpensive flight from one of southeast Asia's low-cost companies. It is easy to go from there to the city by tricycle and there are direct buses to Caticlan. You can also island-hop in the Philippines by ferry; there are plenty of connections to the ports near Kalibo. There are also buses connecting Kalibo to the main cities in Panay.
There are a few hostels in Kalibo and most of them can be really basic, with just a fan -– and high temperatures -– and cold water only. You shouldn't have problems finding a room, as there aren't many travelers in the city, except for the festival in January. Kalibo's hostels will be in the city center, within a walking distance from all the amenities you need.
Written by local enthusiast for Kalibo hostelsCoffeeMarks