Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Road Less Travelled: Anini-y, Antique

Last week, I was lucky enough to visit the town of Anini-y for some work-related diving. Anini-y is part of the Province of Antique and is situated right at the tip of Panay Island. We hired a private van for 2,900 PhP to take us from Ilo-ilo airport to this sleepy little town. Travel time took about 3 hours. There are buses available but I heard they were few and very far in between, Summer is just starting at this time of the year and the place was scorching hot - arid even.

Up and around town.
There really is nothing much to see in Anini-y except for Nogas Island. Nogas is found 2-3 kilometers off the southern coast of Panay. It's uninhabited with a small, non-functional lighthouse standing right in the middle. It's home to a government funded coral restoration project - the very same one that I'm working on in Leyte. You can read all about it here.

Nogas Island just right across
Our dive site was okay but we heard that there's really impressive coral cover in other parts of the island. Locals also say that dugongs frequent the place. But luck was not on our side, those three days. Perhaps some other time. =) There are a very few food stalls in town and none around our resort. The accommodation was nothing to write about either, except for the intermittent water supply.

What makes up for the lack of basic amenities is the sunset. It's breathtaking. Other-worldly, even. Perhaps, it's enough to make me want to come back. The isolation was soothing as well. We arrived a day early from the rest of the party so the whole gang was able to do some much-needed catching up.

I've seen better beaches, but I've never had better company. =)

Photo credits: Pictures (the nice ones to be exact) are taken by Rex "party animal-slash-snack bar station" Abao, Jr. Thanks Dong!


  1. Nogas Island-- I have read something about this island from Regine of Between Coordinates. That sunset shot is spectacular. :)

    1. The island is great for picture taking too Ephraim! Hope you're doing fine! =)

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    1. Hi Carla! Thanks! I love your latest post especially the Sure-No-Hit Group sa name game. haha! I'll be starting to teach in June and I'm really hoping that I can manage my travel schedules as well as you. Thanks for dropping by! =)