The Bakhawan Mangrove Forest is a 220-hectare nature conservation area that is home to over 20 species of mangrove trees, 28 species of birds, and a wide variety of marine life. Recognized as one of the most successful mangrove reforestation projects in all of Southeast Asia by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Bakhawan Mangrove Forest is less than a 10-minute drive from Kalibo International Airport, the gateway to Boracay Island.
Bakhawan Mangrove Forest visitors can enjoy the natural sights and sounds of the park by hiking along a newly renovated 1.1-km wooden bridge that begins at the park’s entrance and reaches the mouth of the majestic Aklan River. Guests can also experience Bakhawan by taking a river tour on a floating bamboo raft or paddling on a sit-on-top kayak (beginning February 2015). The most adventurous travelers might even try the tamilok woodworm, which lives in the trees of the Bakhawan Mangrove Forest and is highly regarded as a rare delicacy among many Filipinos.
Ranked the #1 attraction in Kalibo by Trip Advisor and made possible through the support of the local Aklan community, the Bakhawan Mangrove Forest is one of the top things to do in Aklan and a popular destination for Boracay tourists and Kalibo residents alike.