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If You’re Going to Iloilo This Year, Here Are 5 Exciting Things To Do

Make some good memories this 2022!

By: Shanice Reyes | January 01, 2022
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Traveling with friends is better than going solo, especially if you’re in the City of Love.


Sharing adventures and memories with your barkada (group of friends) can make traveling on the road easier and more fun. If you’re traveling in the Visayas, consider the natural wonders and famous landmarks in Iloilo, which can make bonding more memorable and worth it. From trying the province’s most popular dish to pitching a tent in the mountains, there are various things to do in Iloilo that you can enjoy with your friends if you’re planning a get-together. This article rounds up a list of exciting places to visit and things to do in Iloilo for a great year!


1. Savor the original La Paz Batchoy at Netong’s.

Location: Public Market, Rizal Street, La Paz, Iloilo City, Iloilo


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Nothing beats a delicious food trip with friends at one of Iloilo’s famous La Paz Batchoy restaurants!

Image: Netong's Original Special La Paz Batchoy Facebook Page

A food trip is one of the best activities to do with your friends. And the best place to share a meal is at an iconic restaurant in Iloilo: Netong’s Original La Paz Special Batchoy at La Paz Market, which serves the famous batchoy, the province’s most authentic comfort food. A must-try in the restaurant is its mega bowl (PhP130) of batchoy that goes best with rice or bread.

Netong’s is open daily from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM.


2. Enjoy a boat ride along the Esplanade River.

Location: Senator Efrain Treñas Boulevards, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Iloilo


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During the boat ride, you will be given life jackets and a walkie-talkie to ensure the safety of your group.

Image: Esplanade River Ride Facebook page

River Esplanade is one of the famous landmarks in Iloilo. If your friends love paddle boating, then take them to the nearest calm river in the metro. Pedaling the boat is not as easy as it looks, and having a competitive friend who wants to race will make the ride at the River Esplanade more exciting. If you want a peaceful ride with the gang, plan the trip and head to the river before the golden hour. Enjoy kayak for PhP150 for two persons for 35 minutes.

River Esplanade is open daily from 6:30 AM to 10:00 PM.



3. Set up tents at Bucari Pine Forest.

Location: Sitio Tabionan, Bucari Pine Forest, Leon, Iloilo


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Remember to visit the waterfalls and cold springs near the camping grounds.

Image: Bucari Leon Facebook page

The Bucari Pine Forest, which is known as Iloilo’s little Baguio, has its way of making tagay (drinking bottoms up from a glass of alcohol) more memorable and fun. At this spot in Leon, Iloilo, you and your friends can set up tents under pine trees during the day and make bonfires at night while sharing life stories for more exciting activities to do in the city. The area is surrounded by verdant mountains, pristine rivers, and a cool breeze, making it a peaceful destination for the whole gang.

Bucari Pine Forest reopened last October 16, 2021, and now operates from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For bookings and reservations, call them at these numbers: 0938 0962077, 0915 0030402, 0917 1403777.


4. Swing on hammocks beside the beach at SandBar Island Beach Resort

Location: Sandbar Island Beach, Bolobadiangan, Concepcion, Iloilo


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The resort brings you close to nature with natural views of the ocean and cottages and chairs made out of wood.

Image: SandBar Island Beach Resort - Bulubadiangan Island Facebook Page

Beach is one of the best places to visit in Iloilo. For beach bums, the ideal place to bond is under the sun and by the shores. A place that fits the bill is SandBar Island Beach Resort in Bolobadiangan, Iloilo. You only need to take about a 30-minute boat ride from the mainland to get there, and at the resort awaits beach activities for the whole group such as a jet ski boat ride, snorkeling, and low tide strolling. What makes the trip worth it are the blue waters and long white sandbar where you can take picture-perfect snaps with your friends!



5. Climb on top of Garin Farm Pilgrimage Resort.

Location: Garin Farm Pilgrimage Resort, Purok 2, San Joaquin, Iloilo


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There are plenty of attractions and activities to see and do at Garin Farm Pilgrimage Resort.

Image: GarinFarm Pilgrimage Resort Facebook Page

Last but not least, plan a trip to Garin Farm Pilgrimage Resort in San Joaquin, a destination that boasts various recreational and exciting activities. Apart from challenging the group to climb the top of the resort, you can also entice them to go swimming, horseback riding, or fishing. You can also have the ride of your lives at the resort’s zip line! If you and your friends wish to spend the night at the resort, there are also accommodations available.

The resort is open from Thursday to Sunday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Gate closes at 6:00 PM.


You don’t have to settle for daydreams of hanging out with your friends! For your next trip, share these activities and destinations in Iloilo with them and choose the one you like best!


You don’t have to settle for daydreams of hanging out with your friends! For your next trip, share these activities and destinations in Iloilo with them and choose the one you like best!


Go to Yoorekka Magazine to find more places to visit in Iloilo!


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions wherever you go. Have a great trip!


This article was originally published in Yoorekka on January 01, 2021.


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About Shanice Reyes
Shanice Reyes writes to buy herself good coffee and bike parts. When she's not writing, you can find her playing Ultimate Frisbee, traveling to new places, or hanging out with her dogs and tarantulas. Though she has an irrational fear of heights, she'd love to try sky-diving one day.
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