Anini-y is a southernmost tip town of Antique which is historically a sitio of Dao (recently renamed as Tobias Fornier). Known for its Hot Spring, Centuries Old Church and Underwater Sceneries.
HOW TO GET THERE:
From Kalibo (Approximately 6 Hours – Php. 250 to 300)
- Take a Ceres Bus (or Van if available) to San Jose de Buenavista and transfer to a Jeepney leading to Anini-y.
From Caticlan or Boracay (Approximately 6 Hours – Php. 250 to 300)
- Ride a Ceres Bus from Caticlan to San Jose; not the Caticlan-Iloilo City (via Kalibo). Then transfer to a Jeepney bound for Anini-y.
- Or choose Caticlan to Iloilo City (via San Jose) and drop in Tobias Fornier (Dao)-Hamtic Junction with a signboard “To Anini-y”. Then wait for a vehicle leading to Anini-y.
From Iloilo City (Approximately 2 Hours for about Php. 100)
- Ride a Ceres Bus or Shuttle Van in Molo Terminal (Not the one in Tagbak Terminal – Jaro) bound for San Jose, Antique and drop in Siraan Hot Spring Health Resort or Anini-y Town Plaza.
THINGS TO KNOW:
- Anini-y pronounce as “A-Ni-Ni-ee”
- Tricycle is the mode of transportation when exploring the town. It can cater about 5 passengers and only on a skeletal trip so be patient enough to wait. Minimum Rate is Php 8.
- Nogas Island has no resort and establishment except for the Bamboo and Nipa made cottages and the Lighthouse. Bring your food and water. Please be responsible. Bring back your trashes in the mainland.
- Bring your own snorkel, mask and fins. There are also limited gears for rent in Sira-an Hot Spring.
- If planning to have an overnight stay, there are resorts in Anini-y Mainland.
- Restaurants are available in the Public Market and in the Siraan Hot Spring side.
THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE:
ANINI-Y CHURCH – is one of the Oldest Churches in the Philippines. It is the only surviving Augustinian Church in Antique.
SIRA-AN HOT SPRING AND HEALTH RESORT– situated near the beach facing the Sulu Sea and overviewing the white sand Island of Nogas. Dip yourself on its man-made pools (Large to Jacuzzi Size).
- Resident – Php 30.00 (5 yrs old and above)
- Non Resident (Children Ages 5-12 yrs old) – Php 40.00
- Non Resident (Adult) – Php 60.00
- Big – Php 350.00
- Small – Php 200.00
NOGAS ISLAND – a 24-hectare government naval reservation island which surrounded by white sand beaches, mangroves, sea grasses, very healthy coral reefs and great bottom formations. It is accessible by 20-minute boat ride from Anini-y Mainland. Pay an Environmental Fee worth 20 pesos and Rent a boat from Sira-an Hot Spring for 500 pesos group price (They use a boat which can cater 8 passengers).
FRANGIPANI LINE TRAIL – If Culasi and Sibalom have Pitcher Plants and Rafflesia Flowers respectively, Anini-y has its Flowering Calachuchi Trees. Indeed it is the most photographed view in Nogas Island which looks like a walkway for a wedding ceremony.
NOGAS LIGHTHOUSE – situated at the end point of the Frangipani Line Trail. Unauthorized personnel are not allowed to go upstairs but to give you an idea; views above are stunning especially when Calachuchi (Plumeria) Trees are in bloom.
UNDERWATER SCENERY – honestly beach is not that good for swimming like in Boracay Island of Aklan, Carabao Island in Romblon or Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte unless you’ve seen its underwater setting. Nogas Island is surrounded by colorful coral reef and fishes which is great for scuba diving and snorkeling.
OLD BALETE TREE – be adventurous enough to explore beyond the Nogas Lighthouse to visit a giant tree. Nothing unusual aside from the fact that it is the largest of its kind in the island. Mangroves are equally interesting to visit.
GROUP OF CATS – before i went to Nogas Island, i do some research and got an idea that the Island is being guarded by cats. Unfortunately when i had the chance to explore the island, i think they came from a party last night and wasn’t able to wake up to tour me the next morning.
Note: Entrance Fees are based on the Municipal Ordinance No. 2013-05 Series of 2013; started 16th of April 2014. (Rate still updated by May 2017)
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