Trip Report: Sira-an Hot Springs Resort, Anini-y, Antique

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A photo narrative of our trip from Iloilo City to Sira-an Hot Springs in Anini-y, Antique Province.

The nine of us stop at Tiolas, Iloilo for breakfast

The nine of us stop at Tiolas, Iloilo for breakfast

We left our home in Molo, Iloilo City before eight in the morning but our progress was not speedy as we stopped to buy the wonderful bibinkas (a coconut specialty) at the “Bingkahan Mohon” in Oton — highly, highly recommended. It right near the junction with the road which heads to Mandurriao. We bought our take-out lunch at an eatery in Tiolas, where we also spied and bought a beautiful four kilogram speckled grouper to be picked up on our way back. The eatery is Magpatao-Hay. It’s on the left before Tiolas. It a real Filipino place with dirt floors but nice people and good food. They catch their own fish just offshore of the eatery. Full of provisions we got underway once again. We turned of toward Anini-y at Tiolas, which is beyond San Joaquin. Had we continued on the main road we would have crossed the mountains and ended up at Antique’s capitol, San Jose.

There is also a bus from Iloilo City to Sira-an Hot Springs and to Nogas Island While we haven’t ridden it ourselves, it looks to be a fast-paced adventure. We understand that it leaves from the bus terminal in Molo on San Pedro Street, a block or two east of Molo Plaza. You’ll have to find and speak with bus terminal manager to find the schedule.  It can be flagged down at any point along its route.

Bus from Iloilo City to Sira-an Hot Springs and Anini-y (Nogas Island)

Bus from Iloilo City to Sira-an Hot Springs and Anini-y (Nogas Island)

The view from the Tiolas eatery looking up the coast toward San Joaquin

The view from the Tiolas eatery looking up the coast toward San Joaquin, Iloilo.

The trees lining the Tiolas shore are Flame Trees (Delonix regia).  They create a wonderful vista from the heights above the shore and likely from the water too.  Whoever planted them should receive a medal, a statue in the park!

From Tiolas, Iloilo looking toward Antique Province

From Tiolas, Iloilo looking toward Antique Province

The road from Iloilo City to Tiolas, San Joaquin is excellent.  After turning left in Tiolas the route is very beautiful.  At first the road is paved but the terrain becomes steeper and the road is gravel and dirt except for a few stretches where it passes through settlements. Cars can probably make it OK but an SUV or AUV is better.  Just take your time.  It’s a beautiful trip.

Pretty towns on the way from Tiolas to Anini-y.  This is the Lawigan (we think!)

Pretty towns on the way from Tiolas to Anini-y. This is the Lady Salvacion Parish Church in Lawigan, San Joaquin, Iloilo 

We arrive at Sira-an Hot Springs Resort, Anini-y, Antique

We arrive at Sira-an Hot Springs Resort, Anini-y, Antique

Where to stay.  There are overnight accommodations at Sira-an. Contact Anini-y, Antique Office of the Mayor 0927-7743157 (036) 19821-129

You can also stay at “The Dive House” in Anini-y.  For details see the Nogas Island Narrative

Our picnic shelter at Sira-an Resort. Cost for admission (9 of us) and shelter about P350

Our picnic shelter at Sira-an Resort. Cost for admission (9 of us) and shelter about P350

Anini-y is seismologically active and has its own monitoring station

Anini-y, Antique is seismologically active and has its own monitoring station

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Anini-y, Antique, Philippines

Nogas Island from Sira-an Resort.

White sand beach of Nogas Island visible from Sira-an Resort.

More on Nogas Island here.
 
Looking toward Anini-y poblacion from Sira-an, Antique Province

Looking toward Anini-y poblacion from Sira-an, Antique Province

Sira-an also offers ocean swimming - Carol and Cedia try it out

Sira-an also offers ocean swimming but no sand. Carol and Cedia try it out

Eli and Cedia soaking in Sira-an hot springs

Eli and Cedia soaking in Sira-an hot springs

Eli's cousin Ann expertly BBQs pork belly - Sira-an Hot Springs Resort

Eli’s cousin Ann expertly BBQs pork belly – Sira-an Hot Springs Resort

A last glimpse of Nogas Island showing Sira-an cactus

A last glimpse of Nogas Island showing Sira-an cactus

We follow a well-loaded jeepney back to Iloilo City

We follow a well-loaded jeepney back to Iloilo City

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  1. THank you for the trip report. I’m going home to Iloilo this October and thanks to your report I know how to plan my adventure to Anini-y! I have’t even heard of it till I read your report. Thanks!

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  2. Hi…. I am planning a vacation in siraan… is it possible to stay overnight at siraan..? How much is it for one night accomodation? Thanks…

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  3. I,miss this place for how many years that i didnt go back there thats d place that i spend my time,its a lot of changes almost 20 years,i spent my time abroad,well i cannot 4get my belove town…

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  4. hi, i am from anini-y antique, since i was young i am very much proud of my roots. Heavenly paradise,nogas,hot spring and the simple way living life of our community. That i am afraid soon will be disturbed. They are going to established ice plant there.wich is for me is a wrong plan. A concerned citizen wich is used to hear bird chirping,cows song and some lovely voices around the corner.will be soon gone wich will be replace by the ice plant noise of generating and harvesting their product. How about generating and harvesting our own good natural pleasure from our natural resources. What will happen to us! To our peaceful way of living. Can someone help us to save in this. I am afraid that this ice plant will affect our community,the health of people,our natural living and conditions,and our nature in anini-y.

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    • I am curious as to where the ice from the plant will me marketed. It seems so far to major markets. Anini-y truly is a special place. Best wishes in keeping it that way!

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      • Go iloilo, anini-y antique, especialy in my place….where i was born and grew up…brgy.talisayan wich our current mayor live there. Talisayan for me is the capital brgy. Fish market… Alm0st people in my place is a fisherman. in regardz of ice plant they are going to established it in brgy. Butuan. Not far away fr0m the nogas island and the sira an hot spring. Yet i was talking to this concerned youth and the only inf0rmati0n they have is…. They are confused if the ice plant will be implemented or n0t…. They already have petiti0ns… And public outcry..aside fr0m that . i was talking to this particular pers0n and i ask her if the said plan will be pursue… She said… The capitalista keep thingking of it over again because they gather informati0n that their is already a public hearing and the people of c0mmunity will do their best to make this plan thrown up. I am hoping for the best to my beloved town.

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  5. GRABE MANAMI GID AH GOOD JOB TO THOSE WHO ARE SINCERELY DOING THIS OF POSTING PHOTOS THANKS FOR YOUR GREAT EFFORT. HMMM AKO BALA MAULI AKO TAPOS HUNTING AKO KANG AKION MAGIGING ASAWA BASI RAKO SA NOUGAS ISLAND NAGAPANAGO LANG SA MGA KAKAHUYAN KAG SA MGA KAUGATAN KAG ANO GANI NGA TREE BALA SA DAGAT HAW NGA RAKO ANG UGAT NA AHAHAH NAKALIMUTAN KO HALA AHAHAHHA SENSIYA NA PO IT HAS BEEN 10 YRS TOGO SINCE I HAVENT VISIT ANII-Y,ANTIQUE,,PERO YESS IF POSSIBLE AS YOU CAN PLEASE POST MORE PHOTOS OF ANINI-Y,ANTIQUE PHILIPPINES WITH DIFFERENT VIEWS AYY NAKUPAG-UWI KO MAG TOUR TLGA AKO ANG PAGBABALIK NI EHEHE…I LOEYOU ALL MY FAMILY NAMELY ATE BHING2X LYDIA S.NAVA,MARYJANE SALCEDO,JUNIOR SALCEDO,MAMA AYA BALANZA,BASTA MGA FAMILY KO SA ANINI-Y ANTIQUE PHILIPPINES I MISSED YOU ALL TOO MUCH…..

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  6. Hi,
    Thanks a lot for posting this photos hmm I LOVED it,its like making me feel to be back HOME again in LOVELY place only you can find it in ANINI-Y,ANTIQUE,PHILIPPINES,Daw sa MAULI GID AKO BAHHH kakamiss gid ang ANTIQUE SOBRA lalo na ang SIRAAN HOT SPRING, kag ang NOUGAS ISLAND,ayy abaw gid super NAHIDLAW man gid ako mauli ron gid ako sa year 2012 ahhh.MORE PHOTOS OF NOUGAS AN SIRAAN PLEASE I LOVE IT SO MUCH,SANA MA IMPROVE PA LALO.

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  7. wow grabe, nami gd ang antique kaya. hahaha, that’s my hometown how i wish makapuli pgd q dah thanks sa mga pix. almost 2 yrs na wiz q nakapuli, hay MAULI GD Q SA ANTIQUE. KAHIRIDLAW GD TANA. hehehe chorvaness!

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  8. i came from san jose antique; really surprised for the great progress in this place how do i love this sight,,, really beautiful wish to be there also, and hope to be soon….wising good lucks to all people in allanini-y …..thanks for sharing this great place….hope to see more developments….

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  9. napakaganda na pala ng lugar na dati namin tinatambayan ng mga barkada ko,pag may b-day ang isa o kahit anong ukasyon noon jan ang punta namin,..at kasama dn ako ni Francisco Torrevilla sa paggawa nga pool ta mga jacuzzi na yan. yup! that was 1981..i was in 2nd yr high schl. summer vac. noon kaya kailangan kung magtrabaho,para may pambili ng mga gamit sa schl.sa pasukan,..napakaganda na ng lugar namin..pls post more pix of anini-y,maraming mga magagandang tanawin jan sa bayan namin..thanks and GOD BLESS to all us…

    napaganda na pala ng siraan hot spring jan ako pinanganak sa brgy nato na may sakop ng lugar na yan..at kasama dn ako ni Francisco Torrevilla na gumawa ng pool at mga jacuzzi na yan,.that was 1981..yup! i was in 2nd yr high schl at that time..4 yrs na kong di nakauwi..and a lot of things was change in my home town..thanks for posting the beautiful spot of anini-y…god bless to all of us..

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  10. wow nice shots… i haven’t been there… but on saturday april 10, our family will celebrating our reunion at sira-an hot spring… nami daw xa as in… really excited to be there…

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  11. Hi!

    Nice photos….I’d like to ask permission if I can use your photos in my video presentation about tourist spots in Antique. I encountered this site and I really like the photos you have taken.

    Thank you so much.

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  12. napakaganda na ngayon ang lugar na ito and fyi kasama ako sa gumawa ng mga pool na yan last 1981. Bagaman ito ay hindi masyadong naririnig at nakikita sa mga publications kagaya ng borakay island na nasa Antique rin subalit marahil ang lugar na ito ay mayroong potential upang maituturing na isa sa maaring maipinagmamalaki ng bayan ng anini-y dahilan upang ito ay mabigyan ng pansin ng mga taong bagaman ay hindi naninirahan dito ngunit mayroong hangaring maging maunlad ang bayang ito. Ipagpatuloy nating alagaan ang kalinisan at kaayusan sa lugar na ito. . . . . . . Mabuhay !!!!! . . .

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  13. totoo ba yan lahat na ganyan na ang siraan hot spring..sana nman mas lalo pang gaganda ang view,bkit iyong ibang beach hindi nyo nilagay sa website like puti beach in tagimtim tobias fornier antique,more pictures about our province like mountaine and native cultures,picture nice place….thnx for the first time antique is her in website..

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  14. i’m just looking if there were any pictures or articles about my place, called Lawigan San Joaquin, Iloilo and delighted to see a picture of our church, Lady Salvacion Parish.

    thank you for taking it, and beautiful too!!

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  15. Dear Bob and Carol,
    I need to tell you that I really like going to your website for it gives more prospective of what’s happening around Visayas Island. I grew up in Bacolod but my heart belongs to Antique. Since childhood we usually visit Tobias Fornier for my mother’s relative lived there. I remembered Anini-y hot spring and Nogas Island very well when it is still not gated and owned by the town. Since I married an American it’s along way for retirement yet but I already told him I want us to retire in Negros. But he prefers to stay in Tobias Fornier which give me a second thought he is a New Yorker really a city guy, although he lived in Honolulu most of his younger times. I asked him to visit your site and he did. It is easy for me to let him weigh things now and then. As i said to him as long we are healthy life is better in Phils… We go home once in awhile hope our path will meet I’m sure he likes to see someone to be in his shoes…do you know how to speak Ilongo now ….or Tagalog… Keep writing the pictures are nicely taken too….Take care

    Stella

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