A photo narrative of our trip from Iloilo City to Sira-an Hot Springs in Anini-y, Antique Province.
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.
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!
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.
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
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Anini-y, Antique, PhilippinesMore on Nogas Island here.