Panay island is our entry point to the Western Visayas Region in the Philippines.  Perhaps the first things that come to mind when thinking about Panay island are: Caticlan, the jump off point to get to Boracay, one of the Philippines most Popular tourist destinations, and Iloilo City, the capital city of the Spanish empire in Asia before it was ceded to the Unites States in 1898.

A number of roro ferries make Panay island accessible by road from the neighbouring islands and from Batangas, and as many other islands in the country do, it hides some very worthy riding treasures for any avid biker.

For anyone looking for something less crowded than the infamous Boracay, there is the Northwest Panay Peninsula Natural Park, which has a number of cozy beach-front lodging options in the Pandan area, not to mention a very enjoyable riding loop that can be completed in a few hours.

We usually get to Panay island on a roro from Bulalacao, as it allows us to enjoy the ride through Mindoro, and end the day at a solitary beach with beautiful sunsets over the Sulu Sea.  From Caticlan or Pandan, one can head towards Iloilo through the north and then head south, something we still need to explore, or alternatively, one can head down towards Antique, enjoying a fairly easy but beautiful coastal road before taking one of 2 very rewarding stretches of road in the island’s most southern tip.

On one hand there is the PC Barracks Rd (Antique – Iloilo Rd) with some very fun twisties (one of our favourite roads too!), and on the other, there is the road that will take you along the southern coast through Anini-y.

Either one of these roads, if not both, are something worth putting high up on any riders list when riding in the Philippines.

You can visit Panay with us when you book our Island Ride, Visayas Loop or Pan-Philippine Marathon, but do contact us if you’d like us to design a different itinerary for you.

Roro (Ferry) Information

You can get to Caticlan from Batangas (Luzon), Roxas (Mindoro) and Bulalacao (Mindoro).  (Please leave a comment if you have accurate information on these services).

Fastcat has 2 daily 3 hour long trips that leave Caticlan at 03:00 and 15:00 during rainy season and 2 more at 10:00 and 22:00 during dry season.

You can get to Iloilo from Manila (Luzon), Bacolod (Negros), Cebu, Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Guimaras and Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao).  (Please leave a comment if you have accurate information on these services).  Dumangas Port is only 30km north of Iloilo and can be a good alternative to get to and from Iloilo.

Fastcat has 4 daily 1 hour 40 minute long trips that leave Iloilo City at 02:00, 08:00, 14:00 and 20:00.

More info on Iloilo – Bacolod ferry and roro services here.

You can get to Iloilo from Manila (Luzon), Bacolod (Negros), Cebu, Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Guimaras and Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao).  (Please leave a comment if you have accurate information on these services).  Dumangas Port is only 30km north of Iloilo and can be a good alternative to get to and from Iloilo.

Montenegro Shipping Lines offer 6 daily trips that leave Dumangas Port at 00:00, 04:00, 08:00, 12:00, 16:00 and 20:00

More info on Iloilo – Bacolod ferry and roro services here.

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