Aside from the famous Boracay Island, there is an eco-tourism attraction that’s worth a visit in Aklan, Philippines. The Bakhawan Eco-Park is a mangrove forest located in Brgy. New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines. It is a joint-project of the government and several non-government organizations to create a mangrove reforestation in Brgy. New Buswang to prevent flood and storm surges. It is dubbed as one of the Philippines’ most successful mangrove reforestation project. The word “bakhawan” literally meant “mangrove” in their local dialect.
How to get there
From Kalibo, take a tricycle going to Bakhawan Eco-Park in Brgy. New Buswang.
The Eco-Park is open for tourists from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. They require an entrance fee of Php 150.00 for the maintenance of the park. It is operated by the Kalibo Save the Mangroves Association Inc. (KASAMA)
The Eco-park is a 1-kilometer trail of bamboo bridge that will take you deep into the mangrove forest. Several flowers and plants can already be seen at the start of the trail.
Aside from the mangrove trees, the Eco-park also develops cultures of Crab, Bangus (milkfish) and Pla-pla (bigger Tilapia fish).
The end of the 1-kilometer bamboo trail features a sandbar. Tourists can go and enjoy the sandbar with the use of bamboo rafts or kayaks.
The successful Mangrove Reforestation Project gives the locals a security during natural calamities like storm surge and flash floods and also provides a source of income. The Eco-Park is a huge contribution to the environment and it helps make the Philippines an eco-friendly and greener country.