Top things to do

Top Choice River in Pandan

Malumpati River

One of the most striking natural features in the Western Visayas, the astonishing Malumpati River emerges from nowhere in the midst of the jungle, a perfectly clear and beautiful turquoise, before flowing to the sea…
Top Choice Club in Boracay

Area 51 Secret Party Facility

Apart from having one of the greatest club names ever, Area 51 is (low voice) the only underground party spot on the island. Its schedule is appropriately linked to the phases of the moon, ie there are full-moon an…
Top Choice Beach in Boracay

White Beach

With its glorious, powdered-sugar sand, White Beach is the centre of the action in Boracay and the only sight most visitors ever see. Beach locations are defined relative to three former boat stations, where bangka…
Top Choice Monument in Roxas

Sacred Heart of Jesus Shrine

Occupying a hilltop location about 1.5km from the bus terminal is this enormous new statue of Jesus. The builders claim it's 132ft tall, but this is highly debatable! Originally the hands were supposed to be outst…
Top Choice Church in Iloilo

Miagao Church

Built between 1787 and 1797, this impressive church, with its striking pyramidal towers, served as a fortress against Muslim raiders. Damaged over the years by fighting, fire and earthquakes, it was finally restored…
Top Choice Cafe in Boracay

Sunny Side Cafe

If you're looking for breakfast outside your hotel, come here first. You'll be amazed by the depth of the cuisine at this contemporary beachfront cafe, where even standard entries get a fresh spin. It's known for i…
Top Choice International in Iloilo

Wawa Heritage Restaurant

Now here's what this city needs more of. Situated amid the historic homes of Jaro, this charming locavore's delight feels like a 19th-century living room, and serves a tasty mix of Filipino, Chinese and Spanish 'he…
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Iloilo

Camiña Balay nga Bato

This beautifully restored Spanish home (1865) offers private tours of the upstairs living area (P150, minimum five people) and a downstairs shop where the ancient art of weaving hablon cloth is practiced. The shop …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Boracay

Aplaya

This open-air Mediterranean restaurant and mellow beach bar is Boracay at its best. Design furniture inside, beanbag chairs on the sand, a massive tropical drink menu, ambient grooves, uber-cool sheesha pipes and e…
Top Choice Italian in Kalibo

Primavera

With big portions, a long specials menu, outdoor seating and a wine list, this new restaurant a few blocks east of Pastrana Park has raised the bar in Kalibo. The air-con doesn't hurt either. Think classic pastas,…