The Bakhawan Eco Park is located in Bachaw Sur, Kalibo in Aklan Province. The term ‘bakhawan’ means mangrove, and the Bakhawan Park is hoem to literally thousands of mangrove trees. The mangroves provide shelter and make it a hospitable shelter for various marine life. The 170 hectare preserve was built in the 1990’s to address the frequent flooding in the town and aims to protect and maintain the rich ecosystem of the community of Kalibo. An 800-meter boardwalk takes visitors deep into the mangrove park. There is a small colorful boat tied at the end of the footbridge, as if waiting for travelers who want to further explore nature’s beauty. Be sure to reach the end of the path of the lush forest mangrove to get the fascinating view of the sea. The serenity that this place brings is more than enough to stay in this town. The Bakhawan ecopark can be reached in 20 minutes by tricycle or private vehicle from the town proper. Entrance to the ecopark costs P100 per adult while students pay only P50 (effective November 2014).
The Bakhawan Ecopark can be easily reached by a tricycle ride from anywhere in the town. Visitors are advised to arrange for a return transportation ahead as the road leading to the park are not regularly passed through by public vehicles.