Saturday, January 19, 2013

Concepcion: Natural Splendors of Sun, Sand and Sea

Bulubadiangan Island's main attraction is its sandbar, photo by Roy Gatpatan

CONCEPCION, Iloilo has some great island resorts with stunning white sands and tropical waters.It is one of Iloilo’s most beautiful ‘gifts of nature.’ Most of the islands are tasseled by white sand on the one side and old-growth mangrove forest on the other. The beaches are picture-perfect with cooling shady spots and beautiful deep-blue waters for good swimming. Best of all, you won't have to elbow for space.

Sandbar Beach Resort, photo by Norman Posecion (USA-CAP)

SANDBAR BEACH RESORT in Barangay Bulubadiangan is a satellite island of Barangay Polopina. It is known as the local’s favorite because of its beautiful long stretch of sandbar. It has picnic facilities and tent sites n face offshore Pan de Azucar.

AGHO ISLAND is a privately owned island measuring almost eight (8) hectares and offers white sandy beach with turquoise water. If you love swimming and snorkeling, the island assures  these experience to be unforgettable. And for a romantic getaway, it is the perfect private getaway to slip away on your own romantic adventure.

TAMBALIZA ISLAND is famous for its landmark, Mt. Manaphag or popularly known as Pan de Azucar. There is plenty of lush greenery and the ocean is a beautiful greenish hue that merges into a dark blue out in the open waters.

BAGO SIPOL ISLAND is astonishing and almost indescribable. The waters ranges from the palest aquamarine and turquoise to the deepest sapphire matched with its sparkling white sand. Tourist who enjoys swimming and snorkeling are drawn to this exotic island.

TAKOT LUTAW REEF in Barangay Polopina is one of theMarine Protected Areas of Concepcion.The surrounding water is protected by a 10-hectare reef. Colorful corals are clustered in this area. Some of the areas are perfect for scuba diving adventure where one can get a bird's eye view of the coral formations in varieties of shapes and sizes. The best time to go is in the morning.

photo by Norman Posecion (USA-CAP)

Tambaliza Eco-Park and Resort in Barangay Tambaliza is one of the most important areas for an ecological experience. Visitors will enjoy their relaxing stroll along a boardwalk over a natural Mangrove preserve.. Overlooking are the surrounding Island of Botlog and the imposing Mt. Manaphag. The area has major board-walking or guided nature trail activities; upon docking at the eco-park’s main entrance, and; going through the reserve area. Amenities include three (3) cottages that can accommodate 25 persons at every cottage; 1 pavilion; two (2) open cottages. Entrance fee is P20.00 for a whole day visit at the park. Getting to the Tambaliza Eco-Park and Resort, tourists need to take a motorized boat at the municipal wharf and head towards Barangay Tambaliza. For more information please contact Rolinda de Julian at 09395032408.

Concepcion is full of exciting places that many of us do not remember to visit. Surely, its beautiful island barangays is one destination that would make tourists remember all their lives.

Concepcion is 111.4 kilometers north of Iloilo City. It has a land area of 9,702 hectares comprised of 25 barangays of which 16 are component islands. To get to the town, air-conditioned busses are available daily at the Northern Central Iloilo Transport Terminal, Inc. in Barangay Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City. For more information, please contact, Mr. Jim Pendon – Municipal Tourism Officer at 09997710086.

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