Island Hopping Sibay Island, Antique
Sibay Island is 1 hour by boat from our dive center on Boracay Island. It is 43 kilometers (23 nautical miles) away, heading 69° on the compass.
The snorkeling depth is 12 meters (40 feet) to 15 meters (50 feet). Crystal clear waters provide high visibility exceeding 30 meters (100 feet). You will definitely want to bring your underwater camera for that!
Snorkeling Sibay Island is a must-do activity when you are on vacation in Boracay. But, snorkeling is by no means the only activity on Sibay Island.
Snorkeling a Unique Tropical Island Tour
You should do the hike from Bacong Beach up the cliff to the cave of Laking Landos, an early Sibay Island resident. Legend says that he demanded people inter his bones in there after his death. Now, if anyone attempts to move his bones, sudden severe weather prevents them. People also say that they still hear his voice all the way to Napay Beach. Napay Beach, named after his wife, is 30 minutes away by boat.
Like Laking Landos, Zoilo Janairo Aguinaldo was an early Sibay Island resident. He was a brother of the President of the First Philippine Republic, Emilio Aguinaldo. The family used the name Janairo for anonymity. The Janairo family owned about 90% of this tropical island. You can still visit the Janairo Heritage House and still view family photos in the living room. You can also ride horses for free at the Nasurahan Farm Ranch behind the house.
For more activities, go on a hike to the highest cliff on Sibay Island. If the weather permits, you can see as far as Mindoro Island, Panay Island, and Romblon Island. Then go toploading, which is riding on top of a jeepney. While toploading, you can view wild cows, wild carabaos (water buffalo), wild horses, and fruit-eating birds. There are about 3,000 hectares to explore. For a snack, stop to pick Indian mangoes, lumboy (java plums), and sineguelas (Spanish plums).
On your island tour, you can explore caves, cliff jump off the large rock on Bacong Beach, and go windsurfing. Off the white sand beach, you can jump from boats into the water. You can ride a flatboat through the mangroves and see wild monkeys. Also, you can go on a whale and dolphin watching tour between Sibay Island and nearby Caluya Island.
Your Sibay Island Excursion
Underwater conditions at Sibay Island favor large fishes. There are big walls, rich food sources, a good current, clean water, and no commercial fishing. Some of the aquatic life you may encounter includes:
- gorgonian (sea fan, sea whip)
- hard coral
- jackfish (jack, northern pike)
- ray, other
- seaweed (brown algae, green algae, red algae)
- soft coral
- whale shark
While on the boat to Sibay Island, do not forget to listen for the voice of Laking Landos!