Best Things to Do in Capiz

The Seafood Capital of the Philippines

Located at the northeastern part of Panay Island, facing the Sibuyan Sea to its north, Capiz also borders Aklan to the north and Iloilo City to the south, with Roxas City as its capital. Known as the birthplace of former President Roxas, is it the second largest city in Panay Island.

The Province, billed “Seafood Capital of the Philippines”,  is widely known for the oyster shell and its namesake, Capiz, commonly used in the country for decorative purposes, furniture making, and as accessories.

Capiz is home to the famed coral-stone Santa Monica church in the town of Panay that holds the largest church bell in the whole of Asia. According to Capiznons, the church bell which measures seven feet in diameter and weighs over ten thousand kilos, is made out of 70 sacks of gold and silver coins donated by the townsfolks.

Being one of the main tourist attractions of the beautiful province, the Roxas City government and the Capiz Provincial capitol take extreme measures in the maintaining these destinations.

Explore Capiz : Roxas City Tourist Spots

Time to experience natural beauty luxuriously in Capiz. When planning to travel, we commonly search for great beaches, yummy food, and relaxing views, to name a few. If you are looking for just that, you are on the right page! Let us give you a tour of the humble province of Capiz.

Capiz’s capital is Roxas City, but did you know that Capiz was once part of Akean, now known as Aklan? Then, the province was called Ilaya, and Capiznons were once called Ilayahon or Ilayanon.

To know more about our province, let’s continue exploring what you can do in Capiz.

Your Guide To Exploring Capiz

Visit Capital City of Capiz, Roxas City

Roxas City is one of the most progressive city located in Western Visayas region. Known as the capital city of Capiz province, it plays a multifaceted role as the economic, cultural, and administrative center.

Its significance is evident in its contributions to the province’s heritage, economy, tourism, and overall quality of life for its residents.

A venerable religious landmark in the heart of the city

In the city center, you can find the Roxas City Plaza, surrounded by eight heritage monuments. One of Roxas City’s heritage monuments is the Roxas Cathedral, formally called the Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral.

It is a venerable religious landmark in the heart of the capital city. The cathedral, boasting neoclassical architecture, serves as a profound testament to the enduring faith and spiritual legacy woven into the community’s fabric.

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Other religious sites include the Jesus Christ shrine or the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a one of a kind 132-foot giant statue of Jesus Christ in Roxas City and the Panay Church.

Accessibility through an efficient transport system

Roxas City serves as a transportation hub, providing access to various parts of Capiz and neighboring provinces via arterial roads like the Roxas City-Panay Road. The Roxas Airport is a gateway to this thriving city, facilitating seamless connectivity and welcoming travelers to the region.

Further discussing the city’s accessibility, the iconic Capiz Bridge, also known as the Roxas City Bridge, serves not only as a vital transportation link but as a symbol of connectivity and heritage.

Culinary destination

Dubbed the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines,” Roxas City is also known as a culinary destination known for its delectable seafood offerings, particularly the famous Capiz oysters.

Positioned along the coast, Roxas City serves as a gateway to the province’s natural wonders. Visitors can explore nearby eco-tourism destinations like the Capiz ecology park, and pristine beaches like Baybay Beach and scenic parks, contributing to the city’s appeal as a tourist destination.

Go Beach Hopping, Island Hopping or River Cruise

Apart from its rich culture, Capiz is blessed with natural beauty, featuring pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and captivating coastal areas as part of its long roster of tourist spots.

The province’s geographical diversity offers residents and visitors opportunities for relaxation and exploration, from idyllic beaches to serene attractions.

Baybay Beach 

A Coastal Gem

Perched on the pristine coastline of Roxas City, Capiz, Baybay Beach unfolds as a coastal gem, offering a serene escape and a vibrant tapestry of local life. The golden sands stretch expansively along the Sibuyan Sea, inviting visitors to indulge in the simple pleasures of a beachside haven.

Beyond its natural beauty, Baybay Beach is a destination that appeals to those seeking adventure and cultural immersion.

It’s an incredible place for those with a range of interests, from sunbathing and beach volleyball to kayaking and paddleboarding. Whether you seek a laid-back day of sunbathing, an active day of water sports, or an immersive cultural experience, the beach accommodates a variety of preferences, ensuring a well-rounded and thrilling visit.

Mantalinga Island

The Goodluck Island

Mantalinga island, just one kilometer from Baybay beach, beckons scuba enthusiasts to explore the vibrant underwater world surrounding its pristine shores. The crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life make Mantalinga a must-visit destination for those seeking the thrill of underwater exploration.

This enchanting island earned the nickname “Good Luck Island.” Local fisherfolk consider it a source of fortune and prosperity.

Before embarking on their sea voyages, fishermen inscribe the names of their boats on the side of Mantalinga Island, a symbolic ritual believed to bring luck and bountiful catches.

Olotayan Island

Little Boracay

Olotayan Island stands as a hidden gem often referred to by locals as the “Little Boracay.” This enchanting destination mirrors the famed Boracay of Aklan with its pristine white sands and crystal-clear waters, gifting the province of Roxas with a truly blessed natural wonder.

This island is the best perfect example of an eye-catcher destination in Capiz. Capiznons call it Olotayan Island, based on a legend that tells the story of a giant whose body was struck by lightning.

As a result, his body parts were supposedly scattered all over the sea. Although the tale may sound gruesome, its result is a beautiful island that resembles the combination of the olo (head) and tyan (stomach), thus its name.

River Cruise

Another must do activity when visiting Roxas City Capiz and the Panay Island is the scenic river cruise along the Panay River. Take lovely pictures with friends and loved ones with breathtaking views as backdrop.

There is a seafood spread for lunch after on the boat or after the river cruise around the shore, some of the sandbars, and in stationary floating cottage. Enjoy traditional performances and even massages while basking on natural beauty.

Satisfy Your Food Cravings

Photo by Mike Bergmann on Unsplash | Delicious seafood and street food

Who doesn’t love mukbang? Capiz has a variety of seafood and other delicious and pleasurable dishes for you to try. Below are some local restaurants so you can check them on your next Capiz travel.

Angel Wing Shell (or Diwal)

One of the native delicacies associated with Capiz is the “Capiz Shell” or “Diwal,” which refers to a type of mollusk known as the Angel Wing Shell.

It is a bivalve mollusk known for its sweet and succulent meat, making it a sought-after ingredient in local cuisine. The flavor is delicate, and the texture is tender when properly cooked.

Diwal Diwal is prepared in various ways, with grilling and cooking in coconut milk being popular methods. Grilling enhances the natural sweetness of the meat, while cooking in coconut milk adds richness and depth to the flavor.

Uga (or Dried Fish)

Uga, also known as dried fish, a beloved culinary treasure in Capiz, represents the province’s rich seafood heritage. It is characterized by its distinctive appearance, with various types of fish undergoing a meticulous drying process.

Fishermen in Capiz expertly prepare these delectable morsels by exposing them to the sun, salt, and air, resulting in a perfectly dried and preserved product.

The drying process not only enhances the fish’s shelf life but also concentrates its flavors, creating an intense and savory profile.

Visit the Roxas City public market to purchase these one of a kind seafoods and shell fishes. Better yet, partake from a seafood spread from some of the market side eateries and restaurants.

Drop by Cafe Terraza, located in Pueblo de Panay, Lawa-An, Roxas City, Capiz. The restaurant is situated on top a hill where visitors get to enjoy the amazing view of the city and other municipalities. Enjoy al fresco dining as you partake of the restaurant’ s specialties like baked oysters and scallops, seafood kare-kare, and calamares.

Other things to do in Capiz : Witness Breathtaking Views

Photo credits: Road to Forever – Jamindan Capiz Facebook Page
Photo credits: Road to Forever – Jamindan Capiz Facebook Page

If you’re not a fan of beach travel or moving around the city, and all you want is serene nature views and a long drive, we recommend you to come and visit these top places.

Silab Batabat, Maayon Capiz

Silab Batabat is an overlooking, picture-perfect destination in Capiz. This spot is perfect if you want an adrenaline-driving experience on what the locals call Little Baguio.

From here, you can quite literally say that you are on top of the world while looking down at the whole Maayon scape right in front of your eyes. Book a motorcycle date up here with your loved ones on your next Capiz visit!

Road To Forever

Road to Forever is a trending travel spot that has become part of many tourists’ bucket lists. It is located in Jamindan, Capiz, quite a long drive away from the city, but it is worth the travel. If you wish to unwind, this perfect place awaits you.

When you’re visiting, you can bring your family, friends, or significant others. And if you don’t have a lover, this place might give you your forever.

Capiz Provincial Park

Capiz Provincial Park serves as a cherished retreat for locals and visitors alike. This expansive park has lush greenery, open spaces, and an inviting ambiance.

Whether strolling along its well-maintained pathways, enjoying a leisurely picnic on its manicured lawns, or partaking in sports and games at designated areas, the park provides a versatile haven for relaxation and outdoor enjoyment.

Culajao Mangrove Eco Park

Culajao Mangrove Eco Park, situated near Roxas City, offers a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty and ecological significance of mangrove ecosystems.

Beyond its natural allure, the eco park serves as an educational hub, featuring well-marked trails that guide visitors through the mangroves while providing insightful information about their ecological importance.

This allows guests to appreciate the delicate balance that mangrove ecosystems maintain in preserving coastal ecosystems and sustaining marine life.

Explore Historical Places

Capizeños treasure their local history, heritage sites, and legends dearly. Through preserved structures, places, and real or made-up stories, Capizeños remember their past and shape their future with the Tatak Capiz brand.

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Roxas Cathedral

The Roxas Cathedral, also known as Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral, is located right in the heart of Roxas City, next to the city plaza, the capitol, and the Roxas City Hall.

As the shadows of World War II cast a somber hue across the landscape, Roxas Cathedral emerged as a beacon of hope and solace for the people of Roxas City. Its sacred halls sheltered the faithful and provided a space for reflection amid the uncertainties of wartime.

With a rich history that has witnessed the evolution of Roxas City, Roxas Cathedral was recognized as a National Landmark in 1981, cementing its status as an integral part of Capiz’s historical tapestry.

Santa Monica Parish Church

The St. Monica Church’s architectural grandeur is a captivating blend of Spanish colonial influences and indigenous craftsmanship. It is a living testament to the enduring faith and cultural heritage of the Capizeños.

In 1997, the National Historical Institute of the Philippines bestowed National Landmark status upon St. Monica Church, alternatively known as Panay or Pan-ay Church. This national historical landmark is considered as the pride of Capiz, as it is one of the oldest churches in Panay Island.

Other places worth visiting

Other than the Roxas City Museum and Roxas Monument, learn of the city’s rich heritage from the Ang Panublion Museum. Check out Istorya Forest Garden, Paseo del Rio and bring home an amazing experience from this wonderful place. Most of these tourist attraction have minimal entrance fee. Some do not even charge at all.

You cannot leave Roxas City Capiz and the Panay Island without bringing home mementos other than fun memories and lovely pictures. Bring home a piece of the province from any cultural village, Teodoro Arcenas trade Center, the churches you will visit, and even the Roxas City public market.

Appreciate Culture and Art

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Just like any other place, Capiz makes products with passion and love. Aside from its fresh seafood, the province also has local delicacies, both savory and sweet.

Not to mention tons of canned and dried seafood exported around the globe. On top of these, Capiz also has a thriving community of unique arts and crafts. Let’s explore some of them!

Capiz Shells Or The Placuna Placenta Mollusk

Capiz shells rose to popularity as a good substitute for glass, having the same durability and translucency.

This shell was first used for decorations and windowpanes a thousand years ago—a tradition that Capiznons carried up to the present. 

The locals are proud to say that this product is one of the reasons why Capiz is known around the country and the world. Though there is a decline in the industry, you can still see some of it in Capiz as communities strive hard to keep this hand-crafted art alive.

Come home to Capiz every day, in Camella

Capiz is blessed with abundant and fresh seafood that sustains the Capiznons’ primary source of income. The province has miles and miles of sun-dried fish lying all over the coast. It also offers lots of fish variety that are often dried up to be sent all of the Philippines or even abroad.

Are you ready to explore Capiz? These are just some things you can do or discover when visiting the province.

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