Altavas is generally peaceful. The people of Altavas are deeply religious, congenially friendly, hospitable, and respectful.
A hundred years ago, Altavas was just like one of the many barangays existing today. It was part of Batan town and also under the jurisdiction of the Municipality of New Washington (formerly called Lagatic). If Altavas, as it is today, has achieved the status of a regular municipality, it was purely accidental. It was the result of the constant threat of Moro pirates among the inhabitants along the seashores of Batan. Fearful of being molested by Moro Pirates, they moved inland and settled in the place which is now the Poblacion of Altavas. These evacuees later became the nucleus of the present population of the town.
Altavas is accessible by air, land and water transportation.
Travel to Aklan by air from Manila and Cebu. By jet, it takes 45 minutes from Manila five times daily. From Cebu, there is a flight every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
There are two domestic airport located in Aklan. Feeder airport in Caticlan (MPH IATA) through Philippine Airlines operates in Kalibo (KLO IATA) minor commercial domestic airport which is closer to Altavas.
The Poblacion or main district of the town of Altavas is about an hour’s ride from Kalibo, the Provincial Capital. Almost all barangays are interconnected by Barangay Roads.
By sea it takes 14 to 18 hours from Manila.
Altavas has two mini-wharves located in Brgy. Poblacion and in Sitio Guisi in Brgy. Odiong. Batan Port, one of the major ports in Aklan is 8 km away from the municipality.
Altavas is blessed with natural resources and scenic attractions, potential as tourist destinations once fully developed. The following are the attractions with their respective barangay or districts.
- Kipot Cave (Barangay Talon) -- kipot means "narrow"
- Suhot Cave (Barangay Talon) -- suhot means "to pass through"
- Macawiwili Falls (Barangay Cabugao)
- Agtutoe-an Water Falls (Barangay Talon)
- Veterans Park (Barangay Lumaynay)
- Quinasay-an, Quinasay-an, Altavas, Aklan.