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Altavas is a 4th class municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines.

Altavas is generally peaceful. The people of Altavas are deeply religious, congenially friendly, hospitable, and respectful. It has a police force of only 22 PNP personnel, however, Altavas has a zero crime rate for year 2002.

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.

Get in

Altavas is accessible both by air, land and water transportation.

By air

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) through Asian Spirit and Philippine Airlines operates in Kalibo(KLO) 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.see u there,

By water

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 port in Aklan is only 8 km away from the municipality.

By land

Majority of the national roads traversing the municipality are either concreted or asphalted, making travel from Iloilo, Capiz and Kalibo are convenient and fast.

There are 552 available transportation utilities stationed in the municipality which can be utilized for travel within and outside the municipality aside from the regular bus transportation (CERES and GMÂ’s) traversing to/from Kalibo and Iloilo City.

Get around


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)






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