The world-famous beach island of Boracay is just off the northern tip of Panay.
The region has many religious and cultural festivals including the Ati-atihan Festival in Kalibo and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo. both in January, and the MassKara Festival in Bacolod during October.
Four of the provinces in the region are mainly on Panay Island, though each of them also includes some smaller islands nearby:
- Aklan, includes the beach resort island, Boracay
- Iloilo, with Panay's largest city, Iloilo City
One province has an island to itself:
- Guimaras is a small island in the strait between Panay and Negros.
The Philippine government's administrative Region VI (Western Visayas) also includes Palawan further west, but Wikivoyage treats that as a separate region.
- Bacolod - A bustling city famous for its MassKara festival and chicken inasal.
- Iloilo City - Provincial capital of Iloilo, home of the famous Dinagyang Festival.
- Jordan (Philippines) - Provincial capital of Guimaras.
- Kalibo - Provincial capital of Aklan, gateway to the world famous Boracay.
- San Jose de Buenavista - Provincial capital of Antique
- Roxas City - Provincial capital of Capiz.
- Boracay - a highly developed and very popular beach resort area
- Mt. Kanlaon National Park
There are different local languages in the provinces of the region, all related but not mutually intelligible. Negros Occidental, Guimaras and Iloilo have Hiligaynon, Aklan has Akeanon, Capiz Capiznon, and Antique Kinaray-a.
Both Tagalog (main language of Luzon to the north, and an official language for the whole country) and Cebuano (main language of various areas to the south and east) are also moderately commonly spoken, though neither is native to this region. Foreign residents in this region sometimes prefer to learn one of them, rather than a local language, because they are more widely useful.
English is clearly understood by some and spoken by most of the middle and elite class.
- Miag-ao Church which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iloilo
- San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod