Location: Barangay Libang, Makato, Aklan
Type: Fan horsetail

I have long planned my ten-day Panay Island Trip. For several instances, I have tweaked my itinerary. Then on the day itself, I have to change it again on the fly. When I arrived at Roxas Airport, I was unable to claim my tripod. It turned out that the staff of the Philippine Airlines at NAIA 3 failed to load it in the same flight (2P 201). So, I proceeded to Kalibo, Aklan via Batan to visit the Kalantiaw Shrine.

Salimono Falls in Makato, AklanAfter I have checked in at a pension house, I was raring to go for an adventure. So, I went to Makato, a town nine kilometers west of Kalibo, to visit Salimono Falls. At the town proper, I hired a tricycle to bring me to Barangay Libang, a village seven kilometers south of Makato.

Salimono Falls in Makato, AklanAs I was walking along the trail going to the falls, I saw two little children playing around and I asked them if they could accompany me going to the falls and they gamely agreed. Along the trail, I met several local folks who readily flashed me their genuine smiles. Then in the middle of our trek, I got the scare of my life as there was a two-meter snake that just crossed our path.

Salimono Falls in Makato, AklanForty five minutes after we left Barangay Libang, we have finally reached Salimono Falls. Imagining if the volume of water flow on that day was similar to Tarangban Falls in Calbayog City, I would have seen the full majesty of Salimono Falls. At 80 feet in height, that would be totally and completely overwhelming! It did just happen on that day, though. It was beautiful nonetheless.

Maybe one day I should visit Salimono Falls and finally see the full brunt of a roaring 80-foot waterfall.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry’s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls. Also, this is part of his July 30-August 8, 2013 Panay Island Backpacking Trip.


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