Buruanga is a municipality in the province of Aklan, Philippines, to its north is where Malay, Aklan and to its south is where municipality of Libertad, Antique is located while to its west lies Cuyo Sea. See Buruanga's for its beautiful mangroves as well as beautiful rock formations which makes it one of the Off the beaten path destinations.
The locals are called Akeanons/Aklanons and most of them are literate.
English and Filipino is widely spoken and understood. Buruanganon is the dialect spoken which is radically different from the rest of the Ilonggo-speaking provinces in the Panay Island. Hiligaynon/Ilonggo and Kinaray-a are also spoken and understood albeit by a huge minority.
Buruanga is reachable by two airports; Kalibo International Airport(IATA: KLO | IATA: RPVK) in Kalibo is served by flights from Manila, Seoul-Incheon and Taipei-Taoyuan by Cebu Pacific, Mandarin Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Zest Airways.
While Caticlan Airport (Formally; Godofredo P. Ramos Airport) (IATA: MPH | IATA: RPVE) in Caticlan is served by flights from Busuanga, Manila, Cebu, Clark, Naga (seasonally) by Cebu Pacific, PAL Express/Air Philippines and SEAIR.
Getting in and out: Get to Buruanga from Caticlan/Kalibo by bus or boat and vice versa if you're going out of Buruanga. Shuttle Bus will cost ₱100 and up from the Terminal Airport at Kalibo.
Vans cost about ₱100 per person; from Kalibo to Buruanga and vice versa and the trip approximately takes 2 hours and vice versa.
A Jeepney from Caticlan to Buruanga takes about 25 to 30 minutes and will cost you about ₱10-13.
A trip from San Jose, Mindoro to Buruanga which lasts for 6 hours at the price of ₱600 departs and arrives in Alegria port every Wednesday. From Caticlan, a boat trip will last for 20-30 minutes for getting to Buruanga.
Buruanga features its own Town Fiesta on May 8 and on June 13 is the Atiatihan Festival. Boracay, the world reknowned for its beautiful white beaches, is about 30 minutes away from Buruanga through the port of Caticlan. Buruanga is the former mother town of Boracay, Malay in Aklan.
The Ati-Atihan Festival is a feast held in honor of the Santo Niño held annually in January concluding on third Sunday, in the town of Kalibo, Aklan in the Philippines.
It is the wildest among Philippine fiestas and considered as the Mother of All Philippine festivals. Celebrants paint their faces with black soot and wear bright, outlandish costumes as they dance in revelry during the last three days of this two week-long festival. Catholics and non-Catholics alike observe this special day with processions, parades, dancing, and merrymaking.
Piña Cloth (a must buy), Banana Chips, Coconut Products, Fresh Fish, Fruits and Vegetables, Dried Fish, Mangoes, Rambutan, Lansones, Furniture Products and recycled paper products.
The Municipal Tourism Hotel located in Buruanga features its own in-house restaurant and many local restaurants in the nearby area. Buffet party is also available every Friday and special occassions.
Alcohol is cheap like everywhere in the Philippines, and during the alcohol-fueled days of the Atiatihan - it is very much readily available at supermarkets, convenience stores and corner stores. Fruit juices are widely available and made fresh from the abundance and proximity of fruit-producing provinces including Aklan.For some local brew tuba; fermented coconut wine, is popular amongst the locals (usually in far-flung barangays) and might be worth the taste if you are offered one.