Antique: Nogas Island, Anini-y
Nogas is lighthouse island off the shore of Brgy. Siraan Anini-y, Antique. The journey to Antique is as exciting as it can be, as we get in the bus at Molo Terminal and hear a different sway and “rrr,” we knew we are off to an exciting adventure. We took the Ceres bus bound for San Jose, but you must check it first, ask for the one that passes by Siraan. The people of Panay are the nicest, helpful and kindhearted, always ready to help and give you the right direction.
We got down at the Siraan Hot Spring, at the gate there are Municipal Tourism staff who will assist you. You have to pay an entrance fee of Php60.00 per person that is for the Siraan Hot Spring and Php 20.00 per person for the environmental fee at Nogas Island. A boat ride to the island is Php 500.00 good for 10 persons which you have to give directly to the boatman.
Most of the time visitors bring food with them and have picnic in the island, but for us, we just take a walk to the lighthouse and had snacks. Kuya Bangkero waited for us. One of the must do in Nogas Island is a walk in the Kalachuchi lined path leading to the lighthouse.
Along the way we can hear a medley of different birds singing and as we get closer to the lighthouse we saw birds flying from the trees. As I walk to the lighthouse, I say a little prayer; "that may the island retains its beauty and charm, and I am grateful for the chance of exploring Nogas Island."