Iloilo’s unique cultural heritage, historical importance and pristine natural resources are the points of interest of tourist destinations for sightseeing and other activities. Museums, religious shrines, historical landmarks are scattered throughout the province of Iloilo. Natural wonders such as waterfalls, beaches, etc. offer tourists more than sightseeing. Tourists can engage in swimming, scuba diving and other activities in these destinations.
Iloilo has several attractions such as landmarks and museums for tourists who are on a sightseeing tour of history and culture. Museo Iloilo has a collection of artifacts and art pieces from as early as pre-Spanish times to Spanish colonial period. Also featured in Museo Iloilo are geological specimens of fossils, rocks and shells. Modern art by Ilongo artists are also showcased here. Plaza Libertad in downtown Iloilo City is another historic place. This site is the place of the flag raising of the First Philippine Republic after Spain surrendered Iloilo in 1898. Also, the streets of downtown Iloilo especially J.M. Basa Street and Calle Real has many structures that were built during the Spanish and American Colonial periods. Meanwhile, La Villa de Arevalo, which is located southwest of Iloilo City, is where Alcadia de Panay is found. This place was a Spanish settlement that was attached by English explorer Sir Thomas Cavendish back in the 16th century. The town of Jaro is another interesting place to visit. This town has many old colonial houses and antique shops.
Churches can be found around the province. Visiting these churches gives sightseeing tourists a chance to see church architecture and the religious life of the people of Iloilo. Molo Church is an example of Gothic Renaissance architecture of a church made of coral rock. Tigbauan Church, southwest of Iloilo City, boasts of its baroque fa’ade. Miag-ao Church, on the other hand, has a fa’ade designed with botanical motif. Other churches that are noteworthy to visit are the Guimbal Church, Cabatuan Church and Janiuay Church.
Destinations for activities other than sightseeing are also abundant in Iloilo. Blessed with natural wonders, Iloilo has beaches, waterfalls, lakes, mountains that offer tourist to engage in swimming, hiking, trekking, diving, snorkeling and exploring. Sicogon Island boasts of white sand beaches ideal for swimming. While Nasidman and Calabasa Islands are ideal places for fishing. Scuba diving is an ideal activity in Cataan Cove. The marine garden of the cove has many interesting aquatic life. Nadsajan Falls, Darangkulan Waterfall, Nagpana Falls and San Juan Falls are waterfalls around the province that boasts of cool waters cascading down majestic rock formations amidst lush vegetation.