Skip to main content

Islas de Gigantes

This trip to Islas de Gigantes sat long on the planning stage. But one fine day in October, we finally made it there. And it was everything I had heard and read about. The image above shows our approach to Cabugao Gamay Island.

Gigantes islands
Cabugao Gamay
This is the iconic photo of Islas de Gigantes. We scrambled up a hill to get this unobstructed view of Cabugao Gamay and the Visayan Sea. It's a good thing we arrived early in the morning before the selfie crowd got in.

This is the hue of the sea taken from Cabugao Gamay. How it nurtures the blue mind!

Cabugao Gamay
The white sand beach of Cabugao Gamay is free from debris. 

Bantigue sandbar, Gigantes islands
 Bantigue Island
Bantigue Island and its sandbar rises from the sea like a mirage. We stopped here for lunch of rice and fish.

Tangke lagoon, Gigantes islands
Saltwater Lagoon
The Tangke Saltwater Lagoon on Gigantes Sur is surrounded by towering limestone cliffs. It was still low tide when we got there.

Carles port, Iloilo
Carles Port
Scallops are only one peso each. But at Bancal Port in Carles, you can buy them by the bucket. And it is so succulent.

How to get there:
The closest gateway to Islas de Gigantes is Roxas City which is only an hour away from Bancal Port in Carles. There are passenger vans and buses leaving from the Punta Dulog Terminal in Roxas City to Balasan and connect by jeepney from there to Carles. From Carles, you take a boat or private motorized outrigger to the islands. Total travel time from Roxas City is approximately one hour and from Carles to Cabugao Gamay is about 45 minutes.

It takes approximately four hours by bus from Tagbak Terminal in Jaro, Iloilo to Carles.

Roxas City and Santa Barbara in Iloilo are served by both Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

Where to buy your ticket:
Pick up your ticket for the boat ride to the islands from the Municipal Tourism Office in Carles on Bancal Port. You also have to pay the environmental fee of P75.00. Purchase of ticket doesn't necessarily include entry to Tangke Saltwater Lagoon. For more information you may contact the office at tourismcarles@yahoo.com or call/text 09101249946.

We hired a private motorized outrigger through the Tourism Office since we were a group of five. It was nice to be able to decide which islands to visit. And the senior boatman was our guide and stayed with us until we got back to Bancal Port. The fare was P3500.00. Fare varies by group size.


*****

Images by TravelswithCharie

Popular posts from this blog

8 Heritage Houses of Iloilo

Lizares Mansion The province of Iloilo on the island of Panay has a rich trove of heritage houses, left over from the sugar industry boom in the 19th century. Iloilo also had the largest port in the Philippines at that time which facilitated the export of sugar to foreign shores and deposited money in the hands of the sugar barons. The barons dropped their earnings into the acquisition of properties in Negros and the construction of beautiful homes in Iloilo, many of which are located in the vicinity of the Jaro Cathedral. The Lizares Mansion was built in 1937 by Don Emiliano Lizares for his wife, Concepcion Gamboa and five children. The family fled to safety when World War II broke out and the house was occupied by the Japanese military. The family returned to the house after the war but left once again after the demise of Don Emiliano. It was sold to the Dominican order in the 1960s and was converted in 1978 to a private school, Angelicum School. The mansion now houses the

The Art of Carlos Botong Francisco - Progress of Medicine in the Philippines

Pre-colonial period Pag-unlad ng Panggagamot sa Pilipinas (The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines) is a group of four large-scale paintings depicting healing practices in the Philippines from pre-colonial times to the modern period. Carlos Botong Francisco was commissioned in 1953 by  Dr. Agerico Sison who was then the director of Philippine General Hospital (PGH) together with   Dr. Eduardo Quisumbing of the National Museum, Dr. Florentino Herrera, Jr. and Dr. Constantino Manahan. These oil on canvas paintings measure 2.92 meters in height and 2.76 meters in width (9.71 ft x 8.92 ft) and were displayed at the main entrance hall of PGH for over five decades. Owing to its location, the artworks were in a state of "severe deterioration" at the beginning of the 21st century from exposure to heat, humidity, dirt, dust, smoke, insect stains, grime, termites and an oxidized synthetic resin used in an earlier restoration. These canvases were restored three times, the last was

Filipino Struggles in History - Carlos Botong Francisco

In 1968, Antonio Villegas (then Mayor of Manila), commissioned Carlos "Botong" Francisco to paint the history of Manila for Manila City Hall. The series of large scale paintings was called  Kasaysayan ng Maynila  (History of Manila).  The paintings deteriorated over time and no attempt was made to preserve these historical canvases until 2013 when Mayor Amado Lim sent them to the National Museum for extensive restoration. Four years later, in 2017, Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada and the Manila City Council signed an agreement with the National Museum to leave the paintings at the museum so they may reach a larger audience in exchange for museum grade reproductions to replace the originals. Kasaysayan ng Maynila was later renamed Filipino Struggles in History and is now on display at the Senate Hall of the National Museum . Carlos "Botong" Francisco died in March 1969, a few months after completing the paintings. He is one of the first Filipino modernists and