Islas de Gigantes [ Isla de Gigantes ]
THINGS TO DO IN GIGANTES ISLAND | ISLAS DE GIGANTES TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Located in the beautiful province of Iloilo, Gigantes Island also known as Islas de Gigantes made a name in the tourism industry. Why wouldn’t it be? With the number of things to do in this place, I am pretty sure that as a visitor, you will also find this place equally scenic and beautiful just like the rest of the province.
Must read: Islas de Gigantes Travel Guide
Islas de Gigantes Tourist Attractions | Things to Do
Here are the top adventures which you may want to go to in visiting the Gigantes island.
Island Hopping in Islas de Gigantes
Since a large body of water surrounds the island, why not go for an island-hopping? The number of beaches gifted with equally unique beauty paired with the crystal clear water will make you want to explore more of the islands. From islands to cave adventure, the island-hopping adventure will indeed be an adventurous and memorable part of your trip. This will only take about half a day or even ¾ of the day to immerse on the activities fully.
Nearby the Bantigue island, you’ll find one of the best beaches in the area. Why? With its clear water plus the clean shore, your stay here will be more of a paradise-like visit. You have to sit on the coast and enjoy the view, or you may also take a swim or bath in the pristine clear water. Whatever your choice may be, the sea, view, and everything about this beach will never disappoint you.
Try the Fresh Seafood of Islas de Gigantes
Why not go for a meal filled with seafood dishes? Since the sea surrounds the area, it is no wonder that there is a lot of seafood available for sale. Either fresh or cooked. Plus, since the place is not crowded at all times, the price here tends to be cheaper than those that are being sold at the city center of Iloilo.
A lagoon called Tangke is one of the top tourist destinations here. The area of it may be small, but the emerald color of this lagoon is just really captivating. If I may suggest, come here when it is high tide so that you will see the overflowing water while people are taking a bath. Indeed, this place is picturesque at whatever angle.
Photo Opportunity at Cabugaw Gamay Island, Islas de Gigantes
A small island surrounded with white powdery sand matched with the calm waters. This other looking paradise island is one of the best-visited islands in the area. With its captivating natural beauty, it attracts every tourist to take a visit.
Relaxation at Antonia Beach
If you are more of a sightseeing type of person, then I recommend that you go to Antonia Beach. What makes this place extra beautiful is that it tends to be more serene and quiet. With its beautiful area and totality of the site, I know that you could find the much-needed secluded getaway that you are looking for.
Back in Time Tour at Old Lighthouse Ruins, Islas de Gigantes
This old lighthouse ruins will give you the impression that you are back in time. Why? This was built back in the Spanish era! You can head to the top part of it, and it would give you an impressive and at the same time captivating view of the sea.
Mystical Caves Exploration at Islas de Gigantes
The Pawikan Cave/Bakwitan Cave is a sight to behold. According to oral traditions, oversized coffins were discovered here before.
Those who are up for a more adventurous and death-defying activity may try the rock scrambling towards the top cliff called “Boulevard.” Though I haven’t tried this one yet personally, I was told that the view at the top is breathtaking. So, brave hearts can take this one as part of their trip.
Bantigue Island, Islas de Gigantes
Visit here during low tide and get a glimpse of the scenic sandbar! Take a walk in fine powdery sand while enjoying the crystal clear water on both sides is just perfect. On the shore, you may also look for scallops vendors and another sort of seafood. See? This is a high-tier adventure for me.
Visit the Northern Iloilo
If you feel that you’re still up for more beach hunting after Gigantes Island, then head to the northern part of the province, and I am sure that you will get what you are precisely looking for. Examples of which are Bulubadiangan Island, Agho, and Pan de Acuzar.
Taking on an adventure has never been this fun. Head to the Gigantes island and have an amazing and blissful summer vacation! Have a Happy Trip!
How to Get to Islas de Gigantes
The nearest airports to Carles are those that are in Roxas City and Iloilo City.
From Roxas City Airport to Islas de Gigantes
- The nearest airport to Carles is the one in Roxas City. From this city, it would only take approximately to hours to reach Carles.
- From Roxas Airport take a tricycle to the bus terminal. Tricycle in Roxas City would charge PHP 150 for a chartered trip.
- Take a Ceres Bus Bound for Carles. Travel time would take approximately 2 hours and would cost you approximately PHP 175.00. Tell the driver to drop you in Balasan. There are also Vans traveling to Carles which departs Roxas City as early as 6 am. Vans normally traveled fast and cheaper than the bus. But the bus, of course, is more comfortable.
The moment you reach Balasan, take a tricycle to Bancal Port which is the jump-off point for Gigantes Island.
From Iloilo City Airport to Islas de Gigantes
- From the Iloilo City Airport, take a taxi to Ceres Northbound Terminal in Jaro District. From the terminal take a bus bound for Balasan in Carles. Travel time is approximately 3-4 hours and would cost you approximately PHP 180.00. Similarly, there are Vans traveling to Bancal from Tagbak Terminal in Jaro, Iloilo. Vans are cheaper and travel fast than the bus. The Vans, however, will drop you off directly to Bancal Port. Buses and Vans leave Iloilo as early as 5 am.
Many visitors opt to go to Carles via Roxas City due to the proximity of the city to Carles. Many would spend a night in Roxas and would take the early trip to Carles the following day.
Listed below are useful guides to use when in Roxas City:
Since one of the entry points to Carles is the City of Iloilo, many travelers opt to explore the city before or after the trip.
- Jaro Metropolitan Cathedral | Our lady of Candles
- Camina Balay na Bato
- Things to do in Iloilo City
- Madge Cafe
- Dinagyang Festival
- Garin Farm
- La Paz Batchoy
- San Jose Church
- Miagao Church
- Popoy’s Original LaPaz Batchoy