This photo essay won MovePH's #SharePH 2017 summer contest. This originally appeared on X, Rappler's self-publishing platform.
MANILA, Philppines – Gigantes Islands or Islas de Gigantes is located in the Visayan Sea. It is part of the municipality of Carles in the northern part of Iloilo.
Where to stay?
In Gigantes Islands, we stayed at the Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn. Aside from accommodation, they also offer tour packages. They will assign an all-around tour guide for the guests.
Here’s my story and itinerary:
6:00 am - 7:00 am - Gigantes Norte Lighthouse
The lighthouse was originally built by the Spaniards but it has been replaced by the Japanese after it was destroyed by a typhoon.
7:00 am - 8:00 am - Caving at Bakwitan Cave
8:00 - 8:30 am - Breakfast
8:30 - 11:30am - Island hopping
We headed first to Bantigue Sandbar. We were fortunate to see this island because the sandbar is only accessible during low tide.
Bantigue Sandbar is superb but the next island that we visited, Cabugao Gamay, blew my mind away. I was stunned by this little paradise.
If we were fortunate to see the Bantigue Sandbar, we were unlucky to see the lagoon empty. In any case, we were very happy to experience walking around the lagoon that we even took a jump shot. According to Kuya Bryan, we were his first guests who did it.
This island also serves as an extension of Hideaway resort wherein guests can choose to stay.
Food to eat
Fortunately, the package offered by the Gigantes Tourist Inn already includes food.
How to get there via Iloilo:
Ride a jeepney to Tagbak Terminal
Ride a van at Tagbak Terminal to Estancia or Carles Port
How to book your tour:
Contact Joel Escalano of Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn at +63 918 468 5006. – Rappler.com
By Angela Nicolas Originally published under Rappler X