Half-day Gigantes Islands getaway

Want to go to a beautiful beach but only have a short leave from work? There’s no problem with that – Gigantes Islands is a worthy weekend getaway

Angela Nicolas

Published: 3:34 AM August 8, 2017

Updated: 2:5 AM August 9, 2017

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

GIGANTES LIGHTHOUSE. Reaching the top of the lighthouse reveals a breathtaking view of the sea.

The lighthouse was originally built by the Spaniards but it has been replaced by the Japanese after it was destroyed by a typhoon.

SUNRISE. People love to watch the sun set from the lighthouse.

7:00 am - 8:00 am - Caving at Bakwitan Cave

BAKWITAN CAVE. It takes 10 minutes to get into the cave.

8:00 - 8:30 am - Breakfast

8:30 - 11:30am - Island hopping

ISLAND HOPPING. Tourist can lounge and swim before heading to the sandbar.

We headed first to Bantigue Sandbar. We were fortunate to see this island because the sandbar is only accessible during low tide.

Cabugao Gamay

Bantigue Sandbar is superb but the next island that we visited, Cabugao Gamay, blew my mind away. I was stunned by this little paradise. 

Tanke Lagoon

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.

Antonia Beach

PARADISE. Antonia Beach is known for its rich marine life and fun activities.
TAKE A WALK. Walking around the beach makes you relax and appreciate the nature even more.
NEXT STOP, BULUBUDIANG ISLAND. Bulubudiang Island offers a shorter sandbar and more rock formations.

This island also serves as an extension of Hideaway resort wherein guests can choose to stay.

Food to eat

SEASHELLS. There's a lot of sea shells to enjoy in the island: Scallops and Oyster.

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