ISLA GIGANTES is a group of islands found in the north eastern part of the Province of Iloilo. It is part of the Municipality of Carles, Iloilo. However, it can also be accessed through the Estancia Port, as well. Some of the popular islands in the area are: Cabugao Gamay Island, Tangke, Antonia Beach and Bantigue Island.
The place is not as popular as the well developed Islands of Boracay and Panglao but it boasts a beautiful seascape, clear waters, white sand beaches and fresh seafood.
Travel Time: It took us around 3 hours to get to Carles by bus. Then another 30 minutes to one-hour boat-ride to reach the Islands.
Accommodation: New Beach Head Resort, Barosbos, Carles, Iloilo
Friday Night: Dinner and overnight stay at New Beach head
Island Hopping at Isla Gigantes
– Tangke Lagoon
– Sand Bar
– Isla Antonia (lunch buffet)
– Cabugao Gamay
Port of Entry: Bancal Port, Carles, Iloilo
Port of Exit: Estancia Port
Ferry Boat Rent: Php7,000 (Sicogon trip included)
Maximum passenger: 20pax
Lunch buffet c/o Mr. Christopher Salao: Php150/pax
Environmental fee: Php75.00
– Tangke: Php20.00
– Cabugao Gamay: Php50.00
– Isla Antonia: Php40.00
Iloilo City to Carles : Php206.00
Estancia to Iloilo City: Php160.00
Alternative Route: Iloilo City to Balasan: Php160.00
Balasan to Carles – (No Data. My group was picked up from Balasan)
Sigocon Island is the place where the classic Filipino movie ” Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa.” was filmed. In the recent year, Ayala Properties purchased this Island to develop resorts. I think they are also developing it to be self-sustainable. When we went there, we learned that there is already an air-conditioned resort which consist of less than 10 cottages. Mind you, they are fully booked! And the rooms I think is very expensive. According to source, it’s about Php6, 000.00 per night. hmmm…