Iloilo My Love – Isla Gigantes & Sicogon Island Tour

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

Itinerary:
Friday Night: Dinner and overnight stay at New Beach head

Saturday:
Island Hopping at Isla Gigantes
– Tangke Lagoon
– Sand Bar
– Isla Antonia (lunch buffet)
– Cabugao Gamay

Sicogon Island

Port of Entry: Bancal Port, Carles, Iloilo
Port of Exit: Estancia Port

Expenses:
Ferry Boat Rent: Php7,000 (Sicogon trip included)
Maximum passenger: 20pax

Lunch buffet c/o Mr. Christopher Salao: Php150/pax

Environmental fee: Php75.00

Entrance fees:
– Tangke: Php20.00
– Cabugao Gamay: Php50.00
– Isla Antonia: Php40.00

Bus Fare:
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)

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On our way to Tangke Langoon. This small boat was too fast flying in between waves.

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At the entrance of the Lagoon

 

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Taken while swimming in the middle of the Lagoon.
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Friends enjoying the water inside the Lagoon. Sorry for some distortions. I used an underwater camera and I was not able to clean the lens before taking this picture
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Approaching Isla Antonia. What a beautiful sight!
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Colors of Nature. Still at Isla Antonia. I’m loving the sky and the very summer-y shot.
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Overlooking the sandbar! Here you could eat scallops at an affordable price!

 

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At Cabugao Gamay. The emerald sea never ceases to amaze a nature lover in me.

 

 

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Stone stacking everywhere. I wonder who started it. They just did another beautiful site.

 

 

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The Ayala Properties reviving the old airstrip. This picture was taken on our way back home. This is one side of Sicogon Island.

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…

 

 

 

 

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