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Gigantes Island (Carles) – All You Need to Know Before You Go


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All You Need to Know Before You Go

Islas de Gigantes, also known as Gigantes Island and Isla Gigantes, is a paradise on Earth. Thanks to its breathtaking landscapes, crystal clear oceans, and pristine white sand beaches. People travel to this location for a variety of reasons, some of which include the beautiful, broad blue seascape that is teeming with abundant marine life; intriguing caverns and caves; rock formations that are similar to those seen in Palawan; and the long stretch of white sand beaches.

Gigantes Islands consists of 2 major islands (Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur) and ten Islets, namely: Balbagon, Bantigue, Bulubadiang, Cabugao Gamay, Cabugay Daku, Gakitgakit, Gigantillo, Gigantona, Ojatras, and Waydahun.

The municipality of Carles in the province of Iloilo in the Philippines is the location of the group of islands and islets that are collectively referred to as the Islas de Gigantes or simply the Gigantes Islands.

Islas de Gigantes has started to draw a good number of tourists, although it does not yet have the typical beach party scene that the most popular beach or summer locations have to offer.

Reaching the Island of Gigantes (Carles)

Via Roxas Airport in Roxas City, Capiz

Because it is the airport that is most convenient to go to Gigantes Island from Manila, you could choose to opt for Roxas Airport in Roxas City, which is located in the province of Capiz. You can take the Ceres buses (Vallacar Transit) that run on the Estancia Route if you’re coming from Roxas City. Inform the driver that you need to alight at Balasan (before Estancia town proper).

Via Iloilo International Airport, Iloilo City

If there are no flights available from your point of origin to Roxas Airport, you can fly to Iloilo International Airport, which has a greater number of flights and locations served.

Take a van that is going to Iloilo City from the Iloilo International Airport, and then from Iloilo City take another ride that is going to Tagbak Terminal in the Jaro District. You have the option to take a taxi directly from the Iloilo International Airport, which will take roughly twenty to thirty minutes depending on traffic.

You have the option of taking the Ceres Bus (Vallacar Transit) or the Van traveling to Carles or Estancia when you depart from the Tagbak terminal.

Traveling by bus may take three and a half to four hours and cost around 200 pesos for each passenger; however, traveling by van may be somewhat quicker by thirty minutes (around two and a half to three hours) and cost around 350 pesos per passenger.

Via Kalibo Airport/Caticlan (Boracay)

People traveling from Boracay will first make their way to Kalibo, where they will spend around an hour in travel time.

It is necessary to travel via Roxas City if you are traveling from Kalibo because there are no buses or vans that travel between Kalibo and Carles or Estancia at the moment.

Port of Bancal to Gigantes Islands

The Bancal Port in Carles is the most convenient and well-traveled port of embarkation for trips to Gigantes Island. You will be able to make your payment for the environment charge at the Tourism Office that may be found in Bancal Port. You also have the option of requesting some assistance from the Tourism Office. They can provide you with helpful information that may help you enjoy your stay in Carles.

The distance between Bancal and the Gigantes Islands is 14 nautical miles, which may be traveled in around one to one and a half hours.

One time every day, a local passenger pump boat makes the trip from Bancal Port to Gigantes Norte Island as part of a regularly scheduled service. When it’s time to leave the island, the pump boat pulls off of Bancal Port at ten in the morning. Those individuals, on the other hand, who take advantage of the tour packages are provided with customized tours by the tour operators at the agreed-upon time.

Gigantes Island tour Package

Taking advantage of the island’s tour packages is the most convenient method to spend time in Gigantes.

2 Days and 1 Night Tour Package for just PhP 1,699

The following items are included in this deal at no additional cost to you:

  • A service that travels to and from Bancal Port and the island
  • The Fan Room. Don’t get your hopes up for a wonderful lodging experience. Despite this, the nipa hut that was provided to us was already of a satisfactory and respectable standard. On the other hand, the bathroom facilities at the lodging included in this tour package are communal, also known as shared. If you would like to be upgraded to a room that has air conditioning and a private bathroom, you can speak with the personnel at the resort about the possibility of doing so for an additional fee.
  • All of your meals on the tour are included in the price. One thing that you need to think about is the fact that they provide a good supply of delicious food like crabs, scallops, squid, grilled fish, water, and a lot of other options. Because snacks are not provided, you are welcome to bring your own if it is something you often consume in the time between meals.
  • The package for Gigantes Island includes payment of the entrance charge as well as any environmental levies.

Gigantes Island Itinerary

This is a sample itinerary only.

DAY 1:

  • Assemble at Bancal Port Carles between 8:30 and 8:45 in the morning.
  • 8:45 am to 9:00 am – Attendees must check in at the Tourism office. As soon as you leave Bancal Port, your island hopping adventure officially begins, therefore participants have the option to opt for the day in their swimming clothes and simply utilize cover-ups.
  • 9:00 am – The journey to the island of Gigantes begins. Please take in mind that the following schedule is subject to alteration depending on the weather and the sea conditions.
  • Pulu Pandan – Photo op
  • Tanke (Enchanted Lagoon): While you are at Tanke, you have the opportunity to go swimming and cliff diving.

Check-in is at 12 NN, followed by lunch at the resort.

  • Cabugao Gamay. This place on Gigantes Island is often considered to be the best for taking photographs.
  • Activities in Bantigue Sandbar and Antonio Beach include swimming, snorkeling, and picture taking.
  • At Antonia Beach, you can take a ride on a banana boat for PHP 200 per person, with a minimum of 5 people required, or rent a jet ski for PHP 2,000 for half an hour.
  • Return to the resort
  • Dinner at 7:00 p.m.
  • Free time at 8:00 p.m.

Day 2

  • 7 AM Breakfast
  • Cave exploring at Bakwitan takes about two and a half to three hours. The activity consists of boulder climbing, trekking, and other such things. Depending on how fit you are, this activity can be anywhere from moderately challenging to extremely challenging in terms of its difficulty level. When going caving, bringing children along is not something that is recommended.
  • The Lighthouse – Since the history of the lighthouse dates back to the 1800s, I believe it is important to pay a visit to the place while you are on Gigantes Island.
  • Mini Boracay – Sand comparable to talcum powder can be found in this place.

Taking a quick wash | Eating lunch at 12:45

Travel back to the port of Bancal around 1:30 p.m.

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All You Need to Know

Islas de Gigantes is another name for the Gigantes Islands, which are an isolated series of islands located in the most northern part of the province of Iloilo. Gigantes is one of the best places to experience the untouched allure of authentic island life because there are little signs of commercialization here.

The closest jump-off ports are located in Bancal, which is Carless. From there, it is only a one and a half hour journey to Gigantes Norte. You can also bring Gigantes Norte in just under two hours if you take advantage of another jump-off port that is located in Estancia.

As you sail closer to Gigantes in a boat, you won’t be able to miss seeing the pristine beaches of white sand, the stunning caves and rock formations, and the diverse array of marine life.

The group known as the Gigantes Islands consists of a total of ten islands. The charming islands of Gigantes can be easily explored in a day or two with the assistance of reasonably priced island tours that are readily available.

For instance, a two-day-one-night package tour includes a private boat, a tour of six different islands, one night’s accommodation, entrance fees, an environmental fee, and meals. Activities such as snorkeling, cliff jumping, trekking, spelunking, visiting the old Spanish lighthouse, watching the sunrise and sunset, relaxing at an island resort, and, of course, a lot of picture taking are all available to you as you travel around the islands.

Island Hopping

You can have a wonderful time island hopping with magnificent sandbars and checking out some of the primary attractions that are located on the various islands. The Cabugao Gamay Island, the Bantigue sandbar, the Tangke saltwater lagoon, the Antonia Beach on the Antonia Island, and the Pawikan Cave are some of the alluring destinations that can be found in the Gigantes Islands.

Fresh Scallops

While you are on the Islas de Gigantes, there is a greater variety of seafood for you to enjoy. You can get very fresh seafood for a very good price if you buy it from fishermen who live on certain parts of the islands. The abundance of squid, fish, shrimp, crabs, wasay-wasay (a very delicious axe-like shellfish endemic to the place), and other delectable seafood, especially scallops, on the Gigantes Islands has earned them the title of “Scallops Capital of the Philippines.” Other delectable seafood found on the islands includes wasay-wasay.

Kalibo to Gigantes Island