Off the coast of Carles and Estancia in Northern Ilo-ilo lies the Island of Gigantes. Surrounded by pristine waters, the island is a perfect sanctuary for those seeking a place of refuge outside the city
That’s the effin rock we have to climb so that I can take a photo of the island. Caution: sharp rocks and goat droppings will make climb rather challenging.
Your main modes of transpo around the island.
30 minutes fromt he main island is a great sand bar
Lunch. sorry we forgot to take photos of the scallops!
Proof that we are not kidding when we said Gigantes is “scallop heaven” –here is a close up of the shells you will find scattered on the shore
Of course a paradise is not a paradise if it doesn’t have a hidden lagoon
a lovely lighthouse. 68ft of wonder. 68ft of fear.
If you wish to explore the cave, wear your most trusted rubber shoes…and pray to the heavens that it doesn’t rain.
From ilo-ilo airport, take a cab to Tagbak terminal in Jaro District for Estancia (around php300). You can either catch the Ceres Bus or the Van (2-3 hours travel). Bus or van will cost less than Php200 Upon reaching Estancia, go to the port and take the pump boat to Gigantes (php150). After two hours of crossing the open sea, you will dock at Brgy Lantangan, Gigantes Sur Island.. There is only one ferry/pumpboat going to Gigantes Island per day, be sure to arrive at the port before 2pm.
Where we stayed:
Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn
Sitio Hayahay, Gigantes Norte, Carles, Ilo-ilo
Mr. Joel Decano, 09184685006.
Guests will have an attendant who will assist them (from food to transpo) and who will serve as their tourguide as well. Main transpo around the island is the motorcycle. Gigantes Hideaway Tour package are inclusive of food, boat, and moto. Mr. Decano is also the island’s tourism officer.
A meal will cost around 50-150. Tour packages starts at 1,500 and up. Accomodation is 200/person regardless of what room you take.
NOTE: turn your phone off, it won’t work in the island…no signal there. And oh, you might want to bring your own stash of drinking water.