Isla Gigantes, Carles IloiloThursday, April 18, 2013
"Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore." - Psalm 16:11
SUMMER GETAWAY. Hi guys, how’s your summer so far? Too bad, mine is about to end but I had an AMAZING one. I’m still here in Iloilo but I just can’t wait to post these photos before I go back to Manila. Remember I promised to bring you a lot of photos and wonderful experience when I get back? Well, here’s a sneak peek of where I have been and up to this summer. Let me tease you with these magnificent views from the islands of Gigantes.
I have A LOT of stories to tell and I don’t even know how to start, harhar. Isla Gigantes is a group of islands off the coast of Carles and Estancia in Northern Iloilo. It is one of the least traveled locations in Iloilo because it is not that accessible. They don’t even have a regular electricity and communication signal there. Even though I was born and raised in Iloilo, I haven’t gone to this place which is only a few towns away from our place. But now, Its has already been discovered by many and by the word of mouth and the influence of internet, Its enchanting beauty has already captured the heart of many Filipinos, foreign and even the media.
I have never seen such beauty like Gigantes. Every bit and corner of it is a taste of paradise. An island that is natural and untouched. A creation that is unfathomable and enchanting. I have experienced a lot of “FIRSTS” there (like for example caving, snorkeling and eating scallops harhar) and heard different stories, legends and folklore. Story telling is I guess one of my favourites on this experience, the history of the place, stories about treasures and enchanting folklore of the locals there. You guys should come and visit too; I can assure you it will be an unforgettable experience. I don’t want to go into details because I don’t want to spoil your excitement about this place. It is still best if you experience it yourself. OK! I think I have to stop here, this post is getting looonger. I’ll reserve what I have to say for the next post so be sure to come back (^-^).
HOW TO GET THERE?
- Take a bus or van from Iloilo (Tagbak Terminal) to Estancia : 3-4hrs
- Take a tricycle from Estancia terminal to Estancia port : 5-8 min
- Take a boat from Estancia port to Isla Gigantes : 1.5-2 hrs
For list of Island fees and resort rates, CLICK HERE. For more travel info and packages, you can contact Christopher Salao, “The Gigantes Experience” moderator and don't forget to mention that you discovered it from Shiny Bliss Ortilano's blog or seventhbliss.com! (*wink you'll never know, you might get some discount! PS: I could not guarantee though, hihi)
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PS: I decided to prepare a series of posts from my Isla Gigantes experience. See all the places I went to on the list below.
GIGANTES HIDEAWAY RESORT RATES:
Room: 200 php /night
Rent a tent: 150 php /night
Own tent: 100 php /night
Lunch/Dinner: 100-150 php/head
Breakfast: 50 php/head
ISLAND ENTRANCE FEES:
Cabugao Gamay Island: 10 php/head
Antonia Beach: 20 php/head
Uaydajon Island: 20 php/head
CAVING FEE & GUIDE:
Baquitan Cave: 200-400 php
Arpa Cave: 200-400php
Here's the list of my ISLA GIGANTES SERIES: