Travelogue: Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Resort

Thursday, April 25, 2013

"While we’re young and beautiful, living free and easy. Here without a worry, dancing in our bare feet because when the summer’s done we might not be so young and beautiful." -Unknown
THE ARRIVAL. A little did I expect but our adventure at Isla Gigantes turns out to be a big surprise! Fun and excitement began when we took a boat ride from Estancia port to Gigantes which lasted for almost 2 hours. It was quiet an exhausting ride but I was fully energized when we reached the place. It was low tide when we arrived and so the boat can’t come any closer to the shore so we need to take a ride with a “balsa” and it was super fun! There were two men who were pushing the balsa off to shore with at least 10 (or more, I think) passengers standing on it. Those two men were submerged under water, walking and pushing the balsa and it was like watching a pirate of Caribbean movie (you know the part that the pirates were walking under water?)! haha, and you could imagine how scared we are that the balsa might capsize.

We stayed at Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Resort. When we arrived, I thought I could dive into the sea water right away, expecting that we would stay in a front beach resort but it was not! Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Resort is I think the biggest among the 3 or 4 (I’m not so sure) resorts there. It was actually a residential area which was converted into a resort. It’s quite a small place compared to the ones here in manila or in the city but it was an amazing place. They have the so called “big house”, cottages, tent areas, a tree house, a restaurant and a mini pool that looks like a Jacuzzi haha. But what I love most about the place was the quality of service there.

We have a tour guide, ron-ron who accommodated us and provided all our needs and requests. He’s an all around tour guide! I tell you, He is our photographer, porter, waiter, errand boy, you name it! Harhar, if you’re planning to go there, go get ron-ron as your tour guide (hahaha, endorser lang ang peg?). He is the best ever! Our stay there is simply amazing and comfortable. All of the people there were so warm, and very accommodating. Even the neighbourhoods are friendly. One thing we’ve noticed there is how respectful they are, from lil’ kids to elders, they address the visitors as “ma’am and sir” anywhere we go. J


PS: Adventure awaits you on the next post so be sure to come back!! J Up next? Let’s go climb a lighthouse! 


GIGANTES HIDEAWAY RESORT RATES:

ACCOMODATION:
Room: 200 php /night
Rent a tent: 150 php /night
Own tent: 100 php /night

FOOD:
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


For more travel info, packages and resort inquiry, you can contact Christopher Salao, “The Gigantes Experience” moderator or Joel Decano, tourism officer of Carles, Iloilo.

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