Travelogue: Isla Gigantes' Lighthouse

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
-Theodore Roosevelt

TWILIGHT.  It was already 5 o’clock in the afternoon when we reached Isla GigantesHideaway Tourist Resort. I was about to sneak a lil’ rest but our tour guide told us that we need to hurry up to the lighthouse if we want to view the sunset. Of course i don’t wanna miss out, so I jumped out of my seat, ready to go. (^-^) We hopped on a motor bike (which is their only means of inland transportation there) up to the west side of the island. We took a short hike and viola!! ---a rustic building with a majestic lighthouse! If i was not mistaken, it is either the second tallest or the second
oldest lighthouse in the country (correct me if I’m wrong)!! Cool ei? Climbing up a lighthouse--- another first for me! My sister Apol Love and I were the last to climb up because we’re too busy documenting our lives, harhar. The fun part is, she was too scared and she kept on telling me “girl, diri nalang ko, diri nalang ko” (“girl, I’ll just stay here, I’ll just stay here”) harhar! I was the one who often faints but look who’s such a baby! Harhar (^-^). Fortunately, we both made it to the top! And we never regret it.

The view from the top is breath-taking! I could see the marvellous mountains, sparkling sea and the spectacular twilight. How grand nature is! We spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying every bit of the exquisite sunset. Oh, we were all astonished by the beauty of Gigantes. I know you too are amazed but this isn’t the main course yet. If you want to see and discover more Isla Gigantes, be sure to come back on the next post (^-^). Next stop: spelunking at Baquitan cave.

How to get to Isla GigantesCLICK HERE. For list of Island fees and resort ratesCLICK HERE. For more travel info, packages and resort inquiry, you can contact Christopher Salao, moderator of “TheGigantes Experience” or Joel Decano, tourism officer of Carles, Iloilo.

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