Isla de Gigantes

It was sometime February of last year when we finalized this trip due to schedule conflicts as we all work in a BPO industry wherein, there is scarcity of vacation leave slots.  Luckily, 10 of us were able to make it!  It’s advisable to go on this trip as a big group as it costs more to go on solo or small groups.  We were all coming from Bacolod City and from Bredco Port, we took the 12:00AM Ferry Boat or commonly called “Roro” going to Dumangas Port in Iloilo.  We rented a van to pick us up from there and from Dumangas Port, we travelled approximately about 2 hours going to Estancia Port where our private motor boat was waiting to take us to this beautiful island paradise.

We departed from Estancia Port at around 6:00AM.  The water was still calm and we enjoyed the fresh ocean breeze.  We arrived at Hideaway Inn Resort in Carles at about 8:00 AM.  We freshened up a bit and we were served with our sumptuous breakfast of mostly seafoods!  At about 10:00 AM our tour began.  We had to ride one of this raft or “balsa” in our dialect to reach our motor boat as it could not dock at the seashore. It’s somewhat terrifying, as the raft can be outbalanced anytime, but our guide was really good in positioning us one by one.

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“Balsa” or Raft.. photo credits to Edra

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 The first in our itinerary is the Pulupandan Island.  It’s a bit small and rocky island.  We took quick photos as we have more islands to visit and we’re all quite excited of the tour!

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Pulupandan Island

We then headed to Bantigue Island, where we went swimming, and of course took lots and lots of Photos!

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Bantigue Island

Our guide “Kojack” then took us to Antonia Beach, one of the group of islands in Gigantes. We were then served our lunch where our table is next to an awesome view of the beach!

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Antonia Beach

We also bought what they call as “wasay-wasay”.  They say that “wasay-wasay” is a family of  oysters.

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Wasay-Wasay

When we’re done with our meal and due to the exhaustion from the long trip earlier, we rested for a bit.  Some of us even fell asleep, while me, still taking pictures of them napping! haha.

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While some are still resting, I further explored Antonia Beach and took some photos!

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Antonia Beach

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Antonia Beach

By 2:00 PM everybody was recharged and we headed towards Cabugao Gamay Island! What’s great about this island is you can climb atop and see the breathtaking view below!

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Cabugao Island

They have bamboo stairs made for an easy climb at the top of the island!

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After climbing down.. We took more photos in every corner I think!

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Cabugao Island

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Cabugao Island

After exploring Cabugao Island, we headed straight to “Tangke” Saltwater Lagoon.. A hidden paradise!

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Tangke Saltwater Lagoon (pic courtesy of Cherry)

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Tangke Saltwater Lagoon

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Tangke Saltwater Lagoon

At around 5:00 PM we went back to our resort – Hideaway Inn to freshen up and recharge for another tour the following day!

We got up at around 6:00 AM to get ready as we will explore the old Spanish lighthouse.  We took the habal-habal going to the lighthouse and climb atop. It also has a great view of the sunrise!

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View from the top of the lighthouse (photo credits to Cherry)

Afterwards, we headed to Langub Cave.  The last itinerary of our Tour!

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The tour was made possible by Joel, who were able to arrange the itineraries as well as the accommodation – in one complete package inclusive of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and of all entrances and fees. Our budget for this trip was P2,500 each (group of 10).

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