Islas de Gigantes (variously Islas Gigantes, Higantes group, or Gigantes group) is an island chain within the larger Western Visayas archipelago in the Visayan Sea. It is part of the municipality of Carles, Iloilo, Philippines, and the northernmost part of Iloilo province. The Gigantes Islands consist of about ten islands; the two largest are Gigantes Norte (North Gigantes) and Gigantes Sur (South Gigantes). According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 12,224. Wikipedia
Hello Everyone! Now based on the previous blog post I published, I am now sharing some major tips that you would want to consider if you are planning to go on a trip to Islas de Gigantes!
THE PUBLIC COMMUTER’S TIPS TO ISLAS DE GIGANTES
HOW TO GET THERE – To go to Islas de Gigantes, your port of entry should be Iloilo City. From the city, you can take a bus/van going to the town of Estancia. Travel is approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. From Estancia, take a 15-minute tricycle ride going to the fish port. There is a public boat transporting to Gigantes Norte. Travel time is approximately 2 hours.
To ensure that we don’t spend much time waiting for the boat transfer, we took the 8:00am bus from Tagbak Terminal. There are air-conditioned buses available. We arrived at Estancia Port at around 11:00 am, then we immediately went to the ticketing office to reserve slots. Took our lunch at the port area (there are a lot of food options available) while waiting for the transfer. At around 12:30 pm we travelled to Gigantes Norte. There is only 1 available boat trip going to Gigantes Port (1:00 pm ETD). Unless you are planning to rent a private boat, better be there at 12:00 pm as it gets really packed and tend to leave early.
ACCOMMODATION, TOUR and FOOD – We contacted Joel of Gigantes Hideaway Resort prior to our trip for the available tour packages in the island. Total package of our trip was only at Php2,750 per head for 3 days and 2 nights and covers EVERYTHING in the Island! I think you can get lower rates if you go on a tour with more friends. See breakdown and below:
FOOD COMA! If you are a seafood fan, you will definitely drool over their seafood dishes. The package basically covered all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Options include scallops (that never runs out), crabs, prawns, and the famous wasay-wasay – an oyster-like crustacean. Bring some junkies and coffee as there are limited store options.
DO NOT TRAVEL DURING WET SEASON – Although sometimes wet season could be sunny, you can’t too sure. Since the location of the islands is in an open sea, there are times that the condition gets really rough and they do not allow passenger boats to operate. So make sure to book a trip in travel safe months between January to June.
If you want to know more about Gigantes, send me a message! I will be glad to answer all of your questions!