A year ago, I got an email inviting me to visit Gigantes Island. That time, I didn’t know where these islands were or what they even look like. Thanks to Google, I finally got a glimpse of how beautiful this place is. Unfortunately, due to conflicting schedules, I wasn’t able to join the trip.
Luckily this year, I was able to finally push through with the trip and visit Gigantes Group of Islands. From Antique, we drove to Roxas City in Capiz (about a 4-5 hour drive) to meet up with our host, Las Islas Travel and Tours! I honestly couldn’t wait to finally hop on the boat and see Gigantes Group of Islands in person. We got a quick tour of Roxas City before heading to our hotel and rest. You can check out booking sites like Traveloka.com for hotels around Roxas City!
The next day, before heading to Carles Port, we checked out the church of Pan-ay. One thing I enjoy when traveling around the Philippines is the variety of beautifully constructed churches in every town or province.
After our quick trip, we finally got on our van and started driving to Carles Port. We were told that it is the fastest way to get to Gigantes Group of Islands! People would usually fly to Iloilo and drive 4-5 hours to the port to get to Gigantes. But, now, with Carles port open, people can fly in Roxas City instead and take an hour and a half drive to Carles port.
We arrived at the port and the weather wasn’t looking really friendly. It was really cloudy and it looked like the rain will pour any time. The boat ride to Cabugao Gamay Island (one of the islands in Gigantes Group of Islands) takes about 45 minutes. On the way to the island, I decided to sit in front of the boat because I wanted a panoramic view of the whole seascape. Everything was beautiful and the view was so calming to look at. I barely felt the 45 minute boat ride because I was just too amazed at how beautiful everything is.
Gigantes Group of Islands / Islas de Gigantes
We safely arrived in Cabugao Gamay just in time for sunset. Sadly, it was cloudy so we weren’t able to see the sunset. The following day, before we started our island hopping adventure, we tried our luck with sunrise. And again, we failed to spot the sun. Sometimes, I get the feeling I bring bad weather with me wherever I go. (Ha!)
After having breakfast, we were ready to start our island adventure around Gigantes. First, we stopped by one of the island barangays in Gigantes. The sun was finally out and it was sunny during our boat ride to the island barangay. I honestly couldn’t stop taking pictures and I had a hard time picking the ones I like toinclude in this post. The waters were so clear you’d sometimes get a glimpse of the fish swimming near the boat. For me, this was a dream finally turning into reality. I’ve been wanting to visit Gigantes Island the moment I first heard about it.
We arrived in Cabugao Norte Island and was greeted by multiple habal habals that were available to be rented for a land tour around the island barangays. Tourists have the option to visit the lighthouse and Bakwitan Cave.
There were also children selling little handmade trinkets made from shells around the island for a few pesos. They were pretty proud of what they made.
One of the few things that fascinated me a lot during the boat rides were the beautiful rock formations surrounding the area.
Right after Gigantes Norte Island, we hurried to Tangke Lagoon. We wanted to get to the place while the tide was still high so the lagoon will still be filled with water. Pretty cool right? A natural pool!
Shortly after our visit to tangke, we headed back to our island to have lunch before continuing our Gigantes Islands tour.
See that man on top of the mountain of rocks? That's where we usually stay to get a good view of Cabugao Gamay Island (and sometimes cell servie ha!)
(Above) Cabugao Dako Island / (Below) Antonia Beach
After spending the whole afternoon visiting islands, we were finally ready to go back to Cabugao Gamay Island. We were so happy with what we saw when we arrived. The sun finally decided to show up and the view was gorgeous! I guess the sun didn't want us to leave without seeing the beautiful sunset in Gigantes Group of Islands.
The next morning, on our way back to Carles port, we passed by this interesting little island called Pulupandan Island. It is know for its lone tree standing in the middle of the whole island. That basically sums up my whole trip to the Gigantes Group of Islands. I'm glad that I finally got the chance to visit this place. This is definitely not the last time I'll see this place. Already looking forward to my next visit to this beautiful place. You guys should definitely plan a trip here if ever you find yourself in Panay island.
For more information about the tour, you can reach Las Islas Travel & Tours at
Mobile: 09177093856 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Pueblo de Panay, Roxas, Capiz, Philippines