Last updated on October 8th, 2019 at 04:28 pm
Gigantes Island is a group of islands located in Western Visayas at the northernmost part of Carles in Iloilo. The population is over 10,000 people. Due to the remote location isn’t easy to get to Gigantes Island. We will tell you step by step how to get to Gigantes Island from Iloilo City, Boracay Island, Roxas City and more destinations in the Philippines.
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Because of their remote location, the Gigantes Islands still offer that off-the-beaten track appeal, with uncrowded beaches, a lagoon hidden within rock formations, and all-you-can-eat seafood. Keep reading below how to get to Gigantes island.
Best Time to visit Gigantes Island
Gigantes Island shares the humidity and 2 seasons of the country. It is common sense to travel to a city’s dry season to explore all its best locations without worrying about the rain. The driest months and therefore the best time to visit Gigantes Island is from January to June. December is also a good time to visit, but you can expect high rates from hotels during this month. If you want to visit Gigantes Island during its low season, August is the best time to do so, though you should expect plenty of rain. The warmest months, on the other hand, are April to June.
How to get to Gigantes Island
How to get to Gigantes Island from Iloilo City
The most common is getting to Gigantes Island from Iloilo City if you are coming from Manila, Cebu or Mindanao. We will explain with detail coming from the airport and Tagbak Bus Terminal in Iloilo International Airport.
Getting to Gigantes Island From the IloIlo International Airport
When getting to the airport in Iloilo City. You have to take a taxi, Grab or van then take another public vehicle from either SM IloIlo or Tagbak Terminal. It may take 30 minutes or so depending on the traffic. It will cost you 50 PHP per person if you go by van.
How to get to Gigantes Island from Tagbak Bus Terminal
If you want to get to Gigantes Island from Tagbak Bus Terminal in Jairo District, Iloilo City. You have to take a bus or a van going to Carles. You have to ride a Ceres Bus to Carles. Prices are 170-180 PHP per person. The travel time is around 3- 4 hours. You can also go by van which is cheaper and faster 150 PHP for 2 hours and a half ride.
Once in Carles you have to go to Bancal port where you can get a pump boat going to Langub Beach, North Gigantes Island. It takes 1 hour and 30 minutes. Take note that the boat leaves 10 am and reach there 11 30 am. For your departure the boat is leaving Langub Beach at 2 pm and getting to Bancal port at 3 30 pm. You will have to pay an environmental fee 75 PHP and register in the tourism office. The price of the ferry is 100 PHP per person one way.
There are a few more shuttle boats leaving to Gigantes Island outside this schedule but the price will be 300 PHP per person. You can also take a private boat and it will cost you 5000 PHP maximum 10 people.
Getting to La Estancia from Iloilo City
If you want to get to la Estancia from Iloilo City. The travel time takes 2 and a half hours. Once you arrive at Estancia, ride a tricycle going to the La Estanceia Feeder port. This trip may take less than 10 minutes by tricycle and expect to pay 10-20 PHP per person. You will then ride a passenger boat going to Langub Beach, North Gigantes Island which operates daily at 1-2 pm. The boat ride usually lasts 2 hours. This isn’t the best option since Carles is better connected. You will have to pay 150 PHP environmental fee (there is no toruism office). The same boat will leave early morning from Gigantes Island 7-8 am coming back to La Estancia. The ferry costs around 80 PHP per person.
If you miss the boat there are private boats going to Gigantes Island 5000 PHP for maximum 10 people.
How to get to Gigantes Island from Roxas
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If you want to get to Gigantes Island from Roxas City. If you are coming from the airport you will have to ride a tricycle to the bus station in Panay town. You will have to ride a bus or a van going to Carles to Bancal Port. The travel time will be 2 hours. It will take shorter by van than by bus.
You can also go to La Estancia but the trip will be longer almost 3 hours van or bus ride.
How to get to Gigantes Island from Boracay Island and Kalibo
If you want to get to Gigantes Island from Boracay Island. First you will have to take a 2 hours bus ride to Kalibo from Caticlan. Once in Kalibo you can get a van 1 hour ride to Roxas City. Once in Roxas City follow the steps mentioned above to get to Gigantes Island.
The buses leave Caticlan at 5 am and it will take 4-5 hours to reach Roxas City!
How to get to Gigantes Island from Bacolod
If you want to get to Gigantes Island from Bacolod. You have to go to Iloilo City. There is no direct transportation from Bacolod even it’s so close.
How to get to Gigantes Island from Manila
If you want to get to Gigantes Island from Manila. The best way is getting to Roxas City Airport by plane, it will take you one hour from Manila International Airport. Since it’s close to Iloilo City. Whatever you choose Roxas City or Iloilo City just read the steps above to get to Gigantes Island by bus, van to Carles or La Estancia which it matches better with your schedule.
To reach the Bus Terminal in Roxas City by tricycle will cost you 150 PHP if you are coming from the airport. It will take you around 15-20 minutes ride. If you are coming from Iloilo City airport a bus getting to Tagbak Terminal will cost you 50 PHP each.
How to get to Gigantes Island from Cebu
If you want to get to Gigantes Island from Cebu. The best way for you will be get a flight to Kalibo International Airport or Iloilo City from Mactan Airport in Cebu. Once you are in one of these two destinations follow all the steps mentioned above to get to La Estancia or Carles to get the ferry going to Gigantes Island.
Where to Stay in Gigantes island
There are a few options for accommodation in Gigantes Island. Don’t expect so much luxury. Prices are starting 600-800 PHP for a room. You can also go camping if you prefer cheaper price.
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