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The search for the next Boracay: Gigantes Islands, Iloilo

The Gigantes Group of Islands, popularly known as Isla de Gigantes, which means “Islands of Giants” in Spanish, are a remote cluster of islands in the northernmost part of Iloilo province in the Philippines. The Gigantes Islands consists of about 10 islands, the two largest being Gigantes Norte (North Gigantes) and Gigantes Sur (South Gigantes).

The chain of islands located in Panay in Western Visayas is located on the opposite corner of the world-famous Boracay and offers a different kind of beach experience.

Though the islands have become more popular among backpackers and budget travelers in the past few years, the whole vibe here is simpler compared to the usual beach party life you find in other popular summer destinations. Gigantes still offers that off-the-beaten track appeal, with uncrowded beaches, a lagoon hidden within karst rock formations and all-you-can-eat seafood.

HOW TO GET THERE

The official jump-off point to the islands is the Bancal Port in the town of Carles in Northern Iloilo, where daily commuter ferry trips depart and a Municipal Tourism Office has been established to assist visitors. Carles can be reached by land from all major transport hubs in Panay Island including Iloilo City, Roxas City and Boracay (Caticlan)/Kalibo.

Visitors take a boat ride from Bancal Port in Carles, Iloilo. Kara Santos, | Photo: ABS-CBN News

 

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Source : ABS-CBN News

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