Gigantes Islands Sample Itinerary & Budget Estimate

This sample itinerary and budget estimate is for a 1-day island hopping tour of the Gigantes Islands. The actual length however stretches to 4 days due to the distance of the Gigantes from the nearest airport and the flight schedules involved. This is patterned after our own itinerary, with some adjustments to account for what actually transpired.


5:00 – 6:05 am – Plane ride from Manila to Iloilo City
6:05 – 6:45 am – Disembarking; Breakfast at the airport (first option)
6:45 – 7:15 am – Taxi/public transportation ride to Tagbac Terminal in Jaro
7:15 – 8:00 am – Waiting time for van going to Estancia; Breakfast at the terminal (second option)
8:00 – 10:00 am – Van ride going to Estancia (+2 hours if going by bus)
10:00 – 1:00 pm – Arrive at Estancia; buy supplies; have lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm – Board ferry; await departure for Gigantes Norte
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Boat ride to Gigantes Norte
4:00 – 4:15 pm – Arrival at Gigantes Norte; disembarking; proceed to lodging house
4:15 – 4:30 pm – Arrival and check in at lodging house
4:30 – 7:00 pm – Free time; make transpo and meal arrangements for next day’s tour
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner; wash-up; prepare for next day’s activities; lights out

5:00 – 7:30 am – Wake up; have breakfast; prepare for tour
7:30 am – 12:00 am – First leg, island-hopping tour (Uaydahon, Bantigue, Cabugao Gamay, Tangke)
12:00 am – 1:00 pm – Picnic lunch at Tangke
1:00 – 5:30 pm – Second leg, island-hopping tour (Pawikan Cave, Tinagong Baybay, Antonia Beach)
5:30 – 7:00 pm – End of Tour; return to lodging house; free time
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner; wash up; pack stuff for next day’s departure; lights out

5:00 – 7:30 am – Wake up; breakfast; prepare for departure
7:30 – 8:00 am – Check out of lodging house; proceed to Asluman docking area for the ferry
8:00 – 9:00 am – Board the ferry; await departure going back to Estancia
9:00 – 11:00 am – Boat ride to Estancia
11:00 – 1:10 pm – Arrival at Estancia; disembarking; have lunch; proceed to Estancia Terminal
1:10 – 1:45 pm – Waiting time for van going back to Iloilo City
1:45 – 3:45 pm – Van ride going back to Iloilo City (+2 if going by bus)
3:45 – 3:55 pm – Arrival at Tagbac Terminal; proceed to lodging house
3:55 – 4:15 pm – Arrival and check in at lodging house
4:15 – 7:00 pm – Free time; pasalubong shopping; city tour, etc.
7:00 – 8:00 pm – Dinner
8:00 – 8:15 pm – Return to lodging house
8:15 – 9:30 pm – Wash up; prepare for next day’s flight; lights out

(Depends on flight schedule)
– Breakfast
– Pack up and check out
– Take a cab going back to the airport
– Depart Iloilo
– Arrive at Manila.

*OPTIONAL EXTRA DAY – You can opt to extend your stay in the Gigantes Islands for an extra day to explore more islands and places of interest. Aside from what’s already indicated above, you can also visit the following:

– Gaket-gaket Island
– Balbagon Island
– Caves in Gigantes Norte
– The Spanish-era Gigantes Lighthouse
– Bantigue Sand Bar during sunset (low tide, more sand exposed)


This budget estimate is based on a group of 4 people.  All figures are best estimates and the list of expenses excludes the following: cigarettes, alcoholic drinks, pasalubong items, tips, airline fares and airport terminal fees.

P100 – Breakfast
P125 – Taxi going to Tagbac Terminal (fixed rate P500/4 people)
P150 – Van ride to Estancia
P10 – Tricycle ride to Pa-on Beach Club
P150 – Lunch
P10 – Tricycle ride back to port
P150 – Supplies – water, fruits, snacks, etc. (P600/4 people)
P4 – Port terminal fee
P80 – Ferry going to Gigantes Norte
P20 – Motorcycle ride from Granada going to Asluman
P90 – Dinner (~P1,800/5 meals/4 people)
P200 – Lodging fee (Gigantes Hideaway Inn)
P1,089 – Sub-total for Day 1

Day 1 = P1,089

P90 – Breakfast (~P1,800/5 meals/4 people)
P375 – Boat rental for island-hopping (P1,500/4)
P50 – Pawikan Cave guide fee (P200/4)
P90 – Lunch (~P1,800/5 meals/4 people)
P90 – Dinner (~P1,800/5 meals/4 people)
P200 – Lodging fee (Gigantes Hideaway Inn)
P895 – Sub-total for Day 2

Day 2 = P895

P90 – Breakfast (~P1,800/5 meals/4 people)
P20 – Motorcycle ride to Asluman ferry
P80 – Ferry going to Estancia
P10 – Tricycle ride going to Pa-on Beach Club
P150 – Lunch
P10 – Tricycle ride going to Estancia Terminal
P150 – Van ride going to Iloilo City
P20 – Taxi ride going to lodging house (~P80/4 people)
P100 – Public transpo expenses, city tour
P150 – Dinner
~P300 – Lodging fee (Vista Inn)
P1,080 – Sub-total for Day 3

Day 3 = P1,080

P100 – Breakfast
P125 – Taxi going to Airport (~P500/4 people)
P225 – Sub-total for Day 4

Day 4 = 225
TOTAL = P3,289

*If you wish to stay for an additional day in the Gigantes, simply add around P845 to the total figure.

A separate entry will be made for a more comprehensive travel guide which you can cross-reference with this entry.

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This entry is part of the Iloilo & Guimaras series dated March 23-27, 2012:

1. Looking for Travel Buddies
2. Preview: Tangke Saltwater Lagoon
3. Las Islas de Gigantes (prologue)
4. Las Islas de Gigantes (morning)
5. Las Islas de Gigantes (afternoon)
6. Why are they called the “Gigantes Islands” anyway?
7. Gigantes Islands Sample Itinerary & Budget Estimate
8. Gigantes Islands Travel Guide
9. Las Islas de Gigantes (epilogue)
10. Back to the mainland, back to the city
11. Day Trip to Guimaras (morning)
12. Day Trip to Guimaras (afternoon)


15 thoughts on “Gigantes Islands Sample Itinerary & Budget Estimate

  1. Hi hope you don’t mind if I’m going to copy your ITI and post it in FB, one of the members of the travel addicts group is asking for it eh.

    But I will still include your link 🙂

    Thanks a bunch!

    • I have no control over that, but it is best if you just post my link. That way, you won’t need to post the entire thing.

      And besides, there’s a lot of interrelated information in my blog so each part can not be taken in isolation. I don’t want to be responsible for any misinterpretation that might occur if they don’t see the proper context.

      Does this “travel addicts” group have a site? Care to share a link?

  2. Hi,

    Love your blog and my wife and I (from UK) are going to the island for 4 days /3 nights in May 2103.

    Just two questions –
    1. How much did you tip the cook Ate Anggay?
    2. Do you think you could have made it over to Guimaras the same day instead of staying over in Iloilo City?

    • Hi Graham,

      1. I don’t really remember how much we tipped her, but I think it was around 200 pesos. What I’m sure of is that we gave Ate Anggay and Kuya Jingle an equal amount.

      2. Yes, you can certainly reach Guimaras on the same day that you leave Gigantes Norte. But since you’ll likely reach Guimaras at around 4pm at the earliest, it’s best that you make reservations beforehand for a place to stay in Guimaras. It would be very difficult to find a lodging house at that late hour without any prior arrangements.

      Have a great time in Gigantes! Thanks for visiting my page.

    • Hi Tuts, you can certainly make your own computations given the information that I have already provided above.

      I don’t want to sound mean or that I’m avoiding to answer your question, but I think I’ve been detailed enough in this entry on the budget. I’ve given my estimate and it’s up to you to adjust it to suit your specific needs.

      Thanks for visiting.

  3. hello sir is it okay to bring children ages 1year to 2 years old in the island ? how about the ride on the boat going there is the sea too wavy? my family is planning to visit the place mid of august… thanks for your reply.

    • Hello meca, I’m not really sure if August is a good month to go to Gigantes. It was March when I went there (therefore, summer) so the seas were relatively calm. In any case, the boats that ply the Estancia-Gigantes route are quite larger than the average fishing boat so they’re pretty secure. The islands themselves are okay for children. In fact, there are many children who live in Gigantes. However, island hopping within the Gigantes Islands group would necessitate a smaller boat. If you are concerned about safety, you might want to insist on a boat that has life vests.

  4. Thank you for a very informative blog. Everything that I need to know is here. Kaya lang sir gusto ko lang i-clarify how did you come up to P1,800 when the price per person is only P90 and this is only for 4 persons. Per meal ang pinaguusapan natin dito di po ba?

    Thanks again for a very helpful blog.

  5. Hi- this is so helpful of a blog for those of us who are abroad especially. Thanks for the info. I am planning to spend 8-9 days in IloIlo and the vicinity with the plan to combine Guimaras and Isla de Gigante. I know you did the Isla trip with a group. I’m a solo backpacker from Washington , DC. Do you think I can just easily hop on the public transport, take the boat and show up at the inn you stayed at and get a room? Or do you recommend that I make prior arrangements with respect to transport and/or accommodation? Also, how did you get a van to shuttle you? The problem from my end is it’s not easy for me to call so I would need to rely on emails to contact the relevant individual to make the arrangements. Thanks.

    • I’d definitely recommend prior arrangements with the Gigantes Hideaway Inn. There are other inns that you can go to that can take you in without prior notice, but I’m not sure you’ll be getting the same quality.

      We mostly rode public transportation on the way to Gigantes. There are vans at the Tagbak Terminal that would take passengers to the Estancia port. They need to be filled up before departing. The buses leave at certain times, full or not, but they’re slower than the vans because they make more stops.


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