Las Islas de Gigantes (epilogue)

Having settled our bill the previous night, the only thing left to do was to have breakfast, pack our stuff, and thank the resort staff for their excellent service.  Just before leaving, we were treated to a final send-off refreshment of fresh buko juice prepared by Joel and his father.  Joel would be joining us on the ferry ride going back to Estancia so we would not be giving him our thanks until much later. Continue reading

Gigantes Islands Travel Guide

(Photo courtesy of Richie Bulda)

The Gigantes Islands, with all its beaches, caves and rich marine life, is a real gem in the rough in the province of Iloilo.  Its sheer distance from Iloilo City and the rest of the Panay mainland however ensures that it almost always gets bypassed as a tourism destination of beach goers and backpackers in favor of the much nearer municipality of Concepcion or the more accessible province of Guimaras. Continue reading

Las Islas de Gigantes (prologue)

The Gigantes Islands are a small group of islands and islets off the northernmost point of the province of Iloilo in the Western Visayas region.  It’s not unusual for most Ilonggos themselves to be unaware of its existence because the Gigantes, as a destination, is well off the beaten track.  It is isolated by a body of water at least 2 hours away from the mainland and even it’s nearest mainland point is very distant from the main population centers of the province. Continue reading