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Visiting the Lighthouse of Gigantes Island Dec 30, 2016

Visiting the Lighthouse of Gigantes Island

Location Google Map: Gigantes Island, Gigantes Island North (barangay), Carles (municipality), Iloilo (province), Philippines

Continuing Ride
I was still on the back of a single motorcycle after seeing Bakwitan Cave when we proceeded to the northern-most tip of the island to view the lighthouse. Getting there was through a 5-ft wide concrete road that more or less hugs the island perimeter. At some point, we walked about 50 meters to the lighthouse.

Real Charm
The original lighthouse built by the Spanish has long been replaced by a new and modern one with the help of the Japanese. There used to be access for people to climb up the lighthouse and get a more scenic view. But some tourists who went up there played around risking damage to the solar panels, and posted their selfies on Facebook. Since then, the lighthouse was fenced-in - no one could go up anymore.

Visiting the Lighthouse of Gigantes Island
new lighthouse in the background and old original building on the foreground

View
The real magic of this place isn't the lighthouse but the view of the waters and the surrounding islands. The sea-breeze was strong and refreshing which only complemented the scenery.

Old Building
The old Spanish building still remains but no longer in use. Its partial ruins, the peeling paint, the old architecture, the encroachment of the wild vines draping themselves on the edifice were all artistic, dramatic and nostalgic of a bygone era.

Ending Thoughts
The panoramic view of the ocean including the nearby islands, the strong wind sweeping through your hair and the charm of the original building make the trip to this place compelling.

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Admission is FREE. They used to charge an admission fee, but that has since been waived. The only expense is the motorcycle hire.

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Google Map Gigantes Island, Carles, Iloilo, Philippines

tourist attractions in Gigantes Island tourist attractions
  • Bakwitan Cave in Gigantes Island Bakwitan Cave - deep cave with high chambers and connection stalactites and stalagmites
  • lighthouse in Gigantes Island Lighthouse - scenic view, abandoned Spanish-era building with patina and nostalgic architecture
  • Antonia Beach in Gigantes Island Antonia Beach - white sand beach, limestone rock face you can climb on | 11°35'07.88"N 123°21'18.58"E
  • Bantigue Sandbar in Gigantes Island Bantigue Sandbar - long, extended and winding sandbar
  • Cabugao Gamay Island in Gigantes Island Cabugao Gamay Island - small island with white sand beach and viewpoint
  • Tangke Lagoon in Gigantes Island Tangke Lagoon - inland lagoon that goes with the tide
hotels in Carles hotel

Bancal Port, Carles FYI / Tips

How to Get to Gigantes Island, Carles from Roxas City

  1. from the city proper, take a tricycle to the bus terminal P10/pax, 10 mins
  2. at the bus terminal, take a Ceres bus bound for Estancia but get off at the Balasan Crossing P69/pax, 2.5 hours. Ask the bus conductor to let you off at the junction bound for Carles. Better, at the bus terminal, if there is a bus heading straight for Carles, take it - but there are more buses leaving for Estancia
  3. at the Balasan Crossing, take a tricycle to the market P10/pax, 10 mins
  4. at the market, take a jeep for Carles town proper P15/pax, 30 mins
  5. at the Carles town proper, take a single motorcycle to the Bancal Port P15/pax, 10 mins
  6. at Bancal Port, you can board the boat for Gigantes Island (departs 10am)

Bancal Port, Carles Cost Index

(US$1 = Php 49.62 as of Jan 2, 2017)

Gigantes Island FYI / Tips

Alternative way to tour Gigantes Island from Estancia

Paon Beach ClubIf you only want a day tour to Gigantes Island and stay the night in Estancia where there are more offerings - restos, cafes, night life, etc., you can check-in at Paon Beach Club and book a tour package with them. One payment takes care of everything - boat ride, guide, lunch, water, island fees. It's a lot easier to get to Estancia from Roxas City or Iloilo City than it is to travel all the way to Gigantes Island to book the tour there.

Carles/Estancia, Iloilo Blogs by TheLoneRider

  1. 3 Days in Estancia, Iloilo Jan 2-4, 2017
  2. Gigantes Island Boat Tour Dec 31, 2016
  3. Visiting the Lighthouse of Gigantes Island Dec 30, 2016
  4. Exploring Bakwitan Cave of Gigantes Island Dec 30, 2016
  5. Overnight in Carles, Iloilo Dec 29-30, 2016
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