This was one of my most beautiful beach experiences yet.
Gigantes is actually a group of 2 big islands and several little islets, including the famous Cabugao Gamay (Selfie Island) with an observation hill (you must’ve seen its distinct rounded hill + curved beach on IG hundreds of times).
We were there on a Thursday-Friday so we were spared from summer crowds — in fact, we were the only guests at our resort.
Getting to Gigantes takes a little effort (it is 3-5 hours away from Iloilo city via taxi, van, and boat). But it is so worth it: the beaches are clean, the sand is light and fine, and the waters are so clear. I usually get tired of swimming pretty easily, but here, I was reluctant to leave the water / head back to the boat.
I am thankful that we took this trip — it was a vacation in the truest sense of the word. It felt nice to just let go and have a great time, without worrying about deadlines, or meetings, or budgets. These mini getaways are now extra-precious to me because soon I know we’ll be trying for kids (!) and who knows if we’ll still have alone time like this after that, hehe.
Itinerary after the photos!
HOW WE GOT THERE
- Midnight taxi to Tagbac from Airport (P500)
- 5:30 AM Van to Carles from Tagbac (Around P200)
- 8:30 AM Shuttle Boat to Gigantes Norte (P300 – but there’s a Passenger Boat for P100 only)
- Island Hopping for P2500 / boat for 8pax, +P500 for Guide Fee
WHERE WE STAYED
Rosewood Resort. P1500 for Aircon Room for 2-4 Pax. Highly Recommended. We were the only guests during our stay, loved the extra-special treatment 🙂
WHAT WE DID
- Island hopping and snorkeling
- Eating buckets of scallops, wasay-wasay and grilled tanigue at Antonia resort
- Walking / Swimming along Gigantes Norte’s shore