|Enroute to Gigantes Group of Island. At Estancia Port.|
I only see those postcard perfect shots of Gigantes Group Islands on travel blogs, online search engines and tourism posters of DOT when I had my Iloilo Trip last year prior to Dinagyang Festival. So when, a travel blogger Sir Mike of Travelling Panda posted an invitation going to Gigantes, with no doubt at all, I joined the event and searched right away a flight bound to Panay Island. It was month of June when I got a sure slot to the event as I already booked a flight to Kalibo International Airport. Yes, you read it right. My flight is bound to Kalibo. Me too was also wondering why I chose that route. It might have due to excitement that I forgot to check the easiest route.
Time fly so fast and after the quick 8 months, this dream destination finally materialized. This must be a good start up to welcome my summer. And what I saw with my very eyes was just an amazing piece of nature and seems surreal. Here's the collection of panoramic photos I captured in that entire travel escapes. Mabubusog ang inyong mga mata tiyak!
Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn
Sunset at the main island
Docking shore of the main island
Cabugao Gamay Island
Side trip to Roxas City, Capiz
How to get there?
The faster route going to Gigantes is through a flight bound to Roxas City if one is coming from Manila. Then, from Roxas City, board on bus or van heading to Estancia in Iloilo (P75) where the port of entry is located. Then hop on passenger boat going to the island. The boat leaves at 2PM but atleast you need to be in the port at 12NN to have sure seat. That is the only trip going and leaving the island.
In my case, I booked a flight bound to Kalibo then from Kalibo I rode on van going to Roxas City, that is for 1.5 hours travel for P120 fare. From Roxas City Integrated Terminal, I boarded on a van with route to Estancia for P75 fare. The trip took an hour long. From the terminal, I rode on tricycle going to Estancia Port about 15 minutes travel for P15 fare. And an arranged boat included in our tour package picked us up. Boat travel took 2 hours to take us in the island.