Islas de Gigantes

Carles, Iloilo

Islas de Gigantes is an island chain within the larger Western Visayas archipelago in the Visayan Sea in Iloilo, Philippines, and the northernmost part of Iloilo province. The Gigantes Islands consist of about ten islands; the two largest are Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur.

The Gigantes group is known in the Philippines for its remote location and unspoiled beaches. There is also ...

a lighthouse on Gigantes Norte.

The Gigantes group used to be called Sabuluag or Salauag, which is the name of a species of tree endemic to the islands. During the Spanish conquest of the Philippines, the name was changed to Gigantes. Local legend describes coffins found inside Bakwitan Cave that contained gigantic sets of human bones, which constituted the name change. For this reason, locals also believe the island is inhabited by enkantos.

Points of interest in the Gigantes group include the Bantigue sandbar, the Parola lighthouse and Bakwitan Cave, one of 73 caves throughout the islands.

Tangke is a saltwater lagoon located within Gigantes Sur. It is surrounded by cliffs. One local myth surrounding Tangke states that the waters would magically rise every year on June 24 during the feast of Saint John the Baptist.  Wiki

Islas de Gigantes News

  • Discovering Panay Island Islas De Gigantes

    I am so happy that i have finally kicked this off out of my bucket list – Visiting Isla de Gigantes. At first I was indecisive since it requires a lot of time but luckily i was able to file a few days off from work, so here we go to our short adventure trip to Panay island.

    Islas de Gigantes is an island chain located in the northern eastern part of panay island. The beautiful seascapes, sapphire seas and clear blue sky is perfect get away for those who seeks tranquillity and relaxation.

    It was a bright sunny day, the sky was a soft shade of blue and warm breeze in the air. Before star ...

  • 4 Philippine Destinations That Didnt Live Up To The Hype

    After traveling for 2-3 years in various places in the country, I've compiled my own list of Philippine destinations that didn't live up to the hype.

    I'd been meaning to write about this for a long time but didn't because I didn't want to offend anyone (*cough* tourism offices) and also because I felt guilty about not enjoying myself as much as I would expect to. I know that's a funny thing to worry about, but hey, try to live in the Philippines where people will cry war at any opinion that's less than all praise and glory.

    In my experience, expectations play a big role on how we react. ...

  • Unique Islands Unique Biodiversity

    Gigantes Islands, or Islas de Gigantes in the municipality of Carles in Iloilo province—is known for its rich fishing ground.

    Lately, hordes of tourists in Carles visit Gigantes, which beauty was discovered by local and foreign tourists through word of mouth in the course of relief operations in the aftermath of Supertyphoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan) in November 2013.

    A second-class municipality with one of the highest poverty incidence in the Visayas, Carles, 18 kilometers from Panay Island in the Visayan Sea, is developing a plan to promote sustainable tourism on Gigan ...

  • Islas de Gigantes Travel Guide Budget And Itinerary

    Here's your latest Islas de Gigantes Travel Guide.

    We at The Happy Trip just concluded our latest trip to Islas de Gigantes. The group of islands and islets, popularly known as Islas de Gigantes or Gigantes Islands is located in the Municipality of Carles in the Province of Iloilo, Philippines.


    The town of Carles in Iloilo can be found in the Northern most of Panay Island. Definitely, the place is far from the chaotic and busy city life. While Islas de Gigantes ( Gigantes Islands) started to attract a good number of tourists both local and abroad, the place is ...

  • Iloilo-Isla De Gigantes

    Gigantes Islands, located in Carles, Iloilo.

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    Summer is around the corner! Is there a better way to enjoy the season than frolicking in a beautiful beach? Yes, and it is called island hopping—a must-do activity during these sunny months. You won't just visit beaches but also secret lagoons, coves, inlets, marine sanctuaries, and more! We gathered 25 of our best island hopping sojourns, and we highly encourage you to visit these paradises.

    For our foreign readers who don't know what this adventure is, island hopping refers to a recreational activity of cruising from one island to another. It traces its activity back to World War 2 whe ...