Sicogon Island

Carles, Iloilo

Sicogon is an island in northern Iloilo, which is part of the municipality of Carles, Iloilo, Philippines. It is named after cogon, a type of grass found in abundance on the island.

Sicogon was a popular tourist destination during the 1970s, famous for its crystal clear waters and long stretch of white sand beach lined with coconut trees. However due to the situation caused by mart ...

ial law, development stalled and Sicogon's popularity faded in favor of Boracay Island.

In 2012 a municipal ordinance that declared Sicogon Island as a tourist destination was recognized by the Sanggunian Panllawigan of Iloilo Province. The declaration aims to revive the island as a tourist destination and to open it for commercial use.

A P10-billion development project was launched in 2013 by the Sicogon Development Corporation (SIDECO), with the intent of reviving Sicogon as a world-class tourist destination. The project included constructing a five-star hotel and resort, seaport and an airport on the existing airstrip.

This plan was not without controversy, as locals clashed with the developer, causing the town of Carles to send an eight-member police force to mediate between the developer, who claimed that residents had agreed to be relocated voluntarily, and residents who said the developer was forcing them off of public lands.

Sicogon is southeast from Calagna-an Island. Other nearby islands include Canas Island in the north, Balbagon Island in the east and Panay Island in the west. Tumaguin Island is accessible by foot from Sicogon during low tide. East of the islands is the Visayan Sea, which is a rich fishing ground and source of livelihood for people living in the region. Sicogon's highest point is Mt. Opao, northeast of barangay Buaya, at 214 meters. The summit is accessible by trekking and on the summit the entire coastline that surrounds the island can be seen.  Wiki

Sicogon Island News

  • Commercial Flights To Sicogon Soon

    Commercial Flights To Sicogon Soon

    The island of Sicogon in Carles, Iloilo would soon be operating an airport servicing commercial planes flying vacationers to the island resort.

    Mayor Siegfredo Betita expressed confidence that the revival of Sicogon as a tourist destination would generate more jobs for the people of Carles, and specifically of the island.

    Sicogon is made up of three barangays - Alipata, Buaya and San Fernando.

    "Second, ma-increase ang income indi lang sang Carles but mga neighboring towns kay maagi man sa ila ang iban nga mga turista," said Betita.

    The private airport of Ayala Land, Inc., which par ...

  • Sicogon Island: A Break A Getaway

    Sicogon Island: A Break A Getaway

    After a hiatus of over two decades, Sicogon Island, once the 80s playground of the rich and famous, is set for a grand reopening in the third quarter of 2018. The 1,100-hectare island in Carles, Northern Iloilo, was then associated with paragliding, kite surfing and cinematic images of the Philippines first Miss Universe Gloria Diaz on its ivory beaches.

    It was acquired by Ayala Land in 2013 which envisioned, with its landowner, to transform the idyllic setting into a thriving and inclusive resort community and jump-off point to other beach destinations like the famous Gigantes Group of Is ...

  • NegOcc Gov BFAR To Boost Visayan Sea Protection

    NegOcc Gov BFAR To Boost Visayan Sea Protection

    Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Mara?on Jr. on Monday welcomed the commitment of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to provide monitoring vessel and patrol boats to boost the protection of the Visayan Sea.

    Mara?on, with Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., BFAR Director Eduardo Gongona, and Cebu Environment and Natural Resources Officer Baltazar Tribunalo Jr., on behalf of Governor Hilario Davide III, signed over the weekend a covenant of commitment and cooperation for the conservation, protection and restoration of the Visayan Sea.

    The rites was held during the 9th ...

  • Sicogon Reopens For Tourism

    Playground of the rich and famous was how many people called Sicogon in the 1970s and the 1980s. Today, the island in Carles town, Iloilo province, is being reborn as a tourism mecca in Western Visayas.

    "The revival of Sicogon is good, not just for me but for the next generation of Sicogon residents," says Arnaldo Salcedo, 52, chief cook of Balay Kogon.

    Balay Kogon is a cluster of six quaint cottages nestled between the sea and hills, and overlooking the crystal-clear blue beach, Tumaquin Islet and the Molo-Polo rock formation, and Mt. Opao from the rear.

    More two-room cottages are e ...

  • Sicogon Island Poised As Western Visayas Next Top Attraction

    Sicogon Island Poised As Western Visayas Next Top Attraction

    AYALA Land Inc., through its Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts in partnership Sicogon Development Corp., (Sideco) formed a joint venture company, the Sicogon Island Tourism Estate Corp. (Site), which started working on the revival of Sicogon Island, formerly known as the playground of the rich and famous in the 70s.

    Located at Carles town in northwest Iloilo Province, Sicogon is envisioned to become the tourism mecca in Western Visayas.

    Rita Ritz Sembrano Cristobal, marketing and sales senior associate of Ayala Land Inc., said that Ayala has started to build Balay Kogon, a cluster of quaint ...

  • Sicogon Island Experience For Everbody

    Sicogon Island Experience For Everbody

    Often overlooked for its more popular neighbors like Boracay or Cebu, Sicogon Island, a thirty-minute boat ride away from Estancia, Iloilo, is a piece of the Philippines that travelers and adventurers dream of: an island that's pure and raw, and blessed with great vistas and spectacular terrain.

    What Sicogon lacks in resort amenities right now, it more than makes up for in its natural wonders, as it offers a true sea-to-summit experience. Best explored via motorcycle, it's the type of island you can leisurely circle within a day.

    Reserve an afternoon for getting to know the lay of the la ...