If you’re the type of tourist who long to visit places that few have seen and been to, then you’ll definitely be a fan of what Gigantes Islands has to offer.

Situated just outside of northern Iloilo’s Estancia and Carles, the island chain—known as Islas de Gigantes to locals—provides an off-the-grid experience contrary to what you’re used to. 

Unlike Boracay and other popular beach destinations, Gigantes Islands remain relatively undeveloped and untouched by urbanization. 

And here, the sea and the earth meet in their unadulterated form to shape unique islets furnished with pristine white sands, turquoise waters, and mystical rock formations that will certainly make an impression – if not leave you in awe. 

So, are you interested yet? If YES, you don’t have to worry about a thing since we’ll be curating the best islands to visit in Iloilo’s Gigantes. Just scroll down to see our list!

  • Pulupandan Islet

Often the first stop for island hopping tours, the Pulupandan Islet is a great starter to what Gigantes Islands has in store, especially when it comes to scenery. 

While it offers the same clear blue waters, what makes it truly distinct is its white coral sand. 

  • Cabugao Gamay Island

As one of the more well-known islets in Islas de Gigantes, Cabugao Gamay island more than lives up to its name.

Not only will you feel truly at one with nature when you’re here, but you’ll also bear witness to just how unique land formations can be.

  • Antonia Island

If you’re a fan of sea creatures, you’ll match perfectly with Antonia Island – also known as Sandwich Island for its peculiar shape. Here, tourists can interact with marine animals through snorkeling.

It’s also the perfect spot to eat during your island hopping tour as food hubs are set up along the stretch of the islet. 

  • Tinagong Baybay

One of the more secluded locations in the Gigantes chain of islands, Tinagong Baybay offers a more peaceful atmosphere compared to other islets. 

Here, limestone formations are abundant and the sand is at its finest. It also offers a great panoramic view of the whole Silas de Gigantes – perfect for those who like taking pictures.

  • Bantigue Island

For those who love watching the sun go down, Bantigue Island will be the perfect companion. The islet is famed for its amazing sunset view. 

Apart from this, it’s also famous for its sand bar, which shifts in form depending on sea level and the weather.

  • Tangke Saltwater Lagoon

The Tangke Saltwater Lagoon is famed for being enclosed within oddly shaped karst formations – made more mystical by its green emerald water. 

So, what are you waiting for? Plan your dream island-hopping adventure now and commence your postponed travel plans once domestic travel restrictions are eased. 

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