Cabugao Gamay Island, Carles Iloilo – How to Get There

Cabugao Gamay Island, Isla de Gigantes

Situated two kilometers off the coast, Cabugao Gamay is one of the stunningly magnificent islands collectively known as Islas de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo. Seen from a distance, its unusual shape and natural splendor is enough reason to spark the curiosity of tourists, both local and foreign.

A huge portion of the island is a rock mass veneered in lush vegetation. The embracing water is of deep emerald green, exposing the thriving marine life. The main feature of the island is the white sandbar stretching on the northern tip. And at the end of the sandbar sits an interesting rock formation, which makes Cabugao Gamay a little more exciting.

How to Get There

From the metro as a starting point, you can reach Iloilo via 55 minute plane flight. Check available flights From Iloilo International airport, take a 3 to 4 hour bus ride in Jaro District to Estancia (P180 fare). And from the bus terminal in Estancia, catch a 10 minute tricycle (local rickshaw) to the local fishing port.


From the fishing port, you can reach Brgy. Lantangan in Isla de Gigantes by means of 2-hour passenger ferry ride (P150 fare). The ferry departs only once a day at 2pm. (It is very important that you get to the port as early as possible). Simply ask the locals where you can find the ferry (M/V Romel or M/V Three Sisters).

Working Your Way Around Gigantes Islands

Tangke Salt Water Lagoon

Tangke Salt Water Lagoon Photo Credits to Marcos Chymera

Island hopping is the best way to appreciate the beautiful network of islands. There are lots of fishing boats at Lantangan that are more than happy to take you around the islands if the price is right. You can get a boat about P2,000 depending on how good you are when it comes to negotiation.

Depending on your length of stay, there are lots of things to include in your itinerary such as:

·         Cabugaw Gamay Island
·         Putting Baybay (Lumpatan Rock)
·         Pawikan Cave
·         Balbagon Island
·         Spanigh-colonial Lighthouse
·         Tangke Salt Water Lagoon
·         Uaydahon Island
·         Balay ni Mayor

Pawikan Cave Isla Gigantes Sur, Carles, Iloilo

Pawikan Cave Photo Credits to d E y v

Some Drawbacks

One thing that may get you a bit frustrated is the lack of accessible accommodation in the islands. You can check this link for the nearest hotels in Cabugao Gamay. Another thing is the shortage of electricity – the area is powered by a generator during nighttime (7pm to dawn). But these are just minor setbacks compared to what the islands can provide every tourist – the chance to relax and enjoy an unadulterated island escape!

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