An island hopping paradise, indeed. To celebrate our sixth year together, my boyfriend Terence and I traveled to Islas de Gigantes, a famous group of islands found in Iloilo, Philippines. Despite visiting on June, which is when the rainy season begins in the Philippines, we were thankfully greeted with weather as spectacular as the views. When visiting Iloilo, do allocate a day or two to visit this magical place.
When visiting Islas de Gigantes (also known as Gigantes Islands), you must do an island hopping tour. You cannot miss out on the beauty of these islands! Charter a pump boat with a guide for a whole day of island hopping and experience tropical paradise from day till evening. Here are some of our favorite spots and islands.
CABUGAO GAMAY ISLAND
Witnessing photographs of this island in the past thrilled me to actually set my foot on its sandy shores. Truth be told, the island is a lot smaller than I thought it would be, but nonetheless beautiful. Experiences as such remind to never get overtly hyped up about anything, and to just simply enjoy all that your journey has to offer regardless of expectations. Still, visiting this place left me in awe at how picturesque it is, especially how the water displayed my favorite hues of greens and blues.
Tangke Lagoon was absolutely breathtaking. We had the place all to ourselves during mid-afternoon. Despite being low-tide, wading in its shallow waters and immersing at the view of stunning rock formations was a whole other experience. Interestingly, our guide mentioned that there’s a monkey on the island that usually appears in search of food. This made me wonder if the monkey had any more companions (I really do hope so, plenty of them at that!), and if they ever experience being lonely.
ARJAN RESORT BEACH FRONT
Have you ever traveled to a place and reminisce about certain moments spent there? Moments that are top-of-mind. When the process of getting there has been done and all the photos have been taken, these have to be my favorite moments: floating on my back and facing a vast sky instead of a ceiling, smiling at my best friend and partner in life while doing silly things in the ocean, curling up into a ball while holding your breath underwater to personally beat your best score. Having lived these moments makes my heart full in a chest-tightening way. I hope you have memories that make you feel this way, too.
To get here from Iloilo City, view this helpful guide. If ever you need help with directions, don’t be shy to talk to the locals! Hospitable locals around the country are nothing new to me (having lived in the Philippines since birth), but people from Iloilo are really the warmest and friendliest people you will ever meet.
Have the time of your life!
P.S. I didn’t post an itinerary this time because it gets quite time-consuming to do. We stayed in Iloilo for two days and another day in Guimaras, so it will be pretty complicated to make. Should I still post the itinerary we used? Have my itineraries even been helpful to you guys? Y/N? Or maybe I could just post itineraries of day trips? Let me know what you think by commenting below! ♡
On another note, I’m thinking of posting more writings on this blog (more poetry or maybe short essays, yes?), so expect changes in the next couple of months. Thank you for sharing this journey with me!