Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cabugao Gamay in Carles: Unbelievably Beautiful!

photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes

Carles, the last municipality northeast of Iloilo Province puts visitors in the middle of an array of islands. A world of untouched beaches, sparkling open water, and history-laden villages extend in every direction. Island hopping in the area can be the most exciting vacation experience you will ever have when in Carles. The only thing that might be difficult for you is choosing, which island to visit.

The Gigantes Group of Islands and its neighboring islets in Carles, Iloilo are amongst the most beautiful in Iloilo. To fully capture the beauty and adventure of this municipality, It is best to sail from island to island. It is an overdose of adventure travel. Hop in to three or more islands in Carles in one single visit. An island-hopping adventure in the area will take you to islands made for every mood. Mostly, it is a backpackers delight. Settlements are also preferred stops for island hopping adventurers.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

One of the more popular island hideaways, and certainly among the most popular is Cabugao Gamay (Cabugao “Small”). After docking at the base of the island, a climb up the rocky hill steps to a breathtaking view of its outlying area and it is well worth the effort. Several other white sand island beaches are seen adjacent to the beach: Cabugao Dako (Cabugao “Big”), Bantigue Island in Barangay Gabi and Tangke in Barangay Gabi, Gigantes Norte.

photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes

Cabugao Gamay is known to be one of the pearls of the municipality. With its laid-back ambience, it is a spectacular and exotic island where it remains remote and unspoiled getaway.

photo by Vincent Angelo Gefes

Many of tourists who visited this island destination cannot be wrong---it is one of the most beautiful destinations in Iloilo. It is surrounded by azure waters excellent for diving and snorkeling activities as well as one of Iloilo’s most popular island-hop spots.

An hour pumpboat ride from Bangcal Fish Port in Barangay Bangcal (municipal wharf), this jewel is set within almost three hectare of unique and unspoiled beauty where the beach is sandy and its warm waters attract visitors. Its white sand united with the blue sea and waves a little flat is filled with corals and colorful and multi-colored queen scallop shells into hiding rows.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

Even among the other islands in Iloilo, Carles vacations are something special. It is one of Iloilo's most idyllic destinations. The beaches are considered by many to be unsurpassed in the province. Visitors can walk, swim, sunbathe, picnic, or snorkel and scuba dive. The options are endless and limited only by the imagination. The carefree spirit of Carles is the very definition of the life in the islands.

Cabugao Gamay islet as seen from theside of the  monolith cliff of Tangke, photo by Bombette G. Marin

Carles is 146 kilometers away or a three-hour bus ride from Iloilo City. The municipality has 33 barangays, 15 are situated in the mainland and 18 are scattered in the different islands. It bounded on the northeast by Visayan Sea, Jintotolo Channel on the north, and the Guimaras Strait on the east. It has a total land area of 11,204.68 hectares spread out in both the mainland and its scattered islands with a total area of 154,719 hectares of territorial waters.

Transport connections within the northern and east central portion of Iloilo Province are fairly good. To get to the towns within these areas, busses and jeepneys are available daily at the NORTHERN CENTRAL ILOILO TRANSPORT TERMINAL, INC. in Barangay Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City.

For more information, please contact Joel Decano – Municipal Tourism Officer of Carles at 09184685006 or Joseph Decano – tourguide at 09081796579.

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