Friday, February 20, 2015

Hiding Out in Gigante Norte

photo by Bombette G. Marin

The Gigantes Group of Islands in Carles, Iloilo is known for its fabulous island beaches with has soft white sand and crystal clear water. Local and foreign tourists come to the islands every year to enjoy the sea, sand and sun. Its beaches charm visitors with their authentic beauty. Surprisingly, it never gets packed.

The beauty and breath-taking views of Gigante Norte is not to be missed. It is a 60-90 minute motorized pumpboat ride from the wharf of Barangay Bangkal in mainland Carles, is a restful alternative to the bustle of the city.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

You will love the blue green water and the relaxing atmosphere. The island is surrounded by green mountains towering to 699 feet as its highest. It is considered to be one of the biggest islands in the island chain of the Gigantes, Gigante Norte along with Gigante Sur is separated by a 5-mile channel or a 20-minute pumpboat ride.  Gigante Norte is politically subdivided into two barangays: Granada and Asluman. The best way to get around and enjoy the natural and historical attractions in the island is to take motorcycle ride.

photo by Bombette G. Marin
It is an island full of character. It is both beautiful and private. It is a secluded island perfect for those who want to get away for a romantic stay.

It offers a wide range of activities. Rise early and stock up for a picnic at the neighboring Gigante Sur because visitors will be spending the rest of the day on island beaches (Cabugao Gamay, Gabugao Dako, Antonia, Pulupandan and Bantigue) many who have experienced fell in love with. For starters, the site here is great, but most appealing is the sense of seclusion provided by stretches of white sand. Laze away the rest of the afternoon on the beach.

Another interesting thing to do in the island resort, not surprisingly, is snorkelling and swimming in the calm and crystal clear waters somewhere between the island barangay of Asluman and the three small, islands of Gigantillo, Gigatuna, Gigantito.

photo by Bombette G. Marin

Ride over to the iconic structure of the Parola or watchtower built in 1898. It stands almost 38 feet or 12 meters high a few feet away from its ruined keepers’ house. It is known to be one of Iloilo’s oldest lighthouses. Though no longer in use, visitors are welcome to ascend the steps and squeeze into the lantern for a panoramic view of its neighboring islands. Visitors can also explore the caves of Bakwitan and Drier.

JESSA BEACH RESORT, Barangay Granada, photo by Bombette G. Marin

Island resorts are not just private playgrounds for the rich and famous; they are also for the budget-conscious travellers. Gigante Norte offers several lodging options most of which can accommodate around 20 guests and features dishes fresh from the sea daily. But course, the location and amenities vary and are the major rate factors.

Barangay Granada,
photo by Bombette G. Marin
Carles is the last town north of the province of Iloilo. It is 147.6 kilometers away or a 3-hour bus ride from Northern Iloilo Public Transport Terminal in Barangay Tagbak, Jaro, Iloilo City. It is politically subdivided into 33 barangays with a land area of 11,202 hectares). 

To get to island, one can take motorized boat ride from Bangkal Fishing Port in the mainland. 

For more information, please contact Miss Marjorie Gumban-Municipal Tourism Officer at 09198871348 or Miss Ananie Abad-Chairman, Municipal Tourism Council at 09989771419.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bette! Glad we can connect here! Looking forward to your posts.


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