Cari amici, oggi il nostro viaggio nelle Filippine continua nelle Isole dei Giganti. Alla scoperta delle grotte nascoste dietro alle formazioni rocciose e alle scogliere. Vi spiego perché vengono chiamate le “grotte mistiche”. E intorno sabbia bianchissima e acque ricche di pesci. Un vero paradiso.
Islas de Gigantes or the islands of giants, is a remote group of islands located off the coast of Carles and Estancia towns in northeastern Iloilo, Philippines. It takes at least 5 hours to get there from Iloilo City. The Gigantes Islands consist of about ten islands; the two largest are Gigantes Norte (North Gigantes) and Gigantes Sur (South Gigantes).
The islands are blessed with pristine white sand beaches, bountiful fresh seafood, and jagged rock formations shrouded by mystical tales of locals. Despite the increase of tourist arrivals in recent years, Gigantes has retained its off-beat charm and remains relatively underdeveloped compared to other mainstream tourist destinations in the Philippines.
The attractions and activities that you can do on the Islas de Gigantes are:
– Taking a trip for island hopping tour. To see its magnificent beaches and islands. It takes half a day, at least, to visit the main sites, which includes Cabugao Gamay Island, Tangke, Antonia Beach, Bantigue Island, and Pawikan Cave.
– Relax at white sand beaches because the Island is blessed with many white sand beaches and sandbars. The main islands, Gigantes Norte, and Gigantes Sur, may have their own sandy beaches but the best ones can be found at Antonia, Cabugaw Gamay Island, and Bantigue, which can only be reached by boat from the resorts.
– You can explore the mystical caves hidden behind steep rock formations and cliffs. Many of these like Pawikan Cave have spacious caverns that can be easily explored. It is said that the island chain got its name from over-sized coffins found at Bakwitan Cave in Gigantes Norte that contained gigantic sets of human bones.
– Visit the old lighthouse, Ruins of a Spanish-colonial lighthouse found at the northern shore of Gigantes Norte Island. Climbing to the top of the modern lighthouse that stands beside it affords a breathtaking view of the sea.
– Who love going to Rock Scrambling. A very steep rocky trail in Gigantes Sur leads to the top of the row of limestone cliffs that the locals call as the “Boulevard.” This high vantage point provides a 360-degree view of Gigantes group of islands and the Visayan sea.
– You can look forward to cheap and fresh seafood in Gigantes, unofficially known as the scallop’s capital of the Philippines. The islands are also abundant in fish, squid, crabs, shrimp among other aquatic delights and more affordable.
It’s more fun in the Philippines.