Travel Iloilo – Things to do in Gigantes Island – Adventure series PART I
Iloilo is a major travel and heritage destination located in heart-shaped Panay Island in Central Philippines. Its fertile land nourished a people, the Ilonggos, who are distinguished for the warm and romantic song-like melody of their spoken language, Hiligaynon.
Iloilo is often called as the “Heart of the Philippines.” This is especially true in its multifaceted collection of tourist spots and attractions. Iloilo’s rich heritage is showcased in its delicious cuisine, treasured historical buildings, cultural traditions, captivating natural landscapes, and in many exciting festivals celebrated throughout the province. Intrepid travelers who come to visit often discover that all the best reasons, why travelers love to visit the Philippines, can be experienced in Iloilo.
Iloilo can be reached on direct flights from major Philippine cities including Manila, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, and Cagayan de Oro. Direct international flights are also available from Hong Kong and Singapore to the Iloilo Airport. By plane, travel time to Iloilo takes around 1 hour from Manila, 30 minutes from Cebu, 2 hours and 30 minutes from Hong Kong, and 3 hours and 30 minutes from Singapore.
The Gigantes Islands, also known as 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. Those willing to go the “extra mile” can look forward to enjoying beautiful seascapes and a laid-back island lifestyle that Gigantes has to offer. 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 Boracay, Bohol, and other mainstream tourist destinations in the Philippines.
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