When I started planning for our Islas de Gigantes trip, the name Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn was on almost all my searches with glowing reviews. I, who trusts reviews big time, have decided to give it a go and got in touch with them through their Facebook Page. I got a reply and have asked me to send a text message to the owner, which I did. After exchanging few messages, we came to an agreement.
You must have probably seen dozens of photos of Islas de Gigantes also known as Gigantes Islands as you sift through some destinations in the Philippines over the internet. Its postcard-like immaculate white sand beaches and astounding karst formations have caught the attention of many and had urged them to come and spend a day or two, or even more in this so-called Paradise.
An overcast skies greeted us on our arrival at the busy Estancia Port in Iloilo after an hour and a half long drive from Roxas City. At the pier, we met our contact, Sir Nick, with him was one of the guides, Jojo, from Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn where we booked our all-in Islas de Gigantes trip. Arriving early gave us ample time to procure our provisions for some snacks and most importantly, drinking water. It also gave us the advantage in choosing our seats as we were to take a passenger boat going to the island.
Gigantes Islands is a chain of ten islands off the northernmost coasts of the municipality of Carles in Iloilo. This group of islands have been luring local and international travelers alike in an impressive accelerated rate over the past few years. But can we, the average Joe, afford to have a vacation in this fast-rising dream destination?