Islands and Beaches

Isla Gigantes’ Mini Sandbar Will Be Your Next Tambayan


Yua Dominguez
Yua Dominguez | Aug 13, 2018
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The mini sandbar positioned in the vicinity of the docking area of Isla Gigantes is the nearest and quickest R&R scene you can go to. If your accommodation is situated on the other side of the island, then just a hire a habal-habal to bring you here. Remember, your landmark is the wharf where the passenger boat from Bancal port came from.




Like ours, our hostel Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn, is not a beachfront accommodation. Its inside the provincial town beside the local elementary school. Good thing there’s a sandbar near the wharf! Its’ coast was our cosy bed the whole afternoon.



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How To Get Here

  • There are regular flights from Manila to Roxas or Iloilo
  • From either Roxas or Iloilo city, head straight to Bancal port at Carles or Estancia port
  • Ride a passenger boat heading to Isla Gigantes 
  • From here, you may ride a habal-habal to bring you at the sandbar

Nearby Destinations

  • Islands included in the island hopping: Cabugao Island, Antonia Island, Tangke Lagoon, Bulubadiang Island, Bantigue Sandbar, Calubang Island
  • In Isla Gigantes town proper, rent a habal-habal to see the historic Spanish house and lighthouse
  • Explore Bakwitan Cave
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