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Getting to Gigantes Island From Bancal

    The primary entry point to Gigantes from mainland Panay are the municipalities of Carles and Estancia, which can be reached by land from all of Panay Island’s major transportation hubs, including Iloilo International Airport, Kalibo International Airport, Roxas City Airport, and Boracay Airport (in Caticlan).

    The easiest and quickest method to get to the Gigantes Islands is through Bancal Port in the town of Carles.

    Every day at around noon, passenger boats travel from Carles and Estancia to Gigantes.

    The usual starting point for travel to the Islas de Gigantes would be at the Bancal Port in Carles, Iloilo.

    Make sure to pay the environmental charge at the tourism office before boarding the boat. Around 1 to 1.5 hours are needed to get from Bancal to the Gigantes Islands.

    When planning a trip to Gigantes, remember that the boat only runs Bancal for Gigantes Norte Island once daily. Therefore, we suggest you arrive at the port early.

    Fortunately, the tour operators offer special tours to individuals who purchase tour packages at the prearranged time.

    Rates for Boat Rental:

    • For up to 10 people, a small boat costs 3,500 pesos.
    • Medium Boat for 11 to 15 People, P5,000
    • Big Boat: P6,000; seats 16–30 people.
    • Another option for sea travel to Gigantes Island is in Estancia, Iloilo.

    To get to and around Gigantes instead, tourists can charter a boat from either seaport. There are no public transportation options in Gigantes, therefore you must charter a boat in order to go between the islands. Narrow inland roads connect the many villages on the larger islands, Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur.

    Spend time relaxing on one of the many white sand beaches and sandbars in Gigantes. The most fantastic beaches may be found at Antonia, Cabugaw Gamay Island, and Bantigue, which are all only accessible by boat from the resorts. In addition, the main islands of Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur may have sandy beaches.

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