Cabugao Gamay Island: History and Travel Guide
In Iloilo, particularly in Gigantes Sur, Carles, you will find a beautiful small island called Cabugao Gamay. If you will look at it from afar, the inherent beauty and peculiar shape of the island is apparent. In fact, it attracts most travelers for its lush green rock hills, powdery white sandbar, and exciting activities offered in the island. So if you’re itching to enjoy a Gigantes trip this year, Cabugao Gamay is the place to be.
How to Get There
You can book an online plane ticket going to Roxas City if you want a stress-free and faster way to reach Iloilo. From the airport, ride a trike going to the city proper or find a bus or van bound for Estancia in Pueblo de Panay Terminal. Then you will be dropped at Balasan. Ride another tricycle going to Carles, Bancal Port for 30 minutes. At Bancal, ride a boat bound for Gigantes Norte for one and a half hours. But the simplest way to the island is from Barangay Lantangan, Isla de Gigantes Sur. You can charter a pumpboat going to Cabugao for 20-30 minutes.
Compared to Antonia Beach, this island also offers a stunning rock formation as well as a beautiful sandbar surrounded by cerulean waters – ideal for swimming and snorkeling. In 2012, tourism here started to boom with many visitors checking out the island all year round. Some of the attractions are white-sand twin beaches, hidden saltwater lagoons, and amazing sandbars perfect for summer adventures with friends and family.
Looking Back at the Natural Beauty of Gigantes Island
Over the decades, the Gigantes Islands is truly a scenic group of islands in the northeastern tip of Panay. In 1990s, tourists were amazed by Boracay Island that most of them flocked there to enjoy summer months. Just last 2012 when Iloilo was discovered as another tourist spot where pristine white sand beaches are located. And that’s also when the Cabugao Gamay Island was recognized by travelers from around the world.
The island is really small that it extends only several meters away from the eastern beach. You will only see a few coconut trees growing in the islet which makes it a perfect summer getaway. Tourists can even put hammock and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze. However, you might want to rest in a more shaded area since the palm trees decreased after Typhoon Yolanda struck in November 2013.
What To Expect
Cabugao Gamay Island only offers basic facilities to help tourists enjoy their stay. You can rest in one of the native huts available in the island or eat some local dishes and seafood in a small eating house. But there are dining tables and chairs to occupy and some souvenir shops to buy pasalubong for your friends and family back home. Don’t forget to check out the small hill overlooking the island for some awesome view of Islas Gigantes. For souvenir photos, you can take selfies with the coral stones piled up as landmark of the island.
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