Day 2 of our Isla de Gigantes trip was island hopping day. We started off around 8 AM. We made the right decision to do the island hopping on our second day, which happens to be a Sunday, when most of the local tourists were already leaving in time for Monday’s first day of work. That means the islands will be less crowded by now. (Read about our first day in Isla de Gigantes here.)
Just as we set off, we saw this passenger boat leaving for Estancia, jam-packed with passengers
Stop 1: Tanque Lagoon
Coming from Langub, we reached Tangue (or Tangke in Filipino, tank in English) Lagoon in Gigantes Sur in about 15 minutes. A few boats were already docked when we reached the lagoon. From our boat, the lagoon is hidden behind the rocks surrounding it like a fortress. The lagoon revealed itself after we climbed the rocky borders.
I expected fewer visitors but this is for sure better than if we had gone the day before. Since a few boats were already lined up near the “entrance” to the lagoon, we had to hop on to the other boats to get to the access point. I didn't expect that the first stop in our island hopping would be…a boat hopping.
My imagination sees Kingkong on the left, guarding the lagoon
Once I was inside the lagoon dipping in its cold clear water, looking at the 360 degrees view of the limestone cliffs is just incredible. Natural rock formations formed small slabs near the end of the lagoon, where one can hangout and sit (be careful, it’s sharp though) for a while. My butt found a nice spot but alas, it also found a small plastic food packaging sitting prettily on the rock.
I know tourists have to pay an environmental fee to maintain the clean state of the lagoon, but please, please, please, don’t throw any garbage anywhere at the sea. Take all wastes with you until you can throw them away in the proper garbage bins.
This spot is I think where one goes cliff diving. We didn’t try and nobody was doing it at that time. How can you with the boats docked on the side?
Stop 2: Cabugao Gamay
Cabugao Gamay can be spotted from the docking area in Tanque Lagoon. Upon docking, we first strolled the southern tip of the island.
The other tip of the island is a smaller rock hill, which could be climbed using a combination of natural rocky steps and wooden stairs. At the top is a marvelous view of the most photographed vista of Cabugao Gamay.
It is a challenge to photograph this view differently as the vantage point is quite limited, not unless I acquire the genes of Spiderman.
Some wooden tables and benches are available under the shade of coconut trees, perfect for lunch time.
Feasting my eyes on more views of rock formations, white sand beach, trees and crystal clear waters:
Stop 3: Bantigue Sandbar
Another one of Isla de Gigantes’ set of islands, Bantigue Island is a long sand bar that is best visited during low tide. The sandbar had a snake-like curve at the time we went.
The heat of the sun was at its peak at the time we got there so we decided to skip swimming. Instead, we explored the other end of the island (which gave us sunburn just the same, hehe), where a small fishing village (if you would consider 10-15 families a village) exists.
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Stop 4: Antonia Beach
At first, I confused Antonia Beach to be an island. I later learned that it’s actually a large sandbar at the tip of Gigantes Sur. We arrived at the beach with a snack mode ON so we bought something that’ll make our stomachs busy. There’s one sari-sari store near the benches, where visitors could buy food and yes, beer is available, too.
After some chats, laughs, chewing and a bottle of beer, we snorkeled at one side of the beach. Corals, fishes and sea grass are not far from the shore. We then said goodbye to the fishes and went up the unique rock formation at one end of the beach. The rocks formed slanting slabs that looked like they were layered.
Sunset in Isla de Gigantes
We then went back to Jesa Beach Resort and after a refreshing shower, we went out again to witness the sunset along the shores.
Dramatic shot in preparation for sunset?
What a wonderful sunset to end the day. 🙂
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