Monday, March 27, 2017

Inland Tour: Lighthouse and Bakwitan Cave, Gigantes North

From my previous blogs about my IloIlo trip, I talked about the tour package we availed prior our visit and what were the inclusions on it like two-way boat transfer from Estancia port to Gigantes Island, 1 Day island hopping, and lastly the Inland tour.

And on this blog, I’ll share our inland tour experience or the side trip we did while in Gigantes Island which covers the Gigantes North Island Lighthouse and Bakwitan Cave located in Gigantes North.

How to get there?
The inland tour is located in Gigantes North where we stayed in (See my blog post Rosewood Place Resort). It was a short tour which took us about 4 hours. Our very accommodating tour guide offered us this tour for Php200 per head with transportation already. Just note that only habal-habal (motorcycle) is their means of transportation in the place. 


Our call time was around 6am and our first stop was the lighthouse.

Gigantes North Island is perfect for sunrise viewing. It’s just a small place that you will really love because of the old structures. Really a fun area to take photos. 


To reach Bakwitan Cave, you need to go trekking first. It was just a short trail and not that steep but it was sort of challenging on our part because the trail was muddy since it rained before the day we trekked.

The term ‘Bakwitan’ is an Ilonggo dialect derived from the word ‘evacuate-an’ which means to refuge. The cave served as the refuge area for the locals during war and up until now they use it as an evacuation site during calamities or typhoons. The recent one was when the area was hit by the strong typhoon Yolanda.

 DO's and DONT's inside the cave

There are many interesting and fantastic stalagmites and stalactites formations inside the cave.

If you really have extra time, I really suggest to add this up to your tour. Or better include it already to your itinerary, it only takes up half of the day anyway. It would also be a great experience to see the beauty or sanctuary around Gigantes North.


Day 00

04:30 PM ETA IloIlo International Airport
05:00 - 06:00 PM Check In at Hotel (Fleur De Liz Inn)
06:00 - 10:00 PM Go to City Proper (Dinner)
12:00 AM - Lights Off

Day 01

03:00 AM Early Call Time
04:00 AM ETD Fleur De Liz Inn
07:00 AM ETA Estancia Port
07:00 - 09:00 AM Boat ride to Gigantes Island
09:00 - 05:00 PM Gigantes Island Tour Package --> Click Island Hopping in Gigantes Island blog
05:00 PM Onwards Free Time @ Rosewood Place Resort

Day 02

06:00 - 10:00 AM Lighthouse/Caving in Gigantes Island
10:00 - 12:00 PM Boat ride to Estancia Port
12:00 - 01:00 PM Lunch at Estancia Port
04:00 - 05:00 PM ETA IloIo City/Check Inn Hotel
05:00 - 06:00 PM La Paz Market (Netong's Batchoy/Madge Cafe) --> Click Netong's Original La Paz batchoy blog
06:00 PM Onwards Dinner/Night Life at Smallville, IloIlo 

Day 03
06:00 - 07:00 AM Early Call time
07:00 - 08:00 AM Breakfast
08:00 - 01:00 PM City Tour/Buy Pasalubong
      a.)  Jaro Cathedral @ Jaro Plaza and pass by Nelly’s Garden and Lizares Mansion
      b.)  Museo Iloilo 
      c.)   Molo Church 
      d.)   Calle Real
01:00 - 03:00 PM Back to IloIlo Airport/Lunch
05:00 PM Flight back to Manila


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