Islas de Gigantes is a island connected with the larger Western Visayas archipelago in the Visayas Sea. It is located in the municipality of Carles, Iloilo Philippines. And the northernmost part of Iloilo. The Gigantes Islands have 10 islands, the 2 largest are Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur. According to the 2010 census. It has a population of 12,224 there is also a lighthouse on Gigantes Norte.
Gigantes Island group is used to be called Salauag or Sabuluag, its is the name of a species of a tree endemic to the islands. During the Spanish colonial era, this name was replaced to Gigantes. Local legend describes coffins found inside Bakwitan Cave that has gigantic sets of human bones, which consituted the name change. Because of this reason, local also beleive that the island is inhabited by enkantos.
There’s a LightHouse build on Gigantes Norte some time before 1895. It is designated ARLHS PHI-094, its white 38 foot high tower features a keeps house and a focal point 77 feet in the air. It flashes once every 10 seconds. The Lantangan Elementary School in Gigantes Sur have a student population of 1,144. Higher tan the population of there mainland schools.
The Gigantes Island is located 18 kilometers (11mi) from Panay Island in The Visayan Sea. Gigantes Norte is 213 meters (698 ft) at his highest point, and Gigantes Sur is 232 metres (761 ft) at his highest point.
The two main islands, The Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur has the following minor islets: Gigantillo, Gigantuna, and Buladiang are islets southeast of Gigantes Norte, while Bantigui, Cabugao, Tanguingui, Antonia, and Turnina are islands and islets south Gingantes Sur.The Gigastes Islands consists of the following 4 barangays. On Gigantes Sur is Gabi and Lantangan and On Gigantes Norte is Asluman and Granada.
Boats are chartered from Bancal Port in Carles. Public Ferries leave daily from Bancal Port to Gigantes Sur or Gigantes Norte. While the Private boats can also be chartered to reach the islands. It need approximately an hour from Bancal to Gigantes Island.