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Information about Cabugao Gamay Island

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Cabugao Gamay Islet, Carles, Philippines
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2.8 km
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Cabugao Gamay Island

Cabugao Gamay Island in Islas de Gigantes

Cabugao Gamay is one of the three minor southern isles in the Islas de Gigantes archipelago in Iloilo. Isla de Gigantes is a chain of secluded islands in the north-eastern part of Visayas. One of Cabugao Gamay’s most distinctive features is its rock formation, which is generously covered by vegetation. The white sandbar, which is located at the island’s northern tip, is surrounded by stunning emerald waters that are perfect even for casual swimmers. 



The small island, which is also known as Cabugao Daku or Cabugao Islet, lies northeast of the Panay Island coast and is less than a kilometre away from Gigantes Sur. It takes approximately three hours by car from Iloilo City, plus a two-hour boat ride from the municipality of Estancia. Cabugao Gamay has two white sand beaches formed into a sandbar which connects two islets. 


What to Do Here

Sightseeing is definitely a treat for those who make the effort to reach Cabugao Gamay Island. The huge rock boulder has become the most famous spot on the island. The locals turned it into a view deck and there is a set of wooden stairs to help visitors enjoy 360-degree views of the whole island.

Relaxing is definitely easy in Cabugao because there are only a few people living here at present. There is a small store that sells refreshments to tourists and little cottages for those looking for a respite from the island sun.

Visitors can also take advantage of the usual island activities, including kayaking, snorkelling, and paddle boarding. Make sure to go swimming at Antonia Beach and Bantigue Sandbar. Explorers will definitely appreciate the wonders of Tangke Lagoon and the caves of Bakwitan or Pawikan.

There are gears for rent on the island, but it’s advisable to bring your own. Island hopping can take the whole day, so make sure to stock up on water and small food items like biscuits to take with you on the boat.