Sicogon island is located in the northern region of Iloilo, flanked by Panay Island on the west and the Visayan Sea on the east. It is 0.8 km away from Calagna-an Island on the southeast, while nearby islands surrounding it include Balbagon Island on the east, Canas Island up north.
It is under the municipality of Carles, Iloilo, and the name Sicogon comes from a type of grass endemic in the island, called cogon.
Jutting off the coast of Brgy. Buwaya on Sicogon island lies a small island called Tumaquin Island. It is accessible by boat but is so near that it can even by traversed by foot during the low tide. There are various diving and snorkeling spots nearby where some of the clearest blue waters can be found, perfect for swimming and sunbathing.
The highest peak in Sicogon island in Mt. Opao, where you will have an unobstructed view from the summit’s center and the surrounding islands along the entire coastline. It may be reached by hiking or trekking.
The white sandy beach along Brgy. Buaya is punctuated by coconut trees and small nipa huts that can be rented by day trippers, or even overnight. The sunrise view from the same beach front offers one of the most memorable and picturesque views, definitely a sign not to be missed.
Sicogon used to be a luxury destination resort during its heyday in the 1970’s, but fell into disrepair shortly after martial law. Despite this, the island paradise retained its natural beauty, with its gorgeous lagoons, lush mangroves, and hidden coves waiting to be rediscovered by curious tourists and visitors.
Today it is slowly regaining its former glory, with private developers leading the way. The Sicogon Island Tourism Estate, for instance, is committed to help created a sustainable masterplanned tourism estate that will include resorts, retail shops, transport systems such as an airport and jetty port.