Cabugao Gamay Island, The Face of Islas de Gigantes

Cabugao Gamay Island has been the popular face of Islas de Gigantes ever since it first went viral online causing for it to be often mistaken as the Islas de Gigantes itself. For the record, this small island is just one of the many islands in Islas de Gigantes.

Cabugao is divided into two huge masses of rock formations with bursting vegetation of coconut trees on the sandbar that connects both rocks. Its beauty can compete with other white beaches in the country, but what makes this a chart-topper is the peaceful island vibe it flourishes. The island is uninhibited, but a mini store is there to cater to people’s needs. Guests may even have the island all to themselves when they linger a bit longer.

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For a best view of the island, do a tolerable trek up the huge rock (just ask the local) for that rewarding view you have worked to see. Atop the rock is a mini resting bench where most visitors lounge in for a heavenly bird’s eye view, and, interestingly, to connect to the digital world. Islas de Gigantes has poor cellphone signal, and the spot high up gives strong signals for when you badly need to post that Instagram-worthy photo from your trip.

Cabugao Gamay Island can be reached in about 15 to 20 minutes from the mainland through a chartered pump boat.


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