SICOGON ISLAND (Carles, Iloilo) – The Famous Paradise Before Boracay.🌴🐢

HOW TO GET THERE, WHAT TO SEE AND DO?

1. Choose a nearest terminal to Estancia, Northern Iloilo

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View in the Summit of Mt. Opao; Ovelooking Britania Island

🚘VEHICLE: L300 van or Ceres Bus

 

📌 Pueblo de Panay Terminal, Roxas City:

💰FARE: About Php 80 per head (Approx. 2-hour one way ride)

📌 Tagbak Terminal, Iloilo City:

💰FARE: About Php 150 per head (Aprrox. 3-4 Hour one way ride)

2. Transfer to Port

Upon reaching Estancia Bus Terminal, look for a vehicle and transfer to Estancia Port (Just mention Traplin or ask the driver to drop you in the passenger boat bound for Sicogon Island)

🛵VEHICLE: Tricycle

💰FARE: Php. 10 (per head)

 

SEE ALSO: HOW TO TRAVEL TO ISLAS DE GIGANTES

 

3. Ride a boat to Sicogon Island

📝TIP: It is advisable to choose the pumpboat with the name “CAMPCO”. It will directly drop in Buaya Beach. Take note also that there will be no trip of “CAMPCO” every Saturday for a reason that the owner is a Seventh-day Adventist.

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Campco Boat

⛵️PASSENGER BOAT FARE: Php. 40 (per head for a 45 minutes to 1 hour travel)

💰ESTANCIA PORT TERMINAL FEE: Php. 5 (per head)

⌚️SCHEDULE: Anytime from 10AM-1PM (Until the seat lasts 😂😂)

🚢 PRIVATE BOAT RATE: 1,200-1,500 per boat

You can ride to other passenger boats if “CAMPCO” is not available. The other boats’ drop off point will be in barangay San Fernando. You can ride a Habal-habal leading to Barangay Buaya (or Buaya Beach).

🛵ISLAND MODE OF TRANSPO: Habal-Habal (Single Motorcycle)

💰STANDARD FARE: Php. 50 per motor (good for two)

 

4. Overnight Stay 🛏

🏡Option 1: BALAY KOGON RESORT

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Balay Kogon Beach Resort

ROOM RATES: Php 4,000 to Php 7,000

 

🏡Option 2: BEACH CAMPING/ TENT

If you cannot afford Balay Kogon or much wanted to stay in a tent then it is still possible.

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A Giant Balete Tree in the vicinity of the Campsite

TENT RENTAL: Php 150 per head (With 4-6 persons capacity). Meanwhile, they charge 100 pesos per head if bringing personal tent.

INCLUSION: Pillows, Blanket and Comforter

 

5. Food and Drinks Availability 🥘

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The Camping Site is offering Paluto (Cooking Service). You can also ask for the available meat and seafood dishes you wanted to eat. The price varies in the quantity and kind. Don’t worry the price is little bit higher yet still affordable. Drinking water is free and unlimited and they also selling cold soft-drinks. Usage of utensil is free. Bringing of foods and drinks are allowed without paying corkage fees.

 

6. Returning to Estancia Port ⛵️

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Tourist Waiting for the Boat in Buaya Beach (With Mt. Opao’s Bald Rocky Summit in the background)

One can ride “CAMPCO” boat again to get back to Estancia Port. The another boat option will be in Barangay San Fernando. Normally boat schedules are 7AM in the morning and 1PM in the afternoon. To be sure, ask the locals if there will be a trip the next day upon reaching the island.

 

7. Other details 🌵

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ELECTRICITY:  Schedule of power is 6PM until 6AM.

SIGNAL: There are areas where Cellular Signal is good. Please check in the Long Beach and above Mt. Opao (Great thing, you can even update your Instagram or do Facebook Live in the summit).

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COMFORT ROOM: there are present comfort rooms in the island specifically in the Campsite

WATER: There is potable water in the island dure to Natural Spring located in Mt. Opao

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Pitcher Plant in Mt. Opao

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS:

🧗‍♂️ Mt. Opao (Opao – local term for bald)

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Mt. Opao overlooking Tumaquin Islet

One to two hours trek. One needs to ride a Habal-habal if coming from Buaya Beach to the Entry Point or Registration Area (Look back to the standard rate of Habal-Habal above).

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With my colleagues

No Entrance Fee and Tour Guide Fee is 300 pesos per group.

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View in the Summit of Mt. Opao

The 360-degree view of Sicogon Island will be seen in the summit including the neighboring islands of Britania Island, Islas de Gigantes at maging ang Pan De Azucar sa Concepcion. You will also encounter Pitcher plans along the way.

 

🏔 Tumaquin Islet

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Tumaquin Islet Sandbar

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Tumaquin Islet Sandbar
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Tumaquin Islet
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Tumaquin Islet featuring it’s rocks like metal with rust

The islet could be reached by foot during low tide. Sandbar (made mostly by corals) is also existing.

 

🏝Buaya Beach

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Buaya Beach
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Buaya Beach
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Buaya Beach

The most well-known beach in the Sicogon. This is the venue of Campsites as well as the Balay Kogon Beach Resort.

 

🌊Long Beach

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Sicogon Island Airport and San Fernando Sea Port

Located near the Sicogon Island Airport. Not yet fully developed and could be reached through Habal-habal. Other tourists said that it has the whitest and finest sand in the entire island, it’s up to you to compare.

 

🐢Giant Clams Farm

Please look for the assistance of the locals. Rate depends on the negotiation.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rowena Soliman says:

    Hi! I would like to know if you have contacts numbers for a private boat transfers from Estancia Port to Sicogon? We will arrive at Iloilo airport at 530am. You think we can still catch up with the passenger boat in Estancia? TIA!

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    1. morenotraveller says:

      Yes Ms. Rowena you can still be able to catch the commuter boat if you will be leaving Iloilo at 5:30am. Meanwhile, Sorry to tell you but havent secure any contact number for the chartered boat. But you can inquire in the boatmen staying in the Estancia Port if you will not be fortunate to catch the passenger boat.

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