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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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June 20, 2014

carles | islas de gigantes: antonia beach at gigantes sur




What the Islands of Giants lack in terms of giants, it more than made up with its beautiful beaches and towering rock formations :). One such beauty in Gigantes Islands is Antonia Beach.

While being promoted as "Antonia Island Resort", its not technically an island. The beach is found on the southern tip of Gigantes Sur's eastern side.

Antonia Beach Rocks

Related post: Postcard perfect Cabugao Gamay


Gigantes Sur warthog's head rock formation
southern tip of Antonia Beach

Its very similar in configuration to the postcard perfect Cabugao Gamay: fine white sand in between two limestone hills and the sea on both sides. However, Antonia's beach area is about twice the size of Cabugao Gamay's. If there are spots you should not ever miss in Gigantes, its these two.

Gigantes Sur limestone cliff
karst on Gigantes Sur's eastern side

Antonia Beach is one of the stops in island hopping tours offered by resorts in Gigantes Norte. Its actually a designated  "lunch stop" as its the only beach currently with a sari-sari store. That means cold drinks!

Antonia Beach Midday
west side at noon

You will pass by Antonia Beach on the way to Cabugao but your boatman will often suggest you bypass this first and just head back at lunch. So there's a chance it can get crowded by that time. Though "crowded" can be relative, specially if you pick the right season to go here.

Antonia Beach Rocks and Palm Trees
east side of Antonia Beach

The west side of Antonia Beach is where the boats usually dock, so the other side is perfect for swimming. Although if you really think about it, both sides are simply perfect, boats or no boats.

Antonia Beach Palm Trees
palm trees lining the east side

Have the patience though as most of the island hoppers will soon move on to the next destination. Then you'll have beach all to yourself.

Antonia Beach

don't miss the wasay-wasay

While in Antonia Beach, don't miss the chance to sample the wasay-wasay.  Look closely and you'll notice some of these shellfish actually resembles an axe or "wasay" ("wasay-wasay" means axe-like). For 200 pesos you get a basketful of these, they then just pour boiling water on the shells for them to "open up". If you are lucky, you'll find a small pearl in one of these shells [a friend of mine did!].

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Roan Go said...

Is it still possible to visit gigantes in August?

Roan Go said...

Is it still possible to visit gigantes in August?

Lantaw said...

@Roan, yes it is

Ian | Going Places said...

Ang ganda nga ng beach... Worth to see talaga ang Isla de Gigantes.

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