A tourist attraction is a place of interest where tourists visit, typically for its inherent or exhibited cultural value, historical significance, natural or built beauty, or amusement opportunities.

 

The town of Carles is located on the Norther most tip of Panay island, far away from the hectic and frantic city life. But eventhought the town is consider as the last town of Iloilo, it is still endowed by beautiful sceneries, serene beaches, captivating islands, mystic caverns, and vast azure seascape teeming with any kind of sea creatures.Sample of these spots are the following:

The Mystery of Gigantes Islands

Gigantes group of islands is composed of two big islands, Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur and ten (10) islets namely Balbagon,Cabugao Daku, Cabugao Gamay, Waydahon, Bantigue, Bulubadiang, Gigantillo, Gigantona, Ojatras and Gakitgakit. These islands is approximately 14 nautical miles from Bancal Fish Port, Barangay Bancal, Carles (mainland Panay) or an hour minimun travel time. Blessed with unique natural beauty, these islands have long strecth of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and one of its kind landscape. Apart from the geographical splendor, Gigantes is also loaded with enchanting stories. One of the most popular stories that was handed down verbally for generations was the tale of the Golden Ship. Other equally famous stories are the account of the Langub Princess; the three colored marbles; the story of the mysterious wreath; the mystery of the giant coffins; the story of the two headed snake; and the belief that al the caves of Gigantes Islands connects to Pilar, Capiz and Masbate.        

 

The Sicogon Island

views of sicogon
views of sicogon

Long before Boracay, there was Sicogon island as a top tourist destination in Asia that was famous for its long coastline lined with coconut trees, creamy sand and clear blue waters. Before operations closed down in the 1980’s, the island had resort facilities like a clubhouse, cottages, swimming pools, sports and other recreational facilities, a wharf and an airstrip. Long before Boracay, there was Sicogon island as a top tourist destination in Asia that was famous for its long coastline lined with coconut trees, creamy sand and clear blue waters. Before operations closed down in the 1980’s, the island had resort facilities like a clubhouse, cottages, swimming pools, sports and other recreational facilities, a wharf and an airstrip. The island continues to attract back packing scuba divers and snorkelers with its abundant coral reefs and giant clams, and trekkers along its forested slopes that offer a rich biodiversity. Various animal species include among others, the large swamp frog, the Philippine bent-toed gecko, variable Malay monitor lizard, the reticulated python, common island flying fox, Visayan warty pig, Visayan leopard cat and the long-tailed macaque. Tree species endemic to Panay that are found in the island include the Batuan, Apitong, Gayong-gayong, Malakadios, Inyam and Banaui, etc. Northeast of barangay Buaya is the majestic Mt. Opao the summit of which offers a breathtaking view of the coastal landscape and the neighboring islands. The natural spring in Mt. Opao is also the source of potable water system for the whole island.


Sicogon island is an hour and a half pumpboat ride from barangay Bangkal in mainland Carles. Composed of 1,160.09 hectares, covering three barangays – Alipata (pop. 1,779), Buaya (pop. 2,212) and San Fernando (pop. 2253). The Sangguniang Bayan of the municipality of Carles has issued a municipal ordinance approving the classification of the island as a commercial area to attract investors. At the same time, other municipal ordinances ensure the protection and preservation of the forest reserve area and the smooth relocation of residents from development sites to designated areas. This is in relation to the concern of the Carles LGU to promote a “peaceful and tranquil development” that involves sustainable utilization of Sicogon’s resources and provide a stable source of income for its residents. Investment priorities should include agri-fisheries tourism featuring eco-tour packages to enhance visitors’ appreciation and value of the island’s lifestyle, culture and natural environmental resources, reconstruction of tourism facilities like cottages, convention areas and entertainment facilities like a swimming pool and a golf course, as well as aggressive marketing promotion to increase visitors entry.

Beaches Around Carles ,Iloilo

For all the persons who are wishing a one of a kind vacation, whether it will be a romantic getaway or just escape the hustle and bustle of city life, add the part of fun here in Carles. There are a number resorts overlooking the sea with beaches with gray sand, beaches with pink sand, those that seem to go on forever without any sign of human life, and others that hum with activity.
 
Below is  list of Carles' resorts and beach spots where you can unwind and have the great time of your life at the same time proving that beachgoing experience doesn't have to always look like what you see in commercials. Blue Lagoon Beach Resort. Located at Barangay Guinticgan, Carles, Iloilo.  Though currently on sale, the resort is still operational.
           
Dos Hijas Beach Resort.  Adjacent to Blue Lagoon Resort, Dos Hijas has several rooms that could accommodate a maximum of 100 visitors.  It has a pavilion for social gatherings. (contact number 09395641262)

 

Reception Area of Dos Hijas Beach Resort
Reception Area of Dos Hijas Beach Resort

Jeanette and Lovisa Resort. This resort has a two room building for overnight stay and open hut cottages for picinic goers.It is located at Barangay Guinticgan, Carles, Iloilo. (contact number 09218501787)

Shangrila Beach Resort. Located at Barangay Barosbos, Carles, Iloilo, it has two function rooms for social gatherings and several aircon and fan rooms for overnight stay. (contact number 33 3962081 and 33 3291360)

Palm Garden Beach Resort.  Just beside Shangrila, Palm Garden is famous for its nice landscape and pavillions for beach weddings and other gatherings.  The resort also has 4 bamboo and one concrete huts for those who love to stay overnight. (contact number 09081485653)

Round Pavilion of Palm Garden Resort
Round Pavilion of Palm Garden Resort

Beach Head Resort. A kilometer away from Poblacion Carles, the resort has 10 rooms that could accomodate a a number of visitors. It has a pavillion for meetings and other functions and a videoke bar to while away time.  It also offers island hopping to several islands of the Municipality. 
(contact number 09196895036)

Open Pavilion of Beach Head Resort
Open Pavilion of Beach Head Resort
Nipa Huts for picnic goers
Nipa Huts for picnic goers

Punta Beach Resort.  Located at Barangay Punta, Carles, Iloilo, the resort has a dormitory type accomodation, a large pavilion for social functions and a number of nipa huts for picnic goers. (contact number 09228484028)