HomeGigantesTangke Salt Water Lagoon Tangke is a natural saltwater pool located in a hidden spot behind the steep cliffs of Isla de Gigantes Sur in Carles, Iloilo. Travelers and locals of Carles visit tangke to swim in its refreshing shallow waters and gaze at the beautiful rock formations. Many myths surround this interesting natural attraction. One such story says that during the feast of Saint John the Bapist (San Juan de Bautista) on June 24, the water level inside tangke would magically rise significantly. Locals also warn visitors not to make too much commotion and noise in tangke as this would disturb the enkantos, or enchanted beings, which could cast nasty curses to those who upset them.Tangke is located in South Gigantes Island (also called Isla Gigantes Sur) in the town of Carles, Iloilo’s Northernmost town. The jump-off point to South Gigantes Island is in Estancia town’s seaport. From there, tourists can hire a pumpboat to go to South Gigantes Island/Tangke. Travel time is approximately an hour.Visitors have to make a short climb on the rocks to get to tangkeA tourist takes a rest on a big rock in the middle of the poolOne of the towering rock formations that surround tangke Don’t leave yet. There’s more!11 Best Things to Do in GigantesGigantes Islands Guide for First Time TravelersIloilo’s 13 Best Beaches and Island DestinationsHow To Get To & Around Gigantes Islands3 Great Places to Stay in GigantesIloilo Guide for First Time TravelersLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *CommentName * Email * Website Comments linda liboiron saysJuly 8, 2013 at 11:29 pm Hello guys, Just curious…how to get to Gigantes Island/ Tangke from Blue Lagoon Beach resort and how far?Reply Endielina's Inland Resort saysNovember 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm Hi. to all blogers. Good news If you want a coozy place to stay before going to Isla de Gigantes.. we have a place to stay in estancia. if you want you can visit us on our facebook account Endielina’s Inland resort. thanks! we will be much welcome to serve you guys.. . And I am courius how to join and be the one of the hotels to be featured as well to this website.. .Thanks, Marchael Joseph de la CruzReply Jean Walter saysMay 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm I’ve been here…it was very nice…sadly there are vandals…this must be protected by the local government also monitored by the national government to aid the protection of Tangke…Reply Grace saysNovember 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm Hello,My friend and I would want to go to Ilo-ilo and visit Carles. Hihi. There’s only 2 of us so, camping is not really a great option. Would it be ok to contact someone who lives there and arrange to stay at their place overnight? :) please e-mail me:[email protected]Reply Vic saysJuly 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm @rob good for you… :)Reply rob saysJuly 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm i love that place…i have a family there, its really amazing…every summer we visit isla gigantes..very nice place..Reply Vic saysJune 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm @Mac…. way too far…. Airport to City ( cars)… roughly 20 KM… City to Carles( buses fare 250 aircon, taxi, 3500)– roughly 200 KM….takes more than 3 hours to get there…. and to The Island roughly 30 minutes.( 50 Pesos)… if you have relatives there.. its easy… if not…. there’s no lodging house….and its rainy season.. not great time to vacation…it’s raining time to time there…Reply Mac saysJune 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm Hi.. May I know how far this is from the airport.. how many hours of travel and what kind of transportation is available to reach this place.. Thanks..Reply JB saysMay 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm I am fascinated and I really love that please because i was born there!in dayhagan we have a white sand also!im proud to be a carlesanun!Reply JB saysMay 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm I really love that please because i was born there!in dayhagan we have a white sand also!im proud to be a carlesanun!Reply Anna saysFebruary 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm Love your blog! I will be taking friends from abroad and been taking ideas from your site. I stayed in Iloilo until I was 14, Bora is the only spot I knew! I am sooo definitely taking everyone at Gigantes Island.Reply Magallanes Family saysOctober 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm Visit that Island and if you are going to north, always remember and ask MAGALLANES FAMILY….. thank’sReply Magallanes Family saysOctober 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm caution: to the people wanted to visit Gigantes Island, try to listen an advice from the native people there. or meet the barangay captain to guide/tour you that enchanted place. always care of yourselves……Reply Roxanne B. Pinedez saysSeptember 26, 2010 at 8:47 pm CARLES LOT FOR SALE!!Total Area: 3,280 sq meters (willing to sell the whole or even a portion of the total area)Location: Barosbos, Carles (about 50 meters from the beach)Lot Type: Residential/ BusinessPrice: NegotiableNote: For interested parties please contact me through facebook.com/roxannevi or through my email [email protected].Reply wilbert saysJuly 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm ive been there! its wonderful!Reply Nody saysApril 9, 2010 at 7:54 am Wow! This place is magical! I am so glad I bumped into your site. Does Tangke have an accomodation or a nearby place to stay for overnight trips? pls send contact info. Thanx.Reply Nody saysApril 9, 2010 at 7:47 am Wow! This place is magical! It’s a good thing I bumped into your site. Does Tangke have an accomodation or a nearby place to stay for overnight trips? Thanx.Reply AudreyRose saysJanuary 5, 2010 at 10:47 pm wow! never thought may amo ni sa iloilo :D Just wish na makakad2 ko di next month. Me and some friends are planning nga makad2 sa Paraw Regatta then tour iloilo eh :DReply Gwen saysDecember 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm hello. do you have a suggestion/recommendation re: itinerary, accomodation, & boatman for this trip? thanks!Reply Marcos C. saysDecember 14, 2009 at 10:35 pm Try contacting this number 09095888163. It’s not my personal contact but they have a house in Isla Gigantes Sur. Please update us with the developments of your trip.Reply Gwen saysDecember 14, 2009 at 3:16 pm hello. do you have a suggestion re: itinerary, accomodation, & boatman for this trip? thanks!Reply maymay saysOctober 12, 2009 at 12:46 pm nice place!!but u know wat?even tga sara aq pro wla gd q kkdto sa carles…..jeje…Reply lorlaine cemitara saysSeptember 28, 2009 at 3:27 pm Hi! Nice pics… This place is really great… I Had visited this for several times… I’d lived in gigante norte for 3 years… quite short time indeed, but, i had a lot of fond memories in that place…. especially in brgy. gabi… i’d met a lot of friends there….Reply Cherry saysAugust 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm Hi.. tnx sa pgpost u nang some of the beautiful spots of Gigante Sur.. I’m From Carles and a residence of Brgy. Gabi, Gigante Sur… I’m proud of my place..!!!!!Reply James saysJuly 25, 2009 at 1:37 am Just known that Iloilo has this place also. It certainly is one of the attractions of iloilo needing publication.Reply Monica saysJuly 25, 2009 at 12:41 am Hi, is it hard to climb going to Tangke? Advisable bang magpunta rito ang mga taong walang experience sa climbing? Thanks! =)Reply Magallanes Family saysOctober 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm If you are chubby, its better not to climb. Baka ma-uka ang mga bato na hahawakan mo or maputol ang lubid. heheheheheheReply kent yee saysMay 17, 2009 at 5:57 pm Chy, pila gastos pakadto dira from the city? Kag ano kadalum ang tubig?Reply Marcos C. saysMay 18, 2009 at 4:04 am basta there were around 10 of us and we spent P1,500 each. That already includes transpo and food. We stayed with a family that my friend knows so libre accommodations.Reply Marcos C. saysMay 18, 2009 at 4:06 am The parts where I swam were around 4-5 feet. I didn’t get to the deeper parts.Reply harry saysMay 12, 2009 at 12:23 am does anyone have a number of a place to stay in Carles or Estancia? We will be in Iloilo from May 15-19, 2009 and we cant find a place. The numbers for Shangri-La Family Resort are out of service… pls help…Reply lette saysJanuary 27, 2010 at 6:31 am just giving you guys a heads-up, Carles Shangri-La Family Resort has changed its numbers to the following: Resort : +63 33 3962081 Iloilo : +63 33 5096589 Mobile: +63 09279339155you can also check out their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=Ma+Teresita&init=quick#/pages/Carles-Shangri-La-Family-Resort-Iloilo/269123806956?ref=tsand their blog (as their site is currently under maintenance) : https://carlesshangrila.wordpress.com/thanks!Reply kirby21 saysMay 5, 2009 at 7:05 pm my kind of place in Iloilo. I hope to visit the place one of these days. Cheers Marcos !Reply Marcos C. saysMay 8, 2009 at 6:50 pm Definitely worth a visit Kirby! nice to see you dropping by here again :DReply kirby21 saysMay 8, 2009 at 9:52 pm I will try to visit the place next time I goes home to Iloilo. Btw, I always lurk here in your website to get more updates, ets. Cheers. karmoy saysMay 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm I hope that DOT will promote this location, iloilo has a vast number of tourist attractions, specially in northern part, It is so exciting that iloilo will be the next palawan or additional tourist spot.I think the only problem is promotions , and the local goverment, whaa I here alot of things there in northen iloilo, coruptions and palakasan system, they use ther own ( local official) power to gain money also, and sad to say, that place is not safe for roaming arround specially if your are new , I am right? I;’m talking about Sara and the close municipal area,Indi bala mga taga Sara? and concepsion and carles? becuase of muslim, the world is getting worst.Reply Marcos C. saysMay 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm Actually, I do not feel the great effort for tourism in Northern Iloilo Destinations … kanugon. LGUs there are still traditional and focuses on agriculture and fisheries. Tourism development there is very slow if not stagnant.The only reason I got from locals why it may be dangerous for first timers to visit this place is because of enkantos and other mythical beliefs. I’ve not heard that it’s because of muslims, pirates, or kung ano man na mean mo. Maybe you could enlighten us :)Reply karmoy saysMay 9, 2009 at 2:53 pm what I mean is politically those area are not safe when you are roaming in the place that I mention, well I’m talking about town area, kay teh if ang management manami lang if ang nagamanage maayo or serbisyong totoo, , muslim because one of the wife of official there is muslim and now muslim are getting muad sa lugar nga ni, its not good effect because this place are not safe like before , bata2x system is getting rampant, now mga teenager boys are getting lazy to explore becuase of support locally by official and this support is not good for this guys becuase it turn into bad effect , they know how to keep fire arms ellegally and they dominate this place by monopoly kind of business, well i dont want to put some bad things tani di s explore iloilo but, sorry gid , i’ve just express my point of views, its a nice place tani ang northen part of iloilo, Marcos C. saysMay 10, 2009 at 4:26 am ahh amo na gali da. please pardon my ignorance. Politics is always the biggest hindrance to development in our country. amee saysJune 13, 2010 at 3:51 am i agree wid u mark..our place at the northern part might somewhat beLieved to be whimsical, but still tourist can’t get enough of the breath-taking views.. the more the place is enchanted, the more people wanted to explore it in anyways..we have a secret place somewhere at the boundary of capiz and iloilo..this place is still untouched, no resorts around so the family get to swim for free.. the water is great, the sand is even whiter than boracay..and we love to go there every summer..i hope the gov’t give time to fund for the beautification of carles. marque saysMay 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm greetings! wow! An alternate to El Nido,Palawan.Looks like Phuket ah! have been to Phuket eh.hehe. nami ba! will visit it soon. Thanks for the PIC-info.marqueReply Marcos C. saysMay 8, 2009 at 6:34 pm It does look like those destinations.. and it’s in Iloilo, not many poeple know that Iloilo has these kind of destinations.Reply Lee saysMay 5, 2009 at 10:45 am MARCOS! The site almost made my eyes poped off my eyesockets!!! I can’t believe that Iloilo has this site. Never mind Thailand, it’s next to Palawan’s! Probably not as massive as the latter but comparable enough. Great, Tangke will be in my hit list next time..it looks like it’s within the proximity of Sandbar, Pan de Azucar, Gigantes Island and Sicogon Island. Thanks Marcos for discovering this place! I bet, a lot of people are dicovering Iloilo thru your website…more power to you!Reply Marcos C. saysMay 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm It’s like a little brother of Palawan then :) Next time you visit here Lee, make sure to visit this area … it is unlike what most people perceive of Iloilo. Gigantes and Sicogon are near to each other. Pan de Azucar is a bit far already but you can see the it in the horizon if you’re in Carles.Reply Lee saysMay 8, 2009 at 10:13 am Definitely, I will, Marcos! How deep is the deepest part of the lagoon? I’m thinking if it’s safe to jump off to the water from one of the cliffs around it! What a crazy thought, eh! Maybe, I’ll just do snorkeling around… hahaha… a lot safer! Are there tropical fishes in the lagoon, as well? Marcos C. saysMay 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm The part’s I’ve swam to are relatively shallow, probably around 4-5 feet. I’m not sure where the deeper parts are. You could just from the low cliffs but you’re definitely crazy if you’d jump from the very top,hehe.