Gi­gante Is­land’s Salt­wa­ter la­goon closed on Septem­ber

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ILOILO CITY — For those plan­ning to see the fa­mous “tangke” or salt­wa­ter la­goon in Gi­gantes Is­land lo­cated in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Charles town, north­ern Iloilo, you’d bet­ter can­cel your va­ca­tion plans or make a de­tour.

Mu­nic­i­pal Mayor of Car­les Town in Iloilo Seigfredo Betita re­cently an­nounced this week that the fa­mous hid­den la­goon will be tem­po­rar­ily closed from Septem­ber 1 to Septem­ber 30 as per Ex­ec­u­tive Order No. 45, se­ries of 2018.

This is to pro­tect and pre­serve the nat­u­ral beauty, and to as­sist the nat­u­ral re­cov­ery of tangke by tem­po­rar­ily clos­ing the area from public vis­i­ta­tion.

In ad­di­tion, the tem­po­rary clo­sure is a way of safeguardi­ng the lives of tourists vis­it­ing the area dur­ing south­west mon­soon months.

Dur­ing first week of Au­gust, 178 tourists were stranded for a week in Gi­gantes Is­land af­ter Coast Guard Iloilo an­nounced a gale warn­ing and sus­pended the op­er­a­tion of all mo­tor ban­cas or mo­tor­ized boats in the area.

“Tangke” is one of the sev­eral tourist at­trac­tions of the is­land in Car­les town.

It is fa­mous for its crys­tal clear wa­ters, white sands, and mys­ti­cal stories, and the hid­den salt water la­goon vis­ited by hun­dreds of tourists es­pe­cially dur­ing sum­mer.

Daily group tours are be­ing of­fered by lo­cal travel agen­cies ac­cred­ited by the tourism of­fice of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment at the Bang­cal Port of Car­les town.

Other of­fers in­clude a fee for is­land hop­ping tours in­clud­ing the salt­wa­ter la­goon, an ad­di­tional en­vi­ron­men­tal fee for the places vis­ited, and a sump­tu­ous seafood lunch for P1,000 per head.

Car­les town is a three­hour ride from Iloilo City, while trav­el­ing to Gi­gantes Group of Is­lands usu­ally takes an hour of from the Bang­cal Port. Group tours start at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m./ Sun­star Philip­pines

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