Nogas Island is an uninhabited marine sanctuary located at Anini-y, Antique Philippines. Since it is a protected area, visiting Nogas Island is regulated. The most prominent feature of the island is its frangipani (kalachuchi) lined walkway that leads to an old lighthouse. The island is also a good spot for bird lovers and botany aficionado as it holds various vines, wild trees and shrubs.
Moreover, being a marine reserve, colourful corals and diverse underwater organisms can be found (so make sure to bring your snorkelling equipment).
One of which is the Banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis), believed to be over 100 years. Legend has it that it was formed when the couple Nogas and Anini broke their promise to the fairy God mother.
While traversing the rough sea, their outrigger boat was capsized by enraged waves - said to be beckoned by the furious fairy. Afterwards, a white sand island fringed by mangroves and lapped by cerulean water emerged from the same exact spot where they were last seen.
A white shore made of coarse sand, crushed pebbles, bleached corals, and the remains of seashells forms a border between the sea and the foreboding green woods. The low tide exposed the rocks and tidal flats that surround the island. Balate Trees grow at the center of the island There are a lot of open-air cottages that are constructed.
The centerpiece of Nogas Island is not the beach. It is this white tunnel of gnarled calachuchi (plumeria) trees that line up towards the center of the island. A perfect getaway sans locals and few tourists bumming around
✍ Charter a boat to Nogas Island and Lighthouse
✍ Relax in Siraan Hot Spring
✍ See the centuries old San Juan Nepomuceno Church of Anini-y
✍ Go scuba diving, free diving or snorkeling in Bantigue Marine Sanctuary and other sites
✍ Dive Shop: The Divehouse
✍ Climb the Lighthouse
✍ Take a shot in the frangipani-lined trail
✍ Look for the age-old tree in the forest (Balete Tree)
✍ View the mainland, Anini-y, Antique from Nogas Island
From Iloilo City: 🚌🚐
📍 Go to Molo Terminal ride a bus or a van fare is p100-p150 and tell the driver to drop you off at Anini-y Hot Spring the jump off point to Nogas Island, there the staff will lead you to the bangkas that go to Nogas Island of p250 to p400 per pax, its only 15-20mins and voila! You are already in a paradise! Pay the entrance fee of p50 and cottage from p250 smallest to p500.
From Manila: ✈🛩
📍 Take a flight going to Iloilo. Then from Iloilo, take a cab that will bring you to Oton Terminal where Ceres buses, going to San Jose (Antique) via Anini-y, are. One may also ride a van from the Molo terminal wherein the drop-off point is at Dao aka Tobias Fornier. At the crossroad to San Jose and Dao, wait for a jeepney with San Jose – Anini-y – Casay route. The fare should be around 35Php/person. Ask to be dropped by Sira-an Hot Spring Resort. Travel time is around 2 hours.
📝 Bring your food but there are chichiryas available and softdrinks in the island. It one of the best Islands Ive been in Western Visayas. There is an walkway where there are calachuchi trees and a lighthouse. Also dont forget to swim in Anini-y Hotspring.
💵 Upon registration at Sira-an Hotspring, (where one needs to pay a P10 environmental fee)
💵 To get to Nogas Island, charter a boat for as low as P500 good for maximum of 6 persons. (Nogas Island is just about 15-20 minutes boat ride.)