Towns and Cities
Places to See
  • Binay-we Beach, located 1.2 kms. from the town proper, has big boulders and a small cove with fine, white sands and calm waters.
  • The pebble-covered Calagunsao Beach, beside the national highway in Brgy. Calagunsao, dips abruptly about 6 m. from the shoreline. A cluster of boulders jutting from the shore to about 10 m. into the sea provides for a perfect diving spot.
  • The pebble-covered Tugdan Beach, in Brgy. Tugdan, has a wide shoreline.
  • Springs are located in Brgys. Bonlao, Camili, Calagunsao, Madalag and San Isidro.
Brief History
  • The area was first settled in 1870 by a group of settlers from Panay led by Gaspar Guevarra.
  • Alcantara was formerly a visita of San Agustin called Lauan
  • It was originally located about 1 km. northeast of the present town center at Guintigui-an (now called Daan Banwa or “Old Town”).   The rugged terrain and continuous depredation wrought by Moro pirates forced its abandonment and relocation to the present town site.
  • Alcantara was also formerly a barrio of Looc
  • It became a separate municipality on March 21, 1961 by virtue of Exec. Order No. 4276.
  • On April 29, 1881, the townwas renamed after Ciriaco Alcantara, a cabeza de barangay who succeeded in convincing the Spanish authorities to create a number of barangays out of the loosely-knit settlements along the southeastern coast of Tablas Island.
Location and Topography

Alcantara is located on Tablas Island.

General Information
  • Area (sq. km.): 71.9
  • Population (2000): 14,144
  • No. of Barangays: 8
  • Income Class: Fifth
  • Zip Code: 5509
  • Area Code: 048
Where to Stay
  • Airport Pension, in Brgy. Tugdan, has non-aircon rooms.
  • Monte Carlo Lodging House, in Brgy. Tugdan, has non-air-con rooms and a restaurant.
  • Aglicay Beach Resort
  • Dranville Beach and Resort (Brgy. Gui-ob)
How to Get There


Distances (Alcantara to:)

  • San Agustin: 86 kms.


An airport, with a 3,900-ft. long paved runway, is located at Brgy. Tugdan.  SEAir flies here from Manila.

Airline Ticket Offices:

  • Philippine Airlines - airport (tel:  531-1889, 531-2351 & 446-1564)
  • March 21-22 - foundation day
  • September 21-22 (St. Thomas of Villanueva)



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