2017 GUIMARAS TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

2017 GUIMARAS TRAVEL GUIDE | ITINERARY, BUDGET, TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

ABOUT GUIMARAS

Known for their sweet mangos, Guimaras is a province island in Western Visayas that is favorite tourist destination because of its many attractions.Having many Islets surrounding the main island, it is no wonder why Guimaras has so many beautiful white sand beaches which captivates the hearts of many of its guests.

Jordan is the capital of Guimaras ( Photo:  Negros Bloggers – Ed Joven of Bacolod Lifestyle; Mea of Mea Pabiona in Bacolod; Claire Algarme and yours truly.)

GUIMARAS TOURIST ATTRACTIONS | THINGS TO DO

NAVALAS CHURCH

The Navalas Church built in 1880 to 1885 is the oldest existing Catholic Church in Guimaras Island. It is said that the church used to have a four feet tall bell but was taken and dumped into the sea near the area of Siete Pecados. To date, the interior and other parts of the church are already modern but the old facade made of coral stones and stone fence remain untouched.

ROCA ENCANTADA

You might get curious about some buzz about Roca Encantada (Enchanted Rock). The place is the summer vacation house of the Lopez Clan. Built atop a rock but since some landscaping was made the appearance of the rock cannot be noticed anymore. Built in 1910 and despite its modern architectural design, the mansion was declared by the National Heritage Institute as a heritage house.

The place offers an amazing vista and the famed Islas de Site Pecados can be seen from the balcony.

SAN LORENZO WIND FARM (GUIMARAS WINDMILLS)

Another added attraction in the Island of Guimaras is the 27 windmills constructed in San Lorenzo Guimaras.

Just like the windmills in Bangui, Ilocos, these windmills also attracts tourists visiting the island.

The windmills are sporadically constructed atop the hills of the place giving the tourists nice vistas and a different feeling.

HOLY FAMILY HILLS

The Holy Family Hills is a religious site which also attracts various tourists visiting Guimaras Island. Numerous life size statues are dotting the place with the big statue of the Holy Family being the focal point as you enter the place. Life Size station of the cross statues are spread along the area which caused pilgrims to visit the place, especially during the Lenten season.  The place has a  Chapel and a Prayer room.

NATIONAL MANGO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Located in Guimaras Circumferential Rd, Jordan, Guimaras, the National Mango Research and Development Center is specializing on Research Extension and Production of Mango. The place has 8.87 hectares of planted mango used for production and research.

Guests visiting the place can buy seedlings or grafted mango at PHP 50/pc.

TRAPPIST MONASTERY

Founded in 1972, the Trappist Monastery in Guimaras is the only Trappist monastery in the Philippines. Many visitors visit the place because they have a pasalubong center selling their own food products such as mango jam, polvoron, mango tarts and much more. The place is also available for retreats.

GUISI LIGHTHOUSE AND BEACH AREAS

The Guisi lighthouse completed in 1896 is said to the be the 3rd oldest lighthouse in the country.

Made of metal, the Guisi lighthouse is already rusty and the new one is already installed adjacent to it. The place offers an amazing view of the sea, especially during sunset.

TAKLONG ISLAND NATIONAL MARINE RESERVE

Taklong Island National Marine Reserve located in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Covering a total area of 1,143.45 hectares (has.), with 46 islands and islets and 963.45 has. of marine waters which are home to various species of flora and fauna, including corals and sea grasses.

Tourists are usually brought by the “bangkeros” during the Island Hopping to the Floating Cottage found in the Area. The floating cottage duly operated by San Roque Coastal Environment Program Association (SARCEPA). While at the place you can enjoy swimming while enjoying the sceneries of the place.

MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL

Guimaras Island is known for its sweet mangos, because of this the festival of the Province known as Manggahan Festival held every month of May was created.

Of course, apart from mango this festival also shows the culture of the people of Guimaras. Street and Arena Dance Competition are just one of the highlights of the said festival.

Here’s the link to the Manggahan Festival Schedule. We are updating this regularly so don’t forget to bookmark this page.

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ISLAND HOPPING

One of the best things to do when visiting Guimaras is to do Island Hopping. Island Hopping will enable any guests to beautiful Island and islets as well as various white beaches around the island.

 

ITINERARY

Here’s our itinerary for our recent 2-day adventure at Guimaras.  You might want to avail the services of our Guide- Kim, a very reliable driver/tour guide. He is just charging a rental for his tricycle and he can take charge of your Island Tour Itinerary. You can reach him at his FB Page @Guimaras Adventure or you may call him at 09508257904 .

Day 1

Island Tour:
Jordan Municipal Hall
Smallest Plaza
Navalas Church
Roca Encantada
Guimaras Windmills
Holy Family Hills
Tourism Office
Guimaras Signage
National Mango Research and Development Center
Trappist Monastery
Alobijod Beach Areas
Guimaras Lighthouse and Beach Areas
Nature’s Eye

Day 2
Island Hopping
Going Home

BUDGET

  • Bacolod -Iloilo Fascraft – PHP 223/way
  • Outrigger Boat (Iloilo to Jordan Guimaras) 2 way – PHP 14.00/way
  • Roca Encantada entrance Fee; PHP 50/person
  • Floating Cottage-
  • Holly Family Hills – No Entrance fee but donations are encouraged for the maintenance of the place
  • Tricycle Rent/Tour  – PHP 1,500 .We added a few more hundreds upon seeing how difficult it was for the driver and because he was a very reliable driver and guide courteous and personable. Kim the driver also serves as our Tour Guide and Photographer. You may contact Kim at 09329664470 or at his FB Page @GuimarasAdventure (https://www.facebook.com/GuimarasIslandAdventure/). For Solo Traveler, you can also ask from him for a Habal-habal at PHP 1,000 for the tour; or ask from him a van if you are traveling as a group.
  • Tricycle Rent from Nature’s Eye Resort to Jordan Wharf – PHP 500

HOW TO GET TO GUIMARAS

By Air

The nearest airport in Guimaras island is the Iloilo International Airport. From the airport, you can take a van which will drop you near SM City. From SM City, you can take a taxi to bring you to Parola wherein pump boats are waiting to bring you to Jordan, Guimaras.

By Boat

Several Shipping companies are passing Iloilo City, from the port just proceed to Parola in Iloilo to bring you to Jordan Guimaras.

Travel time from Parola to Jordan Guimaras takes 15 minutes. The frequency of pump boat traveling to the island is not a problem due to a number of passengers traveling.

Getting Around Guimaras

Jeepneys are available to bring you to your destination. However, the most popular mode of transportation in Guimaras is by Tricycle. One tricycle can take a maximum of 5 (but largely built people, maybe 4 would be the maximum.

WHERE TO STAY |LIST OF RESORTS GUIMARAS

You can now book your hotel/resort from this site. Just Click the name of the resort to facilitate your booking.

Alobijod Cove Resort  
Location: Alubijod Beach Road Nueva Valencia Guimaras 5000

Abelardos Beach Resort  
Location: Brgy. East Valencia, 5044 Buenavista, Guimaras

Baras Beach Resort
Location: Lawi Jordan Guimaras 5045

Bella Cove
Location: Puyo, Poblacion Nueva Valencia Guimaras 5046

Camp Alfredo Adventure Resort 
Location: Ravina Sibunag Guimaras

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOM AND GET THE BEST DEAL 

 

Cabaling Beach Resort  
Location: Espinosa Jordan Guimaras

Cabugan Adventure Resort  
Location: Brgy. Tando Nueva Valencia Guimaras

Enrico Beach Resort
Location: Zaldivar Buenavista Guimaras

Guisi Clearwater Resort
Location: Dolores Nueva Valencia Guimaras 5046

Hill Side Fisherman’s Resort  
Location: Magamay Nueva Valencia Guimaras 5046

Isla Margarita Resort  
Location: Comian Sur, San Roque Nueva Valencia Guimaras

Isla Naburot Island Resort
Location: Sinapsapan Jordan Guimaras 5045

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOM AND GET THE BEST DEAL 

 

Jannah Glycel Beach House  
Location: Talisay Nueva Valencia Guimaras 5046

Magic Island Resort  
Location: Sitio Dungcaan, Brgy Lucmayan, Nueva Valencia Guimaras 5046

Jesa Mar Island Resort  
Location: Naoway Island, San Isidro, Sibunag Guimaras

Kelapa Gading Beach Resort  
Location: East Valencia Buenavista Guimaras

Kenyama Beach Resort  
Location: Dolores Nueva Valencia Guimaras 5046

Nagarao Island Resort
Location: San Isidro Sibunag Guimaras

Nature’s Eye Resort
Location: Tando Nueva Valencia Guimaras

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOM AND GET THE BEST DEAL 

 

Nature’s Trail Camp And Resort  
Location: Sebaste Sibunag Guimaras

La Puerta Al Paraizo
Location: San Roque Nueva Valencia Guimaras 5046

Pagatpat Guesthouse  
Location: East Valencia Buenavista Guimaras

Playa De Paraiso
Location: San Enrique San Lorenzo Guimaras

Punta Punting Beach Resort
Location: Sabang Sibunag Guimaras

Raymen Beach Resort  
Address: Poblacion Nueva Valencia Guimaras

Retiro de Navalas Beach Resort & Eco-Tourism  
Location: San Miguel Buenavista Guimaras

 

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOM AND GET THE BEST DEAL 

 

Rico Beach Resort  
Location: Poblacion Nueva Valencia Guimaras

Sto. Niño Island Resort  
Location: Sitio Cumian, San Roques Nueva Valencia Guimaras

Costa Aguada Island Resorts
Location: Inampulugan Island Sibunag Guimaras

Tequero Adventure Resort  
Location: East Valencia Buenavista Guimaras 5044

Valle Verde Mountain Resort

Vilches Beach Resort  
Location: San Enrique San Lorenzo Guimaras

Villa Encarnacion  
Location: Zaldivar Buenavista Guimaras

 

 CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ROOM AND GET THE BEST DEAL 

 

Villa Hideout Resort  
Location: San Miguel Buenavista Guimaras

Villa Igang Beach Resort  
Location: Poblacion Nueva Valencia Guimaras

Villa Maria Beach Resort
Location: Sitio Cabaling, Espinosa Jordan Guimaras

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3 Comments:

  1. Thank you for this blog 🙂 Very helpful! I just noticed though that your provided your travel guide, Kim’s number twice and they were different numbers. I was just confused. Which one is the right number? Thanks! 🙂

  2. Sir, okay lang ba kahit dalawang babe mag travel sa Guimaras. Gusto ko rin ma try ang mga recommended places mo.Thank you

  3. We just visited Guimaras following your guide. It was a great experience, but OMG! the tricyle ride was a bit difficult. Well, we have no choice we were on a budget. Thank you for your travel Guide.

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