Earlier this month I visited Guimaras as a side trip to our Iloilo City escapade. Well… it was not really an escapade but a reunion: to visit Don Domeng’s relatives for the first time since forever (fill you in soon). But since the island of Guimaras is only a 15 minute pump boat ride from a wharf in Iloilo, how can I say no? Plus thinking about the promise of endless mangoes just give me goosebumps!
First, a warning: Guimaras Island can only be reached by a boat (Php 14 per person). During this trip, I learned a very important aspect about myself: I HATE TRAVELING BY WATER! I know it is only a few minutes but my stomach clearly did not!
Some travel tips:
1. Before de-boating in the Guimaras wharf, check your pockets. Bringing mangoes in is forbidden!
2. There are tourism people in the wharf. Ask them where to go and how to go about it if you are clueless (just as I was) to explore Guimaras.
3. Guimaras is very rural (even more barriotic than my own) so it is best to hire a tricycle, which can seat seven people (about Php 600 for half a day, I think), to take you around the island and back. Don’t worry, the drivers are nice and they can be your personal tour guide! And oh, they drive fast too!
4. Visit the Trappist Abbey for a very monk-ish experience. The ambiance is like heaven. It is very quiet and the place has this totally spiritual feel to it. The setting somehow reminded me of Baguio, how cool it is and the trees that you see. Also do not forget to hit the Trappist Abbey gift shop for some very cool mango-infused pasalubong to bring home to your family and friends. There is also a fat cat inside the gift shop. It is furry, friendly, and fat (have I mentioned that before?).
5. In Camp Alfredo, there is a zip line that you can try. I was not able to do this because I have yet to recover from my skywalk and edge coaster experience from Cebu and because it also rained suddenly.
6. Have your photo taken at the once smallest plaza in the world! Guimaras once held the word record for this tiny plaza. I am not sure if they have been dethroned or what for now but the plaza is really cool.
7. Try to come to Guimaras during mango season. Obviously I was not able to taste the sweetest mangoes in the country because the season is far out but really don’t feel bad for me because I was able to sample processed ones from all the stuff I bought from the abbey.
8. Go to Raymen Resort in Alibuhod and sample some island hopping farm. I cannot say I enjoyed this activity personally but if you want to troop to the caves and meet some live Pawikan, go for it (Php 25 for entrance and Php 100 for the boat ride per person) Make sure to ask the boat men if the waters are calm to avoid sea sickness and to ensure you can come inside the caves safely.
9. Come to the Navalas Church to see the oldest and sole heritage church in Guimaras. I really did not see the church myself because I did not know about it prior to visiting the island but I found that this church of San Isidro is a real looker.
10. Don’t forget to bring slippers! The beaches are white sand and if you go boat riding, you might want to go barefoot too so you do not slide everywhere. I was wearing sneakers but after walking in the sand and coming down the boat, I was not able to put them back on because I was terribly sea sick!
Special thanks to Tita Nancy, Manong Port, Tita Janet, and Tito Totek 🙂
Hope your week is going great.
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Hi, may I know po kung ano pong travel and tours kau? para po I can avail the same tour hehe.. and ung budget po sana hehe.. Thanks! 😉
hi, i’m just a blogger 🙂
What I mean is… ano pong travel and tours ung in-avail ninyo..
I am looking for a travel and tours na pwede mag-accommodate ng same itinerary…
nothing, we just went around 🙂
my wildest dream may come true on april as i have purchased a promo seat sale of cebu pacific,,its been 40 years that i visit guimaras with my family,,hope i could remember my reltives there,,see you soon,the land of my parents
good luck! 🙂
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thanks for this post PM! very informative.
I recently read the blog that was FP’d about running in Guimaras, i got inspired so I might visit the island this month. hehe
here’s the post: http://baldrunner.com/2012/03/23/guimaras-110k-run/
wow, go for it. it is very near iloilo. i think running will be cool there les!
I’d try! nako manggo season pa naman ngayon sa Panay island. hehehe. naamoy ko na mga mangga. hehe
i can’t help but drool just by thinking about mangoes. 😀
when I was a little kid, we used to cross Bacolod and Iloilo via ferry boat and pass by Guimaras Island which looked pretty uninhabited at that time . I’d love to visit Guimaras one day.
idk if i ever want to ride a boat ever again 😯 guimaras is pretty rural up to now. you remember those probinsiya horror movies in the past? parang ganun yung feeling 😀
uyI i just came back from guimaras too! i love those turtles =)
cool! 😀 san ka nag stay chyng?
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Tawa ko ng tawa sa caption (and theory) mo on why the cat is fat! Naisip ko “anak” niyo siya ni Babe mo pag kinombine “photos” niyo on the right side of this blog.
it was really a fat cat. sobrang taba. but the cat was nice. after we shopped, binalikan nung kapatid ko yung pusa and she was trying to get the cat to enter the bag so we can take it home 😆
Doesn’t Camigiun Island produce good mangoes too? Over here, mangoes from the Philippines, specifically from Camigiun Islands are called champagne mangoes and are very expensive. The mangoes that we buy here come from Mexico. Unfortunately, mexican farmers were able to procure seeds from the Philippines, so now, they produce mangoes that are as sweet as the Philippine ones.
i think as long as you get to enjoy good mangoes it does not matter where it came from. i’m glad you can enjoy them from your home dear. personally, i can say that mangoes from bataan rock too! they are sweet, has a lingering taste, and they are very light! 🙂
wow!gusto ko din puntahan yan! (dumadami na ung listahan ko, haha)
thanks for sharing guimaras where to go and other info, Ms. PM! ^^
it’s a little province lang. it used to be a part of iloilo city. it is very rural and it gives you that fresh and light feeling only the province has to offer. bakasyon talaga ang atmosphere. 🙂
i got seasick the first time i went on a cruise – juice ko kahirap pala ma seasick.
but after that first episode, okay na ako.
i don’t know if i will ever find the enthusiasm to ride a boat again. terrible! but then again the wind and water were not calm that day.
you’re slowly becoming a travel blog ha. 🙂
😆 i think that is okay. there was a time i was slowly becoming a food blog and i gained six lbs instantly 😆
wow PM, nice! guimaras mangoes are heavenly! aaayyyy…natakam tuloy ako.
i was not able to get the fresh ones kg, processed lang like mango bars, mango otap etc masarap naman din 🙂
i don’t like to travel via water too. make me sick especially if all i see is just water. why is bringing magoes forbidden?
because they want to preserve their variety of mango. ayaw mahaluan ganun. but you can certainly bring their mangoes out 😀
Awwwww, you missed the good fun because of being sea sick, but then again, it was worth it, right? I have never been to Guimaras, but I will sure have to visit that place.
guimaras is a good place. if i was not awfully sea sick i would have loved to stay at the beach and take a swim. but then again i was terribly sea sick and all i wanted to do after going down the boat was get to bed and sleep! 😆
bakit raft3rer name ko?
because of the tennis player that you are obsessed with :D. why are you even asking me your name? 😆
ay ngayon ko lang narealize na mali pala yung pangalan mo sa unang comment mo kaya ka nagtatanong 😆
i wanna go there
samahan mo ko
idk ikaw kelan ka ba pupunta?