affordable accomodation, food, etc.
May be too primitive for some tastes
A lovely island with friendly people.
Trappist monastery is a beautiful church in the heart of Guimaras Island. You will meet Bro. Peter who will, from time to time, give you life advice. We took time to write our wishes in a piece of paper and Bro. Peter took it and said they offer prayer so that our wishes will come true.This is an exquisite and refreshing experience while doing the...more
Just below the Guisi lighthouse is the Guisi beach. Our tricycle driver pointed a trail down from the light house for easier access to the beach. The beach has off white sand and beautiful rock formations. We spend our entire afternoon here.Like Natago beach, this is also a private resort so you have to pay P20.00 pesosmore
Yes, it is a monastery and yes you could actually have fun shopping in it because we did. There was not much to do there but take pictures at their chapel and vast gardens--and of course food shopping at their souvenir shop. One of my fondest memory there was when one of the monks shooed us away when we were picture taking because apparently, we...more
Island hopping around Guimaras is a must. If you didn't try it, you should--because what else could you do there beside beach bumming?From what I can remember, the rate for Island hopping is basically around P500 for the first two hours and then P150 for the succeding hours...pretty cheap for a group of 4. What we did was we only took pictures...more
One of the factors that made us decide to stay at Raymen Beach Resort is their in-house restaurant. It was very convenient for us to just walk from our room or beach to eat our meals. The restaurant decor was nothing fancy; it was like a big canteen or "carinderia" with long tables and plastic chairs, a counter for snack items (chips,bread,etc),...more
After a long drive around Guimaras Island, this is a good place to refresh and recharge. The food is a fussion of American, Portugese, Italian and Filipino cuisine. The place is so welcoming, clean and well maintained, the staff are all polite and friendly. They have a buffet lunch every Thursday for P135. All worth it. The pasta and pizza are...more
3 Reviews and Opinions
Guimaras Island has absolutely no nightlife whatsoever. So if you plan on drinking or partying the night away, better bring your own set of speakers/ipod dock and ipod and just buy your drinks there from a grocery.
Dress Code: No dress code required.
If you're a group of five or less, I suggest that you take the popular tricycle around Guimaras rather than taking the multicab. Not only that it is much cheaper, the driver could also give you side trips along the way. You don't have to worry about bumpy rides because the road around Guimaras is pretty smooth.more
From Iloilo Airport we took a van to Ortiz Port. There were many vans outside the airport waiting for passengers. We paid PHP 250 to get to the ferry port. From Ortiz Port, we took a ferry that cost PHP 30 each to Jordan Port, Guimaras. It was an hour of sea travel. From Jordan Port we rode a tricycle to get to the resort. It was a 2-hour ride on...more
From Iloilo City, we took a metered taxi to Ortiz Wharf. As we went out of the airport arrival area, we asked the security guard where we could get a metered taxi. he pointed us to the desks of taxi companies at the right side. We learned only later on that they were booking agents for the metered taxi. We were told that we would pay the amount...more
That's not the name of the store; I was referring to the local fisherman selling his fresh catch at the beach. You don't have to go far to the wet market. Most importantly, you're sure you're buying the freshest fish because the fisherman just caught them that dawn...You can even request the fisherman to clean and grill the fish for you ;)) You...more
Trappist Gift Shop is a small air-conditioned store where monks sell gift/"pasalubong" items like souvenir t-shirts, native bags, decors and delicacies processed from fruit harvests of the monks' own orchard. Revenue of the gift shop help sustain the Trappist Monastery's activities. Fruits harvested from their orchard are processed into dried...more
The Guimaras Showroom is an air-conditioned store that showcases the products of Guimaras. Souvenir items are sold aside from the Guimaras products. souvenir t-shirts, baskets, shellcraft, delicacies, etc. I didn't buy anything because we wanted to move on to the Trappist Monastery, but I looked at the price tags, and they are reasonable. Perhaps...more
Every morning and late afternoon, the jellyfishes trapped in the net enclosure of Raymen's Beach are collected by the resort staff. Most of the jellyfishes are discarded, buried in a pit. Some are chosen for food...yes, food! I learned that the boatmen love the "kinilaw na jellyfish". The jellyfish tentacles are removed, and the dome is diced....more
The swimming area of Raymen Beach Resort is enclosed with layers of net to trap the jellyfish when in season. The guests are forewarned about the danger of swimming beyond the net enclosure. However, there are tourists who take the rule for granted. Ignoring the rule could lead to jellyfish sting. A European couple chose to swim beyond the net...more
Guimaras Island is not called "Mango Country" for nothing. There are 8,000 hectares of mango orchards spread in the island, proudly producing not only the sweetest mango variety, but also 100% pest-free, as certified by the United States Department of Agriculture. To prevent infestation of their more than 50,000 fruit-bearing mangoes, there is a...more
Guimaras protects its primary produce which is mangoes by not allowing mangoes from other provinces to be brought in. There are guys at the port who check your bags when you get off the boat. Kinda weird to think that people would bring mangoes...I know they have the best tasting ones so why would I even bring any? Oh well...more
When you arrive at Jordan Wharf, you will be swarmed by tricycle drivers, jeepney drivers, and multicab drivers, each one vying for your attention and consent to hire his vehicle to go to your resort or tour the island. I already expected this to happen, as I have read about this in different blogsites. What I didn't expect is to find the Tourism Office at the Wharf closed and unmanned. We planned to charter a vehicle through the assistance of the Tourism staff.
Left on my own to negotiate, I chose to deal with a man who claimed to be the president of the Jeepney drivers and operators association. We agreed on prices for specific destinations. I was impressed that he even brought us to the Tourism Office near the Capitol in San Miguel so I could inquire from the office about rates for hired multicab. Unfortunately, everyone at the Tourism Office seemed busy collating flyers and other info materials. I requested to see the head of the Office, but he/she was reportedly out for a meeting. I just asked for some flyers, and inquired about the regular rates for renting a multicab. I was told that if we would be brought to ALL the places in their flyer/brochure, P1,800 would be fine, but if we will just go to Guisi Lighthouse from Jordan Wharf, P600 would be okay. The man was charging us P700, but I felt it was okay since the difference was only P100. Said amount could very well be his tip. From Jordan to Raymen, he quoted us P400, versus the resort's pick up service for P500.
I really thought I was dealing with a straight guy...but things soured up when he charged us P1,000: P400 for bringing us to Raymen (from Jordan), then P300 for bringing us to Guisi (from Raymen) and another P300 for bringing us back to the resort. We could have just hired a tricycle parked at the street near the resort to bring us to Guisi for P300, roundtrip already. That could have meant P300 savings from which we could still take P100 for driver's tip... Actually, if the multicab guy was upfront, I wouldn't have minded the extra cost.
Unique Suggestions: To spare you of misunderstandings and stress on hired vehicle-related issues, be clear about the terms of payment and the coverage of transportation service (places to be included, and time considerations for your itinerary). As a friend said, it isn't wise to start a "quarrel" in a strange land, no matter how "nice" the locals might seem.
Fun Alternatives: Personally, I feel it is better to hire your resort's vehicle or their accredited public utility vehicle even though it might cost you a little more. We will do that the next time we go to Guimaras.
Backpack+Beltbag will do summer clothes, swimwear, all-weather sandals and/or rubber slippers, hat, scarf sunblock, anti-insect lotion, moisturizer, personal hygiene toiletries, maintenance medicines, first aid stuff including medicines for hyperacidity, diarrhea, dyspepsia, allergy digital camera, tripod, charged extra batteries, cleared extra...more
Backpack when taking public transport. Its easier to get around during PUJ rides and boat transfers. good, reliable walking shoes, and if taking smaller pumpboats, wear your water slippers or sandals Almost everything is available at public markets but get them when you pass by them. Stores in the countryside may be far in between. In touring...more
When I am in the island, I have a private abode on top of the hill overlooking Alubihod Beach.
I call it "The Penthouse".
Favorite thing: The more I think about it, the more I remember liking the cottage we had. Now only if there was enough electricity for airconditioning...this place would be perfect.