Guimaras Island Travel Guide

  • View from the top of the Taklong Light House
    View from the top of the Taklong Light...
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    Navalas Church Viewed From Belfry Arch
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    Glimpse of Guisi Beach
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Guimaras Island Things to Do

  • The Guisi Lighthouse

    The Guisi Lighthouse is an 18th century Spanish Lighthouse built beside the beach and if your finding a top view or a perfect picture of the beach you need to climb the lighthouse with the fee of 10pesos only

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  • Guimaras Adventure

    Guisi Light House is a must-see attraction in Guimaras Island. Those who would like to experience a great scenery attraction at its best.And Natago beach has white beach with a hidden private beach house with a great secenery

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  • Offer your prayers and wishes at...

    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...

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  • Frolick at Guisi Beach

    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 pesos

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  • Have fun food shopping at Trappist...

    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...

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  • Do some island hopping

    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...

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Guimaras Island Hotels

Guimaras Island Restaurants

  • Seafood or Meat, They Have It Here!

    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),...

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  • Good Place to refresh

    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...

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Guimaras Island Nightlife

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    by tidzy Written Sep 13, 2008

    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.

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Guimaras Island Transportation

  • Taking the reliable tricycle

    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.

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  • Iloilo to Guimaras

    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...

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  • From Iloilo City To Guimaras,Take Cab &...

    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...

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Guimaras Island Shopping

  • You Want The Freshest Fish?

    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...

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  • Trappist Monastic Products

    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...

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  • Souvenirs & Everything From Guimaras

    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...

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Guimaras Island Local Customs

  • Jellyfish For Food

    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....

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  • Restrictions at port

    Don't bring in any plants into Guimaras or you'll be in big trouble. Guimaras has protected their mango produce so much to yield its fantastic size and sweetness. They're very strict into controlling any pests that may come in unknowingly thru plants.

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Guimaras Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Beware of Jellyfish!

    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...

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  • Strictly NO Bringing In Of Fresh Fruits!

    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...

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  • Don't bring mangoes!

    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...

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Guimaras Island Tourist Traps

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    by cyndymc Updated Feb 14, 2011

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    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.

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Guimaras Island What to Pack

  • Hard to Find Memory cards and Camera...

    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...

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  • touring Guimaras

    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...

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Guimaras Island Off The Beaten Path

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    by alubihod_1 Written Jun 30, 2006

    When I am in the island, I have a private abode on top of the hill overlooking Alubihod Beach.
    I call it "The Penthouse".

    Mostly very native in nature. A Sea Shell Collection

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Guimaras Island Favorites

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    by syllybabe Written Apr 3, 2003

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    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.

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Explore Deeper into Guimaras Island
Climb the ruins of Guisi Lighthouse
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Swim at Natago Beach
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Do not miss Baras Cave
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Trappist Monastery
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Baras Cave
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Hike Balaan- Bukid
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Consult Guimaras Tourism Center For Your Needs
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Drop By The Smallest Plaza
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Go Boating/Island Hopping
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Day Trip At A Beach Resort
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Another Option: From Iloilo City To Guimaras
Transportation
Visit Navalas Church, Oldest Edifice In Guimaras
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Fresh Guimaras Mangoes
Shopping
Solace For The Body & Soul @ Trappist Monastery
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Explore Guisi Beach
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From Manila, Fly to Iloilo City First
Transportation
See The Ruins of A Spanish Lighthouse in Guimaras
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Have A Taste Of Guimaras Mangoes
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Go Around Places Via Trike, Jeep or Multicab
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Balaan Bukid Shrine
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Trappist Monastery
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Guisi Lighthouse
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Visit SEAFDEC
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Sea Turtle Sanctuary
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Baras Beach
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Visit Daliran Cave
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Guisi beach and Lighthouse ruins
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SEAFDEC
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Natago Beach/ Natago Island
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Snorekeling
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Ave Maria Islets/Ave Maria Beach
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Turtle Sanctuary
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Island Hopping
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The Rush of Guimaras
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Pagtaltal sa Guimaras '09
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GUIMARAS ADVENTURE PARK
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A Visit to TRAPPIST MONASTERY
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Balaan Bukid Hike
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Visit the TRAPPIST MONASTERY
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Multicabs
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