We availed the Island Hopping tour at Raymen’s Beach Resort. The tour costs P400 ($10) for the first hour and P150 ($4) for succeeding hour. If you’re on a tight budget, I recommend you to travel in group to divide the cost of this tour.
When we hopped on the boat, our tour guide suggested the must-experience places in our island hopping tour. Due to excitedness, we just told Kuya to bring us to wherever that must-experience places are. Locals know better!!! (Not applicable to some places).
So, he and the two other boatmen then introduced us the Lawi Marine Turtle Rescue Center as our first stop. This is one my favorite spots where I got the chance to lift a pawikan (sea turtle). I took extra care to avoid dropping her. Remember, we are in a rescue center and not harming center.
It’s quite scary at first as she’s big, heavy, and was trying to swim in the air making it hard to grab her shell. I have to mention that any amount of donation is accepted in this center to help rescue more sea turtles.
Next destination is the Ave Maria Island. Ave Maria Island is surrounded by big rock formations and ruined rocks nearby that was from the typhoon Frank last 2008. There are no cottages in this island but you can spend your time in snorkeling, swimming, or just lie down and relax breathing the sea breeze while viewing the opposite side of the island.
Out of the blue on our way to next destination, I suddenly remembered the oil spill incident which happened way back in 2006. OH YEAH, that oil spill is here Guimaras!
This happened when an oil tank carrying two million liters of bunker fuel sank at the Guimaras Strait damaging marine sanctuaries, breeding ground for fish, as well as killing a villager after inhaling the fumes of the oil causing him to have cardiorespiratory disease.
Locals said Guimaras has fully recovered after three years with combined cleaning powers from nearby countries. Yes, Guimaras has now fully recovered. Since I’m a curious daughter of nature, I tried tasting the water and it is salty and not oily.
Going back, our next destination would be the cave (I forgot what cave is this, if you happen to know, please drop a comment).
This cave has two entrance but the boat cannot fit in the other entrance so we have to exit again where we entered.
I have to say this cave is lovely. Even though stalactites and stalagmites were already dead, its crystals shines brighter than the star.
The first thing I noticed here in Guimaras while island hopping is that, it has many caves. According to legend, some of these caves were used as a secret hideaway by an ancient lovers and to have their romantic affair. The lovers were known as Guim (the lady) and Aras (the guy).
We’re headed now to the place we’ve been waiting for, the Baras Beach Resort. Okay, the special thing about this beach is that, it has pathway to heaven!!
Will go back to this place? Definitely YES! I must say Guimaras is the perfect hideaway for people seeking peace of mind.
Our journey ends here. While I am writing this, memories of the view are still fresh. I miss my FB and BF (full-time buddy and best friend), Mica. She’s in the other side of the world right now.
Network signal issues
Globe signal is very weak here compared to Smart. We have been able browse the internet with the use of Sun broadband, but very weak and disconnects from time to time. I am not promoting anything here just giving you some info. I am a Globe subscriber by the way.
How to Get to Guimaras?
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