A Complete Travel Guide to Guimaras Island for First Timers

The following guide will also list out the best places for first timers to visit in the island where the sweetest mangoes lie.

Guimaras Travel Guide
Mango plantation

Why you should visit Guimaras

Guimaras island is famous for producing the sweetest mangoes in the world. Located in the Panay Gulf, between the islands of Panay and Negros, there are over 50,000 mango trees planted in this island and its mangoes are reportedly served at the White House and Buckingham Palace.

Getting there

There is no direct flight to Guimaras. If you’re coming from Manila, take a direct flight to Iloilo. From Iloilo, ride a jeepney or a taxi going to Iloilo City harbor (Ortiz Wharf), and then take a 15-minute pump boat ride going to Jordan Wharf, Guimaras which is the main port of entry in Guimaras.

A pump boat ride costs PHP 14 (around $0.35 or less) as of 2013. Buenavista is another port of entry to Guimaras, although some said it’s quite expensive to tour around there and not recommended for first timers.

Guimaras Travel Guide

Pump boat schedules [1]

Monday to Saturday
Iloilo to Guimaras: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Guimaras to Iloilo: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Sunday
Iloilo to Guimaras: 7:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m.
Guimaras to Iloilo: 8:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.

 [1] Not real time. Last update 2010.

Tours and getting around

GuimarasThere are 2 interesting tours that this beautiful island offers to its visitors.

The land tour is your best option if you are planning to visit Guimaras for a day only and great for visitors who wish to experience the island’s exotic countryside beauty.

Tour includes: Trappist Monastery, Mango Plantations, Guisi Beach and Lighthouse, Roca Entada, Balaan Bukid Shrine, or Valle Verde View Deck.

To avail the land tour, you may contact the most popular and in demand local tour guide, Cherald Padojenog also known as Kuya Cherald. He’s our great discovery who offers an honest and reasonable price for the said tour. You can customize your tour with him.

You may reach him at (+63)908-474-8122. Kuya Cherald now offers multi cab, aircon van, and jeepney rentals for visitors in large group. He can also be your personal photographer during the tour! A land tour rate starts at PHP 1,200 to PHP 1,500 for whole  tricycle good for 4 people (PHP 300 to PHP 375 each).

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On the other hand, island hopping tour is another activity for visitors who seek a combination of relaxation and adventure experience.

Tour includes a sweet visit to SEAFDEC, Ave Maria Island, Baras Cave and Resort, Nagtago Beach, or Turtle Island.

And to avail island hopping tour, Raymen Beach Resort is so far the only resort which offers island hopping tour. Standard rate for the island hopping tour is PHP 500 for the first two hours and PHP 150 for every succeeding hour as of 2013 (as per blissfulguro.com).

It is recommended to stay overnight in Guimaras if you will do both tours.

Accommodations

Popular choices among tourists are the Raymen’s Beach Resort and Baras Beach Resort ( recommended for budget travelers). Both resorts are accessible via tricycle from the Jordan Wharf.

Raymen’s Beach Resort
Alubihod Beach, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
Contact: (+63)918-520-7271; (63)927-560-5107
Room starts at PHP 1,350 for an air-conditioned room

Baras Beach Resort
Lawi, Jordan, Guimaras
Contact: (+63)927-480-1027
Room start at PHP 800 for fan room (cottage type)

Alubijod Cove
Alubihod Beach, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
Contact: alobijodcove@yahoo.com; alobijodcove@gmail.com

You can also try Flightnetwork.com for more accommodation options.

Sample Itinerary

Overnight itinerary
Day 1
07:00 a.m. – Arrival at Ortiz Wharf
07:30 a.m. – ETA in Jordan Wharf, Guimaras
07:45 a.m. – Breakfast at a local eateries around
08:30 a.m. – Start of Land Tour c/o local tour guide Kuya Cherald
09:00 a.m. – Trappist Monastery, Mango Plantation, Guisi Light house or Roca Encantada. (You may customize your tour).
11:30 a.m. – Arrival at hotel accommodation
12:00 n.n. – Lunch
01:00 p.m. – Freshen up. Relax. Free time.
03:30 p.m. – Start of Island hopping tour
05:30 p.m. – End of Island hopping tour
06:00 p.m. – Freshen up. Relax. Dinner.
07:00 p.m. – Free time

Day 2
06:00 a.m. – Wake-up call. Pack things.
07:00 a.m. – Check-out. Breakfast.
08:00 a.m. – Tell your driver to eat at The Pitstop for a while for Mango Pizza, or buy souvenirs.
10:45 a.m. – ETD to Iloilo (Ortiz Wharf)

Day trip itinerary

Day 1
07:00 a.m. – Arrival at Ortiz Wharf
07:30 a.m. – ETA in Jordan Wharf, Guimaras
07:45 a.m. – Breakfast at a local eateries around
08:30 a.m. – Start of Land Tour c/o local tour guide Kuya Cherald
09:00 a.m. – Trappist Monastery, Mango Plantation, Guisi Light house or Roca Encantada. (You may customize your tour).
11:30 a.m. – Lunch.
01:00 p.m. – Buy souvenirs, mangoes, etc.
03:00 p.m. – ETD to Iloilo (Ortiz Wharf)


What else to do

  • Try The Pitstop Restaurant’s famous Mango Pizza.
  • Meet Bro. Peter at Trappist Monastery and offer your prayer and wishes.
  • Visit Guimaras during Manggahan Festival (Mango Festival). This year, it will be held on April 14 to 21, 2013.
  • Best time to buy mangoes is mid-April.
  • Buy souvenirs or famous delicacies at Trappist Monastery Mango products
  • Of course, taste the sweetest mango on Earth! You may avail this at Raymen Beach Resort or souvenir shops.

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The Trappist Monastery

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  • Cecille Villaruz

    Thanks Ada! I really need this :)

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    You’re welcome Cecille! When do you plan to visit this place? Update me your whereabouts!

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  • Micole l Philippine Traveler

    Hello again Ms. Ada! I love this! Atleast is nearer than going to Vigan or what. Do you think it’s better to stay overnight or the day tour? Is it not advisable to stay longer days, say 3D/2N.? Thanks for all this info and more power to your blog!

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    If you will plan to stay for 3D/2N in Guimaras, you may also end up touring around the town of Buenavista but I heard it’s expensive there. So if it’s your first time in Guimaras, an overnight stay is usually recommended ;-)

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  • http://twitter.com/NinaWanders Nina Fuentes

    Ada, sort-of-weird question… kamusta Internet and cellphone signal sa Guimaras?

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Nina! Sun is poor to bokya connection. Okay ang Smart pati internet nakakasagap ng konti siguro mga 2-3 bars pero nakakaconnect parin. :-) Depende sa location, meron sa Raymen pero kelangan lalabas ka sa tapat mismo ng beach hehe

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    Nina Fuentes Reply:

    Ayos! Salamat! :D

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  • Richard T. Chu

    Hi Ada, Thanks for the helpful tips. Just one note: the ferries that leave Iloilo and Guimaras are more frequent than you listed on this page. According to Gherald, the first one leaves at 5:30 a.m., and there are several more that go back and forth during the day, even Sundays.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Thanks Richard for the info! Hoping to visit this pristine place again and perhaps update my blog too ;-)

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  • Monchito Layno

    Miss Ada, Good day! Ask ko lang po kung may hotel/resort sa guimaras na may wifi? I might bring my work on my scheduled vacation….. :( thanks in advance!

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  • Joe

    Hi Ada,

    I am enjoying reading your Blogs. Very informative and helpful.

    I arrive in Iloilo airport at 17.20 and was hoping to go directly to Gumaras to stay for 10 days. You say last ferry leaves at 4.00pm but the http://www.guimaras.gov.ph/tourism/public-utilities/ suggests there are ferries till 8.00pm.

    I don’t want to risk being at the ferry port on my own with my bags at about 6pm if there are no ferries.

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    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Joe, how was your trip? I apologize that I overlooked your comment. The schedule posted on my blog isn’t updated. Thank you for the info!

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    Joe Reply:

    I will arrive in Iloilo on 18th February. May stay in Sol Y Mar for two weeks and just take day trips to Gumaras. Can’t contact resorts to book room which makes it awkward.

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  • NOELA MAY YANGUER

    Im having fond reading your article in your blog about guim. island.nw i knw more about my place. im proud to be guimarasnon.

    Reply

    Ada Lajara Reply:

    Hi Noela! Thank you for reading my blog. I miss the place and hoping to go back soon.

    Reply

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My name is Ada, an old-fashioned, curly, jumper, wanderlust, who enjoys budget and DIY traveling.

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