Not long time ago I witnessed the Island’s unblemished simplicity of life and noticed the vast green areas which were mostly patched with their famous mango trees. The Island has been famous for having the sweetest mangoes which eventually enticed numerous visitors from the Philippines as well as the ones from the different parts of the globe.
Today, I would like to give you the list of my top recommended things to see and do in GUIMARAS !
Try out their most talked about Mango Pizza
Visit the Wind Farm Project
Have yourself photographed with one of the most jaw dropping views and scenic places of Western Visayas…
Learn, play and meet new friends: You may dip your feet and play with the milk fish. While learning about the marine wildlife from the guide on duty, SEAFDEC also allows you to have the chance to meet Ramona, a rescued sea turtle at SEAFDEC fish world.
According to the Marine Biologist on duty… “Ramona” had a rough history in the hands of a random fisherman who tied her up for luck (A certain superstitious belief saying that capturing a sea turtle will give any fisherman good chances of catching extravagant amount of fishes). Ramona, the poor creature tried to escape and had the right flipper broken in exchange of freedom. Another reason for us to expose ourselves with a more realistic mindset, stop marine abuse and let these guys be.
Visit the Trappist Monastery and make sure to try out their products
Stay at their Island resorts
Below are my photos taken at one of their gorgeous Island resorts in GUIMARAS : Natago beach
Drop by and make sure to take your photo with the famous GUIMARAS Icon (according to the locals this part of the itinerary is a must).
Check out the Baras Cave
Holy Family Hills
Recommended for people who aren’t fan of rigid trekking during the holy week and for family touring with their young ones. This is an alternative location to Bala-an bukid, the place features stations of the cross too but was designed for strolling than trekking.
Guimaras is located southeast of Panay Island and northwest of Negros Island in Western Visayas, Philippines.
Topography- Generally gently sloping to rolling with land elevation ranging from 0-300m. above sea level.
Climate- Two pronounced seasons. May – October : Wet season & November – April : Dry season
Number of Municipalities- Five (5) Buenavista, Jordan, Nueva Valencia, Sibunag, San Lorenzo
How to reach Guimaras?
Fly from Manila to Iloilo (Via Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines or Air Asia)
From Iloilo international Airport you may take a cab to reach the embarkation sites in Iloilo City- Ortiz / Parola Wharves.
Take a pumpboat ride to Guimaras (15 PHP/ head)
Right after getting off the boat, register your self at their tourism office and start your Guimaras adventure!
The activities or recommended things to do above are only few of the many features you may see and do when in Guimaras, for a better experience I suggest you book through the DOT accredited travel and tours agencies. One I can personally recommend is MG-Guimaras Travel and Tours (DOT accredited agency) which also made this trip possible. (For bookings Call: +63 948 412 7873 and look for Marianne)
See you on my next adventure! Don’t forget to keep hugging horizons !
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