Guimaras is an island located in Western Visayas in the Philippines. This is going to be my 44th entry for my 80/30 challenge. Guimaras is known for its sweet mangoes. They don’t even allow Mangoes from other provinces to be brought & cultivated here because they don’t want their Mangoes to taste different.
What I also observed here is that there were a lot of bikers -maybe because the roads here are very wide and open. I was also told that you can only find a cross-shaped pith here in Guimaras but that is to be verified. Please see below my sample itinerary and contact during the trip.
Half-day land tour c/o kuya Jumwel
Actually, you can just ask the tricycle drivers located on the port to tour you for half day. Kuya Jumwel just went an extra mile to make sure I had a good experience in Guimaras – like when I told him that Reymen Beach is not my type, he immediately recommended a nice quiet beach by the Guisi Lighthouse.
You may contact him at 0977 372 5074. These are the places we went to – Guisi Lighthouse, Trappist Monastery, Mango Plantation, Guimaras Signage, Jordan Public Market, Reymen Beach, and the Pitstop (Manggo Pizza, guys!)
Let’s use Iloilo as our entry point.
Ride a pump boat in Ortiz Wharf bound for Guimaras. I recommend staying in Ong Bun Pension House, if you’re also backpacking, because it is just 1 jeep ride to Ortiz Wharf (takes 3-5 minutes). Pump boat would cost you Php14. It will take just 10 minutes to cross Iloilo to Guimaras.
7:00 am to 8:00 am – Prepare; breakfast; shower
8:00 am to 8:30 am – En route to Guimaras Island via Ortiz Wharf (Pump boat)
8:30 am to 9:00 am – Meet Kuya (You call them “Kuya” if you don’t know the name but you want to talk or get close to them)
9:00 am to 1:00 pm – Half day Island tour (Mango Plantation, Trappist Monastery, Guisi Lighthouse, Kenyama beach, Guimaras sign, The Pitstop (Mango Pizza), Jordan Public Market – All for just Php700)
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm – I had a heavy lunch at Pitstop and ate Mangoes
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm – Headed back to Iloilo City
Refer to Day 3