Guimaras is an island province in the Philippines located in the region of Western Visayas. Among the smallest provinces, its capital is Jordan. The province is situated in the Panay Gulf, between the islands of Panay and Negros.
Okay, something positive happened within the first quarter of the year 2017. I went to the Mango Capital of the Philippines, but unfortunately the Mangoes were not in season. I know it is sad, but hey! Guimaras is not all about mangoes. It’s more than just eating Mangoes!
Top 5 things to do in GUIMARAS!
1. Splash around at Alubijod Beach Alubijod beach is one of the most popular beaches in Guimaras. It is where the famous Raymen’s Beach resort is Located. But since we’re hipsters/broke travelers, we’re 3 in our group, we decided to look for another option. We went to a new resort called California Beach Resort. It’s next to Raymen’s Beach Resort. The rooms are sooooooooooo NICE! People there were nice as well. For more info about the said resort go to their website (http://www.californiacoralbeachresort.com/)
2. Eat Freshly Caught Fish from Panay Gulf Fisher men sell their freshly caught fishes at the shore of Alubijod, so might as well grab the opportunity to buy those fish and grill it. We are lucky cause the staff at the resort helped us buy (so it was not overpriced) and cook our fish. We got like around 3 kg for Php 400.00 and that was good for 3 meals hahahah!
3. Visit SEAFDEC and bond with sea turtles and fishes SEAFDEC or South East Asian Development Center, where they do researches on fishes such as Grouper (Lapu-Lapu), Milkfish (Bangus) and red snapper (Maya maya). There, you could see big milkfishes (very yummy looking) and you can feed them. I enjoyed it to be honest. There are sea turtles too on their care. Entrance fee: 35php
4 Try the Mango Pizza at Pitstop I thought I wouldn’t like Mango pizza at the Pitstop, but it’s amazingly good! You should try it too! Pizza Price range = 200-440 php
5. Buy some Delicious delicacies from Trappist Of course Trappist Abbey is something you shouldn’t forget when you are in Guimaras. Their mango bars is a must try! Since you’re there already, might as well visit their Chapel and donate.
Where to Stay in GUIMARAS
THE CLARA BEACH Sitio Baybay, Brgy Igcavayan San Lorenzo, Guimaras.
A private guest house situated on a beautiful San Lorenzo coast of Guimaras Island in the Philippines, offering private home to guests with a variety of rooms and chalet. Accommodation all adjacent to the sea and the beach. Place to relax, unwind, island hopping, beach walk and swim and of course dine well.
VALLE VERDE MOUNTAIN SPRING RESORT Ravina Norte, Sibunag, Guimaras
alle Verde Mountain Spring Resort is located in Ravina Norte in Sibunag, on the beautiful island of Guimaras in Iloilo, and is about 15 hours away from Metro Manila. The hotel is just off the main north, south highway, is accessible via regular public transport routes. and free parking spaces are available on site.
Your comfort and convenience is of utmost priority, which is why Valle Verde Mountain Spring Resort has all you need for a hassle-free stay. The resort features a a swimming pool, a garden, and a restaurant within the property. Rooms at the resort are either fan rooms, or are air conditioned. Each room has an attached toilet and bathroom, which has a shower. Basic bath essentials, such as towels and toiletries, are also provided for in each room.
Guimaras is known for its white sand beaches and its sweet mangoes that make tourists come back for more. Guimaras is also home to historical sites, hiking trails, adventure resorts, and a monastery that will surely pique the interests of many travellers. Some of the popular tourist destinations in Guimaras are Alubihod Beach, Balaan Bukid Shrine, Dagsaan Eco Park, Guisi Lighthouse, Mango Research Center, Museo de Guimaras, and the Tappist Monastery. Go island hopping and marvel at the beautiful Ave Maria Island, Natago Beach, and the Turtle Sanctuary to name a few. Taste the Mango Pizza at Pitstop Restaurant and of course, bring home Guimaras mangoes as pasalubong to your loved ones.
Indulge in a relaxing vacation and make fun, exciting, and memorable experiences in Guimaras only at the Valle Verde Mountain Spring Resort
ZEMKAMPS CHALET New Site, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras
njoy a relaxing holiday in the province of Guimaras where the warm and cozy accommodations of Zemkamps Chalet await your arrival.
Nestled in a verdant garden, Zempkamps Chalet is located in Jordan, the capital of Guimaras. The chalet’s rustic architecture gives off a laidback atmosphere. With its ideal location in New Site, many of Jordan’s sights and attractions are just minutes away by car, including Jordan Wharf, the Provincial Capitol, and Trappist Monastery to name a few.
With only 10 guestrooms onsite, a stay at Zempkamps Chalet will surely provide you with that much-needed peace and quiet. The rooms are also well-appointed, featuring amenities such as TVs and complimentary WiFi Internet access. They also have their own bathrooms with hot and cold showers. Other bath essentials like towels and free toiletries are also provided.
Apart from its comfy guestrooms, the hotel also has an array of facilities that will surely make you feel right at home. The hotel has a garden where you can chill. It also has a well-equipped business center for your various needs like printing or faxing. Events and functions can also be accommodated since the hotel is equipped with a spacious banquet facility.
Guimaras is known for its sweet mangoes which they honor during the province’s largest celebration of the year: the Manggahan Festival. But more than its delicious mangoes, Guimaras also has spectacular beaches such as Alibuhud Beach, one of the local favorites. Take a hike up Macapo Falls and enjoy a refreshing swim in its cool waters. Complete the entire Guimaras experience by visiting the mango plantation at the National Mango Research and Development Center.