GUIMARAS ISLAND: Places to Visit Around the Land of the Sweetest Mangoes

For us Filipinos, this small island of Guimaras is almost synonymous with our national fruit, mango. Thriving over the fertile soil of the island, there are over 50,000 mangoes trees that produce the sweetest mangoes in the whole world in Guimaras Island.

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This sweet island of Guimaras doesn’t only boasts its world-famous mangoes, but also has their pride in their natural and man-made attractions for adventurers and tourists. Being a developing province that is naturally blessed, no wonder that Guimaras Island attracts many visitors yearly. It’s a sweet escape from the nearby busy province of Iloilo. It’s quiet and offers more of a provincial ambiance while exploring the whole Guimaras Island.

This is a long-overdue bucket list that I want to tick off and of course, to taste the sweetest mango in the whole world. We availed the Guimaras tricycle land tour for a day. It’s the quickest way to explore Guimaras Island and to visit their attractions. So, here some of the top attractions here in Guimaras Island.


JORDAN SIGNAGE

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In less than a 5-minute drive from the Jordan Wharf, this is the first stop of our tricycle tour. It is right in front of the Jordan Municipal Hall along the Guimaras Circumferential Road.

Entrance Fee: FREE
Open: 24/7


SMALLEST PLAZA

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Once hailed as the “Smallest Plaza in the World” by the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s a minute drive from Jordan Signage along the Guimaras Circumferential Road. Though ousted by another smaller plaza from another country, it remains as the Smallest Plaza in the Philippines. The plaza has a monument of our national hero, Jose Rizal, whose statue stands at the center.

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Entrance Fee: FREE
Open: 24/7


SAN LORENZO, GUIMARAS WINDMILLS

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A sizeable wind farm has gone up on the eastern side of Guimaras Island. Being the first province in the Philippines to ban the use of coal and other polluting energy resources, Guimaras province shift to renewable energy and their wind farm in San Lorenzo, Guimaras is considered as one of the biggest windfarms in Southeast Asia.

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Unlike in Ilocos Region where their windmills are aligned in rows, these 54 windmills in San Lorenzo are scattered all over the vast lands over the lush hills and rice paddies. Still, it is a sight to behold to have scenery with giants fans.

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Entrance Fee: FREE
Open: 24/7


JORDAN MAN-MADE FOREST

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The recent addition of many attractions has pinned onto the map of Guimaras Island. Like in Bohol, Guimaras Island also has its fair share of man-made forest mainly of mahogany trees along the Guimaras Circumferential Road. Having gloomy weather that day made the forest an eerie atmosphere like all typical “lost in the woods” American horror movies.

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Entrance Fee: DONATION
Open: 24/7


GUIMARAS SIGNAGE

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One of the stops on the tricycle tour is the giant Guimaras signage near the provincial capitol of Guimaras Island. Beside the signage is a huge mango which is an icon on the island. It is one of the most photographed landmarks in Guimaras Island.

Entrance Fee: FREE
Open: 24/7


GUISI LIGHTHOUSE

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Never miss visiting one of the popular attractions in Guimaras Island, the Guisi Lighthouse. Small it may be but it is the second oldest lighthouse ever built in the Philippines after Cape Engaño Lighthouse in Palau Island, Cagayan during the colonization of Spanish invaders almost 400 years ago. Guisi Lighthouse, now in crumbles, is prohibited to climb for tourists for safety purposes. A new lighthouse beside it now stands near its ruins.

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By the cliffs of Guisi Lighthouse is a sight to marvel the pristine waters of Guisi Beach.

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There are souvenir shops near the entrance of Guisi Lighthouse like ref magnets, shirts, and even authentic Guimarasnon pasalubong.

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Entrance Fee: P20
Open: 8 AM – 6 PM


NATIONAL MANGO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

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Your stay in Guimaras Island is not complete without visiting one of the mango plantations that produce the world-famous sweetest mangoes. Stroll around the vicinity and you’ll find several hundred-year-old mango trees.

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Within the center are buildings for mango research, mango production, etc. to preserve and improve the qualities of their mangoes. In the National Mango Research and Development Center, tourists can learn more about mango production in Guimaras.

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Entrance Fee: FREE
Open: 24/7


TRAPPIST MONASTERY

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The Trappist Monastery is a peaceful retreat run by monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance.

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Trappist Monastery also has a small souvenir shop run by monks. It is one of the perfect places to buy authentic Guimarasnon pasalubong like several food varieties of mango, mango keychains and ref magnets, etc.

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Entrance Fee: FREE
Open: 24/7


OTHER PLACES TO VISIT

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Beach & Island Hopping
Note that we only avail of the Guimaras tricycle land tour for this trip. But Guimaras Island also takes pride in its pristine white beaches and islands that captivates the hearts of adventurers and tourists. Their beaches are among the underrated beaches in the country. So, take Guimaras Island boat tours and explore their amazing beaches and islands.

It’s a shame that we only allocate one day for Guimaras Island. Well, at least we have more reasons to visit the land of the sweetest mangoes for our next to Around Panay Island Adventure. To fully explore Guimaras Island, I recommend spending at least 2 days or more in order to satisfy the adventurous souls.

 



HOW TO GET TO GUIMARAS ISLAND

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Guimaras is an island province in the Philippines located in the region of Western Visayas sandwiched between the islands of Panay and Negros. Guimaras Island was once a sub-province of Iloilo until it was made an independent province on May 22, 1992. It is now among the smallest island province in the Philippines.  There are two ways to get to Guimaras Island, by plane from anywhere in the Philippines and by boat from the nearest island provinces.

  • VIA AIRPLANE: Take a flight to Iloilo International Airport. Travel time is more or less than an hour. From Iloilo International Airport, you can opt to ride a van or taxi. BY TAXI. If you’re in a hurry, take a ride to Ortiz Wharf or Iloilo Domestic Port. BY VAN. If you’re on a tight budget, take a van ride (P70.00) going to SM City Iloilo or downtown Iloilo City. From there, you may take a jeepney (P8.00) bound for Ortiz Wharf or Iloilo Domestic Port. From Ortiz Wharf or Iloilo Domestic Port, you may take a ferry (P15.00) or a fast craft (P50.00) bound for Jordan Wharf of Guimaras Island. Travel time for both is 15 minutes.
  • VIA BOAT. From the nearby islands of Cebu and Negros, take a boat ride to Iloilo City. Travel time from Cebu is 10 hrs. Travel time from Bacolod City of Negros Island is 1 hr. From Iloilo Domestic Port, you can take a fast craft (P50.00) going to Jordan Wharf of Guimaras Island. If you wish to take a ferry, ride a jeepney (P8.00) bound for Ortiz Wharf and take a ferry (P15.00) bound for Jordan Wharf of Guimaras Island.

 



GETTING AROUND GUIMARAS ISLAND

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Guimaras Island has a lot of man-made and natural attractions to offer to adventurers and tourists. To maximize your time in Guimaras Island, avail their Guimaras tricycle land tour and Guimaras Island boat tours.

  • GUIMARAS TRICYCLE LAND TOUR. The best way to explore Guimaras Island is by availing its lands tour. In fact, it takes only a day to tour around Guimaras Island while visiting all the land tour attractions. The tricycle land tour is only P1,200.00 good for 2-3 persons. We avail ours for only P1,100.00 since we’re only 2 persons in this tour. Just contact this number 09502071782 (I forgot his name). Our driver also offers a motorcycle tour (habal-habal) for a lower price of P600.00 good for 2 persons.
  • GUIMARAS ISLAND BOAT TOUR. One of the top things to do by adventurers and tourists in Guimaras Island is by availing its boat tours. Blessed with many pristine beaches and islands, Guimaras Island is really a sweet escape from the metro life. Boat tours start at P600.00 good for 10 persons.

 



SAMPLE ITINERARY

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Here’s a sample detailed itinerary for our Guimaras Island for a whole day with Iloilo City as our starting point.

  • 0600H: Wake Up Call
  • 0720H: Breakfast
  • 0805H: Off to Iloilo Domestic Port for Guimaras Island
  • 0900H: Off to Jordan Wharf
  • 0915H: Arrived at Jordan Wharf
  • 0940H: Start of Guimaras tricycle land tour
  • 1430H: End of Guimaras tricycle land tour
  • 1455H: Off to Iloilo City
  • 1510H: Arrive at Iloilo City

 



SAMPLE EXPENSES

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Souvenirs, plane tickets, and other miscellaneous fees are not included.

  • P54.00 — Breakfast
  • P16.00 — Jeepney to port
  • P50.00 — Fastcraft to Jordan Wharf
  • P550.00 — Tour (P1,100.00/2)
  • P20.00 — Guisi Lighthouse entrance fee
  • P85.00 — Lunch
  • P22.00 — Ferry to Iloilo City

TOTAL: P797.00

 



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