Guimaras is one of the unspoiled islands in the Philippines. Famous on its sweetest mango and pristine beaches, Guimaras also offers a wide variety of tourist destinations.
How to get there:
The primary gateway to Guimaras is through Iloilo. From Parola or Ortiz Wharf, you can ride a motorboat to Guimaras. This will only take about 15-20 minutes. One way ride cost Php 15 per person.
Mode of Transport
Getting along Guimaras is mostly by tricycles and multicabs. You can rent the tric or multicab for a day or can have one-way ride.
During our first visit in Guimaras, we opt to rent a tricycle since we are only three travelling and we want to have a tour around Guimaras.
As far as I can remember, it cost us Php 100 per person for a day tour ride, both the tricycle and the multicab. The price is negotiable though.
Itinerary (Land Tour)
- 1:00-1:15pm Ride Parola Port in Iloilo to Guimaras Port
- 1:30 – 2:00pm Rent a tricycle to tour around Guimaras
- 2:00-2:10pm Smallest Plaza
- 2:10-2:45pm Trappist Monastery
- 2:45-4:00pm Camp Alfredo
- 4:00-4:30pm Provincial Capitol of Guimaras
- 4:30-4:45pm Tricycle back to Guimaras Port
- 4:30-5:00pm Travel Back to Iloilo
On our way to Trappist, the tricycle driver brought us first to the Smallest Plaza which earned the title in the Guiness Book of World Records. Unfortunately another country beat its world record but this plaza remained to be the smallest in the Philippines.
After we went to Smallest Plaza, we went to Trappist Monastery, a beautiful church in the heart of Guimaras Island. This monastery is run by nuns and monks. The place is so solemn and peaceful.
We found Brother Peter in a small nipa hut in the monastery. He has this figure of Sto. Nino which we believe is miraculous. We wrote our petition in a small paper and he prayed for us.
From our solemn visit in Trappist, we went for some adrenaline rush at Camp Alfredo. We actually planned to go to Guimaras Adventure Park but the driver insisted that Camp Alfredo is newer. We only tried the rope course.
There are four rope courses:
For those who can’t finish the rope course, you can actually drop from the course and have a zip line instead.
Yey! We made it!
Provincial Capitol of Guimaras
Our last destination was the Provincial Capitol of Guimaras. We just went to take some photos here.
This is how we ended our half-day land tour in Guimaras. Wondering why we have not tried their sweet mangoes? Because during our visit, it was a not a mango season.
Do you know that Guimaras mangoes are considered as one of the sweetest in the world? In fact, the only mango variety in the country certified as pest-free by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.