Guimaras Island is located in the western Visayas and is known as one of the smallest provinces in the Philippines. Resting in the Gulf of Panay, the island rests between the island of Panay and Negros. At only 137 kilometers west of Cebu City the island is an easy access by sea. The best access point would be the city of Iliolo, from there take a ferry out of Ortiz wharf and you’ll soon land in the town of Jordan, the main city on Guimaras.
Guimaras Island is home to beautiful white sand beaches and tranquil hidden coves that make up the outer rim of the land mass. The islands ‘claim to fame’ are the massive mango groves that supply some of the sweetest mangos in the entire Philippines.
The Presidents of the United States have enjoy the taste of Guimaras mangoes for centuries as the grove handlers reserve the finest mangos for the them. In all, over 8,500 hectares of high quality mangos rest on the mainland of Guimaras Island.
For those wishing to enjoy the sweetest wonders of the Philippines be sure to stop by the Trappist Monastery where the monks sell mango products like jams, candies and of course the best mangos anywhere around. The shop supports the lifestyles of the monks at the Monastery and they also make unique gifts and other items from nature, which they sell at an onsite gift shop.
The Guisi Point lighthouse and ruins is a must see destination while on Guimaras. The scenic stone ruins makes for a beautiful setting for those into photography or just to take a picture of your times on this beautiful island. Though a modern working lighthouse rests nearby, the hallowed ruins of this stunning square lighthouse is an eerie reminder of those that sailed these regions during the heydays of pirates.
The Guisi Clearwater Resort is near the lighthouse and a trip here will make for a nice place to rest and relax in the setting sun. The rocky formations that make up the shoreline give this resort a beautiful appearance, much like a scaled down version of Corona, Palawan. The resort has kayaking and a very nice white sand beach as well.
Be sure to capture the beauty of the regions known as Nueva Valencia and Sibuang in the southern end of the island. Sibuang gives you access to some beautiful island hopping adventures. The area near Alubihod is very beautiful and numerous islets and rock formations are scattered throughout the sea.
The island of Ave Maria is another stunner and mimics that of a tiny little Boracay. The sand on Ave Maria Island is very soft and powdery and that alone is one thing that lures many there to this very bright, clean and stunning island.
Be sure to drop into the small islet known as Soly Luna. This particular island is a haven for those that love to snorkel. The lagoons that surround the little islet are perfect for coral reefs and stunning aquatic marine life that will excite the best of vacationers. Nearby Soly Luna is Baras Cave. Though this cavern is small in size it is absolutely worth going to for that special photograph everyone hopes for on their vacation. The great part of this cave is that smaller sized boats can maneuver themselves inside and you don’t even have to leave the boat to take a great photograph.
For history buffs, stop in at the Guimaras Museum where and Spanish occupation and World War II history is abound. The museum also houses some very rare pre-Spanish era material that is only seen in this small but very nice complex.
Guimaras Island is one of the Philippines best kept secrets, with stunning natural beauty, superior white sand beaches and those ‘oh so popular little secret hide-a-ways’, this island is simply made for you. Those that have been to Guimaras talk about it time and time again, be sure to put this island on your ‘must see’ destinations when coming to the Philippines.