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Planning a trip? Those who love to travel know the essence of all travel is about you and your enjoyment. Travelers know that the destination is a major part in planning a trip, experiencing and delving deeper into an unfamiliar place, people and culture is paramount. Expand your horizons and set your sight to the Philippines, an off the beaten path travel site! An undiscovered paradise made of thousands of islands and white sand beaches all around! A tiny dot in the map of the world, and yet a haven for travelers, backpackers, retirees and even passersby. It offers awesome tourist attractions, magnificent beaches, hot spring resorts, colorful festivals, hundreds of scenic spots and world-class hotels and facilities. Not to mention the tropical climate, the affordable prices as well as the friendly and hospitable, English-speaking people! You will be glad you came, and we’re sure, you WILL come back for more FUN in the Philippines!

 

 

GUIMARAS

Guimaras Locator Map

Photo from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guimaras

 

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Photo from:  http://www.driftwoodjourneys.com/guimaras-the-home-of-sweet-mangoes/

 

Guimaras is a small island province in the Western Visayas.  It is well known particularly for its mangoes, which are considered the sweetest mangoes in the world, thus earning the nickname “Mango Capital of the Philippines” from local and foreign tourists. Reportedly, the mangoes from Guimaras are being served at the White House and at Buckingham Palace. The variety of mangoes produced are also best for making dried mangoes, jam, juice and the latest, chocolate-covered mangoes sold at Costco in the US.

 

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Photo fromwww.tourism.gov.ph

 

Guimaras is also well known for its white sand beaches, pristine seas, and secluded off shore islets. Among its most popular destinations include Alubihod Bay with its calm waters, and Guisi Beach, where visitors could enjoy the province’s natural beauty.

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Photo from:http://wikitravel.org/en/Guimaras

 

Guimaras Island is also a famous source of internationally known very sweet mangoes.  There are many well-known mango products in the world, like:

 

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How to Get There

Iloilo as Point of Entry

A. By Air

 Iloilo is one of the most accessible cities in the region if you want to go to Guimaras. The Sweetest Mango Island Province can be reached by plane on regular commercial international flights from Hong Kong and Singapore to the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo. Major cities in the Philippines such as Cebu, Manila, Puerto Princesa, Davao, General Santos  and Cagayan De Oro have direct flights connected to Iloilo.

Direct domestic flights connect Iloilo to major cities in the Philippines including Manila, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Puerto Princesa, and Cagayan de Oro depending on your airline of choice. Travel time by plane from Hong Kong takes normally 2 hours and 30 minutes, 3 hours and 30 minutes from Singapore, 1 hour from Manila, and 30 minutes from Cebu. Plane fare and fees vary depending on your schedule and airline of choice.

From Iloilo International Airport, two options:

(1) Ride a shuttle to SM City for P70.00, and from SM City, ride SM City Proper jeepney for P 7.00 going to Ortiz St. which is a few meters away from Ortiz Wharf (for those going to Jordan). For those going to Parola Wharf (Buenavista entry), ride a taxi for P 120.00.

(2) Ride a taxi for P 500.00 directly to either Ortiz Wharf or Parola Wharf.

B. By sea.

By direct ferry or fast craft, through the new Ferry and Port Terminal in La Paz District, side of the Iloilo River, is approximately 1.5 hours away from Bacolod. Travel time varies depending on the shipping company and vessel that operates the route but it should be 1 to 1.5 hours from Bacolod, 12 to 14 hours from Cebu, and up to 27 hours from Manila.

There are three shipping companies that offer fastcraft services from Iloilo to Bacolod and vice versa: Oceanjet, 2GO and Weesam Express. Fare rates run from P 400.00 to 700.00 depending on the class, duration and schedule of travel.

From Iloilo Port Terminal, two options:

(1) Ride Lapuz via PPA jeepney to be dropped by Ortiz St. for P 7.00

(2) Ride a taxi for about P 80.00 directly to either Ortiz Wharf or Parola Wharf

C. By land.

If you are from any point in Panay Island, through Mohon, Molo, Ungka or Tagbak Terminals,  Iloilo is around 2 hours from Roxas City, 3 hours from Kalibo, Aklan, 2 hours from San Jose, Antique and 3 hours from Boracay.

II. From Iloilo to Guimaras

            A. By sea

From Ortiz Wharf, take a pumpboat bound for Jordan Wharf in Brgy. Rizal, Jordan.

Or, from Parola Wharf, take a pumpboat bound for McArthur’s Wharf in Sto. Rosario, Buenavista

Regular fare is P 14.00 and P 12.00 for students and senior citizens. Travel time is 15 to 20 minutes.

If you bring a car or other large vehicles, alternative option is via roll-on roll-off (RORO) from Lapuz, Iloilo City to Port San Jose in Brgy. Hoskyn, Jordan. You may book tickets at their offices located inside Iloilo and Bacolod Ferry Ports. – http://guimaras.gov.ph/about-guimaras/how-to-get-there

 

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Photo from:  http://www.hotels-and-beach-resorts.com/guimaras-mango-country-visayas/

 

 





TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Guimaras – The Mango Capital of the Philippines

Best Places To Visit In Guimaras

Colorful and Meaningful Festivals and Events in Guimaras

Explore Undiscovered Beaches in Guimaras

How to Have Fun in Guimaras

Guimaras Photo Gallery

Guimaras Video Collection

 

 

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