It is said that Guimaras is where the world’s sweetest mangoes are grown. I love mangoes, in fact, they are my favorite. And it might sound absurd, but ’twas my main reason why I dragged my bestfriend Marilou to explore the island of Guimaras.
From Mactan Cebu International Airport , we took a plane to Iloilo. We hopped on a boat from Parola Wharf Iloilo to Jordan Port, Guimaras. A boat leaves every 15 minutes and the trip is about 15 minutes depending on the water and weather condition. Fare costs 15php per passenger (Basing on the standard fare posted during the last quarter of 2013.)
Arriving at the port, our driver/tour guide, Charlie, was waiting outside the port gate. We hopped in on his pedicab and we started touring the Island. Our first stop was the World’s Smallest Plaza, which was on Guinness Book of Records before.
Museo de Guimaras was our next destination. It was under renovation so snapped some photos and went on to grab some lunch.
With their Mango Pizza and Mango Spaghetti, Pitstop is a favorite among tourists. We tried both, and it was really interesting. The Pizza crust is thin and tough with mango cream and cheese on top, and slices of green bell pepper to taste. The spaghetti’s sauce had the same taste with the mango cream and cheese on the pizza but was a bit creamier.^_^
Trappist Monastery was our next stop, where we bought some pasalubong and some religious items blessed by the monks. Buying your pasalubong here would save you a few bucks, for most of the pasalubong centers are supplied by them.
On our way to Camp Alfredo, we passed by acres of Mango Plantation, where most of the mangoes for export are harvested.
We skipped Camp Alfredo since our tour guide said that the main attraction was just the zipline. So off to Raymen beach, where we enjoyed about an hour basking in the sun. Chillin’ at Raymen Beach, I was pretty sure I’d be visiting Guimaras often. Look at that inviting green turquoise water, who could resist that!
The last one on our list of places to visit on this Guimaras trip was Guisi Beach and Lighthouse. Situated in Brgy. Dolores in the town of Nueva Valencia, it was the highlight of our Guimaras trip. I could just lay down on the golden yellow coastline the whole afternoon, feel the sun smooch my skin and swim the clear waters.
18th Century Spanish-Colonial lighthouse is a beauty! Passing through ruins of the 18th century spanish settlement, you would notice that Lighthouse is not in good condition anymore, but Charlie tells us that the people of Guimaras are still proud in having the second oldest lighthouse in the country.
We then went started our trip back to Jordan Guimaras for the last boat trip back to Iloilo. But before going to the port, we stopped by at mango fruit stands, where we bought a few kilos of mangoes. It wouldn’t be right if I leave the island without bringing home some of those World famous Guimaras Mangoes. I tried a slice, but unfortunately it wasn’t the sweetest for me. Charlie explained that it’s not mango season, thats why the mangoes are not the sweetest and a bit expensive during our visit.
Serene and tranquil, Guimaras is a great place to distress and relax. I will surely be back , stay a bit longer but I’d make sure that the next one, is during Mango Season! 😉
Need a tour guide in Guimaras, contact our friendly driver/tour guide Charlie at +639461966887.