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11 Ways to Enjoy Buenavista

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Belle Piccio | Jun 13, 2013

What to Do
  1. Start at the Buenavista Wharf and the 7-kilometer long road starting from Brgy. Sto. Rosario to Brgy. Supang. It was built in 1903-1904 by US Army engineers during then 1st Lieutenant Douglas McArthur’s assignment in Camp Jossman.

  2. Check out the Punta Blanco target range constructed by the US Army in the 1900s where their sharpshooters honed their marksmanship.

  3. To get to know the famous men who fought and died for Buenavista, pay a visit to the Mini Park and Heroes Memorial Park.

  4. Learn the legend and catch the breathtaking view of Siete Pecados Islands (also known as the Islets of the Seven Sins) found in the Iloilo Strait between the town of Dumangas in Panay Island and Guimaras. The islands are uninhabited except for the largest where a Spanish lighthouse was constructed in 1884. Legend has it that the isolation and loneliness of the seven islands was a punishment for disobedience.

  5. Famous for its cool fresh spring water and natural beauty, enter the Daliran Cave at Old Poblacion, Buenavista.

  6. Stroll along the white sand shores of Enrico Beach Resort and Refreshment at Salag Daku, Zaldivar, Buenavista, Guimaras. You can take a 15-minute boat ride from Parola Wharf. Enrico Beach Resort also has an abundant supply of cool spring water. Contact (+63) 928-767-3652 or (+63) 927-962-8802 for inquiries.

  7. Visit the Enchanted Rock, a ‘fairy house’ that was built upon a rock. It is in Brgy. San Miguel overlooking the Legendary Seven Isles and can be seen by all sea travelers between Iloilo and Negros.

  8. Another resort in Buenavista is the Villa Encarnacion Mountain Resort. A resort located at Sitio Tinabuan, Brgy. Zaldivar. It has a swimming pool fed by spring water and uphill cottages. There is a concrete staircase leading to a cave on a hilltop and another staircase that guides you to the topmost part of a mountain where you can see the majestic view of the whole Villa Encarnacion Mountain Resort.

  9. Prepare for an uphill trek on the National Road going to the scenic Good Shepherds Fold Academy Campus. Call them at (033)580-82-12.

  10. For Marian devotees, visit the Marian Shrine at Brgy. Montpiller- a place for those seeking a spiritual experience but also for those wishing to go back to nature…

  11. Reminisce history by visiting the Navalas Church which was built in the 1880s. It is considered to be the oldest structure in Guimaras and is also known as the San Isidro Labrador Church. The edifice is made from coral mixed with rocks which was abundant in the area during the time of its construction.

Click the link to know some of the resorts of Buenavista, Guimaras: Mangoes and More

How to Get There

From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour). You can also opt for a bus trip (estimated cost of Php875++ per head, air-conditioned bus and boat fare, 17 hours plus).

Buenavista is situated at the northern tip of Guimaras Island. It is one of the five towns comprising the province.

From Iloilo Airport, take a cab and ask to be taken to Parola which is the jump-off point for Buenavista. From there you can board a motorboat (Php10-20 per head, 15-20 minutes) going to Buenavista Wharf. The island is serviced by ferryboat or motorboat from 6am to 6pm on a daily basis.

For assistance you can inquire at the Office of the Tourism Guest Assistance Center upon arriving, it is just located beside the gate entrance. You can call them at (033) 580-83-85 (Mayor's Office/Information). You can also visit the Buenavista Municipal Town Hall by riding a jeepney, van or tricycle.

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