LIST: Proof that Guimaras is More than just Mangoes
Belle Piccio | May 17, 2018
When in Guimaras, don’t just enjoy its sweet and colorful Manggahan Festival. It is also your chance to explore and get to know the island. Check our list!
Must-try local snacks
Of course, first on our list is food! The best way to explore a place especially when its just your first time to visit is through their delicacies and other gastronomical finds.
Help your self with lots of mangoes because Guimaras = mangoes!
Grab a slice of mango pizza for snacks.
Mango pizza has a blend of saltiness and sweetness. If you love mangoes you’ll surely love its fruity and tangy twist for pizzas.
TIP: mango pizza is best eaten hot or freshly baked.
And when there’s pizza, there’s ketchup. That’s mango ketchup!
Mango ketchup is rich in vitamins. You can use it just like your ordinary banana ketchup. Add it in your pastas for a Filipino-style spaghetti and many more.
Explore its white sand beaches
Aside from its sweet ripe mangoes, the island is also popular when it comes to island hopping tour. Popular destinations are the Ave Maria Beach, Baras Beach, Buho Ramirez Cave and the Marine Turtle Rescue Center at Lawi.
Bring out your adventurous side
Aside from its pristine beaches, there are many destinations to choose from if you want to bring out your adventurous side. One of the best destinations perfect for both adventure-seekers and nature lovers is Camp Alfredo. It is also an ideal place to bond with your family members and do activities all together.
Uncover the secret haven found in the middle of Buenavista
And, if you love stroll around a garden and want to relax your mind, body and soul visit the Neptune Pittman’s Garden Resort. The 1.2 hectare resort is located at Tastasan, Buenavista, Guimaras.
Explore and stay in an island
When you have more time and a day to spare, go to . There’s a resort for those who would like to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. You get to relax and be one with nature.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can fly to Iloilo (estimated cost of Php3,000++, round trip, one hour).
From Iloilo Airport, take a cab and ask to be taken to Parola which is the jump-off point for Jordan, Guimaras. From there you can board a motorboat (Php14++ per head, one-way, 10-15 minutes) going to Jordan port.
The daily Iloilo to Guimaras trips are as follows:
- 4 trips a day from Mondays to Fridays – 8:30am, 10:30am, 3:00pm, 5:30pm
- 2 trips a day from Saturdays to Sundays – 8:30am, 5:30pm
Please take note that schedules are subject to change without prior notice, so it is better to contact the following numbers for more information: (F.F Cruz Shipping Corporation)
- Lapuz, Iloilo City – (033) 337-1046 / 336-9329 / 336-4195
- Jordan, Guimaras – (033) 581-1701
Upon arriving in Jordan port, proceed to the tourism center just a few meters from the drop-off point. You can ask for assistance getting around. There are also several mini-van and tricycle drivers who offer tour rides.