Guimaras' Inampulugan: A Newly Discovered Crocodile-Shaped Island
Belle Piccio | Jun 19, 2017
Inampulugan Island is found at the southwest of the eastern coast of Guimaras mainland. It is described as a crocodile-shaped island and is only around 30-45 minutes by boat from Sabang or San Isidro.
Inampulugan is derived from the words "ina" for "mother" and "pulo" which means "island." It is the biggest out of the three islands near the Guimaras mainland.
On the island, there’s a resort for those who would like to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. The power is only on from 11:30am-1:30pm and 5:30pm-6:30pm. Mobile network signals only come from certain spots of the resort.
The island is covered mostly with hardwood trees. There are also flowering trees and other wild plants. If you get lucky you'll also get to see wild deer, monkeys and birds that roam around the deep vegetation of the island.
Then there’s a pond where you can interact with six hawksbill turtles.
The eco-tourism island resort currently has 68 bamboo and nipa cottages but also has ongoing construction for more. Each room can accommodate a maximum of 4 persons. You don’t need to worry about where to eat as there’s a restaurant that serves delicious meals. And, if you don’t feel like swimming at the beach, you can just take a dip at the pool. And if you're still looking for something else fun to do at the island, just ask the staff: most of them are residents, and will definitely know a thing or two about the island!
To know more of the resort and for bookings or reservations, contact Costa Aguada Island Resort at (034) 433-7373.
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.
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