Guimaras Day Tour

Travel Itinerary: Guimaras Day Tour

Hi, wanderlust!

Two of my friends and I went on a four-day tri-province Visayas trip a few weeks ago. We spent the first two days in Iloilo; we availed a Guimaras day tour on the third day and then explored Negros Occidental during our last day.

Guimaras is only 15 minutes away from the port of Iloilo. FYI, there are two ports in Iloilo that could bring you to Guimaras. Make sure to tell the taxi/tricycle driver to take you to Iloilo to Jordan port because it’s closer to the tourist spots than the other port. The fare costs less than P20.

Since we had limited time, we chose to avail the city day tour rather than the island hopping tour. As soon as we arrived at Jordan Wharf, a local welcomed us, asked us to register and offered us the city day tour package.

Shall we start the tour now? ūüėČ

GUIMARAS DAY TOUR PACKAGE

Duration: 4 to 7 hours (It depends on the time you’d spend in the tourist spots.)

Cost: The amount varies depending on the vehicle you will rent.

  • P1,500 (tricycle)
  • P2,500 (jeep)
  • P3,500+ (van)

We spent only P500 each for the transpo since we chose to ride the tricyle and enjoy the fresh air.

 Smallest Plaza

Guimaras smallest plaza

As its name implies, this plaza holds the smallest plaza title in the Philippines. It’s the nearest spot in Jordan Wharf.

¬†Lopez’s Mansion

                    Lopez's mansion Guimaras

This mansion facing the ocean is owned by Fernando Lopez, the vice president of the Philippines from 1949 to 1972. Yes, he served three terms.

 Guimaras Church

Guimaras

 

Founded in 1180, this is the oldest church in Guimaras.

 Windmills

                                 

San Lorenzo, Guimaras is the home of less than 30 electricity-providing windmills. Established by Trans-Asia Renewable Energy Corp. (TAREC), these windmills have become a tourist attraction just like those in Ilocos.

 Lunch at The Pitstop Restaurant

                             

This is a popular hangout place in Guimaras – both of locals and tourists – because they serve almost everything with mangoes. The must-try is their range of mango pizzas.

 Guimaras Capitol

guimaras capitol

The featured photo of this blog was shot in the provincial capitol. Aside from the local government offices, you’ll also find several pasalubong shops in this area. But I won’t recommend you to buy there because they sell keychains, ref magnets, etc. more expensively than those being sold in other tourist spots.

 Trappist Abbey

trappist abbey

Run by monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, Trappist Abbey is a sacred place for the locals.

 Mango Plantationmango plantation Guimaras

I won’t deny that I was quite disappointed because we weren’t able to see the trails of mango trees up close.¬†The tour guide said it’s already privately-owned so we just gazed at the greens from a few kilometers.

 Guisi Lighthouse

                      

Built in the 18th century, this lighthouse stands in front of the Guisi beach. You’d need a three to five-minute trek to see it. In case you’d like a refreshment, some locals are selling buko¬†(coconut) fresh from the tree.

 Alubihod Beach

Seeing the beach is part of the tour but we didn’t push through with it because we’re running out of time. After the trip, we headed back to Iloilo and then traveled one hour via sea to Bacolod.

 

I hope you’d enjoy your Guimaras day tour as much as I did. Take a lot of photos, alright? Have fun!

SML,

Patchicha <3

4-Day Itinerary in San Vicente, Palawan

Palawan is known for housing one of the seven wonders of the world (The Underwater River), for having some of the best diving spots across the globe, and for having the most serene lagoons in the country.

In case you’ve already visited El Nido, Puerto Princesa, and Coron, and you thought you’re done with Palawan, I’m here to tell you otherwise. San Vicente, a town located about four hours away from Puerto Princesa, is another hidden gem in this province. If you’re a lover of white sand and the sun, you should definitely explore this place. For four days, the average all-in amount you’ll spend with this itinerary is between P11,000 and 15,000, depending on your food choices.

Here’s my four-day itinerary when I visited San Vicente, Palawan last July 2017 with my family and friends.

Airline: Philippine Airlines

Lodging: Turubien Resort

Day 1

 Dinner at Ka Inato
 Four-hour travel time from Puerto Princesa to San Vicente
 Arrival at Turubien Resort, Long Beach

Long Beach, the 14-kilometer shoreline in San Vicente, is probably the next big thing in Palawan. It’s actually three times longer than the shoreline in Boracay; hence the name Long Beach. I guess it could be one of the most visited beaches in Palawan a few years from now — or it could become the next Boracay although if you would ask me, I want it to remain the same. Peaceful. Relaxing. Flawless.


Day 2 (Island Hopping)

 Maxima Island
 Inaladelan/German Island (Turtle watching + Lunch)
 Twin Reef (Snorkeling venue)
 Sand Bar
 Dinner at Long Beach


Day 3 (Island Hopping 2)

 Tandan Beach (highly Instagrammable virgin beach)
 Palawan Camping (perfect for team building, family camping, honeymooners)
 Nao Nao Island
 Port Barton
¬†Bigaho Falls (It’s a gem!!!! The photos can’t justify its beauty)

The most beautiful secrets of San Vicente were revealed on our second island hopping. My favorite parts of day 3 were (1) being able to enjoy the beauty of Tandan Beach all to ourselves, (2) being able to explore Palawan Camping for free, and being able to privately swim at the breathtaking Bigaho Falls. I definitely want to repeat this tour when I come back to San Vicente.


Day 4 (Side trip: Puerto Princesa)

 Crocodile Farm
¬†Baker’s Hill (Home of the best hopia)
 Balinsasayaw

To kill time while waiting for our flight, we dropped by the Crocodile Farm, Bakers’ Hill and Balinsasayaw in Puerto Princesa.

 

Feel free to message me via Facebook or Instagram if you have questions about this San Vicente, Palawan itinerary. Have a great day ahead! ūüôā

 

SML,

Patchicha

cebu city itinerary

3-Day Cebu City Itinerary

This time last year, my family and I went to Cebu for a quick city tour. I just want to share with you our quick 3-day Cebu City itinerary, plus the other places you can visit.

Hotel: Mandarin Park Hotel
Airlines: Cebu Pacific

Day 1

– Basila de Sto. Ni√Īo & Museum
– Fort San Pedro
– Fort San Pedro
– Magellan’s Cross
– Taoist Temple
– Ayala Center Cebu

Day 2

– Temple of Leah
– Sirao Farm
– STK Ta Bay
– Crown Regency Skywalk + Edge Coaster
– Taboan Market

Day 3

– Allegre’s Guitar Factory
– 10,000 Roses Cafe

Have a safe trip!

SML,

Patchicha