My fave pic from Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival
A day after the highlights of Iloilo’s Dinagyang 2013, I hopped on a boat to visit the island province of Guimaras. The island which is a mere fifteen-minute ride away from Iloilo city prides itself on producing excellent quality of mangoes which are considered to be among the sweetest here and abroad. Guimaras also appeals to local and foreign tourists because of its pristine white sand beaches and other natural resource attractions.
Before I blog about my beautiful Guimaras experience, here’s a travel info that might help you get to Guimaras from Iloilo City airport:
My Recommendation: Once you got out from the airport’s building, take a shuttle van to SM City in Mandurriao, Iloilo. They are parked just infront of the airport. Travel time is approximately half an hour. Fare? P50.00. At SM, take a Mandurriao public jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off after the University of iloilo where you could walk to the Ortiz wharf ticket booth. The pumpboat ferry ride to Jordan port in Guimaras costs P15.00 and would take approximately 15 minutes.
Easier and Faster: Take a cab to Ortiz wharf from the airport. Fare would be around P450-P500.
At Jordan Wharf, motorcycle drivers would approach tourists normally and would offer to take them to any destination in the island. Fare would be around P250-P300 depending on your haggling skills and where you are going.
In case you intend to go to the beach like I did, here’s a cheaper way of getting to two of the most popular beach destinations in Guimaras.
Alubihod Beach. Aside from its fine white sand beach, this is where you want to go if you plan to do island-hopping in Guimaras.
At the wharf, ride a Nueva Valencia jeepney and ask the driver to drop you of at Sitio Alubihod. Please note that although this is the cheapest way , it could also take longer as the driver would usually wait for passengers in the parking area and would later do numerous stops along the way to pick up passengers. It could also get very uncomfortable since overloading seems to be allowed in the island. Fare is P25.00. When you get to Sitio Alubihod, you will find the motorcycle drivers beside a gasoline station waiting to take passengers to Alubihod beach. This ride costs P20.00/head.
In case you’re traveling with a group, you may want to hire a private van from Jordan wharf. One way trip to Alubihod may cost around P300-P500.
Guisi Beach. This beach is popular among travel bloggers for its pristine and not- too-commercialized beaches. This is also where you want to go if your itinerary includes a visit to the 18th century Spanish-colonial lighthouse.
At Jordan wharf, take a Nueva Valencia jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at the junction where you can ride a tricycle going to Guisi beach. Travel time is approximately one hour and may cost P60.00, more or less. You will then take a short 5-minute hike down to the beach.
It is best, of course, that before going to your chosen destination, to visit the Guimaras Tourism Office at Jordan wharf where you can ask for the latest fares as well as other travel information that would make your visit to Guimaras more affordable and more convenient. Have fun and stay safe! Cheers!