GUIMARAS | Travel Guide + Itinerary | Lakad Pilipinas

Guimaras is an island province located at the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is sandwiched by the province of Iloilo and Negros Occidental. The island is known for its fine, white sand beaches and its sweet mangoes, which is renowned worldwide. Tourist and backpackers flock the island especially during summer for its crystalline waters and a few historical sites.

Most travelers usually consider Guimaras as a day-tour destination forming the usual side-trip from Iloilo City, but with this travel guide, I’ll let you in on a little secret, the province has a lot more to offer more than its usual tourist spots and frequented beaches. Check out the 2-day and 3-day itinerary I’ve prepared for those wanting a more intensive Guimaras tour.

 

How to Get to Guimaras 
HOW TO GET TO GUIMARAS

       There are two ways to reach the island of Guimaras. The popular route is through its western side, via 
            Iloilo City. From the Ortiz dock, pump boats ply the Iloilo Strait regularly to Jordan Port in Guimaras.
                   The second route is via the towns of Palupandan and Valladolid in Negros Occidental. There are daily
            ferries that cross the Guimaras Strait to the wharfs in San Lorenzo. Note that you would need to get a ride,
            most probably through a habal-habal, to the town of Jordan before you can avail of tours.

      
Traveling to Guimaras via Iloilo  VIA ILOILO 
  Ortiz Wharf  Travel Time: 15 Minutes | Fare: Php14.00 | Chartered: Php450.00 to Php570.00
  Schedule: Iloilo-Jordan 5:30AM to 7:30PM (every 15-30 mins) | Jordan-Iloilo 6:30AM to 6:30PM
  Lapuz Wharf Chartered Pumpboat / RORO Terminal Fee: Php25.00
  Parola Wharf  Travel Time: 15 Minutes | Fare: Php14.00 | Chartered: Php470.00 to Php520.00
                                     Schedule: Iloilo to Guimaras: 5:30AM to 9:00PM (every 15-30 minutes)


Traveling to Guimaras via Negros Occidental  VIA NEGROS OCCIDENTAL 
  Pulupandan Wharf  Travel Time: 45 Minutes | Fare: Php75.00
  Schedule: Pulupandan-San Lorenzo 5 to 6 trips per day
  Valladolid Wharf  Travel Time: 2 Hours | Fare: Php150.00
  Schedule: Valladolid-Nueva Valencia - daily trips

Get Around Guimaras 
GETTING AROUND GUIMARAS

Transportation Around Guimaras

Tricycles, jeepneys, multicabs and single motorcycles—locally called habal-habal—are the main mode of transportation in Guimaras. Short distances can be covered by either tricycles or motorbikes, but for long distances, jeepneys are the way to go. Patience would be needed for jeepneys though, as it takes quite a while before they pass, and when they do, they’re usually full. If you’re the adventurous type, riding on the roof—topload-style—is an option you can consider.

Guimaras Tours 
GUIMARAS LAND TOURS

Guimaras Tour Guide

It’s kinda hard to tour Guimaras DIY-style due to the lack of public transportation in the province. The best way to visit the usual tourist spots in Guimaras is by renting a motorbike, tricycle or multicab along with a guide. These are easy to come by once you dock at Jordan Port as they would practically swarm over tourists as soon as they disembark from the port. Land tour tricycle rates (good for 4pax) usually start at Php1,200.00 and goes up to Php1,500.00 (depending on the places you wish to visit.
Recommended Tour Guide: Cherald Padojenog (0908) 474-8122


Speak Guimaras 
SPEAK GUIMARAS 
       Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a are the two most common language of the people of Guimaras. Language is not 
            a problem for tourists visiting the province though, as most Guimarasnons are fluent in English and Tagalog.

Speak Guimaras  Thank You – Salamat
  Good Morning – Maayong Aga
  Good Afternoon - Maayong Hapon
  Good Evening – Maayong Gab-i
  How Much? – Tag-pilá?
  Where is… – Diin ang…




Where to Stay in Guimaras 
WHERE TO STAY IN GUIMARAS 
    
Most accommodations in Guimaras are situated near its coastal areas since the province has a lot of
            beautiful beaches. High-end resorts go side-by-side with backpacker-friendly ones so picking a place to stay
            that’s right for your budget wouldn’t be a problem. For visitors wanting a cheaper accommodation and
            wouldn’t mind being a bit far from the beach, one can go for the few inland lodgings in the province.

Alobijod Cove in Guimaras

  A L O B I J O D   C O V E   
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (0907) 810-3423 | (0922) 862-6972
  GPS Coordinates: 10°32'01.7"N 122°30'59.2"E


Baras Beach Resort in Guimaras

  B A R A S   B E A C H   R E S O R T  
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: Barangay Lawi, Jordan, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (033) 338-2249
  GPS Coordinates: 10°32'42.0"N 122°31'13.8"E


Camp Alfredo in Guimaras

  C A M P   A L F R E D O  A D V E N T U R E   R E S O R T
  Address: Barangay Ravina, Sibunag, Guimaras
  Room Rates: Click Here
  Contact Number: (0917) 250-5816
  Email: campalfredoguimaras@gmail.com
  GPS Coordinates: 10°33'26.4"N 122°33'51.9"E

Guisi Clearwater Resort in Guimaras

  G U I S I   C L E A R W A T E R   R E S O R T 
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: Sitio Guisi, Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (0919) 563-6688 | (0932) 4905-818
  GPS Coordinates: 10°29'12.8"N 122°28'39.0"E


Isla Naburot in Guimaras

  I S L A   N A B U R O T   R E S O R T
  Room Rates: Call them up
  Address: Barangay Sinap-sapan, Jordan, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (0918) 909-8500
  Email: islanaburot@gmail.com
  GPS Coordinates: 10°34'06.3"N 122°30'40.2"E

Kenyama Beach Resort in Guimaras

  K E N Y A M A   B E A C H   R E S O R T
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: Sitio Guisi, Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (0998) 308-4049 | (0906) 270-9157
  Email: delgadoroland23@gmail.com
  GPS Coordinates: 10°29'07.2"N 122°28'35.5"E

Trappist Monastery Guesthouse in Guimaras

  O L D   T R A P P I S T   M O N A S T E R Y   G U E S T H O U S E
  Room Rates: Call them up
  Address: San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (0918) 421-2852 | (033) 581-3385
  GPS Coordinates: 10°34'45.0"N 122°34'35.9"E


Raymen Beach Resort in Guimaras

  R A Y M E N   B E A C H   R E S O R T 
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (033) 396-0248 | (033) 396-0252 | (0918) 520-7271
  Email: raymenbeachresort@yahoo.com
  GPS Coordinates:10°32'01.5"N 122°31'02.5"E

Rumagangrang Beach Resort in Guimaras

  R U M A G A N G R A N G   B E A C H   R E S O R T
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: Barangay Cabalagnan, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (033) 300-0949 | (0939) 299-9327
  GPS Coordinates:


Villa Igang Beach Resort in Guimaras

  V I L L A   I G A N G   B E A C H   R E S O R T
  Room Rates: Check Here
  Address: Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (033) 394-0024
  GPS Coordinates: 10°31'44.8"N 122°30'44.0"E




Where to Eat in Guimaras 
WHERE TO EAT IN GUIMARAS 
     
Besides its mangos, Guimaras isn’t really known for culinary tradition. There’s the usual carinderia that
            serves local dishes like kansi, batchoy and the usual Filipino fares but other than that, you won’t find any
            McDonald’s or fancy restaurants in the province.

Pitstop Restaurant in Guimaras

  P I T S T O P   R E S T A U R A N T   M A N G O   P I Z Z A
  Type: Pizza, Pasta
  Address: Chavez Building, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (033) 581-2310
  GPS Coordinates: 10°35'49.2"N 122°35'16.6"E




What to See in Guimaras 
WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN GUIMARAS 
      
Guimaras is famous for its white sand beaches, but besides those, the province also offers other places 
            of interests like historical sites, hiking trails, adventure resorts and even a monastery. Island hopping tours are
            also available in the town of Nueva Valencia, with the following rates:

                    6 Persons | First Hour: Php400.00 | Succeeding Hour: Php150.00
                    10 Persons | First Hour: Php500 | Succeeding Hour: Php150.00
                    50 Persons | First Hour: Php2,000.00 | Succeeding Hour: Php500.00


Alubihod Beach in Guimaras

  A L U B I H O D   B E A C H
  Address: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates:10°32'03.2"N 122°31'01.9"E



Balaan Bukid Shrine in Guimaras

  B A L A A N   B U K I D   S H R I N E
  Address: Balaang Bukid Shrine Trail, Jordan, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 10°39'49.8"N 122°33'58.7"E



Camp Alfredo in Guimaras

  C A M P   A L F R E D O  A D V E N T U R E   R E S O R T
  Address: Barangay Ravina, Sibunag, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: Contact them
  Contact Number: (0917) 250-5816
  Email: campalfredoguimaras@gmail.com
  GPS Coordinates: 10°33'26.4"N 122°33'51.9"E

Dagsaan Eco Park in Guimaras

  D A G S A A N   E C O   P A R K
  Address: Barangay Dagsa-an, Buenavista, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: 
  GPS Coordinates:



Guisi Beach in Guimaras

  G U I S I   B E A C H
  Address: Sitio Guisi, Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 10°29'12.8"N 122°28'39.0"E



Guisi Lighthouse in Guimaras

  G U I S I   L I G H T H O U S E
  Address: Sitio Guisi, Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: Php10.00
  Contact Number: (0999) 383-6595
  GPS Coordinates: 10°28'37.7"N 122°28'37.7"E


Holy Family Hills in Guimaras

  H O L Y   F A M I L Y   H I L L S
  Address: Tamborong, San Lorenzo, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: Donation
  Contact Number: (0916) 400-2311
  GPS Coordinates: 10°37'35.1"N 122°37'46.9"E


Mango Research Center in Guimaras

  M A N G O   R E S E A R C H   C E N T E R
  Address: NMRDC, San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 10°35'07.5"N 122°34'48.4"E



Museo de Guimaras in Guimaras

  M U S E O   D E   G U I M A R A S 
  Address: San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 10°35'54.5"N 122°35'21.5"E



Navalas Church in Guimaras

  N A V A L A S   C H U R C H
  Address: Barangay Navalas, Buenvista, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  Contact Number: (0920) 532-2688
  GPS Coordinates: 10°43'57.6"N 122°40'58.8"E


Roca Encantada in Guimaras

  R O C A   E N C A N T A D A
  Address: San Miguel, Buenvista, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: 
  Contact Number: (033) 328-0779 | (0920) 967-2550 | (0917) 845-8434
  GPS Coordinates: 10°44'33.2"N 122°40'45.6"E


Smallest Plaza in Guimaras

  S M A L L E S T   P L A Z A
  Address: Poblacion, Jordan, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  Contact Number: (0918) 351-3363
  GPS Coordinates: 10°39'28.4"N 122°35'30.2"E


Siete Pecados in Guimaras

  S I E T E   P E C A D O S
  Address: Dumangas and Brgy. Getulio, Buenavista, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee:
  GPS Coordinates: 10°45'59"N 122°40'37"E



Taklong Islands in Guimaras

  T A K L O N G   I S L A N D S
  Address: Taklong Islands Marine Reserves, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee:
  GPS Coordinates: 10°25'00.9"N 122°30'02.4"E



Trappist Monastery in Guimaras

  T R A P P I S T   M O N A S T E R Y
  Address: 5045 San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  Contact Number: (0918) 421-2852 | (033) 581-3385
  GPS Coordinates: 10°34'46.9"N 122°34'36.3"E


Villa Igang Mangrove Trails in Guimaras

  V I L L A   I G A N G   M A N G R O V E   T R A I L S
  Address: JBLFMU Ecological Park, Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (033) 394-0024
  GPS Coordinates: 10°31'53.2"N 122°30'49.6"E





Ave Maria Island in Guimaras

  A V E   M A R I A   I S L A N D
  Address: Sitio Lusay, Jordan, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 10°32'44.6"N 122°31'05.9"E



Baras Cave in Guimaras

  B A R A S   C A V E
  Address: Bgry. Lawi, Jordan, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  GPS Coordinates: 10°33'04.2"N 122°31'13.2"E



Natago Beach in Guimaras

  N A T A G O   B E A C H
  Address: Sinapsapan, Jordan, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: None
  Contact Number: (0917) 302-9906
  GPS Coordinates: 10°33'01.9"N 122°31'13.9"E


Turtle Sanctuary in Guimaras

  T U R T L E   S A N C T U A R Y
  Address: Sitio Lusay, Jordan, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: Php5.00 
  GPS Coordinates: 10°32'42.3"N 122°31'13.6"E



Seafdec in Guimaras

  S E A F D E C
  Address: Igang Marine Station, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras
  Entrance Fee: Php5.00 
  GPS Coordinates: 10°30'38.7"N 122°29'58.1"E




What to Buy in Guimaras  
FESTIVALS IN GUIMARAS
 

Manggahan Festival in Guimaras

  M A N G G A H A N   F E S T I V A L 
  Celebration Date: Every third week of April
  Duration: One Week
  What it Celebrates: Guimaras Mango Industry and Provincehood




What to Buy in Guimaras 
WHAT TO BUY IN GUIMARAS 
    
Tourist and travelers won’t be disappointed in bringing home something after visiting Guimaras. There are
            not that many souvenir shops in the island but there are quite a few unique items and products you can bring
            home as pasalubong to your friends and family, besides baskets and baskets of mangos.

Galleon Miniatures in Guimaras

  G A L L E O N   M I N I A T U R E S  
  Address: Rizal, Buenavista, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (0916) 419-2076
  GPS Coordinates: N/A



Mangos in Guimaras

  G U I M A R A S  M A N G O  
  Address: N/A
  Contact Number: N/A
  GPS Coordinates: N/A



McNester Food Products in Guimaras

  M C N E S T E R   M A N G O   P R O D U C T S  
  Address: Barangay San Isidro, Buenavista, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (033) 581-3165
  GPS Coordinates: 10°40'16.7"N 122°38'10.3"E



Trappist Food Products in Guimaras

  T R A P P I S T   M O N A S T E R Y   F O O D   P R O D U C T S 
  Address: 5045 San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras
  Contact Number: (0918) 421-2852 | (033) 581-3385
  GPS Coordinates: 10°34'47.8"N 122°34'37.1"E





Guimaras Tourist Spots Map   
GUIMARAS TOURIST SPOTS MAP

Guimaras Tourist Spots Map



What to See in Guimaras   
GUIMARAS SAMPLE ITINERARY

       Most tourists usually go to Guimaras for day-tours, but the province has a lot more to offer besides the
            usual countryside tours outlined by guides at Jordan Port. I’ve been to Guimars a number of times and I’ve done
            the rushed day-tour to almost spending a week just lounging around on a beach resort in the province. 
                   Below, I listed possible 1-day, 2-day and 3-day tour itineraries that one can follow as time permits. 
            Depending on your time and budget, you may even extend for a few more days and try the other places of
            interests in Guimaras like the Taklong Islands and the expensive Isla Naburot.

       
                D A Y  1 
                Early Morning Arrival from Manila 
                Breakfast in Iloilo City (Try Netong’s La Paz Batchoy)
                Travel from Iloilo airport to Ortiz Wharf and ride a pumpboat to Jordan Port in Guimaras
                Avail of Guimaras Land Tour 
                     - Smallest Plaza
                     - Holy Family Hills (Optional)
                     - Museo de Guimaras
                     - Mango Research Center
                     - Trappist Monastery
                     - Lunch at Pitstop Restaurant
                     - Alubihod Beach
                     - Guisi Beach & Lighthouse (Optional) END OF 1-DAY ITINERARY
                Drop at Resort of Choice
                Beach Time
                Dinner
               
                D A Y  2
                Breakfast  
                Avail of Guimaras Island Hopping Tour 
                     - SEAFDEC
                     - Ave Maria Island
                     - Baras Cave
                     - Natago Beach
                     - Turtle Sanctuary
                Lunch END OF 2-DAY ITINERARY
                Beach Time
                Dinner

                D A Y  3
                Breakfast
                Avail of Customized Guimaras Land Tour or Rent a Motorbike or Tricycle
                     - Visit Siete Pecados Islands (Boat Needed)
                     - Visit Roca Encantada
                     - Visit Navalas Church
                     - Visit Balaan Bukid Shrine (Hiking)
                Lunch END OF 3-DAY ITINERARY


Guimaras Travel Guide & Itinerary

G U I M A R A S   T R A V E L   G U I D E   A N D   I T I N E R A R Y
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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Friday, December 26, 2014

40 comments:

  1. Did you explore the famed Isla Naburot as well?

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    1. Hi Ian, unfortunately, we cannot afford the rates of Isla Naburot :(

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  2. hi, just wanted to confirm ung rates ng pumpboat from iloilo via ortiz wharf is updated po ba ito this year? thanks

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  3. Hi, from dumaguete going to guimaras pwede ba magdala ng car?

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    1. Hi, I'm not sure if there are ferries going from Dumaguete to Guimaras, as far as I know, wala po

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    2. From Dumaguete , drive to bacolod. Take the roro to dumangas, iloilo. Drive to iloilo city and take ff cruz shipping --the only roro to guimaras. :)

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    3. That's very helpful for those wanting to bring their car to Guimaras! Thanks Cielo :)

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  4. Thanks lakad pilipinas for this post. It guided me on our guimaras trip.

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    1. No problem Cielo, hope you had a blast with your Guimaras tour!

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  5. I highly recommend Kuya Michael he is our Tourist guide/ Tricycle driver/ Photographer, when we visit Guimaras last June 17, 2015. He is very nice and honest. Feel free to call him next time you visit Guimaras. He will fetch you on time at Jordan Wharf and greeted you with his warm smile. Here is the Contact no. of Kuya Michael Selorico -- 0908 324 6835.

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  6. how much is the estimated cost of the 3day tour?

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  7. How much is the esitmated cost for 3 day tour?

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    1. Hi Roy, the reason I really didn't put a budget in the itinerary and guide was due to the fact that tourists have different ways of travelling. So your budget would really depend where you're gonna be staying and where you would be eating out. :)

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  8. hi there! thank you for the very informative blog. I just want to ask is it possible to tour around (land tour) in the afternoon perhaps 3pm onwards? How much time needed for a land tour? And also how about the island tour? thank you so much in advance

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    1. You can definitely do the land tour, you'd just have to really rush it though, so no more beach time. For the Guimaras island hopping tour, that I'm not sure if it is possible

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  9. I'm also interested in the land tour 3pm onwards. Is this feasible? What time is the last boat from Guimaras back to Ilo-Ilo? Thanks!

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    1. The last boat from Guimaras to Iloilo is at 6:30 PM :)

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  10. Hi! If I'll be coming from the airport at 10AM, is it possible to squeeze an island tour and land tour all in one day?
    Thanks!

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    1. I think you'd have to choose between and island tour and a land tour.

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  11. Hi! What attractions in Guimaras (near jordan wharf) would you recommend best for a one day tour?

    Thank u. :)

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    1. Hi, you can do visit almost all of the tourist spots in Guimaras for a one day tour

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  12. Is it possible to have the island tour in the morning and the land tour in the afternoon? I will be coming from Ortiz Wharf and am planning to get back in Iloilo City by 6PM. Thanks

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    1. It is a bit tight, but I think it can be done

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  13. Hi im coming from pulupandan going raymen guimaras...how to get there.

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  14. I recently went to Guimaras last Holy Week 2016. It was amazing! The island was perfect and my guide was awesome. I wrote about my experience here: Guimaras Travel Guide for 2016. That might help you when you visit the island. Salamat po! :)

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  15. Hi mgkano ang estimated budget sa iloilo tour with guimaras? Thanks

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    1. Hi Aster, haven't done an Iloilo Guide yet, but I will soon, including the budget for Guimaras

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  16. Hello! May I ask what software you are using to edit your photos? Thanks!

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  17. Can you recommend a contact person for an island day tour?
    - Jayson

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    1. Yes, please read the tour guide section above :)

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  18. Thanks for this blog very informative. I already booked our 2 days and 1 night stay in Guimaras on December with my family. Ill be taking our car so we can maximize our land tour for two days. I already confirmed that RORO is availabe from Lapuz wharf-iloilo going to Guimaras at 500 pesos for SUV.Were all excited!!

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    1. Wow! Good luck and have fun on your Guimaras adventure!

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  19. is there a place to stay po like day tour lang, rent ng cottage then pwede maligo for certain period of time lang po? since ang accommodation po namin is sa city proper ng Iloilo and we just want to go to guimaras for land tour and makaligo sa beach. tia.

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