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Visit Guimaras Island

Updated on August 15, 2011

Want some peace and quiet during your vacation days? A place where you can relax, see simple but beautiful sites and eat delicious food? Why not try Guimaras Island?

An island province, Guimaras is located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is a 45 minute to 1 hour boat ride from Iloilo City, which is located in the northwest portion of Guimaras Island.

The island is only about 605 square kilometers. It maybe small but it is packed with a lot of sites to see and to visit. One will never run out of things to do while one is on this island.

Just to let you know, here are some facts and figures about this small but beautiful island:

Capital: Jordan

Population: Approximately 150,000

Spoken languages: Hiligaynon

Known for: The sweetest, most delicious mangoes

Delicious mangoes from Guimaras Island (courtesy of: http://cache.virtualtourist.com/987645-green_and_yellow_guimaras_mangoes-Guimaras_Island.jpg)
Delicious mangoes from Guimaras Island (courtesy of: http://cache.virtualtourist.com/987645-green_and_yellow_guimaras_mangoes-Guimaras_Island.jpg)

Guimaras Island Tour

Mangoes

Guimaras Island is very popular because it produces the best and sweetest mangoes not only in the Philippines but also in the world. It is said that the Guimaras mangoes are served at world – famous places such as the White House and Buckingham Palace. The mangoes are not only served as such but also as dried mangoes, jams and other such delicacies.

Around 50,000 mango trees have already been planted on the island. Mango plantations are found all over the island. Some of these plantations are already recognized as eco – tourism sites. You can in fact not only buy the fruit itself, you can also buy mango seedlings to bring home.

In honor of its major product, the island named its annual festival (commemorating its provincehood anniversary) as Manggahan sa Guimaras Festival. Manggahan is from the word “mangga” which is the local term for mangoes. This festival is held every May 22nd and showcases the various products and the culture of Guimaras.

Note: To protect its mangoes, both the tree and the fruit, Guimaras Island has a policy of not allowing mangoes from other places to enter the island for fear that diseases and insects will enter the island and contaminate the mango trees. So if you’re going to visit the island, make sure that you don’t bring any mangoes to the island (although for the life of me, I can’t think why a visitor will bring mangoes when the best mangoes can already be found on the island, but I guess the threat does exist).

Nagarao Island Resort (courtesy of: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IItW_ewR1pI/RxKsuMrudcI/AAAAAAAAAaY/_Olo3Tp0nEo/s400/Costa-Aguada-Guimaras.jpg)
Nagarao Island Resort (courtesy of: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_IItW_ewR1pI/RxKsuMrudcI/AAAAAAAAAaY/_Olo3Tp0nEo/s400/Costa-Aguada-Guimaras.jpg)

Where to Go in Guimaras Island

Resorts

Mangoes and mango plantations are not the only sites that you will see when you go to Guimaras Island. You can also go to the various resorts found within Guimaras. There are lots of resorts in the island. The sand is not nearly as white as the other known tourist destinations in the Philippines, however, the resorts can rival the best that the country has to offer.

The island is surrounded by crystal clear blue water that houses vibrant marine life such as corals. You can go swimming, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing and island hopping. Or you can just be lazy and spend the day sunbathing.

Farms

If you are tired of going to the beach (something which I seriously doubt), how about going to the various farms within the island? Other than the mango plantations, Guimaras Island also boasts of a bee farm, a salt farm, an aqua-culture farm and a nursery.

Caves

Of special interest to the island is its caves, which have various cave openings, width and depth. One such cave is the Hurot – Hurot Cave, which is approximately 50 meters in length and which has two openings. Another is the Higante Cave (higante is local word for ‘giant’), which has 3 entrances, is about 200 meters long and is located on top of the hill. This cave is a rich source of stalagmites and stalactites. There are about 10 caves located within the island.

Others

If you have already gone to all of the above and are still looking for more, check out the Macopo Falls and the springs found in Guimaras. Or go and visit its historical sites such as the Punta Blanco and Camp Jossman. These are the military camps constructed in 1903 by the Americans. Or visit Navalas Church, the oldest Roman Catholic Church in Guimaras which has survived the passage of time.

So there you have it. The small but wonderful island of Guimaras. Next time you’re thinking of visiting the Philippines, why not go and visit GuimarasIsland. I’m sure you won’t regret it. Thanks and Ciao!

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      generalhowitzer 6 years ago

      Great Hub my dear friend emievil its is so good to see you in your fierce fighting form once again... yeha! I already logged out when I noticed you getting a lofty 100 score!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Wow - beautiful.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow, this place was totally amazing. I'll go there someday. I found my favorite through this hub. That is mango. Yummy. Thanks for share about this Island. I learn much from this hub.

      Prasetio

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      doodsdpogi 6 years ago

      Ems ilibre mo kami ni Cris dyan hehehe :D

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      brightgirl 6 years ago

      Hi emievil!

      Great hub! I am also from the Philippines. I find it wonderful that you can promote our own Philippine wonders through this hub. This way, many tourists will discover that Philippines is really a beautiful place.

      I love travelling too! Maybe my next stop would be Guimaras. why not? lol

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      travelespresso 6 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      WOW Emie you have hit 100 - probably not for the first time but it must be a great feeling! Congrats and good to read your writing again.

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      GH, thanks. I hope my writing continues. I need to hit the 200 by Christmas :).

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks suziecat.

      @prasetio, mango is my favorite too. Hope you'll visit Guimaras someday. Thanks for the comment!

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Doods, oist, ako ilibre nyo. Big time na kayo dito ah. hehehehe. Thanks for the visit!

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      @brightgirl, thanks for the comment. Hope you'll visit Guimaras and soon.

      @travelespresso, thanks. Hope I can keep up the writing. :)

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      A beautiful destination I never heard of. Thank you for sharing this trip.

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      I just love mangoes. Would be great, having them on the Guimaras Island.

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      @Hello, you're welcome. Thanks for the visit and for always having the time to read my hubs.

      @UH, you got it. Fresh out of the tree (yum!). Hope you'll find time to visit Guimaras. Thanks.

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      jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

      Great hub Emie! Guimaras is beautiful! I have been there before. Unfortunately my visit there was before I got into photography, so I have no photos to show. I am happy that you wrote about this beautiful place!

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Jill. I love the island too. It's so peaceful and beautiful. Hope I can go back and visit it someday.

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      Better Yourself 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub! Those mangoes had me drooling.

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Better Yourself. You're not the only one. :)

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      Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

      the mangos doo look awsome great hub :)

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks Kadmiels. Did I mention that they're inexpensive, especially during the mango season :).

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Hi Emievil - saw you on Forums and thought I hadn't visited you for a while.

      Gorgeous Island. I enjoyed reading all about it. If I visit, I hope I'll be allowed to bring back some Mangoes in my hand luggage....

      Best Wishes. :)

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      dreamreachout 6 years ago

      The best mango in the world is "Alfanso" grown in the Ratnagiri area of India!!

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      @Lady_E, I think you can. :) Hope you can visit the island someday.

      @dreamreachout, thanks for the info. Can you refer me to your source?

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Beautiful - Love the picture, videos, and description. It sounds like it would be a dream vacation to take. someday.

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      De Greek 6 years ago from UK

      I just looooove the Philippines and its people :-)

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks De Greek :).

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      OddyDahBody 6 years ago

      im from iloilo and guimaras is just like 15 mins away from the port. really beautiful island. and the mangos are sweet. usually i go to balaan bukid, or to the different beaches in jordan and nueva valencia. i heard guisi is also beautiful, although ive never been there yet.

      you know a place there where one can go cliff diving?

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Uhm, no I don't know where one can go cliff diving. Do we have that here in our country?

      Guimaras is truly beautiful. I went there in 2001 and although it wasn't mango season yet, I enjoyed going around the plantations and seeing the well-maintained mango trees.

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      OddyDahBody 6 years ago

      yes, it truly is a very beautiful island. and i have the benefit of going there anytime i want. alubihod is like a paradise esp if you went boat riding to the different islands. the food--delicious!

      i know of another island too here in the visayas, its the isla de higantes. more like an hour of boat travel from the port of estancia. it's like a virgin island, and they said that some of the yamashita treasure was buried there. and my friend told me there's a clif diving spot somewhere. you might as well check it out!

      btw, congratulations for the hub. i enjoyed reading your articles :)

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      Stoneage2010 6 years ago

      Crazy over mangoes.

      Very interesting Hub.

      Guimaras Island looks like wonderful place.

      Loved this Hub!

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      thanks Stoneage2010.

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      ilovecdo 6 years ago

      How long would it take to travel there in Guimaras from CDO? http://www.cdokay.com/

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      emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

      Hi ilovecdo. I know you have flights direct to Iloilo so you can take that then from Iloilo, it's only about 30 to 45 minutes to Guimaras by a motorized banca. So uhm, I guess roughly 2 hours?

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      vincent 5 years ago

      ang ganda ng mga place dito sa philippines at gusto ko dito.

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      Elyza Puerto 5 years ago

      IS The places in akaln nice? :)

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      franz baladhay 5 years ago

      kanami uh mag lgaw kme blin nmon c grace

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      prea 11 months ago from Philippines

      It is definitely worth another visit :)

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