GuimarasWestern Visayas region of the Philippines. It is in the strait between two larger islands, Panay and Negros.
The island is well known for its sweet mangoes, which are one of the main income sources for most families.
Cities, Municipalities and Islands
- Pronounced as Hor-dan, it is the provincial capital of Guimaras.
- (Naburot Island)
By boatTake a 15-minute boat ride from Iloilo City to Jordan, through the Guimaras Strait. Be careful, because there are two ports in Iloilo that have boats going to Guimaras. One goes to Buenavista and the other one is in Jordan. The port going to Jordan is in Ortiz (near SM Delgado and Robinson's Place) and can be reached by cab. As of August 2013, pumpboat fares going to Jordan cost .
The boat trip may be dangerous, as squalls (pugada or subasko in Hiligaynon) are known to form over the strait during rainy season, and on August 2019, over 30 died after three pump boats capsized under strong winds caused by a severe squall. There are also long-term plans to replace the boat service with a road bridge across the strait, with construction to start by 2020, while an interim roll-on/roll-off ferry service will replace the smaller wooden-hulled boats for the short term until the fixed link is completed.
Upon arriving in Jordan port, proceed to the Tourism Center just a few meters from the drop-off point. From there, you can ask for assistance about budget accommodations and how to get around. There are also several mini-van and tricycle drivers who offer tour rides.
There are several driver-guides who can be contacted prior to arriving in Guimaras:
Lindon Monrealphone: +63 948 927 2661
address: Balaang Bukid Shrine Trail, JordanHike to the 14 stations of the cross. Take a ferry bound for Jordan Wharf in Ortiz Port (Iloilo City). From Jordan Wharf, take a tricycle ride to the foot of Balaan Bukid. It's a 30-45 min hike to the top. During the Holy Week (Easter), there are special trips that transport visitors directly to the foot of Balaan Bukid.
Guisi Light HouseFrom Guisi Beach, follow a trail 15 minutes uphill to the Guisi Lighthouse for a great view of the beach. At the top of the hill are the ruins of a Spanish-colonial outpost and the rotting remains of the metal lighthouse structure.
The best time to buy mangoes is during summer time (mid-April).
Valle Varde Mountain Resortaddress: Ravina Norte SibunagFan double room with own bathroom. Has a nice swimming pool.
J M Backpackers Hometeladdress: JTM Building San MiguelFan double room with own bathroom and cable TV.
Small Wings Pension Innaddress: Sam Miguel JordanA/C double room with own bathroom and cable TV.
Iloilo has an airport, a seaport, and bus connections to anywhere on Panay. It serves as a regional transport hub; from there you can reach anywhere in the Philippines and there are a few international flights as well. One popular destination is the resort island of Boracay, just off Panay and reachable starting with a bus journey from Iloilo to Kalibo.
A short ferry ride from Iloilo gets you to Bacolod, capital of Negros Occidental; from there you can easily reach anywhere on Negros Island or continue to the main urban hub of the entire Visayas region, Metro Cebu.