10 Must-Visit Guimaras Tourist Spots & Top Things to Do

10 Must-Visit Guimaras Tourist Spots & Top Things to Do

Ella Larena

How to Go to Guimaras

1. tatlong pulo beach, 2. san lorenzo wind farm (guimaras windmills), 3. alubihod beach, 4. guisi lighthouse and beach, 5. natago beach, 6. taklong island national marine reserve.

  • 7. Isla Naburot

8. Baras Cave

9. guimaras floating cottage, 10. trappist monastery & pasalubong center.

San Lorenzo Wind Farm and Guisi Lighthouse

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Besides trying the famous mangoes, you can explore other Guimaras tourist spots included in Guimaras tours , such as its stunning beaches, historical landmarks, and scenic viewpoints that will make your visit worthwhile. So, pack your bags and check out these top things to do in Guimaras that you can include in your Philippine itinerary !

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There is no airport in Guimaras, so you can't take a direct flight. The best way to get there is by taking a flight to Iloilo via Iloilo International Airport and then taking a land and ferry transfer to Guimaras. Another option is to book a Guimaras tour that includes transfers from Iloilo City. 

To make the most of your trip, it's highly recommended to follow the Iloilo-Guimaras-Bacolod itinerary , which includes some of the best Iloilo tourist spots and Bacolod tourist spots , aside from Guimaras tourist attractions. These three places are easily accessible from each other and are some of the best places to visit in the Philippines .

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Tatlong Pulo, Guimaras

What makes this place special is its untouched beauty, as it remains mostly undeveloped despite having a stunning beach. To have a hassle-free experience, it's best to book Guimaras island-hopping tours that already include Tatlong Pulo as one of their stops. You can also spend a night or two on the island by booking a stay at one of the few resorts available, offering cozy accommodations for a peaceful and idyllic experience on this hidden gem.

San Lorenzo Wind Farm

Make your way to Lookout Point Number Seventeen, where you will be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the wind turbines and the perfect opportunity to catch the sunset. It's a sight you won't want to miss! You can visit the wind farm when you book a Guimaras tour to top attractions and mango food spots .

Alubihod Beach

Alubihod Beach, situated in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, features cream-colored shores, azure waters, and unique rock formations that dot the beach. This is one of the underrated beach destinations in the Philippines that you should visit when in Guimaras.

This beach is the usual jump-off point for Philippine island hopping in Guimaras. Many of the nearby islets can be reached by boat in just 15-30 minutes, and you can even spot some of them right from the beach, such as Turtle Island and Baras Beach. You will also find several resorts near Alubihod Beach with various accommodations for different budgets and preferences and affordable Filipino restaurants. 

Guisi Lighthouse

There is also an 18th-century Spanish-colonial lighthouse beside the beach called Guisi Lighthouse. It was constructed to guide mariners passing through the Iloilo and Guimaras strait. You can follow a light trail offering scenic views to reach the lighthouse.

Natago Beach

The name "Natago" is derived from the world translated to "hidden" because the beach is tucked between two mountains, giving it a secluded and concealed location. It's a perfect beach destination if you want a peaceful retreat away from the city.

You can indulge in various enjoyable activities, such as swimming in its clear waters, snorkeling, and taking leisurely walks along the shore and a garden with a view of the sea. Natago Beach is also the location of a privately-owned resort with overlooking sea views from the rooms. 

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Taklong Island National Marine Reserve

Located in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Taklong Island National Marine Reserve is a group of islands that cover more than 1,000 hectares of land, including mangroves, seagrass beds, and coral reefs with diverse marine life. In Taklong Island National Marine Reserve (TINMR), there are only a few facilities, and they use battery-stored electricity from solar panels to light up at night, which is why it's one of the must-visit eco-tourism sites in the Philippines .

In addition to the beautiful white-sand beaches, sandbars, and eco-trail, you can also visit several caves. As you wander around, you will come across various facilities within TINMR, such as the UP-Visayas Marine Station, a gazebo, a floating guardhouse, a conference room, an eco-trail, a watchtower providing a 360-degree view, and an information center. Take the chance to swim in the shallow waters by the floating cottage.

7. Isla Naburot 

Isla Naburot, located in the municipality of Jordan, is a private island resort with a heartwarming backstory. It was originally built as a vacation home for the owners. With six huts or villas, each meant for one of the six children in the family. The tranquil retreat gained popularity, and so they opened the resort to guests.

The accommodations are simple, and while they have solar power, electricity may only be available sometimes. The main hall is a charming open-air wooden structure. The island's untouched beauty offers breathtaking nature views, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing getaway off the grid. During your stay, you can enjoy fun activities like swimming and snorkeling.

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Baras Cave in Jordan, Guimaras, is another well-liked tourist attraction on the island. This small cave has two entrances that are reachable by boat. The enchanting Baras Cave has contrasting features, such as the mix of sharp and smooth stones, shallow and deep lagoon areas, and the interplay of light and dark through several small cave entrances.

Inside the cave, you will be greeted with a sight of stunning stalactites and stalagmites. It's a great spot for swimming. You can explore and swim inside the cave and appreciate the stunning rock formations. Remember to wear appropriate footwear for a safe and enjoyable adventure.

Located in Nueva Valencia in Guimaras, the Guimaras Floating Cottage sits on clear waters, offering a peaceful escape surrounded by the nearby islands. Here, you can swim and snorkel to explore the vibrant marine life beneath you or relax on the cottage deck, savoring the breathtaking ocean views. 

The floating cottage accommodates up to 50 people, and during the hot summer, it's best to stay for a couple of hours to give others a chance. However, if you wish to stay longer, you are welcome to do so, but overnight stays are not allowed. You don't need to worry about food, as a delightful selection is available, including their special coconut halo-halo.

Trappist Monastery

The Trappist Monastery & Pasalubong Center in Jordan, Guimaras, is a must-add to your itinerary for a unique spiritual experience. You can have some peace and quiet surrounded by beautiful architecture. In their spare time, the monks craft goodies and souvenir items, perfect as pasalubong or mementos of your trip.

In their Pasalubong Center, you will find sweet mangoes and mango-infused treats in almost all their food items. From fruit preserves to popular baked goods like biscocho and barquillos, you will discover a delightful range of options. Moreover, they offer t-shirts, keychains, religious items, and many other souvenirs for you to choose from. Take your time browsing through their selection and pick out some wonderful gifts to bring back home to your loved ones.

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Guimaras is one of my favorite places to relax and unwind. I had a chance to travel to this province during a tumultuous time in my life when I just wanted to be away from the bustle of the city. Its rich nature helped me to be calm and cope with everything I’ve gone through. I truly recommend that you also visit this island.

Tucked in between the beautiful provinces of Bacolod and Iloilo is an absolutely stunning hidden paradise called Guimaras Island. Above anything else, Guimaras is known and famous for producing some of the sweetest mangoes in the world and hence dubbed the “ Mango Capital of the Philippines ”.

Guimaras Mangoes are the country’s best export quality mangoes and we take pride in helping to preserve and promote its unparalleled taste to the whole world. But aside from the heavenly sweet mangoes of Guimaras, the island also boasts some of the most beautiful tourist attractions that every traveler shouldn’t miss! From breathtaking islands, white-sand beaches, and awe-inspiring rock formations, I’m sure that the adventurer within you will absolutely have a great time. Oh, and also add the amazing cultural and historical landmarks of Guimaras Island to your itinerary because they too are definitely worth visiting.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your things, prepare your bags, and buckle up because you’re going on another unforgettable adventure with me as we both explore the 15 Best Tourist Spots in Guimaras!

1. Taklong Island National Marine Reserve

The first one on the list is none other than Taklong Island National Marine Reserve or TINMAR, which is one of the most important marine protected areas in the Philippines .

You can experience this marine reserve through island hopping offered by resorts around Nueva Valencia. In my case, I did island hopping when I visited Nature’s Eye Resort.

Nature's Eye Resort Guimaras

This marine reserve is composed of two (2) major islands and 37 smaller islets. Here, you will surely have a great time exploring the white sand beaches, sandbars, hidden coves, and stunning rock formations scattered all around the island. You can also witness the abundance of flora and fauna within TINMAR, so make sure to breathe in all the fresh air you can get! Oh, and there’s also a lighthouse located on top of one of the hills on the island, so after spending the day touring around TINMAR, make sure to drop by this lighthouse to watch the mesmerizing view of the sunset!

The University of the Philippines is primarily maintaining Taklong Island National Marine Reserve – Visayas (UPV), they have available dorm-type rooms for those who wish to spend the night.

2. Nature’s Eye Beach Resort

Up next, Nature’s Eye Beach Resort will undoubtedly be one of the most memorable highlights of your Guimaras trip because you will really feel like you’re at the center of paradise. This beach resort is located at Nueva Valencia , allowing guests to conveniently access many of the beautiful tourist spots of Guimaras Island. Aside from the exclusive breathtaking views that you can enjoy during your stay here at Nature’s Eye Beach Resort, you will also love all the wonderful facilities and amenities of the resort!

Nature's Eye Resort Guimaras

As part of your stay, have exclusive access to the private beach with creamy white sands, turquoise waters, and beautiful rock formations. Oh, and make sure to try some of the cool and exciting activities such as swimming, snorkeling, island hopping, and more! CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

I had a great time in this resort when I visited Guimaras last year. Some of the rooms are specially designed with terraces and balconies overlooking the majestic view of the ocean. Of course, Nature’s Eye Beach Resort guarantees that you will have a memorable vacation with the highest degree of comfort and convenience within your reach. Finally, be sure not to miss out on the seafood. Yum!

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3. Alubihod Beach

Up next, one of the most charming tourist spots you shouldn’t miss in Guimaras is Alubihod Beach. This one’s perfect for everyone who simply wants to enjoy the peace and serenity of a tropical paradise. The powdery creamy white sand of Alubihod Beach along with the turquoise blue ocean waters and beautiful rock formations surely is a sight you shouldn’t miss!

Alubihod beach

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Take a sip of your favorite drink as you catch up with friends in one of the Nipa Huts along the beach! Oh, and Alubihod Beach is also known for fun recreational activities such as beach volleyball, frisbee, snorkeling, and more. It’s also a popular jump-off point for exciting island hopping activities to nearby islands like Baras Beach, Turtle Island, Ave Maria Island, Tatlong Pulo, and more!

4. Ave Maria Island

Ah, since we’re already at Alubihod Beach, we’ll now be heading to Ave Maria Island which can already be seen from the beach itself! It’s a relatively small island with a powdery white sand beach where you can freely soak in the surrounding crystal clear waters!

Ave Maria Island

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You can also try and snorkel around the area to see lots of colorful marine animals during your stay. But if you prefer to simply relax, feel the heat of the sun, and work on your tan, then Ave Maria Island is definitely the perfect spot for you! Oh, and there are no cottages or lodging facilities available within the island since it’s only usually included in island hopping tour packages, so I suggest that you maximize your time around this island.

5. Tatlong Pulo Beach

Right after Ave Maria Island, we’ll now jump off to one of Guimaras Island’s iconic attractions! Tatlong Pulo Beach is named after the three (3) majestic limestone karst formations facing the white-sand beach. Even though it is very popular among tourists, Tatlong Pulo is still considered a hidden paradise because it is away from all the noise and bustle of the city.

Tatlong Pulo Beach

Photo by Guimaras Land Tour

Here, you can have your much-needed vacation as you enjoy the breeze of the tropical trees and the rustling ocean waves all to yourself. Tatlong Pulo Beach is absolutely elegant so if you’re looking for the perfect Instagram-worthy spot in Guimaras, this is definitely the one!

6. Guisi Lighthouse

And there it is! Your trip to Guimaras wouldn’t be complete if you were not able to visit the iconic Guisi Lighthouse. This 18th Century Spanish Colonial Lighthouse considered the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the Philippines, is one of the most significant historical landmarks in Guimaras as it guided mariners to safely pass through the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait for centuries.

Guisi Lighthouse

Photo by Iloilo Today

If you really want to take your adventure to the next level, I suggest that you take on the challenge of overcoming the 15-minute uphill trek to reach the top of Guisi Lighthouse! Trust me, your efforts will all be worth it once you see the breathtaking view of the whole beachscape and the Iloilo-Guimaras Strait with your own eyes. Oh, and exploring the ruins of the Guisi Lighthouse is surely another worthy experience you won’t regret, so don’t miss out!

7. Tando Beach

Next up, if you’re a fan of exploring hidden pristine islands and beaches, then Tando Beach is definitely perfect for you. It’s situated in Nueva Valencia, away from all the buzz and noise of the city. And since Tando Beach is relatively underdeveloped, there are still not a lot of tourists who discovered this mesmerizing paradise.

Tando Beach

Photo by Nature’s Eye Resort

So if you’re one of the lucky ones who managed to stumble upon Tando Beach, you’ll get to enjoy its raw and natural beauty by yourself! Imagine sipping your favorite cocktail while chilling at a hammock, feeling the cool breeze of the ocean waves, and enjoying the view of the beautiful rock formations, creamy white sands, and emerald green waters. Ah, what a life!

8. Guisi Beach

Walking along the shores of Guisi Beach alone is already an amazing experience when you visit the famous Guisi Lighthouse because you can witness the beauty of the golden creamy sands and the emerald green waters of the beach.

Guisi Beach

Photo by Gone Daiva

Of course, you can also try some of the fun and exciting activities here in Guisi Beach such as snorkeling, beach bumming, swimming, and more. Oh, and be sure not to miss out on taking pictures with the famous Guisi Rock Formations that can be found at both ends of the beach! These are absolutely one of the most eye-catching natural attractions that are worth seeing.

9. San Lorenzo Windmills (Guimaras Windmills)

Another must-visit tourist destination in Guimaras is the famous San Lorenzo Windmills or more popularly known as the Guimaras Windmills. The amazing thing about this wind farm is that it’s able to help boost both Guimaras Island’s tourism and economy, being able to produce approximately 54 megawatts of renewable energy.

San Lorenzo Windmills

Photo by Province of Guimaras

It stretches for as long as 14 kilometers and has a total of 27 turbines each standing at about 404 feet tall. Indeed, what a breathtaking sight it really is to see all these majestic wind turbines along with the scenic landscape of Guimaras. Oh, and just a quick tip, watch the mesmerizing view of the sunset here at the San Lorenzo Wind Farm to take awesome and unforgettable photos!

10. Trappist Monastery & Pasalubong Center

The Trappist Monastery is one of the best spots in Guimaras to buy pasalubong and some delicious treats to bring home. It is managed by the monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance. They are known to follow the laws and teachings of St. Benedict and are famous for their extreme discipline and austerity.

Trappist Monastery

Photo by Wikimedia

The monastery is located in Barangay San Miguel, Jordan , which is very accessible through different types of transportation. Tourists can freely explore the monastery grounds and even talk to the monks and nuns living there, some even visit the Trappist Monastery to ask them for wise thoughts and advice. To earn a living, the monks are selling Visayas delicacies such as piaya, jellies, jams, candies, and other sweets. So be sure to drop by when you’re around!

11. Malingin Island

Next on our list is another small yet beautiful island located in Nueva Valencia. Malingin Island is also one of the undeveloped island destinations in Guimaras so you’ll definitely get to see it in its raw and pristine state. The white-sand beach, the rugged rock formations, and the abundant trees on the island are very refreshing sights to enjoy.

During your island hopping activities, you can stop by this island for a quick while and have a nice time walking along the shores, swimming, beach bumming, and even snorkeling. It’s also a wonderful and romantic spot to watch the sunset, so be sure to check it out!

12. Navalas Church

Ah, after visiting many of Guimaras Island’s top tourist destinations, one place we should never miss out on is the famous Navalas Church. It is the most significant religious landmark in Guimaras, being the oldest heritage church on the island. It was built in 1880 and has been the center of religion in Buenavista, Guimaras, ever since the Spanish Colonial Period.

Navalas Church

Photo by Experience Guimaras

Exploring this magnificent historical building will really bring you back to the old times and I’m sure that you can’t help but be fascinated by its beauty. The Navalas Church is built of stones and has a beautiful garden where you can freely walk around and explore. Taking a picture here would be a great souvenir idea so make sure to take some!

13. Unisan Island

Located right beside Malingin Island is another natural wonder worth visiting, and that’s the one and only Unisan Island. Characterized by its stunning beachscape with white sands, crystal clear waters, and beautiful rock formations, I’m sure that you’ll have a great time relaxing and enjoying nature in this wonder.

Just like Malingin Island, this one’s also undeveloped so expect that there won’t be any lodging facilities or establishments around, just pure nature. It is indeed a perfect place to simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the astounding view of paradise!

14. Balaan Bukid

Another important religious destination in Guimaras is the Balaan Bukid of Jordan. This is a famous pilgrimage site for Roman Catholic Filipinos during the Holy Week season, especially for everyone who’s fulfilling the tradition of Visita Iglesia. Balaan Bukid can be easily reached by boat, but to reach the top, you first have to hike for about 45 minutes.

Balaan Bukid

Photo by Guimarasnon Around the World

On the way to the top, the pilgrims will encounter the 14 Ways of the Cross which depicts the important events in the life of Jesus Christ. Eventually, you will reach the top where the Chapel of Ave Maria Purisima can be found. It’s a great place to offer prayers and reflections simply because of the peace and tranquility of the place, as well as the stunning scenery on top. So for everyone who would like to cure their souls and at the same time have an amazing adventure, this is the perfect place to visit!

15. Fairy Castle Rock Formation

Finally, our last destination for our Guimaras Island adventure is known as the Fairy Castle Rock Formation. I know, that’s quite an interesting name, isn’t it? Well, it’s because this rock formation islet looks like a fairy’s fantasy castle! It’s a nice addition to island hopping activities especially because this is truly an Instagram-worthy attraction. So aside from having a great time enjoying the crystalline waters, white sands, and beautiful rock formations, make sure to also take lots and lots of pictures!

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15 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Guimaras

Welcome to Guimaras! This small island province, nestled in the heart of the Philippines, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. It’s a paradise filled with pristine beaches, lush mango plantations, and rich cultural heritage.

But what’s the buzz about Guimaras? Well, it’s not just about the stunning landscapes. It’s also about the people, their culture, and the way they’ve preserved their home. Tourism plays a big role here. It’s not just a source of income but a way to share the beauty of Guimaras with the world.

In Guimaras, tourism isn’t just business—it’s a way of life. The locals are proud of their home and are eager to share it with visitors. They’ve worked hard to preserve their island’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. 

And it shows! From the well-maintained tourist spots to the warm hospitality, every aspect of Guimaras tells a story of preservation and pride.

So, are you ready to explore Guimaras? Let’s dive in and discover what makes this island province a must-visit destination in the Philippines!

The Allure of Guimaras

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Guimaras is more than just an island—it’s a captivating experience that leaves visitors spellbound. But what exactly makes it so special? Let’s break it down:

  • Natural Beauty: Guimaras is a treasure trove of natural wonders. From the golden sands of Alubihod Beach to the serene waters surrounding Ave Maria Islet, every corner of the island is a postcard-worthy view. But remember, with great beauty comes great responsibility. It’s up to us, as visitors, to respect these natural spaces and leave no trace.
  • Cultural Richness: The island is steeped in culture and history. Visit the centuries-old Guisi Lighthouse or the tranquil Trappist Monastery to get a glimpse of Guimaras’ past. The locals are proud of their heritage and are always happy to share their stories.
  • Mangoes, Mangoes, and More Mangoes: Guimaras is famous for its sweet and juicy mangoes. They’re so good that they’re exported all over the world! Don’t miss the chance to visit a mango plantation and taste these golden delights.
  • Sustainable Tourism: Guimaras is committed to preserving its natural beauty. The island promotes sustainable tourism practices, ensuring that its wonders will be enjoyed by generations to come. As tourists, we can do our part by following local guidelines and respecting the environment.

Of course, no place is perfect. Guimaras, like any other destination, has its challenges. The island’s remote location means it can be a bit tricky to get to. And while the locals are working hard to develop their tourism infrastructure, some amenities may not be as advanced as in more urbanized areas. 

But don’t let these minor inconveniences deter you. The charm of Guimaras lies in its raw, unspoiled beauty—and trust us, it’s worth every bit of the journey!

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The 15 Can’t Miss Attractions in Guimaras

1. the historic guisi lighthouse.

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Step back in time at the Guisi Lighthouse, a relic from the Spanish colonial era. This lighthouse, standing tall amidst the ruins, offers a panoramic view of the sea. Remember, it’s a bit of a climb, but the view from the top is worth every step!

The Guisi Lighthouse is a historic beacon that has guided mariners since the Spanish colonial era. This weather-beaten structure, standing atop a hill, offers a panoramic view of the sea and the surrounding greenery.

The lighthouse’s rustic charm and the remnants of its Spanish-era past make it a photographer’s delight. A short hike up to the lighthouse is a small adventure in itself, with the path flanked by lush vegetation.

And if you’re lucky, you might even spot a playful monkey or two! The lighthouse is a testament to Guimaras’ rich history and is a must-visit for anyone seeking a blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue.

How to get there: The lighthouse is located in the southwestern part of Guimaras. You can get there by hiring a tricycle from Jordan Wharf or joining a guided tour.

Opening hours: 8 AM to 8 PM, Monday to Friday

Address: Guisi, Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.

2. The Golden Sands of Guisi Beach

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Next stop, Guisi Beach! Its golden sands and clear waters are perfect for a relaxing swim. Don’t forget to explore the nearby rock formations—they’re a sight to behold!

Imagine a serene beach with golden sands, clear blue waters, and a tranquil ambiance – that’s Guisi Beach for you. This beach is a haven for those seeking a peaceful retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

The beach’s gentle slope makes it perfect for a leisurely swim, while the palm trees lining the shore provide ample shade for a relaxing nap. The beach is also home to a variety of marine life, making it a great spot for snorkeling.

As the sun sets, the beach takes on a magical hue, creating a perfect backdrop for a romantic evening. Guisi Beach is not just a beach; it’s a slice of paradise tucked away in the beautiful island of Guimaras.

How to get there: Guisi Beach is located in the southern part of Guimaras, in the town of Nueva Valencia. From Iloilo City, you can take a ferry to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. From there, hire a tricycle or join a tour to take you to Guisi Beach. It’s about a 45-minute ride from the wharf.

Opening hours: Guisi Beach is a public beach, so it’s open 24 hours. However, it’s best to visit during daylight hours for safety and to fully enjoy the beach.

3. The Biodiverse Taklong Island National Marine Reserve

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Ready for an underwater adventure? The Taklong Island National Marine Reserve is a haven for marine biodiversity. Snorkeling here is a must-do—you’ll be amazed by the vibrant coral reefs and colorful marine life.

Dive into the heart of nature at Taklong Island National Marine Reserve. This marine sanctuary is a paradise for snorkelers and nature lovers alike.

With its stunning beaches and rich biodiversity, it’s the perfect spot for those seeking a tranquil escape. Here, you can swim alongside schools of colorful fish, explore the vibrant coral reefs, or simply relax on the sandy shores.

The reserve is dedicated to preserving its natural beauty, making it a haven for rare and endangered species. So, whether you’re a seasoned diver or a first-time snorkeler, Taklong Island offers an unforgettable underwater adventure.

How to get there: From Iloilo City, take a pump boat from Ortiz Wharf to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. From there, hire a tricycle or jeepney to take you to the marine reserve.

Opening hours: It’s best to visit during daylight hours for safety and visibility.

Address: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

4. The Serene Ave Maria Islet

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Ave Maria Islet is a slice of paradise. It’s uninhabited, making it a perfect spot for a peaceful getaway. Just pack your picnic basket and enjoy the tranquility!

Ave Maria Islet is a hidden gem in the Guimaras archipelago. This tiny, tranquil islet is a must-visit for those who love snorkeling or simply basking in the sun.

The clear blue waters surrounding the islet are teeming with marine life, offering a fantastic snorkeling experience. Even if you’re not a swimmer, the inviting turquoise sea will tempt you to dip your toes in.

The islet is also a great spot for picnics, with its pristine white sand beach providing a perfect backdrop. So, hop on a boat, bring your snorkeling gear, and prepare to fall in love with the serene beauty of Ave Maria Islet.

How to get there: From Iloilo City, take a pump boat from Ortiz Wharf to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. From there, you can hire a boat for island hopping which includes Ave Maria Islet.

Address: Brgy. Lawi, Jordan, Guimaras

5. The Picturesque Alubihod Beach

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Alubihod Beach is a crowd favorite. Its crystal-clear waters and powdery sands are perfect for sunbathing and beach games. And when the sun sets, the beach turns into a beautiful canvas of colors.

Nestled in the heart of Guimaras, Alubihod Beach is a must-visit for beach lovers. Its crystal-clear waters and fine white sand make it a perfect spot for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling.

The beach is surrounded by several resorts offering cottages, shower rooms, and restaurants, making your stay comfortable and convenient.

How to get there: From Iloilo City, take a pump boat from Ortiz Wharf to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. From there, hire a tricycle or jeepney to take you to Alubihod Beach.

Address: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras Island, Western Visayas, Philippines

6. The Enchanting Trappist Monastery

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Experience tranquility at the Trappist Monastery. Run by monks, it’s a place of peace and prayer. Don’t forget to check out their gift shop for some homemade goodies!

The Trappist Monastery, located in the municipality of Jordan, Guimaras, is a serene place perfect for those seeking peace and reflection. It’s the only men’s monastery in the Philippines and is run by monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance.

These monks follow the rule of St. Benedict and are known for their vow of silence. The monastery also has a gift shop nearby where you can buy souvenirs and products like jams, jellies, and mango-based products made by the monks themselves.

How to get there: From Iloilo City, take a pump boat from Ortiz Wharf to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. From there, hire a tricycle or jeepney to take you to the Trappist Monastery.

Opening hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Address: Jordan, Guimaras

7. The Lush Roca Encantada

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Roca Encantada is a historic summer house perched on a rock. It’s a great spot to learn about local history and enjoy a picnic with a view.

This majestic summer house, perched on a hill overlooking the sea, is a testament to Guimaras’ rich history. Built in 1910, Roca Encantada was the vacation house of the Lopez clan, a prominent family in the Philippines.

As you step into the grounds, you’ll be greeted by the refreshing sea breeze and a panoramic view of the Guimaras Strait. The house itself is a sight to behold, with its old-world charm and elegant architecture. It’s like stepping back in time!

How to get there: To get there, you can hire a tricycle from Jordan Wharf, and it will take you directly to the site.

Opening hours: 8 AM to 5 PM, and there’s a minimal entrance fee of 50 pesos.

Address: Buenavista, Guimaras

8. The Vibrant San Lorenzo Wind Farm

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The San Lorenzo Wind Farm is a testament to Guimaras’ commitment to renewable energy. The towering windmills against the backdrop of green fields and blue skies make for a stunning view.

If you’re all about sustainable travel, then the San Lorenzo Wind Farm should be on your list. This wind farm is not just a source of renewable energy, but it’s also a unique tourist spot offering a breathtaking view of the island and the sea.

The towering windmills against the backdrop of the clear blue sky is a sight that will leave you in awe. Don’t forget to take lots of photos!

How to get there: You can hire a tricycle from Jordan Wharf, and it will take you directly to the wind farm.

Opening hours: 6 AM to 9:30 PM (Tuesday to Sunday), 6 AM to 8 PM (Wednesday)

Address: San Lorenzo, Guimaras

9. The Scenic Sad-Sad Falls

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Sad-Sad Falls is a hidden gem. The trek to the falls is an adventure in itself, and the refreshing waters are the perfect reward for your efforts.

Unleash your inner adventurer at the Sad-Sad Falls! Nestled in the heart of Guimaras, this hidden gem is a must-visit for nature lovers.

The falls cascade down a series of rock formations, creating a stunning spectacle that’s perfect for those Instagram-worthy shots. The trek to the falls is an adventure in itself, with lush greenery and the soothing sounds of nature accompanying you every step of the way.

How to get there: You can hire a tricycle from Jordan Wharf, and the driver will take you straight to the falls.

Opening hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty of the falls.

Address: Barangay San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras

10. The Captivating Balaan Bukid Shrine

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Balaan Bukid Shrine is a pilgrimage site that offers a spiritual experience and a panoramic view of the island. The climb is challenging but fulfilling.

Perched atop a hill, this shrine offers a panoramic view of Guimaras and Iloilo. It’s most famous for its annual pilgrimage during Holy Week, where devotees climb the hill as a form of penance.

But you don’t have to wait for Holy Week to visit – the shrine is open year-round, and the climb is worth it for the view alone!

How to get there: You can take a tricycle from Jordan Wharf to the foot of the hill, and then it’s a short hike up to the shrine.

Opening hours: 8 AM to 5 PM, daily

11. The Exotic Baras Cave

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Baras Cave is an adventure lover’s dream. The cave’s unique rock formations and the thrill of exploration make for an unforgettable experience.

Dive into the mystery of the Baras Cave, a hidden gem in Guimaras. This natural wonder is a must-see for those who love to explore the unknown.

The cave is accessible by boat and is best visited during low tide. Inside, you’ll find a fascinating world of stalactites and stalagmites, creating a surreal atmosphere that will leave you in awe.

How to get there: You can hire a boat from Alubihod Beach. The boat ride is part of the island hopping tour which includes other attractions such as Ave Maria Islet and Turtle Island.

Opening hours: It’s best to visit during low tide, so check the tide schedule before planning your visit.

Address: Brgy. Lawi, Jordan, Guimaras.

12. The Refreshing Villa Igang Marine Resort

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Villa Igang Marine Resort offers a mix of relaxation and adventure. From its refreshing pools to its exciting water sports, there’s something for everyone.

Escape the hustle and bustle at Villa Igang Marine Resort, a haven of relaxation in Guimaras. Nestled between lush greenery and the sparkling sea, this resort offers a refreshing getaway.

Enjoy the clear waters, explore the vibrant marine life, or simply relax on the beach. The resort also offers comfortable accommodations and delicious local cuisine.

How to get there: You can hire a tricycle from Jordan Wharf or directly from Iloilo City if you’re coming from there.

Opening hours: The resort is open for day trips from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Address: Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.

13. The Majestic Navalas Church

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Navalas Church, the oldest Catholic church in Guimaras, is a testament to the island’s rich history. Its rustic charm and peaceful ambiance make it a must-visit.

The Navalas Church was built in 1888. Its well-preserved structure makes it a must-visit spot for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts alike.

The Navalas Church, located in the town of Buenavista, is a sight to behold with its old-world charm and tranquility. The church’s facade, made of coral stones, gives it a unique and historic appeal.

How to get there: From Jordan Wharf, you can hire a tricycle or join a tour to reach Navalas Church.

Opening hours: Open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Address: Navalas, Buenavista, Guimaras

14. The Thrilling Guimaras Adventure Park

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For adrenaline junkies, Guimaras Adventure Park offers a variety of thrilling activities. From zip-lining to horseback riding, it’s a fun-filled destination.

Get your adrenaline pumping at the Guimaras Adventure Park, a haven for thrill-seekers. This park is the perfect spot for those looking for an action-packed adventure amidst the natural beauty of Guimaras.

The Guimaras Adventure Park, located in the town of Buenavista, provides a fun and exciting experience for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re an adventure junkie or just looking for a fun day out, this park has something for everyone.

How to get there: From Jordan Wharf, you can hire a tricycle or join a tour to reach Guimaras Adventure Park.

Address: Alaguisoc, Jordan, Guimaras

15. The Delicious Mango Plantations

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Last but not least, don’t miss the mango plantations. Guimaras is known for its sweet mangoes, and a visit to a plantation is a sweet ending to your island adventure.

Welcome to the heart of mango country! Guimaras Island is renowned for its succulent mangoes, and there’s no better place to experience this than at the island’s mango plantations.

Imagine rows upon rows of mango trees, their branches heavy with ripe fruit, all set against the backdrop of the island’s lush greenery. It’s a sight to behold and a taste sensation you won’t want to miss.

How to get there: Mango plantations are scattered across the island, but the most famous one is the Oro Verde Mango Plantation. You can reach it by hiring a tricycle or joining a guided tour from Jordan Wharf.

Opening hours: Oro Verde Mango Plantation opens from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Crafting Your Guimaras Adventure

Planning a trip to Guimaras? Here are some tips to help you craft the perfect adventure:

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Guimaras is during the dry season, from December to May . The weather is perfect for beach hopping and exploring the outdoors. 

If you’re a mango lover, plan your visit in May to catch the Manggahan Festival, a week-long celebration of the island’s famous fruit.

Getting to Guimaras

Guimaras is accessible by boat from Iloilo City . The ferry ride takes about 15 minutes and operates from early morning until late evening. 

Once on the island, you can get around by jeepney, tricycle, or rented motorcycle. For a hassle-free experience, consider hiring a tour guide or joining a group tour.

Recommended Itineraries

Planning your itinerary can be overwhelming with so many attractions to choose from. Here’s a sample 3-day itinerary to get you started:

  • Day 1: Start with a visit to the Trappist Monastery, followed by a tour of a mango plantation. End your day with a relaxing swim at Alubihod Beach.
  • Day 2: Dedicate this day to exploring the natural wonders of Guimaras. Visit the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve, Sad-Sad Falls, and Baras Cave.
  • Day 3: Visit the historic sites of Guimaras, including the Guisi Lighthouse, Navalas Church, and Roca Encantada. Cap off your adventure with a thrilling ride at Guimaras Adventure Park.

Embracing Sustainable Tourism in Guimaras

Guimaras isn’t just a tourist destination—it’s a living, breathing ecosystem that needs our care and respect. Here’s how you can embrace sustainable tourism during your visit:

Be a Responsible Visitor

As visitors, we have a role to play in preserving Guimaras’ natural wonders. Here are some ways to do so:

  • Leave No Trace: Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints. Avoid littering and respect all signage and rules.
  • Conserve Water: Water is a precious resource, especially on an island. Use it sparingly.
  • Support Local: From dining to shopping, choose local. It’s a great way to support the local economy and experience the island’s culture.

Local Sustainability Efforts

Guimaras is committed to sustainable tourism. Here are some of the initiatives in place:

  • Marine Protected Areas: Places like the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve are protected to preserve marine biodiversity.
  • Renewable Energy: The San Lorenzo Wind Farm is a testament to the island’s commitment to clean energy.
  • Manggahan Festival: This annual festival promotes the sustainable cultivation of mangoes, the island’s signature produce.

By supporting these initiatives and practicing responsible tourism, we can help ensure that Guimaras remains a paradise for generations to come. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is guimaras a top tourist spot.

Guimaras is a top tourist spot due to its rich history, natural beauty, and cultural richness. It’s home to pristine beaches, lush mango plantations, and a variety of attractions like the Guisi Lighthouse and the Trappist Monastery. The locals’ warm hospitality adds to the charm of the island.

What is Guimaras famous for?

Guimaras is famous for its sweet and juicy mangoes, which are considered some of the best in the world. The island is also known for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, and rich biodiversity.

What would be best for a day trip in Guimaras?

For a day trip in Guimaras, you can go island hopping, visit the smallest plaza, explore a mango plantation, visit the Trappist Monastery, try the mango pizza, buy mango souvenirs, swim in Alubihod Beach, take photos at Guisi Lighthouse and Guisi Beach, and see the Guimaras windmills.

Is there an entrance fee to Guimaras Island?

There’s no entrance fee to Guimaras Island itself. However, some attractions on the island may charge an entrance fee.

How many hours from Iloilo to Guimaras?

The ferry ride from Iloilo to Guimaras takes around 15 to 30 minutes.

How many hours travel from Manila to Guimaras?

Travel time from Manila to Guimaras varies depending on the mode of transportation. Generally, it involves a combination of a flight to Iloilo City (approximately 1 hour), a taxi ride to the ferry terminal (around 30 minutes), and a ferry ride to Guimaras (15 to 30 minutes).

How long is Iloilo to Guimaras Bridge?

As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, there is no bridge connecting Iloilo and Guimaras. The primary mode of transportation between the two is by ferry.

How much is the fare from Iloilo to Guimaras?

The ferry fare from Iloilo to Guimaras for RORO is around Php 450.

How many hours from Guimaras to Boracay?

Travel time from Guimaras to Boracay can take around 6 to 7 hours, depending on the mode of transportation. This usually involves a combination of a ferry, taxi, bus, and local bangka boat.

Wrapping Up the Guimaras Journey

From the historic Guisi Lighthouse to the golden sands of Alubihod Beach, from the biodiverse Taklong Island National Marine Reserve to the serene Ave Maria Islet, Guimaras is a treasure trove of natural wonders and cultural gems.

But remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Guimaras has so much more to offer. Each corner of the island holds a new adventure, a new story, a new memory waiting to be made. And the best part? The warm smiles and hospitality of the locals make the journey even more special.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, book your tickets, and set off on an adventure of a lifetime. Discover the beauty of Guimaras, immerse yourself in its culture, taste its sweet mangoes, and leave with a heart full of unforgettable memories. Trust us, Guimaras is waiting to surprise you at every turn. Happy travels!

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Exploring Guimaras: 15 Must-Do Activities and Places to Visit

Guimaras, the “Mango Capital of the Philippines,” is an island paradise to explore. Nestled in the Western Visayas region, it offers a delightful mix of natural beauty, cultural treasures, and famed mangoes.

Guimaras has something for everyone, whether you’re a beach bum, an adventure seeker, or a history buff. Here’s a curated list of 15 experiences that will make your Guimaras adventure unforgettable

Guimaras Mangoes

Known for its sweet mangoes, pristine beaches, and lush landscapes, Guimaras offers many activities and attractions for travelers seeking an unforgettable tropical getaway. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, beach lover, or simply looking to immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Philippines, Guimaras has something for everyone.

Here are 15 things to do and places to visit in Guimaras

1. savor the “queen of fruits”.

Your Guimaras trip wouldn’t be complete without indulging in its crown jewel—the Guimaras mango. Visit mango farms like Oro Verde or Eli Sustituido Farm to witness the fruit’s journey from tree to table. Sample various mango varieties, from the classic Carabao to the sweet and seedless Honey Mango. Don’t miss the mango pizza at Pit Stop Restaurant—a unique and delicious experience.

2. Relax on Pristine Shores

Guimaras boasts stunning beaches, each offering a unique charm. Alubihod Beach, the island’s most popular, is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and indulging in water activities. Guisi Beach , with its scenic lighthouse, offers a more relaxed atmosphere. For a secluded escape, head to Taklong Island, a small islet accessible by boat, and enjoy its pristine white sand and clear turquoise waters.

3. Embrace the Wind at the San Lorenzo Wind Farm

Take a scenic drive to the San Lorenzo Wind Farm and witness these towering turbines harnessing the power of the wind. The panoramic views from the farm are breathtaking, making it a perfect spot for photography and a break from the usual beach activities.

San Lorenzo Wind Farm

4. Hike to the Holy Family Hills

Take a short hike to the Holy Family Hills for panoramic views and a dose of spirituality. Climb the 272 steps to the top and be greeted by a majestic white cross and a breathtaking island view.

5. Visit the Smallest Plaza in the Philippines

While not an extensive activity, the Smallest Plaza in the Philippines is a unique photo opportunity. Located in Jordan, this tiny plaza holds the record for the smallest in the country, making it a quirky stop on your Guimaras itinerary.

6. Experience the Serenity of the Trappist Monastery

Seek tranquility at the Trappist Monastery in San Miguel. This secluded haven offers a glimpse into the lives of the silent monks and nuns. Visitors can purchase homemade goods like cheese, bread, and religious items from the monastery.

7. Explore the Depths of Guimaras

Embark on an island-hopping adventure and discover hidden coves, secret beaches, and diverse marine life. Explore the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve, known for its coral reefs and vibrant underwater world. Spot sea turtles at Turtle Island or visit the unique rock formations of Roca Encantada .

8. Go Spelunking at Buho Ramirez Cave

 Buho Ramirez Cave is a must-visit for the adventurous soul. This natural wonder features a series of chambers adorned with stalactites and stalagmites. Explore the cave with a guide and witness its unique formations.

Buho Ramirez Cave Guimaras

9. Delve into Local History

Immerse yourself in Guimaras’ rich history at the Guimaras Provincial Monument and Museum . This museum houses artifacts, photographs, and exhibits that showcase the island’s cultural heritage and historical significance.

10. Hike to the Top of Balaan Bukid

Balaan Bukid offers a challenging yet rewarding climb for the avid hiker. The summit rewards you with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes and a sense of accomplishment.

11. Discover Hidden Waterfalls

Escape the crowds and chase hidden waterfalls in Guimaras. Sad-Sad Falls in San Lorenzo offers a refreshing dip, while the cascading waters of Daliran Cave in Nueva Valencia create a scenic backdrop for exploration.

12. Camp Under the Stars

Experience the beauty of nature under the night sky by camping on Guimaras. Designated campsites are available at select beaches like Alubihod and Guisi, allowing you to enjoy the serenity of the island under the twinkling stars.

13. Explore the National Mango Research and Development Center

Learn about the science behind Guimaras’ famous fruit at the National Mango Research and Development Center . This center researches mango cultivation, breeding, and disease control, ensuring the sustainability of this vital crop.

14. Indulge in Local Delights

 Beyond mangoes, Guimaras offers a variety of delicious local dishes. Sample “pastillas de leche” (milk candy), a sweet treat made from carabao milk and sugar. Try the “binusog,”  a sticky rice cake cooked in coconut milk and topped with various flavors like langka (jackfruit) or mangoes. For a savory option, try the “linubian,”  a glutinous soup made with tapioca pearls, sago, and jackfruit.

15. Embrace the Warm Hospitality

The people of Guimaras are known for their warm smiles and genuine hospitality. They are always happy to help visitors navigate the island and share their culture.

Tips for Your Trip

  • Plan your trip:  Decide what interests you most and plan your itinerary accordingly. Consider the seasonality of activities, as some may be weather-dependent.
  • Pack light:  The island has a relaxed atmosphere, so pack comfortable clothes and essentials. Don’t forget your sunscreen, hat, and swimsuit.
  • Bring cash: While some establishments accept cards, it is still recommended that you carry cash, especially for smaller shops and local vendors.
  • Respect the local culture:  Dress modestly when visiting religious sites and be mindful of local customs and traditions.

Final Words

Guimaras is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. From its delectable mangoes to its stunning natural beauty and warm hospitality, the island offers an unforgettable experience for travelers of all kinds. So, pack your bags, embrace the island life, and create lasting memories in the “Mango Capital of the Philippines.”

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20 Things to do in Guimaras + Tourist Spots

20 Things to do in Guimaras + Tourist Spots

If you love Philippine mangoes, which some commends the best in the world, you should go check out where its best variety comes from: the island province of Guimaras. Guimaras Island is in Panay Gulf, Western Visayas Philippines and apart from mangoes, it also offers some of the most enticing getaways!

Guimaras Island draws tourists for its beautiful beach coves and islets. It’s the place for those who want tranquility amid the beautiful combination of sun, sand, and sea. Alubihod Beach is on top of every list of Guimaras attractions for its pretty rock formations. It is also a favorite jump-off point for an affordable and enjoyable island-hopping adventure. For daredevils who would do cliff jumping in a heartbeat, Guisi Beach is more suitable. It is one of the nicest places, and it’s located just below the Guisi Lighthouse, which is a must-see, too.

Here’s a list of beautiful places to visit in Guimaras including top things to do & the best Guimaras tourist spots.

To make your trip planning easy, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app. Seeing all your saved locations on the map will help you get started on planning your Guimaras itinerary and know the best areas to stay, near places you want to go.

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1. Alubihod Beach

Alubihod Beach, Guimaras

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2. San Lorenzo Windmills (Guimaras Windmills)

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3. Ave Maria Island

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4. Baras Cave

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5. Fairy Castle Rock Formation

Fairy Castle Rock Formation, Guimaras

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6. Lamurawan Beach Resort and Renewal Center

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7. Tatlong Pulo

Tatlong Pulo, Guimaras

8. Lusay Beach Resort, Lawi

Lusay Beach Resort, Guimaras

9. Nature’s Eye Resort

Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Guimaras

Location : Brgy, Nueva Valencia, 5046 Guimaras . Save on Google Maps .

10. Guimaras Mango, Fruit and Pasalubong Stalls

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11. Andana Resort Guimaras

Andana Resort, Guimaras

12. Trappist Monastery & Pasalubong Center

Trappist Monastery, Guimaras

13. Guisi Lighthouse

Guisi Lighthouse, Guimaras

14. Guisi Beach

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Location : Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras . Save on Google Maps .

15. Tando Beach

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16. Taklong Island National Marine Reserve

Piagau Beach, Guimaras

17. Balaan Bukid Shrine

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18. Navalas Church

Navalas Church, Guimaras

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19. Malingin Island

Unisan Island, Guimaras

20. Unisan Island

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19 Tourist Spots in Guimaras [And Where How To Get There]

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This is our list of the best tourist spots in Guimaras, a province in Western Visayas home to the best mangoes in the Philippines.

If you’re looking for a great escapade away from the city, Guimaras has a lot of destinations to offer. This province is part of the Western Visayas and regardless if it’s your first time to get here or not, you will be amazed by the natural and historical places here.

Guimaras is also a province visited by many foreigners and local citizens. Whether it’s your long vacation leave from work or just a weekend getaway, you will surely get surprised by lots of beaches, churches, waterfalls, little islands and many more. To give you a list of the destinations where you can go to, here are the top tourist spots in Guimaras .

6 Best Tourist Spots in Guimaras

Alubihod beach.

For those wishing to find an ocean escape in Guimaras, Alubihod Beach tops your choices of beaches here. This top destination doesn’t have pure white sands if compared to Boracay and Palawan but we’re 100% sure that it has its own charm and beauty. You can do activities here such as beach volleyball and frisbee. If you want a more adventurous journey, you can do island hopping originating from this beach.

Guisi Lighthouse

One of the top tourist spots in Guimaras is the Guisi Lighthouse. Located in Nueva Valencia, you will find the historic lighthouse that has been standing since the 18th century when Spaniards colonized the country. It is build near the Guisi beach and serves as a guide for fishermen and mariners who are having their sea journey.

Trappist Monastery

Founded in 1972, Our Lady of the Philippines Trappist Monastery is the one and only trappist monastery in the country. It is facilitated by the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance monks. If you want a peaceful trip, you may want to drop by this sacred tourist spot in Guimaras.

Navalas Church

Situated in Navalas Road, Buenavista is another sacred destination called the Navalas Church. This church is built in 1880 and is believed to be the oldest church of Roman Catholics. It is also the last existing church heritage in Guimaras. It’s worthy to visit if you’re someone who’s looking for historic places in Western Visayas.

San Lorenzo Wind Farm

San Lorenzo Wind Farm is definitely a must-visit place among the top tourist spots in Guimaras. It is quite different from beaches and churches because this place promotes reduction of the province’s greenhouse gases. It is environmental-friendly and beautiful at the same time. If you’re up for some wind turbines sight seeing, make sure to drop by the San Lorenzo Wind Farm!

Taklong Island National Marine Reserve

Nueva Valencia is truly a haven of different wonders. Here, you can also find the Taklong Island National Marine Reserves–one of the marine protected sites in the country. This place is established to make a safe home for marine resources. During your visit here, you hop on the islands of Taklong climb the lighthouse for an overview of the rest of the island.

13 Notable Guimaras Tourist Spots

Smallest Plaza Jordan-Hoskyn Rd, Poblacion, Jordan, Guimaras

Balaan Bukid Barangay Balcon Melliza, Jordan, Guimaras

Mango Research Center Guimaras Circumferential Rd, Jordan, Guimaras

Museo de Guimaras Jordan, Guimaras

SEAFDEC (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center) Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Ave Maria Island Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Turtle Island Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Baras Beach and Cave Jordan, Guimaras

Fairy Castle Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Lamurawan Island Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Natago Beach Jordan, Guimaras

Roca Encantada Buenavista, Guimaras

Isla Naburot Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

Festivals in Guimaras

  • Manggahan Festival – provincial festival
  • Palayag Festival in Buenavista, Guimaras
  • Bulantihan Festival in the Municipality of Jordan
  • Balsahan Festival in the Municipality of Sibunag
  • Asinan Festival in the Municipality of San Lorenzo
  • Karosahan Festival in Municipality of Nueva Valencia

Must-Try Food in Guimaras

  • Mango Pizza at The Pitstop Restaurant in Jordan, Guimaras
  • Pork Binuog at Camiña Balay nga Kawayan in Sibunag, Guimaras
  • Fresh Seafood at Celian Seafoods Restaurant in Jordan, Guimaras
  • Mango Bibingka
  • Mango Ketchup

Where to Stay in Guimaras

Depending on where you plan to go in Guimaras, the province has many hotels and hostels to accommodate every guest. The majority of the accommodations are located in Jordan. Check out these hotels and hostels in Guimaras or you may also consider staying at these Airbnb units in Guimaras .

How to get to Guimaras

There is no commercial airport in Guimaras. Your best option is to fly to Iloilo City. From Iloilo Airport, you can take a van to Iloilo City Proper or a P2P bus to Iloilo Business Park. From there take a tricycle or taxi to Ortiz Wharf, then take a boat to Jordan Wharf which is only about 15 minutes away. The boat leaves every 15 minutes. The first trip is at 5:30 AM and the last trip is at 7:30 PM. For the latest ferry schedule, you may refer to this article .

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Embark on a journey to the heart of the Philippines and discover the beauty of the top 20 Guimaras tourist spots. This island province is renowned for its pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and world-famous mangoes. Guimaras is actually a small province that you can fully explore by land vehicle in less than a day. This is also a favorite day-tour destination of many people living in Ilo-ilo City as access to the island takes only a few minutes by motorized banca.

These are 20 of the top Guimaras tourist spots you can visit the next time you find yourself in the Visayas region of the Philippines.

Alubihod beach , nueva valencia.

Unwind at Alubihod Beach in Nueva Valencia. Known for its crystal-clear turquoise waters and powdery white sands, this beach is a favorite among both locals and tourists.

Guisi Lighthouse , Nueva Valencia

Step back in time by visiting the historic Guisi Lighthouse in Nueva Valencia. Adjacent to it are the remnants of a Spanish-era fortress that adds to the charm of this landmark.

Trappist Monastery, Jordan

Experience the tranquility of the Trappist Monastery in Jordan. This serene sanctuary, managed by monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, is also known for its religious products and locally-made goods.

Guimaras Mango Plantation , Jordan

Visit the Guimaras Mango Plantation in Jordan. This vast expanse of mango trees is responsible for the province's reputation for producing the sweetest mangoes in the world.

Ave Maria Islet, Nueva Valencia

Escape to the tranquil Ave Maria Islet in Nueva Valencia. This uninhabited island is perfect for snorkeling, with its crystal-clear waters teeming with colorful marine life.

Natago Beach , Nueva Valencia

Discover the secluded charm of Natago Beach in Nueva Valencia. This hidden gem boasts of white sands, azure waters, and a serene ambiance perfect for a relaxing getaway.

Turtle Island , Nueva Valencia

Visit Turtle Island in Nueva Valencia, a sanctuary for endangered sea turtles. Observing these creatures in their natural habitat is an experience like no other.

Roca Encantada , Buenavista

Roca Encantada in Buenavista is a fascinating historical landmark. This summer house, built in the early 20th century, offers breathtaking views of the sea.

Smallest Plaza , Jordan

See the world’s smallest plaza in Jordan. This charming little spot holds a Guinness World Record and is one of the unique attractions of the province.

Guimaras Windmills , San Lorenzo

Marvel at the towering Guimaras Windmills in San Lorenzo. These massive structures not only generate renewable energy but also provide an interesting backdrop for a scenic photo op.

Balaan Bukid Shrine , Jordan

Embark on a spiritual journey at Balaan Bukid Shrine in Jordan. This hilltop shrine provides a panoramic view of the province, making the uphill trek worthwhile.

Navalas Church, Buenavista

Experience the timeless charm of Navalas Church in Buenavista. This Spanish-era church is a testament to the province's rich cultural and religious heritage.

SEAFDEC, Igang, Nueva Valencia

Take a tour of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) in Igang, Nueva Valencia. This research facility offers educational tours about marine conservation and various species of sea life.

Villa Igang Beach Resort , Nueva Valencia

Experience the perfect beach getaway at Villa Igang Beach Resort in Nueva Valencia. Its pristine beaches, clear waters, and lush greenery offer a picturesque tropical paradise.

Taklong Island National Marine Reserve , Nueva Valencia

Discover the wonders of the sea at the Taklong Island National Marine Reserve in Nueva Valencia. This protected area is home to diverse marine life and is an ideal spot for snorkeling and diving.

Sad-Sad Falls , San Lorenzo

Visit Sad-Sad Falls in San Lorenzo for a refreshing dip. This charming waterfall, nestled in a lush forest, is a serene retreat away from the bustle of city life.

Camp Alfredo Adventure, Sibunag

Feel the thrill at Camp Alfredo Adventure in Sibunag. It offers exhilarating activities such as ziplining, rappelling, and a hanging bridge walk amidst the serene forest setting.

Baras Beach Resort , Jordan

Enjoy a relaxing stay at Baras Beach Resort in Jordan. Its beautiful beachfront and tranquil ambiance make it a perfect spot for a restful vacation.

Macopo Falls , Nueva Valencia

Unwind in the cool waters of Macopo Falls in Nueva Valencia. Surrounded by verdant greenery, this waterfall provides a refreshing retreat from the tropical heat.

Isla Naburot , Jordan

Experience the rustic charm of Isla Naburot in Jordan. This island resort, known for its distinct white coral beach, offers a tranquil getaway with its native-style accommodations.

From its pristine beaches and historic landmarks to its stunning natural beauty and world-famous mangoes, these top Guimaras tourist spots offer some truly unique travel experiences. With these 20 destinations, you're bound to create unforgettable memories that will keep you coming back for more. Remember, a journey through the Guimaras tourist spots is not only about the destinations but also about the rich culture and warm hospitality that make this province a true gem in the Philippines.

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Guimaras, known for its sweet mangoes, is a small island-province in the Philippines that offers a tropical paradise for travelers . Are you ready to discover the top 10 best tourist spots in Guimaras ?

From heritage sites to stunning beaches, Guimaras has something for everyone. Join us on a journey through this hidden gem and uncover the beauty and charm of its attractions .

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  • Guimaras is a small island-province in the Philippines known for its sweet mangoes.
  • The top 10 best tourist spots in Guimaras offer a range of attractions , from heritage sites to beautiful beaches.
  • Exploring Guimaras is a chance to discover the hidden gems of this tropical paradise.
  • Uncover the beauty and charm of Guimaras’ attractions as we provide detailed descriptions of each spot.
  • Plan your trip to Guimaras and experience the diverse range of tourist spots it has to offer.

Jordan Municipal Hall

When you arrive at Jordan Wharf in Guimaras, one of the first landmarks that will catch your eye is the Jordan Municipal Hall . With its giant J-O-R-D-A-N letters, this municipal hall stands as a warm and inviting sight for tourists, welcoming them to the island. However, the Jordan Municipal Hall isn’t just a beautiful structure to admire from afar; it’s also a popular spot for taking memorable photos. Visitors often use the hall as a backdrop to capture their special moments in Guimaras. So, don’t forget to stop by and capture some memories at this iconic location.

“The Jordan Municipal Hall is not just a building; it’s a symbol of Guimaras and its warm hospitality. It represents the pride that the locals have for their island and their commitment to welcoming visitors with open arms.”
  • Smallest Plaza

Located in Jordan, Guimaras, the Smallest Plaza holds the title for being the smallest plaza in the country. It is a charming little square with a statue of Dr. Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero, at its center. Despite its small size, the plaza is a popular tourist spot due to its unique designation. Don’t miss the chance to see this quirky attraction while in Guimaras.

When it comes to Guimaras landmarks , the Smallest Plaza stands out as a delightful gem. This pint-sized square in Jordan, Guimaras, may be diminutive, but it packs a big punch when it comes to charm. At the heart of the plaza stands a statue honoring Dr. Jose Rizal, one of the most revered figures in Philippine history and literature. The Smallest Plaza’s claim to fame is its distinction as the tiniest plaza in the entire country, creating a sense of whimsy that draws curious visitors from far and wide.

Despite its small dimensions, the Smallest Plaza has become a beloved tourist spot in Guimaras. As travelers stroll through its quaint surroundings, they can’t help but be captivated by the plaza’s unique allure. The statue of Dr. Jose Rizal proudly gazes upon visitors, symbolizing the nation’s struggle for independence and inspiring reflection on the Philippines’ rich heritage. Whether you’re a history enthusiast or simply seeking a photo-worthy moment, the Smallest Plaza promises a memorable experience.

As you explore Guimaras’ top tourist spots, a visit to the Smallest Plaza is a must. Take a leisurely walk around the plaza, appreciating its cozy ambiance and snap a photo next to the Dr. Jose Rizal statue to commemorate your trip. While its size may be small, the Smallest Plaza leaves a big impression on all who encounter its charm.

Navalas Church

The Navalas Church , also known as the Saint Isidore Parish Church, holds a significant place in Guimaras’ history and heritage. Built in the late 19th century, it stands as the oldest church in Guimaras and showcases the architectural beauty of that era. This magnificent structure, predominantly made of limestone, has been meticulously preserved and restored to maintain its original grandeur.

Visiting the Navalas Church is like stepping back in time, offering a glimpse into Guimaras’ rich cultural past. The intricate details of the church’s facade and its towering bell tower are testaments to the craftsmanship of the local artisans who constructed it. Inside, you’ll find beautifully adorned altars, religious relics, and awe-inspiring stained glass windows that add to the church’s ethereal ambiance.

For history enthusiasts and those seeking a spiritual experience, the Navalas Church is a must-visit destination. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of this sacred place, admire its architectural splendor, and reflect on the stories it holds within its walls.

Guimaras Heritage Sites

Guimaras is home to several heritage sites that showcase the province’s rich history and cultural significance. Alongside the Navalas Church, these sites offer a unique perspective on the island’s past. Exploring these heritage sites provides visitors with a deeper understanding of Guimaras’ vibrant heritage and its contribution to the country’s history.

  • San Lorenzo Wind Farm

Guisi Lighthouse

Roca encantada.

Each of these sites has its own distinct charm and significance, making them essential stops on any Guimaras itinerary. Whether you’re drawn to the architectural marvels, breathtaking views, or intriguing stories behind these sites, exploring Guimaras’ heritage sites promises an enriching and memorable experience.

Guimaras Heritage Sites Comparison

Roca Encantada is a stunning heritage house nestled in Guimaras, Philippines. Owned by the prominent Lopez family , this architectural gem is a testament to Guimaras’ rich history and cultural heritage.

Perched atop a rock, Roca Encantada offers mesmerizing vistas of the surrounding Siete Pecados islets, captivating visitors with its picturesque setting. This magnificent house was constructed in 1910 as a tribute to Doña Presentacion Hofileña Lopez, a testament to the family’s legacy and influence in the region.

“Roca Encantada stands as a living testament to Guimaras’ storied past and the Lopez family’s enduring legacy. The house embodies the rich cultural heritage of the province and serves as a source of inspiration for future generations.” – Local Historian

While the interior of Roca Encantada is not accessible to the public, admirers can still appreciate its grandeur from the outside. The intricate details and elegant architecture are a sight to behold, showcasing the craftsmanship and artistic brilliance of the time. This heritage house remains a prized possession for the Lopez family , preserving the essence of Guimaras’ historical and architectural significance.

Roca Encantada

Guimaras Heritage House – Roca Encantada

A visit to Guimaras would not be complete without seeing Roca Encantada. It serves as a symbol of the province’s rich heritage and the Lopez family’s enduring legacy. The picturesque scenery and fascinating history make Roca Encantada a must-visit attraction for those seeking to immerse themselves in Guimaras’ cultural tapestry.

The Guisi Lighthouse is a Spanish colonial parola (lighthouse) that dates back to the 18th century. It is one of the iconic Guimaras landmarks , showcasing the region’s rich history and architectural heritage. Although the lighthouse itself is in ruins, its arched structure and weathered walls, adorned with lush vegetation, create a picturesque scene.

Situated in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, the Guisi Lighthouse offers visitors a breathtaking view of the sea and the stunning coastline. Its commanding presence serves as a reminder of the maritime history of the province.

While climbing the lighthouse is prohibited to ensure the safety of visitors, you can still enjoy an equally impressive view from the nearby modern tower. This vantage point allows you to take in the panoramic beauty of Guimaras Island and appreciate the Spanish colonial influence that permeates the area.

Historic Significance

The Guisi Lighthouse stands as a silent witness to Guimaras’ maritime heritage and the important role it played in ensuring safe navigation for ships during the Spanish colonial era.

Constructed during the Spanish occupation, the lighthouse served as a vital guide for seafarers, warning them of treacherous rocks and dangerous waters. Back then, it played a crucial role in safeguarding the maritime trade routes and protecting ships from potential hazards. Today, it remains an enduring symbol of Guimaras’ maritime past.

Exploring Guisi Lighthouse

When visiting the Guisi Lighthouse, be sure to take a leisurely stroll along the rugged coastline and explore the surrounding area. This picturesque spot offers a tranquil escape where you can marvel at the scenic vistas, feel the refreshing ocean breeze, and immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of nature.

As you wander around the grounds near the lighthouse, you’ll discover other remnants of the past, such as the old Spanish-era watchtower and the ruins of a Spanish garrison. These historical structures add to the allure and charm of the Guisi Lighthouse.

How to Get to Guisi Lighthouse

To reach Guisi Lighthouse, you can take a tricycle or hire a private vehicle from Jordan or Buenavista. The lighthouse is approximately 40 minutes away from Jordan Port by land . Once you arrive, you can park near the entrance and follow the path that leads to the lighthouse and its surroundings.

When planning your trip to Guimaras, make sure to include the Guisi Lighthouse in your itinerary. It offers a unique glimpse into the island’s history and presents a captivating view of Guimaras’ natural beauty.

Alubihod Beach

Alubihod Beach is a tropical paradise nestled in Guimaras, offering visitors a picturesque escape. With its powdery white sand and clear blue waters, this beach is a haven for swimming and sunbathing enthusiasts. The gentle waves create the perfect backdrop for relaxation and rejuvenation.

As you stroll along the shoreline, you’ll be surrounded by coconut trees that provide shade and a delightful tropical ambiance. These swaying trees offer a welcoming retreat from the sun, allowing you to unwind and soak in the beauty of your surroundings.

Alubihod Beach is not only a natural wonder but also home to several beach resorts that cater to different tastes and preferences. Whether you’re looking for luxurious accommodations or budget-friendly options, you’ll find a range of choices that suit your needs.

“Alubihod Beach is a hidden gem in Guimaras. The combination of its serene atmosphere, soft sand, and inviting turquoise waters creates a truly magical experience. It’s the perfect destination for beach lovers seeking tranquility and natural beauty.” – Happy Traveler

Aside from swimming and sunbathing, Alubihod Beach offers various water activities to keep you entertained all day. From snorkeling to paddleboarding, there are plenty of ways to explore the vibrant marine life that thrives in these waters.

Beach Resorts in Alubihod Beach

These beach resorts offer a range of amenities, including comfortable accommodations, delectable dining options, and stunning views. Whether you’re traveling solo, with a group, or as a couple, you’ll find the perfect beach resort to enhance your Alubihod Beach experience.

Visit Alubihod Beach in Guimaras and create unforgettable memories in this tropical paradise. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, indulge in water activities , and experience the warm hospitality of the beach resorts. It’s a beach destination that will leave you longing to return.

Pit Stop Restaurant (Mango Pizza)

When it comes to exploring Guimaras cuisine , one restaurant stands out as a must-visit: Pit Stop Restaurant . This renowned dining establishment is known for its unique mango-inspired dishes that showcase the island’s famous Guimaras mangoes in delicious and innovative ways.

At Pit Stop Restaurant , the star of the menu is their famous Mango Pizza. This extraordinary creation combines the sweetness of Guimaras mangoes with the savory flavors of a traditional pizza. Each bite is a delightful harmony of flavors that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

But the mango goodness doesn’t stop there. Pit Stop Restaurant offers a range of other mango-infused dishes that are sure to tantalize your palate. Their Mango Sisig, a twist on the classic Filipino dish, incorporates the tangy and sweet flavors of Guimaras mangoes into the sizzling plate of pork goodness. For those craving a hearty meal, their Mango Bulalo, a beef shank soup with Guimaras mangoes, is a flavorful and satisfying choice.

What sets Pit Stop Restaurant apart is their commitment to highlighting the local produce of Guimaras. By featuring the island’s prized mangoes in various culinary creations, they pay homage to Guimaras’ agricultural heritage and provide visitors with a unique dining experience.

Whether you’re a food enthusiast looking to explore Guimaras cuisine or a mango lover eager to try new flavor combinations, a visit to Pit Stop Restaurant is a must. Indulge in the delightful Mango Pizza and savor the taste of Guimaras mangoes in every bite.

Guimaras is home to the San Lorenzo Wind Farm , one of the largest wind farms in Southeast Asia. Located on this serene island province, the windmills of Guimaras are a majestic sight to behold. With their sleek structures and towering heights, they stand as a testament to Guimaras’ commitment to clean and renewable energy.

The San Lorenzo Wind Farm consists of numerous giant turbines that harness the power of the wind to generate electricity. These windmills can be seen from Negros Island, providing a breathtaking view of these eco-friendly giants in action. As the wind spins the blades, the turbines convert the wind’s kinetic energy into electrical energy, contributing to Guimaras’ transition to sustainable power sources.

Not only are the windmills a symbol of renewable energy in Guimaras , but they have also become a popular tourist attraction . Visitors have the opportunity to witness the magnitude of these turbines up close and learn about Guimaras’ initiatives in renewable energy. It’s an educational experience that highlights the province’s dedication to a greener future.

Guimaras windmills

Exploring the wind farm allows visitors to appreciate the scale and ingenuity of these modern marvels. As the wind gracefully dances through the blades, it’s a reminder of Guimaras’ harmonious relationship with nature and its efforts to create a more sustainable and environmentally conscious community.

Trappist Monastery

The Trappist Monastery in Guimaras is a serene and spiritual retreat center nestled amidst the lush landscapes of the island province. Operated by the devoted Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, this monastery offers visitors a tranquil sanctuary for prayer, reflection, and contemplation.

Immerse yourself in the peaceful ambiance as you explore the monastery’s grounds, adorned with beautiful gardens and architectural marvels. The Trappist Monastery provides a serene atmosphere, allowing you to escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and find solace in your spiritual journey.

Within the premises of the Trappist Monastery , you will find a charming gift shop showcasing a wide array of religious items, including intricately crafted crucifixes, prayer beads, and devotional books. The monastery is also renowned for its delectable mango-flavored treats, made from the island’s famous Guimaras mangoes. Delight your taste buds with these delectable offerings while supporting the monastery’s endeavors.

Whether you are seeking solace, spiritual growth, or simply a peaceful retreat in the heart of Guimaras, a visit to the Trappist Monastery is an experience not to be missed. It offers a serene and welcoming environment for individuals of all backgrounds and faiths, encouraging deep introspection and fostering a sense of inner peace.

Guimaras Provincial Capitol

The Guimaras Provincial Capitol stands as a testament to modern architecture in Guimaras , proudly located in the town of Jordan. This magnificent structure serves as the governmental center of the province, housing administrative offices and representing progress and development in the region. With its sleek and contemporary design, the Provincial Capitol is a sight to behold, attracting both locals and tourists alike to marvel at its grandeur.

In front of the Guimaras Provincial Capitol , visitors will find large GUIMARAS letters, creating a picturesque backdrop for memorable photos. This spot has become a popular tourist attraction , where visitors can capture the essence of Guimaras’ modernity and sophistication.

The Guimaras Provincial Capitol is not just a building; it symbolizes the province’s commitment to growth and innovation. Its striking design showcases the province’s dedication to creating a vibrant and sustainable future. Whether you are an architecture enthusiast or simply appreciate modern structures, a visit to the Guimaras Provincial Capitol is a must.

A Center of Governance and Progress

As the center of governance in Guimaras, the Provincial Capitol houses various government offices and departments, ensuring efficient administration and provision of services to the people. It serves as a hub for decision-making and serves as a symbol of the province’s commitment to the welfare of its residents.

Beyond its functional role, the Guimaras Provincial Capitol represents progress and development in the province. It exemplifies Guimaras’ dedication to creating a modern and sustainable society, keeping pace with the demands of a rapidly changing world.

Architectural Marvel

The architectural design of the Guimaras Provincial Capitol reflects the province’s forward-thinking vision. Its sleek lines and contemporary style make it a standout among the surrounding landscape. Architectural enthusiasts will appreciate the combination of form and function in this stunning structure.

The Provincial Capitol’s design is not only visually captivating but also blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings. The incorporation of sustainable building practices demonstrates the province’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

A Popular Photo Spot

In front of the Guimaras Provincial Capitol, visitors will find the iconic GUIMARAS letters, inviting them to capture unforgettable moments against this beautiful backdrop. People from all walks of life visit this spot to take photos, creating lasting memories of their time in Guimaras.

The GUIMARAS letters have become a symbol of pride for the province, representing its identity and progress. They serve as a visual reminder of the vibrant and dynamic nature of Guimaras, making it a must-visit location during your time on the island.

Guimaras Travel Guide : How to Get to Guimaras

Planning a trip to Guimaras? Here’s a comprehensive travel guide to help you get there and navigate the island with ease. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a frequent traveler, these tips will ensure a smooth journey to this tropical paradise.

Getting to Guimaras

To reach Guimaras, the first step is to book a flight to Iloilo City. Several airlines offer daily flights from Manila to Iloilo City, making it a convenient starting point for your Guimaras adventure . Once you arrive at the Iloilo International Airport , you have several options to reach Guimaras.

Option 1: Ferry from Ortiz Port

From Iloilo City, head to Ortiz Port, where you’ll find boats bound for Guimaras. The boat ride from Ortiz Port to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras takes approximately 15-20 minutes. The ferry schedules are frequent, with departures every 15-30 minutes, so you won’t have to wait long to catch a boat. The fare is affordable, offering a budget-friendly option for travelers .

Option 2: Private Chartered Boat

If you prefer a more personalized experience, you can also charter a private boat to take you from Iloilo City to Guimaras. This option allows you to customize your travel schedule and enjoy a private journey with your group. However, please note that private boat charters can be more expensive compared to the public ferry.

Transportation Within Guimaras

Upon arrival in Guimaras, you’ll find several transportation options to explore the island’s top tourist spots. Tricycles and jeepneys are the most common modes of transportation in Guimaras . Tricycles, which are motorcycles with sidecars, are readily available and can take you to various destinations within the island. Jeepneys, on the other hand, are larger vehicles that follow designated routes and are ideal for group travel.

If you’re looking for a convenient and hassle-free way to visit Guimaras’ top tourist attractions , it is recommended to hire a tricycle driver for a day tour . Tricycle drivers are familiar with the island’s best spots and can serve as your personal tour guide , ensuring you don’t miss any must-visit locations. Negotiate a reasonable price with the driver, and they will take you to Guimaras’ top attractions at your own pace.

Comparison of Transportation Options

Explore Guimaras, a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches, heritage sites, and delicious mangoes. With this travel guide , you’ll have all the information you need to get to Guimaras and experience the best of what the island has to offer. Pack your bags and embark on a memorable journey to Guimaras!

In conclusion , Guimaras offers a diverse range of tourist spots and attractions , making it an ideal destination for travelers seeking a tropical paradise. From its historical landmarks, like the Navalas Church, to its stunning beaches, such as Alubihod Beach, Guimaras has something for everyone. The province is also known for its famous mangoes, which can be enjoyed in various dishes at restaurants like Pit Stop Restaurant.

Whether you’re interested in exploring Guimaras’ rich heritage, witnessing the beauty of its natural wonders, or simply indulging in its delicious mangoes, this island province has it all. The Guisi Lighthouse and Roca Encantada showcase the architectural and historical significance of Guimaras. And for a peaceful retreat, the Trappist Monastery provides a serene and spiritual experience.

Plan your trip to Guimaras and immerse yourself in the beauty and charm of this hidden gem in the Philippines. Discover the top tourist spots, relax on pristine beaches, savor the local cuisine, and create lasting memories in this tropical paradise. Guimaras awaits with open arms, ready to offer you an unforgettable travel experience.

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  • From Manila, take a 1-hour flight to Iloilo City . Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia, and Philippine Airlines have several flights daily from Manila to Iloilo City.
  • There are shuttle services that ferry passengers between Iloilo International Airport and Iloilo City with pick-up/drop-off points at SM City Iloilo. From the airport, take a passenger van to SM City Iloilo for 80 pesos per person. Travel time is about 30 minutes. You may book a Private or Shared Iloilo International Airport (ILO) Transfers for Iloilo here . If you're arriving in Iloilo via Fort San Pedro Port, you may book a Private and Shared Fort San Pedro Port Transfers for Iloilo here .
  • From SM City Iloilo, you may take a taxi to Ortiz Port for around 80-100 pesos. Travel time is about 15-20 minutes depending on the traffic condition in the city.
  • Then at Ortiz Port, take the passenger boat going to Jordan Port in Guimaras. Fare is 14 pesos per person and travel time is about 15 minutes.
  • Upon arrival in Guimaras, you may take a tricycle or a jeepney going to your resort. You may also contact a tour guide with tricycle (see details below) that could fetch you from the port going to your resort. To maximize your tricycle rental and save on expenses, you can ask the driver to fetch you at Jordan Port, start the Guimaras island tour, and then bring you to your resort after the island tour.

10 Best Things to do in Guimaras, Tourist Spots and Places to Visit

Things to do in Guimaras

1. Marvel at the stunning San Lorenzo Wind Farm

Top Things to do in Guimaras

2. Pray and Reflect at Holy Family Hills

Tourist Spots in Guimaras

3. Visit the smallest plaza

Tourist Spots in Guimaras

4. Chill at Pit Stop Restaurant and have a taste of Mango Pizza

Pit Stop Restaurants in Guimaras

5. Visit a Mango Farm

Mango Farms in Guimaras Philippines

6. Light a candle, Pray and Reflect at Trappist Monastery

What to do in Guimaras

7. Marvel at the Guisi Lighthouse

What to do in Guimaras Tourist Spots

8. Unwind at Guisi beach

Nice Beaches in Guimaras Philippines

9. Enjoy Alubihod Beach

famous tourist spot in guimaras

10. Island hopping

Things To Do in Guimaras

DIY Sample Guimaras Itinerary (2 Days and 1 Night)

Day 1: arrival + guimaras tourist spots tour, day 2: guimaras island hopping + departure.

  • Natago Beach
  • Pirate Cave

For ease and conveninece, you may avail a Guimaras Island Private Day Tour from Iloilo .

Beach Resorts in Guimaras

Tricycle Rental and Tour Guide in Guimaras

Where to Stay in Guimaras Hotels and Resorts

Hotels and Resorts in Guimaras

Other hotels and resorts in guimaras.

  • Andana Resort Guimaras
  • Stunning Beachfront Mediterranean-Style Villa
  • Jannah Glycel Beach House
  • SunSea Resort, Guimaras
  • Costa Aguada Island Resort
  • La Puerta El Paraizo Beach Resort
  • Playa de Paraiso Resort
  • Guimaras Sleepover Inn

Recommended Guimaras Tour Package

Guimaras Day Tour from Iloilo

Guimaras Island Day Tour from Iloilo City

Sample guimaras day tour itinerary:.

  • 08:00 am - pick up time
  • Meet up at Jordan Guimaras Jetty Port
  • Trappist Monastery and mango farm
  • Raymen Beach Resort
  • GTEC Pasalubong
  • Island hopping
  • 05:00 pm - end of tour

Guimaras Day Tour from Iloilo

Guimaras Island Private Day Tour

  • 08:00 am - meet up at Jordan Guimaras Jetty Port
  • Turtle Sanctuary
  • 05:00 pm - drop off at Jetty Port; end of tour

There you have it! My top things to do in Guimaras, tourist spots and best places to visit for your Guimaras itinerary! Guimaras Island is indeed worth visiting. So what are you waiting for? Plan your next trip and make sure it's Guimaras this time! Enjoy and happy travels!

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Am planning on visiting Phillippines (as well as SEA) with my baby next month so thank you very much for this wonderful resource. I will be using it to help with our planning.

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im going to guimaras island in july alone for 2 days is there any other way to tour the island aside from renting a tricycle ? I meanlike single motorcycle to make it cheaper. thanks.

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18 Guimaras Tourist Spots and Where to Go in Guimaras Island (Travel Guide)

By: Author Ruben Arribas

Posted on Published: May 2, 2022  - Last updated: August 4, 2022

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Last updated on August 4th, 2022 at 11:44 pm

We will write about our favorite Guimaras tourist spots, Guimaras Island tour, where to stay in Guimaras Island, and our Guimaras itinerary in this full Guimaras Island travel guide.

Guimaras Island is considered as  one of the most visited exotic places  in the Philippines. It’s located southwest of Panay Island and northwest of  Negros Island , Guimaras has dry and wet seasons.

Hiligaynon  is the native dialect in Guimaras but the locals can write and speak English and Filipino very well. Guimaras is  mangoes province  and we loved it! Guimaras mangoes are among the  sweetest in the world . If you want to you try the best mangoes in the island, visit  Oro Verde Mango Plantation,  where more than thousands of trees are rooted in the land’s rich soil and produce these famous fruits.

Read here  how to get to Guimaras Island and  how to get to Gigantes Island !

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GUIMARAS ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE

How to get to guimaras island, how to get to guimaras island from iloilo city.

There are  ferries  from IloIlo wharf going to  Jordan  (its capital) and  Buenavista  in Guimaras Island. The boat ride will take  15 minutes  and costs as cheap as  15 PHP  during day time and  22 PHP  at night. If you are staying in Iloilo City, there are jeepneys, taxis and tricycles going to the wharf.

HOW TO GET TO GUIMARAS FROM BACOLOD

You have to ride a  jeepney  to Libertad Market from Central Market, which is  8.50 PHP  per person. From Libertad Market, you have to walk to SaveMore where jeepneys leave to Pulupandan. The journey takes almost an hour and it costs  30 PHP  to the ferry port.

The ferry going to Sibunag in Guimaras leaves early in the morning,  before 8 am . The ferry going to San Lorenzo leaves at  11 am , so take note of the schedule since there is  only one boat leaving daily . The boat takes an hour and it costs 100 PHP for an adult and 50 PHP for a 6 years old if you are traveling with a kid like we did going from Bacolod to Guimaras Island.

We had a hard time riding this boat and the water was coming inside since it’s so windy getting to San Lorenzo in Guimaras Island. Maybe it’s better if you choose the other route coming from Iloilo City.

Just  expect a difficult ride  if you ride the boat. It’s limited to 55 people but they also add motorbikes, sacks and we think is overloaded based on what we saw aside from getting dizzy during the ride.

Maybe if you take the boat leaving at 8 am the water isn’t so waivy but we didn’t have this experience!

BEST TIME TO VISIT GUIMARAS ISLAND

Guimaras is located in Visayas region. The best time to do this Guimaras itinerary is from  December to May , which is the  dry season  and it’s also the best time to visit Guimaras tourist spots and the have Guimaras Island tours. The remaining months vary from light rains to thunderstorms, so it’s always best to plan your trip along those dry months.

Click here to know more about the weather in Guimaras!

HOT TO GET WIFI IN GUIMARAS ISLAND

Wifi connection can be challenging in Guimaras Island. Connecting to the internet will be an issue when visiting Guimaras Island. There are a few places to get Wifi and data connection will work but you will rarely get 4G and you will be in 3G most of the time especially in  Alubihod Beach  where we stayed in Guimaras Island.

Given this fact, if you need to catch up with online work in Guimaras Island, make sure you use Smart and Globe sim cards. The latter offers an unlimited texting plus  1 GB internet  surfing package for as low as  1.31 USD  for an entire week.  Read here to know the best Filipino sim for tourist.

TRANSPORTATION AROUND GUIMARAS ISLAND

There are  jeepneys  to move around Guimaras in the main routes. When you leave and you get to Guimaras Island you will find jeepneys to move around but maybe you need to wait. Prices of the jeepney rides go from  15-50 PHP  depending on the distance. Jeepneys from San Lorenzo port to San Miguel costs 50 PHP each for a 40-minute ride.

If you want more comfort and avoid the waiting time, you can ride tricycles instead to move around Guimaras Island. There is almost no traffic around Guimaras Island.

There are places like Alubihod Beach where jeepneys will not go to. You will have to ride a tricycle which charges  20 PHP per person  for a 2-kilometer ride. Expect to pay more if you are alone in the tricycle.

For Guimaras Island tour, prices are  600 PHP   for the first hour  and  200 PHP extra per hour  during the whole duration of your Guimaras island tour. It can be done for  3-4 hours  or you can take more time if you decide to relax in  Natago Beach, Ave Maria, Turtle Island  or if you want to have the experience of having  lunch in a floating cottage.

GUIMARAS ITINERARY DAILY BUDGET 

For Guimaras itinerary daily budget a full meal in Guimaras Island can go for as low as  80 PHP per person in a local carinderia.W hile a bottle of  beer  can be bought for around  50-65 PHP .  Restaurant food  can be bought for around  200-300 PHP  per person. Pretty cheap, right?

Those who are looking for budget hotels in Guimaras and can find one on a promo for around  1500-2500 PHP . That’s only  $25-38 USD ! For those who want a more luxurious stay, you can check in at very nice hotels at around  $50-120 USD . You can also try AirBnB in Guimaras since there are a few options to stay at.

You can also book your accommodations through  Agoda  or  Booking .

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GUIMARAS TOURIST SPOTS AND WHERE TO GO IN GUIMARAS ISLAND HOPPING

Guimaras island tour.

The Guimaras Island tour starts at  Alubihod Beach . They charge per hour:  600 PHP  for the first hour and additional  200 PHP  every hour. We recommend you to do Guimaras Island Tour for 3-4 hours and it would be enough to enjoy and relax. It will cost around  1000-1200 PHP  for an amazing island hopping in Guimaras.

We advice you to ask to wait for the  low tide  because it can be too windy in the afternoon. So it’s better if you start early in the morning to go to the farther spots, and in the afternoon, be closer to the starting point of the Island hopping in Guimaras just in case it’s too wavy like it was when we were there.

1. NATAGO BEACH

The first and the farthest stop is  Natago Beach  in the Guimaras Island Tour. There is an entrance fee of  50 PHP  per person. Natago Beach is an ideal place to swim since the water there is so calm.

There are sellers if you want to buy coconuts, fish and you can even rent snorkeling gear if you want to  try snorkeling  around Natago Beach. There’s a couple of point of views where you can take nice pictures!

Read here  beaches in Guimaras !

2. AVE MARIA ISLAND

It’s a quiet  Sand bar  with a Groto where the Virgin Maria isn’t anymore. But it’s one of the best places for pictures since you can see Turtle Island in the front, rock formations and the sand bar and clear water around. It’s also a good place for a swim in your Guimaras Island Hopping.

3. TURTLE ISLAND

It’s a white sand beach with clear water just in front of Ave Maria. You can even go  swimming  or even walking if it is low tide between each other like we did in our Guimaras Island Hopping!

4. BARAS CAVE

It’s  not allowed to swim  in Baras Cave, but the boatmen will go inside riding the boat and you can see the caves’ interior and the clear water inside. You can even take pictures around the rocks but make sure you don’t swim. It’s very close to Natago Beach and also on the way to Ave Maria and Turtle Island in your Guimaras Island Tour.

5. FAIRY CASTLE

This white Rock called Fairy Castle is  a sightseeing spot.  However, the boatmen will not stop to go down since it’s not allowed, so you have to see it from the boat. The boatmen will take enough time to get close to the Fairy Castle so you can take a picture and see it.

6. LAMURAWAN

Same with the Fairy Castle, it’s a sightseeing spot in your Island hopping in Guimaras. You will go close enough to take a picture but you can’t go down from the boat for swimming or to explore around.

7. TATLONG PULO

Tatlong Pulo is a private beach where you can swim and relax! Do some snorkeling, sunbathing, and the usual stuff you do when you go to a beautiful beach. There are also additional stops in the Guimaras Island Tour.

You can visit  floating cottage or restaurant for lunch  in the middle of your Island hopping in Guimaras. They charge  extra 200 PHP  for this. Just make sure it’s not too windy when you go there!

MORE GUIMARAS TOURIST SPOTS – GUIMARAS ITINERARY

8. guisi lighthouse.

Did you know that the Guisi Light House has been in Guisi beach since the 18th century? It’s actually  the second oldest lighthouse in the Philippines.  You can reach the lighthouse by doing a  10-minute trek  and when you reach it, you will have the perfect views of the  Guisi Beach and Guimaras Strait.

9. BALAAN BUKID (HOLY MOUNTAIN)

Balaan Bukid is one of the mountains in Guimaras with a huge cross on top. It’s a place of  pilgrimage for Catholics  in Guimaras especially during the Holy Week where there’s a lot of people, from tourists to vendors and families enjoying the mountain.

10. NATIONAL MANGO RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

Since mangoes in Guimaras are the best in the world, they have to develop ways on preserving and improving their quality. Because of that, the government built National Mango Research and Development Center which tourists can visit to learn more about the  mango production in Guimaras.

11. SAN LORENZO WIND FARM (GUIMARAS WINDMILLS)

It is the first wind farm in Visayas and a famous attraction for tourists who would love taking pictures with the  windmills . It also provides electricity for the whole province.

12. TAKLONG ISLAND

Taklong Island is one of the places where you can watch the  marine life  in Guimaras closely. You can go  snorkeling and diving  here as it has very clear blue waters so you’ll be able to easily see different fishes and corals underwater.

13. NAVALAS CHURCH

Navalas Church is the  oldest Catholic church in Guimaras  which was built in 1880. It’s famous to tourists because it’s the only heritage church in the island. It has a  great architecture design  that stands tall until now despite of over a century of history.

14. TRAPPIST MONASTERY

This monastery is a place run by  monks . It is a very peaceful place so you can reflect, light a candle and pray here, as well as buy some items and souvenirs made by the monks from their shop.

15. MUSEU DE GUIMARAS

It is located beside the Provincial Capitol and it houses different art pieces, artifacts, and other historical things that are all part of the history of Guimaras Island.

16. CAMP ALFREDO ADVENTURE PARK

Camp Alfredo Adventure Park is a place you must visit if you love both thrilling adventures and nature. Located in Ravina, Sibunag, you can do a lot of activities here like  forest zip line, hanging forest bridge  and even  swimming  in this chlorine-free pool.

17. SMALLEST PLAZA

Indeed, it deserves the name “Smallest Plaza” because it is the  Guinness Book of Records’ Smallest Plaza , ha! Locals in Guimaras Island are very proud for that title. There’s even a  small statue of Dr. Jose Rizal  (Filipino hero) in the Smallest Plaza.

18. ROCA ENCANTADA

Roca Encantada, also called the  Enchanted Rock , is a Heritage House in Guimaras Island. You have to pay an entrance fee of  50 PHP  but can only stay outside the house to take pictures. It is famous because of the nice architectural design and its history.

WHERE TO EAT IN GUIMARAS ISLAND

Pitstop restaurant.

This may sound odd but you have to taste their  Mango Pizza  and  Mango Beef  Bulalo.  After all, mangoes are the most famous food in nearby Guimaras Island so this is one of the best food you’ll ever taste in the Philippines. I guarantee it will become one of your favorites!

Have you ever tried Mango Pizza? For us, it was also the first time and it didn’t disappoint us! When you are wondering where to eat in Guimaras Island, it’s a must The Pitstop restaurant.

CHICKEN INASAL

Inasal  is Bacolod’s pride and Guimaras Island is so close to Bacolod, so it’s easy to try with a similar taste in Bacolod’s. This unique version of  charcoal grilled chicken  was originated in Bacolod and is cooked with a marinade of  calamansi , coconut vinegar, pepper and  annato .

All these herbs and spices give  in asal  its unique flavor that people from all over the world fall in love with. Prices of orders are  around 100 PHP chicken and rice !

LOCAL CARINDERIAS IN GUIMARAS

If you go on a budget and you like to eat local, there are  carinderias  in Guimaras and prices start from  40-60 PHP per dish  plus additional  15 PHP per cup of rice . Most of the dishes are fish since you are in an island! Check out our order of longanisa and caldereta in Guimaras.

If you’ve ever heard of  bulalo , it would be easy enough for you to imagine what  cansi  is, the Ilonggo version of said Filipino dish. For those who think those two words were made up,  bulalo  and  cansi  are basically dishes cooked with the same main ingredient:  beef shank . However, the shank isn’t necessarily the highlight of  cansi .

The star is actually the  bone marrow , which can be eaten by using the wrong end of your spoon/fork to scoop the marrow from the bone. Even shaking the bone downwards to let the marrow fall out might do the trick! Prices for order is around  350 PHP  and it’s a  complete soup full of meat  that can be shared between a few people.

There are oysters available in Guimaras since it’s too close to the sea. The prices is  60 PHP  for a dish and the order is quite big.It’s really delicious for a cheap price!

This seafood fish famous all over the Philippines is said to be  comparable to ceviche . In essence, though,  kinilaw  (literally “eaten raw”)  refers to the process of using vinegar’s acidity to cook meat or fish. It is more commonly used with fish and is served with other souring ingredients like  green mangoes .

It is then seasoned with pepper, chili and onions. It does well as an appetizer but is more ideally served with beer as  pulutan  (finger food). With the abundance of fresh fish in Guimaras Island,  kinilaw  isn’t hard to find.

Apart from the ones mentioned above, there are plenty of other seafood available in Guimaras Island like shrimp and  talaba  (oysters). One famous variant of fish found in the region is  danggit ,  or salted and dried rabbitfish.  It’s crunchy and salty, perfect to dip in vinegar, eat with hot rice and fried egg in the morning. Yum!

WHERE TO STAY IN GUIMARAS ISLAND

We chose to stay in Alubihod Beach since the beach is so beautiful and the Guimaras Island tour was starting from this area in Guimaras Island. The prices are little bit more expensive than other areas in the Philippines. If you go on a budget, the cheapest room that you can find around Alubihod Beach will be  around 1500 PHP .

JANNAH GLYCEL BEACH HOUSE

We stayed at  Jannah Glycel Beach House  where they have their own  private beach . They have Wifi connection in the reception and the restaurant but not in the rooms. There is still data works inside. They organize Guimaras Island tours and prices are the same in the other resorts in Alubihod Beach. The cheapest room for one-night stay costs as low as  $24 USD.

Click here to check their availability and prices !

SUNSEA RESORT

SunSea Resort has a restaurant, free bikes, an outdoor swimming pool and bar in Guimaras. SunSea Resort also has a garden and a private beach area. Complete with a private bathroom equipped with a bidet and free toiletries, all rooms at the resort have a flat-screen TV and air conditioning.

Room rates starts at  1500 PHP  one of the affordable beach resorts in Guimaras.

Address: Guimaras Circumferential Road Nueva Valencia, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras Island, Philippines, 5046

Click here to check prices and availability !

RAYMEN BEACH RESORT

There are more options to stay at in Guimaras Island like  Raymen Beach Resort  if you want to stay in Alubihod Beach as we did. They also have their own private beach and they organize Guimaras Island tour. Prices of the rooms start from  1800 PHP.

KENYAMA BEACH RESORT

Kenyama Beach Resort in Guimaras that’s near to Guisi Lighthouse, just 320 meters away. What guests love about this place is that it’s near to the beach. In fact, some rooms have beach views and they also organize island hopping tours. According to the guests, the staff of Kenyama Beach Resort are also accommodating and friendly.

You’ll also love the food served at the resort, which are mostly Filipino food. All of their rooms are air conditioned and has free toiletries for their guests. You can book a room for as low as  $27 USD .

Kenyama Beach Resort can be found at Sitio Guisi Road, Nueva Valencia.

Click here to check their availability and book your stay!

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FESTIVALS IN GUIMARAS ISLAND

Manggahan festival.

Manggahan Festival is celebrated in  May during 22th to 26th of May  in the 5 Municipalities of Guimaras Island: Jordan, Buenavista, San Lorenzo, Nueva Valencia and Sibuang. They celebrate the harvest of Mangga (mangoes in English). There are shows, dances and performances during these dates in Guimaras Island.

Did we miss any Guimaras tourist spots? Let us know in the comments if you have suggestions so we can improve our Guimaras itinerary for your next trip. Feel free to share with your friends and family going to Guimaras Island and you will help us a lot.

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Ruben Arribas

About the Author : Ruben , co-founder of Gamintraveler.com since 2014, is a seasoned traveler from Spain who has explored over 100 countries since 2009. Known for his extensive travel adventures across South America, Europe, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, Ruben combines his passion for adventurous yet sustainable living with his love for cycling, highlighted by his remarkable 5-month bicycle journey from Spain to Norway. He currently resides in Spain, where he continues sharing his travel experiences with his partner, Rachel, and their son, Han.

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Things to Do in Guimaras Island: A Comprehensive Guide

Guimaras Island is a hidden gem in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. Known as the “Mango Capital of the Philippines,” Guimaras Island boasts of its sweet and juicy mangoes, which are exported worldwide. However, there’s more to Guimaras Island than just its delicious mangoes. With its pristine beaches, natural rock formations, and historic landmarks, Guimaras Island is a must-visit destination for travelers who want to experience the beauty of the Philippines.

famous tourist spot in guimaras

There are plenty of things to do on Guimaras Island, from island hopping to exploring historic landmarks. One of the top attractions on Guimaras Island is the Guisi Lighthouse, a historic lighthouse that offers stunning sea views. Another must-visit destination is the Fairy Castle Rock Formation, a unique natural rock formation that looks like a castle. Guimaras Island is also home to beautiful beaches, such as Alubihod Beach and Guisi Beach, where visitors can swim, sunbathe, and relax.

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Getting to Guimaras Island

Guimaras Island is a popular tourist destination in the Philippines, known for its pristine beaches, lush mango orchards, and unique rock formations. Located in Western Visayas, Guimaras Island is accessible via Iloilo City, the gateway to the island.

Iloilo International Airport, located in Cabatuan, Iloilo City, is the nearest airport to Guimaras Island. From there, visitors can take a taxi or a shuttle van to Parola Port, which is the jump-off point to Guimaras Island.

By Land and Sea

Another option is to take a bus or a van from Iloilo City to Parola Port, which takes about 30 minutes. From there, visitors can take a ferry or a pump boat to Guimaras Island, which takes about 15-20 minutes.

Transportation Options on Guimaras Island

Once on Guimaras Island, visitors can rent a tricycle or a motorcycle to explore the island. Some jeepneys and buses serve the island’s main towns and tourist spots.

It is important to note that the schedules of the ferries and pump boats to Guimaras Island may vary depending on the weather conditions and other factors. Visitors are advised to check the schedules and make the necessary arrangements to avoid any inconvenience.

Famous Beaches and Resorts

Guimaras Island is known for its beautiful beaches and world-class resorts. Visitors can enjoy the warm sun, clear blue sea, and swimming areas. Here are some of the most popular beaches and resorts on the island:

Alubihod Beach

famous tourist spot in guimaras

Alubihod Beach is one of the most famous beaches on Guimaras Island. The beach is known for its clear blue waters and white sand. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. The area also has several beach resorts, including Raymen Beach Resort and Andana Resort Guimaras.

Raymen Beach Resort

famous tourist spot in guimaras

Raymen Beach Resort is a popular beach resort located on Alubihod Beach. The resort offers comfortable accommodations, swimming pools, and a restaurant. Visitors can also enjoy water sports, such as kayaking and snorkeling.

Andana Resort Guimaras

famous tourist spot in guimaras

Andana Resort Guimaras is another popular beach resort located on Alubihod Beach. The resort offers luxurious accommodations, a swimming pool, and a restaurant. Visitors can also enjoy water sports, such as kayaking and snorkeling.

Sinogoura Beach Resort

famous tourist spot in guimaras

Sinogoura Beach Resort is a secluded beach resort located on a private beach. The resort offers comfortable accommodations, a swimming pool, and a restaurant. Visitors can also enjoy water sports, such as kayaking and snorkeling.

Costa Aguada Island Resort

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Costa Aguada Island Resort is a beach resort located on a private island. The resort offers luxurious accommodations, a swimming pool, and a restaurant. Visitors can also enjoy water sports, such as kayaking and snorkeling.

Natago Beach Resort

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Natago Beach Resort is a secluded beach resort located on a private beach. The resort offers comfortable accommodations, a swimming pool, and a restaurant. Visitors can also enjoy water sports, such as kayaking and snorkeling.

Island Hopping Adventures

Guimaras Island is known for its crystal-clear waters and lush greenery. One of the best ways to explore the island is through island hopping adventures. Here are some of the must-visit islands and spots that you can include in your itinerary:

Ave Maria Islet

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Ave Maria Islet is a small, uninhabited island just a few minutes from Alubihod Beach. The island is known for its white sand beach and crystal-clear waters, making it a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling. Visitors can also rent a kayak or paddleboard to explore the surrounding waters.

Taklong Island National Marine Reserve

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Taklong Island National Marine Reserve is a protected area on the eastern side of Guimaras Island. The reserve covers an area of 1,143 hectares and is home to a diverse range of marine life, including sea turtles, giant clams, and various fish species. Visitors can go on a snorkeling or diving tour to explore the colorful coral reefs and marine life.

Fairy Castle Rock Formation

Fairy Castle Rock Formation is a unique rock formation located on the western side of Guimaras Island. The formation is made up of towering limestone cliffs that resemble a castle. Visitors can take a boat tour around the formation to get a closer look at the cliffs and the surrounding waters.

Island hopping adventures are a great way to explore the beauty of Guimaras Island. Visitors can choose from various tours and activities catering to different interests and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing day on the beach or an adventurous underwater exploration, Guimaras Island has something to offer everyone.

Historical and Cultural Sites

Trappist monastery.

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The Trappist Monastery in Guimaras is a peaceful religious site run by monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance. This sacred enclave is a must-visit when touring the Guimaras Island of the Philippines. Visitors can explore the peaceful grounds, learn about the monastery’s history, and experience a spiritual retreat.

Guisi Lighthouse

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Guisi Lighthouse is a historic landmark that has been standing for over a century. This lighthouse is located on the southwestern coast of Guimaras Island and is a popular spot for visitors to take photos and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding area. The lighthouse is also a great spot to watch the sunset.

Smallest Plaza

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The Smallest Plaza in the Philippines is located in Jordan, Guimaras. This tiny plaza is a unique attraction with a small monument, benches, and a flagpole. Despite its size, the plaza is a popular spot for visitors to take photos and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Holy Family Hills

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The Holy Family Hills is a religious site with life-size statues depicting the Stations of the Cross. This spiritual experience is located in Buenavista, Guimaras, and offers visitors the opportunity to reflect on the life and death of Jesus Christ. The site also features a chapel, a grotto, and a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

Balaan Bukid Shrine

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The Balaan Bukid Shrine is a religious site with a giant cross and a beautiful view of the surrounding area. This spiritual experience is in San Lorenzo, Guimaras, a popular spot for visitors to take photos and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. The site also features a small chapel and a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Natural Attractions

Guimaras Island is a natural paradise that boasts stunning natural attractions. From caves to wind farms, there is no shortage of places to explore for nature lovers. This section will highlight some of the must-visit natural attractions on the island.

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Baras Cave is a popular destination for spelunkers and adventure seekers. This cave is located in Jordan and is known for its unique rock formations and underground river. Visitors can explore the cave’s various chambers and marvel at the natural beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites.

Buho Ramirez Cave

Buho Ramirez Cave is another popular cave on Guimaras Island. This cave is located in Nueva Valencia and is known for its natural rock formations and underground river. The cave is also home to a colony of bats, which adds to the cave’s eerie atmosphere. Visitors can explore the cave’s various chambers and enjoy the cool temperature.

San Lorenzo Wind Farm

San Lorenzo Wind Farm is a must-visit destination for those interested in renewable energy. The wind farm is located in San Lorenzo and features rows of towering wind turbines that generate clean energy for the island. Visitors can take a guided tour of the wind farm and learn about the technology behind wind power.

Whether you are a nature lover or an adventure seeker, Guimaras Island has something for everyone. From exploring caves to visiting wind farms, the island’s natural attractions will leave you in awe.

Unique Experiences

Guimaras Island offers a range of unique experiences for visitors to enjoy. From visiting a mango plantation to experiencing a fish spa, there is something for everyone. Here are some of the top unique experiences to try on Guimaras Island.

Mango Plantation Visit

Guimaras is known for its delicious mangoes, and visitors can get a firsthand look at where they come from by visiting a mango plantation. One of the most popular plantations is the Trappist Monastery, which has produced mangoes for over 100 years. Visitors can take a tour of the plantation, learn about the cultivation process, and taste some of the delicious mangoes.

For a unique and relaxing experience, visitors can try a fish spa. This involves dipping your feet into a tank of water filled with small fish that nibble away at dead skin cells, leaving your feet feeling soft and smooth. There are several fish spas on Guimaras Island, including the Raymen Beach Resort Fish Spa.

Kitesurfing

For the more adventurous visitors, kitesurfing is a thrilling experience not to be missed. Guimaras Island has some of the best kitesurfing spots in the Philippines, thanks to its consistent winds and clear waters. Kitesurfing lessons are available for beginners, and there are several rental shops on the island for those with their equipment.

Overall, Guimaras Island offers a range of unique experiences for visitors, from visiting a mango plantation to trying a fish spa or kitesurfing.

Local Cuisine

Guimaras Island is known for its sweet and succulent mangoes, considered among the best in the world. Unsurprisingly, mangoes are a staple ingredient in many of the island’s dishes. Visitors should not miss trying the famous mango pizza, which can be found in several restaurants on the island. The Pitstop Restaurant in San Miguel is one of the most popular places to try this unique dish.

Aside from mango pizza, there are plenty of other local delicacies to sample on Guimaras Island. Seafood lovers will enjoy fresh catches like crabs, prawns, and fish, cooked in various ways. Some of the most popular seafood dishes on the island include grilled squid, kinilaw (a type of ceviche), and sinigang (a sour soup).

Another must-try dish on Guimaras Island is the kadyos, baboy, and langka. This hearty stew is made with pork, jackfruit, and pigeon peas, and is a popular comfort food among locals. It’s often served with rice and a side of pickled papaya.

For those with a sweet tooth, there are plenty of desserts on Guimaras Island. Mangoes are once again a star ingredient and can be found in desserts like mango float, ice cream, and mango tart. Other sweet treats to try include biscocho (a type of butter cookie), piaya (a flatbread filled with muscovado sugar), and barquillos (a crispy wafer cookie).

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Guimaras Island Visitors Guide

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This brief guide to Guimaras Island will let you know how to get there, what to do, eat, and drink, where to stay, and must-see spots.

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Less than 20-minute boat ride from Iloilo City lies Guimaras Island, an island province in Western Visayas that used to be a sub-province of Iloilo until it acquired its provincial status in May 1992.  The fifth smallest province in the Philippines in terms of land area, the whole island can be explored for a few days.

While its most known for its sweet mangoes and various mango products, Guimaras is frequented by tourists, especially those from Iloilo to enjoy its white sand beaches with blue green water.  The topography of the island varies from level to steeply sloping and considering that its roads are not congested, the island has become a favorite destination among runners and cyclists.

Guimaras Island Location Map

Best Time to Visit

It’s best to visit the Philippines during the dry season .  Dry season in the Philippines spans from November through April .  These are the summer months in this country.

Be aware that temperatures and humidity levels are particularly high in April and May .

The best time to be a beach bum and explore the islands is from March to May.

TIP:  This guide recommends that booking for Guimaras Island summer trips should be done as early as possible, at least a month before your travel dates, since resorts get fully booked early.

The period from June to October is the rainy (wet) season and is best avoided due to the high possibility of typhoons. The typhoons can not only be destructive, but most tours and activities are cancelled under such circumstances.  Transportation via plane and boat is also seriously impacted as well.  This happens frequently so beware!

This guide recommends traveling to Guimaras Island in April-May or in November-December , just before and just after the rainy season. This will likely bring fewer crowds, yet pleasant weather, and is also a great time to score a travel deal.

Getting Here

There are many ways to get here depending on your starting point. The following are the major ports of entry for this destination.

Airport

BUS TERMINAL

Bus Terminal

Jordan Seaport

There is no airport in Guimaras.  The nearest airport is the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo.

Check out our Iloilo City Guide to find out how to get to Iloilo by air.

Upon arrival in Iloilo International Airport, you can take a taxi or GrabCar to Iloilo Ferry Terminal in Parola (beside CityMall Parola).  If you’re on a budget, you can also take a shared van to SM City Iloilo and then jeepney, taxi, or GrabCar to the ferry terminal.  Travel time from the airport to the ferry terminal is about one hour and can vary depending on the road traffic condition.

At the moment, the only way to get to the island is by sea travel.  The major jump-off point is Iloilo via the Iloilo Ferry Terminal in Parola and the Iloilo-Jordan RoRo Port in Lapuz.

In Iloilo Ferry Terminal, proceed to the counter where you will pay your ticket to Guimaras Island.  Know that there are two ports in Guimaras – Jordan Wharf and Buenavista Wharf so make sure to get the right ticket depending on your destination on the island. Proceed to the designated ferry to board.  The first ferry to Guimaras leaves as early as 4:00 AM and the last leaves at 7:30 PM.  Travel time is around 15 minutes and the fare is P50 (($1 USD) for regular/adults.  Discount is given to students, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.

In the port, there is a tourist information desk where you need to register, and you can ask help with your transportation and resort if you have not made any reservation yet.  You can ask them about the transportation tariff, so you won’t be taken advantage of with too much transportation rate.

Getting Around

The following are the modes of transportation available on Guimaras Island …

Bicycles

Motorcycles

Motorized Outrigger

Motorized Outrigger

Shuttle

SEE & DO

The following is your guide to places to see and activities to enjoy while on Guimaras Island.

1 | Hike the Balaan Bukid

Literally means Holy Mountain, Balaan Bukid is a pilgrimage site wherein tourists and Catholic devotees can hike the 558-foot mountain dotted with The Stations of the Cross which depicts the significant events in the life of Jesus Christ.  At the top is a chapel and a huge cross which can be seen from the coast of Iloilo City.  The top also offers a scenic view of Iloilo City and Iloilo Strait.  Balaan Bukid is open year-round but it gets crowded during Holy Week, particularly every Good Friday when the Pagtaltal sa Balaan Bukid , a passion play on the death of Jesus Christ, is being done.

2 | See all the beaches

Guimaras has several pristine beaches and that made people flock the island for a quick weekend getaway.  Alobijod Beach is the most popular beach on the island but Tatlong Pulo Beach, Baras Beach, Guisi Beach, and Tando Beach are equally interesting.

3 | Explore the island through cycling

With its varying land elevation which ranges from 0 to nearly 300 meters above sea level, exploring the island can be made more exciting when you do it using a bicycle or motorcycle.  Aside from the paved roads, you can take the off the beaten path to discover the unspoiled beauty of the island.  If you’re from Iloilo, you can easily transport your bicycle or motorcycle via the pumpboat although you can find some rentals on the island.

4 | Island hopping

Island hopping is one of the most popular activities for tourists on the island.  The usual jump off point for island hopping is at Alobijod Beach but you can find boats for rent in any part of Guimaras.  The rent of the boat ranges from P600-P800 ($12-$16 USD) per hour and charges P200-300 ($4-$6 USD) per hour for succeeding hours.

5 | Experience eat-all-you-can mangoes

Guimaras is known for its sweet mangoes and even dubbed as the Mango Capital of the Philippines .  You can enjoy eating as much mango as you can for only around P100 ($2 USD) during the Manggahan Festival (Mango Festival), an annual festival to showcase the fruit and the province in general.

6 | Visit a mango plantation

Complete your trip to Guimaras with a visit to a mango plantation.  Be surrounded by lush greenery and hundreds of mango trees in a wide expanse of land.  You can take a brief stroll at Oro Verde Mango Plantation or learn more about mangoes at the National Mango Research and Development Center.  Best time to go is when it’s mango season which is between April and May.

7 | Spend a quiet moment at Trappist Monastery

While it seems deserted when looking from the other side of the fence, Trappist Monastery is actually a popular tourist spot in Guimaras.  Inside the compound is a chapel where visitors can spend some quiet moments to pray and meditate.  Further inside are the living quarters of the monks.  The monks are known on the island and the entire Iloilo for making the best mango products such as jams, dried mangoes, mango butterscotch, and mango barquillos.

8 | See the windmills up close

Head to San Lorenzo Wind Farm to see the windmills up close.  These windmills are standing on the top of the hills so you can also take a glimpse of some parts of the island from above.

9 | Nearby Destinations

Iloilo is the most convenient way to get to Guimaras.  Might as well explore the city when in the area.

NOTE: The Manggahan Festival occurs annually in Guimaras Island every 22nd of May.

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EAT & DRINK

The following is your guide to the flavorful food to enjoy and restaurants to try while on Guimaras Island.

1 | Celian Seafood

Celian Seafood is an open-air eatery specializing in seafood and local dishes.  They take pride in using fresh and locally-sourced ingredients.  Customers can even choose fresh seafood displayed at the restaurant and have it cooked based the way they want.  Try their kinilaw (ceviche), shrimp – butter garlic, and mixed seafood adobado.

2 | The Pitstop Restaurant

If there’s only one restaurant you can go to when in Guimaras, it definitely should be The Pitstop.  The restaurant is the pioneer and known for its mango dishes, particularly the Mango Pizza.  In addition to the pizza, the restaurant also incorporated mango into other dishes such as mango beef bulalo, mango spaghetti, and pork adobo.  Conveniently located in the busy part of Jordan, The Pitstop is one food establishment you shouldn’t miss.

3 | Olivia’s Kitchen and Island Brew

Olivia’s Kitchen and Island Brew, located in Guimaras Circumferential Rd, Jordan, Guimaras, offers a diverse menu that blends Filipino favorites like chicken inasal, palabok, and ox tongue sisig with familiar options like french fries, chicken steak, and pasta. They also cater to all day cravings with Filipino breakfast selections, alongside pizzas, seafood dishes, and refreshing drinks including hot and iced coffee, frappes, and shakes. For a local twist, try their mango-infused specialties like green mango sinigang, the unique mango pizza, or a mango shake.

KNOWN FOR: Mango and Mango Products

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WHERE TO STAY

There are many different types of accommodations available in this destination ranging from hostels to luxurious resorts. The following is your guide to our top choices for each range on Guimaras Island.

1 | Jannah Glycel Beach House (Budget)

2 | raymen beach resort (mid-range), 3 | andana resort guimaras (luxury | resort).

This guide recommends using the following sites to conduct research online of where to stay on Guimaras Island or for a specific destination:

Book your room with these trusted online booking sites.  Booking online in the Philippines almost always guarantees the best price and a room when you arrive.  We use these sites frequently to get the best prices and enjoy convenient bookings. Click each of the buttons below to find the best place for you at the lowest rates:

TIP: Jannah Glycel Beach House is the best property to experience this destination.

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Suggested Budget

Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily.  Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.

Travel Costs

Accommodation.

A bed in a  hostel  dorm costs from 450 PHP ($8 USD), but smaller dorms can cost from 500 PHP ($10 USD).  For a private double, prices start around 950 PHP ($17 USD).

Most  budget hotels  begin at 700 PHP ($14 USD) per night for a double room and usually include free wifi and breakfast.  For  a three-star hotel , prices begin around 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) per night.   AirBnB  is also widespread throughout the country, with private rooms starting from as little as 500 PHP ($10 USD) per night.  For entire apartments, expect to pay at least 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) per night.

Resorts and luxury accommodations  vary greatly from 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) to 5,000+ PHP ($100+ USD).  However, there are some really nice resorts and luxury accommodations which are surprisingly affordable.

We use and recommend booking online to save money using  HostelWorld ,  Agoda , and  Expedia . 

Local food is extremely cheap, with street food costing under 50 PHP ($1USD).  For an inexpensive meal at a local restaurant, prices start around 100 PHP ($2 USD).  For a meal at a mid-range restaurant with drinks and table service, expect to pay from 200 PHP ($4 USD).  Knowing that their target customers are primarily tourists, Western food venues can be pricey compared to Filipino food.  Also, some of the ingredients need to be imported, which contributes to the higher cost. Western food (burgers, pizza, pasta, etc.) is much more expensive but is still relatively affordable at around 200 PHP ($4 USD) for a meal and drink.

Fast food like McDonalds will cost around 200 PHP ($4 USD).  A beer at the bar will cost around 50-100 PHP ($1–2 USD).

A week’s worth of groceries will cost between 300-600 PHP ($6-12 USD) per person.  However, food in this country is so inexpensive, and kitchens & refrigerators are hard to come by, I don’t recommend cooking your meals here since there is plenty of delicious street food to eat at very cheap prices. You won’t make it as good as they do and the food is too delicious to miss!

Transportation

There are many modes of transportation available in the Philippines and each varies greatly. 

Public Transportation is cheap.  Bus services on the islands are inexpensive.  Local buses (called jeepneys) are the most common type of transportation in towns and cities. The fare is usually between 13-25 PHP ($.26–.50 USD).

On islands without a bus system, a taxi or tricycle is the only form of transport with fares starting at 50-500 PHP ($1-$10) USD for short trips. 

Taxis are everywhere, and they’re very cheap.  Most fares shouldn’t cost you more than 500 PHP ($10 USD) around town.  

To get between islands, you’ll need to take a boat or to fly.  There are ferries that connect the island together since they aren’t too far apart but, generally speaking, flights are the most realistic option. 

Flights between islands usually cost about 2,000-3500 PHP ($40-70 USD).  However, this isn’t the cheapest way to travel.  It’s only recommended if you have limited time. 

We recommend booking online to save money using:  WayAway ,  Kiwi  or  Expedia .

Attractions & Activities

Most attractions and activities in the Philippines are pretty cheap. Most attractions throughout the area are FREE to enter, though some of the more well known and popular ones cost 5-100 PHP ($.10-$2 USD) to enter. 

Depending on the activity, most day tours only cost around 1,000-1,500 PHP ($20-30 USD), oftentimes less.  You have more bargaining power if you go with a group. If you are expecting to do some climbing, remember to pack some warm layers. It gets cold at the top!  

Other activities such as Island Hopping, scuba diving, helmet diving, swimming with whale sharks, jungle trekking, canyoning, ATVs, jet skis, wakeboarding, cruises, parasailing, horseback riding, cultural experiences, and tours can cost as much as 1,250-5,000+ PHP ($25-100+ USD).

The Philippines is one of the least expensive places to learn how to scuba dive. Learning to scuba dive usually costs about 15,000-20,000 PHP ($300-400 USD), but often includes FREE accommodation for the duration of the course, which lasts three or four days.

Always book your tours and activities when you arrive.  Stick to travel agents who are selling on the ground. If a travel agent won’t negotiate with you, move on to the next until you find one that will.  Booking tours online is almost always more expensive. 

Typical Costs on Guimaras Island in 2024 :

  • Hostel Dorm Bed:  450-950 PHP ($8–17 USD) night
  • Budget Hotel:  700 PHP ($14 USD) night
  • Mid-Range Hotel:   1500 PHP ($31 USD) night
  • Street Food: 50-150 PHP ($1–3 USD) meal
  • Restaurant Meals: 200-300 PHP ($4–6 USD) meal
  • Local Beer: 50-100 PHP ($1–2 USD) bottle
  • 1.5L Bottle of Water: 38 PHP ($.75 USD) bottle
  • Jeepney Ride: 7-25 PHP ($.20–.50 USD) ride
  • Tricycle Ride:   20-100 PHP ($.5-2 USD) ride
  • Island-Hopping: 1,000-1,500 PHP ($20-30 USD) trip

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The following is some of our best advice on traveling to Guimaras Island.  Learn what you need to know BEFORE you go!

Tips & Hacks

he following are our Top 10 Tips when visiting this destination in the Philippines:

  • Be aware that a tourist VISA is only 30 days. You can extend it upon arrival, or within the first 30 days, for an additional 30 days for a fee of approximately 3,000 pesos.
  • Don’t buy into the fear factor. The Philippines has an unjustified reputation of being a dangerous place. It’s true there are security guards everywhere, but that is to deter theft.
  • Manila is NOT the Philippines. Get outside of the cities to see the real Philippines.
  • Don’t over plan. Boats, buses, and even airplane schedules are notoriously unreliable. Be flexible.
  • Check the weather. The weather varies greatly throughout the Philippines daily.
  • Typhoons can have a huge impact on your plans. Account for this when planning your trip.
  • It’s not cool to raise your voice or show outward frustration in public.
  • Be polite at all times. Realize that your country’s sense of humor may be different from Filipino humor and take this into account when interacting with Filipinos and while in public places.
  • Things move at a slower pace. Accept it … don’t get frustrated … but do account for it.
  • Don’t drink the tap water… but stay hydrated! Save money by buying large bottles (6-10 liters) of water and using it to fill your water bottle or hydration bladder in your backpack.

For a complete list of our travel tips & hacks, check out the following guide and be sure to download a FREE copy for yourself.

VIEW & DOWNLOAD : The Ultimate Travel Tips & Hacks Guide for the Philippines

Money Matters

The Philippines has its own currency called the Philippine Peso. Banks, ATMs, and money-changers can be found on the island. If you are exploring the neighboring islands or provinces, make sure to bring enough cash that will last until the next time you get to an ATM or bank since most tours, transportation, and budget accommodations only accept cash.

READ MORE: Money in the Philippines: Everything You Need to Know

Health & Safety

While overall the Philippines is a safe country to visit, as is Guimaras Island, you need to use common sense just as you would in any country, especially when traveling, and in a city, town, or area you are unfamiliar with.

Consult your hotel or resort front desk as they are more likely to give you reliable information than a random stranger on the street. Be careful when approaching strangers and selective about who you approach. Always pay attention to your gut feeling and follow it.

READ MORE: How to Avoid Scams & Thieves in the Philippines

There are many things to consider when traveling in order to stay safe … things that we may not be accustomed to during our normal everyday lives. The following are articles about tips on how to stay safe while traveling in the Philippines:

  • 6 Common Accidents to Avoid   
  • How to Beat the Heat in the Philippines
  • Taxi Safety Tips: Dos and Don’ts
  • Motorbike Safety Tips
  • Beach & Ocean Safety Tips
  • Sun Safety Tips   

TIP: The best way to avoid problems and stay safe is to travel with a local resident.

Staying fit & healthy can be challenging when traveling in the Philippines. 

The tropical Philippines climate requires you to prepare for illnesses that you may not normally be accustomed to. 

The following are our Top 10 Tips for Staying Healthy while Traveling in the Philippines:

  • Maintain a Balanced Diet
  • Stay Hydrated but Only Drink Bottled Water
  • Get Plenty of Rest
  • Allow Your Body Time to Adjust 
  • Keep Active
  • Sanitize Often 
  • Be Aware of Food Safety Concerns
  • Take Your Vitamins
  • Practice Safe Sex
  • Be Prepared Should You Get Sick

READ MORE: Stay Healthy in the Philippines: How to Avoid Getting Sick

Staying Connected

You need to have a local-based SIM card in order to stay connected when in the Philippines. Network giants such as Globe and Smart have SIM cards you can use to make calls, send text messages, and also to connect to the Internet. A SIM card costs around 50 PHP ($1 USD) and usually comes with a FREE load worth 50 PHP ($1 USD). You can buy a card containing a code you can enter on your phone to replenish your load or buy an electronic load that is available almost anywhere in the city.

While you may not have problems with signal strength when in the city, it is not always the case when on islands or in remote areas of a province.  So when arranging for transportation pick up, say when renting a boat to take you to and pick you up from the island, it would be best that you make it clear what time you need to be picked up before the boatman leaves.

Recommended Travel Apps

Apps for smartphones and tablets can be useful both before you leave and while you’re traveling.  Most are available for iPhones and Android phones.

The following are our Top 10 most useful travel apps on our smartphones when traveling in the Philippines:

  • Grab  (taxis/ride shares)
  • Get Your Guide  (tours & tickets)
  • WhatsApp  (phone calls)
  • WayAway  (flights)
  • 12Go  (transportation)
  • Agoda  (accommodations)
  • Expedia  (accommodations & Flights)
  • Hostelworld  (accommodations)
  • Kiwi  (flights)
  • Klook  (attractions & activities )

Be certain to download and set up apps BEFORE leaving on your trip to make certain each is installed and working properly.

For our complete list of travel apps that we use and recommend while traveling in the Philippines, checkout our checklist below.  Download a FREE copy for yourself as a PDF.

READ MORE: The Ultimate List of Travel Apps for the Philippines

Trying to decide what to do when traveling to a destination for the first time can be a bit overwhelming given your lack of familiarity with the place along with all of the available options. 

We’ve created the following itinerary to help simplify the process and ensure that you get the most out of your trip.  Although we provide a 7 day itinerary for this destination, it can always be adjusted to fit the length of your trip.

VIEW : Guimaras Island 7-Day Travel Itinerary

Packing Checklist

The secret to a successful and stress-free trip is to start by using a packing list.  This will reduce anxiety from the start and ensure that nothing important is forgotten when packing.   To make this process easy for you, we’ve created a detailed packing list.  Click the link below to download it for FREE now. 

Carrying your checklist with you during your travels can be useful when repacking, by helping to ensure that you do not leave anything behind.

VIEW & DOWNLOAD : Our Ultimate Packing Guide & Checklist

Things to Remember

This guide recommends to take note of the following while traveling on Guimaras Island or in the Philippines in general.

There is a nationwide ban which prohibits smoking in public places including indoors, the streets, on sidewalks, in restaurants , and on public transportation, requiring smokers to use designated smoking areas.  Selling tobacco to and purchasing from or for minors is also prohibited. Violators are subject to fines (up to 5,000 PHP | $100 USD) and even 4 months in prison.

The minimum legal drinking age is 18.  Alcohol such as beer and hard drinks can easily be bought in grocery and convenience stores.  The most common alcoholic beverage is beer, generally served cold.  Local alcoholic drinks include tuba (coconut wine which is usually very strong) and potent moonshine-like clear liquors made from sugar or fruit.  Imported beer, wine, and name brand hard alcohol are available but expensive.

Drugs are illegal in the Philippines.  Don’t use, buy, or sell any non-prescription drugs while in the Philippines … not even marijuana.  It is considered an especially heinous crime to buy from, for, or sell drugs to children.  The penalties are severe … up to and including death.

Public nudity is illegal in the Philippines and is not tolerated.  Most locals consider it offensive.  There are laws which prohibit provocative and erotic clothing and swimwear, therefore carefully consider your clothings and swimwear choices to make certain they are not too revealing.

Foreigners & Expats

If you are not a Filipino citizen, remember that you are a guest when visiting this country … be certain to act accordingly.  Respect the people, their customs, and the environment and wlidlife. You can be deported and banned … so behave … but have fun and enjoy all that this wonderful destination has to offer.

READ MORE : Practical Information about the Philippines

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GUIMARAS TRAVEL GUIDE (Budget + Itinerary)

by thepinay solobackpacker | Sep 12, 2023 | Beaches , Guimaras , Itinerary , Philippines , Travel Guide | 13 comments

The rugged coastline of Guimaras in Western Visayas, Philippines is framed by lush greenery staring out towards the island-speckled sea.  This tiny province is synonymous with mangoes, with more or less 50,000 mango trees (some are over 100 years old) thriving in its fertile soil.  But Guimaras is not only home to the world’s sweetest mangoes,  it also overflows with natural attractions that lure both pleasure seekers and adventure travelers.  This is why I’ve written this Guimaras travel guide blog to help you plan your trip!

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GUIMARAS PRE TRAVEL GUIDE

BEST TIME TO VISIT GUIMARAS ISLAND:  The dry season – January to May are the best months to visit Guimaras .  As much as possible, avoid public holidays as it can get too crowded.  If you are visiting during the rainy season, check the weather forecast, do not proceed if the weather is bad.

GUIMARAS WI-FI: Mobile signal is available but mobile data can be quite intermittent.  Some Guimaras beach resorts have Wi-Fi.

GUIMARAS MONEY: Cash is king here, everything is on cash basis. Stack up cash before leaving Iloilo or Manila.  Landbank ATM is available in Jordan and Buenavista, but as most locals rely on them, best to just withdraw before leaving Iloilo.

  GUIMARAS ELECTRICITY: If your resort is located in mainland Guimaras, electricity won’t be a problem.  But if you choose a beach resort offshore, some rely on solar power and generator only. If that’s the case, bring power bank and extra batteries for your camera.

GUIMARAS SAFETY: Guimaras Island is a tourist-friendly place, it is safe for travelers, even for solo female travelers. Years ago, I have tried solo traveling in Guimaras – I did the island hopping and land tour and I find it pretty safe and enjoyable.  But take extra precaution when doing adrenaline pumping activities. Also, when taking the boat to and from Iloilo and doing the island hopping tour, wear your life vest.  Do not proceed to Guimaras if the weather is bad to avoid any unfortunate incidents. Secure your gadgets on a dry bag.

GUIMARAS BEACH RESORTS

guimaras island beach resort

Guimaras island has plenty of low-key beach resorts to choose from, but Nueva Valencia is the preferred base of many travelers especially those who plan to go island hopping since most of the islands included in the Guimaras  island hopping tour are close by.

Here are some of the top Guimaras beach resorts according to popular booking sites:

  • Raymen Beach Resort

Location: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

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  • Jannah Glycel Beach Resort
  •   Andana Resort Guimaras
  • Cabugan Adventure Resort

  Location: Nueva Valencia, Guimaras

  •   Nature’s Eye Beach Resort

Location: Nueva Valencia

My friend Marcos and I stayed at Nature’s Eye Beach Resort during one of our visits in Guimaras.  I like the atmosphere of the place as it is quiet and it has a scenic view of the islands below. It’s also a perfect spot for sunset watching.  There’s a small village adjacent to the resort where you can mingle with the locals and experience local lifestyle. The only downside is, it’s too far from Jordan Port.  So, if you plan to do the usual Guimaras island hopping, this is quite far. But, they also offer an alternative island hopping to islands  that are close to this Guimaras beach resort.  

GUIMARAS TRAVEL GUIDE

GUIMARAS: JORDAN PORT

HOW TO GET TO GUIMARAS

Manila to guimaras via iloilo.

1.From Manila (Philippines),  take a flight to Iloilo. Travel time is roughly 1 hour and 25 minutes.

2.From Iloilo International Airport, take a point to point bus to Iloilo City proper. RESERVE HERE  Fare is ₱80 ($1.59, £1.25, SGD 2.19, AUD 2.39).

3.From downtown Iloilo City, you may take a jeepney or  taxi to Ortiz Wharf.

4.Get in line and purchase your ferry/boat ticket to Jordan Wharf. Fare is ₱15 ($0.30, £0.24, SGD 0.40, AUD 0.43)  at daytime (6:00 AM – 5:57 PM) and ₱22 ($0.43, £0.36, SGD 0.59, AUD 0.63)  at nighttime (6:00 PM).

5.Board your boat to Jordan Port in Guimaras. Travel time is about 15 minutes.

6.Take a jeepney or tricycle to your resort.

NOTE: You may also take a private or shared van to Iloilo City proper from Iloilo Airport.  RESERVE HERE. If coming from Fort San Pedro Port, you may book ahead and take a shared or private van. RESERVE HERE

Cebu to Guimaras Via Iloilo

1.From Cebu (Philippines),  you can fly. Travel time is  approximately 1 and 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can also take an overnight slow ferry from Cebu Port to Iloilo.

2.If coming from Iloilo International Airport, follow Step 2 – 6 above.

GETTING AROUND GUIMARAS ISLAND

guimaras island

By Jeepneys/Multicab

Jeepneys and multicabs are available to take you around Guimaras, but they are usually full. Fare is around ₱15 ($0.30, £0.24, SGD 0.40, AUD 0.43) – ₱50 ($0.98, £0.81, SGD1.35, AUD 1.43), depending on your destination. If you are a large group, you can also hire a multi-cab for your Guimaras land tour for ₱1,500 ($30, £24, SGD 0.40, AUD 40) – ₱2,000 ($39, £32, SGD 54, AUD 57).

By Tricycle

  For places that aren’t reachable by jeepneys, you may take a tricycle, fare is ₱20 ($0.39, £0.32, SGD 0.54, AUD 0.57) per 2 km ride, but if you are alone, expect to pay more.

Tourists also usually prefer Tricycle tours in Guimaras.   Rate is ₱1,200 ($22, £21, SGD 32, AUD 34) for a whole day tour, good for 2 -3 persons.  If you want to include the  San Lorenzo Wind Farm, add additional ₱300 ($6, £5, SGD 8, AUD 8).  The Guimaras tourist spots typically included in the tricycle tour are:

  • Balaan Bukid (hike for 30 minutes, you can skip this if you want)
  • The Smallest Plaza
  • Trappist Monastery (Mango Products and Souvenirs)
  • Pitstop Restaurant (Mango Pizza)
  • Guisi Lighthouse and Guisi Beach
  • Alubihod Beach
  • San Lorenzo Wind Farm

By motorcycle

  I remember during one of my visits to Guimaras (I’ve been to Guimaras 3 times), habal-habal (motorcycle) drivers offers tours around the island. Usual rate is ₱1,000 ($19, £17, SGD 26, AUD 28) for a whole day tour. Guimaras tourist attractions included are the same as those in the Guimaras tricycle tour listed above.  If you are traveling alone and you are on a budget, this is another option.  Just make sure you are provided a helmet for safety reasons.

guimaras alibuhod beach

BY TOUR PACKAGE

For a hassle-free trip from Iloilo to Guimaras, you can book a day tour package.

RESERVE TOUR HERE

By boat rental (guimaras island hopping).

One of the top things to do in Guimaras is island hopping tour.  Although the usual jumping off point is Alubihod Beach (since it’s closer to the islands), nowadays, you can rent a boat in Nueva Valencia or other parts of Guimaras.

Here’s the Guimaras island hopping rate starts:

  • boat (good for 1-10 persons) – ₱600 ($12, £10, SGD 16, AUD 17) for the 1 st hour and ₱200 ($4, £3, SGD 5, AUD 6) for succeeding hour
  • boat (good for 11- 16 persons) – ₱800 for the 1 st hour and ₱250 for succeeding hour boat (good for 16 – 20 persons) – ₱1,000 for the 1 st hour and ₱300 for  succeeding hour
  • Snorkeling gear rental – ₱1,000 ($20, £16, SGD 27, AUD 28).

You can choose from the following island destinations:

  •   SEAFDEC (Igang Marine Station)
  • Tatlong Pulo
  • Ave Maria Island
  • Turtle Island
  • Fairy Castle
  • Lamurawan Island

It is possible to visit a few islands for 2-3 hours. Prepare to shell out around ₱800 – ₱1,000 at least if you want to enjoy island hopping in Guimaras.

  GUIMARAS THINGS TO DO

1. go island hopping in guimaras.

guimaras island hopping

  Guimaras is best known for 2 things – their sweet mangoes and their beautiful islands.  So, while you are at it, these two must be on your list of  top things to do in Guimaras.

Guimaras takes pride in its island-speckled shores, a usual jumping off point for the island hopping is Nueva Valencia, usually along the coast of Alubihod Beach you can find touts and boatmen offering island hopping tours.  Rates depend on how many hours it will take for you to finish the tour (See the detailed rates I mentioned above). Like I said, it is possible to visit a few islands in 3 – 4 hours, so allocate at least half day for the island hopping tour in Guimaras.

If you don’t know which island to visit, you can read my Guimaras tourist spots blog, just click the link below for the island photos and more detailed guide.

ALSO READ: TOP GUIMARAS TOURIST SPOTS + HOW TO GET THERE

2. see the smallest plaza.

Entrance Fee: FREE

Open Hours: 24/7

Near Jordan Port is the Smallest Plaza, once hailed by Guinness World of Records as the smallest plaza in the world.  This is usually part of the Guimaras tricycle land tour.

3. EXPLORE THE MANGO PLANTATION

  Entrance Fee: FREE

guimaras mango plantation

Within the confines of the National Mango Research Center is a sprawling mango plantation. You can find one just along the main road of Guimaras. The center is composed of several buildings for horticulture, mango production, research, packaging, etc.   You can also purchase a variety of mango seedlings here.

4. VISIT THE TRAPPIST MONASTERY

Open Hours: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM ,

  The Trappist Monastery in Guimaras (Abbey of Our Lady of the Philippines Monastery) is run by the Cisterian Order of Strict Observance.  It’s one of the more popular tourist spots in Guimaras because of their delicious mango products sold as souvenirs. Tourists  who also wants to experience a peaceful retreat in Guimaras can also stay here.

5. TRY THE MANGO PIZZA

  One of the top things to do in Guimaras is to feast on mango-flavored food and Pitstop Restaurant offers a unique one – Mango Pizza.  Not only that, they also serve mango bulalo and adobo with Guimaras mango.

6. BUY MANGO SOUVENIRS

  One of the top things to do in Guimaras is to indulge on mango products and take them home as souvenirs for your family, friends, or coworkers.  Mango products such as dried mangoes, mango jams, mango cookies, etc. are sold by souvenir shops and stores in Guimaras.  You can find some stores along the road near the Guimaras Capitol. They also sell Guimaras mangoes that you can take home.  If flying international, check the Customs policy of the country you are flying to, usually perishable goods such as fruits, vegetables, etc. has to be declared to avoid hefty fines.

guimaras Souvenirs

Also take note that it is prohibited to bring in mangoes from other places in Guimaras.  You can take out the mangoes from Guimaras to other places.

7. SWIM IN ALUBIHOD BEACH

  Entrance Fee: Depends on the beach resort

GUIMARAS: ALIBUHOD BEACH

8. PHOTO OP AT GUISI LIGHTHOUSE AND GUISI BEACH

guimaras Guisi Lighthouse

Entrance Fee: ₱10 ($0.20, £0.16, SGD 0.27, AUD 0.29) Environmental Fee

₱30 ($0.59, £0.49, SGD 0.81, AUD 0.86)  – Swimming at the Beach

How to get to Guisi Lighthouse and Beach:

1.Ride a jeepney bound for Dolores or Pandaraonan Nueva Valencia.

2.Alight at crossing Pandaraonan. Travel time is about 45 minutes.

3.At crossing Pandaraonan, ride a motorbike to Guisi Lighthouse.

guimaras island: guisi beach

9. SEE THE GUIMARAS WINDMILLS

GUIMARAS WINDMILLS

Guimaras is admirable for its shift to renewable energy. It is the first coal-free province in the Philippines, banning the use of coal and other polluting energy resources. Guimaras is now home to the 54 megawatt windfarm in San Lorenzo, one of the biggest windfarms in Southeast Asia.  You can include the San Lorenzo Windmills in your Guimaras tricycle tour for additional ₱300 ($6, £5, SGD 8, AUD 8), good for 2 – 3 persons.

  10. EXPERIENCE MANGGAHAN FESTIVAL

guimaras manggahan festival

GUIMARAS ITINERARY + BUDGET

Here’s a sample DIY Guimaras  itinerary with budget, good for a party of 2.  Feel free to tweak this depending on your budget and schedule.

*Airfare and souvenir is not included in the trip expenses.

guimaras island

*Since this sample budget is good for 2 people, island hopping, tricycle tour, resorts, and tricycle transfer to and from beach resorts are divided by two. Total rates mentioned per day are per person for a group of 2. If you are a party of 3 or more, sample Guimaras trip expenses would be cheaper.  If you are a solo traveler, you can check my sample budget and itinerary for Guimaras on my other Guimaras tourist spot blog, CLICK HERE.

GUIMARAS TRAVEL TIPS + REMINDERS

  • Everything is on cash basis, so stack up cash before you leave Manila or Iloilo.
  • It is possible to do Guimaras as a day trip from Iloilo, just start early.
  • Bring insect repellant lotion, sunscreen, and dry bag to protect your gadgets.
  • Stay hydrated. Bring your own refillable water bottle.
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Do not cross to Guimaras when the weather is bad. As much as possible, avoid traveling here during rainy and stormy season.
  • Always wear your life vest while onboard the boat.

guimaras island sunset

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13 comments.

piggywiggy

since nature’s eye is kinda remote, was it difficult to go do your island hopping?

thepinay solobackpacker

They offer tours naman near the resort. 🙂

Licadventures

Hi! Whole day talaga yung land tour? Will the tour permit us too swim in Alibuhod beach or photo op lang? If yes, is there a place where we can wash up afterwards? Thanks in advance. 🙂

Depende na yung tour sainyo. I don’t know po where you can wash up after though. Usually we do that sa hotel na, or maybe ask if you can use the wash room sa mga nearby resorts, just pay na lang.

Karen

Hi. That 1,200 rate for the land tour, is that per tricycle or per person? Thanks. Very helpful blog, by the way.

Per trike po. 🙂

May

Hello, saang resort po kayo nag stay at doon rin po ba kayo nakahanap ng ere-rent na boat for island hopping? Thank you

Allana

Good day! 😊 is it possible na mag dala ng sasakyan from negros to guimaras?

Melvin

hello sir. how much for jordan port to raymen beach resort???

Emicko

Good day! Ask lang po ako kung kaya bang day tour lang sa guimaras? Thanks! 🙂

Kaya naman from Iloilo. Agahan mu lang magpunta. Make sure you check the last trip ng boat.

Tano

ask ko lang if magkano yung island hopping na for 2 pax? thanks

mec

Hi! ask ko lang po if “daily” including saturday and sunday yung trips from ortiz to guimaras? thanks!

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50 Most Beautiful Tourist Spots in the Philippines

50 Most Beautiful Tourist Spots in the Philippines

No words can accurately describe how beautiful the Philippines is. Not to mention that it’s a cheap country to visit. 

But with more than 7,000 islands to choose from, even globe-trotters would be hard-pressed to pick the tourist spots in the Philippines they should explore first.

This guide makes travel planning easier by recommending the best places to visit in the Philippines , what to expect, must-try food and activities, and other vital information to help you decide which tourist spots to include in your travel bucket list.

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Top 25 best tourist spots in the philippines.

Here are 25 of the most popular Philippine destinations frequently visited by foreign and domestic tourists:

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Ideal for: Couples, families, beach bums, adventure seekers

Tourists worldwide flock to the Philippines’ famous beach destination for its powdery white sand, crystal-clear blue water, and majestic sunset. Boracay has never failed to live up to its reputation every year, consistently making it to the list of the world’s most ‘Instagrammable’ places 1 .

After Boracay’s rehabilitation in 2018, beach regulations have become stricter to protect the island. Upon entering Boracay, visitors must present booking confirmation from any Department of Tourism-accredited hotels .

Top things to do in Boracay

  • Watch the picturesque sunset at White Beach and Willy’s Rock
  • Join a half-day tour around Boracay’s different beaches and snorkeling sites
  • Experience parasailing to enjoy a breathtaking view of the island
  • Jump off a cliff at Ariel’s Point
  • Buy fresh seafood at D’Talipapa and have it cooked in a nearby restaurant

Where to stay in Boracay

Boracay resorts cater to every budget. Luxury hotels are located in Station 1, mid-range hotels in Station 2, and budget hotels in Station 3.

  • Best Boracay luxury hotel: Henann Crystal Sands Resort
  • Best Boracay mid-range hotel: Sundown Beach Studios
  • Best Boracay budget hotel: Chill Out Hostel

How to get there

  • The faster but more expensive way to travel to Boracay from Manila is to fly to Caticlan Airport. Then, ride a tricycle to Caticlan Jetty Port, where you’ll board a ferry to Cagban Jetty Port. From Cagban, ride a tricycle and get off at the drop-off point nearest your hotel.
  • The cheaper but slower option is to fly to Kalibo Airport. From there, ride a van or bus to Caticlan Jetty Port and follow the same steps.

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Ideal for: Couples, beach bums, nature lovers, adventure seekers

Palawan has so much captivating natural beauty, from towering limestone cliffs and beaches with turquoise water to caves and rich marine life. No wonder travel magazines like Conde Nast 2 and CNN Travel 3 lists Palawan as one of the world’s most beautiful islands.

Palawan’s most popular tourist destinations are Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron. Interestingly, El Nido won a spot in HuffPost’s list of the “50 Awesome Solo Travel Destinations to Visit 4 “ for its beautiful beaches and a wide array of boutique hotels and hostels offering excellent opportunities to meet other solo travelers.

Many other hidden beaches on the island are also worth exploring.

Top things to do in Palawan

  • Explore the Puerto Princesa Underground River , the world’s longest navigable underground river and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature
  • Enjoy different water activities (snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, etc.) at El Nido’s beaches and lagoons 
  • Dive at Coron Bay to discover diverse marine life and World War II Japanese shipwrecks
  • Eat tamilok , a slimy delicacy from branches of mangrove trees
  • Join an island-hopping adventure at Honda Bay
  • Go scuba diving at Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO Heritage Site and home to incredible marine biodiversity

Where to stay in Palawan

  • Best hotel in Puerto Princesa: Casa Belina Bed & Breakfast
  • Best hotel in El Nido: Duli Beach Resort
  • Best hotel in Coron: The Funny Lion
  • To get to Puerto Princesa, fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa International Airport. 
  • To get to Coron, fly from Manila to Busuanga and ride a van to Coron.
  • To get to El Nido, fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa. From the airport, ride a van and drop off at the Corong-Corong bus terminal. Then, ride a tricycle that will take you to your hotel. The faster but more expensive way to get to El Nido from Manila is to take a 1.5-hour direct flight via AirSWIFT.

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Ideal for: History buffs, foodies, beach bums, adventure seekers

Cebu is home to the Philippines’ oldest city, famous historical places, pristine beaches, and mouth-watering dishes. The island province is foreigner-friendly because locals speak fluent English, and its bustling city teems with hotels, shopping malls, and entertainment halls.

Top things to do in Cebu

  • Enjoy an island-hopping tour around Cebu’s nearby islands
  • Swim with whale sharks in Oslob
  • Experience trekking and canyoneering in Badian
  • Witness Sinulog Festival, Cebu’s largest festivity held every third Sunday of January
  • Sample famous Cebu delicacies: lechon (roasted pig), danggit (salted dried fish), puso (steamed rice wrapped in banana leaves), and dried mangoes
  • Visit Cebu’s historical sites : Colon Street, Mactan Shrine, Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, and Basilica del Santo Niño.

Where to stay in Cebu

  • Best hotel in Cebu City: 18 Suites Cebu
  • Best hotel in Bantayan Island: Carl‘s Island Inn
  • Best hotel in Moalboal: Tongo Hill Cottages
  • From Manila, take a 1-hour flight to Cebu. To get to your hotel from the airport, take a taxi or book a Grab ride.
  • Visitors from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea , Taiwan, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, and Dubai may fly directly to Mactan Cebu International Airport.

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Ideal for: Solo travelers, couples, families, beach bums, nature lovers

Bohol is not your typical beach destination. Aside from its white-sand beaches, Bohol has some unique tourist spots in the Philippines, such as the famous Chocolate Hills and Philippine Tarsier Sanctuary. Its natural and man-made wonders are also worth exploring.

Thanks in part to the iconic Chocolate Hills, UNESCO has declared Bohol as the country’s first global geopark 5 , cementing its reputation among foreign tourists as one of the must-visit beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines.

Top things to do in Bohol

  • Visit Bohol’s top tourist spots on a countryside tour , with a lunch buffet at the Loboc River Cruise
  • Explore Balicasag and the Virgin Islands
  • Enjoy fresh organic greens and ice cream in a cassava cone at Bohol Bee Farm
  • Experience biking on a zipline and other thrilling adventures at Chocolate Hills Adventure Park
  • Swim, snorkel, dive, or relax at Alona Beach

Where to stay in Bohol

  • Best hotel in Tagbilaran: Sweet Home Boutique Hotel
  • Best hotel in Panglao: Henann Tawala Resort
  • From Manila, take a 1.5-hour flight to Tagbilaran Airport. To get to Panglao, ride a tricycle, van, or taxi.
  • From Cebu, take a 2-hour fast ferry ride to Tagbilaran.

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Ideal for: Couples, families, nature lovers, art enthusiasts

The Philippines is world-famous as a beach destination. But there’s more to the tropical islands than just seas and sand. Case in point: Baguio City.

The summer capital of the Philippines may be too commercialized and overcrowded nowadays, but it has not lost its charm. Baguio is still a romantic year-round destination with its cool breeze and lovely scenery of lush mountains and pine trees.

Related: The Fascinating History of Baguio’s Iconic Lion

Top things to do in Baguio

  • Stroll along Burnham Park, Baguio Botanical Garden, Wright Park, and Camp John Hay
  • Score local goods at bargain prices in Baguio Night Market
  • Shop for souvenirs and fresh produce in Baguio Public Market
  • Visit the BenCab museum in the nearby town of Tuba
  • Join the Panagbenga Festival, also known as Baguio’s Flower Festival, in February or March

Where to stay in Baguio

  • Best Baguio luxury hotel: The Manor at Camp John Hay
  • Best Baguio mid-range hotel: The Orchard Hotel
  • Best Baguio budget hotel: Starwood Hotel

Take a Victory Liner/Genesis Transport/Partas bus from Cubao to Baguio (travel time: 4 to 6 hours).

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Ideal for: Surf enthusiasts, beach bums, backpackers

Siargao’s huge and strong waves make it one of the world’s best surf spots 6 . Although the surfing capital of the Philippines appeals mostly to surfers, the island also has excellent tourist spots for beachgoers.

Top things to do in Siargao

  • Ride the waves at Siargao’s famous surf spots: Cloud 9, Jacking Horse, Quicksilver, etc.
  • Enjoy an epic island-hopping adventure on Siargao’s best islands : Naked Island, Daku Island, and Guyam Island
  • Explore, cliff jump, or swim at the Magpupungko Rock Pools
  • Swim, snorkel, or relax at Sugba Lagoon

Where to stay in Siargao

  • Best Siargao luxury hotel: Isla Cabana Resort
  • Best Siargao mid-range hotel: Harana Surf Resort
  • Best Siargao budget hotel: Mad Monkey Hostel

Fly from Manila to Sayak Airport. To get to General Luna town (where Siargao tourist spots are located), rent one of the vans, motorbikes, or multi-cabs parked outside the airport.

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Ideal for: Families, nature lovers, beach bums, foodies

Davao is home to the Philippine eagle (one of the world’s rarest birds), the country’s highest mountain, and the exotic fruit durian. There’s so much to see and explore—from stunning beaches to family-friendly parks—for every type of traveler. Tourists can even book a day tour around Davao City to visit President Rodrigo Duterte ‘s house.

Top things to do in Davao

  • Visit Davao’s top attractions, including Philippine Eagle Center , People’s Park, Davao Crocodile Park , and Eden Nature Park
  • Dine and enjoy a spectacular view of Davao in Jack’s Ridge Resort & Restaurant
  • Trek Mount Apo, the highest peak in the Philippines
  • Sample Davao’s most popular fruits: durian, mangosteen, marang, and pomelo
  • Join Kadayawan sa Dabaw , Davao’s grandest annual festival in August
  • Swim, snorkel, and bask in the beauty of pristine beaches on Samal Island  

Related: 14 Bizarre And Fascinating Philippine Festivals

Where to stay in Davao

  • Best Davao luxury hotel: Seda Abreeza Davao
  • Best Davao mid-range hotel: Paradise Island Park & Beach Resort
  • Best Davao budget hotel: Villa Viva Belgica

Fly from Manila to Davao. Take a taxi or jeepney from the airport to Davao City.

8. Banaue Rice Terraces

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Ideal for: Backpackers, couples, nature lovers

Hundreds of years ago, indigenous people of the Ifugao tribe hand-carved thousands of rice paddies in the mountains of the Cordillera, now known as the Banaue Rice Terraces. It’s one of the most prominent tourist spots in the Philippines and is often called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”

When you visit, it’s best to hire a local guide. Go to the Banaue viewpoint for the breathtaking scenery and Instagram-worthy snaps.

Top things to do in Banaue

Aside from Banaue Rice Terraces, there’s so much to do and see in and around Banaue:

  • Enjoy the breathtaking scenery at Batad Rice Terraces, Hapao Rice Terraces, Mayoyao Rice Terraces, or Bangaan Village Rice Terraces
  • Trek to Batad Village and Tappiya Waterfalls
  • Discover the Ifugao culture, history, and arts at Banaue Ethnic Village, Tam-an Village, and Banaue Museum
  • Shop for handicrafts, wood carvings, local coffee, and other souvenirs

Where to stay in Banaue

  • Banaue Homestay
  • Native Village Inn
  • Baleh Boble Guesthouse
  • Via plane: Take a 1.5-hour flight to Cauayan Airport in Isabela from Manila or Clark. From the airport, take a 3-hour van ride to Banaue.
  • Via bus: From Manila or Baguio, ride an Ohayami Trans bus to Banaue (travel time: 9 to 15 hours).

9. Intramuros

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Ideal for: Solo travelers, couples, barkadas , history buffs 

Discover and appreciate the Philippines’ rich history by touring Intramuros, one of the country’s best places to experience the Spanish colonial period. Intramuros is also a romantic setting for a date with its old-fashioned charm. After touring Intramuros, visitors may take a side trip to other equally popular places in Manila: Binondo and Escolta.

Related: The Lost Tunnels Buried Deep Beneath Intramuros

Top things to do in and around Intramuros

  • Join a bamboo bike tour of the different tourist spots within the walled city: Fort Santiago, Plaza San Luis, Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, etc.
  • Enjoy a food trip in Binondo
  • Visit Binondo Church
  • Marvel at the iconic landmarks along Escolta Street

Where to stay in Intramuros

  • Best Intramuros luxury hotel: Bayleaf Intramuros Hotel
  • Best Intramuros mid-range hotel: White Knight Hotel Intramuros
  • Best Intramuros budget hotel: RedDoorz
  • The most convenient way to get to Intramuros from anywhere in Metro Manila is to ride a taxi or Grab car.
  • Alternatively, take the MRT to Taft Station and the LRT1 to Carriedo Station . Ride a jeep going to Pier and get off at Intramuros.

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Ideal for: Solo travelers, couples, barkadas , history buffs, foodies

Be transported back in time when you visit Vigan City in Ilocos Sur. Be awed by the Spanish colonial period ancestral homes and structures that make Vigan a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of CNN’s most picturesque towns in Asia 7 .

Top things to do in Vigan

  • Take a stroll along the cobblestone streets around Calle Crisologo on foot or a kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) ride
  • Try famous Vigan delicacies: empanada (pork-stuffed pastry), pakbet (vegetable dish), bagnet (deep-fried crispy pork belly), sinanglaw (beef innards stew), and Vigan longganisa (garlicky and spicy sausage)
  • Visit iconic ancestral homes such as Syquia Mansion and Father Burgos’ house
  • Join a cruise in Mestizo River to learn about Vigan’s history and marine biodiversity
  • Visit an Abel cloth shop to see weavers in action and buy traditional woven products

Where to stay in Vigan

  • Best Vigan luxury hotel: Hotel Luna
  • Best Vigan mid-range hotel: Paradores de Vigan
  • Best Vigan budget hotel: ZEN Rooms Guimod Transient Vigan
  • The fastest way to get to Vigan is to take a 1.5-hour flight from Manila to Laoag, Ilocos Norte. From the Laoag Airport, take a 2-hour bus ride to Vigan.
  • Alternatively, ride a bus from Cubao, Pasay, or Manila with a direct route to Vigan (travel time: 8 to 10 hours).

11. Mayon Volcano

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Ideal for: Backpackers, couples, families, adventure seekers, foodies

Mayon Volcano is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to its distinct, perfect cone shape. Aside from admiring the natural wonder, visitors can also experience a unique food trip and adventure in Albay, where the volcano is located.

Top things to do near Mayon Volcano

  • Take a thrilling ATV tour around the base of Mayon Volcano
  • Visit the Cagsawa Ruins Park
  • Eat pili nuts, sili ice cream (made of chili and coconut milk), and spicy dishes cooked in coconut milk, such as Bicol express (pork stew), laing (vegetable dish), and pinangat (fish stew)
  • Enjoy street food and a sunset view of Mayon Volcano at Legazpi Boulevard
  • Hike up and zipline at Ligñon Hill Nature Park
  • Enjoy an unobstructed, enchanting view of Mayon Volcano from Sumlang Lake while riding a bamboo raft or kayak

Where to stay near Mayon Volcano

  • Mayon Lodging House
  • Balay de la Rama Bed and Breakfast

From Manila, take a 45-minute flight or a 9-hour bus ride to Legazpi City, Albay.

12. Tagaytay

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Ideal for: Couples, families, foodies

Tagaytay is a favorite road trip destination because of its proximity to Manila, cool weather, amazing views of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, delicious food, and fun outdoor activities.

Top things to do in Tagaytay

  • Visit the top tourist spots in Tagaytay : People’s Park in the Sky, Picnic Grove, Caleruega Church, SkyRanch, etc.
  • Dine-in at Tagaytay’s popular restaurants: Breakfast at Antonio’s, Sonya’s Secret Garden, Bag of Beans, Josephine Restaurant, Mushroomburger, etc.
  • Visit Zoori to enjoy a wildlife experience and panoramic views of Taal Volcano
  • Have a fun-filled day with farm animals and flower gardens at Paradizoo
  • Buy delectable tarts and other pastries at Rowena’s Pasalubong shop

Where to stay in Tagaytay

  • Best Tagaytay luxury hotel: Anya Resort
  • Best Tagaytay mid-range hotel: Quest Hotel
  • Best Tagaytay budget hotel: RedDoorz

Ride a bus or shared van bound for Tagaytay/Nasugbu/Calatagan from Manila.

13. Mt. Pulag

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Ideal for: Backpackers, adventure seekers, nature lovers

Standing at 2,926 meters above sea level, Mount Pulag is the third-highest peak in the Philippines. It’s also the highest mountain in Luzon. Because of its easy trail and the magnificent sea of clouds surrounding its top, Mt. Pulag is a favorite hiking destination for first-timers. 

Top things to do in Mt. Pulag

  • Trek to Mt. Pulag for about 3-4 hours using the Ambangeg trail (for beginners). Advanced hikers can take the Ambaguio or Akiki trail.
  • Witness the glorious sunrise and sea of clouds atop Mt. Pulag
  • Experience the simple life in the mountains without internet, signal, and electricity
  • Meet and interact with the locals
  • Buy fresh produce and pasalubong from stores at the ranger station

Where to stay near Mt. Pulag

  • Baban’s Homestay
  • Newtown Plaza Hotel
  • Dream Transient Rooms

From Manila, ride a bus to Baguio. From Baguio, charter a van or jeep bound for Bokod, Benguet, where the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) office is located. Hikers must register, attend an orientation, and pay fees to the DENR before climbing Mt. Pulag.

Outside the DENR office, ride a habal-habal (motorcycle) to the Babadak Ranger Station, the jump-off point where you can book a local guide (required) and a porter (optional).

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Ideal for: Solo travelers, backpackers, adventure seekers

Sagada’s tranquil charm and natural beauty make it one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines. There are many unique places to see and activities for adventure junkies.

Top things to do in Sagada

  • See the hanging coffins in Echo Valley
  • Explore Lumiang, Sumaguing, or Crystal Caves
  • Hike to Kiltepan Peak or Marlboro Hills, watch the sunrise, and bask in the dreamy sea of clouds
  • Swim at Bomod-Ok Falls and marvel at the rice terraces surrounding it
  • Visit the Sagada Weaving Cooperative to see weavers in action and buy woven products

Where to stay in Sagada

  • Isabelo’s Inn and Cafe
  • Kanip Aw Pines View Lodge
  • Kenlibed In n
  • From Manila, ride a Coda Lines bus going directly to Sagada (travel time: 12 hours).
  • From Baguio, go to GL Liner Terminal in Baguio Dangwa Terminal and ride a bus to Sagada (travel time: 6 hours).

15. Puerto Galera

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Ideal for: Beach bums, backpackers, families, barkadas

Puerto Galera is a favorite beach destination every summer because of its white-sand beaches. If you’re into scuba diving and snorkeling, you shouldn’t miss this tourist spot in the Philippines.

Top things to do in Puerto Galera

  • Swim and relax at Aninuan Beach
  • Snorkel or scuba dive at Coral Garden
  • Experience the vibrant nightlife at White Beach
  • Take a carabao ride to Tukuran Falls and enjoy the beauty of this hidden paradise
  • Immerse in the local culture at the Mangyan Village

Where to stay in Puerto Galera

  • Best Puerto Galera luxury hotel: Edgewater Dive & Spa Resort
  • Best Puerto Galera mid-range hotel: Tribal Hills Mountain Resort
  • Best Puerto Galera budget hotel: Bamboo House Beach Lodge & Restaurant

From Manila, ride a bus to Batangas Pier (travel time: 2 to 3 hours). Take a ferry boat ride from Batangas Pier to Balatero Port or Muelle Port (around 1 hour travel time). Ride a tricycle to your hotel.

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Ideal for: Families, barkadas , beach bums, nature lovers, adventure seekers

Looking for a place to enjoy summer outdoor activities with family or friends? Subic—just a few hours away from Manila—is one of the must-visit tourist spots in the Philippines. Many fun activities and beautiful beaches are available for tourists to enjoy.

Top things to do in Subic

  • Explore the top tourist spots in Subic: Capones Lighthouse, Pundaquit Coves, Camara Island, etc.
  • See wild animals up close in Zoobic Safari , the only tiger safari in the Philippines
  • Enjoy thrilling water slides and attractions at Aqua Planet Waterpark
  • Spend a fun-filled day on Subic’s Inflatable Island , the largest and wildest floating playground in Asia
  • Cliff dive and swim at El Kabayo Waterfalls

Where to stay in Subic

  • Best Subic luxury hotel: Mangrove Resort Hotel
  • Best Subic mid-range hotel: Mango Valley Hotel 2
  • Best Subic budget hotel: The Circle Hostel

Ride a bus bound for Olongapo from Manila and get off at Subic Bay.

17. Batangas

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Ideal for: Families, barkadas , beach bums, adventure seekers, foodies

Batangas has many affordable beach resorts two to three hours from Manila. This makes the province a go-to place for family or barkada summer outings and corporate team-building activities.

Top things to do in Batangas

  • Enjoy water activities in Batangas’ most popular beaches: Anilao, Laiya, Nasugbu, Calatagan, Isla Verde, etc.
  • Trek up Batangas’ famous mountains: Taal Volcano , Mt. Pico de Loro, Mt. Batulao , Mt. Gulugod Baboy, Mt. Maculot , etc.
  • Go scuba diving in Anilao to explore the famous diving spot’s spectacular underwater scenery
  • Sample Batangas’ local cuisine: lomi (egg noodle soup), bulalo (beef stew), lechon (roasted pig), sinaing na tulingan (braised fish), kapeng barako (Batangas coffee), etc.

Where to stay in Batangas

  • Best hotel in Anilao: Vivere Azure Resort
  • Best hotel in Calatagan: Crusoe Cabins Resort
  • Best hotel in Laiya: Acuaverde Beach Resort & Hotel
  • Best hotel in Nasugbu: Pico Sands Hotel

From Manila, ride a bus to Batangas City/Batangas Pier/Nasugbu. From the bus terminal, ride a tricycle to your Batangas beach destination.

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Ideal for: Families, barkadas , foodies, beach bums, history buffs

With its stunning beaches, one-of-a-kind culinary experience, historical sites, and genuinely warm and friendly people, Iloilo is one of the tourist spots in the Philippines where visitors want to keep coming back.

Top things to do in Iloilo

  • Feast on Iloilo’s famous dishes and delicacies: La Paz batchoy (chicken and pork noodle soup), pancit molo (pork dumpling soup), fresh oysters, biscocho (twice-baked bread), barquillos (crunchy wafer roll), etc.
  • Stroll along Calle Real and see heritage buildings that exude Iloilo’s old-city charm 
  • Visit Iloilo’s famous centuries-old churches: Miag-ao Church, Jaro Cathedral, Molo Church, San Joaquin Church, etc.
  • Soak up the beauty of Islas de Gigantes and Sicogon Island
  • Join the Dinagyang Festival, a religious and cultural festivity in Iloilo City held every fourth Sunday of January

Where to stay in Iloilo

  • Best Iloilo luxury hotel: Richmonde Hotel Iloilo
  • Best Iloilo mid-range hotel: Urban Sands Iloilo Hotel Resort
  • Best Iloilo budget hotel: Figtree Hotel

From Manila/Clark/Cebu/Davao/Hong Kong/Singapore, take a direct flight to Iloilo International Airport. To get to the city, ride a taxi, jeep, or van from the airport.

19. Batanes

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Ideal for: Solo travelers, couples, backpackers, nature lovers

Batanes is every Filipino traveler’s ultimate dream destination. What’s not to love about the romantic island province? From its scenic landscapes and gorgeous beaches to unique cultures, Batanes is worth a visit.

Top things to do in Batanes

  • Tour the top Batanes attractions (Tukon Church, Basco Lighthouse, Honesty Coffee Shop, etc.) on Batan Island and Sabtang Island
  • Meet the Ivatan people and immerse yourself in their culture. Try wearing vakul , the traditional headgear made of abaca fiber, too!
  • Enjoy fresh seafood dishes: dibang (flying fish), payi (lobster), etc.
  • Climb Mt. Iraya in Basco, the highest mountain in Batanes

Where to stay in Batanes

  • Nathaniel’s Lodge
  • Baletin Hometel
  • Amboys Hometel

Fly from Manila (via SkyJet) or Clark (via Philippine Airlines) to Basco, Batanes. From the airport, walk to reach the Basco town proper. To get to Sabtang Island, ride a tricycle, jeep, or van to San Vicente port, where you’ll ride a ferry to Sabtang.

20. Camiguin

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Ideal for: Beach bums, adventure seekers

This serene and beautiful tropical paradise in Northern Mindanao will leave you in awe with its many natural wonders. Camiguin is among the world’s best dive spots and is recognized by the Department of Tourism as one of the top tourist spots in the Philippines.

Top things to do in Camiguin

  • Swim in the crystal-clear water of White Island
  • Dive or snorkel at Sunken Cemetery to see its underwater tombs
  • Snorkel around the Giant Clams Sanctuary 
  • Visit the old church ruins in Bonbon, Catarman
  • Hike up Mt. Hibok-hibok
  • Take a dip in one of Camiguin’s hot springs and cold springs
  • Eat lanzones, a fruit native to the island and is considered the best and sweetest in the Philippines

Where to stay in Camiguin

  • Mountain View Cottages
  • Balai sa Baibai Resort
  • Marianita’s Cottages

From Manila, fly directly to Camiguin via SkyJet. If you travel with a different airline, fly to Cebu first and then take a connecting flight to Camiguin Airport.

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Ideal for: Families, history buffs, beach bums, nature lovers

Only a few hours away from Manila, Bataan is perfect for a quick weekend getaway. Although it’s not as touristy as the neighboring Subic Bay, people visit this province for its many historical and natural attractions.

Top things to do in Bataan

  • Visit historical landmarks in Bataan: Dambana ng Kagitingan (Shrine of Valor) at Mt. Samat, Death March Marker, Fall of Bataan Marker, Bataan World War II Museum, etc.
  • Join a walking tour at Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar to learn what it was like to live during the Spanish colonial era
  • Visit the Pawikan Conservation Center to learn about sea turtles and release baby sea turtles into the sea
  • Admire the stunning rock formations and watch the sunset in Sisiman Bay

Where to stay in Bataan

  • Best Bataan luxury hotel: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar Hotel
  • Best Bataan mid-range hotel: The Plaza Hotel – Balanga
  • Best Bataan budget hotel: Vista Venice Resort
  • Via bus: From Manila, ride a Victory Liner/Genesis/Bataan Transit bus to Balanga, the jump-off point to Morong and other parts of Bataan (travel time: 3-4 hours).
  • Via ferry: Go to the Esplanade Seaside Terminal behind SM Mall of Asia and take the ferry to Capinpin Port in Orion, Bataan (travel time: 1 hour). From Orion, ride a bus bound for Balanga.

22. Antipolo

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Ideal for: Art enthusiasts, nature lovers, foodies

Antipolo is the home of the famous Hinulugang Taktak. But there are many other reasons to visit this city near Manila, particularly its hidden gems that will delight art and nature aficionados.

Top things to do in Antipolo

  • Go on an off-roading adventure through an ATV ride on the slopes of Sierra Madre
  • Pamper yourself at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa
  • Be one with nature at Mount Purro Nature Reserve  
  • Visit the Pinto Art Museum and take Instagrammable snaps
  • Learn pottery or calligraphy at Crescent Moon Café

Where to stay in Antipolo

  • Date and Dine Resort
  • The Citywalk Suites Apartment
  • LeBlanc Hotel and Resort

Go to EDSA Shaw or Cubao and ride a van or jeepney to Antipolo. From the town proper, ride a tricycle to your destination in Antipolo.

23. Bacolod

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Ideal for: Families, barkadas , foodies, adventure seekers

Bacolod is where you’ll meet friendly, welcoming locals—you won’t be surprised to learn it’s called The City of Smiles . Apart from the people, Bacolod’s delicious food, rich history and culture, and natural attractions are the biggest reasons to visit this city. As a cherry on top, Bacolod’s hotel rooms cost an average of ₱2,650, making it the country’s cheapest tourist destination 8 .

Top things to do in and around Bacolod

  • Take a morning or late afternoon stroll along Capitol Park and Lagoon
  • Visit The Ruins, or the “Taj Mahal of Negros,” in Talisay and discover its exciting story
  • Enjoy snorkeling, kite surfing, or kayaking on Lakawon Island in Cadiz
  • Join in the fun at MassKara Festival, the happiest and most colorful Philippine festival, in October
  • Eat the famous inasal (Bacolod-style chicken barbecue)
  • Sample and bring home Bacolod delicacies: piaya (sweet flatbread), cansi (unique soup made up of bone marrow, batuan fruit, and beef shank), pinasugbo (deep-fried and caramelized banana slices), napoleones (layered puff pastry), etc.

Where to stay in Bacolod

  • Best Bacolod luxury hotel: Seda Capitol Central
  • Best Bacolod mid-range hotel: GT Hotel
  • Best Bacolod budget hotel: Mainstreet Pension House
  • From Manila, take a one-hour flight to Bacolod-Silay International Airport. Ride a van, taxi, or Grab car from the airport to Bacolod City.
  • From Cebu or Iloilo, board a ferry to Bacolod.

24. Dumaguete

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Ideal for: Nature lovers, adventure seekers

Known as the City of Gentle People , Dumaguete has been recently named the top retirement spot in the Philippines for foreigners 9 . Travel to Dumaguete and discover why the laid-back city attracts tourists and foreign retirees.

Top things to do in Dumaguete

  • Tour Dumaguete’s top tourist spots: Dumaguete Belfry, Rizal Boulevard, Silliman University, etc.
  • Visit the captivating Manjuyod Sandbar (the “Maldives of the Philippines”) and see dolphins swimming on your way to the sandbar
  • Trek around the twin crater lakes of Balinsasayao and Danao
  • Climb up Mt. Kanlaon, the highest mountain and largest active volcano in the Visayas
  • Eat silvanas and sans rival, Dumaguete’s famous pastries

Where to stay in Dumaguete

  • Best Dumaguete luxury hotel: Salaya Beach Houses
  • Best Dumaguete mid-range hotel: Acqua Dive Resort
  • Best Dumaguete budget hotel: The U Pension
  • From Manila, take a direct flight to Dumaguete. From the airport, ride a multi-cab or tricycle to the city proper. 
  • From Cebu, take a direct bus to Dumaguete City.

25. Cagayan de Oro

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Ideal for:  Adventure seekers, barkadas , families

Up for a physically challenging, unforgettable experience? Travel to Cagayan de Oro City and satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie. Conquer the raging rapids of Cagayan de Oro River—that’s what the Whitewater Rafting Capital in the Philippines is for!

Top things to do in Cagayan de Oro

  • Experience whitewater rafting on the Cagayan de Oro River, or take it up a notch with the more intense whitewater kayaking adventure
  • Enjoy ziplining or canopy walking in Macahambus Cave, leading to a fantastic view of the Cagayan de Oro River 
  • Visit CDO’s historical landmarks: Plaza Divisoria, Plaza de Los Heroes, MacArthur Memorial Marker, etc.
  • Have fun rappelling, trekking, ziplining, horseback riding, or biking in Mapawa Nature Park
  • Trek from Mapawa Nature Park to Mintugsok Falls, a hidden gem in CDO

Where to stay in Cagayan de Oro

  • Best Cagayan de Oro luxury hotel: Seda Centrio
  • Best Cagayan de Oro mid-range hotel: Red Planet Hotel
  • Best Cagayan de Oro budget hotel: GC Suites

From Manila/Cebu/Davao/Iloilo/Zamboanga, fly to Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro. Take a shuttle or bus from the airport to various points in CDO.

Top 20 Hidden and Underrated Tourist Spots in the Philippines

Aside from its most popular destinations, the Philippines has many equally stunning places waiting to be discovered. 

These off-the-radar places aren’t visited as often because of their remote location or underdevelopment (no electricity, Wi-Fi, mobile signal, shopping malls, etc.). But for travelers who want to visit places off the beaten path, such underrated destinations are simply perfect.

Here are the best up-and-coming tourist spots in the Philippines you should check out:

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Ideal for: Backpackers, solo travelers, adventure seekers

Abra is not as famous as its neighboring tourist spots in the Philippines (Ilocos, Baguio, and Sagada). However, the landlocked province has a lot of natural attractions to offer.

Top things to do in Abra

  • Visit Kaparkan Falls, Piwek Rock Formation, and Apao Rolling Hills in Tineg
  • Trek Mt. Bullagao, the “Sleeping Beauty of Abra,” in Langiden
  • Taste the local fare: pancit miki (stir-fried noodles), lechon de Abra , cascaron (deep-fried glutinous rice), palileng (mullet or goby fish stew), abuos (ant egg dish), etc.
  • Visit the loom weaving community in La Paz

Where to stay in Abra

  • Strutz Art Garden Resort
  • Abra Valley Grand Hotel
  • Abrassi Hotel and Restaurant

From Manila/Baguio/Vigan, ride a Partas/Dominion/Viron bus to Bangued, Abra. Travel time takes 8 hours from Manila or 2 hours from Vigan. From Bangued, take a jeepney to your destination in Abra.

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Ideal for: Backpackers, nature lovers, adventure seekers

Bontoc is the gateway to Sagada and Banaue, two of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines. If traveling there, why not make a side trip to Bontoc for a day or two? This small, quiet town is surprisingly blessed with incredible natural wonders.

Top things to do in Bontoc

  • Get a panoramic view of the town and mountains at the Bontoc View Deck
  • Trek Mt. Kofafey and witness the sunrise and sea of clouds
  • Be mesmerized by the beauty of Maligcong Rice Terraces
  • Take a dip at the enchanting Blue Lagoon

Where to stay in Bontoc

  • Suzette’s Maligcong Homestay
  • Vilma’s Home Stay
  • Ridgebrooke Hotel and Restaurant
  • From Manila, ride a Coda Lines bus bound for Bontoc or Sagada and get off at Bontoc (travel time: 11 hours).
  • From Baguio, ride a taxi to Dangwa Terminal or Slaughter House and ride a D’ Rising Sun bus to Bontoc (travel time: 6 hours).
  • From Sagada, ride a jeepney to Bontoc across the public market (travel time: 2 hours).

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Ideal for: Families, barkadas , backpackers, adventure seekers, nature lovers

Cagayan V alley’s smallest and youngest province is an emerging eco-adventure destination named after a former Philippine president . Quirino makes up for its lack of beaches through its breathtaking waterfalls, pristine rivers, limestone caves, verdant mountains, and other hidden natural attractions.

Top things to do in Quirino

  • Cruise the Cagayan River at Governor’s Rapids in Maddela or Siitan Park in Nagtipunan
  • Have an adrenaline-pumping wakeboard adventure at Quirino Watersports Complex in Cabarroguis
  • Trek to the different waterfalls in Quirino and take a dip in the clear water
  • Go spelunking at Aglipay Caves and other amazing caves in Quirino
  • Visit different ancestral villages to experience the cultures of various indigenous tribes 

Where to stay in Quirino

  • Capitol Plaza Hotel
  • Villa Caridad Hotel & Resort
  • Quirino Water Sports Complex Hostel
  • Via bus: From Manila, ride a Florida/Five Star/Solid North bus to Maddela, Quirino.
  • Via plane: Fly from Manila to Cauayan City, Isabela. From the Cauayan Airport, ride a van to Santiago City. From the terminal, ride a van or jeepney to Aglipay, Cabarroguis, Diffun, or Maddela in Quirino.

4. Jomalig Island

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Ideal for: Beach bums, nature lovers, solo travelers, couples, barkadas

Reaching this remote island in Quezon province is an adventure in itself. While that sounds difficult , you’d be glad you took the challenge. The golden sand beaches and turquoise water on secluded Jomalig Island are fantastic—the long trip will be worth it!

Top things to do on Jomalig Island

  • Explore Jomalig’s unspoiled beaches: Salibungot Beach, Kanaway Beach, Little Boracay, etc.
  • See and take a photo with the Puno ng Walang Forever , Jomalig’s most famous tree
  • Visit Lingayen Cove aka Little Batanes
  • Watch the breathtaking sunrise at the beach

Where to stay on Jomalig Island

  • JoJomalig Beach Resort
  • Apple Beach Resort

Take a Raymond Transportation bus from Manila to Infanta, Quezon (travel time: 4-5 hours). Get off at Ungos Port, where you’ll ride a boat to Jomalig Port (travel time: 4-6 hours). Upon arriving at the port, ride a motorbike or habal-habal to your resort.

5. Caramoan Islands

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Ideal for: Beach bums, nature lovers, adventure seekers

Caramoan is Bicol’s secret paradise, perfect for beach junkies who want to escape the stressful city life. Fall in love with its fine white-sand beaches, diverse marine life, and other natural wonders that rival the top tourist spots in the Philippines.

Top things to do in Caramoan

  • Enjoy island/beach hopping and water activities (kayaking, snorkeling, or scuba diving) at Sabitang Laya, Gota Beach, Hunongan Cove, etc.
  • Explore the caves of Caramoan: Omang Cave, Culapnit Cave, Manipis Cave, etc.
  • Hike up Mt. Caglago to get a panoramic view of the Caramoan Islands
  • Climb the sharp rock cliff on Matukad Island
  • Eat kinalas (noodles in thick brown broth) 

Where to stay in Caramoan

  • Tugawe Cove Resort
  • La Casa Roa Hostel
  • Casita Mia Bed & Breakfast

From Manila, fly to Naga City Airport in Pili, Camarines Sur. Ride a van or taxi from the airport to SM Naga. At the van terminal, ride a van called Filcab to Sabang Port. When you reach the port, take a boat to Guijalo Port. Ride a tricycle to Caramoan town center.

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The Department of Tourism recognizes Romblon as one of the emerging tourism destinations in the Philippines. Heading to Boracay soon? Consider taking a side trip to the secluded, laid-back beaches of Romblon for relaxation.

Top things to do in Romblon

  • Climb up the scenic Mt. Guiting-Guiting on Sibuyan Island
  • Tour Romblon’s hidden gems: Carabao Island (the “next Boracay” 10 ), Cresta de Gallo, Balabara Beach, Bonbon Beach, etc.
  • Explore different dive spots across Romblon
  • Buy marble products as souvenirs at Romblon Shopping Center

Where to stay in Romblon

  • The Beach House
  • Romblon Fun Divers & Inn
  • Sanctuary Garden Resort
  • From Manila, fly to Tugdan Airport in Tablas, Romblon.
  • From Boracay, walk to Bulabog Beach and hire a boat to Carabao Island.

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Ideal for: Beach bums, nature lovers

Masbate may not be the top-of-mind choice for traveling to the Bicol region, but it does offer a unique experience. For one, you can live like a cowboy in the Rodeo Capital of the Philippines—with its rolling hills, ranch life, and an annual festivity reminiscent of the Wild West.

For nature enthusiasts, Masbate offers unspoiled beaches, marvelous rock formations, stunning waterfalls, and other natural wonders. 

Top things to do in Masbate

  • Go scuba diving, swim with manta rays, and see other marine creatures at Manta Bowl shoal
  • Revel in the beauty of Masbate’s natural attractions: Buntod Sandbar and Marine Sanctuary, Burubancaso Rock Formation, Sese Brahman’s Ranch, Catandayagan Falls, etc.
  • Watch the dreamy sunset or camp out at Mayong Payong
  • Experience the Rodeo Masbateño Festival in April

Where to stay in Masbate

  • Ticao Island Resort
  • Ticao Altamar Boutique Resort
  • Sabine’s Place

Take a direct flight from Manila to Masbate City.

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Ideal for: Beach bums, history buffs, nature lovers, adventure seekers

Travelers easily overlook Antique because it’s surrounded by top tourist spots in the Philippines (Boracay and Iloilo) . But this quaint province deserves more attention. Being groomed as the next eco-adventure destination, Antique has so much natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage worth visiting.

Top things to do in Antique

  • Visit Seco Island, a gorgeous white-sand beach with serene turquoise water and a sandbar
  • Enjoy an adrenaline-pumping river tubing activity at Malumpati Cold Spring
  • Indulge in a relaxing Kawa Hot Bath in Tibiao
  • Trek to Antique Rice Terraces and admire its majestic view
  • See Antique’s heritage sites: Anini-y Church, Patnongon Church, Ruins of San Pedro Church, Casa Azurin, etc.
  • Check out the Rafflesia , the world’s biggest flower, in Sibalom Natural Park

Where to stay in Antique

  • Bugang Riverside Inn
  • Phaidon Beach Resort
  • From Manila/Davao/Hong Kong/Singapore, take a direct flight to Iloilo International Airport. Ride a van from the airport to Molo Terminal. Then, take a van or jeepney ride to Antique.
  • From Clark, Pampanga, take a Philippine Airlines flight to Antique Airport.
  • From Boracay, ride a ferry to Caticlan Jetty Port (or a tricycle if you’re coming from Caticlan Airport). Take a Ceres bus to Antique. 

9. Guimaras

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Ideal for: Beach bums, history buffs, foodies

Guimaras is another underrated province overshadowed by its neighbors, Iloilo and Boracay. The small island province—famous for growing the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines—is being promoted as an alternative to Boracay because of its white-sand beaches and proximity to Iloilo City. Discover what Guimaras has to offer before it becomes a mainstream tourist destination.

Top things to do in Guimaras

  • Join an island-hopping tour of Guimaras’ best beaches: Nagtago Beach, Ave Maria Islet, etc.
  • Visit different historical landmarks: Guisi Lighthouse, MacArthur’s Wharf, Roca Encantada, etc.
  • See the Smallest Plaza, a Guinness Book of World Records holder for being the world’s smallest plaza
  • Feast on mango-based dishes: mango pizza, mango bulalo , mango bibingka , mango beer, etc.
  • Buy mango products (dried mangoes, jams, etc.) as pasalubongs

Where to stay in Guimaras

  • Czech Beach House
  • Jannah Glycel Beach House
  • Raymen Beach Resort

From Manila/Davao/Hong Kong/Singapore, fly to Iloilo International Airport. Ride a van from the airport to SM Iloilo, where you’ll hail a taxi or jeepney to Ortiz Wharf. Take a ferry ride to Jordan Port. From the port, ride a tricycle to your resort.

10. Danjugan Island

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Ideal for: Backpackers, nature lovers, adventure seekers, beach bums

Danjugan Island is a protected marine and wildlife reserve sanctuary in Cauayan, Negros Occidental. With its lush rainforest and unique biodiversity, Danjugan is indeed a paradise. 

This ecotourism destination won’t just wow you with its pure beauty but will also let you experience a rustic, back-to-basic lifestyle (no electricity and no cellphone signal). It is perfect if you’ll be on a digital detox. 

Most importantly, a short stay on the island will teach visitors the value of environmental conservation.

Top things to do on Danjugan Island

  • Appreciate Danjugan’s beauty through kayaking or sailing
  • Explore its rich marine life through snorkeling or scuba diving
  • Trek into limestone and mangrove forests, beaches, lagoons, and other natural attractions
  • See a variety of bird species at the birdwatching view deck
  • Watch the sunset at Turtle Beach

Where to stay on and near Danjugan Island

Tourists have two accommodation options when traveling to Danjugan: an overnight stay in an open-air cabana (Moray Lagoon Camp) or a private room (Typhoon Beach) on the island or book a resort outside Danjugan in Sipalay City.

Best Sipalay resorts near Danjugan:

  • Punta Bulata Resort & Spa
  • Artistic Diving Resort
  • Jamont Hotel

From Manila, fly to Bacolod-Silay International Airport. Ride a taxi or Grab car to the South Ceres Bus Terminal. Catch a bus to Hinoba-an from the terminal and get off at Crossing Remollos-Quadro de King. Take a 30-minute boat ride to Danjugan Island.

11. Biliran

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Biliran is relatively unheard of, even among Filipinos. Not many know it’s a province (Biliran used to be a sub-province of Leyte before becoming independent in 1992)—much less a tourist destination. 

This small province is brimming with natural and man-made wonders; a weekend getaway is not enough to experience everything it offers. Be in awe of its beautiful mountains, rice terraces, waterfalls, caves, and beaches.

Top things to do in Biliran

  • Trek to the photogenic Ulan-Ulan Falls, one of Biliran’s most beautiful waterfalls
  • Go island-hopping on Higatangan Island (famous for its sandbar that changes shape and color), Sambawan Island, Dalutan Island, Agta Beach, etc.
  • Visit Biliran’s historical and religious sites: Nasunugan Watchtower Ruins, Pilgrimage Site of Padre Gaspar, Almeria Church, etc.
  • Discover the mystery of Tingkasan Bat Cave
  • Bask in the majestic view of Iyusan Rice Terraces in Almeria

Where to stay in Biliran

  • Napo Beach Resort
  • GV Hotel Naval
  • Via Cebu: From Manila/China/Hong Kong/Singapore/South Korea/Taiwan/Kuala Lumpur/Tokyo/Dubai, take a flight to Mactan Cebu International Airport. Ride a taxi from the Mactan Airport to the port where you’ll take an overnight trip to Naval, Biliran.
  • Via Tacloban: From Manila, fly to Tacloban City Airport. Ride a jeepney from the airport to Tacloban downtown, then take a shuttle bus to Naval.

12. Kalanggaman Island

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You might have already seen breathtaking aerial shots of Kalanggaman Island online . But viewing such images pales in comparison to personally experiencing the uninhabited island’s white powdery sand beaches and pristine blue water .

Top things to do on Kalanggaman Island

  • Enjoy different water activities: swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, scuba diving, banana boat, etc.
  • Chill under the trees and mingle with the locals
  • Take a side trip to the top attractions in Palompon: Tabuk Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary, Masaba Falls, St. Francis Xavier Church, Lantaw Palompon, etc.

Where to stay near Kalanggaman Island

Kalanggaman has no beach resorts or hotels, but overnight camping is allowed. If you want to spend the night on the island, renting or bringing your tent is your only choice. 

If camping is not your thing, you may book a hotel in Palompon or Ormoc. Here are the best accommodation options for your Kalanggaman escapade:

  • Palompon Sugar’s Inn
  • Sergi’s Resort and Hotel
  • Ormoc Villa Hotel
  • From Manila, fly to Tacloban, Leyte. Take a taxi or tricycle from the airport to Vansvans or Duptours terminal. Take a five-hour van ride to Palompon and then a one-hour boat ride to Kalanggaman Island.
  • If you’re traveling from Cebu, the most convenient way to access and enjoy Kalanggaman is to join a day tour that will pick you up from your hotel in Cebu, take you to the island, and bring you back to the hotel.

13. Siquijor

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Siquijor is synonymous with witchcraft, sorcery, and mythical creatures . But fear not—the small, mystic province is not as scary as you imagine.  

It’s considered one of the emerging favorite tourist spots in the Visayas, welcoming an increasing number of visitors 11 lately. Why is that so? Unknown to many, Siquijor has spectacular beaches, caves, nature parks, and historical attractions.

Top things to do in Siquijo

  • Unwind, swim, or swing ala Tarzan into the water of Cambugahay Falls in Lazi
  • Explore Siquijor’s best beaches: Salagdoong Beach, Kagusuan Beach, and Paliton Beach
  • See the 400-year-old balete tree and have fun taking photos with it
  • Visit Siquijor’s historical landmarks: Lazi Church, Siquijor Church, etc.
  • Go spelunking at Cantabon Cave
  • Trek to Mt. Bandilaan National Park

Where to stay in Siquijor

  • RhenMart Inn
  • Infinity Heights Resort
  • Coco Grove Beach Resort
  • Fly from Manila to Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental. From the airport, ride a jeepney or tricycle to Dumaguete Port. Then, take a ferry ride to Siquijor.
  • If you take a side trip to Siquijor from Dumaguete, you can easily book a day trip to the island . You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Dumaguete, toured around Siquijor’s best tourist spots, and bring you back to the hotel.

14. Bukidnon

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Ideal for: Families, barkadas , adventure seekers, nature lovers

Bukidnon is a favorite destination among hikers and adventure junkies; it’s perfect for enjoying Mindanao’s great outdoors and cool weather. The mountain province offers plenty of natural and man-made attractions.

Top things to do in Bukidnon

  • Challenge yourself and your travel buddies to extreme activities at Dahilayan Adventure Park: ziplining, free-fall ride, sky jumping, obstacle course, etc.
  • Hike up Panimahawa Ridge and revel in the view of mountain landscapes and a sea of clouds
  • Marvel at the Hobbit-inspired houses in Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm
  • Visit Del Monte’s pineapple plantation, one of the largest in the world
  • Conquer Mt. Kitanglad, the fourth-highest mountain in the Philippines

Where to stay in Bukidnon

  • Eiffel Kubo
  • GV Hotel Valencia
  • Hotel Valencia
  • From Manila/Cebu/Davao/Iloilo/Zamboanga, fly to Laguindingan Airport in Cagayan de Oro. From the airport, ride a van to Agora Terminal and catch a bus to Valencia or Davao City, which also passes by Malaybalay City.
  • Alternatively, look for a transport service outside the Cagayan de Oro Airport, where you can rent a car or van that travels directly to Bukidnon.

15. Mati, Davao Oriental

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Ideal for: Backpackers, adventure seekers, beach bums

If you travel to Davao City, consider adding Mati to your itinerary. One of the oldest towns in the Davao region, Mati will surprise you with the beauty of its famed Dahican Beach—the skimboarding capital of Davao—that boasts of powdery white sand and a laid-back vibe. Some tourists even find it more beautiful than Boracay.

Top things to do in Mati

  • Enjoy a majestic view of the Sleeping Dinosaur or hike around the base of the hill
  • Take a leisurely walk, relax, and try the famous empanada at Mati Baywalk
  • Relax, swim, skimboard, or surf at Dahican Beach
  • Visit the Subangan Museum, which showcases Davao Oriental’s historical and cultural heritage

Where to stay in Mati

  • Senorita Suites
  • Dahican Surf Resort
  • Botona Dahican Beach Resort

From Manila, take a flight to Davao. Outside the Davao airport, ride a Bachelor Express bus to Mati. Or take a taxi to Gaisano Mall or Victoria Plaza and ride a van to Mati. Get off at Mati City Bus Terminal and charter a habal-habal or tricycle to your resort.

16. Maragusan, Compostela Valley

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Ideal for: Families, nature lovers, adventure seekers

Dubbed the “Summer Capital of Davao Region,” Maragusan is excellent for tourists looking for an alternative to Baguio and Tagaytay to escape the scorching heat in Manila. Aside from enjoying cool temperatures, you can also soak up the beauty of Maragusan’s waterfalls and mountain landscapes. 

Top things to do in Maragusan

  • Trek to and explore Maragusan’s majestic waterfalls: Tagbibinta Falls, Marangig Falls, and Pyalitan Falls
  • Climb up Mt. Candalaga, a favorite hiking spot in Mindanao, and be impressed with its flora and fauna and its sea of clouds view
  • Witness the P’yagsawitan Festival, a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the Mansaka indigenous people 

Where to stay in Maragusan

  • Haven’s Peak Highland Resort
  • Aguakan Cold Spring Resort
  • Kanlawig Hot Spring Resort

Fly from Manila to Davao Airport. From Davao City, ride a bus or van to Maragusan.

17. General Santos

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Ideal for: Nature lovers, adventure seekers, foodies

General Santos City (GenSan) is known as Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao ‘s hometown and the gateway to other provinces in the SOCCSKSARGEN region. But these are not the only reasons to visit this city in South Cotabato. Traveling to GenSan is a must if you love nature and food-tripping. 

Top things to do in General Santos

  • Discover why GenSan is the country’s Tuna Capital—visit the Tuna Fish Port, buy fresh tuna, and have it cooked your way
  • Join a Pacman “Adventour” to see Pacquaio’s mansions, Wildcard Gym, Pacman Beach Resort, Pacman Farm, The Manny Pacquiao Hotel, etc.
  • Trek to Sanchez Peak and enjoy a panoramic view of GenSan
  • Have a satisfying culinary experience at different GenSan restaurants
  • Take in a stunning view of Sarangani Bay at Sarangani Highlands in GenSan

Where to stay in General Santos

  • Best General Santos luxury hotel: Greenleaf Hotel Gensan
  • Best General Santos mid-range hotel: Avior Hotel
  • Best General Santos budget hotel: Antonio’s Apartelle and Suites

From Manila, fly to General Santos International Airport in South Cotabato.

18. Glan, Sarangani

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Ideal for: Backpackers, families, beach bums, adventure seekers, culture enthusiasts

Craving a Boracay-like experience but hate the crowd? Head over to Sarangani Bay, where the quaint coastal town of Glan awaits visitors who will take in its unadulterated beauty. Its powdery white-sand beaches make Glan worthy of the moniker “The Small Boracay of Mindanao.”

Beyond the stunning beaches, there’s more to see and do in Glan and its neighboring towns. Experience Sarangani’s natural wonders, cultural diversity, colorful festivities, and more!

Top things to do in and around Glan

  • Chill out or enjoy water sports and activities (swimming, snorkeling, diving, volleyball, etc.) at Gumasa Beach and Isla Jardin del Mar
  • Experience Sarangani Bay Festival, the largest beach festival in the Philippines, held every May in Glan
  • Tour around Glan to see century-old, American colonial-period ancestral houses
  • Get wet and wild on a whitewater tubing adventure along the Pangi River in Maitum
  • Paraglide from the mountaintop in Maasim for a breathtaking view of Sarangani Bay
  • Take an immersion tour at the Lamlifew Tribal Village in Malungon and discover the weaving tradition of the B’laan tribe, one of Sarangani’s most prominent ethnic groups

Where to stay in Glan, Sarangani

  • Kamari Resort and Hotel
  • Juanita’s Inn
  • King James Hotel

From Manila, fly to General Santos. From the airport, ride a taxi to KCC Mall. Next to the mall is a terminal where you’ll ride a van to Glan. 

19. Sultan Kudarat

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Ideal for: Backpackers, nature lovers, beach bums

Sultan Kudarat offers an exciting mix of natural attractions and cultural gems for travelers looking for a great side trip from Davao or South Cotabato. This little-known, underrated province is genuinely worth a visit.

Top things to do in Sultan Kudarat

  • See the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Capitol building in Isulan and be wowed by its luxurious, Moro-inspired architecture and interior design
  • Visit Baras Bird Sanctuary, home to a variety of bird species, in Tacurong
  • Have a unique cultural experience at Talakudong Festival (held every September) that highlights the indigenous tribes in Sultan Kudarat and nearby provinces
  • Explore the rich marine life and watch the golden sunset on Balet Island in Kalamansig
  • Take a relaxing dip at Margues Hot & Cold Spring in Esperanza, Lagandang Hot/Sulphur Spring in Isulan, or Nuling Hot Spring in Lebak

Where to stay in Sultan Kudarat

  • King Bayya Residences
  • WoodLand Tourist Inn
  • EDJIN Pension House  

From Manila, fly to General Santos and then ride a multi-cab or taxi to Bulaong Public Terminal. Ride a bus or van from the terminal to Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.

20. Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

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Ideal for: Culture enthusiasts, nature lovers

Lake Sebu is South Cotabato’s summer capital and primary eco-cultural destination. Tourists visit the charming town for its Instagram-worthy natural scenery (including its enchanting lakes), cool weather, and vibrant indigenous culture. 

Top things to do in Lake Sebu

  • Join a cruise around Lake Sebu and immerse in the T’boli culture
  • Trek to the Seven Waterfalls of Lake Sebu and ride the zipline, which is the highest in Asia
  • Watch how T’nalak, the traditional T’boli fabric, is woven at Lang Dulay T’nalak Weaving Center
  • Wear a traditional T’nalak ethnic costume for a photo-op
  • Visit the T’boli School of Living Traditions and learn T’boli native dance and music
  • Sample different tilapia dishes (fried, grilled, steamed, kinilaw, etc.)

Where to stay in Lake Sebu

  • Sunrise Garden Lake Resort
  • Punta Isla Lake Resort
  • El Galong Waterpark Resort

Fly from Manila to General Santos, then ride a taxi or multi-cab to Bulaong Terminal. Ride a van that will take you straight to Lake Sebu terminal. From the terminal, ride a jeepney or rent a habal-habal to Lake Sebu.

Top 5 New Beautiful Tourist Spots in the Philippines to Watch Out for

More tourist destinations in the Philippines are propping up. President Rodrigo Duterte approved laws declaring several sites in the country as new tourist spots 12 . This means the new tourist destinations will be funded and developed to boost tourism in their respective areas.

Here are the five new attractions in the Philippines that travelers should explore:

1. Mount Bulaylay

Mt. Bulaylay has the longest and tallest zipline in Nueva Ecija , making it the primary tourist spot in Cuyapo town. The local government of Cuyapo plans to develop it into an eco-tourism park.

2. Candon City Ecotourism Zone

Here’s another reason to visit Ilocos Sur besides the historic city of Vigan: a new ecotourism destination in Candon City is in the works. The Ecotourism Zone in Candon houses a sprawling watershed, and the local government hopes to lure tourists by offering recreational activities nearby. 

With the recent opening of the newly built Heroes bypass road in Candon, the city’s tourist spots—including the new ecotourism zone—will be more accessible.

3. Santiago Cove

Ilocos Sur has its version of Boracay in Sabangan Cove (aka Santiago Cove). Like Bora, Santiago Cove boasts white sand and serene, crystal-clear water. Visitors can swim, dive, or unwind while appreciating the beauty of the beach.

4. Pinsal Falls

Another hidden treasure of Ilocos Sur, Pinsal Falls (aka Twin Falls) is an 85-foot cascading waterfall—the largest in the Ilocos region—located in Sta. Maria.

Trek to reach the top of Pinsal Falls. Small jacuzzi-like pools sit above the falls, where tourists can dip into the cold water and enjoy a stunning landscape view .

5. Hinatuan Enchanted River

The Enchanted River in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur isn’t exactly a new tourist attraction, though more tourists have recently discovered it. Still, up to this day, not many people know that this mesmerizing natural wonder exists.

The river is nothing less than magical, as its water changes from aquamarine to blue, depending on its shifting depth. Locals believe that fairies and other mythical spirits protect the river—this adds to the river’s mystical nature.

Tips and Warning

1. never lose your temper when dealing with locals.

Filipinos have a lot of admirable qualities—but punctuality is not one of them. Expect that your flights will be delayed, the food will be served late, the tour won’t start on time, and so on. We have a label for this tardiness habit: Filipino Time .

Lashing out at the flight attendants, waiters, or tour guides won’t improve the situation . You’ll end up wasting your time and energy. Worse, you might become the next viral sensation on social media, like the Chinese tourist who assaulted a cop 13 in a train station.

Be more patient, calm, and diplomatic when dealing with locals on your Philippine trip . You might get better service that way.

2. Pack light and loose clothing

In most tourist spots in the Philippines, the weather tends to be very hot and humid, especially during the summer. Make sure you’ll be comfortable on your trip by bringing clothes that won’t make you sweat buckets.

3. Respect local culture and tradition

Most Filipinos, especially in far-flung places, are conservative. So be careful with what you wear and what you do while vacationing in the Philippines.

Wearing skimpy clothing, skinny dipping, and kissing in public may be acceptable in your home country, but these things can offend the locals and make them uncomfortable. Learn a lesson from a Taiwanese tourist fined for wearing a string bikini 14 in Boracay.

Also, places (like mountains, churches, etc.) and religious rituals are sacred to the locals. This is why researching the destination before a trip is crucial . Be mindful and respectful of the customs in the places you visit in the Philippines. Don’t be noisy and rowdy in sacred places and during rituals.

4. Respect the environment

As a tourist, your role goes beyond just visiting a place. So you can enjoy the place as much as you did the first time you visited , do your share in preserving the environment. This couldn’t be more crucial in the Philippines, where natural resources abound. 

Simple practices—like not leaving trash on the beach, not stepping on corals, and not disturbing marine life and wildlife—prevent harming the environment. Know the guidelines before you go. If you aren’t sure about something, ask your tour guide.

5. Beware of tourist scams

Taxi scams, especially at the airport, often happen to foreign tourists in the Philippines. When hailing a taxi, ensure the driver agrees to use the meter. Otherwise, you might be charged a fixed and steep price.

If the driver refuses your request, wait for another taxi. Book a ride via an app like Grab, Micab, or Hirna.

Also, beware of pickpockets in crowded areas (like malls and markets), jeepneys, and buses. Don’t put your valuables in the back pocket of your pants or backpack. Store them safely in a belt bag or sling bag instead. 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. is the philippines safe to visit.

Yes, it’s generally safe to travel to the Philippines. While there are valid concerns about violence due to terrorism and the nationwide campaign against illegal drugs, these are isolated cases that don’t happen in the entire country. 

For peace of mind, read up and follow any travel alert issued by your government. It also helps to research the peace and order situation in the place you plan to visit, not just in the Philippines but in other countries.

As for the Philippine tourist spots featured in this post, rest assured that these destinations are safe to visit. Of course, you also have to do your part in ensuring your safety anywhere you go.

2. Do I need a visa to visit the Philippines?

Tourists from most parts of the world can enter the Philippines without a visa for a temporary visit of up to 30 days. Holders of Hong Kong and Macau passports can stay in the Philippines visa-free for up to 14 days. Check the Department of Foreign Affairs website for the list of visa-free countries. However, a visa is required for passport holders of certain countries like China, North Korea, India, the majority of the Middle East, and a few parts of Africa and Europe.

3. When is the best time to visit the Philippines?

When traveling, the right time to visit the country depends on your purpose, preference, or priority. If you want good weather, especially in a beach destination, schedule your trip in the dry season from November to May. The wet season starts in June and ends in October, so avoid this period if you don’t want the rain to ruin your trip.

Looking to experience what it’s like to have “more fun in the Philippines”? Visit during the summer when most festivals and events are held and when beaches are most beautiful. For those who want to avoid the crowd and score cheaper travel deals, avoid the peak season. Christmas, Holy Week, and other holidays and the summer months from March to May are the busiest tourist season. 

The top tourist spots in the Philippines also get crowded with tourists on weekends. While it’s good to visit in the off-peak season, it’s better to schedule your visit in the shoulder months of May to June and October to November for a lesser chance of rain. The rainy season in the Philippines is an ideal time to visit for surfing (as waves are stronger) and visit waterfalls (as the water isn’t dried up). 

4. How many days are enough to visit the Philippines?

The ideal duration of your stay depends on the number and types of destinations you’ll visit. Two to three days are enough to explore a beach destination like Boracay and Bohol. If you visit Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron in Palawan, you should spend more than a week exploring the best tourist spots there.

Consider extending your stay for a week if you have side trips to nearby tourist spots (e.g., Iloilo-Guimaras/Antique trip). Your trip could be longer, lasting for about two weeks to a month, if you’re a backpacker hopping from one island or province to another (e.g., Palawan-Cebu-Bohol trip).

In destinations like Intramuros, Vigan, Tagaytay, Subic, and Bataan, a day trip, an overnight or weekend trip will cover all the best attractions. 

5. How do you get around in the Philippines?

The most popular and cheapest transport options are jeepneys and tricycles.  Habal-habal  (motorcycle ride) is common in the provinces, too. However, if you’re traveling with a group (especially with kids and the elderly), go for convenient modes of transport like taxis and ride-hailing services like Grab (available in certain areas only). These vehicles are typically used to get to the city or town proper from the airport.

You can explore places on foot for short distances and areas where public transportation is almost non-existent. Buses and vans are the common transport choices when traveling from one town or city to another, while boats are used for traveling to different islands or beaches.

To get to a province in the Philippines from your home country, the usual jump-off point is in Manila. For instance, you have to fly to Manila to reach Palawan or Davao.

6. How much money should I bring to the Philippines?

The average daily cost per traveler in the Philippines is around ₱1,500 or less, depending on the destination. Cash is the country’s most accepted mode of payment, so be sure to bring enough for your entire stay, especially if you travel to remote areas that don’t accept credit cards and have no ATMs.

Consider also that travelers can bring up to $10,000 (or its equivalent in another currency) into or out of the Philippines. You can carry a higher amount, though. But you’re required to declare it upon arrival at the Bureau of Customs Desk at the airport. If you don’t, you may be fined or jailed, or your money may be confiscated. 

7. How do I travel for cheap in the Philippines?

The Philippines is one of the cheapest countries to visit, luring budget travelers worldwide. But, of course, you can further save on your travel costs.

Here are some quick tips for cheaper travel to the Philippines:

a. Book flights, accommodations, and tour packages early. b. Fly with budget airlines (the most popular are Cebu Pacific and AirAsia) offering discounted airfare and wait for seat sales when prices drop significantly. c. Travel during weekdays and off-peak season when hotels and tour operators offer significant discounts and other great deals. d. Travel to cheaper destinations like Guimaras, Masbate, Bontoc, and other underrated tourist spots in the Philippines. e. If you can, go for DIY travel and plan your trip.  f. Visit free and cheap attractions like parks and museums. g. Eat at small eateries (locally called  carinderia ), fast-food restaurants (Jollibee and Mcdonald’s are the most popular), and mall food courts. 

8. Can I fly a drone in the Philippines?

Yes, flying a drone is allowed in the country, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). However, specific rules must be followed before and while operating your unit. 

Here are the most crucial drone regulations to keep in mind:

a. Secure a permit from the local government office to fly a drone. b. Fly only in the daytime and good weather. c. Get a Certificate of Authorization from the CAAP if you fly a drone that weighs at least 7 kg. or 15 lbs. or for commercial purposes. d. Don’t fly within 10-km. radius from an airport. e. Avoid flying in crowded areas like markets and schools. f. Fly only up to 400 ft. above ground level.

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