Guimaras Island. World’s Sweetest Mangoes. Those two are often associated with each other. Do you know that Guimaras Island offers more other than the reportedly world’s sweetest mangoes? Like other Philippine Islands, Guimaras Island, located in the Panay Gulf, between the islands of Panay and Negros, is also endowed with beautiful beaches. Another good thing about Guimaras is doing island hopping there won’t cost you much! To rent a boat and two boatment, who will also serve as your guides and lifeguards, you only need to pay 500 pesos for the first five hours an additional 150 pesos for every succeeding hour. Plus, the rate that has been mentioned is not per person. It is the rate for the whole boat and the time of the two boatmen. As of the moment, Raymen Beach Resort in Alubihod Beach is the only resort which offers an island hopping tour. During our tour, we were able to visit wonderful places, including the Pulang Pasayan Island, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, Ave Maria Islet and the Pawikan Station.
You’re probably wondering how to get there. There’s no direct flight to Guimaras. Ilo-ilo City is the primary gateway to guimaras so you need to go first to Ilo-ilo City. There are two main jump off points to Guimaras from Ilo-ilo city. One is Parola (for ferries bound for Buenavista, Guimaras) and the other is Ortiz Port (for ferries bound for Jordan, Guimaras).
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