Travel Guide: Iloilo - Guimaras (3D/2N Suggested Itinerary)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

DAY 1
Iloilo City - Historic and Gastronomic Tour
It is best to schedule an early flight to Iloilo so that you can maximize your time. From Iloilo International Airport, take the shuttle van to Iloilo City. The fare is 50php as of 2012. Check in to your chosen Hotel/pension house. Freshen up a bit and go to Plazuela. Try the famous LaPaz Batchoy at Deco's.   
Iloilo City
Now that your stomach is full, you can now start the city tour. Catch a glimpse of the historic Molo Church and Jaro Cathedral. Drop by to some of the Old Mansions owned by the richest families, the Nelly Garden for example.

Seafood fiesta at Tatoy's Manokan would be perfect for dinner. Try their famous lechon manok. Tatoy's scallops is also a must try!

If you still have energy after dinner, you can check out the 'night life' at Smallville. The place is like Metrowalk, nothing extraordinary. I suggest Tamang inom lang. What I mean is 1-2 bottles of beer would be enough. Remember you still have to wake up early the next day :)

DAY 2
Have a blast in Guimaras!
Start your day early so you can explore the best of Guimaras. Have your breakfast at 6 am so you can leave at 7. Take a jeepney or cab to Ortiz Wharf. We stayed in Ong Bun and it only takes 15 minutes to get to the port. The pumpboat ride to Jordan Wharf usually takes 15 minutes depending on the water condition. Once you reached Jordan, register at the tourism office. Hire a tricycle or a jeepney.

Guimaras
If it's just a day tour, it would be best to start with Alubihod Beach. Resorts like Raymen offer Island Hopping Package. You can visit SEAFDEC, Ave Maria Island and Baras Beach.

If you are staying longer or overnight, you can visit Guisi Lighthouse, Trappist monastery and Valle Verde. It's quite far from Alubihod.

On your way home, you can drop by to pasalubong stores. Usually you would find these stores along the road. You can buy Mangoes, Jams and other delicacies.

Board the boat back to Iloilo city. The last trip is at 8PM.

DAY 3
Visiting Southern Iloilo Heritage
Get up early and prepare for a 2-hr road trip to San Joaquin. The jeepney terminal to Southern Iloilo is located at 'SUPER' near Robinson's place. The jeepney fare is 70php(as of 2012).
San Joaquin, Iloilo
Visit San Joaquin's Marine Protected areas. I suggest you to try Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary. Trekking to Mt.Ilihan is also a must try. Have a short visit to Garin farm. After lunch, you can start the heritage trail :) Start with San Joaquin Church - Campo Santo then Miag-ao Church.

After exploring the Natural wonders and Historic past of Southern Iloilo, It's time to go back to the city.


Do the last minute shopping for pasalubongs. Buy some butterscotch in Biscocho house and try Wewin's Biscocho. You can also grab some piaya and barquillos at Merci's. Souvenir shops are available at the airport.



That's about it! Mayad lang nga pag biyahe! :)

Special thanks to my friend Genevieve Segumalian, to the Segumalian Clan of Brgy. Cataan, and to my office mates at Manulife :)

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8 comments

  1. kakapunta ko palng dito ... ibablog ko pa lng to ....nice ha!

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  2. Damn I wanna go back there as in now na HAHA =)) I miss Guimaras and its tranquility.

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  3. ^oo nga! iba talaga sa Guimaras :)

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  4. good job!.. I wish i was there.. char..

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  5. ^wahaha! nabuhay ang blogger mode mo beb ah!ood job! :)

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  6. Hello misschievous! It was in Tobog Beach San Joaquin, an hour drive from Iloilo City. My friend is actually from Brgy. Cataan and she always tell us to go visit her hometown. At first, we are hesitant to go because she said they don't have any white sand beaches. But glad we did :) The water is crystal clear and the place has interesting rock formations. You should also try Kuliatan Marine Sanctuary. My friend said they have more than 10 Marine Sanctuaries in San Joaquin and Kuliatan is the only one open for tourists.

    Blog badge? Hmm I'll try to make one soon. Thanks for visiting my blog ^_^

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

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