Day Tour in Guimaras - The Land of Sweet Mangoes

Saturday, August 11, 2018

When I planned our itinerary for this trip, I was torn between booking an island hopping tour in Guimaras - the land of sweet mangoes, or the picturesque Isla de Gigantes located at the northernmost part of Iloilo. I also thought "why not do both??". But since we have only four days to explore this part of Western Visayas, we had to do some prioritization. In order to maximize our stay in Iloilo, we just went for a day tour in Guimaras.


Day Tour in Guimaras - The Land of Sweet Mangoes

We availed a tricycle tour package from Kuya Michael Selorico - I think he's a pretty well known tour guide in Guimaras. We were confident enough to book his services because of a lot of good feedback we've read online. Plus, he didn't ask us for downpayment prior our trip, so there was really nothing to worry about. 

For bookings, you may contact him at 0977-3725074 or facebook.com/michael.selorico.

Kuya Michael's Tricycle Tour Package Inclusions - Php 1200

1. Balaan Bukid Shrine
2. Smallest Plaza
3. Windmills Farm
4. Holy Family Hills (Stations of the Cross)
5. Guimaras Capitol
6. Lunch: Pitstop Restaurant (Eat Mango Pizza) 
7. Mango Research Centre (Mango Plantation)
8. Trappist Monestery (Gift Shop)
9. Overlooking Lawi Bay View Deck  
10. Guisi Lighthouse 18th Century Ruins & Overlooking Guisi Beach
11. Alubihod Beach Area (Raymen Beach) - with Php 25 entrance fee


4:05AM to 5:15AM Travel from NAIA Terminal 4 to Iloilo International Airport

Team no sleep! | NAIA Terminal 4

I wasn't in my right mind when I booked our flight to Iloilo. Yes, I know right, 4:05 AM??? Haha! Coming from work few hours before our flight, we weren't able to get a good sleep - not even a nap!

We were able to book our not so promo fare (but still promo!) at around Php 3500 via AirAsia. Appreciate our early flight though because there were no delays! Yay for that!


5:45AM to 7:00AM Travel from Iloilo International Airport to Guimaras

Our only photo at Iloilo International Airport. Emperador store at the background 😜

How to go to Guimaras?
- Ride a PUV Express bound to SM Iloilo (35-40 mins) - Php 50
- Ride jeep to Ortiz Wharf/ Parola with SM City Proper signboard pass (15-20 mins) - Php 8
- Message Kuya Michael re: jump-off point - if Ortiz or Parol Wharf?
- Ride boat from Ortiz/ Parola Wharf to Jordan Wharf, Guimaras (15-20 mins) - Php 13


7:00AM to 4:00PM Guimaras Tricycle Tour


Our tour guide's tricycle at the BG!

Out of the 11 destinations included in the package, we were only able to visit 7. I blame myself for booking a super early flight. We didn't have enough energy to finish the tour. Nonetheless, we still enjoyed each moment. Another lesson learned: I will never book a 4am flight again, haha!

First Stop:  Smallest Plaza

Located few meters away from the Jordan Port, our first stop was the Smallest Plaza - the smallest plaza in the Philippines. 


Smallest Plaza - the smallest plaza in the Philippines

Photo at the Smallest Plaza signage

Second Stop: Guimaras Windmills Farm

Guimaras Windmills Farm
One of our favorites here in Guimaras!

Me pointing at the windmill!

Third Stop: Holy Family Hills


Holy Family 






Fourth Stop: Guimaras Capitol


Guimaras Capitol!

Closer shot with the mango!

Fifth Stop: Lunch at Pitstop Restaurant 

We had lunch at the Pitstop Restaurant. Their Mango Pizza is definitely a must-try. In addition to the mango pizza, we also ordered BBQ meal. Well, we super love the mango pizza, but I have no comments on the BBQ meal.


The Pitstop Restaurant
Yay, we were so excited to eat!

Grabe, this is so yummy!!

Hope I coud eat it again, haha!
Sixth Stop: Mango Research Centre


Mango Research Centre

Seventh Stop: Guisi Lighthouse 18th Century Ruins & Overlooking Guisi Beach

Guisi Lighthouse 18th Century Ruins (1/1)

Guisi Lighthouse 18th Century Ruins (2/2)

 Panorama Shot!
Thanks to our tour guide for taking mala-prenup photos! hahaha!


Groupfie with the Lighthouse Ruins
Overlooking Guisi Beach

4:00PM to 5:00PM Travel from Guimaras to Urban Inn

1. Ride pump boat from Jordan Port to Ortiz/ Parola Wharf
2. Ride jeep to Urban Inn (Jaro Liko Nfa)



5:00PM onwards Rest, tidy-up, have dinner at La Paz Market

It's probably one of the most tiring day of my life. Got sick the next day, awtsuuu haha! 4AM flight pa ulit? #NeverAgain #WagPongTularan

Please watch out for my 4D3N Iloilo - Guimaras Itinerary! I'll be posting it soon!

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