I have WOW (Wealth of Wonders) Philippines book, my mom gave it to me year 2005 and from that moment I wanted to visit Guimaras, according to the book Guimaras is dazzling island of sweet mangoes. I love mangoes, either unripe or ripe so it is really one of my goals to taste the sweetest mangoes of the world and when I saw P1 sale of Airphil Express last June, I didn’t think twice because it’s now my chance to visit Guimaras. It is the 1st P1 sale that I booked.
We’re supposed to stay in La Puerta Al Paraizo, one of the new resorts in Guimaras but I changed my mind so we just had one sweet day in Guimaras. I had a difficult time in deciding whether to contact a driver/tour guide or I will just go to tourism kiosk when we get there but to avoid the hassle, a week before our trip, I contacted one driver/tour guide.
|Raymen Beach Resort|
Hubby: Hon, parang hindi ka member ng Haribon (Earth-UST), kawawa naman yung turtle.
Me: Nagpaalam ako kung pwede buhatin, ok lang daw. (konsiyensyahin pa ko) which is true because the boy taught me where to handle the turtle and it’s only for picture taking, less than 1 minute.
Then we move to Baras Cave
Next is Natago Beach, (donations) this is where we stayed long. Natago Beach is a private resort owned by German and Filipino but the sad part is they are both dead. German died year 2007 and Filipino died year 2009. They were supposed to stay here after their retirement but they never enjoy the place, Sayang!
Lucky for us, we’re the only people in the island but unfortunate for me because I can’t swim, red flag. So here I am, watching and taking pictures. Anyway, I’m happy when my two boys are happy because I know they love to swim.
I was a little bit sad because we can’t go to SEAFDEC and Ave Maria Islets because it was low tide. Waahh! I didn’t know that I should also check the tide, if only I know this information I would schedule our island hopping after our land tour. So we went back to Raymen Beach Resort, we paid P20 for shower room.
I’m not expecting any fancy food and fast food in Guimaras so we had our lunch in carinderia.
Then we went to Guisi Lighthouse, expect for rough road and bumpy ride. This is already the old lighthouse; few meters from here you can see the new one.
After Guisi Lighthouse, we went to Trappist Monastery and bought some pasalubong.
Of course we won’t leave Guimaras Island without tasting Guimaras mango, P75 per kilo.
Then we had quick snack at Pitstop, don’t miss this mango pizza. I love the combination of cheese, cashew nuts, mango and bell pepper.
|P308 pizza + drinks|
We skipped Roca Encantada because we might miss the boat going back to Iloilo. There is one unfortunate incident during our tour, we had flat tire and it took more or less 1 hour and 30 minutes before it was fixed. So naubos oras namin dun. But anyway, we still enjoy our day trip in Guimaras. I will not recommend our driver/tour guide because I learned after our trip that you can hire tricycle for P1,000 to P1,200 (standard rate) and I paid P1500 excluding the tip. In fairness, he is nice naman but of course if you want to save some money, go for cheaper rate.
|Nakasmile na kami dito kasi kala namin ayos na gulong, hindi pa kami nakakaalis naflat ulit. :(|