#TheHappyFeetBackpacker: Guimaras Travel Guide

Since our hotel is not yet available for check-in in Iloilo, we opted going to the Mango Capital of the Philippines, GUIMARAS!

When traveling, don’t waste time. Me and my bestfriend agreed to explore Guimaras. So we went to the boat terminal which was near our hotel.

It is called Ortiz Wharf because it is located at Barangay Ortiz, the fare is just P14.

Exploring Guimaras was not that easy, so we went to the Tourism/Assistance Office to have an idea about what to visit and how will it work for just a day, so I asked for a map and they gave it for free.

Upon arriving at the port, if they will notice you as a traveler, the tricycle owners/operators will come to you and make a negotiation as fast as they will book you. What we did was we asked for a single motor and then Kuya Agustin Gancial was there to offer his motor for P800 but I asked for a discount and told him that if we can rent the motorcycle for P500, so he agreed.

When we ride his tricycle to get the motorcycle, me and Sam decided to just rent the tricycle and Kuya Agustin will be our driver. It costed us P1,500 for the whole duration of our trip. You can contact him to tour you around (09108027135).

Here’s our itinerary for our half-day trip in Guimaras:

Navalas Church

This small church is stunningly preserved by its facade that is made of limestone and corals. It was built in 1880 and the only remaining and existing heritage church in the island of Guimaras.

Roca Encantada

Just near the Navalas Church, you can visit this Lopez House with a view of the sea. This house is built atop of a hill and also declared as heritage site. Entrance fee is P50.

Guimaras Windmill

Aside from Ilocos Norte, particularly the municipality of Bangui, added numbers of windmill is found in San Lorenzo. This windmill provides renewable energy all throughout the island.

Guisi Lighthouse

This tourist spot is my favorite because of it’s vibe. Although it was already destroyed, the foundation of this building is still intact and preserved. Guisi Lighthouse is the second oldest next to in Aparri, Cagayan. It is also known as FARO DE PUNTA LUZARAN.

The bonus part of going to the lighthouse is the Guisi Beach.

Provincial Capitol of Guimaras

To get this shot, you have to go to the provincial capitol of Guimaras. This big signage is located there.

Mango stands

Going to Guimaras will not be completed if you will not buy their famous mangoes.

Our Itinerary

07:30 – 07:40 – Hotel to Brgy. Ortiz

07:40 – 07:55 – Ortiz Wharf to Brgy. Jordan, Guimaras

08:00 – 09:00 – Navalas Church

09:00 – 09:30 – Roca Encantada

09:30 – 10:30 – Windmill at San Lorenzo

10:30 – 11:30 – BRUNCH at Celian Seafood

11:30 – 12:30 – Guisi Lighthouse

12:30 – 01:00 – Alubihod Beach

01:00 – 01:30 – Guimaras Marker/ Provincial


01:30 – 02:00 – Buy Mango/ Pasalubong

02:00 – 02:30 – to Barangay Jordan, Port

02:30 – 02:45 – Iloilo


  1. From your hotel you can ride a taxi/jeep/tricycle going to Ortiz Wharf.
  2. Buy a ticket that costs P14, then go to the registration area.
  3. Go to the boat deck and find the name of the boat that is indicated on your ticket.

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Kenette Brill Rabago
Kenette Brill Rabago
Brill is a true blooded Ilocano/Bigueno. He is a traveler and coffee lover. He is passionate about culture and arts, and in music. He believes that unplanned trip is the best.