Guimaras Island Visitors Guide

Written by Patrick

This brief guide to Guimaras Island will let you know how to get there, what to do, eat, and drink, where to stay, and must-see spots.


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Less than 20-minute boat ride from Iloilo City lies Guimaras Island, an island province in Western Visayas that used to be a sub-province of Iloilo until it acquired its provincial status in May 1992.  The fifth smallest province in the Philippines in terms of land area, the whole island can be explored for a few days.

While its most known for its sweet mangoes and various mango products, Guimaras is frequented by tourists, especially those from Iloilo to enjoy its white sand beaches with blue green water.  The topography of the island varies from level to steeply sloping and considering that its roads are not congested, the island has become a favorite destination among runners and cyclists.


Guimaras Island Location Map

Best Time to Visit

It’s best to visit the Philippines during the dry season.  Dry season in the Philippines spans from November through April.  These are the summer months in this country.

Be aware that temperatures and humidity levels are particularly high in April and May.

The best time to be a beach bum and explore the islands is from March to May.

TIP:  This guide recommends that booking for Guimaras Island summer trips should be done as early as possible, at least a month before your travel dates, since resorts get fully booked early.

The period from June to October is the rainy (wet) season and is best avoided due to the high possibility of typhoons. The typhoons can not only be destructive, but most tours and activities are cancelled under such circumstances.  Transportation via plane and boat is also seriously impacted as well.  This happens frequently so beware!

This guide recommends traveling to Guimaras Island in April-May or in November-December, just before and just after the rainy season. This will likely bring fewer crowds, yet pleasant weather, and is also a great time to score a travel deal.

Fast Facts

Destination Name:
Guimaras Island
Local Time:
Best Time of Year to Visit:
December – May
Approximately 187,900
English, Tagalog, Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP click for exact exchange rate
Geographic Coordinates:
10°34′N 122°35′E
604.57 km2 (233.43 sq mi)
Neighboring Cities:
Neighboring Islands:
Lightweight casuals
Catholicism (majority), Islam, Protestant, Baptist, Philippine Independent Church and Iglesia ni Cristo
Best Known For:
Mangoes, white sand beaches
Major Industries:
Tourism, agricultural, food processing, fish farming
Standard voltage is 220V
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well. Bring A to B adapter(s).
International Phone Code:
Airport & Airport Code:
Jordan Seaport, MacArthur Wharf
Bus Terminal(s):

Getting Here

There are many ways to get here depending on your starting point. The following are the major ports of entry for this destination.





Bus Terminal




Jordan Seaport

By Air

There is no airport in Guimaras.  The nearest airport is the Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan, Iloilo.

Check out our Iloilo City Guide to find out how to get to Iloilo by air.

Upon arrival in Iloilo International Airport, you can take a taxi or GrabCar to Iloilo Ferry Terminal in Parola (beside CityMall Parola).  If you’re on a budget, you can also take a shared van to SM City Iloilo and then jeepney, taxi, or GrabCar to the ferry terminal.  Travel time from the airport to the ferry terminal is about one hour and can vary depending on the road traffic condition.

By Sea

At the moment, the only way to get to the island is by sea travel.  The major jump-off point is Iloilo via the Iloilo Ferry Terminal in Parola and the Iloilo-Jordan RoRo Port in Lapuz.

In Iloilo Ferry Terminal, proceed to the counter where you will pay your ticket to Guimaras Island.  Know that there are two ports in Guimaras – Jordan Wharf and Buenavista Wharf so make sure to get the right ticket depending on your destination on the island. Proceed to the designated ferry to board.  The first ferry to Guimaras leaves as early as 4:00 AM and the last leaves at 7:30 PM.  Travel time is around 15 minutes and the fare is P50 (($1 USD) for regular/adults.  Discount is given to students, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.

In the port, there is a tourist information desk where you need to register, and you can ask help with your transportation and resort if you have not made any reservation yet.  You can ask them about the transportation tariff, so you won’t be taken advantage of with too much transportation rate.

Getting Around

The following are the modes of transportation available on Guimaras Island …



Car Rental

Car Rental





Motorized Outrigger

Motorized Outrigger





Rome to Rio


The following is your guide to places to see and activities to enjoy while on Guimaras Island.

1 | Hike the Balaan Bukid

Literally means Holy Mountain, Balaan Bukid is a pilgrimage site wherein tourists and Catholic devotees can hike the 558-foot mountain dotted with The Stations of the Cross which depicts the significant events in the life of Jesus Christ.  At the top is a chapel and a huge cross which can be seen from the coast of Iloilo City.  The top also offers a scenic view of Iloilo City and Iloilo Strait.  Balaan Bukid is open year-round but it gets crowded during Holy Week, particularly every Good Friday when the Pagtaltal sa Balaan Bukid, a passion play on the death of Jesus Christ, is being done.

2 | See all the beaches

Guimaras has several pristine beaches and that made people flock the island for a quick weekend getaway.  Alobijod Beach is the most popular beach on the island but Tatlong Pulo Beach, Baras Beach, Guisi Beach, and Tando Beach are equally interesting.

3 | Explore the island through cycling

With its varying land elevation which ranges from 0 to nearly 300 meters above sea level, exploring the island can be made more exciting when you do it using a bicycle or motorcycle.  Aside from the paved roads, you can take the off the beaten path to discover the unspoiled beauty of the island.  If you’re from Iloilo, you can easily transport your bicycle or motorcycle via the pumpboat although you can find some rentals on the island.

4 | Island hopping

Island hopping is one of the most popular activities for tourists on the island.  The usual jump off point for island hopping is at Alobijod Beach but you can find boats for rent in any part of Guimaras.  The rent of the boat ranges from P600-P800 ($12-$16 USD) per hour and charges P200-300 ($4-$6 USD) per hour for succeeding hours.

5 | Experience eat-all-you-can mangoes

Guimaras is known for its sweet mangoes and even dubbed as the Mango Capital of the Philippines.  You can enjoy eating as much mango as you can for only around P100 ($2 USD) during the Manggahan Festival (Mango Festival), an annual festival to showcase the fruit and the province in general.

6 | Visit a mango plantation

Complete your trip to Guimaras with a visit to a mango plantation.  Be surrounded by lush greenery and hundreds of mango trees in a wide expanse of land.  You can take a brief stroll at Oro Verde Mango Plantation or learn more about mangoes at the National Mango Research and Development Center.  Best time to go is when it’s mango season which is between April and May.

7 | Spend a quiet moment at Trappist Monastery

While it seems deserted when looking from the other side of the fence, Trappist Monastery is actually a popular tourist spot in Guimaras.  Inside the compound is a chapel where visitors can spend some quiet moments to pray and meditate.  Further inside are the living quarters of the monks.  The monks are known on the island and the entire Iloilo for making the best mango products such as jams, dried mangoes, mango butterscotch, and mango barquillos.

8 | See the windmills up close

Head to San Lorenzo Wind Farm to see the windmills up close.  These windmills are standing on the top of the hills so you can also take a glimpse of some parts of the island from above.

9 | Nearby Destinations

Iloilo is the most convenient way to get to Guimaras.  Might as well explore the city when in the area.

NOTE: The Manggahan Festival occurs annually in Guimaras Island every 22nd of May.

Mango Shake

Caption: Ripe mango shake.


The following is your guide to the flavorful food to enjoy and restaurants to try while on Guimaras Island.

1 | Celian Seafood

Celian Seafood is an open-air eatery specializing in seafood and local dishes.  They take pride in using fresh and locally-sourced ingredients.  Customers can even choose fresh seafood displayed at the restaurant and have it cooked based the way they want.  Try their kinilaw (ceviche), shrimp – butter garlic, and mixed seafood adobado.

2 | The Pitstop Restaurant

If there’s only one restaurant you can go to when in Guimaras, it definitely should be The Pitstop.  The restaurant is the pioneer and known for its mango dishes, particularly the Mango Pizza.  In addition to the pizza, the restaurant also incorporated mango into other dishes such as mango beef bulalo, mango spaghetti, and pork adobo.  Conveniently located in the busy part of Jordan, The Pitstop is one food establishment you shouldn’t miss.

3 | Olivia’s Kitchen and Island Brew

Olivia’s Kitchen and Island Brew, located in Guimaras Circumferential Rd, Jordan, Guimaras, offers a diverse menu that blends Filipino favorites like chicken inasal, palabok, and ox tongue sisig with familiar options like french fries, chicken steak, and pasta. They also cater to all day cravings with Filipino breakfast selections, alongside pizzas, seafood dishes, and refreshing drinks including hot and iced coffee, frappes, and shakes. For a local twist, try their mango-infused specialties like green mango sinigang, the unique mango pizza, or a mango shake.

KNOWN FOR: Mango and Mango Products

Caption: Alobijod Beach


There are many different types of accommodations available in this destination ranging from hostels to luxurious resorts. The following is your guide to our top choices for each range on Guimaras Island.

1 | Jannah Glycel Beach House (Budget)

2 | Raymen Beach Resort (Mid-Range)

3 | Andana Resort Guimaras (Luxury | Resort)

This guide recommends using the following sites to conduct research online of where to stay on Guimaras Island or for a specific destination:

Book your room with these trusted online booking sites.  Booking online in the Philippines almost always guarantees the best price and a room when you arrive.  We use these sites frequently to get the best prices and enjoy convenient bookings. Click each of the buttons below to find the best place for you at the lowest rates:

TIP: Jannah Glycel Beach House is the best property to experience this destination.

Caption: Windmills in San Lorenzo, Guimaras


Suggested Budget

Use the chart below to get an idea of how much to budget daily.  Actual amounts will depend on YOUR travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages … some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less. Prices are in USD.

Accommodation: $12
Food: $8
Transportation: $5
Attractions: $25
Average Daily Cost: $50
Accommodation: $35
Food: $15
Transportation: $10
Attractions: $30
Average Daily Cost: $90
Accommodation: $145
Food: $35
Transportation: $20
Attractions: $40
Average Daily Cost: $240

Travel Costs


A bed in a hostel dorm costs from 450 PHP ($8 USD), but smaller dorms can cost from 500 PHP ($10 USD).  For a private double, prices start around 950 PHP ($17 USD).

Most budget hotels begin at 700 PHP ($14 USD) per night for a double room and usually include free wifi and breakfast.  For a three-star hotel, prices begin around 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) per night.  AirBnB is also widespread throughout the country, with private rooms starting from as little as 500 PHP ($10 USD) per night.  For entire apartments, expect to pay at least 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) per night.

Resorts and luxury accommodations vary greatly from 1,400 PHP ($28 USD) to 5,000+ PHP ($100+ USD).  However, there are some really nice resorts and luxury accommodations which are surprisingly affordable.

We use and recommend booking online to save money using HostelWorldAgoda, and Expedia


Local food is extremely cheap, with street food costing under 50 PHP ($1USD).  For an inexpensive meal at a local restaurant, prices start around 100 PHP ($2 USD).  For a meal at a mid-range restaurant with drinks and table service, expect to pay from 200 PHP ($4 USD).  Knowing that their target customers are primarily tourists, Western food venues can be pricey compared to Filipino food.  Also, some of the ingredients need to be imported, which contributes to the higher cost. Western food (burgers, pizza, pasta, etc.) is much more expensive but is still relatively affordable at around 200 PHP ($4 USD) for a meal and drink.

Fast food like McDonalds will cost around 200 PHP ($4 USD).  A beer at the bar will cost around 50-100 PHP ($1–2 USD).

A week’s worth of groceries will cost between 300-600 PHP ($6-12 USD) per person.  However, food in this country is so inexpensive, and kitchens & refrigerators are hard to come by, I don’t recommend cooking your meals here since there is plenty of delicious street food to eat at very cheap prices. You won’t make it as good as they do and the food is too delicious to miss!


There are many modes of transportation available in the Philippines and each varies greatly. 

Public Transportation is cheap.  Bus services on the islands are inexpensive.  Local buses (called jeepneys) are the most common type of transportation in towns and cities. The fare is usually between 13-25 PHP ($.26–.50 USD).

On islands without a bus system, a taxi or tricycle is the only form of transport with fares starting at 50-500 PHP ($1-$10) USD for short trips. 

Taxis are everywhere, and they’re very cheap.  Most fares shouldn’t cost you more than 500 PHP ($10 USD) around town.  

To get between islands, you’ll need to take a boat or to fly.  There are ferries that connect the island together since they aren’t too far apart but, generally speaking, flights are the most realistic option. 

Flights between islands usually cost about 2,000-3500 PHP ($40-70 USD).  However, this isn’t the cheapest way to travel.  It’s only recommended if you have limited time. 

We recommend booking online to save money using: WayAwayKiwi or Expedia.

Attractions & Activities

Most attractions and activities in the Philippines are pretty cheap. Most attractions throughout the area are FREE to enter, though some of the more well known and popular ones cost 5-100 PHP ($.10-$2 USD) to enter. 

Depending on the activity, most day tours only cost around 1,000-1,500 PHP ($20-30 USD), oftentimes less.  You have more bargaining power if you go with a group. If you are expecting to do some climbing, remember to pack some warm layers. It gets cold at the top!  

Other activities such as Island Hopping, scuba diving, helmet diving, swimming with whale sharks, jungle trekking, canyoning, ATVs, jet skis, wakeboarding, cruises, parasailing, horseback riding, cultural experiences, and tours can cost as much as 1,250-5,000+ PHP ($25-100+ USD).

The Philippines is one of the least expensive places to learn how to scuba dive. Learning to scuba dive usually costs about 15,000-20,000 PHP ($300-400 USD), but often includes FREE accommodation for the duration of the course, which lasts three or four days.

Always book your tours and activities when you arrive.  Stick to travel agents who are selling on the ground. If a travel agent won’t negotiate with you, move on to the next until you find one that will.  Booking tours online is almost always more expensive. 

Typical Costs on Guimaras Island in 2024:

  • Hostel Dorm Bed: 450-950 PHP ($8–17 USD) night
  • Budget Hotel:  700 PHP ($14 USD) night
  • Mid-Range Hotel:  1500 PHP ($31 USD) night
  • Street Food: 50-150 PHP ($1–3 USD) meal
  • Restaurant Meals: 200-300 PHP ($4–6 USD) meal
  • Local Beer: 50-100 PHP ($1–2 USD) bottle
  • 1.5L Bottle of Water: 38 PHP ($.75 USD) bottle
  • Jeepney Ride: 7-25 PHP ($.20–.50 USD) ride
  • Tricycle Ride:  20-100 PHP ($.5-2 USD) ride
  • Island-Hopping: 1,000-1,500 PHP ($20-30 USD) trip

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Caption: Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.


The following is some of our best advice on traveling to Guimaras Island.  Learn what you need to know BEFORE you go!

Tips & Hacks

he following are our Top 10 Tips when visiting this destination in the Philippines:

  • Be aware that a tourist VISA is only 30 days. You can extend it upon arrival, or within the first 30 days, for an additional 30 days for a fee of approximately 3,000 pesos.
  • Don’t buy into the fear factor. The Philippines has an unjustified reputation of being a dangerous place. It’s true there are security guards everywhere, but that is to deter theft.
  • Manila is NOT the Philippines. Get outside of the cities to see the real Philippines.
  • Don’t over plan. Boats, buses, and even airplane schedules are notoriously unreliable. Be flexible.
  • Check the weather. The weather varies greatly throughout the Philippines daily.
  • Typhoons can have a huge impact on your plans. Account for this when planning your trip.
  • It’s not cool to raise your voice or show outward frustration in public.
  • Be polite at all times. Realize that your country’s sense of humor may be different from Filipino humor and take this into account when interacting with Filipinos and while in public places.
  • Things move at a slower pace. Accept it … don’t get frustrated … but do account for it.
  • Don’t drink the tap water… but stay hydrated! Save money by buying large bottles (6-10 liters) of water and using it to fill your water bottle or hydration bladder in your backpack.

For a complete list of our travel tips & hacks, check out the following guide and be sure to download a FREE copy for yourself.

VIEW & DOWNLOAD: The Ultimate Travel Tips & Hacks Guide for the Philippines

Money Matters

The Philippines has its own currency called the Philippine Peso. Banks, ATMs, and money-changers can be found on the island. If you are exploring the neighboring islands or provinces, make sure to bring enough cash that will last until the next time you get to an ATM or bank since most tours, transportation, and budget accommodations only accept cash.

READ MORE: Money in the Philippines: Everything You Need to Know

Health & Safety


While overall the Philippines is a safe country to visit, as is Guimaras Island, you need to use common sense just as you would in any country, especially when traveling, and in a city, town, or area you are unfamiliar with.

Consult your hotel or resort front desk as they are more likely to give you reliable information than a random stranger on the street. Be careful when approaching strangers and selective about who you approach. Always pay attention to your gut feeling and follow it.

READ MORE: How to Avoid Scams & Thieves in the Philippines


There are many things to consider when traveling in order to stay safe … things that we may not be accustomed to during our normal everyday lives. The following are articles about tips on how to stay safe while traveling in the Philippines:

TIP: The best way to avoid problems and stay safe is to travel with a local resident.


Staying fit & healthy can be challenging when traveling in the Philippines. 

The tropical Philippines climate requires you to prepare for illnesses that you may not normally be accustomed to. 

The following are our Top 10 Tips for Staying Healthy while Traveling in the Philippines:

  • Maintain a Balanced Diet
  • Stay Hydrated but Only Drink Bottled Water
  • Get Plenty of Rest
  • Allow Your Body Time to Adjust 
  • Keep Active
  • Sanitize Often 
  • Be Aware of Food Safety Concerns
  • Take Your Vitamins
  • Practice Safe Sex
  • Be Prepared Should You Get Sick

READ MORE: Stay Healthy in the Philippines: How to Avoid Getting Sick

Staying Connected

You need to have a local-based SIM card in order to stay connected when in the Philippines. Network giants such as Globe and Smart have SIM cards you can use to make calls, send text messages, and also to connect to the Internet. A SIM card costs around 50 PHP ($1 USD) and usually comes with a FREE load worth 50 PHP ($1 USD). You can buy a card containing a code you can enter on your phone to replenish your load or buy an electronic load that is available almost anywhere in the city.

While you may not have problems with signal strength when in the city, it is not always the case when on islands or in remote areas of a province.  So when arranging for transportation pick up, say when renting a boat to take you to and pick you up from the island, it would be best that you make it clear what time you need to be picked up before the boatman leaves.

Recommended Travel Apps

Apps for smartphones and tablets can be useful both before you leave and while you’re traveling.  Most are available for iPhones and Android phones.

The following are our Top 10 most useful travel apps on our smartphones when traveling in the Philippines:

  1. Grab (taxis/ride shares)
  2. Get Your Guide (tours & tickets)
  3. WhatsApp (phone calls)
  4. WayAway (flights)
  5. 12Go (transportation)
  6. Agoda (accommodations)
  7. Expedia (accommodations & Flights)
  8. Hostelworld (accommodations)
  9. Kiwi (flights)
  10. Klook (attractions & activities )

Be certain to download and set up apps BEFORE leaving on your trip to make certain each is installed and working properly.

For our complete list of travel apps that we use and recommend while traveling in the Philippines, checkout our checklist below.  Download a FREE copy for yourself as a PDF.

READ MORE: The Ultimate List of Travel Apps for the Philippines


Trying to decide what to do when traveling to a destination for the first time can be a bit overwhelming given your lack of familiarity with the place along with all of the available options. 

We’ve created the following itinerary to help simplify the process and ensure that you get the most out of your trip.  Although we provide a 7 day itinerary for this destination, it can always be adjusted to fit the length of your trip.

VIEW: Guimaras Island 7-Day Travel Itinerary

Packing Checklist

The secret to a successful and stress-free trip is to start by using a packing list.  This will reduce anxiety from the start and ensure that nothing important is forgotten when packing.   To make this process easy for you, we’ve created a detailed packing list.  Click the link below to download it for FREE now. 

Carrying your checklist with you during your travels can be useful when repacking, by helping to ensure that you do not leave anything behind.

VIEW & DOWNLOAD: Our Ultimate Packing Guide & Checklist

Things to Remember

This guide recommends to take note of the following while traveling on Guimaras Island or in the Philippines in general.


There is a nationwide ban which prohibits smoking in public places including indoors, the streets, on sidewalks, in restaurants , and on public transportation, requiring smokers to use designated smoking areas.  Selling tobacco to and purchasing from or for minors is also prohibited. Violators are subject to fines (up to 5,000 PHP | $100 USD) and even 4 months in prison.


The minimum legal drinking age is 18.  Alcohol such as beer and hard drinks can easily be bought in grocery and convenience stores.  The most common alcoholic beverage is beer, generally served cold.  Local alcoholic drinks include tuba (coconut wine which is usually very strong) and potent moonshine-like clear liquors made from sugar or fruit.  Imported beer, wine, and name brand hard alcohol are available but expensive.


Drugs are illegal in the Philippines.  Don’t use, buy, or sell any non-prescription drugs while in the Philippines … not even marijuana.  It is considered an especially heinous crime to buy from, for, or sell drugs to children.  The penalties are severe … up to and including death.


Public nudity is illegal in the Philippines and is not tolerated.  Most locals consider it offensive.  There are laws which prohibit provocative and erotic clothing and swimwear, therefore carefully consider your clothings and swimwear choices to make certain they are not too revealing.

Foreigners & Expats

If you are not a Filipino citizen, remember that you are a guest when visiting this country … be certain to act accordingly.  Respect the people, their customs, and the environment and wlidlife. You can be deported and banned … so behave … but have fun and enjoy all that this wonderful destination has to offer.

READ MORE: Practical Information about the Philippines



I always carry a Camelbak Hydration Pack with me when traveling. Not only does it allow me to pack all my daily gear and snacks, but it also has a 3-liter water bladder which holds enough water to get me through the entire day.

Bluetooth Speaker

Compact yet mighty, a bluetooth speaker setup is a breeze, and the sound quality it delivers for its size is nothing short of impressive. Beyond its audio prowess, it boasts exceptional durability, making it an ideal companion for outdoor adventures.

UV Shirt

UV Shirt is an essential when travelling in a tropical country. Providing reliable protection during long hours in the water, not only comfortable but also ensures a secure shield against the elements.

Snorkel Gear

For my island-hopping escapades, a snorkel gear set has become indispensable. Designed to enhance the joy of snorkeling and free diving, each piece ensures comfort and functionality. Together, they create an immersive and enjoyable underwater experience.

Adventure Camera

As a long-time enthusiast of GoPro cameras, I can attest to their user-friendly nature, excellent image stabilization, and impressive footage quality. Waterproof and rugged, the GoPro is my reliable companion for capturing adventures in any environment.

Aqua Shoes

When it comes to beach footwear, aqua shoes offer exceptional support, breathability, and overall comfort. Well-crafted and sturdy, it provides effective protection against rocky terrain, quick drying for added convenience, and easy maintenance. A must-have for any outdoor enthusiast.


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About the Author


Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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