Provinces

Guimaras Province

Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Guimaras is an island province in the Philippines located in the region of Western Visayas. Among the smallest provinces, its capital is Jordan. Guimaras first gained its status as a sub-province of Iloilo by virtue of R.A. 4667, which was enacted by Congress on June 18, 1966. It was proclaimed as a regular and full-fledged province on May 22, 1992 after a plebiscite was conducted to ratify the approval of its conversion pursuant to Section 462 of R.A. 7160.

LOCATION

Guimaras

Coordinates: 10°34′N 122°35′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Guimaras
Location:
10°34′N 122°35′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1581
Capital:
Jordan
Area:
604.57 km2 (233.43 sq mi)
Population:
187,900
Density:
290/km2 (750/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
5 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Guimarasnon
Elevation:
(Mount Dinulman) 267 m (876 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
5044–5048
Area code:
+63 -(033)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
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).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
Fourth Class
Religion(s):
95% Roman Catholic
Language(s):
Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Ati, Filipino, English
Known For:
Mangoes
Major Industries:
Agriculture (mangoes, palay, and coconuts), Fishing, Livestock, Tourism, Mining
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
February to May
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
Guimaras Airfield
Seaport(s):
Buenavista Port | Jordan Port | Sibunag Port
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:

CLIMATE

The climate in this province is tropical. Guimaras has significant rainfall most months, with a short dry season. This location is classified as Am by Köppen and Geiger.

The best time to go to Guimaras is during the summer season (especially if you want to get that quick tan) which can start as early as February to May.

The most appropriate clothing in this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Guimaras Province Map

The province has 5 Municipalities.

  • Buenavista
  • Jordan
  • Nueva Valencia
  • San Lorenzo
  • Sibunag
 

ISLANDS

There are 17 outlying islands surrounding the mainland of Guimaras which are under the jurisdiction of the province.

  • Ave Maria Island
  • Balingasag Island
  • Inampulugan Island
  • Isla Margarita
  • Guiwanon Island
  • Lusonan
  • Magic Island
  • Naburot Island
  • Nadulao Island
  • Nagarao Island
  • Nalibas Island
  • Nalunga Island
  • Nauway Island
  • Pamancolan Island
  • Panobolon
  • Sereray Island
  • Taklong Island
 

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Guimaras province:

  • Alubihod Beach
  • Ave Maria Islet
  • Balaan Bukid
  • Baras Cave
  • Daliran Spring Resort
  • Guimaras Bee Center
  • Guimaras Provincial Monument and Museum
  • Guimaras Wonders Farm
  • Guisi Beach
  • Guisi Lighthouse
  • Holy Family Hills
  • MacArthur’s Wharf
  • Natago Beach
  • National Mango Research and Development Center
  • Oro Verde Mango Plantation
  • Roca Encantada
  • Sad-Sad Falls
  • San Lorenzo Wind Farm
  • Sea Turtle Temporay Feeding and Caring Station
  • St Vincent Ferrer Church
  • Taklong Island National Marine Reserve
  • Tatlong Pulo Beach
  • The Smallest Plaza
  • Trappist Monastery
  • Turtle Island
  • Villa Igang Beach
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Guimaras throughout the year:

  • Manggahan Festival (2nd to 3rd week of May) – Jordan

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Guimaras province.

Where in the Philippines is Guimaras located?
Guimaras is located on Western Visayas.

Is Guimaras a city or province?
Guimaras is a province.

What is the Capital of Guimaras?
The capital of Guimaras is Jordan.

What is Guimaras famous or known for?
Guimaras is famous or known for mangoes

How do I get to Guimaras?
There are several ways to get to Guimaras:

From Iloilo City

  • Taxi to wharf | 15 minutes | $2-$3 + Pump boat to Guimaras | 15 minutes | $.3

From Manila

  • Plane to Iloilo | 1.5 hours | $30-$80 + Bus or van to city proper | 30 minutes | $1-$2 + Taxi to wharf | 15 minutes | $2-$3 + Pump boat to Guimaras | 15 minutes | $.3

From Bacolod

  • Bus to Pulupandan | 45 minutes | $.5 + Pump boat to Guimaras | 45 minutes | $2

Note: There are two ports in Iloilo servicing Iloilo-Guimaras routes. Pump boats from Ortiz Wharf serves Jordan passengers whilte Parola Wharf serves Buenavista passengers.

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How many islands are in Guimaras?
There are 17 islands in Guimaras province.

How Safe is Traveling in Guimaras?
Guimaras is very safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Guimaras is considered tropical. It is similar to most provinces in the Philippines.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

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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