Backpacking the Panay Island: Quick tour in Guimaras

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Panay is incredibly famous with the the local and foreign tourists. This island serves as the gateway to the party island, Boracay. Amid such popularity, Panay island has so much to offer. 

We embarked into a few days of real Panay adventure. We started in Guimaras - Iloilo city - Antique. It was an exhilarating experience. From the bustling city to the relaxing scent of the sea breeze. It was an adventure worth sharing.

First Stop!


The island is fairly small. The locals recommend to visit the island every May for their Mango Festival wherein you get to eat unlimited mangoes for only Php 100. What a time to be alive!

Places to see

There are a few places to see in Guimaras. We definitely got to see them via a short tricycle tour. We paid Php 1,200 as a group for the whole tour. Most tour operators offer Php 1,000 - Php 1,500 per tour. The tricycle can carry up to 5 - 6 passengers comfortably.

Smallest Plaza

Including this in the tour is pretty hilarious. It's basically a small, cramped park that has nothing to offer. Yes, you can skip this or just take a quick peek inside. 

Guimaras Itinerary

Trappist Monastery 

A peaceful monastery that sells goodies. Most people say that they have the finest scarves in the island and good - quality mango jams. The area is lush in vegetation with a nice breeze blowing through. It's a perfect place to reflect and pray. 

Quick Tour in Guimaras

Guimaras Provincial Monument

There's an open space in front of the Museum. There are also street food available in the area. This is where you see the iconic "Guimaras" name. 

Guimaras tour

The Pitstop

This is a restaurant in Guimaras. They serve mango - flavored pizzas. Well, the resto already has branches outside Guimaras. But, it won't really hurt if your try their mango pizza. 

Alubihod beach

The beach is pretty much occupied by resorts. So, you pretty much need to get in one of the resorts to see the beach. 

Beach in Guimaras

Other Places in Guimaras

  • Guisi beach
  • Guisi lighthouse
  • Taklong Island
  • Ave Maria Islet
  • Sad - Sad falls
How to get to Guimaras

There is no direct flight to Guimaras. It's best to be in Iloilo to access Guimaras.
From Iloilo, take a jeepney or taxi going to Ortiz Wharf. Ask the locals and they'll direct you to that place.

Outrigger boats with regular trips are available to take you to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. Travel time is about 15 - 20 minutes. Fare is Php 20.

Where to stay in Guimaras

If you opt to stay in Guimaras for a night, it's best to stay in a resort situated near the beach. below are some recommended resorts.

For discounted Guimaras accommodations, please check this link

Resorts in Guimaras Iloilo

See the next part of the adventure: Iloilo City

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