This year’s Angels getaway finally brought the four of us to the province of Guimaras!
This trip has been fourteen years in the making.
(I’ll skip the harrowing details of our flight from Manila to Iloilo and back (both stressfully delayed, but then again what’s new, Cebu Pacific?), and head straight to the instructional portion of this post haha.)
Most probably remember Guimaras, an island just off the province of Iloilo, for a massive oil spill that occurred off its shores in 2006. Nine years later, the memory of that disaster is but a whisper.
The skies were sunny in Iloilo when we landed around 10:30 a.m. after a four-hour delay on our supposedly early morning flight. It’s my second time in six months to arrive at the Iloilo airport, but it’s my first time with friends. Often, when I went, it was for family matters; the last time, for a funeral. Indeed, this trip was a welcome change.
Per my cousin’s suggestion, we rode two Light of Glory taxis to the Ortiz port, which was where we would ride a ferry to Jordan, Guimaras. The trip from airport to port took about 45 minutes and cost P400, a flat rate fixed at the airport.
At the Ortiz port, passenger boats left for Jordan regularly. Fare cost P14/head for a 20-minute trip across relatively calm waters from Iloilo to Guimaras.
At the Jordan port, we rented a multicab that would take us to our resort, Raymen’s beach. The multicab cost P450 for an hour-long trip through Guimaras’s occasionally rough and dusty roads.
Raymen’s is a resort on Alubihod cove. Our room for six had a living room, separate toilet and showers, and three beds for two people each. It was simple and clean. Our lunch had to be brought up to our room, as their canteen was already full. Best perhaps to call ahead to have a table reserved and perhaps order ahead so they can prepare your meal in advance (30-45 minutes prep time, often) It’s a pretty busy resort, with at least 60 rooms fully booked daily this summer. Meals cost anywhere between P90-P200.
First day spent chilling on the beach and enjoying our first sunset. The cove faces west, and the sunset was gorgeous.
Our second day started early. Learning from our mishap at the canteen, we decided to order in advance for our breakfast and the packed lunch we intended to take with us to our island hopping. Boat for six cost P500 for the first hour and P150 for every succeeding hour. We left at 9 a.m. and returned after four and a half hours.
sail away. (e yung may 3G sa laot? haha!) A photo posted by kate pedroso (@thegshift) on
I injured myself on one of the islands. Haha. True to form, as I was getting off the boat, I slipped, scraped the side of my left knee and sprained my right hand by using it to break my fall. Not that this stopped me from swimming in seawater, which stung like hell but I honestly think sped up the healing.
Our last stop, Natago beach, was definitely notable. It reminded us of that island we found in Hundred Islands, with its mini-caves that gave us shade, soft, white sand, and most importantly, lack of crowds. We wish we could have stayed here longer. The P50 entrance fee is definitely worth it.
When we got back, we slept a little, then went back out for day 2 sunset. GORGEOUS.
We spent our night drinking The Bar and Sprite and watching Gandang Gabi Vice. (Bangus)
In the morning, we opted for an early check out (9 a.m.) so we could pass by Guisi Lighthouse, the Trappist monastery, the pasalubong center, and Pit Stop restaurant where we had our lunch — a modified land trip that took about three hours.
Isang maikling kasaysayan ng aking hindi pantay na shorts: Long story short, nagkabangas-bangas-bangas ako nung nadulas ako sa isang isla haha. Nakaangat yung isa kasi masakit masagi hahaha. For dat, deserve ko ang isang vaguely outdoorsy shot sa ruins ng Guisi Lighthouse, kahit di ako umakyat lol baka malaglag mahirap na. LOL.
Must-try at Pit Stop: Mango Pizza (double size serves 2, P219).
Summary of trip details and expenses (for the Capricorns in all of us)
Manila-Iloilo-Manila roundtrip tickets: P2,900/head
Room for six in Raymen’s resort: P11,000/2 nights
Airport-Ortiz port-Airport cab: P800/3 pax
Ortiz-Jordan Ferry roundtrip: P28/head
Multicab from Jordan to Raymen: P450/6 pax
Island hopping (4.5 hrs): P1,025/6 pax
Multicab for modified land tour (Guisi, Trappist, Pit Stop, Pasalubong Center, Jordan wharf): P800/6 pax
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