Discover Guimaras Through this Bucket List
See what this underrated province has to offer.
By Rhea J. Bernardino
October 15, 2018
Often regarded as a side trip destination when in Iloilo City, Guimaras is an island province known for its sweet mangoes. But beyond its delicious produce, it also offers a treasure trove of attractions that will excite a variety of tourists. From beaches and islands to historical landmarks and cultural attractions, there's a lot for you to discover when you check this province out. With that, let this bucket list be your guide to conquering Guimaras one experience at a time.
Your Guimaras Bucket List
1. Enjoy the view at Guisi Lighthouse.
History buffs will surely appreciate this magnificent lighthouse. Built in the 18th century during the Spanish colonial period, the Guisi Lighthouse is not just the oldest lighthouse in Visayas, but also considered the second oldest in the Philippines. From its viewpoint, you'll enjoy sweeping views of Guisi Beach.
2. Go beach bumming at Alubihod Beach.
Alubihod Beach is one of the popular beaches in Guimaras. Featuring a short shoreline blessed with white sand, the beach is perfect for swimming because of its clear waters. A few resorts are located nearby should you need a cottage for a day trip or a place to spend the night.
3. Snorkel at Turtle Island.
Turtle Island may be small, but its beauty is incomparable. It's one of the stops when you go on an island-hopping trip in Guimaras. With pebbly white sands and clear waters, it's a preferred spot for swimming and snorkeling. The island got its name because it used to be inhabited by countless turtles until they were transferred to a turtle sanctuary.
4. See the windmills of San Lorenzo Wind Farm.
Ilocos Norte is not the only place where you can find windmills as Guimaras has a few over at San Lorenzo Wind Farm. Aside from being picture-perfect attractions, these windmills are also responsible for providing power to the entire province.
5. Have a solemn visit to the Trappist Monastery.
One of the most interesting places in Guimaras is the Trappist Monastery. The only male monastery in the country, it is run by the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, which follows the ancient Rule of St. Benedict. You're free to walk around the monastery grounds and say a prayer at their church. They also have a shop where you can buy souvenirs and food items made by the monks themselves.
6. Marvel at the Roca Encantada heritage house.
A beautiful sprawling mansion built on top of a rock offers sweeping views of the Iloilo Strait. This is Roca Encantada, the former vacation house of the Lopez clan. Built in 1910, the stately mansion was named as a National Heritage House by the National Historical Institute in 2002.
7. Swim in the clear waters of Ave Maria Islet.
If you want a more authentic beach feel on your trip to Guimaras, don't miss a visit to Ave Maria Islet. With no cottage or resort on sight, the islet is totally uninhabited, which creates a hidden paradise feel. Located near Turtle Island, its shores are dotted with fine white sand and its turquoise-colored waters are crystal clear and ideal for swimming.
8. Rough it at Tatlong Pulo Beach.
Another white sand wonder hidden in Guimaras is Tatlong Pulo Beach. Named after the three rock formations that loom in its coast, the place is perfect for adventurers and backpackers because of the absence of accommodations. If you want to spend a night to make the most out of your stay and swim to your heart's content, going camping is highly recommended.
9. See the enchanting rock formations of Baras Cave.
If you're up for a little bit of exploring, visiting Baras Cave is a must. This cave has two entrances, one of which can fit a whole boat. Here, you can go spelunking and see the cave's beautiful rock formations. You can also go swimming at the nearby Baras Beach.
10. Sample its sweet mangoes.
Of course, one simply cannot leave Guimaras without sampling its world-famous mangoes. Whether you savor the sweetness of the fruit in one of the plantations or have a taste of their delicacies made with mangoes such as mango pizza and mango bars, having a taste of the province's main produce is an experience you should not miss.
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