Thursday, November 05, 2009

Zemkamps Chalet - Your Home in Guimaras Island

Seeking for a place to stay where you can experience the lush island scenery and laid back atmosphere of Guimaras, while still enjoying personalized service and great amenities at a reasonable rate? Better check out Zemkamps Chalet, your second home in Guimaras.

The inviting entrance to Zemkamps Chalet

Zemkamps Chalet was originally built as a family vacation home that was recently renovated and opened to the public. The charming chalet sports a country style architecture and prides itself for maintaining its natural and cozy atmosphere, attributes that have made its guests feel right at home.

Zemkamps Chalet has 10 uniquely designed and fully air-conditioned guestrooms equipped with its own private toilet and bath. Native materials have been used as furnishings for the chalet. It also has a muti-purpose room, ideal for business meetings, seminars, conferences and small social events that can accommodate 30 to 40 persons and an al-fresco roof deck that can hold as much as 50 to 100 persons.

Cozy Airconditioned Rooms of Zemkamps Chalet

Zemkamps Chalet is strategically located along the main highway in New Site, San Miguel, Jordan (just beside the Guimaras Provincial Capitol). It is an ideal base camp for explore the famous attractions of Guimaras Island, which are approximately just 10-15 minutes away by land transportation from Zemkamps Chalet.

Multi-purpose function room

Al fresco roof deck with a well stocked bar

If you're interested about staying at Zemkamps Chalet you may contact them through phone - (+63 33) 237-1388 or visit their website at

Monday, April 06, 2009

Roca Encantada - Heritage and Summer House of the Lopez Clan

Roca Encantada
One of Guimaras’ famous landmarks is the summer house of the Lopez Clan built atop a hill, also known as Roca Encantada or “Enchanted Rock”. The house was built in 1910 in honor of Doña Presentación Hofilena Lopez. Suprisingly despite the modern exterior, the idyllic mansion is a “heritage house” as declared by the National Heritage Institute.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

How to Get to Guimaras

Iloilo City is the primary gateway to Guimaras. From Iloilo City, there are two main jump off points to Guimaras, which includes Parola (for ferries bound for Buenavista, Guimaras) and Ortiz Port (for ferries bound for Jordan, Guimaras).

Ortiz Port
Ortiz Port is located in Ortiz St., Iloilo City (near University of Iloilo). It is the busiest jump off point to Guimaras because the ferries bound for Jordan, the capital town of Guimaras, are stationed here. Tourists transit Ortiz Port to go to popular beaches (such as Alubihod) found in Nueva Valencia town.

Ortiz Port Location Map

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Parola is located at the mouth of the Iloilo River (near the Iloilo Domestic Port). Ferries bound for McArthur Port in Buenavista town, Guimaras are stationed at Parola.

Parola Location Map

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There are ferries leaving Parola and Ortiz ports every 15 minutes and the trip lasts about 10 minutes. There are daily trips from sunrise to sunset, night trips are rare because of the danger of navigating the Iloilo Strait during nighttime. The fare approximately costs P10-P20,

Roll-on Roll-off

The jump off point from Iloilo City is in Muelle Loney (Iloilo River Wharf). The RORO vessel is bound for the RORO Port in Brgy. Hoskyn, Jordan, Guimaras. There's a service daily from Iloilo-Guimaras. During weekdays, there are 4 trips a day (8:30am, 10:30:am, 3:00pm, 5:30pm) and 2 trips a day at weekends (8:30am, 5:30pm). . For more information contact F.F CRUZ SHIPPING CORPORATION at the following numbers (63)(033)3371046/3369329/3364195 (Lapuz, Iloilo City and (033)5811701 (Jordan, Guimaras)

Roll-on Roll-off Route Location Map

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Guisi Beach and Lighthouse

Guisi Point, situated in Brgy. Dolores in the town of Nueva Valencia, is one of many attraction in Guimaras Island. Guisi Beach and Lighthouse featuresa short coastline of golden-yellow sand and clear waters, an 18th century Spanish-colonial lighthouse, coves, and stunning rock formations.

This natural enclave offers protection from typhoons and storms because it is surrounded by hills. Its azure waters is simply conducive for relaxing. A hike will take you to an 18th century lighthouse built atop a hill during the Spanish-colonial Time. It was built to guide mariners passing through Guimaras Island. The 15-minute trek provides a nice view of the beach. Once you reach the top you will see ruins of a Spanish settlement.

Although the condition of the old lighthouse is already in disarray the Guimarasnons takes pride in having the second oldest lighthouse, next to Aparri, Cagayan.

During late afternoon, you can kick back in the sea shore and watch a beautiful sunset unfold before your eyes.

You can hire one of the locals to give you a tour of the outlying area by means of a rowboat so you’ll be able to see packets of narrow beaches, coves, and rock formations nearby.

There are accommodations available in Guisi but I recommend only going there during the day because the place is not so developed in terms of providing visitors a place where they can stay comfortably for the night. Alubihod, which is a 15-20 minute ride from Guisi offers a much more comfortable place to spend the night in.

Going there: From Iloilo City, take a pump boat ride to Jordan Port in Ortiz St., City Proper. Once there, the Guimaras Tourism Office can help you find transportation if you wish to travel by land (Multicab = P500 for One-way and P800 for Roundtrip) or by sea (Small pump boat = P700). The travel time from Iloilo to Guisi is approximately 1hr and 30mins.

Contact Person: Rosie Gaitan
Contact Number: 09195636688

Monday, March 30, 2009

Guimaras Mangoes

Guimaras is infamous for its mangoes, reputed to be the sweetest mangoes in the world. It is the province's top export and has reached American and Austrlian markets as well as the tables of some of the world's most dignified people/institutions.

If you're ever in Guimaras. You must have a pit stop at Alibhon market in Nueva Valencia town get a taste of the famed Guimaras Mangoes.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Baras Beach Resort

Baras Beach Resort is a great island hideaway in Guimaras. Hidden in a sheltered inlet, it’s the perfect place to take a relaxing break from the fast paced city life. Upon entering the bay, you will see several cottages built with inspirations of Indonesian architecture each hovering on the coast overlooking the sea and surrounded by verdant foliage.

Guimaras Baras Cliffs

Guimaras Baras Beach Resort

Table tennis, Pool Table, Darts, Volleyball, Basketball, Dinghy Rowing and Canoe Paddling are available free of charge in Baras Beach Resort. You can take one of the boats around the bay and snorkel around the coral gardens near the coast.

Guimaras Baras Beach Resort

Guimaras Baras Beach Resort

Visitors can hire a pumpboat in Baras Beach Resort for a tour around interesting places to explore like caves, interesting coral formations, a turtle sanctuary in turtle island, SEAFDEC Research Station, Taklong Island Marine Reserve, Pulang Pasayan, Natago Beach Resort, and Isla Naburot.

One of the turtles in Turtle Island

One of the turtles in Turtle Island

Baras Beach Resort has a total of 10 cottages with rates starting at only P700. Each cottage can accommodate two to six persons and the resort can hold a total of 30 pax. The jump-off point to Baras Beach Resort is in Alubihod Bay in Brgy. Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, which is just 15 minutes away by pumpboat or motorized outrigger.When planning to go to Baras Beach Resort, it is important to inform the resort of your arrival so that they can prepare the transportation and accommodation.

Guimaras Baras Beach Resort

Guimaras Baras Beach Resort

Contact Details:
Baras Beach Resort
Contact Person: Mike Araneta
Mobile: 09102101768

Monday, March 23, 2009

Trappist Monastery

Trappist Monastery, Guimaras

The Trappist Monastery grounds is a peaceful and sacred enclave in Guimaras run by monks of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance. These monks follow the rule of St. Benedict and are best known for the extreme austerity or strictness that characterizes their discipline.

Trappist Monastery, Guimaras

The monks earn a living by selling souvenir items and processed foods such as jellies, jams, candies, piyaya and more, which are sold in a small shop within the monastery grounds. All the products are from ingredients grown in the Trappist grounds.

Trappist Monastery, Guimaras

You can tour the monastery grounds, visit their prayer areas. Don’t forget to talk with the monks and nuns. They’re all friendly and are full of wise thoughts and things to contemplate about while you’re spending your time in serenity. There are also guest houses available at reasonable prices for those who would want a retreat from the stresses of life.

Trappist Monastery, Guimaras

The Trappist Monastery is located in Bgy. San Miguel, Jordan Town in Guimaras. From Iloilo, Jordan, Guimaras can be reached by riding a pumpboat in Ortiz St., Iloilo City. Then from Jordan Port, one can arrange transportation to the Trappist Monastery with the help of the Provincial Tourism Office Outpost. It is approximately a 20-30 minute multicab / jeepney ride from the Jordan Port.

Contact Person: Guest Master Rev. Fr. Bruno Mendoza
Contact Numbers: (63)(033) 5813385 / 09274634465 /5913393

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Costa Aguada Island Resort

Situated in the peaceful surroundings of Inampulugan Island, this stunning resort is one of the most popular in the area.. The resort is easily accessed by a relaxing 45-minute boat ride from the mainland and gives guests a chance to see the amazing array of Islands in the area. Each f the 68 rooms are beautifully designed and offer air-conditioning satellite TV and a balcony area to relax and enjoy the marvelous setting. The Costa Aguada Island Resort includes several restaurants including The Coconut Pavilion, which specializes in fresh seafood and a large swimming pool complete with bar and there are also riding stables where guests can ride horses around the hotels vast grounds.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Gov't eyes end to Guimaras oil recovery efforts by March 15

Iloilo City (3 January) -- March 15 or 16 are the expected dates when the recovery of the remaining bunker oil from the sunken MT Solar I in Guimaras island shall have been finished.

Secretary Rafael Coscolluela, Presidential Adviser for western Visayas and chair of the Task Force Oil Spill said in yesterday's press brieifing that preparations are being done for the needed requirements for the SONSUP, an Italian firm based in Singapore, contracted to conduct the massive siphoning operations.
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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

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