Monday, January 03, 2005

Guimaras Attractions

Guimaras Island is a favored destination by both foreign and domestic tourists because of its picturesque beaches, waterfalls, springs, off shore islets, and its famous mangoes, which is considered one of the sweetest in the world. Transportation within Guimaras is very convenient even for first timer tourists, just ask for assistance in the tourism outpost in Jordan Port and they will be happy to arrange transportation to your destination in Guimaras.

Guimaras Attractions

  • Guimaras Mangoes - famous for being the sweetest mangoes in the world
  • Ang Pagtaltal sa Guimaras - a Lenten presentation staged by the townspeople of Jordan patterned after Oberammergau in South Bavaria, Germany. The final act of the play shows Jesus being taken off and laid on his mother’s lap. The trip is climaxed by a visit to Balaan Bukid (Holy Mountain). It is a pilgrimage site for the Catholics.
  • Mountain Bike Festival - a multi-event team sports (mountain biking, coastal and mountain trekking, a call to rediscover, and adventure). Guimaras Mountain Bike Association (GUIMBA) spearheads Governor’s Cup Mountain Bike and Downhill Competitions. The mission is to promote bicycling as a sport, environmentalism as a way of life, and Guimaras as an ecotourism destination.
  • Mountainbiking - despite being located on a flat coastal plain with few of the terrain features most people associate with extreme cycling, Iloilo City is home to one of the country's most dedicated mountain biking groups, the Iloilo Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). Their principal playground is Guimaras, a rugged 580sq. km formation of coral rock just across Iloilo harbor, a 20 min. boat ride from the city. Guimaras is noted for plantations of mango trees, locally believed to produce the finest fruit in the country, and the excellent beaches dotting the outer shore. The island is also home to one of the country's wildest mountain bike races.
  • Manggahan Sa Guimaras Festival - an identity festival commemorating the annual provincehood anniversary every 22nd day of May depicting the cultural heritage of the province with emphasis on the promotion of Guimaras as “mango country”. A week-long celebration showcasing Guimaras products, cuisine, and services. Highlighted with the Search for Miss Guimaras and Miss Manggahan.
Guimaras Attractions in Jordan
  • Biri Cave (Poblacion) - can be reached at the side of the mountain. Its entrance is low and narrow and can be accessed by crawling
  • Higante Cave - located at a lot owned by Mr. & Mrs. Nemesio Galve in Bgy. Espinosa, Jordan. It has 3 entrances, 3x4 ft. wide, 2x3 ft. wide, 2x3 ft. wide. It is 200 meters long more or less and could be found on top of the hill. Nipa huts are available with a good glimpse of Iloilo Strait. Has an abundant of stalagmites and stalactites.
  • Buho Ramirez Cave (Bgy. Lawi) - it is a small cave but the entire entrance is going down more or less about 40-50 ft. deep. It has 3 openings with gushing water. Studies show that it could be a good source of spring water that can supply 2 barangays with 429 households.
  • Tatlong Pulo - (Brgy Sinapsapan)
  • Guevara Beach - (Sinapsapan)
  • Macopo Falls - (Sta. Terestita)
  • Natagong Beach - (Sinapsapan)
  • Trappist Monastery (San Miguel) - the only trappist monastery in the Philippines run by the order of Cistersians of the Strict Observance.
  • Balaan Bukid Shrine (Hoskyn). where a large cross and a chapel were constructed on top of a mountain. Offers a scenic view of Iloilo City across Guimaras Strait.
  • The Southern Orchard (Ravina) - second largest mango plantation in Guimaras. It is a 220 hectare plantation with 14,000 trees. It is accessible in 10 to 15 minutes by public utility jeep form Jordan Wharf
  • Ave Maria (Lawi, Jordan)
Guimaras Attractions in Nueva Valencia
  • Guisi Lighthouse (Dolores) - an 18th Century Structure with Spanish ruins located on top of the mountain, making it very visible during nighttime to guide mariners passing though Guimaras
  • Punta Tando Beach (Tando)
  • Guisi Beach(Dolores)
  • Guiwad Beach (Dolores)
  • Mabalud Beach (Igang)
  • Dalum Balas (Tando)
  • Beaches at Panobolon Island, Unisna, Guiwanon, Yato
  • Taklong Island (La Paz)
  • Rumagangrang Beach (Cabalagnan)
  • Aquaculture farms (Nueva Valencia and Sibunag) - aquaculture farms in the coastal areas of barangays San Antonio and Igdarapdap in Nueva Valencia and barangays Algeria are another off-cicuit farm sites.
  • SEAFDEC Igang Marine Substation (Magamay, Nueva Valencia) - the sub station complex is composed of several islats inter connected by a network of pontoon boardwalks. Attached to the boardwalks are experient and propagation pens for commercial fishes.
  • Eli Sustidio Farm (Concordia) -it is a 5 hectare farm known for its cashew and is also planted with napier grass that is used as feeds for small herd of cattle
  • Tiniguiban Islet (Igang)
Guimaras Attractions in Buenavista
  • Buenavista Wharf / McArthur’s Wharf - it was built by Lt. Douglas McArthur in 1903
  • Punta Blanco & Camp Jossman (Tinadtaran) - target range and military camp constructed by the United States Army in 1903
  • Suli Cave (Sitio Boro-Boro) - located along the shore passing through different holes. If you explore further, the holes will lead you to a scenic lake.
  • Villa Fe Daliran Cave and Summer Resort (Old Poblacion) - it is accessible by jeepney or tricycle from Buenavista Wharf in 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Beaches of San Miguel and Navalas
  • Siete Picados (Gentulio)
  • Navalas Church (Navalas) - the oldest existing Roman Catholic Church in the province of Guimaras that has survived the ravages of time.
  • Roca Encantada (Buenavista) - summer house of the Lopez family built in 1910 on top of a huge rock.
  • Lopezville - panoramic vacation house of the Lopez family; offers a picturesque view of Iloilo City.
  • Good Shepherd's Fold Academy - 45-hectare orphanage; offers high school, vocational training, practical arts, and sciences; built in 1946.
  • Oro Verde Mango Plantation (Pina) - one of the largest mango plantation in Guimaras as declared by the Department of Tourism as one of three pilot agri-tourism destinations in the Philippines
  • Guimaras Tree Farm (Gentulio) - a mango plantation accessible in 45 minutes by jeepney
Guimaras Attractions in Sibunag
  • Isla Nauay
  • Us-usan
  • Guimaras Beekeepers Association Cooperative (GBC) - (Sitio Casilian, Concordia) - processes products like honey, propolis or natural anti-biotic, bread with honey, candle with bee wax soap with honey. They also have a conference room to accommodate 30 persons
  • Krystell Citrus Farm and Nursery (Oracon) - it is a 30hectare farm which is fully planted with citrus fruit trees such as clamansi, pomelo, and oranges
Guimaras Attractions in San Lorenzo
  • Beaches of Igcawayan and Cabano
  • Salvador Farm (Brgy Suclaran) - located in an elevated part of the farm planted with different fruit brearing trees, corn and vegetables.
  • An-an Calamansi Farm (Gaban) - this farm spread over a rolling terrain with good view of the hills of Buenavista and Iloilo Strait. The farm is fully panted with calamansi.
  • Sebario Salt Farms (Sebario) - the typical salt farm or salt drying bed but converted as a fish pond on certain wet seasons.
  • Tumalintinan Point (Suclaran)

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