Sunday, September 24, 2006

How to get there

Guimaras can be reached via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Air Philippines from Manila, 9 times daily to Iloilo City. There is also a daily boat trip from Cebu and 21 trips daily by fastcraft from Bacolod. The Guimaras mainland is close to the Iloilo Harbor and reachable in 15 minutes by motorboat or ferryboat that services the island from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily. Motorized banca (pumpboat) to the different islets are available on special arrangement. Travel time is from five minutes to five hours depending on how far you wish to wander around.

The motorized banca picks up passengers from Ortiz Wharf, Iloilo City and docks at the Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. On the other hand, there is also a ferryboat, which will bring you to Jordan Wharf, available at Muelle Loney Street in front of the customhouse. Meanwhile, there is another pumpboat terminal in Parola going to Buenavista Wharf.

For those who want to bring their private vehicle, there is a Roll-on-Roll-off (Ro-Ro) service, which will take you to Jordan. The Ro-Ro picks up passengers at Lapuz La Paz. It has four trips to Guimaras from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM and another four trips from Guimaras to Iloilo from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. it will take about 30 minutes to get there via Ro-Ro. Fare is Php 20.00 per person.

There is also a Ro-Ro traveling from Negros to Guimaras and vice-versa. The Ro-Ro operates from Pulupundan to Guimaras starting from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM while it starts bringing passengers from Guimaras to Pulupandan from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

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