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

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