Last updated on July 19th, 2020 at 10:26 am
Guimaras Island is located southwest of Panay Island and northwest of Negros Island, Guimaras has dry and wet seasons. We will write how to get from Iloilo to Guimaras, Bacolod City, Cebu and Manila.
Guimaras is mangoes province and we loved it! We belive that Filipino mangoes are the best in the world. Now let’s go to the transportation guide to visit Guimaras Island. If you want to read about our favorite Guimaras tourist spots!
How to get from Iloilo to Guimaras
How to get from Iloilo to Guimaras Island by Ferry
If you want to get from Iloilo to Guimaras. There are ferries from IloIlo wharf going to Jordan and Buenavista in Guimaras Island. The boat ride will take 15 minutes from Iloilo to Guimaras. And costs as cheap as 15 PHP during day time and 22 PHP at night.
If you are staying in Iloilo City, there are jeepneys, taxis and tricycles going to the wharf. It will take you 15-20 minutes to reach the wharf from the city.
Read here all the things to do in Iloilo City!
How to get from Bacolod to Guimaras
If you want to get from Bacolod to Guimaras. You have to ride a jeepney going Libertad Market the price is 8.50 PHP per person. Once you are in Libertad Market, you have to walk a couple of minutes to SaveMore where jeepneys are leaving to Pulupandan.
The travel times Bacolod to Guimaras is around hour and it costs 30 PHP to the ferry port. The ferry going to Sibunag in Guimaras leaves early in the morning, before 8 am. The ferry going to San Lorenzo leaves at 11 am, so take note of the schedule since there is only one boat leaving daily. The boat takes an hour and it costs 100 PHP for an adult and 50 PHP for a 6 years old if you are traveling with a kid like we did going from Bacolod to Guimaras Island.
We had a hard time riding this boat and the water was coming inside since it’s so windy getting to San Lorenzo in Guimaras Island. Maybe it’s better if you choose the other route coming from Iloilo City. Just expect a difficult ride if you ride the boat. It’s limited to 55 people but they also add motorbikes, sacks and we think is overloaded based on what we saw aside from getting dizzy during the ride.
Maybe if you take the boat leaving at 8 am the water isn’t so waivy but we didn’t have this experience!
Read here Things to do in Bacolod City!
How to get to Guimaras island from Manila
If you want to get Guimaras Island from Manila. You have to take a plane to Iloilo City. There are companies like Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific with daily flights. Once you are in Iloilo City there are two ports Ortiz and Parola Wharf. The boat takes 15 minutes and it costs 15 PHP, this is the way that we did from Guimaras Island to Iloilo City. And the ticket is 15 PHP at day time and 22 PHP night time.
How to get to Guimaras Island from Cebu
If you want to get to Guimaras Island from Cebu you have to ride the Fast Craft from Cebu to Iloilo City. Once in Iloilo City same instructions that above from Manila reaching Paola or Ortiz Wharf to take 15 minutes ride boat. Prices are 15 PHP and the boats are leaving during the day starting around 5 am to 8 pm. The schedule of the boats are around 7 PM from Monday to Saturday. There two companies Cokaliong and Trans Asia and prices are bounding between 900-1000 PHP for economy class. The travel time is around 12 hours.
Where to Stay in Guimaras Island
NUEVA VALENCIA AREA
We chose to stay in Alubihod Beach since the beach is so beautiful and the Guimaras Island tour was starting from this area in Guimaras Island. The prices are little bit more expensive than other areas in the Philippines. If you go on a budget, the cheapest room that you can find around Alubihod Beach will be around 1500 PHP.
JANNAH GLYCEL BEACH HOUSE
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We stayed at Jannah Glycel Beach House where they have their own private beach. They have Wifi connection in the reception and the restaurant but not in the rooms. They organize Guimaras Island tours and prices are the same in the other resorts in Alubihod Beach.
RAYMEN BEACH RESORT
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There are more options to stay at in Guimaras Island like Raymen Beach Resort if you want to stay in Alubihod Beach as we did. They also have their own private beach and they organize Guimaras Island tour. Prices of the rooms start from 1800 PHP.
SAN LORENZO AREA
San Lorenzo is a municipality in Guimaras Island famous for its wind farms or windmill farms. These wind farms provide energy to the place and it also acts as a tourism boost to the island. There isn’t too many places to stay at in San Lorenzo Area that can be found online but here are two that we found.
THE CLARA BEACH
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The Clara Beach is a beach resort in Guimaras that offers a great experience to their guests because of the recreational activities you can do here. For just as low as $7 USD, you’ll enjoy their private beach and outdoor pool. Most of their affordable rooms are simple but can give you a comfortable sleep. They offer more comfortable rooms with private bathroom and air conditioning but expect to pay more. The Clara Beach also has its own coffee shop and restaurant serving mostly Filipino food which you’ll love! The guests love the hospitality of the staff, the cleanliness of the rooms, and comfort plus facilities of The Clara Beach.
The Clara Beach can be found at Guimaras Circumferential Road, San Lorenzo.
PLAYA DE PARAISO RESORT
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Lastly, Playa de Paraiso Resort is another option for places where to stay in Guimaras Island. Like the one above, it also has a private beach and outdoor pool. This resort just offers more comfort for their guests but also pricier. You can book a room for one-night stay for as low as $37 USD. Most of their rooms are air conditioned and has a free Wi-fi connection and TV, but not all. Some also has views to the sea or the pool. If you get hungry, don’t worry because they have a restaurant where you can order some food. The guests love the service of their staff, as well as the airport transfer you can avail for another charge.
Playa de Paraiso Resort is located at Brgy. San Enrique, San Lorenzo.
Hope it’s useful this travel guide how to get from Iloilo to Guimaras. And how to get from Bacolod to Guimaras, Manila and Cebu. Let us know in the comments below if there are any changes in prices of schedule. So we can update them!
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