If there is one fruit in this world that I can’t live without – without a doubt, it would be mangoes. Be it indian mangoes, kalabaw, or ripe mangoes – you name it. I grew up loving everything mango – from flavored juice, shake, drinks, candies, desserts, or even just paired with rice. Just writing this post makes me crave for mangoes.
They say that the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines can be found in Guimaras – one of the smallest islands in the country. Since we were in Bacolod, it would be a waste not to visit this beautiful province specially for a mango fan like me! Since it is one of the smallest islands, it’s possible to tour the island even with tricycle alone! 🙂
HOW TO GET THERE?
From Bacolod, go to the South Bus Terminal and ride a bus going to Pulupandan Wharf. Travel is around 45 minutes and fare is P20 only for the ordinary bus. There were taxis asking us to pay P700 and we found it really expensive.
From Pulupandan, ride a trike going to the port. Fare is P20 each.
We arrived at the Pulupandan Wharf around 7:30AM, secured our tickets (P90 each) and waited for our boat. The schedule was 8:30AM however, since there were lots of passengers, we departed ahead of schedule. Travel time is 45 minutes. Be there really early since the next boat trip would be around 12noon.
WHERE TO STAY?
Guimaras offers a lot of affordable hotels and beach resorts. If you wish to stay in the island, you can book thru Agoda.
Here are our pictures from our day tour in Guimaras
The M/BCA Panchito II – Know the last trip of the boat and be sure not to miss it. During our stay, the boat only had 2 trips and we needed to get back at around 3PM so we could go back to Bacolod.
Upon arrival in the island, you’ll be asked to sign in the tourism log. We were a group of 4 and is fit for a tricycle tour. Rate is P1500, we haggled for P1000 but the last price was P1200. The tourism officer would suggest places to visit and it is possible to go to all for a day tour. Since the last boat schedule was around 3PM, we only had a half day tour.
Here is our tricycle for our day tour in Guimaras
First stop is the Guimaras Windmills
You haven’t been to Guimaras if you don’t have a picture here at the famous landmark!
It was around lunch time and there’s no better place to be than The Pitstop Restaurant!
They offer the famous Mango Pizza and it was soooo good! The best tasting pizza I had! I’d go back to Guimaras anytime for this!
Mango Shake found in the market for only P10. Keeps you hydrated :)
Mangoes ranges from P60 to P100 per kilo – half the price from the ones in Manila! We were offered a free taste and yes, Guimaras has the sweetest mangoes in the country!
Pasalubong – of course everything mango! <3
The Mango Farm – This place reminded me of the movie Forevermore – starring Jericho Rosales and Kristine Hermosa. I thought it was filmed here in Guimaras. And lastly, it was not harvest time so no mangoes can be seen from the trees haha.
A view on our way to the lighthouse
La Pachira Ocean View Resort
The Guisi Lighthouse – second oldest lighthouse in the Philippines. It was windy and the ruins and sea were beautiful. Ask for permission first and be careful when you climb the watchtower, it is rusty and I got dizzy when I reached the top. The view from there was breathtaking!
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