If you’re looking for a great escapade away from the city, Guimaras has a lot of destinations to offer. This province is part of the Western Visayas and regardless if it’s your first time to get here or not, you will be amazed by the natural and historical places here. It is also a province visited by most foreigners and local citizens. Whether it’s your long vacation leave from work or just a weekend getaway, you will surely get surprised by lots of beaches, churches, waterfalls, little islands and many more. To give you a list of the destinations where you can go to, here are the top tourist spots in Guimaras.
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Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Guimaras
For those wishing to find an ocean escape in Guimaras, Alubihod Beach tops your choices of beaches here. This top destination doesn’t have pure white sands if compared to Boracay and Palawan but we’re 100% sure that it has its own charm and beauty. You can do activities here such as beach volleyball and frisbee. If you want a more adventurous journey, you can do island hopping originating from this beach.
One of the top tourist spots in Guimaras is the Guisi Lighthouse. Located in Nueva Valencia, you will find the historic lighthouse that has been standing since the 18th century when Spaniards colonized the country. It is build near the Guisi beach and serves as a guide for fishermen and mariners who are having their sea journey.
Founded in 1972, Our Lady of the Philippines Trappist Monastery is the one and only trappist monastery in the country. It is facilitated by the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance monks. If you want a peaceful trip, you may want to drop by this sacred tourist spot in Guimaras.
Situated in Navalas Road, Buenavista is another sacred destination called the Navalas Church. This church is built in 1880 and is believed to be the oldest church of Roman Catholics. It is also the last existing church heritage in Guimaras. It’s worthy to visit if you’re someone who’s looking for historic places in Western Visayas.
San Lorenzo Wind Farm
San Lorenzo Wind Farm is definitely a must-visit place among the top tourist spots in Guimaras. It is quite different from beaches and churches because this place promotes reduction of the province’s greenhouse gases. It is environmental-friendly and beautiful at the same time. If you’re up for some wind turbines sight seeing, make sure to drop by the San Lorenzo Wind Farm!
Taklong Island National Marine Reserve
Nueva Valencia is truly a haven of different wonders. Here, you can also find the Taklong Island National Marine Reserves–one of the marine protected sites in the country. This place is established to make a safe home for marine resources. During your visit here, you hop on the islands of Taklong climb the lighthouse for an overview of the rest of the island.
How to get to Guimaras
There is no commercial airport ion Guimaras. Your best option is to fly to Iloilo. From Iloilo Airort, you can take a van to Iloilo City Proper. From there take a tricycle to Ortiz Wharf, then take a boat to Jordan Wharf which is only about 15 minutes away. The boat leaves every 15 minutes. The first trip is at 5:30 AM and the last trip is at 7:30 PM.