Guimaras is an island province in the Philippines known as the home of the sweetest mangoes in the world and also known for its beautiful tourist spots. It is blessed with white sand beaches, islands, marine sanctuaries and mountains.
Guimaras is located in Western Visayas Region in the Philippines, a sandwich island province between the islands of Panay and Negros. The capital municipality is Jordan and people speak of Hiligaynon, Kinaray-a, Ati, Filipino and English languages. There are just around 200,000+ residents in the province.
The island province of Guimaras is one of the top tourist destinations in the country as well as its nearby islands. If you are planning to visit here so soon, below are the best tourist spots in Guimaras to make your trip worth it.
Top 10 Tourist Spots in Guimaras
1. Guisi Beach
Guisi Beach is one of the famous tourist spots in Guimaras. It is a considerable stretch of golden yellow sand beach and emerald green waters. Visitors found this very alluring since the sea water in the shore is so transparent that one would see through the sand or pebbles below then as one goes on, color turns to emerald green to blue waters. Interesting rock formations can also be found in both ends of the beach perfect for swimming, cliff jumping or just taking beautiful pictures. For overnight stay, there are two beach resorts in Guisi Beach to choose from.
Guisi Beach is located in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
2. Guisi Lighthouse
Guisi Lighthouse, just near Guisi Beach, is another one of the known tourist spots in Guimaras. It is an 18th century old Spanish lighthouse that served as a navigational aid to sailors cruising the Guimaras Strait, the second oldest lighthouse in the country. On the way to the lighthouse, one can notice the remains of the ruined structures in the area. Although there is a sign that it is not safe to climb, most courageous ones do. A careful climb to a spiral staircase would lead to the top of the lighthouse where breath-taking panoramic view of the Guimaras Strait and Guisi Beach awaits.
Guisi Lighthouse is located in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
3. Tatlong Pulo Beach
Tatlong Pulo Beach is one of the beautiful tourist spots in Guimaras. It is a secluded and underdeveloped cove with white sand beach and crystal clear waters. In the beach, one can find three small islets in front of it, hence the name. Visitors say you can cross it on your own on low tide and visit these small islets or rent a boat to explore it on high tide. No fancy amenities or whatsoever but a humble cottages. Getting here could be rough, but it will be worth it. This is a perfect place for relaxation.
Tatlong Pulo Beach is located in Jordan, Guimaras.
4. Taklong Island National Marine Sanctuary
One of the best places to visit in Guimaras is the Taklong Island National Marine Sanctuary. It is a protected marine area in Guimaras being maintained by the University of the Philippines Visayas of nearby Iloilo province. Registration and accommodation are on donation rate. It is composed of many small islands with lush vegetation. One can explore the vast mangroves, secluded coves, white sand beaches and sandbars. A lighthouse on top of a hill will give a beautiful view of the entire island and the vast sea.
Taklong Island National Marine Sanctuary is located in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
5. Alubihod Beach
Alubihod Beach is one of the most famous tourist spots in Guimaras, the most popular beach destination in the entire island. It is a public beach with a long stretch of somewhat fine creamy sand beach mixed with some red smooth pebbles. Though it is a public beach, it is clean and same goes with the sea water. This is a favorite destination among locals and tourists that flocks especially on holidays or summer. Perimeter floaters on the beach can be noticed preventing swimmers on going too far. Alubihod Beach is the jump-off point for island hopping activities in Guimaras
Alubihon Beach Resorts: Alobijod Cove | Raymen’s Beach Resort | California Beach Resort
Alubihod Beach is located in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras.
6. Turtle Island
Turtle Island is one of the beautiful islands in Guimaras that should be included in your island hopping tour if you arrange it on Alubihod Beach. It is a famous sanctuary of sea turtles, hence the name. It has also a pristine beach with clear waters, though the sand is not that fine. It is an inhabited island where the caretaker/s will approach you for registration when you dock in the island and a small fee is collected for the maintenance of the island. More turtles can be found in Lawi Marine Turtle Rescue Center.
Turtle Island is located in Jordan, Guimaras.
7. Ave Maria Islet
One of the famous tourist spots in Guimaras is the Ave Maria Islet, a small island just near Turtle Island. It has pure white sand beach and alluring crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkeling. School of fishes can be sighted especially when snorkeling. One can also do cliff diving on the rocky side of the island. There is a long sandbar that will be visible during low tide. There are also many rock formations in the islet with lush of green vegetation. It is an uninhabited island and no great amenities but simple nipa huts near the rocks.
Ave Maria Islet is located in Jordan, Guimaras.
8. Natago Beach
Another hidden gem of Guimaras is the Natago Beach. It is a very amazing hidden beach in the province enclosed with huge limestones with very alluring crystal clear waters. One can swim under the suspended ends of the limestones to have some shade just be careful with the current. During low tide, a beautiful white sand on the shore will appear including a sandbar that connects the limetones borders on both ends.
Natago Beach is located in Jordan, Guimaras.
9. Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) is one of the famous tourist spots in Guimaras, commonly a part of island-hopping itinerary in the province. It is composed of four islets with floating fish cages interconnected by floating foot bridges. This is a perfect place for kids even adults to witness and learn something out of this marine reserve. This is where studies are conducted and different marine lifeforms are being cultured like giant clams, sea horse, turtles and more from small to giant fishes. One can also feed them even interact with them. You’ll surely learn a lot here.
Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) is located in Lawi, Jordan, Guimaras.
10. Balaan Bukid (Holy Mountain)
Balaan Bukid (Holy Mountain) is one of the famous tourist destination in Guimaras for locals and foreign pilgrims. During Holy Week there is a special reenactment of the Jesus Christ’s crucifixion called Pagtaltal in this mountain where a man carrying a cross will actually be crucified atop the hill. People found it not easy on the way up but also not too hard. Some described the ambiance of the road going to the top is very soothing to the soul most especially if you reach the top. There is a chapel and a giant cross at the top and a breath-taking panoramic view of Iloilo Strait.
Balaan Bukid (Holy Mountain) is located in Jordan, Guimaras.