If there’s an Island Souvenir store that sells a statement shirt with “I love Guimaras Island” on it, I probably have one already. I just love collecting souvenir shirts from different local and international destinations.
Beach in Guimaras
In a country that has more than 7,000 islands, it’s almost impossible to pick the ‘best’ one, but Guimaras is definitely in the running. With so many destinations that I have been to, Why do I just have less than two dozens of souvenir shirts? Its simply because, I don’t want to buy just for the sake of having one, I want quality shirts with beautiful prints on it. That’s the reason why I don’t have a Guimaras shirt:(
In case you don’t know or maybe you’re inside the bat cave when it happened. Guimaras became more popular in 2006 when an oil tanker carrying bunker fuel sank off the coast of the province and spilled over 500,000 liters of oil. I was so disappointed when that happened and I thought I will never see the beauty of this island. With the help of various non-profit organizations, local and international environmental organization and the national government, Guimaras is back on its feet as if nothing happened.
Guimaras Mango Tree
One of the things that makes Guimaras a great destination is that if you like island hopping, there aren’t many better bases. You can catch a day trip or day tour in Guimaras Island to dozens of places by just renting a van or a jeepney in one of the two port area in Guimaras.
San Isidro Labrador Church in Navalas
There’s something truly astounding about stepping onto a small island and knowing (or should I say pretending) that you are the only one there. I wanted to check out Isla Naburot which looks incredibly swanky and posh in some photos I saw online, but I heard that it’s a forbidden place unless you are invited as a guest or you have a reservation there. Too bad for me, I lost my invitation LOL.
The highlights of my day tour of Guimaras Island were the turtle Dagsaan Ecopark, Roca Encantada and San Isidro Labrador Church in Navalas. I know there’s so many things to visit in Guimaras but all the three tourist spots I’ve been to was totally incredible.
Melo in Dagsaan Ecopark
Guimaras is the perfect place to island hop. There are so many day trips and day tours to choose from, that I will probably be here for a couple of weeks and still not see everything I’d like to.
With so little time, I know I missed so many sweet fruits, enchanting shores and interesting people but i promise…. I’ll find myself in in the island pretty soon.