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Thursday, October 21, 2010

DO-IT-YOURSELF GUIMARAS


DO-IT-YOURSELF GUIMARAS

From Bacolod we took the supercat and availed of the Tourist Class Roundtrip Promo fare for only P410 per person exclusive of terminal &Bredco fees. We then had a walking tour of Iloilo. We ate and bought pasalubong @Deco's ILOILO. We then went to Ortiz Wharf near University of Iloilo and Sta. Maria Catholic School (aka Ateneo de Iloilo) where I bought a ticket from a ticket booth which cost me P 13.00.  I gathered that the first boat trip is always at 6:00 a.m. boats leave every 15 minutes thereafter.

My new-found ILONGGO friends, habagat central and explore iloilo walk with me towards the boat located @ the endmost part of the wharf. We then said our goodbyes. I then sat on the boat together with other Guimaras bound passengers. Capacity of boat is around 40 to 50, and there's noticeably enough floatation devices located up above passenger heads. Don't be shocked if motorcycles board the boat too.

It was a rocky 15 minutes ride to Guimaras because of the tropical storm Juan that affected Northern, Central Luzon.

In Jordan wharf, I passed by the Tourist Information Center booth by the waiting shed.  Tourist have to register here. The Tourist Information guy will give you suggestions where to go and what to do if you come sort of unprepared. The kind personnel gave me brochures and map of Guimaras, and even helped me with my bags and accompanied me to the Nueva Valencia bound jeepneys, just a few meters from the wharfFare from Jordan Wharf to Alubihod is P25.00 per person but they usually asked tourist additional fee of P2.00 =P27.00

The jeepney driver was so kind he dropped me off @ the corner of BUZZ gasoline station and instructed me to ride a trike going to Raymens Beach Resort , fare is P 20.00/ person

My room is called yellow bell 1, a fan room, which can accomodate 1 to 4 persons, with own CR,  for only P 700/ night. I got  a discount of P 100.00 so I paid only P 600.00  It's near the beach and the billiard area of the resort. It has its own sala, good for barkada bonding. I am quiet disappointed though, with the drainage system of the toilet bowl and the floor drain, it was clogged. Plus they don't provide towels.

I just slept the whole afternoon, because it was raining.  Yeah, I needed a lot of sleep after our Masskara coverage in Bacolod.  At around 7 p.m. I went out to eat @ the resort's canteen. I had green Guimaras Mango Shake P 45.00 and Pork Barbecue P 130.00 plus one serving of rice  P 15.00 Total bill is only P 180.00. There is a 10% service charge if you wanted to eat by the beach.

I did not able to finish the barbecue, so I just instructed them to reheat it the following day for my breakfast and I just pre-order MILO -P 15.00 and RICE P 15.00 = P 30.00. 

I woke up to a smiling sunshine the next day.  After my hearty breakfast, I went swimming, and snorkeling. The waves are too strong, and I couldn't see a thing underwater, so I decided to do my Guimaras photo shoot instead and enjoyed it to the max. 

I hitched ride to a police patrol car going back to the Jeepney station. I saved P 40.00 -cost of trike from Raymen's to the jeepney station.

The Jordan Wharf bound jeepney cost me only   P25.00

Jordan Wharf to Ortiz wharf in Iloilo cost me only P 13.00

My total Guimaras experience P 906.00 ONLY!!!!  Complete with meals, overnight accommodation, transport to and from Iloilo.

Enjoy Guimaras!!!!


22 comments:

KC Canlas | Spread Some Awesome said...

Will remember this when I visit Guimaras. Been wanting to go to that place for a long time now. That's so cheap!

ROMELO ITONG said...

906 PHP, that's cheap... I'm guessing that's per person right?

violy vallester said...

Alam mo Nung auditor pa ako sa Azucarera I used to stay like 5 months in a year dyan sa la Carlota, lagi Lang ako sa Bacolod pag weekend pasyal sa Bacolod Lang or tourist attractions near kanlaon. But never been outside negros, kakainis Hanggang plan Lang to go to iloilo... Sana next time makarating Na! ;-)

Edmaration etc said...

YOu spending as you narrated here is giving me an idea how much to prepare in Guimaras, at least you're helping me fix something :)

joan | the backpack chronicles said...

I've been to ILOILO just last week and pupunta sana din ako dyan sa GUIMARAS.. yun nga lang dahil medyo nag-enjoy ako sa BULUBUDIANGAN ISLAND sa CONCEPCION, I decided to stay one more day instead of going to Guimaras. di bale there's always a next time naman..

Karla said...

What an affordable tour! This just goes to show you don't need to spend much just to have a good time. :) I hope I can visit Guimaras someday. This is a good destination especially for friends who would like to have an affordable tour. :)

Simurgh said...

Wow Cha!!!
You brought me back down Memory lane..
I remember Raymen Beach Resort since its the most popular beach resort in Alubihod when I was still in College in Iloilo..
Nice thing too, you met Berniemack of HabagatCentral.
He's such a nice guy! :)

The Shades of Grey | Elal said...

I'm a follower on your budget on tight posts. This will be truly helpful when I go there :D

lakwatsero said...

I've been to Guimaras. Di nga lang solo. I hope pag balik mo dun di na solo travel. Masarap yung me kasama.

Gil Camporazo said...

This is what we call a practical-spending traveler. You've save a lot of money for being so practical and even a resource one for that matter. I'm living in Negros Occidental and Guimaras is very near, but I've never been there. I know opportunity will come, then I will grab it and visit Guimaras and also Raymen Beach.

Gladys | WanderingTandem.com said...

wow, that's really cheap! it's really not practical to spend so much on accommodation, especially if ur going to be out the entire day to explore the province :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...

Wow, you traveled with Bernie and Marcos? Awesome!

AJ said...

I grew up in Bacolod, but I've never been to Guimaras. What a shame. And it's so affordable! Thanks for the breakdown. Oh, I've also met Bernie. Funny guy. :))

Earlied said...

The only remembrance that i have had in this beautiful island was during our retreat way back 1998 and i learn that there are many changes now...But one thing that will never change here I suppose is their sweet people who are as sweet as the mangos. I love Guimaras.

Journeys and Travels said...

useful tips on having a DIY trip to Guimaras. hehe. thanks, il be using this when I travel to Iloilo then Guimaras

enzo said...

The budget you laid out here is good. I thought I could not find a place in our country that caters to this kind of traveling budget. Been to some places back there before and did they cost so much.

Guimaras may be a good place to be soon.

V3ronica L4ur3l said...

This is a good reference in the future. I wish you posted more photos of your trip :)

Blair Villanueva said...

practical spending while traveling is also good, plus it could me memorable too

Jenny O'Toole said...

The prices on your post is very convencing for readers to visit the place especially the locals. It's accessible too. Cheers!

chino said...

spend less travel more. I will bookmark this for future reference

lalalaPatricia said...

Affordable! But can you post some photos of the place? :)

Anonymous said...

I highly recommend Kuya Michael he is our Tourist guide/ Tricycle driver/Multicab Driver/ Photographer, when we visit Guimaras last June 17, 2015. He is very nice and honest. Feel free to call him next time you visit Guimaras. He will fetch you on time at Jordan Wharf and greeted you with his warm smile. Here is the Contact no. of Kuya Michael Selorico -- 0908 324 6835.

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