Guimaras: the land of delicious mangoes. It is such an easy place to go to, coming from Iloilo City. Together with my husband Fil, and our friends Dianne, Niki and Josh, we decided to go on a play-by-ear adventure to Guimaras after our Iloilo mission trip with The Covenant Singers.
From barangay Ortiz, in Iloilo, we took a 15 to 20 minute ferry ride to place we often heard about, but have not yet explored.
Upon arrival, there were a lot of drivers asking around, and Fil made a deal with one of them, to bring us to Raymen Beach Resort, and to tour us around the next day.
Our driver was kind enough to bring us to a food establishment, allowing us to try a unique Guimaras fare: Mango Pizza.
Raymen Beach Resort is quite nice. Good thing they have a room to accommodate walk-ins like us! The sand in the beach has a Boracay quality. Even when it was already dark, swimming is quite safe because the resort provided light, and the beach has a boundary line. We played Frisbee in the water to our heart’s content.
For meals, we ate at the resort’s cafeteria.
The next day, we decided to go island hopping. With 7107 islands, island hopping is the thing to do when you are in the Philippines 🙂
First they brought us to a fishery, a facility where you can see various types of fish found in the Philippines.
Then we went to Virgin Island for a bit of snorkelling, and Turtle Island to play with a sea turtle. A few meter away is a small cave. We explored it as well.
Afterwards, we went to a big cave and swam inside to take pictures. Quite an adventure because the cave was filled with bats and we could have stepped on bat dung.
After lunch back at the resort, the driver picked us up and brought us to see the light house. We explored the ruins and had fun posing for pictures.
Trappist Abbey was our next destination, we simply looked around and bought some pasalubong.
Finally, we stopped by mango sellers. The mangoes are quite expensive here, average of P100 (US$2.3) per kilogram! It was worth it though. It was quite delicious, and truly worth the cost.
As we travel back to Iloilo city, I couldn’t help but thank God for allowing us to enjoy this pleasant surprise. We thoroughly enjoyed our adventure and we praise God for guiding us all the way.