Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The Guimaras Island Hopping Experience (Part 2)

This is the second part of our Guimaras Island Hopping Experience. We availed of the island hopping service during our stay in Raymen Beach Resort in Alubijod. In Part 1, we visited SEAFDEC, Ave Maria Islet and an unnamed cave.

Continuing on with our half-day tour, these are the other spots we visited during our island hopping in Guimaras:

Tatlong Pulo

The farthest stop in this island hopping experience, Tatlong Pulo is named after the three karst formations fronting some white sand coves. Our boat docked at the rear side and we need to climb up the sharp rocks to get to the coves on the other side.

The cove has fine white sands and crystal clear waters. A white sand beach can also be seen across, and this area is already part of mainland Guimaras.

Unfortunately, my digital camera's battery got drained while we're in Tatlong Pulo. So the succeeding photos were taken with my Starmobile Up Snap Mobile Phone.

Natago Beach

"Natago" means hidden and this beach is named so because it is partly concealed behind some rock formations. The beach has a strip of white sands gently kissed by clear and shallow waters.

A beautiful wooden house stood in this islet which can be rented for a private getaway.

This area looks like the best spot to watch the sunset.

The large terrace offers a breathtaking view of the beach and the horizon.

Definitely, Natago Beach was my most favorite spot during our Guimaras Island Hopping experience.

Baras Cave

Baras Cave was our last stop for the day. It is a small cave with two entrances. A small boat can fit inside the cave. But most tourists (just like us) would opt to swim from one opening to another. As my mobile phone is not waterproof, I wasn't able to take photos inside the cave. It took just a few minutes to swim from one entrance to the other and one can see some rock formations and a few bats inside the cave. 

From Baras Cave, we went back to Raymen Beach where we enjoyed one final swim before packing up and heading home.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Guimaras Island Hopping. We love the crystal clear waters, rock formations and the white sand beaches and coves. And compared to other places I visited, island hopping in Guimaras is more affordable. One area for improvement I observed though is that the"leave no trace" policy is not strictly implemented as I can still see some plastic left behind by irresponsible tourists. 

How to Get There

1. From Iloilo City's Ortiz Port, take a boat ride to Jordan Port in Guimaras. Travel time is less than 15 minutes.

2. From Jordan Port, hire a tricycle to take you straight to Raymen Beach in Alubihod.

3. Cheaper option would be to ride a passenger jeepney from Jordan Port going to Nueva Valencia. Tell the driver you are going to disembark at the junction road leading to Raymen Beach. From the junction, you may take a tricycle ride to the resort.

Guimaras Island Hopping Rates

4. To maximize your island hopping experience, you can start as early as 6 AM. 

5. Bring food and water and splash on some sunblock during your island hopping. And please don't leave any thrash behind.

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