Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras tour is another barkada getaway for us. This time we decided to visit three provinces. I am very excited with this trip. Planning wasn’t easy. What we did was a semi DIY Itinerary. For the Bacolod and Guimaras part, we looked for a tour package that will help us get to the places we wanted to visit. And a purely DIY Itinerary for the Iloilo part.
5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS BACOLOD-ILOILO-GUIMARAS ITINERARY:
BACOLOD and GUIMARAS ACCOMMODATION:
We checked-in at Hotel Am Rei in Bacolod but you can also check other hotels that you like. For our Guimaras hotel, we booked at Alubijod Cove Resort.
DAY 0: Arrival at Silay Airport.
? Check in at the Hotel
? 9th StrEAT Foodzone
We arrived 5 PM in the afternoon at Silay Airport. This is a free night for us because our adventure will start the day after. After having our dinner, some of us decided to stay at the hotel and rest.
And for us who’s not yet tired we decided to visit and eat “again” at 9th StrEAT Foodzone.
DAY 1: Iloilo – Guimaras
? MOLO TOWN
Plaza of Molo town
? ILOILO CITY PROPER
Iloilo City Hall
San Jose Church
?GUIMARAS DAY TOUR
Holy Family Hills
San Miguel Jordan – Guimaras landmark
Southern Orchard Mango Research Facilties
San Lorenzo Wind Farm
Our call time the next day was early because we are planning to take the first trip (6 AM) from Bredco Port Bacolod to Iloilo. We took Fast Craft shipping lines for about an hour and a half ferry ride.
When we arrived at Ortiz Wharp Port in Iloilo. Rode a tricycle going to Molo Town. Visited Molo church, Molo Plaza and the Molo Mansion.
After that, we rode a jeepney going to Iloilo Espanade for the famous ” I am Ilo-ilo” landmark.
We also walk along Calle Real, visited Iloilo City Hall, Museum Iloilo, San Jose church and Plaza Libertad. When we got tired we had our brunch at Netong Original Batchoy.
After eating, we head back to Ortiz Wharf and took a boat going to Jordan Wharf Guimaras. There we meet Kuya Joel, our tour guide for our Guimaras Tour.
The we went to San Miguel Jordan. We bought mangoes and took a picture to this famous landmark.
After exploring the area, we got hungry so we went to THE PITSTOP for lunch. Their Mango Pizza is a must try. I find it weird at first but when I tasted it – WOW! I never thought it would taste that good. We tried as much as we can on their menu, and to our surprise all of it has mango in it. Well, we are in Guimaras and mango is what they are known for.
After eating, We went to Southern Orchard Mango Research Facilties. The place will show you how they take care of mango trees. They have a short lecture and tour inside the facilities.
I am surprised that they have windmill in Guimaras – San Lorenzo Wind Farm. Great!
Then the last place to visit is the Guisi Lighthouse. They have a wishing well, where you can make a wish then throw a coin. It’s more like a ruins.
After our Iloilo-Guimaras tour, we head to Sitio Alibijod. Where we spent our afternoon swimming. We had our accommodation at Alubijod Cove Resort.
Day 2 : Guimaras Island hopping
? Guimaras Island Hopping
Guimaras to Iloilo boat
Iloilo to Bacolod ferry
? The Ruins
We woke up early in the morning the next day because we will go Island Hopping. We rented a boat in Raymen Beach Resort just beside the place we stayed.
ISLAND HOPPING – Fairy Castle, Baras Cave, Ave Maria Island, Turtle Island, Baras Beach Resort, Natago Beach Resort, Solly Luna, Lamurawan Beach Resort, Isla Naburot and SEAFDEC. I haven’t had a lot of picture because I really did enjoy swimming.
The last part of the Island hopping, we went to the floating cottage of Rayment beach Resort. We paid for Php 50.00 each.
After swimming, we went back to the resort. We changed and fixed our stuff because we will go back to Iloilo and be back to Bacolod at 5 PM.
THE RUINS – I thought we are very late to visit the Ruins but I realized we just came at the right time. I am recommending a visit in the afternoon before the dark. You’ll be able to witness the ruins at day and how beautiful it is by night.
Day 3 : Bacolod Tour – Lakawon Island
This day tour was organized by Bacolod Travel Tour.
? DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO
PINE TREE ROAD
MALABAN-OG FALLS VIEWING DECK
? MAMBUKAL MOUNTAIN RESORT
? LAKAWON ISLAND
For the Day 3 of our Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras tour, we went first to the summer capital of Negros Occidental –Don Salvador Benedicto. They also dubbed it as “Baguio” or “Sagada of the Visayas” because of cool climate unlike any other area in Negros Occidental. In here you’ll see rice terraces that can also be seen in Baguio and Sagada.
I love Mambukal Mountain Resort. It’s one of the places I wanted to visit again in Bacolod. Probably spent a day or two in the resort. There are a lot of options to do. My favorite is the sauna pool they have. It’s also amazing to see sulfur lake in the resort because of it’s proximity to Mount Kanlaon.
Look at the amazing view of Lakawon Island. Too bad for us, we only spent half day in here. But we still enjoyed. I wish we stayed longer.
Day 4: BACOLOD TOUR and SILAY CITY TOUR
? PROVINCIAL CITY HALL
? SILAY CITY
Last day for our bacolod-iloilo-guimaras trip before we go back to Manila. We went first to the Bacolod Municipal Hall, then to Silay City. We first head to Balay Negrense. There are students that organized a tour inside the house for 20 pesos.
The last place before we head to airport is THE Mansion. They turned the old house into a cafe, where you can sit, relax and order coffee. It’s nice.
Day 0: Php 494.15
Van Rental from Airport to Accommodation – Php120.00/pax (Php1,800 for 12 seater van)
Bacolod Accommodation – Php374.15/pax (Php5,613/15 pax/1Night)
Day 1: Php 660
Tricycle to Bredco Port – Php20
Ferry ride from Bacolod to Iloilo – Php250
Jeep Fare from Ortiz Wharp Port to Molo Town – Php8
Jeep Fare Molo Town back to City Proper – Php8
Boat Fare from Iloilo to Guimaras – Php14
Guimaras Land Tour – Php300/Pax
Holy Hills Donation – Php30
Guisi Light House Entrance Fee – Php30
Day 2: Php 461
Raymen Beach Boat Rental – Php67 (Php1,000/3 hours good for 11-15 pax)
Turtle Island Entrance Fee – Php5
Baras Beach Resort Entrance Fee – Php25
Natago Beach Resort Entrance Fee – Php50
Lamorawon Beach resort – Php20
SEAFDEC – Php30
Boat Ride From Guimaras to Iloilo – Php14
Ferry Ride from Iloilo to Bacolod – Php 250
Day 3 and Day 4 : Bacolod Travel Club Php3,000
Last Night Accommodation in Bacolod – Php689
TOTAL – 5,304.15/pax
This is the end of my bacolod-iloilo-guimaras blog. I hope somehow you got an idea on how you will organize your trip in these places.
Reminder: Please check Bacolod City Government websites for their tourism.travel updates.
Aside from bacolod-iloilo-guimaras itinerary, you might want to check our Hundred Islands Itinerary and Expenses.