Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras tour is another barkada getaway for us. On this adventure, we decided to visit three provinces. I am so excited about this.
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. Shout out to our friend Joy for preparing everything!
5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS BACOLOD-ILOILO-GUIMARAS ITINERARY:
Just to give you a heads up, this is a packed-full 4 days and 3 nights itinerary. We tried to fit in as many tourist spots as we can on this trip. 😍
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. Please use the link below to book through AGODA.
DAY 0: Arrival at Silay Airport – Bacolod.
🚩Check in at the Hotel
🚩9th StrEAT Foodzone
We arrived at 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.
But for us who are 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 Facilities
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 had our breakfast in a small eatery in the port before heading to Fast Craft shipping lines for about an hour-and-a-half ferry ride.
When we arrived at Ortiz Wharf Port in Iloilo, we immediately ride a tricycle going to Molo Town. Then we visited the Molo church, Molo Plaza, and the Molo Mansion.
After that, we rode a jeepney going to Iloilo Esplanade for the famous “ I am Ilo-ilo” landmark.
We also walk along Calle Real and visited Iloilo City Hall, Museum Iloilo, San Jose church, and Plaza Libertad. Which are all within walking distance of each other. When we got tired we had our brunch at Netong Original Batchoy.
After lunch, we head back to Ortiz Wharf. Took a boat going to Jordan Wharf Guimaras. There we meet Kuya Joel, our tour guide for our Guimaras Tour.
Kuya Joel’s van was already waiting for us outside the port. Our first stop is San Miguel Jordan where we bought mangoes and took a picture of 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 afterall and mango is what they are known for.
After lunch, we went to Southern Orchard Mango Research Facilities. The place will show you how they take care of mango trees. They offer a short lecture and tour inside the facilities.
I am surprised that they have windmills in Guimaras – San Lorenzo Wind Farm. Great!
Then the last place to visit is the Guisi Lighthouse. They have this wishing well, where you can make a wish and then throw a coin. It looks more like a ruin.
After our Iloilo-Guimaras tour, we head to Sitio Alibijod. Where we spent our afternoon swimming. We stayed 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 which is just beside the resort we stayed at.
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 all those we visited. I haven’t had a lot of pictures because I really did enjoy swimming. I just grab the picture below from our friend Ivann. 🤣
In the last part of the Island hopping, we went to this floating cottage from Rayment beach resort. We paid 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 in Bacolod at 5 PM.
THE RUINS – I thought we are very late to visit the Ruins but I realized we just came in at the right time. I am recommending a visit in the late afternoon before dark. You’ll be able to witness the ruins during the day and how beautiful it is at night.
Day 3 : Bacolod Tour – Lakawon Island
This day tour was organized by Bacolod Travel Tour. You can find them on Facebook if you are interested.
🚩DON SALVADOR BENEDICTO
🚩PINE TREE ROAD
🚩MALABAN-OG FALLS VIEWING DECK
🚩MAMBUKAL MOUNTAIN RESORT
For the 3rd day of our Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras tour, we went first to the summer capital of Negros Occidental –Don Salvador Benedicto. They have dubbed it “Baguio” or “Sagada of the Visayas” because of the cool climate unlike any other area in Negros Occidental. 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 spend 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 the sulfur lake in the resort because of its proximity to Mount Kanlaon.
In the afternoon, we rode a small boat going to Lakawon Island. It has an amazing view. Too bad, we only spent a half day here. But we still enjoyed it. I wish we stayed longer.
Day 4: BACOLOD TOUR and SILAY CITY TOUR
🚩PROVINCIAL CITY HALL
On the last day of Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras trip, we spend it touring Bacolod City. 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 each.
The last place before we head to the airport is THE Mansion. They turned this old house into a cafe, a place to 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 travel guide blog. I hope somehow you got an idea of how you will organize your trip to these places. Reminder: Please check Bacolod City Government websites for their tourism.travel updates.
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