When In Guimaras (Part 1)

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When in Guimaras, enjoy the simple province life and world-class beaches.

Guimaras is an island province in the Philippines in the Western Visayas Region.

For a place with only more than a hundred thousand people in population or 750 inhabitants per square mile, it's a rich island.

What I like most about Guimaras is the simplicity of the people, their adapting to change and commerce without compromising their natural resources, their extraordinarily sweet mangoes (!), and their magnificent pristine beaches (!!!). No wonder it's a favorite vacation destination of foreign visitors and locals alike.

So many things to do and see when in Guimaras.

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When in Guimaras...

Visit the smallest plaza in the Philippines

Only a short distance from Jordan Guimaras port is the smallest plaza in the Philippines. It used to be the smallest plaza in the world.

I couldn't, for the life of me, find our photo so I just borrowed this from

Why I like it: I'm an eternal student. I've always been fascinated by record breaking places and a little trivia.

See the windmills in San Lorenzo 

Located in Brgy. Cabano, San Lorenzo, the windmills of Guimaras is another famous tourist spot. They're scattered around the place so our tour guide brought us to the highest spot for better viewing.

Why I like it: It's perfect for selfies or group pictures, but what I like most about it is that the island is benefiting from the sustainable energy the windmills produce.

Way to go, Guimaras!

That mandatory group jump shot

Eat fresh mangoes

Guimaras mangoes are the sweetest! You MUST try their fresh mangoes when you visit there.

Why I like it: Try it and you'll know why.

Visit National Mango Research And Development Center

Too bad it's not harvest season when we visited. But we did take a dope picture courtesy of our tour guide:

Why I like it: I got to see where the magic of their world class mangoes is born so to speak.

Try Mango pizza at The Pitstop

I know it sounds weird. Mango pizza? I was in doubt...until I've tasted it myself. It's yummy! Their pasta with mango sauce is also a winner according to a friend of mine.

Why I like it: I expected blah but it's unique and surprisingly good. 

Have some quiet moment at the Trappist Monastery

Ever since I was in college, I've heard so much about Trappist Monastery. If you want some quiet time with the Lord, or some break from the world, visit the Trappist Monastery.

They also have a store where we bought some delicacies and souvenirs. The monks themselves cook and make them. We mostly bought dried mangoes (not in photos).

Why I like it: I love me some peace and quiet and this is the best place for that when in Guimaras.

Have a photo shoot at the Guisi Lighthouse (Ruins)

The old Guisi Lighthouse has become a popular sight for photo shoots. In fact, there were people taking prenup and graduation photos when we came to the place so we had to wait for our turn.

Why I like it: There's something about the ruins by the ocean that's simply breathtaking.


Go island hopping!

We went to a total of 6 beaches in Guimaras. And with Guimaras, that's just scratching the surface. There are SO many islets and beaches to see! It's worth all the sunburn I got.

I wanted to include the island hopping in this post but realized it will be too long. I don't want to make the page load too slow because of the photos and links.

Check out When in Guimaras Part 2 as we go island hopping.

Here's a sneak preview:

When in Guimaras, it's a sin not to see the beaches, or try their fresh mangoes. Visit Guimaras and you won't regret it.

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful place and wow, such beautiful pictures! I'd love to try fresh mangoes and mango pizzas there. I've had pineapple on pizza but never seen mango pizza before...gotta try :-)

  2. Lovely post dear!Have a great weekend! xx

  3. Our country is truly blessed! Besides the beautiful spots, one thing I'm particularly keen about when traveling are the people and I'm glad about your observation of their simplicity. I hope it stays that way!

    Oh, those jumpshots are always amusing!

  4. I like the monastery and the peace I felt from those photos also the mango pizza! Looks like a lot of fun to visit there. I'm going to San Diego this month and hope to visit the Pacific Ocean once again!

  5. Philippines - I want to be there certainly. Let me plan, let this post be the guide and I know its gonna be a great time.

  6. So interesting post!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  7. Beautiful pictures 😀

  8. We don't get to travel much so I will just live vicariously through you! Thanks for sharing.

  9. I've heard a lot of good things about Guimaras, I can't wait to be home in Philippines, thanks for sharing this i love your pictures by the way ^^

  10. What a wonderful and beautiful place! Thank you for the photo tour. It was delightful and one can not help but feel better after seeing your post. Just lovely.

  11. I love island hopping! Hope you had a great time there!

  12. Ang sarap ng mangga jan! huhu


  13. I've never heard about this place before but it looks awesome :)

  14. What a beautiful place, Lux! I love learning about new places. The pictures are gorgeous. Hope you have an awesome week :)

  15. Obviously theres a lot to do in that beautiful place. I'd probably visit for the mango, thats how much i love that fruit. You look beautiful.

  16. Lugar maravilhosos lindas imagens, tenha uma semana abençoada,
    obrigado pela visita.

  17. beautiful and yum for fresh mangos... I won't lie, the pizza doesn't sound appetizing but definitely something I would try!

  18. ;)

    Adorei as fotos! Tudo parece incrível!

    Ótima terça!

    Beijo! ^^

  19. Interesting place to tour. Nice shots.

  20. thanks for the introduction - i've not heard of Guimaras, but i guess the philippines is truly so large that there are many beautiful gems of areas that most of us do not know about :)

  21. One of our blogging friends, Arni, has just gone back to the Philippines from Dubai and is looking to find a house near a beach on one of the islands to settle there with her husband and kid

  22. That sky is just amazing. Can't get over just how blue it is!


  23. Such a lovely place and amazing pics!!!
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  24. SO awesome, wish to visit it!

  25. What a fun trip, Lux! I love the pictures. Visiting a Monastery is on my bucket list :).

  26. Looks like it was a wonderful trip, Lux. And that mango pizza? It sounds interesting, and I'd surely try it, especially after your review. The picture of you eating fresh mangoes made my mouth water! Fresh mangoes on O'ahu (Hawai'i) were "to die for". They're simply not the same on the mainland US. I hope you enjoyed every last juicy bite! Thanks for sharing your trip. ~ Kristi @

  27. What a gorgeous vacation place. I would LOVE those fresh mangos ---and I'm sure I'd enjoy Mango Pizza... YUM....

    Can't wait to see more pictures. It is so beautiful.

  28. Such a lovely post! I would love to visit Guimaras one day it looks so beautiful.

    Gorgeous photos.

    Laura xo

  29. Mango pizza?! I'm booking my ticket NOW. :)

    Le Stylo Rouge

  30. Oh wow! looks like a fun day out.

  31. Amazing post !! lovely place !


  32. What a lovely place, full of light and happiness :)))


  33. Wow! your photos are really cool! this place seems to be so great and looks awesome :)


  34. What? Mango pizza?
    I am sure we have durian pizza in Malaysia too...

  35. Looks and sounds like a beautiful place. I love mangos and I bet the ones there are the best. Mango pizza - yum. Happy week Lux. Love your pics and sharing.

  36. Thanks for this lovely tour, the place looks wonderful! I haven't travelled this summer.

  37. Nice! Thanks for sharing.

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  38. Sure looks and sounds like a wonderful spot, with plenty to do and some down time too

  39. What fun pictures! You look lovely, and I want some mango pizza now.

  40. Mangos are one of my favorite fruit! what a fun adventure

  41. I've always wanted to visit the Philippines because my sister was adopted from there. I would love to do all of this. :)

  42. Guimaras looks delightful!! Thank you for sharing your travel diary hon! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose NEW FASHION POST

  43. My brother in law went to the Philippines for a church mission, and he brought back all kinds of strange stories. Weird flavors of ice cream. People stealing his underwear. Watching a tapeworm exit his companion... *shudders*

  44. I want to visit now! Years ago my partner wrecked our rental car in the California redwood forest here in the USA. I bring it up because some nearby Trappist monks assisted us. What a delight they were!

  45. Beautiful location

  46. It looks like an amazing place. Your photos are lovely and you described everything so beautifully!

  47. Would love to visit and indulge in sweet mangoes !

  48. I visited that beautiful island many years ago (and I am yet to blog about it!). Too bad that the windmills were not yet present when visited that island. *sigh*

  49. Thank you very much for your visit and sweet comment, Lux. What a fabulous blog you have. I love your photos and seeing your side of the world. I LOVE mangoes. My favorite here in Hawaii is Hayden. I would love to try your variety though... someday.

  50. I love the Philippines. Was there for my honeymoon but that was so so so long ago, Marcos & Imelda time, just fancy that!

  51. Fantastic! Thank you for the interesting Post <3


  52. Based from your photo, I guess, I can attain peace by visiting Guimaras.

    That mango pizza looks tasty :)

  53. Such lovely photos, so fun!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire


  54. Looks like fun time again

  55. Looks like such a beautiful place to visit. So glad you had a great trip.