Photo: Elmer Nev Valenzuela
A visit to Iloilo City in the Western Visayas region in the Philippines is not complete without visiting the nearby Guimaras Island. Get lost in its sparkly white sand beaches and jaw-dropping waterfalls. Most importantly, take a bite of the world-famous Guimaras mango—one of the sweetest mangoes in the world.
The Guimaras mango, which is best enjoyed fresh—some prefer its dried variety—is grown in mango plantations that cover a vast area of almost 8,000 hectares. So imagine a sprawling, verdant landscape more than your eyes can see.
The island’s most popular destinations include the Trappist Monastery, where monks of the Cistercian Order live and are known for their strict rule of silence; the mysterious Guisi Lighthouse, which is considered the second oldest lighthouse in the Philippines, and the Alubijod Beach, the central hub for all other island hopping destinations from Guimaras.
Weird Facts and Laws about Guimaras
- The Trappist Monastery is the only men’s monastery in the Philippines.
- The origin of the Guisi Lighthouse is unknown.
- The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows the entry of the Guimaras mangoes to the U.S.
- The Republic Act No. 7586 proclaims the marine turtle sanctuary in Barangay Lawi, Jordan in Guimaras a protected area.
Where to stay in Guimaras
Costa Aguada Island Resort
Nagarao Island Resort
This article first appeared on TravellingKing.com.