When travelers are thinking about the beaches of Guimaras, they’re probably thinking of Nueva Valencia. The southernmost town of the island province contains the largest concentration of resorts in the area, and while many are filled with crowds especially on weekends, it doesn’t take long to find ones that will allow you to live out your Robinson Crusoe fantasies.
Nueva Valencia was also the site of the 2006 oil spill, when an oil tanker sank off the coast of the town during a storm, resulting in the worst oil spill in the Philippines and severely damaging the marine ecosystem. While the underwater environment has yet to fully recover 12 years on, visitors will hardly feel the adverse effects.
The nearest and most accessible beach from Jordan is the Alubihod Beach, where the most famous of Guimaras’ resorts is. The Raymen Beach Resort is popular especially among locals. Cottages are available for day-trippers, while those planning to spend at least a night can pay for any of the rooms.
Further south is the Guisi Beach, which sees much fewer visitors mainly due to its distance, but also because of the lack of paved roads going to the resorts. Still, patient travelers will be rewarded with some of the best scenery in the island plus a better opportunity to be one with nature.
The area is also home to one of Guimaras’ iconic sights, the Guisi Lighthouse, which was built in the 18th century to guide ships passing through the strait between Guimaras and Iloilo. Today it’s a crumbling structure, with vegetation starting to reclaim the site for nature. It makes for an atmospheric stroll and a good backdrop for photo shoots.
Dozens of boatmen offer island-hopping tours for PHP 500 (around USD 10) for 1 hour, plus an additional PHP 150 (around USD 3) for every additional hour.