I can't even swim. But yet I live on Guimaras Island, home of sweet mangoes and sweet Filipinas, and surrounded by beautiful beach resorts with white sandy beaches. I grew up in Central Illinois. My wife can swim like a mermaid on steroids. I'm lucky to even make it out of bed each morning, let alone try to learn how to swim and go scuba diving in the Philippines at my advanced age. I'm a 59-year-old geezer. I remember my Grandpa turning 62 and remarking "This is probably the last birthday I'll be celebrating." He lived to be 80. I don't plan to say that when I reach 62, God willing, and The Sainted Patient Wife doesn't clobber me with her bolo before then. More episodes like the recent incident in Iloilo City at The Moon Cafe, and she just might.
OK, but say you want to visit Guimaras Island and do some scuba diving in the Philippines. How do you get here? You will have to catch a pump boat from the Ortiz Dock in Iloilo City if you want to reach the Jordan Wharf, a 15-minute pump boat ride. The wharf is about 20 minutes or so from our home. You can catch a jeepney to San Miguel and pick up some sweet mangoes, have a couple bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen at The Shirven Hotel, and catch another ride to Tiniguiban Islet (Pulang Pasayan), Igang, in Nueva Valencia; a haven of scuba divers. Clear Water Beach Resort is nearby and also offers a great place to do some scuba diving.
The Natago Beach Resort is located on a private island in Sinapsapan, Jordan, Guimaras and offers some fantastic scuba diving opportunities in the Philippines. It's about a one hour jeepney ride from the Jordan Wharf. Keep in mind that the Ortiz Dock in Iloilo City is the easiest and cheapest way to reach the Jordan Wharf. Only costs 14 pesos (33 cents in USD) each for a pump boat to Guimaras. A jeepney ride from the Jordan Wharf to San Miguel is 13 pesos.
You can catch a tricycle ride to the various beach resorts on Guimaras Island for very reasonable prices. We've taken a tricycle loaded with three passengers before to Raymen Beach which is about 35 minutes from our home in San Miguel for a total cost of P150 (3.53 US Dollars.) You can sometimes a negotiate a better price, especially if there is another trike or two nearby who would be more than happy to take you to your destination.
Plenty of beautiful beach resorts to visit in Guimaras if you don't want to do any scuba diving. Great places to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Come on over and visit us some time. There's lots of friendly folks with warm smiles waiting for you.