Island Hopping Around Guimaras

sunset over guimaras

Recently did some island island hopping around Guimaras, our island province home in Western Visayas, the heartland of the Philippines. After spending a pleasant day quaffing a few San Miguel Pale Pilsens with our relatives, at the Sto. Nino Island Resort, we paid an extra 500 pesos. 11 bucks,  to check out some nearby islands.  It costs 100 pesos, $2.25 US dollars anyway, to take the boat back to the main island, so why not avail of the complete tour package for a few extra pesos? 


My lovely asawa, on the left in the following picture, is seated next to our niece Michelle. Michelle is very busy helping out at her Tita Alida’s Pre-School and also helps out with the housework at “The Compound,” the first house my wife had built in the Philippines when she worked as an OCW, Overseas Contract Worker, in Singapore and Taiwan.

OCW’s are now called OFW’s, Overseas Filipino Workers, and number over 10 million. Jobs are scarce in the archipelago and salaries are low, so many Filipinos are forced to be separated from their families for years.

Unfortunately, many cases of adultery are fueled by the separations of husbands and wives. My asawa informed me that one of her close relatives, that I have met on several occasions in the past, has been cheating on her husband who is deployed overseas. What to go to jail in the Philippines for adultery? You could. Check out this article I wrote about the topic.


My lovely asawa and our niece Michelle


 Danit, Cousin Emma’s husband (her back is to the camera in the next shot,) went along, as did our newly-married niece from Palawan and her Belgium husband. The newlyweds are about 40 years apart in age, but that’s no big deal in most of the Philippines. I wrote about this age disparity in the following post: “How to Find a Filipina Girlfriend 50 Years Your Junior?”  It’s one of the most-commented articles I have written with 155 comments.

That’s my brother-in-law Joery in the shades along with his wife, Alida, the CEO of Guimaras Joyful Pre-School, Inc., on the far right.


the crew


Here’s my asawa covering her head to protect herself from the sun that day. The heat was brutal but there was a good breeze making things more tolerable. Brother-in-law Joery is going “gangsta” with his hat tipped sideways.


My lovely wife going muslim and joery going gangsta


This is “Crocodile Island” in the next shot. Check out the mouth of the crocodile in the photo after next. If you use your imagination,  it’s easy to see how this islet acquired its name.


crocodile island guimaras


mouth of crocodile island guimaras


There were masses of mangroves on our island hopping tour in Guimaras. Mangrove forests are one of the most severely threatened and undervalued ecosystems on Earth. In the Philippines, most mangrove forests were lost due to the creation of fishponds for commercial fish and shrimp farming. Often these fishponds are then left abandoned and by law, this should mean they are returned to the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, DENR,  for reversion. Unfortunately this rarely happens. (Source: ZSL Living Conservation.)


mangroves around guimaras


I’ve seen mangroves throughout our island province home of Guimaras. Mangroves in our region have been damaged by oil spills, one which occurred in early 2014 from the cargo vessel MV Sportivo, and a major spill which severely harmed the ecosystem on August 11, 2006. when the oil tanker M/T Solar 1 sank off the coast of Guimaras and Negros causing what is considered as the worst oil spill in the Philippines. (Source: Wikipedia)


mangroves around Guimaras (2)


Our group saw a myriad of islets on our Guimaras island hopping tour, such as the ones shown below. It was a peaceful trip as we checked out some of the beautiful scenery that surrounds the island we call home.


another guimaras islet


islet near guimaras


islet cave in guimaras



close-up look at one of the guimaras islets


As we neared the end of our tour, we spied this houseboat drifting near the shore. Talk about a different lifestyle! It was a great ending to a very relaxing trip. If you ever have the opportunity to go island hopping in the Philippines, take it. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.


floating houseboat near Guimaras


Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

15 thoughts on “Island Hopping Around Guimaras

  1. Comments are back! I’ve recovered from my jet lag after a quick trip back to the States. Thanks to everyone that follows this blog and thanks for your continued support and patience. Good to be back home.

    1. Welcome back Dave, give a shout when you have a moment 🙂 Oh, something odd about the fonts allowed on your comments now and that you aren’t allowed to capitalize anything….

      1. And stranger still, while typing it wouldn’t let me capitalize, but after hitting enter it works. Odd…. Oh well, disregard. Seems it’s working now 🙂

  2. hi dave , nice place great weather, cold beer, lovely woman,your back home
    why would anyone not want to live here. derek in sunny pasig
    and the islands look nice.

    1. You’re right, Derek. I can’t figure it out either. I’m living in about as close to paradise on earth as a guy could get. And still the Philippines ranks at the bottom for tourism in Southeast Asia which I suspect can be attributed in part to the problems in Mindanao.

    1. Thanks, Papa Duck. It took awhile to get over my jet lag but now I have to visit the dentist, which I absolutely hate. Hope you guys can come for a visit once the new house is done.

  3. We might have crossed paths Dave, at NAIA. I arrived on the 3rd there about 10pm and had to stay til about 6am on the forth for my last leg, so think you were maybe leaving as I was arriving, possibly. I spent the time in terminal 3 with no place to set except for the floor and little if any aircon, so I cant say much good about the new terminal being much better than the older ones. After close to 60 hours and no sleep (I cant sleep on a plane for some reason) I was not in one of my better moods. I dont think there ratings will go up much with the international travelers if thats the way it will also be in the new terminal. As usual, I waited in the appointed area where my flight was supposed to leave from, but as usual as the time came to board the flight it was at the far opposite end of where they said it would be leaving from. I had met a German guy and his Phil. wife while at the airport, and they came looking for me to tell me the gate had been changed since they were also on the same flight as me, otherwise I might still be sitting there on the floor waiting.

    Welcome Back!

    1. We could have very well crossed paths, Bill S. My Cebu Pacific flight to Manila, which was late, arrived at Terminal 3 on the 3rd at 7 pm. I wandered around Terminal 3, hung out on the fast food and retail shops floor most of the evening before I took the free shuttle to Terminal 1 at 4:30 am the next morning.

      You really have to search for some good air con spots at Terminal 3. Most of the Terminal, however, is quite warm. For the sake of my fellow passengers, I was able to freshen up in the CR and change shirts before I boarded my international flight. I didn’t get much sleep either but did get I chance to watch “Expendables 3”, disappointing, and “The Judge,” a good flick.

      Yes, our gate changed on both my domestic flights with Cebu Pacific, which was late coming to Manila and going back to Iloilo. Korean Air, my international carrier, however, never changed gates and arrived 30 minutes early both going and coming back home. I was able to reserve my seats with Korean Air online with my Samsung tablet 24 hours ahead of time and avoided the dreaded middle seats.

  4. Yes Dave it’s me again….I have done that Island tour before and loved it….Went all around the Island….all day tour…we even stopped and had a picnic lunch on the old light house beach Guche I believe is the name..

    And by the way you aint going no where….welcome back and remember all of your friends will have to use there cell phones to communicate then….this is more fun seeing all your pictures. Thanks Dave for your Blog.
    P.S. I always look for you when we are in the city of Iloilo….some day though we will run into each other.

    1. We’ve never done the whole day tour, Fred and Ofelia, but a picnic lunch sounds great.

      I just needed a break and the internet is running much faster today. My asawa and I are going to the job site today and I will take some more pictures. Thank you so much for the kind words. We will be in Iloilo on Monday bringing in our truck for repairs. If you ever see me in the city and recognize me, just give me a shout out. Take care.

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