Guimaras Island – Our first activity on the list was to go island hopping aboard a boat that brought us to different islands and islets as well as other resorts in Guimaras. I’m one island hopping enthusiast merely because I enjoy boat rides and love seeing new and unique islands.
We stayed at Raymen Beach Resort, which was affordable yet satisfactory in terms of accommodation. Raymen offers island hopping trips to guests, and compared to other island hopping tours, theirs is a better deal, especially to tourists on a budget.
Island hopping tours start from 500 pesos for the first hour, for a group of 6 to 10 people, 450 pesos for a group of 5 people or less.
Additional 150 pesos is charged for each succeeding hour. This rate is way cheaper compared to other island-hopping trips, which cost around 1500 pesos for 2 hours of boat ride.
The Guimaras island hopping trip took us to an aquaculture demo farm, a research facility for bangus (milkfish) breeders, lapu-lapu, pompano, and abalone.
The research facility is open to tourists willing to learn about these sea creatures and about how scientists are helping the community develop technologies for sustainable fish culture. The aquaculture demo farm also studies giant clams, but visitors aren’t allowed to explore them anymore due to an unfortunate accident before.
The other islands or islets we visited were great for snorkeling. We also enjoyed a nice short trip to a cave, although the boatmen had a hard time directing our boat through the narrow path.
Since we were staying at Raymen Beach Resort, it was good that we also got to visit another resort, Baras Beach Resort, which compared to Raymen, had more scenic views atop a cliff. We had our lunch at Baras Beach Resort and went back to our home resort after.
The only bad part of the trip were the jellyfish we encountered at one island. Thankfully, our boatman-guide was so prepared for such incidents that he brought with him a bottle of vinegar for first aid. Overall, it was a half-day island hopping tour that was truly enjoyable and refreshing.