Powered by Jasper Roberts - Blog



Guimaras: Island Hopping Tour

Alubihod Beach
We woke up early since we are excited for the highlight of our Guimaras escapade, the island hopping tour. Unfortunately, big waves are preventing us from getting to some certain areas. So we just went to some places that we can.
Island Hopping Booth

Island Hopping Rates

Alubihod Beach is the jump-off point for the island hopping activities. Several beach resorts offer the activity and have a standard rate for it. Here are the rates:

  • 6 Persons - First Hour: PhP 400.00 / Succeding Hour: PhP 150.00
  • 10 Persons - First Hour: PhP 500.00 / Succeding Hour: PhP 150.00
  • 50 Persons - First Hour: PhP 2000.00 / Succeding Hour: PhP 500.00
  • Snorkeling Gear - PhP 100

Boat for the island hopping

Island Hopping Destinations

There are several destinations you can go in the island hopping activity.

  • Ave Maria Islet - An islet with a white sand beach that is perfect for swimming.
  • Baras Cave - A small cave with two entrances with rock formations inside.
  • Nagtago Beach - A private island with a beach resort on it.
  • Fairy Castle - A rock formation islet shaped like fantasy castle.
  • Isla Naburot - A beach island where there is also a resort in it.
  • Turtle Island - An inhabited island that is a sanctuary for sea turtles or Pawikan.
  • SEAFDEC - A floating marine station for research of marine life.

Since the waves are still big at the moment, we went first to SEAFDEC (Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center) at the Igang Marine Station. A 20 to 30 minutes boat ride from Raymen Beach Resort in Alubihod. The waves we encountered going to the station isn't that friendly, but our boatman said that is is just normal.
Apparently, these kind of waves are just normal

Our Experience

We arrived at the Marine Station a little dizzy because of the waves. We were approached by the caretaker and tour us around the area. SEAFDEC is a research center where they study different fishes and also breed them. We saw some huge Grouper or "Lapu-lapu", Sea Bass or "Apahap and the biggest "Bangus" I've ever seen.

Not sure what fish are these
We also had the chance to feed the "Bangus". They'll immediately approach you when you hand them some fish pellets. The caretaker also named some of his favorite "Bangus". We learned a lot about some fishes during our visit in the Research Center. We also saw a "Pawikan" that the fisherman caught and surrendered to the Research Station. Entrance fee to SEAFDEC, by the way, is PhP 25.00.

Feeding the Bangus
One huge Bangus
The Pawikan in the Research Station
After the SEAFDEC, we were supposed to go to Ave Maria Islet and Baras Beach. Unfortunately, waves are still big, probably because of Typhoon Lando that hit Luzon at the time. So what we could do now is just go snorkeling in a small island near SEAFDEC. We just snorkeled there for half an hour since we couldn't go anywhere else. I also wanted to go to the Pawikan Caring and Feeding Station, but our boatman said there's no Pawikan in there anymore, so we just went back to Alubihod Beach.
Approaching the snorkeling spot
Small shore in the snorkeling spot
Some corals you'll see in the snorkeling spot
Though there are corals, only a few fishes swim in the area
More corals

We only just reached 2 destinations in our island hopping tour. We didn't see the other white sand beaches of Guimaras, but it was fun to see and interact with the fishes at SEAFDEC. Thanks for reading!
Cheers from Guimaras!


Hey there, thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed reading my article and helped you out with some travel tips and ideas. Please do leave a comment if you have some comments or suggestions and I'll gladly answer it. Cheers!

    Blogger Comment


Post a Comment