- When is the best time to go to Iloilo, Guimaras, and Bacolod?
- Climate and Weather
- Day 1: Flight to Iloilo City & Sightseeing Tour
- Jaro Cathedral
- Casa Mariquit
- Molo Mansion
- Molo Church
- Calle Real
- Miagao Church
- Garin Farm
- La Paz Market food trip
- Biscocho Haus
- Day 2: Iloilo Islas de Gigantes Island Hopping Tour
- Cabugao Gamay Island
- Tangke Saltwater Lagoon
- Bantigue Island
- Tinagong Dagat
- Antonia Beach
- Pulupandan Islet
- Day 3: Guimaras Island Tour
- Iloilo Guimaras Itinerary FAQs
- Mango Icon at Jordan Wharf
- Smallest Plaza
- Guimaras Windfarm Windmills
- The Pitstop
- Trappist Monastery
- Guimaras Sign at the Guimaras Provincial Capitol Grounds
- National Mango Research and Development Center
- Guisi Lighthouse
- Alubihod Beach
- Day 4: Guimaras Island Hopping Tour
- Tatlong Pulo
- Natago Beach
- Naburot Island
- Ave Maria Islet
- Lamurawan Beach
- Baras Cave
- Turtle Island
- Crocodile Island
- Taklong Island National Marine Reserve
- Charles Floating Cottage
- Day 5: Bacolod Lakawon Island & Resorts Tour
- Bacolod and Iloilo Itinerary | FAQs
- Lakawon Island
- Mambukal Resort
- Campuestohan Highland Resort
- Day 6: Bacolod City Tour with The Ruins & Silay Mansions
- The Ruins
- San Sebastian Cathedral
- Provincial Capitol and Lagoon
- Pope John Paul II Tower
- Manokan Country
- Negros Museum
- Balay Negrense
- Bernardino Jalandoni Museum
- Daku Balay
- El Ideal Bakery
- Day 7: Departure
- Explore the Best Places in Iloilo, Guimaras, and Bacolod
Dotting the Visayas region are some of the best islands in the Philippines like Boracay, Cebu and Bohol. Aside from these top tourist spots in the Philippines, the islands of Visayas are also home to must-visit destinations including the three provinces of Iloilo, Guimaras, and Bacolod that you can explore in just one trip. The central island group is home to Visayas tourist spots such as old mansions, historical churches, and secluded beaches.
Some of the must-see tourist destinations in the Philippines in these Visayas provinces are Iloilo’s Gigantes Islands or Islas de Gigantes, Guimaras Windmills, and The Ruins near Bacolod City. Aside from sightseeing, there’s also a long list of Visayan local cuisines that you shouldn’t miss here including Iloilo’s La Paz Batchoy, Guimaras’ sweetest mangoes, and Bacolod’s Chicken Inasal.
While you can plan a trip to each province separately if you have little time, it’s best to explore Iloilo, Guimaras, and Bacolod in one trip since they’re accessible from each other via ferry transport.
Iloilo City and Bacolod both have airports, making them accessible from Manila and other domestic destinations in the Philippines. Among the two, only Iloilo International Airport, one of the largest airports in the Philippines, caters to international flights to/from Hongkong and Singapore.
Plan your 7D6N Bacolod, Iloilo, and Guimaras itinerary with this travel guide. Find out the best places to go, things to do, and what to eat during your Visayas trip:
When is the best time to go to Iloilo, Guimaras, and Bacolod?
Since you’re exploring three destinations and traveling by sea ferry, you should take note of the best months to plan your trip. Find out as well when the colorful and fun festivals are held in the provinces every year to make the most of your vacation.
Climate and Weather
The provinces of Iloilo, Guimaras, and Bacolod are geographically near each other so they share the same season. The dry season is from December to May, which is also the best time to visit the Philippines. Check the weather updates frequently for thunderstorms or typhoons to avoid trip cancellations.
All three provinces celebrate notable Philippine festivals and cultural activities in the Philippines that are highly recommended for tourists to join so they can experience the remarkable cultural tourism in the Philippines. The Philippines’ diverse customs and traditions are among the reasons why you should visit the Philippines.
Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo
One of the most spectacular religious festivals in Iloilo is the Dinagyang Festival, which celebrates the feast day of Santo Niño, or the child Jesus on the 4th Sunday of January.
Manggahan Festival in Guimaras
Photo by Guimaras Manggahan Festival
Being home to the sweetest mangoes in the Philippines, Guimaras holds an eat-all-you-can feast called the Manggahan Festival every month of May.
MassKara Festival in Bacolod
First celebrated in the 1980s, the MassKara Festival in Bacolod is the city’s most colorful celebration with vibrant masks and lively street dances annually held every 4th Sunday of October.
Day 1: Flight to Iloilo City & Sightseeing Tour
Photo by Philippine Airlines
From Manila, board a plane to Iloilo International Airport. Upon arrival, you’ll transfer to your hotel in Iloilo City.
One of the architectural landmarks in the Philippines is Jaro Cathedral, proclaimed as a national shrine and historical landmark in 1976.
During the Spanish colonial era, Casa Mariquit served as the former residence of Fernando Lopez, Sr., the late Vice President of the Philippines in 1949.
Established in the 1920s, Molo Mansion is now a heritage museum with a cultural retail shop featuring Ilonggo specialties such as Pancit Molo and Cafe Panay’s famous hot chocolate.
The only Gothic-Renaissance Church in the Philippines is Molo Church, which showcases 16 statues of female saints.
The most iconic heritage street in Iloilo is Calle Real, where you can find Iloilo’s best-tasting Roberto’s Siopao.
Overlooking the Iloilo River, Esplanade is a public park and a recreational area that features the I Am Iloilo Signage.
Established in 1786, Miagao Church became a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Baroque and Romanesque architecture.
Photo by Garin Farm
Famous for being a leisure farm, Garin Farm best represents the agritourism in the Philippines and farm tourism in the Philippines. It is also a pilgrimage site known for the Heaven on Earth, an all-white religious site featuring a big cross. You need to climb a hundred steps to reach this famous Iloilo tourist spot.
La Paz Market food trip
Discover the Philippines food culture at La Paz Market. Don’t miss Netong’s La Paz Batchoy noodle soup and the famous brewed coffee at Madge Cafe.
A trip to Iloilo isn’t complete without going to Biscocho Haus, popular for souvenirs and Iloilo pasalubong such as their original toasted biscocoho bread crackers and butterscotch.
Day 2: Iloilo Islas de Gigantes Island Hopping Tour
Make the most of your trip and experience island-hopping in the Philippines. On Day 2, you will head to Gigantes Islands or Islas de Gigantes, which is 109KM from Iloilo via bus (3 to 4 hours) or van (2.5 hours) to Carles town. Then, you will spend 1.5 hours riding an outrigger boat from the Bancal Port.
Your Iloilo, Guimaras, Gigantes, and Bacolod itinerary will be more fun if you include Islas de Gigantes island hopping. It comes with a sumptuous lunch buffet menu that includes cheaply priced scallops (P1 each) and other fresh seafood like crabs and shrimps.
Refer to our Islas de Gigantes guide to learn more about the attractions that you can visit during your Iloilo, Guimaras, Gigantes, and Bacolod itinerary. You can also pre-book an Iloilo and Guimaras itinerary 3D2N package for a guided tour if you want a shorter vacation.
Here are some of the top attractions included in an Islas de Gigantes island hopping tour:
Cabugao Gamay Island
A white sandbar lies in the middle of Cabugao Gamay Island, a small island with stunning rock formations and a viewpoint overlooking the entire island where tourists can take photos.
Tangke Saltwater Lagoon
Hidden behind tall rock formations is a natural turquoise-colored pool similar to the breathtaking waters of El Nido and Coron, Palawan.
Another stunning powdery long sandbar is laid out on Bantigue Island, a good swimming and sunbathing spot.
Comparable to the world-famous Boracay Island, Tinagong Dagat translates to ‘hidden beach” in English, which features small cliffs beside crystal blue waters.
This stunning beach has a delicate white sandbar that forms like a small cape. A large boulder nestles at the tip of its shoreline.
Unlike other beaches on Islas de Gigantes, Pulupandan Islet has a rocky shore that is not ideal for swimming but still features picturesque scenery.
Cap off your Iloilo island-hopping escapade and travel back to your Iloilo City hotel. Rest up to prepare for your Guimaras City tour and island tour the next day.
Day 3: Guimaras Island Tour
You will check out early from your Iloilo City hotel on Day 3. To get from Iloilo to Guimaras, you will travel by ferry for your Guimaras Island tour to land attractions, windmills, and some of the underrated best beaches in the Philippines.
Iloilo Guimaras Itinerary FAQs
How to get to Guimaras from Iloilo City?
Guimaras Island is accessible by land and sea ferry from Iloilo City. The travel time from Iloilo City to Guimaras is approximately 1 hour, which includes the land travel (around 30 minutes) and ferry ride from Iloilo wharf to Guimaras (around 15 to 30 mins).
How to go to Guimaras from Iloilo Airport?
To get to Guimaras from, Iloilo Airport, take a cab or jeepney to Ortiz or Parola Wharf and ride a ferry boat to Jordan Wharf on Guimaras Island.
How far is Iloilo to Guimaras?
The distance from Iloilo City to Guimaras is 16.1KM.
How long is the travel time to Guimaras Island from Iloilo City?
The estimated Guimaras to Iloilo travel time by ferry is approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
What is the ferry schedule to Guimaras Island from Iloilo?
The first ferry trip from Iloilo to Guimaras leaves at 3:30 AM, while the last trip departs at 7:30 PM.
Here are some of the attractions you can visit on your land tour in Guimaras:
Mango Icon at Jordan Wharf
This is the most photographed spot in Guimaras, featuring a large mango icon.
Photo by @immeeho on Instagram
True to its name, the smallest plaza in the Philippines features the statue of the Philippine National Hero, Jose Rizal.
Guimaras Windfarm Windmills
Guimaras Windmills is home to 27 wind turbines with a view deck overlooking the sunset.
Guimaras’ famous mango pizza is available at The Pitstop, a local restaurant also known for serving well-known Filipino dishes like Beef Bulalo and Pork Adobo with sliced mangoes.
This secluded enclave is run by monks who sell souvenir items and sweet delicacies like jellies and jams made from the sweet mangoes of Guimaras.
Guimaras Sign at the Guimaras Provincial Capitol Grounds
The island boasts a gigantic Guimaras sign at the Guimaras provincial capitol grounds that is also a famous tourist photo-op spot.
National Mango Research and Development Center
As the Philippines’ mango capital, Guimaras takes pride in its research center that cultivates and harvests the sweetest mangoes, which tourists can buy and take home.
This 18th-century colonial lighthouse stands on top of a hill along the beach in the municipality of Nueva Valencia.
Tucked in Nueva Valencia, the Alubihod Beach features cream-colored sand, spectacular rock formations, and clear blue waters.
By the end of your Guimaras island tour, you can stay overnight in one of the beach resorts in the Philippines and the best resorts in Guimaras.
Day 4: Guimaras Island Hopping Tour
From the name itself, Tatlong Pulo is a stunning three-islet formation that features tranquil white-sand beaches in the municipality of Jordan.
Another secret hideaway in Guimaras is Natago Beach, a privately-owned beach that shelters a bamboo house on top of huge limestone rocks.
One of the off-the-beaten-path beaches in Guimaras is Naburot Island, an islet with rustic and laidback beachfront accommodation.
Ave Maria Islet
This small yet charming islet has a grotto-like formation where it got its name, Ave Maria. Its unspoiled white-sand beach has clear blue waters ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
This secluded beach features a grotto of the Virgin Mary overlooking the neighboring islets.
Tucked on a small island, the Baras Cave features a refreshing natural pool beneath a limestone rock formation.
The most abundant marine sanctuary in Guimaras is Turtle Island, which serves as the nesting ground for sea turtles.
This unspoiled island lies in the municipality of Nueva Valencia and was named such because it resembles the shape of a crocodile.
Taklong Island National Marine Reserve
Photo by Taklong Island National Marine Reserve
This marine protected site covers two main islands alongside 37 islets called the South Point Islands. Each has numerous coves with white-sand beaches and limestone formations.
Charles Floating Cottage
Photo by Charles Floating Cottage
Tucked in the middle of the sea, Charles Floating Cottage is a small bungalow built with bamboos and perched on top of the clear waters surrounded by a thick mangrove forest. Here you can swing on ropes, enjoy the slide, and dive into the water.
After your Guimaras island hopping tour, you will head back to Iloilo City and stay there for the night.
Day 5: Bacolod Lakawon Island & Resorts Tour
After taking a hearty breakfast meal in Iloilo, you will head to Bacolod in the morning. Prepare for a fun-filled tour to visit Bacolod tourist spots.
Bacolod and Iloilo Itinerary | FAQs
How to get to Bacolod from Iloilo?
The fastest way to get to Bacolod from Iloilo is via a fast craft ferry.
How long is the travel time from Iloilo to Bacolod?
The estimated Iloilo to Bacolod travel time is 1 hour and 40 minutes.
What is the fast craft schedule from Bacolod to Iloilo and vice versa?
From Iloilo, the first trip leaves at 7:20 AM, and the last trip departs at 5:30 PM. Meanwhile, the earliest trip from Bacolod to Iloilo leaves at 5:45 AM, and the last trip departs at 4:00 PM.
Here are some of the Bacolod island and resort attractions that you can visit today:
This 16-hectare island boasts cream-colored sand and crystal clear waters. It is home to one of the most famous floating bars in Asia, Tawhai Floating Bar.
Set at the foot of Mount Kanlaon, Mambukal Resort is a charming mountain resort that lets you take a dip in its hot and cold sulfur spring pools.
Campuestohan Highland Resort
Photo by Campuestohan Highland Resort
This 5-hectare highland resort features modern amenities and leisure activities for kids and adults young at heart.
Day 6: Bacolod City Tour with The Ruins & Silay Mansions
After your breakfast, prepare to start your Bacolod City tour. Here are some of the top attractions in Bacolod City, Silay, and Talisay that you can visit today:
Constructed in the 1920s, The Ruins in Talisay was built by a wealthy sugar baron named Don Mariano Ledesma Lacson in memory of his Portuguese wife, Maria Braga. It also used to be the biggest residential structure at the time.
San Sebastian Cathedral
Situated across the Bacolod City plaza, the San Sebastian Cathedral features an 18th-century Gothic-inspired facade built of coral stones.
Provincial Capitol and Lagoon
The Bacolod provincial park showcases Eduardo Castrillo’s Paghimud-os Monument and Riccardo Monti’s water buffalo sculpture.
Pope John Paul II Tower
Photo by Bacolod City Tourism Office
Set amid the city skyline, this seven-storey building was built as a commemoration of Pope John Paul II’s papal visit to Bacolod in 1981.
Bacolod City takes pride in their Chicken Inasal recipe, a roasted barbeque specialty passed on to generations and sold in the Manokan Country grounds as early as the 1980s. This is a must-visit for lunch during your Bacolod tour.
Photo by The Negros Museum
This historical landmark depicts Bacolod’s vibrant culture and history through paintings and antique collections.
Negrense Museum or Balay Negrense is the first museum established in Negros Occidental during the late 1890s, which features the 19th-century lifestyle of a sugar baron Victor Gaston.
Bernardino Jalandoni Museum
Another ancestral home in the collection of Silay Mansions, the Bernardino Jalandoni Museum showcases the well-preserved possessions of elite Negrense families in the 1900s.
Dubbed as the largest residential Art Deco building in the Philippines, Daku Balay is a three-storey mansion of the Negrense sugar baron Don Generoso Villanueva.
El Ideal Bakery
Photo by El Ideal Bakery
Established in 1920, El Ideal Bakery serves homemade bread and cookies such as Biscocho, Piaya, Tart, and Barquillos. It also features the old architectural style of houses in Silay mansions.
Day 7: Departure
After having breakfast at your hotel in Bacolod, drop by Bongbong’s or Merzci to purchase some souvenirs or Bacolod pasalubong snacks like piaya and napoleones to cap off your Iloilo, Bacolod, and Guimaras itinerary. Then, head to Bacolod domestic airport to board a direct flight back to Manila.
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