Geography of Guimaras
Ask any Filipino if he knows Guimaras and he will answer: YES. But when you ask him if he ever had been there, he will say no.
Why? Because everybody on earth knows where the sweetest mangoes come from, but never cared to eat them at their origin. So, do it!
Guimaras is a province of its own. The island is just a hop off the coast of Iloilo and Panay. Guimaras is between Panay and Negros, between the cities of Iloilo and Bacolod.
Guimaras attracts people (rich and less rich) for its beautiful beaches, sights and the winding scenic roads that invite for biking.
To discover Guimaras you'll need at least 5 days. Guimaras is rich of culture and of natural beauty. Best way to travel around is either a tricycle or a multicab.
Climate of Guimaras
Guimaras has a similar climate as the south of Panay has. Maximum rain period is not pronounced and the dry season last only from one to three months. Rainfall patterns show a peak rainfall during month of September and lowest on March to April.
If you look for the current weather, please refer to Iloilo.
People and Culture of Guimaras
Guimaras' folk lives from fishing, mangoes and tourism. Early, rich Filipino families from all over the country discovered the beauty of Guimaras and built their summer residencies. The most stumbling sample is the "Roca Encantada" built in 1910 by the Lopez family in memory of Doña Presentacion Hofilena Lopez.
Agriculture and industry on Guimaras
There is no industry. Just outside San Miguel on the road to Lawi is the National Mango Research & Development Centre. Near Buenavista is the biggest mango plantation, the Oro Verde Mango Plantation with over 50,000 mango trees.
Facilities on Guimaras
The next airport is in Iloilo on Panay island. See the "Get There" section.
Guimaras main ports are Buenavista warf and Jordan warf in the north-west where the pumpboats from Iloilo arrive. There are two smaller ports on the east coast, Pulupandan and Suclaran where connections to Negros exist.