WELCOME TO MY PANAY ISLAND TRAVEL GUIDE! Panay Island has been an alternative route that can take you to Boracay Island. If you fly directly to Boracay, it might be costly. Why? It is due to its popularity among local tourists and foreigners as well.
But little did people know, Panay Island doesn’t only revolve around the island of Boracay. In fact, this island has definitely a lot to offer. Located in the Western Visayas region, Panay Island consists of Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, and Capiz. Besides, Guimaras Island is just 10-15 minutes away from Iloilo. Here’s to my Panay Island and Guimaras travel guide for 3 days and 3 nights!
Circumnavigating Panay Island
It’s been my dream to visit Iloilo as well as Boracay. So I have decided to have a pre-birthday celebration with my friends on Panay Island. Our entry point was in Iloilo. Meanwhile, our exit point was in Iloilo, too! We circumnavigated Panay Island and Guimaras Island for three days. Yup, I knew it was too short to explore the island. Despite that, we still tried our best to maximize our time to visit our desired destinations.
Panay Island Travel Guide: Sample Itinerary
Here’s the sample itinerary of our 3 days and 2 nights of my trip to Panay Island with Guimaras Island.
DAY 1: Guimaras Island & Garin Farm
|03:30 AM||NAIA Terminal 3; Depart to Iloilo|
|04:40 AM||Arrive at Iloilo International Airport|
|04:40 AM-6:00 AM||Breakfast at the small eatery (in front of the airport)|
|06:00 AM-06:20 AM||Van from the airport to SM Iloilo|
|06:20 AM-06:40 AM||Jeep from SM to Ortiz Wharf|
|06:40 AM-06:50 AM||Ortiz Port going to Guimaras|
|06:50 AM-07:00 AM||Depart to Guimaras|
|07:00 AM-02:00 PM||Guimaras Island Day Tour|
|02:00 PM-02:15 PM||Head back to the port|
|02:15 PM-02:30 PM||Back to Ortiz Port|
|02:30 PM-02:40 PM||Ortiz Port to Jeepney Terminal to San Joaquin|
|02:40 PM-04:30 PM||Head to Garin Farm|
|04:30 PM–07:00 PM||Garin FarmTour|
|07:00 PM–08:00 PM||Go to San Jose Antique|
|08:00 PM||Check-in at Ursula Inn|
|09:00 PM||Lights Off|
Tips & Reminders:
When you arrive at the Ortiz Port, you have to register first before you can ride in a boat.
They say it will take you 15 minutes to get to Guimaras Island. But, in our case, it only took us 10 minutes to get to the island.
It is better to contact a guide already before heading to Guimaras Island to make it much less hassle on your end.
If you are heading to Garin Farm, you must ride a jeep with the signage of “San Joaquin”.
Ride a bus with the signage of San Jose if you are also planning to stay at Ursula Inn in Antique.
Places to Visit in Guimaras Island
The Smallest Plaza
Guimaras Overlooking View
The Pitstop Restaurant
This is just across the Trappist Monastery. From here, you can buy different local foods that you can only find in Guimaras.
Mango Farm / Mango Research
Raymen Beach Resort
Guisi Lighthouse is actually part of the itinerary. Unfortunately, we decided not to visit Guisi Lighthouse anymore due to inclement weather. But overall, we absolutely enjoyed our trip!!!
Note: We didn’t have much time to tour around Antique. We only stayed here for a night. The tricycle driver that we met from Garin Farm advised us to check in to Ursula Inn. Also, it’s very affordable.
DAY 2: Boracay Island
|03:30 AM-05:00 AM||Wake Up Call; Prepare|
|05:00 AM–05:10 AM||Go to San Jose Proper / Ceres Terminal Bus|
|05:10 AM-06:20 AM||Breakfast at the market (across the terminal)|
|06:20 AM-07:00 AM||Ceres Bus Terminal; waited the bus to depart|
|07:00 AM-11:30 AM||San Jose to Caticlan|
|11:30 AM-11:40 AM||Caticlan to Boracay Island|
|11:40 AM-12:00 PM||Head over to the hostel|
|12:00 PM-12:30 PM||Check-in; Rest|
|12:30 PM-01:30 PM||Go to Station 2 & 3|
|01:30 PM-02:00 PM||Have lunch at La Carmela de Boracay|
|02:00 PM-05:00 PM||Beach bumming; walk along Boracay stations|
|05:00 PM-06:00 PM||Back to hostel; Rest|
|06:00 PM-06:10 PM||Back to the beach|
|06:10 PM- 09:00 PM||Stay at the beach; Watch the sunset; Dinner|
|09:00 PM – 09:10 PM||Back to hostel|
|09:10 PM||Lights off|
Day 3: Iloilo City
|03:30 AM–05:30 AM||Wake Up Call; Prepare|
|05:30 AM-06:20 AM||Go to the port; Breakfast|
|06:20 AM-06:30 AM||Boracay Departure; Back to Caticlan|
|06:30 AM-06:45 AM||Take a bus to Iloilo City|
|06:45 AM-01:20 PM||Travel time from Caticlan to Iloilo|
|01:20 PM-01:40 PM||Head from terminal to SM Iloilo|
|01:40 PM-02:00 PM||Check-in our bags at Traveller’s Lounge|
|02:00 PM-02:30 PM||Lunch at SM Iloilo|
|02:30 PM-03:30 PM||Municipal Hall; Walk around the city|
|03:30 PM-04:00 PM||Molo Church|
|04:00 PM-04:30 PM||Molo Mansion|
|04:30 PM-05:00 PM||Head over to Balay nga Bato|
|05:00 PM-06:00 PM||Balay nga Bato|
|06:00 PM-06:30 PM||Head back to SM Iloilo|
|06:30 PM-08:30 PM||SM Iloilo; Roam around; Dinner; Shopping|
|08:30 PM-09:30 PM||Traveller’s Lounge; Wash Up|
|09:30 PM||Go to Iloilo Airport; Back to Manila|
Breakdown of Expenses
This is the sample budget and expenses for Panay Island which is good for 3 days and 2 nights.
Day 1: Iloilo; Guimaras Islanad
|Taxi from MRT Mcdo going to NAIA 3||Php 120/4 pax|
|Van from the airport going to SM Iloilo||Php 50|
|Jeep from SM going to Ortiz Port||Php 7|
|Boat Fare going to Guimaras Island||Php 14|
|Guimaras Tour||Php 1500 good for 4 pax|
|Raymen Beach Entrance Fee||Php 25|
|Shower at Raymen Beach||Php 20|
|Boat Fare back to Iloilo||Php 14|
|Jeep going to San Joaquin Terminal||Php 7|
|San Joaquin Jeep Fare||Php 60|
|Tricycle going to Garin Farm||Php 50/4 pax|
|Garin Farm Entrance Fee||Php 150|
|Cart Ride Fee||Php 150|
|Tricycle going back to the main road||Php 50/4 pax|
|Bus Fare going to Ursula||Php 40|
|Ursula Inn Accommodation Fee||Php 650 good for 4 pax|
Day 2: Boracay Island
|Tricycle going to San Jose proper||Php 15|
|Ceres Bus going to Caticlan||Php 220|
|Environmental Fee going to Boracay||Php 100|
|Terminal Fee||Php 75|
|Ferry (roundtrip)||Php 150 (roundtrip)|
|Tricycle going to Station 3||Php 38 each|
|Accommodation||php 375 each|
Day 3: Iloilo City
|Tricycle going back to the port||Php 25 each|
|Terminal Fee||PHP 100|
|Ceres Bus going back to Iloilo||Php 367|
|From terminal going to SM Iloilo||Php 7|
|Traveler’s Lounge||Php 90|
|Jeepney going to the Municipality of Iloilo||Php 7|
|Jeepney going to Molo Church and Mansion||Php 7|
|Balay nga Bato Jeep Fare from Molo Mansion||Php 7|
|Balay Nga Bato Entrance Fee||Php 150|
|Jeep to SM Iloilo||Php 10|
|Taxi going to the airport||Php 100/4 pax|
|Total Expenses for the 3-day trip||PHP 2,830.50|
Recommended Tour Guide
Michael Solorico (Guimaras Tour Guide)
There are still a lot of reasons to visit Panay Island again. I have realized that it’s not about the places or tourist spots that make the island attractive. It is more about the people who warmly welcomed us during our visit. The locals are so nice and helpful during our trip. I will surely come back!
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Ara Patria, the owner of The Adventuress, is an educator by profession but a traveler at heart. Despite her busy schedules, she finds time to travel domestically or internationally. She loves discovering new places, embracing new cultures and meeting other people. In addition, she’s also interested in fashion, Korean music, and Korean dramas. She dreams to travel the world and inspire people by sharing her own experiences through writing.