Panay Island Travel Guide with Itinerary 3d2n

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 AMNAIA Terminal 3; Depart to Iloilo
04:40 AMArrive 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 AMJeep from SM to Ortiz Wharf
06:40 AM-06:50 AM Ortiz Port going to Guimaras
06:50 AM-07:00 AMDepart 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 PM07:00 PM           Garin FarmTour
07:00 PM08:00 PMGo to San Jose Antique
08:00 PMCheck-in at Ursula Inn
09:00 PMLights 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

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Windmill Farm

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Guimaras Overlooking View

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The Pitstop Restaurant

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This is where you can taste the best mango pizza ever! Don’t miss it out!

Guimaras Signage

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Trappist Monastery

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The only Trappist monastery in the Philippines.

Pasalubong Center

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!!!

Garin Farm

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Garin Farm, Iloilo

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 AMWake Up Call; Prepare
05:00 AM05:10 AMGo 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 AMCeres Bus Terminal; waited the bus to depart
07:00 AM-11:30 AMSan Jose to Caticlan
11:30 AM-11:40 AMCaticlan to Boracay Island
11:40 AM-12:00 PMHead over to the hostel
12:00 PM-12:30 PMCheck-in; Rest
12:30 PM-01:30 PMGo 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
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Boracay Island
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Lunch buffet at La Carmela de Boracay
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Souvenir Shop
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Sunset at Boracay Island
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Day 3: Iloilo City

03:30 AM05:30 AMWake Up Call; Prepare
05:30 AM-06:20 AMGo to the port; Breakfast
06:20 AM-06:30 AMBoracay Departure; Back to Caticlan
06:30 AM-06:45 AM Take a bus to Iloilo City
06:45 AM-01:20 PMTravel 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 PMLunch at SM Iloilo
02:30 PM-03:30 PM Municipal Hall; Walk around the city
03:30 PM-04:00 PMMolo Church
04:00 PM-04:30 PM Molo Mansion
04:30 PM-05:00 PMHead over to Balay nga Bato
05:00 PM-06:00 PMBalay nga Bato
06:00 PM-06:30 PMHead back to SM Iloilo
06:30 PM-08:30 PM SM Iloilo; Roam around; Dinner; Shopping
08:30 PM-09:30 PMTraveller’s Lounge; Wash Up
09:30 PMGo to Iloilo Airport; Back to Manila
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Municipality of Iloilo
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The Molo Church
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Molo Mansion ‎
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Balay Nga Bato: This is one of the oldest and most historical houses in Iloilo City. In Tagalog, it is
called Bahay na Bato.

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 TourPhp 1500 good for 4 pax
Raymen Beach Entrance FeePhp 25
Shower at Raymen Beach Php 20
Boat Fare back to IloiloPhp 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 FeePhp 150
Tricycle going back to the main roadPhp 50/4 pax
Bus Fare going to UrsulaPhp 40
Ursula Inn Accommodation FeePhp 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 FeePhp 75
Ferry (roundtrip) Php 150 (roundtrip)
Tricycle going to Station 3Php 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 IloiloPhp 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 MansionPhp 7
Balay Nga Bato Entrance Fee Php 150
Jeep to SM IloiloPhp 10
Taxi going to the airport Php 100/4 pax
Total Expenses for the 3-day trip             PHP 2,830.50
Food and Pasalubong not included

Recommended Tour Guide for Guimaras

Michael Solorico

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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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