Guisi Lighthouse and Beach in Guimaras

If you travel to Guimaras, don’t miss on visiting the 19th century Spanish colonial lighthouse known as Guisi Lighthouse, as well as the beautiful Guisi Beach. Located at the southwestern coast of Guimaras, in Barangay Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guisi lighthouse is one of the remarkable historical sites of the Province of Guimaras and is also among the oldest lighthouses in Philippines. Guisi Lighthouse was built by the Spanish government in 1894-1896 as a part of the Master Plan of installing the lighting of the maritime coasts of the Philippines. Guisi lighthose was formerly known as Faro de Punta Luzaran and functioned as a navigational aid to the fisherman and sailors passing the Panay Gulf.

Guisi Lighthouse near Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Now all that has left from the lighthouse area are ruins. Beautiful ruins, if you ask me. It’s a small, though charming place, worth visiting if you happen to be in Nueva Valencia. It’s a perfect place for photo shoot, because you can see a few levels of the doorways of the ruins, when looking through the front one. And since over the years the ruins have been overgrown by green bushes, they make the ideal dimensional background with a mysterious, ancient and a little bit romantic mood for your photos. The romance of the 19th century.

Guisi Lighthouse near Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Guisi Lighthouse – perfect for a photo shoot

While the original lighthouse is no longer operational, a new one has been built by the Philippine Coast Guard. It is a white, hourglass-shaped metal tower, built after 1920, standing right beside the remains of the old lighthouse.

There is a symbolic entrance fee of 10 pesos (0.23$) at the lighthouse, as well as the registration requirement, something that is quite common in the Philippines.

Guisi Lighthouse near Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Another gorgeous spot at Guisi Lighthouse

After exploring the marks of the history and imagining how the lighthouse looked like more than hundred years ago, when it was built, we got to the fun part – the beach. Guisi Beach is a long strip of white sand with lush green palm trees in the background and some rock formations on the sides. The water here shines in beautiful blue and green shades from light turquoise color to dark blue green color. Even though the sand here is not so fine and the water is not so clear as the one in Boracay, the main tourist attraction of the Western Visayas region of the Philippines, Guisi is also a gorgeous, picturesque beach, one of the places of Guimaras everyone should visit.

Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

The gorgeous white sand Guisi Beach, just 5 minutes from Guisi Lighthouse

The beach met my expectations in almost all the aspects when I visited Nueva Valencia with my friends. It looked just as beautiful as I had seen in pictures. The only thing missing was the serenity. It was packed with people. Not quite the quiet, peaceful day we had hoped for. I was surprised how full it was, since I had read that it is almost secluded and definitely not crowded. Some of the locals said it is because of the week long holiday. Yes, we had chosen a Holy Week, definitely the wrong time to go there, if you want more privacy and serenity.

Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Not so serene during holiday

Regardless the crowds, we had a great day at the beach, which we spent laughing and swimming and even playing volleyball. The water is not so calm as the one at the White Beach of Boracay, but is still good for swimming. Anyway Guisi Beach is much better choice than the White Beach if you want to spend a peaceful, quiet day lounging at a pristine beach with your friends or family. For that purpose just remember not to go there on Holy Week or most likely every other major holiday.

Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Enjoying the sunny weather at Guisi Beach

Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Local children playing at the beach

Guisi Beach in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

The little things

Guisi Beach is one of the best beaches of Guimaras in my opinion. What are your favorite beaches there? Maybe you know something I don’t. Please share your thoughts on Guisi Lighthouse and Beach. I would also be glad to hear your suggestions about other beautiful places of Guimaras worth visiting.

How to Get There:

Take a ferry at Ortiz Port in Iloilo City going to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras. It is a 15 minutes long ferry ride.  Guisi beach is about 45 minute ride away from Jordan Wharf. The tourism officer at the Jordan Wharf will help you arrange the transportation going to Guisi Beach. You can rent a multicab or go there with a public jeepney; the second is the cheapest option. Rates for multicabs vary, starting from 500 php per vehicle. They are usually around 1000-1500 for a whole day. If you choose to take a jeepney, ride a “Nueva Valencia jeepney” for 40 php. Tell the driver that you are going to Guisi Beach, so he must drop you off at the proper spot for that.

Expenses:

Ferry: 28 php (round trip)

Multicab for whole day: 1000-1500 php

Accommodation: Starting from 600 php for one night

Fruits, snacks, water: 350-500 php

Accommodations Near Gusi Beach:

  • Kenyama Beach Resort:

Address: Guisi, Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Contact No.: 0998-3084049; 0939-9175495 (Smart); 0906-2709157 (Globe)

Email: delgadoroland23@gmail.com

Website: http://kenyamaresort.jimdo.com/

Room Rate: Starting from 1200 php

  • Guisi Clearwater Resort:

Address: Guisi, Dolores, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Contact No.: +639195636688

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Guisi-Clearwater-Resort/149521808428563

Room Rate: Starting from 700 php

  • Raymen Beach Resort:

*About 5 km from Guisi Beach

Address: Alubihod, Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Contact No.: +63 33 396 0252 

Website: http://raymenresort.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Raymen.Beach.Resort.Guimaras

Room Rate: Starting from 600 php/room

Tips:

  1. Bring your own snacks, fruits and water to have a picnic at the beach. Just remember to clean after yourself. Don’t leave rubish at the beach. It is a beautiful place, and we don’t want to ruin it.
  2. Bring your snorkeling gear if you have one. We were told that there are some nice corals close to the beach, which we couldn’t check since we didn’t have the goggles.
  3. Don’t go there during official holiday or fiesta, if you want to enjoy the serenity.
  4. Make your reservations in advance, if you plan to stay overnight.
  5. Don’t expect a luxury service at the resorts around Guisi Beach. Most of them are very simple with basic facilities provided. Read reviews before choosing the resort that suits you. Not always the cheapest one is the best choice.

3 replies
    • Anna
      Anna says:

      Hi there!
      I’m not sure if it is the number of Jordan Wharf, but I have this contact number for Guimaras Tourism Office – +63 33 581 2021. Maybe you can call them and ask for the number of the Jordan you need. Hope I could help.

      Greetings,

      Anna

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