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Iloilo City, Iloilo, Philippines

BACOLOD-ILOILO-GUIMARAS BACKPACKING TRAVEL GUIDE (DIY ITINERARY + BUDGET)

This itinerary is good for a laid-back group travel. This includes mostly city tours. When heading to Bacolod, you may also add Lakawon and Mambukal in the itinerary. In Iloilo, you may also add Gigantes Island for a taste of their beach life. With 5 days, we wanted to visit the must-see places in each province.

This itinerary covers only a few parts of Bacolod, Iloilo and Guimaras. We wanted to explore and visit as many destinations as we can with a limited budget and time. Our route started and ended in Bacolod You may also start and end in Iloilo.

5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS BACKPACKING BACOLOD-ILOILO-GUIMARAS

DAY 1: ARRIVAL & SILAY WALKING TOUR
Points of Interest
🚩 El Ideal Bakery
🚩 Balay Negrense
🚩 Hofilena Ancestral House
🚩 Bernardino Jalando Museum
🚩 San Diego Pro Cathedral
🚩 The Ruins

DAY 1 ITINERARY: ARRIVAL
🚩 MNL TO BCD
🚩 Silay Airport to Silay Accommodation: 1 hour via airport shuttle | 200PHP | These airport shuttle will drop you at your hotel in Bacolod.
🚩 Check-in to Silay Accommodation: 5000PHP for 2 nights | 1666PHP (since we are 3pax) | Balay 8 Suites, Silay City | We decided to stay in Silay so it would be easy to walk around for the Silay Walking Tour, cheaper accommodations are available in Bacolod City. Solo traveler can score rooms as low as 422PHP per night.
🚩 DIY Silay Walking Tour: free
🚩 El Ideal Bakery: free (you may opt to take Merienda here)
🚩 Balay Negrense: free (you may opt to get inside; entrance fee is: 40PHP)
🚩 Hofilena Ancestral House: free (you may opt to get inside; entrance fee is: 40PHP and only by appointment)
🚩 Bernardino Jalando Museum: free (you may opt to get inside; entrance fee is: 40PHP)
🚩 San Diego Pro Cathedral: free
🚩 San Diego Pro Cathedral to The Ruins: 30 mins via tricycle | 200PHP | 67PHP (since we are 3pax) vice versa fare
🚩 The Ruins entrance fee: 150PHP
↠ Dinner: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Accommodation


DAY 1 TOTAL:
1494PHP for solo travelers
2183PHP per pax for group of 3 travelers


DAY 2: CAMPUESTOHAN HIGHLAND RESORT
Points of Interest
🚩 Campuestohan Resort
DAY 2 ITINERARY: CAMPUESTOHAN RESORT DAY TRIP
↠ Breakfast: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Silay Accommodation to Bacolod City: 30-40 minutes via Ceres Bus | 50PHP | buses pass across the Silay Plaza, you may hail a bus there.
🚩 Bacolod North Bus Terminal to Imart Lopue's East: 10-15 minutes via taxi | 100PHP | 34PHP (since we are 3pax)
🚩 Imart Lopue's East to Campuestohan Highland Resort: 100PHP via Campuestohan shuttle
🚩 Campuestohan Highland Resort entrance fee: 200PHP
↠ Lunch at Campuestohan: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Campuestohan Highland Resort to Imart Lopue's East: 100PHP via Campuestohan shuttle
↠ Dinner: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal

🚩Imart Lopue's East to Bacolod North Bus Terminal: 10-15 minutes via taxi | 100PHP | 34PHP (since we are 3pax)
🚩 Bacolod North Bus Terminal to Silay: 
30-40 minutes via Ceres Bus | 50PHP
🚩 Accommodation

DAY 2 TOTAL:
1000PHP for solo travelers
868PHP per pax for group of 3 travelers


DAY 3: ILOILO CITY TOUR

Points of Interest
🚩 Garin Farm
🚩 Miagao Church
🚩 Balay Camiña nga Bato
🚩 Molo Mansion
🚩 Molo Church
🚩 Iloilo Esplanade
🚩 Iloilo Convention Center
🚩 Jaro Cathedral
🚩 Museo Iloilo
🚩 Iloilo City Downtown & Calle Real




DAY 3 ITINERARY: ILOILO CITY TOUR
↠ Breakfast: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Silay Accommodation to Bacolod City: 30-40 minutes via Ceres Bus | 50PHP | buses pass across the Silay Plaza, you may hail a bus there.
🚩 Bacolod North Bus Terminal to Bacolod Port: 15-20 minutes via taxi | 150PHP | 50PHP (since we are 3pax)
🚩 Bacolod Port Terminal fee: 40PHP
🚩 Bacolod Port to Iloilo Port: 2 hours 
Ocean Jet fastcraft: 325PHP | Tourist Class Air-conditioned Cabin.
🚩 Iloilo City tour via car: 1699PHP per pax of 3 | Book your tour with Iloilo City Tour. Rate is based on number of pax per tour, you may join in for 999PHP if you are a solo traveler.
🚩 Garin Farm entrance fee: 150PHP
↠ Lunch: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Miagao Church entrance fee: free
🚩 Balay Camiña nga Bato entrance fee: 150PHP | Inclusive of the tour and merienda (Biscocho and Tsokolateng Tablea)
🚩 Molo Mansion entrance fee: free
🚩 Molo Church entrance fee: free
🚩 Iloilo Esplanade: free
🚩 Iloilo Convention Center: free
🚩 Jaro Cathedral entrance fee: free
🚩 Museo Iloilo entrance fee: 50PHP
🚩 Iloilo City Downtown & Calle Real entrance fee: free
🚩 Calle Real to Iloilo Accommodation via tour car: free (included in car tour
🚩 Check in Iloilo Accommodation: 1880PHP for 2 nights | 627PHP (since we are 3pax) | Pallet House, Iloilo City | We decided to stay in Silay so it would be easy to walk around for the Silay Walking Tour, cheaper accommodations are available in Bacolod City. Solo traveler can score rooms as low as 586PHP per night.
↠ Dinner: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Accommodation


DAY 3 TOTAL:
3186PHP for solo travelers
3341PHP per pax for group of 3 travelers
DAY 4: GUIMARAS DAY TOUR
Points of Interest:
🚩 Jordan Signage
🚩 Smallest Plaza
🚩 Mango Plantation
🚩 Guimaras Windmills
🚩 Trappist Monastery
🚩 Guimaras Signage
🚩 Pitstop
🚩 Guisi Lighthouse
🚩 Tahi Beach
🚩 Alubihod Beach
🚩 Raymen Beach

DAY 4 ITINERARY: GUIMARAS
↠ Breakfast: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Iloilo Accommodation to Iloilo Port: 15 minutes via taxi | 100PHP | 34PHP
 (since we are 3pax) 
🚩 Iloilo Port to Guimaras Port:10 minutes via pumpboat | 20PHP
🚩 Guimaras Tour via tricycle: 1200PHP | 400PHP (since we are 3pax) | You may contract John Tumlos for the rates.
🚩 Jordan Signage entrance fee: free
🚩 Smallest Plaza entrance fee: free
🚩 Mango Plantation entrance fee: free
🚩 Guimaras Windmills entrance fee: free
🚩 Trappist Monastery entrance fee: free
🚩 Guimaras Signage entrance fee: free
↠ Lunch at Pitstop: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Guisi Lighthouse entrance fee: 30PHP
🚩 Tahi Beach entrance fee: 30PHP
🚩 Alubihod Beach entrance fee: 10PHP
🚩 Raymen Beach entrance fee: 30PHP
🚩 Raymen Beach to Jordan Port via tricycle: free; inclusive in the tour
🚩 Jordan Port to Iloilo Port: 15 minutes via fastcraft | 50PHP
🚩 Iloilo Port to accommodation via tricycle: 60PHP | 20PHP (since we are 3pax)
↠ Dinner: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Accommodation


DAY 4 TOTAL:
1830PHP for solo travelers
924PHP per pax for group of 3 travelers
DAY 5 ITINERARY: GOING HOME
↠ Breakfast: 100-150PHP for a mid-range meal
🚩 Iloilo Accommodation to Iloilo Port: 15 minutes via taxi | 100PHP | 34PHP (since we are 3pax)
🚩 Iloilo Port to Bacolod Port: 2 hours via Ocean Jet fastcraft | 325PHP | Tourist Class Air-conditioned Cabin.
🚩 Bacolod Port to Bacolod North Terminal: 15-20 minutes via taxi | 150PHP | 50PHP (since we are 3pax)
🚩 Bacolod North Bus Terminal to Silay: 30-40 minutes via Ceres Bus | 50PHP
🚩 Silay to Silay Airport: 30 minutes via shuttle |  200PHP
🚩 FLIGHT BCD TO MNL


DAY 5 TOTAL:
925PHP for solo travelers
625PHP per pax for group of 3 travelers
5D4N BACOLOD-ILOILO-GUIMARAS BUDGET:
8435PHP for solo travelers
7341PHP per pax for group of 3 travelers

See our summarized itinerary here:
BACOLOD TRAVEL GUIDE
ILOILO TRAVEL GUIDE
GUIMARAS TRAVEL GUIDE

TRAVEL TIPS:
A. ACCOMMODATIONS, TOURS AND PRE-TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
↠ ACCOMMODATIONS
Book your hotels through Booking or Agoda. These sites offer pay at the hotel or credit card payments. I highly suggest booking hotels near the Iloilo & Bacolod Port. The second concern would be the amenities and overall aesthetics of the place. I prefer hotels with air-conditioning, own toilet and bath, WIFI and breakfast included. Pools, gardens and other amenities would be a plus. I look for cheap hotels since I only stay there for sleeping.
↠ TOURS
I suggest these local tour guides:
Iloilo City Tour:
Guimaras Tour:
↠ INTERNET AND COMMUNICATION
Smart Signal is stronger than Globe. We rely on mobile data and utilize the hotel wifi.
↠ TRANSFERS AND TRANSPORTATION
From the New Silay-Bacolod Airport, there are shuttle service that will drop you at your hotel. It has a fixed rate of 200PHP per person. When heading to the airport or transferring from Silay City to Bacolod City or vice versa, you may opt to hire a taxi or ride a Ceres bus at the Bacolod North Bus Terminal.
↠ PH TRAVEL TAX 1620PHP
↠ Download applications you need for navigation as well as contacting drivers and hotels.

B. GETTING AROUND
↠ Walking
↠ Grab App
↠ Taxi and tricycles

C. WHAT TO EAT
↠ Bacolod: Chicken Inasal, Cansi, Seafood, Piyaya, Napoleones, Senoritas
↠ Iloilo: Batchoy, Pancit Molo, Seafood, Biscocho, Tsokolateng Tablea, Butterscotch
↠ Guimaras: Mango, Mango Pizza, Mango Coffee

D. TIPS
↠ Places to eat: most of them are karinderia and these are the cheapest choices!
↠ Bring your water bottle.
↠ Book cheap hotels near city centers and ports for accessibility.
↠ Know the places where you want to go and build your itinerary around it. Then cross off places that are too far away (unless you really want to go)


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FOOTNOTES:
Photos by Rae Argallon | Samsung Note 9 | Bacolod, Negros Occidental,  Iloilo City, Iloilo, Guimaras, Guimaras (Philippines) | November 2019

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Comments

  1. Waawwwww!!!!! Looks like Philippines has so much more to offer than expected. I have never been to any foreign trip and I always look for places who are budgeted and worth the time and money. Thanks for sharing this post with us. Recently I have been to captivating goa tour and it was an incredu=ible experience. Soon gonna make the abroad trip!!!

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