B.I.G. Adventure (Bacolod, Iloilo, Guimaras) Travel Guide, Itinerary & Expenses

Imagine going to three provinces in one huge adventure? Yes, it’s possible! Just recently, Gerald and I were able to accomplish our B.I.G. Adventure (Bacolod, Iloilo, Guimaras). Finally, I made a travel guide to help you create your own B.I.G. Adventure as well! :)

How to Get There

Iloilo and Guimaras are part of Region VI (Western Visayas) while Bacolod is part of Region XVII (Negros Island Region).

For our trip, we decided to take the Iloilo-Guimaras-Bacolod route because it’s more convenient for us. There’s only very little difference to the Bacolod-Iloilo-Guimaras route, so any of the two routes will work just fine. :)

Bacolod Iloilo Guimaras itinerary

From Manila/Cebu to Iloilo

  • PAL, Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia have flights from Manila/Cebu to Iloilo. We got our promo flights from Cebu Pacific Air.
  • From Iloilo Airport, you can take a shuttle to the city proper/SM Iloilo or a taxi that can take you directly to your hotel.

From Manila/Cebu/Iloilo to Bacolod

  • Flights from Manila/Cebu to Bacolod are also available from PAL, Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia.
  • Fast crafts have routes from Iloilo to Bacolod and vice versa. When we went to Bacolod from Iloilo, we took the ferry from Ocean Jet.

From Iloilo/Bacolod to Guimaras

  • From Iloilo, go to Ortiz Wharf and take a boat ride to Guimaras. Travel time is around 15-20 minutes.
  • From Bacolod, go to Pulupandan Wharf and take a boat ride to Guimaras. Travel time is around 45 minutes.

Where to Stay

In Iloilo and Bacolod, most accommodations available are hotels, inns and pension house. We only had a day tour in Guimaras but if you want to stay, there are also accommodations but mostly resorts.

Iloilo City

Ong Bun Pension House
From Ong Bun Pension House website

Guimaras

Raymen Beach Resort
From Raymen Beach Resort website

Bacolod

Go Hotels
From Go Hotels website

What To Do

There are many attractions and activities to do in Bacolod, Iloilo and Guimaras and here are some of them.

Heritage/City Tour in Iloilo

You can find centuries-old churches, monuments, ancestral houses and structures in Iloilo. It is very rich in culture and heritage. In fact, just by walking around the city, you can already see a lot.

Miag-ao Church

  • Jaro Belfry and Catehdral
  • Molo Church
  • Miag-ao Church
  • San Joaquin Church
  • Guimbal Church
  • San Jose Church
  • Tigbauan Church
  • Sto. Nino Arevalo Church
  • Calle Real
  • Plaza Libertad
  • Plazoleta Gay
  • Esplanade
  • For San Pedro
  • Iloilo Provincial Capitol
  • Museo Iloilo
  • Nelly’s Garden
Foodtrip

Yes, get ready to indulge in the local delicacies! Happy tummies! Bacolod, Iloilo and Guimaras offer really good food!

  • Netong’s La Paz Batchoy
  • Madge Cafe
  • Cafe de Hablon
  • Ramboy’s
  • Roberto’s
  • Pitstop Restaurant
  • The Ruins Cafe
  • Calea
Dinagyang Pamukaw/Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo

Before our trip, we have no idea about Dinagyang Pamukaw. We just learned about it while watching a local TV news channel. We wanted to experience it so we changed our itinerary last-minute. Instead of going to Plaza Libertad, we decided to go to Dinagyang Pamukaw instead.

Dinagyang Pamukaw

Dinagyang Festival is an annual religious and cultural festival held every January. We were able to witness Dinagyang Pamukaw, an event that marks the readiness of Iloilo City to host Dinagyang Festival. It’s like we got a glimpse of a Dinagyang Festival experience. :)

Guimaras Tour

Guimaras is a small island that you can explore via a motorcycle, a tricycle or multicab depending on how many you are in the group. Hehe.

Bacolod Iloilo Guimaras itinerary

  • Smallest Plaza
  • Provincial Capitol
  • Mango Plantation
  • Trappist Monastery
  • Guisi Lighthouse

Aside from the land tour, you may also do an island hopping tour because Guimaras is also known for its beautiful beaches.

Visit The Ruins in Bacolod

The Ruins is one of the most famous landmarks in Negros Island. We literally stayed here for around 4 hours because we really loved it here! Hehe We kept on taking pictures.

The Ruins Bacolod

It can get really hot, so I suggest to go in the afternoon. And I heard it also looks beautiful at night. :)

Masskara Festival

Masskara Festival is an annual festival held every October. The participants wear colorful masks which are always seen smiling because the city is known as the City of Smiles.

Masskara Festival Bacolod
From Wikipedia

We haven’t experienced it yet so it’s one of the reasons why we want to go back in Bacolod. Hehe

Where To Eat

Actually, the B.I.G. Adventure could be described as one huge food trip. Haha. And I’m sure, that with all the tourist destinations you’ve visited, you’ll need to fill up your energy bar. Hehe. Here are some restaurants and establishments that we get to try during the trip. And, I highly encourage you to try them too! :)

Netong’s La Paz Batchoy La Paz, Iloilo City

Located inside La Paz Public Market, this is where you can find authentic La Paz Batchoy.

Netong's La Paz Batchoy

Madge Cafe La Paz, Iloilo City

Also in La Paz Public Market, they offer the best native coffee, perfect with the traditional Filipino breakfast.

Madge Cafe

Ramboy’s Molo, Iloilo

They are famous for their lechon and grill.

Ramboy's

Roberto’s along JM Basa St., Iloilo City

Best for your merienda fix! They offer huge siopao for an affordable price.

Roberto's

Pitstop Restaurant Jordan, Guimaras

They are known for their Mango Pizza, which I totally recommend you try!

Pitstop Restaurant

Aida’s Chicken Manokan Country, Bacolod

Never miss the famous Bacolod Inasal, and this restaurant offers the best and authentic Bacolod chicken inasal.

Manokan Country

Calea Robinsons, Bacolod

For desserts, their cakes are a must-try! I even had a hard time choosing only one. Haha.

Calea Bacolod

Itinerary

This is our actual 4-day, 3-night Bacolod Iloilo Guimaras itinerary. Take note that this is different from our planned itinerary. There were minor changes so we weren’t able to follow our planned itinerary. Example, we were supposed to visit Plaza Libertad on our Day 1 but because of Dinagyang Pamukaw, we weren’t able to.

Notes

  • You can save more time if you start your day early. We’re both sleepyheads so we always wake up later. Haha
  • You can also explore more places if you choose to go out and maximize your time. We had a lot of rests in between, because we’re becoming “titas/titos” haha. Plus, the hot weather was unbearable during the afternoon. Haha.
Day 0 – Going to Iloilo
  • 08:00 PM – ETA Iloilo International Airport
  • 09:00 PM – Check-in at hotel (45 minutes to 1-hour ride from airport to city proper

Day 1 – Iloilo

Read more: B.I.G. Adventure: Iloilo City

  • 07:30 AM – Breakfast at Netong’s La Paz Batchoy
  • 10:00 AM – Visit Miag-ao Church
  • 11:00 AM – Snack at Cafe de Hablon
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch at Ramboy’s
  • 01:30 PM – Visit Molo Church and Plaza
  • 03:30 PM – Dinagyang Pamukaw / Calle Real
  • 04:30 PM – Merienda at Roberto’s
  • 05:00 PM – SM City Iloilo / Dinner
  • 08:00 PM – Back to hotel

Day 2 – Guimaras

Read more: B.I.G. Adventure: Guimaras Side Trip

  • 07:30 AM – Breakfast at Madge Cafe
  • 09:00 AM – ETD to Guimaras (15-20 minute boat ride)
  • 09:15 AM – ETA Guimaras / Register at Tourist Information Center
  • 09:30 AM – Land Tour
    • Smallest Plaza
    • Provincial Capitol
    • Mango Plantation
    • Trappist Monastery
    • Guisi Lighthouse
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch at Pitstop Restaurant
  • 02:00 PM – Back to Iloilo / Rest
  • 03:00 PM – Visit Jaro Cathedral
  • 03:15 PM – Buy pasalubong at Biscocho Haus
  • 04:00 PM – Back to hotel / Rest
    But we actually filmed Youtube videos hehe:
  • 05:00 PM – Visit Esplanade
  • 07:30 PM – Dinner at SM City Iloilo
  • 08:30 PM – Back to hotel

Day 3 – Bacolod

Read more: B.I.G. Adventure: Bacolod City

  • 07:30 AM – ETD to Bacolod (1-hour ferry ride)
  • 08:30 AM – ETA Bacolod
  • 09:00 AM – Check-in at hotel
  • 10:00 AM – Brunch at Robinsons Bacolod
  • 11:00 AM – Visit The Ruins
  • 12:30 PM – Lunch at The Ruins Cafe
  • 02:00 PM – Back to the hotel / Rest
  • 03:00 PM – SM Bacolod
  • 03:30 PM – Visit San Sebastian Cathedral and Plaza
  • 04:30 PM – Early dinner (haha) at Manokan Country – Aida’s Chicken
  • 06:00 PM – Buy pasalubongs at Pendy’s Snackbar
  • 06:30 PM – Desserts at Calea
  • 08:00 PM – Back to hotel
Day 4 – Going Back to Manila
  • 11:00 AM – ETA Ninoy Aquino International Airport

Expenses

Here’s a breakdown of our expenses during our trip. This includes accommodation, fares, food, entrance and fees. Airfare and other expenses like tips and pasalubongs are not yet included.

Notes

  • I already divided it into two, so the expenses listed are based on one person only.
  • You can save a lot more if there are more people in the group because expenses can be divided (example: Guimaras land tour and the accommodation costs).
  • Some of the amounts are estimated since I can’t remember the exact price.
Day 0 – Going to Iloilo
  • Fare
    • Taxi to airport: Php 80
    • Van from airport to SM Iloilo: Php 50
    • Jeep to hotel: Php 7
  • Accommodation
    • Go Hotels Room for 2: Php 2300 for 3 nights = Php 1,150
  • Food
    • Dinner at Fast food: Php 100
  • TOTAL: Php 1,387
Day 1 – Iloilo
  • Food
    • Breakfast at Netong’s: Php 120
    • Snack at Cafe de Hablon: Php 100
    • Lunch at Ramboy’s: Php 150
    • Merienda at Roberto’s: Php 100
    • Dinner at SM City Iloilo: Php 150
  • Fare
    • City Proper to La Paz: Php 7
    •  La Paz to Miag-ao: Php 40
    • Miag-ao to City Proper: Php 40
    • City Proper to Calle Real: Php 7
    • Calle Real to SM Iloilo: Php 7
    • SM Iloilo to hotel: Php 7
  • TOTAL: Php 728
Day 2 – Guimaras / Iloilo
  • Food
    • Breakfast at Madge Cafe: Php 120
    • Lunch at Pitstop Restaurant: Php 200
    • Dinner at SM Iloilo: Php 150
  • Fare
    • City Proper to La Paz: Php 7
    • La Paz to Ortiz Wharf: Php 10
    • Boat to Guimaras: Php 14
    • Boat to Iloilo: Php 14
    • Jeep back to hotel: Php 10
    • Hotel to Jaro: Php 7
    • Jeep to Esplanade: Php 7
  • Activities
    • Land Tour: Php 1200 good for 2-4 persons = Php 600
  • TOTAL: Php 1,139
Day 3 – Bacolod
  • Food
    • Brunch at Robinsons Bacolod: Php 100
    • Snack at a food stall in The Ruins: Php 25
    • Lunch at The Ruins Cafe: Php 120
    • Dinner at Manokan Country: Php 100
    • Dessert at Calea: Php 90
  • Fare
    • Taxi to Lapuz port: Php 50
    • Ferry to Bacolod: Php 230
    • Jeep to The Ruins: Php 7
    • Jeep back to hotel: Php 7
    • San Sebastian Cathedral: Php 7
    • Pendy’s Snackbar: Php 7
    • Taxi to Bacolod Airport: Php 200
  • Accommodation
    • Go Hotels Room for 2: Php 1200/night = Php 600
  • Activities
    • Entrance Fee to The Ruins: Php 100
  • TOTAL: Php 1,643

ESTIMATED OVERALL TOTAL EXPENSES for 4D/3N:

Php 4,897 per person only!


B.I.G. Adventure was a laid-back trip for us. No stress, no hassle! Add up the fact that we only spent a little compared to our previous travels, considering we already visited three provinces. I highly recommend this adventure to everyone! :)

It’s your turn!

  • Have you been to any of the three provinces (Bacolod, Iloilo, Guimaras)? How was your experience?
  • If not, are you planning to do the B.I.G. Adventure as well? :)
  • Any recommendations on what to visit next?

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Comments

  1. Reply

    Accommodation is a main problem whenever my family and I go to places. We only had a day trip somewhere in Bacolod the last time we were there, so we didn’t look for a hotel to stay. Bookmarking this for future purposes, so thank you. Also, that Mango Pizza looks really intriguing and really yummy at the same time. Huhu, parang gusto ko na tuloy matikman.

    1. Reply

      I wonder why accommodation becomes a problem to your family. Hehe eh madami naman available na hotels dba? Hehe Yes we were also intrigued with the mango pizza so we tried and it was good! Try next time :)

  2. Reply

    Quite a trip and blog! Beautiful photos!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Michelle :)

  3. Reply

    It’s amazing that you only had to shell out 4k+ for 3 provinces already! Again, love the vlog series of this! Hehe looking forward to more of your vlogs!!! ♥

    1. Reply

      Yes, maybe because it’s more of city tour lang and chillax lang kami hehe Thank you Melissa, so far this is my favorite thin among my vlogs haha

  4. Reply

    Hi Mei!!!! How are you? Still remember me? Im back in blogging and was wondering how you’ve been. <3

    1. Reply

      Yes I still remember you of course! I think the last time I checked your blog nasa Tumblr pa! I’m glad you’re back on WP! :)

  5. Reply

    Ang detailed nito, mumsh! Gusto ko rin mavisit those places!!

    1. Reply

      Thanks Jamie! Why not! Push!!! Hehe

  6. Reply

    Ang mura!!! Ahh I wanna go here too! :) Now I need to plan this and make it come true hehe!

    1. Reply

      True! Pwede mo pa mapababa yan depende sa accommodation :)

  7. Reply

    Thank you for sharing so much information. It’s fantastic you were able to do the trip. There was certainly a lot to see and do. Those cakes look so delicious. Mmmmmm.

    1. Reply

      Yes, the cakes are so yummy! Too bad I can’t eat another slice because I have weak tonsils haha

  8. Reply

    Thank you,its so detailed. I’m planning to have a Bday Travel this december. Can you share some tips,coz I’m planning to travel solo.

  9. Reply

    May idea po kayo anong schedule ng boat/ferry from bacolod to guimaras, and guimaras to iloilo? meron ba sa hapon? or morning lang?

    1. Reply

      Hello po, as far as I know, wala pong available na boat/ferry for that route. Ang meron lang po is Iloilo-Guimaras, Iloilo-Bacolod and vice versa.

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