From Dumaguete, we decided to take a ferry to the neighboring tiny island of Siquijor, where we stayed at one of the more expensive dive resorts – Salamangka Beach and Dive Resort. We almost never choose expensive accommodations but we only started looking for accommodations, ran out of options, and eventually decided we deserve this, even just this once. We took our breakfasts at the restaurant or by the pool while sunbathing and swimming. The pool-side bar afforded us swim while getting semi-drunk on cocktails and enjoying live jazz music. We were lucky in our timing because the owners had some of his friends over from New York who are professional musicians and they made beautiful music from sundown til late. When my then-boyfriend and now-husband’s mother asked us what we were doing and we told her, she infamously asked, “What about real life?” Still, our time spent in Siquijor was one of our most memorable, work-free, and stress-free family trips.
When people ask me which tour is best among Tours A, B, C, and D, this is what I say – Tours A and C are the most popular. Tour A because it goes to the lagoons in Miniloc Island and this is what made El Nido famous, aside from the fact that the big lagoon is really quite magnificent. It should not be missed. It is such a beautiful place to swim in and even have a wedding at, as some people from El Nido Resorts had done in the past. The big lagoon must not be missed. Tour C is what most tourists recommend and say as the best – it has secret beach and hidden beach, and there is such a beauty to be held atop the rocks in Matinloc Shrine. Tour D is the least popular because it is the closest and most people can get there by kayaking from town proper. Now what about Tour B? I would like to say that Tour B is for those who want to avoid the crowds of Tours A and C. It is the most relaxed too. Not much to do but hang out on the beach, do a little bit of swimming while waiting for lunch either in Snake Island or in Cudugnon Cave. Furthermore, Pinagbuyutan Island is so beautiful that we consider it our favorite island.
In the photos, the resort looks really nice. They have a website here and it’s still up – www.nagaraoresort.com, but when you get there, you can’t help but feel sad. The resort is really what it says on the website – a beach resort all your own. The resort holds so much potential, you would want to buy it and run it yourself so it can be as nice as it should be.
The staff does not disappoint in terms of service though.
Nagarao Island has a sister inn in Iloilo City – Iloilo City Inn.
Iloilo City Inn is a very quaint inn situated at 113 Seminario St, Jaro, Iloilo – right in the heart of the historical and cultural district of Jaro, a few minutes ride to downtown Iloilo City. It has 12 airconditioned rooms with Cable TV, Wi-fi access and hot and cold showers.
The inn is where reservations and bookings for Nagarao Island Resort are made.
There is also a German restaurant on the ground floor called Bavaria Restaurant and its homey ambiance will make waiting for transport pick-up a pleasant experience.
If transportation arrangements were made with the resort, van pick-ups for guests bound for Nagarao Island are also made here. The van will pick up guests and take them to the wharf, where you will need to take a 10-15 minute motorized outrigger ride from Fort San Pedro to Jordan Wharf in Guimaras.
From Jordan Wharf, your travel by land via jeep or van to Kupo Wharf in Brgy. San Isidro for an hour and from there, Nagarao’s private motorized pumpboat will ferry you to the island in less than 10 minutes.
Jetty ports for Guimaras outrigger ferries are located at Calle Ortiz and Parola in Iloilo. The terminal at Calle Ortiz serve passengers and cargo outrigger boats bound for the town of Jordan, the capital of Guimaras; while the terminal in Parola serve ferries bound for the town of Buenavista.