|Bird's eye view. The beach from the lighthouse.|
Located in Brgy. Dolores in Nueva Valencia, Guisi Point is one of the attractions in Guimaras Island. Aside from the 15-minute boat ride from Ortiz, Iloilo City to Jordan, Guimaras, it takes about an hour and thirty minutes to reach the scenic place with a beautiful antique lighthouse, rock formations, and crystal clear water.
|Must see. Spectacular sights in Guisi worth seeing before it fades away.|
|When new meets old. The lighthouse by the hill.|
|Plunged! Enjoying the water in 2006.|
Experiencing this semi-paradise for the first time in 2006 with a friend’s invitation, we saw few tourists full with awe as Guisi was a place for exclusivity. From the dirt road on the top of the beach, the water was blue and clear enough to see the stones and the corals. The hills that envelop the shore are a great eye strain reliever as they are lust greens placed against the bluish background of the water’s reflection. The serenity of the place made it an ideal spot for contemplations. With the attributes, it was a perfect place to go camping, boating or island hoping. There are small islands and caves nearby that not too many have explored. Back then, accommodation was too expensive as there was a single resort catering the newcomers. There used to be an abalone farm in the area, too.
|Old and proud. The lighthouse that stood witness to the|
journeys by the sea. (as of April 2011)
On the island for a festival, I found myself trekking the dirt roads I once think was too uncivilized. Five years after the first visit, I have rested my sight on the place that has captivated me so much for years. The breath taking scenery is still there, though it is not as vibrant and pure as it once was. With a couple of resorts that sprouted, the place has been a bit crowded. Though there is ease in finding more accessible facilities at a price cheaper than it was, there are countless things obvious enough to those who are not first timers. With the number of people it accommodates over the years, the area has become more commercialized and thus loses the beauty it possessed. The once fine and white sand beach has become stony, the water can still be clearer than other beaches but it is not algae-free. Most of the shady areas we’ve been to were now almost barren and the rocky surfaces of the hills are even wider. With the oil spill that happened, the abalone farm, which is one of the only two in the country, is gone. It is still a fishing village, but now more boats are used for tourist rentals.
|The comeback. With friends half a decade after.|
|The rocks and algae invasion?|
|Serenity and white sand all gone.|
|The famous rock with a slowly fading greens in the background.|
|From private lands to commercialization.|
|By the rocks...|
|New lighthouse by the ruins|
|The entrance to the 18th century ruins|
|The two lighthouses as seen from the hill.|
|The sea from the ruin's deck.|
|My friends by the lime facade.|
|Junior grand canyon hiking?|
|Circle's photo by the arch|
Photos by: Me, Vito Palmejar and Nelson Pacheo