Hidden away on the west coast of Guimaras is a small island accessible only by boat. Its a good hours ride by bangka from the main island. We took a bangka from the beach by Reymans resort which we had checked into and out of within 30 minutes.
Entering the cove you suddenly see this beautiful resort with its yellow guest huts perched precariously near the edge of the cliff.
Just make sure that you ask about your return journey with the boatman before he leaves. Take his mobile phone number and text him when you know your departure time. Don’t confirm the booking until you are ready to leave as you may be wanting to spend longer here than you planned.
Baras Resort is the ideal place to really get away from it all to relax and unwind and get back to nature. It is very slow paced with electric from a generator for only 4 hours each night….. so we had to make sure all our camera and other batteries were topped up then. Luckily there was a nice breeze all night so we left the windows open for a natural air condition which worked really well.
Unfortunately the resort has fallen into a state of disrepair since the British partner died a couple of years ago. The Filipino family who were partners are now left to run the resort without much financial backing and as such the huts have been somewhat neglected which is a real pity as this is a really beautiful place to get away from it all.
Actually the huts at the far end of the resort were funded by Germans who were then guaranteed time there whenever they wanted for ten years.
Even so,we rented one of the huts for a weekend and accepted the situation and just had some fun. We were the only guests staying there so had the whole island to ourselves apart from local fishermen passing by and an American guy who stopped off for lunch whilst island hopping on a bangka.
We pre ordered our meals about two hours ahead of the time we wanted to eat, which were prepared by Jin Jin the daughter of the filipino owner. The menu was somewhat limited but it didnt worry us. The chicken adobo was very delicious as was the vegetable chop suey i had the following day.
For breakfast you could either order from the menu or if the tide was out just wander around the lagoon and catch any fish that were trapped there or look for crabs and shellfish and ask Jin JIn to cook them for you.
One afternoon we asked Jin Jin if we could borrow the small boat and go paddling out on the lagoon. She happily gave us permission and off we went, learning how to manoeuvre as we paddled. It was so silent paddling out there on the water. It was just a pity that the sun set and we had to return to the beach.
There are many small beaches dotted around the cove which may be worth exploring if you have the time.
If you are any good at cliff diving then if you wander over to the north side of the island there is a diving spot built where you can dive into the clear water from about 5 metres up but how you will climb back up again i didnt discover.
There is only electricity from 6 to 10pm when they fire the generator up. So you need to make sure that any charging of batteries for cameras, mobiles, laptops etc is done then. Or better still invest in a solar charger.
Mosquito nets are provided in the huts and although we didn’t experience many mosquitoes we decided to use it anyway and get a good nights sleep.But the one thing we did notice was that our roof leaked when it rained…….. so in the dark trying to re-position the bed away from the dropping water was fun.
All good things come to an end and the bangka turned up on time early in the morning to take us back to the mainland of Guimaras.