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.
I am not that familiar with the weather patterns in the Visayas region but I would have thought that February would be a good time to visit Guimaras. Apparently not. It was cloudy the entire time I was there, making all the photos drab. Or maybe I was just feeling drab. You know how it is with photos, they’re only as good as how you feel.
The main pavilion has a bar, restaurant, and lounging area.
There are 16 individual bungalows in native style with modern showers and toilets. Three bungalows are air-conditioned and the rest have electric fans.
Nagarao Island, being an eco tourism resort and with year-round sea breeze, electricity is only on for a few hours at night except for those who have booked the air-conditioned rooms.
For inland activities, there is a swimming pool and tennis court. For swimming, the piers were constructed to extend to the open sea so that visitors can swim even during low tide.
The resort has a lot of places to just hang out and relax in.
Nagarao has a white sand beach. There are also piers on the western and northern piers. Kids would love playing in the sand here.
The eco-tourism resort offers areas where one can see exotic plants and birds, land crabs, as well as a mangrove forest – but during this time, February 2009, such activities were not possible anymore because paths were not passable and ill-maintained. Even the swimming pool did not look like it was safe for a dip.
The staff mainly kept to themselves and offered a lot of privacy and comfort. It was really like having an entire island to yourself. Meals were served in the pavilion and the food is fresh and good. It was really relaxation in a rustic setting.
I did not really like being all alone in this island. I would look around and pretend there were a lot more of us, that there were people swimming in the pool, or playing pool in the pavilion. Or there were kids making sand castles or teenagers playing volleyball.
I like being alone but it felt way too alone when I was there.
Someone went to Nagarao Island a year and a half later after I was there and was blessed with sunny days. Still, the resort looks like it can benefit from more guests or more activities. My hopes are the same as that of RJ Samson, “the owner revives the resort, and make it an exclusive destination for discriminating travelers.” Check out his post here -> Nagarao Island: Guimaras.
You may also visit the Nagarao Island Resort website for more pictures of how beautiful it can be or it was. Click HERE.
Nagarao Island Resort Booking Office
113 Seminario Street, Jaro, Iloilo City 5000 Philippines
Cell Phone No.: +639189080730
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