Kenyama Beach Resort, Guimaras


This year’s Independence Day brought me back to the place where I earned my degree in Computer Science. The holiday fell on a Tuesday so naturally one just has to file a leave on the Monday and call it a looong weekend. As for my ticket, booking it was semi-accidental. I was just playing around with Cebu Pacific Air’s Travel Funds when boom! History.

Ferry Ride

Guimaras Island is a just a 15-minute ride from Iloilo. Fare from Ortiz to Jordan is only 14 pesos. Yes, you heard it right.

Multicab Ride

From the port is about an hour of land travel to Guisi, where the resort is located. The engine overheated so we managed to take this shot while the driver was fetching water. We had the ride exclusively to ourselves, by the way.

Resort Terrace

Kenyama is built on the side of a mountain. Welcoming you is a terrace overlooking the beach. It’s a wonderful sight.

View from the Top

And here’s what I’m talkin’ about. Don’t you think those blues are simply lovable?

Why the sad face?

The reception area is where the dining tables are. It also has a pool table, which we, despite one of our girls being a bilyaran tambay, didn’t exploit.

Room A

Room A.1

Our room (which has an inner room) originally costs 3,500 pesos with a capacity of 9 persons. Since there were 12 of us, an additional 300 pesos was rendered, plus 360 for corkage. The room works best for a big group; not air-conditioned but has its own bathroom.


Just outside the room is this. I will speak no more.

Monkey Business

Your friendly neighborhood Spidey also happens to be around. Naturally, he goes berserk all of a sudden from time to time. I was once attacked by a monkey and all I can say is that they’re really strong. Born to be wild, that is!

Don Nelson

That instant, I decided to buy the entire island. I just couldn’t let the opportunity slip away. Hi’m the king of Foursquare the world!

Flight of the Stairs

Almost there

Going down to the beach, I noticed that most of the guests around were Japanese. That’s when I realized and knew that the owner is Japanese. The name of the resort itself is one. “Kenyama” could translate as “Ken Mountain.” From that point, my tongue was itching to talk to at least one of them in Nihongo. Too bad, I really didn’t have the chance.


To the left of the horizon is this contour. Braving it was just the prefect thing to do before officially hitting the waters.

Over the Edge

How Far We've Become

That white building is the resort. I’m not sure if during this time the tide’s going high or low. The experience was already too overwhelming that such detail didn’t seem to matter anymore.


Aren't we there yet?

One more stretch! Oops!

Family Portrait

When we reached the point of no return, I mean, the point where we can no longer go beyond, we just rested and made the most of the picture-taking. Here’s a classic no-smile family picture. Wait, I think one is smiling. Traitor! Doing a jump shot here would be nice, but dangerously challenging. Directly above this spot are lighthouses we failed to visit.

Footprints in the Sand

They say the sand is not as white as other beaches like Boracay. I couldn’t tell the difference at all. Let’s just say that as long as it’s not grey, then it’s already white. For me.

Cliff Jumping

Finally, it was time to splash some seawater. To the right of the horizon are rocks which are good for diving. However, as much as I would love to dive, I don’t know how to do the stunt. (None of us does, actually.) Presenting the seven brave souls!

Sunset Silhouette

Sunset Silhouette

Before calling it a day, we had these lovely shots in front of the setting sun. Thinking about it now, it would’ve been cooler if we were jumping into the water. But for every unappealing shot, a retake would require tremendous effort.

Dinner was catered by the local store nearest the resort because we didn’t have the budget for the food available inside. Since it was already a bit late and our stomachs were already grumbling wildly, we were left with corned beef, sardines, eggs, and fish alone. When the food arrived, it just showed how fine of a dining it was. Two and a half kilograms of rice was nothing! Over drinks, I became the laughing stock (even in Twitter!) when I posted about the local name of the fish as “tabaghak” instead of “tabagak.” The resort has Wi-Fi.

After breakfast we immediately had our arses on board for the island hopping. Unfortunately, the guides claimed that the waves weren’t friendly so we can’t go and visit some caves. We only stopped on two islands that it turned out more like an island sightseeing instead. The views were wonderful, nonetheless.

Kung Fu Hustle: Guimaras Edition

The Matrix Reloaded: Guimaras Edition

During our first stop we witnessed extravagant sequels of infamous action-packed movies. Feel free to think of the title that first comes to mind.


Splurging ourselves in the crystal waters of the island. Those different shades of blue look very enticing if you ask me.

Swimmers in the Making

Since we no longer had a particular destination after a U-turn, we asked for a stopover in the middle of the ocean. There were life vests, but those who were incapable of kicking the water from below still didn’t take a dip. When I tried to reach the bottom I felt my ear exploding. My classmate succeeded.


We went for a few more rounds of cliff jumping under the bright sun. The clear sky made the view even more admirable. I reached this spot by swimming all the way behind a bigger rock on the left. Man, was that tiring (and risky). My feet must’ve been very tired from treading that I found it hard to stand on the rock beneath the visible one above; sustained my fourth and biggest cut, on the left foot this time.

Danger Zone

To the right is a way higher rock with stairs leading to its stop. It can’t be reached by foot so one really has to swim to it. Only three of us dared to jump off it. Of course, one surveyed the depth of the water below it first, else we could’ve ended up committing suicide. “Cowabunga!”


It’s quite strange how there were no lookouts for people like us who would do such feat. Perhaps ’cause the resort’s still new? It’s both bad and good, and people should just be responsible enough for their own actions. If you’re curious about our itinenarny (yes, I like it that way), well, it was just a few pesos over 800 per head. Feel free to ask if the Excel sheet’s puzzling. Credits to Glo, Lairy, Marianne, and Peace for the pictures!

Prior to our trip the weather was all gloomy. I couldn’t be more thankful that it eventually turned out sunny. This post proves how much I had fun. I have never blogged about traveling before. Travel while young! (I know, the line’s overused.)


  1. KUYYYYAAAAA!!! VERY NICE UPDATE!!! <3 it's been a while 8D

    Ang ganda naman dyan!!! Kenyama sounds so japanese XD HAHAHAHA! I will recommend this to my colleagues XD Hehehehe! Glad you had super fun summer outing! 🙂

  2. do you have Kenyama’s contact number? the numbers they have on their website cannot be reached all the time…my group is planning to stay this coming sept. 1 …and i want to make an advance reservation…can you help me pls?

    1. Hi Anne!

      According to my friend who arranged our stay there, contacting them through the numbers indicated in their website really is a tough thing. You’ll just have to try over and over again. She also noted that she successfully reached them through their SMART number.

      Go for it!

    1. Hey Bong,

      I haven’t actually checked their menu but according to my friend who did so, short orders (sinigang, adobo, porkchop, crispy pata, etc.) range from 250-500 pesos. Breakfast meals are cheaper.

      I don’t remember seeing any eatery outside the resort, just the one in the adjacent resort. We asked if we could eat there but they said they only serve food to those who are staying there. Kind of doesn’t make sense, actually. It’s money, c’mon.

      Anyway, have a great time there!

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