If you love nature and want to spend a relaxing break from the crowd, you might want to check out Nature’s Eye Beach Resort, a natural haven located in a secluded beach cove in Nueva Valencia, Guimaras Island.

After a hectic Dinagyang Festival weekend in Iloilo City, Gael and I were looking for someplace interesting to visit nearby. When we saw pictures of the resort in Facebook, particularly the rustic cottages and the beautiful sea views, we could not contain our excitement on experiencing this “hidden” gem for ourselves. I had visited Guimaras many times before but it was the first time I had visited or even known about Nature’s Eye, which made me all the more curious.

Here is what greeted us on our arrival:

Beachfront of Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia,

Peaceful beach cove bordered by rock cliffs. It was not as white or long as spacious as Boracay’s White Beach but we loved the freedom of having it all or ourselves.

Cottages at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia, Gu

Wooden cottages in harmony with nature.

Welcome to Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia, Gui

Our colorful welcome :)

Cottages

The resort had two seaside cottages spaced far enough to provide ample privacy. They were built from wood and a nipa roof, which completed the traditional and au naturale vibe. Each cottage was named from its own charming themed decor. The one nearer to the beach was the “Coco Cottage,” named from its lighting fixtures made from coconut shells. We stayed higher up the hill at the “Shell Cottage,” warmly lit by shell lamps and had a curtain made from shells as a bathroom door. What both cottages shared in common and the first thing that caught our surprise were the “revealing” bathrooms that literally opened itself to the sea view. To be honest, I felt self-conscious about it at first but I got used to it because of the strong feeling of privacy.

Shell Cottage and Hammock Hut at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tand

The Shell Cottage and Hammock Hut during the blue hour.

Hammock Hut at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia,

Hammock happy :)

Shell Cottage Bed at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Val

Shell Cottage Bedroom

Shell Cottage at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valenci

Beautiful shell lamps.

Shell Cottage at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valenci

Hammock Hut at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia,

Coco Cottage at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia

The Coco cottage near the beach.

Coco Cottage at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia

The rustic bathroom with an open view of the sea.

Coco Cottage at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia

Coconut shell lamp.

Coco Cottage at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia

Seaside view from the balcony.

I loved the intimate ambiance at dusk with the cool night breeze and warm soft lighting. Though, my favorite part of staying there was waking up to the chirping of birds that circled freely and unafraid around the cottages. It really made me feel that this place was a natural sanctuary.

The cottages rates are priced at P1,500 to P1,800 per night.

Around the Resort

Nature’s Eye Beach Resort sits on the edge of a hilly property in Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Perched on top is the largest cottage that doubled as the kitchen and reception area. This is where we ate our meals and hung out while enjoying a magnificent overlooking view of the beautiful coastline.

Uphill walkway to the Reception Cottage at Nature's Eye Beach Re

Steps leading up to the hilltop cottage surrounded by trees and flowering plants.

Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Phil

Overlooking view from Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Va

Hammock heaven :)

Overlooking view from Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Va

Overlooking view facing Taklong Island Marine Reserve.

The Beach and Sunset View

Like most of Guimaras’ beaches, the sandy part of the resort’s beachfront was small and wasn’t immaculately fine nor white. We did not share it with any crowd though, which more than made up for it. We got to snorkel a bit and saw some decent coral cover and fishes near the rocky edge.

Better keep your camera ready for a clear view of the sunset and alluring dusk twilight.

Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Phil

Sunset View at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia,

Sunset View at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia,

Sunset View at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia,

Sunset View at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia,

Food

The resort prepared and served all of our meals during our stay. Expect to feast on delicious traditional home-cooked Filipino and Ilonggo dishes while enjoying a view of nature. Be sure to ask if Guimaras’ renowned sweet mangoes are available and in season beforehand. They know how to pick the best and sweetest mangoes.

Food at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimar

Crispy dried fish and scrambled eggs.

Food at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimar

Unripe mangoes with ginamos, grilled pork, and soup.

Food at Nature's Eye Beach Resort, Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimar

Grilled fish topped with herbs, fish tocino, and calabaza.

Village Walk

We stayed at Nature’s Eye for four days and three nights. If like me, you can’t help but give in to your itchy soles and love to go out exploring, there are interesting places to visit within an easy hike from the resort. One of the staff showed me around the village center of Brgy. Tando, some 10-minute walk away, and its long coconut-lined sandy beachfront devoid of other tourists. The walk was a nice glimpse of the everyday life of fishermen and locals in the village and a place to find sari-sari stores if ever you’re looking for one.

Beach at Brgy Tando Proper, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippine

At Tando proper beach.

Beach at Brgy Tando Proper, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippine

With Gael.

Island Hopping

The resort also offers island hopping tours. The area is filled with secluded islets, white sand beaches, snorkeling spots, scenic cliffs, and rock formations. Since we started our tour late that day and wanted to come back for the sunset, we only spent around an hour for island hopping. We explored the nearby coves north of the resort. Our guide showed us imposing rock cliffs, took us to a hidden beach inside a cave, and to Dalum Balas Beach, one of the best beach coves I had visited in Guimaras at the time.

If you allow three hours for your tour, it’s possible to go south and explore the beautiful islets, sandbars, and mangrove forests of Taklong Island National Marine Reserve among other interesting spots to visit in the province.

Rock formations and rocky coast at Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimar

Sailing towards the jagged rock cliff islands.

Cave at Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Dalum Balas Beach at Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippine

Approaching Dalum Balas Beach.

Dalum Balas Beach at Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippine

Dalum Balas Beach at Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippine

Dalum Balas Beach at Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippine

Side Trips

Our Guimaras adventure did not stop after we checked out from Nature’s Eye. On our way back, we traveled via Guisi Beach and got the chance to take photos of the Spanish-colonial lighthouse nearby. Instead of the usual tourist spots in Guimaras, we chartered a tricycle from Alibhon Market and journeyed to San Lorenzo to see the first set of towering windmills in the province as part of the 54MW San Lorenzo Wind Project.

Guisi Beach, Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philippines

Guisi Beach

Guisi Beach and Lighthouse, Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimara

View of the lighhouse from the boat.

Guisi Lighthouse, Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philipp

Me at Guisi Lighthouse

Guisi Lighthouse, Brgy. Tando, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras, Philipp

Windmills in Sibunag, Guimaras, Philippines

54MW San Lorenzo Wind Farm photobombed by a rainbow and the moon.

Sunset at Jordan Wharf, Jordan, Guimaras, Philippines

Amazing sunset twilight from Jordan Wharf.

Getting There

Reaching Nature’s Eye Beach Resort takes around 1-2 hours travel time from Iloilo City. There are three main ways to get to the resort from Iloilo City: (1) The first is by chartering a boat directly from Ortiz Port or Fort San Pedro in Iloilo City. This is the most convenient and expensive option; (2) The second is by crossing over to Jodan Wharf in Guimaras, traveling by land to Guisi Beach, and then taking a boat to the resort; (3) The third and cheapest option is by doing a local commute by land to Brgy. Tando Proper and then a 10-minute hike to Nature’s Eye.

1. Direct via Iloilo City

  • Iloilo City to Nature’s Eye direct pumpboat charter – P4,000 per way

2. Pumpboat via Guisi Beach

  • Ortiz Port, Iloilo City to Jordan Wharf, Guimaras
    • Passenger pumpboat (15 minutes) – P14 per person
  • Jordan Wharf to Guisi Beach (30 to 45 minutes)
    • Chartered multicab – P500 to P700 per way
    • Chartered tricycle – P300 per way
    • Passenger jeepney – P38 per person. Runs infrequently until 4PM. Only leaves when full. Not all jeepney trips go all the way to Guisi, so you may have to take a motorcycle taxi (P20 fare per person) at Pandaraonan/Dolores to get there.
  • Chartered pumpboat from Guisi to Nature’s Eye (15 minutes) – P300 per way

3. Local Commute via Brgy. Tando

  • Jordan Wharf to Brgy Tando (45 minutes to 1 hour)
    • Passenger jeepney – P45 per person. The direct jeepney only runs once a day from 7 to 9am. You may take a more frequent jeepney that goes to Pandaraonan/Dolores and then ride a motorcycle taxi to Brgy. Tando Proper (P50 per person).

Contact

Prior reservation is needed because of the limited rooms and so that the resort could have ample time to prepare your meals. Make sure to mention “Detourista” when making your reservations. You may contact the resort through Nature’s Eye Beach Resort Facebook Page, through their mobile numbers: +63 907 7579055 (smart), +63 926 2791189 (globe) or through landline: +63 33 3940004.

Disclosure: My experience at Nature’s Eye was sponsored by the resort. Rest assured, opinions stated on this article are solely my own.