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            Oriental Mindoro is touted as the country's emerging eco-tourism destination. In 2005, the Philippines was found to be the center of marine fish biodiversity and the home of the most diverse marine ecosystem in the world,by American biologists Kent Carpenter and Victor Springer. Most of the endemic species in the Philippines are found in the Verde Island Passage between Mindoro island and the main island of Luzon. The passage houses 2,983 individual species of algae, corals, crustaceans, mollusks, fishes, marine reptiles, and marine mammals, based on a study conducted by scientists Carpenter and Springer in 2005.

 

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GETTING THERE

By Land: From Buendia, Manila or in Alabang, Muntinlupa, you can take a bus (Jam Liner, Alps, Tritran, Green Star, RRCG or N. Dela Rosa) for Sta. Clara Port in Batangas City. From there you can take an outrigger boat for White Beach or Sabang Beach in Puerto Galera, or a fast craft or RORO for Balatero or Muelle Port in Puerto Galera. You can also go via Calapan City, which has a bigger port. From there, you can take a jeep or bus to Puerto Galera or to other municipalities down south. Travel time from Manila to Batangas is 1 ½ hours and from Batangas to Puerto Galera or Calapan it’s 2-3 hours by boat or RORO and 45 minutes by fast craft.


GETTING AROUND
At the harbor you will find lots of people trying to get you to ride with their tricycle.You can also find them everywhere in town and get a ride to White Beach, Sabang etc.In Sabang there are 3 motorcycle rental providers. For 500php you can rent a scooter for the whole day. You have to mind the local traffic rules, of course.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • Tagalog
  • Mangyan languages
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Hidden Paradise
  • Alibatan Island
  • Suqui Beach
  • Bongol Beach
  • Tamaraw Falls
  • La Laguna Beach
  • Sabang Beach
  • Small La Laguna

LET’S GO TRY

  • Suman sa lihiya also known as Mindoro tamales
  • Chicken Inasal

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Try Nipa Hut Lodging
  • Clam Hunting
  • Have a splash in any of Puerto Galera’s beaches.
  • Island hopping in Boquete Island and San Antonio Island
  • Visit the Mangyan School near White Beach
  • Buy souvenir t-shirts, bags and sandos in many souvenir stores
  • Scuba Diving in Escarceo Point near Sabang Beach
  • Snorkeling at Long Beach in San Antonio Island

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Biniray Festival (held every 28th and 29th of June - a grand pagoda show as a way of thanksgiving for the blessings from the sea.)
  • Bansudani Festival (held every January 17-19 - thanksgiving ritual for bountiful harvest which coincides with the town fiesta.)
  • Banana Festival (held every March 18- 19 - celebration of the abundance of bananas.)
  • Sulyog Festivals (held every March 19 - religious festival in honor of St. Joseph.)
  • Lechon Festival and Gabi ng Pakulo (held every June 24 - a religious festival in honor of St. John the Baptist.)


DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • The largest Philippine wild animal, the tamaraw, is a species of the buffalo that is similar to the carabao is found only in the island of Mindoro.


BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
As heavy rains from June to November could spoil the fun with muddy roads and rough seas, the best time to go is always during the summer season from February to May. The tourism peak season in Puerto Galera is usually around the days leading to Holy Week and after it. If you don’t want your beaches crowded especially in White Beach, then go earlier or later. Going early can also save you the hassle of being stuck at ports as chance passengers.

 


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