Mindoro is the seventh largest island in the Philippines by land area with a total of 10,571 sq. km and with a total population of 1,331,473 as of 2015. It is located off the southwestern coast of Luzon and northeast of Palawan.
Mindoro Island boasts of many tourist attractions such as excellent beaches, entertaining parks, premier diving and snorkeling spots, majestic mountains, among others. Tourists who love water sports and are adventurous would enjoy this beautiful island province just on the southern tip of Luzon, and on the northeastern part of Palawan.
1. Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera is a well- known town in Mindoro undoubtedly because of its world-class diving sites and beautiful beaches. There’s a diversity of marine flora and fauna which introduces divers to a breath-taking world under the sea. The long curve of White Beach is full of bars and resorts offering tourists an exciting night life.
Found inland in the forest is the Talipan Falls, and a hillside 9-hole golf course situated above the coast while on the northeast is the beautiful Sabang Beach which teem with marine life and corals.
2. Mount Halcon
With a height of 2,586 meters, Mt. Halcon is the 18th highest peak mountain in the Philippines. This is one of the dream hiking destinations among local and foreign outdoor enthusiasts. If you are onto hiking and life outdoors, Mt. Halcon should be on the top of your lists.
3. Tamaraw Falls
Tamaraw Falls is different because you don’t have to hike or trek to reach it. It is just beside a road by a bridge and is accessible to passers-by. The falls is composed of different layers of falls that lead to a large one. It may not be that grand but it still possess a natural beauty that can be easily appreciated up-close. If you want to take a swim and experience the power of the falls and the coolness of the water, you need to pay a small fee. This spot has become a favorite among locals and foreign tourists in the area.
4. Sabang Beach
One of the beaches in Puerto Galera, Sabang Beach is located to the northeast of the island and teems with marine life. If you are a water sports enthusiast, you can go swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving in the area. At night, the place comes alive so tourists are cautioned to be careful.
5. Tukuran Falls
Often described by many travelers as a “hidden paradise” you will understand why when you get to the area. The place can only be reached either by walking or riding a carabao with a guide. The falls are not very impressive but for the peace and serenity of the scene. There’s an opportunity for cliff diving and swimming into the cool pool right below the falls. In addition to trekking, it is exciting to cross the hanging bridge and buy great souvenirs from the shops around and take photos as well.
6. Talipan Beach
Located in Puerto Galera, Talipan Beach is for those who want to escape the crowded scene of the nearby beaches and enjoy peace and quiet while enjoying the calm waves of the ocean. Like Sabang Beach, there’s a wide range of accommodation to chose from and a fantastic nightlife as well.
7. Baco-Chico Islets
Located north of Calapan City, the Baco-Chico Islets consists of 3 islets: Baco Chico (the largest), Pulong Gitna (pictured above), and Pulong Munti (the smallest). The Baco Islands stand at the entrance of the world-famous Verde Island Passage – acclaimed for its extreme marine biodiversity.
The waters around the islands are a fantastic destination for island hopping and also for snorkeling and diving. The waters around the islands offer lots of colorful reefs and different types of marine animals.
8. Pandan Grande Island
Pandan Island is a tropical island on the west coast of Occidental Mindoro. The private island has one resort owned by a Frenchman and his Filipina wife and opened in 1986. Although the place lack many amenities found in small resorts hotel, the place serves good food and drinks and the customer service is superb.
If you need a place to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the sea, take one of the native cottages, enjoy a swim on the beach and do a little snorkeling since the shores offer a rich and diverse coral and marine life.
9. Mt. Malasimbo
Mount Malasimbo is part of the mountain chain of Northern Mindoro which includes Mts. Alinbayan, Calavite, and Talipanan. The mountain can bee seen as part of the skyline of the famous beaches of Puerto Galera. It is home to a wide range of flora and fauna: deers, wild boars, and rare varieties of birds.
The mountain is home also to native Mangyan tribes and an encounter with them is part of the experience of climbing Mt. Malasimbo.
10. Apo Reef Natural Park
Apo Reef is one of the best known and popular dive sites in the Philippines. It is also the second to the largest atoll-like reef in the world and is the largest in the country. Approximately 34 sq. km. in dimension, the reef and its surrounding waters are protected areas and administered by the Apo Reef Natural Park. Situated in Sablayan, west coast of Occidental Mindoro, it is bordered by three islands which mark its surface: Apo Island, Apo Menor which consists of Binangaan Island and Cayos del Bajo Tinangkapang.
It is home to diverse species of fishes and marine life hence, if you are a diving enthusiast, this place must be included in your list.