Your Ultimate 2019 Bulalacao Travel Guide for First-time Travelers

A municipality that is named as wonderfully as the rarity of a shooting star is Bulalacao in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. And just like the sparkling shooting star, there is something about this municipality that makes it impossible to forget the first time one lays eyes on it, even if it is just for a split second.

The Best Beaches of Bulalacao
The Best Beaches of Bulalacao

As the southernmost municipality in the province, Bulalacao naturally possesses a scenic and quiet atmosphere, and although it is overshadowed by nearby destinations like Puerto Galera and Mount Malasimbo, Bulalacao is without a doubt a place we can truly call paradise.


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In this 2019 Bulalacao Travel Guide blog, we’ll give you detailed and comprehensive budget travel tips to Bulalacao with budget tips and advice on best things to do and see, Bulalacao Itinerary, money saving tips, best places to stay, and more.

How to get to Bulalacao

By air.

  • The fastest way to get to Bulalacao in Oriental Mindoro is by air, which takes up to only 45 minutes.
  • From Mindoro Airport (San Jose Airport) there, you can ride a van to Bulalacao, about 1 hour travel time.

Cebu Pacific flies to San Jose Mindoro Airport (SJI) from NAIA Terminal 3 every Monday, Friday, and Sunday.

By land and sea.

Via Batangas
  • From Manila, go to Batangas City Port (2 hours and 30 minutes)
  • From Batangas Port, RORO vessels have daily trips from Batangas to Bulalacao.
  • It takes 3-4 hours to reach the municipality of Bulalacao.
Via Calapan
  • From Manila, go to Batangas Port and catch a ferry bound to Calapan Pier in Calapan, the northernmost province in Oriental Mindoro.
  • From Calapan pier, ride a Bus or Van to Bulalacao.
  • It takes 3-4 hours to reach the municipality of Bulalacao.

Via Roro From Manila

Bus companies like Philtranco and Dimple Star Transport offer direct transport to Bulalacao from their Manila terminal.

  • Philtranco Contact Number: (02) 851 5812
  • Dimple Star Transport Phone Number: (02) 475 9024

From Boracay

  • Take a ship from Caticlan going to Roxas
  • From Roxas Port, Get a Bus or Van going to Bulalacao

From Coron Palawan

  • Take a ship going to San Jose Port
  • From San Jose Port, Get a Bus or Van ride to the town of Bulalacao

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View of Bulalacao Coastal Town from Sitio Dakutan
View of Bulalacao Coastal Town from Sitio Dakutan

Best places to stay in Bulalacao

Southdrive Beach Resort

Southdrive Beach Resort in Bulalacao Oriental Mindoro
Southdrive Beach Resort in Bulalacao Oriental Mindoro

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Location: National Road, Sitio Tulali, Barangay Maujao, Bulalacao
Contact: 09778130732

An inn and a grill house in one place? Yes, please. What started out as a small-time family business and the one-room transient house has now boomed into the local landmark South Drive Inn & Grill, which serves dishes that locals can’t seem to get enough of.

Tambaron Green Beach Resort

Tambaron Green Beach Resort photo from FB Page
Tambaron Green Beach Resort photo from FB Page

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Location: Tambaron Island, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro
Contact: 0919 993 4987

Make the most out of the tropical paradise that is Bulalacao by staying in one of the beachfront cottages of Tambaron Green Beach Resort. Guests staying at the resort can get the chance to spot a green sea turtle (a species that frequents the part of the island), sing to the crickets at night, and get close to nature.

Felipa Lodge and Beach Resort

Felipa Lodge and Beach Resort - Bulalacao Budget Travel Guide
Felipa Lodge and Beach Resort – Bulalacao Budget Travel Guide

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Location: San Jose – Magsaysay Provincial Rd, Bulalacao
Contact: 09999912703

Felipa Lodge is your home away from home. It has a nice location from the town center, so that means more peaceful nights and more immersion with the environment of Bulalacao. Rooms are mostly made of wood, making the need for air conditioning almost unnecessary.

Things to do in Bulalacao

Trekking in Tree Park, Buyayao Island

Buyayao Island photo by Buyayao Island FB Page
Buyayao Island photo by Buyayao Island FB Page

Bulalacao is blessed with many climbable hills and cliffs. This is very attractive to urban dwellers (such as myself). Try to trek the 64-hectare Tree Park in Buyayao Island, which is just a few minutes offshore.

Island Hopping

Exploring the Beautiful Beaches of Bulalacao
Exploring the Beautiful Beaches of Bulalacao

The beaches of Bulalacao are the municipality’s highlights. There are existing tours that are offered on the island. Visiting nearby Buyayao Island, Suguicay Island, and Tambaron Island, as well as several Bulalacao beaches, are usually included in local tour itineraries, but some offer island tours to as far as islets in Romblon!

Biniray Festival

Biniray Festival photo via Municipality of Bulalacao FB
Biniray Festival photo via Municipality of Bulalacao FB

If you can, try to catch the two-day Biniray Festival in Bulalacao. The celebration is held to honor Saints Peter and Paul, and also to give thanks to the harvests from the sea. The most iconic part of the festival is the display of extravagantly designed boats that are paraded in Bulalacao Bay.

Sightseeing

Target Island photo by Municipality of Bulalacao
Target Island photo by Municipality of Bulalacao

As a small, rustic municipality, Bulalacao has plenty of sights that the metro does not and cannot compare to. You can go on a walking tour if the weather is not too hot, and maybe visit Sts. Peter and Paul Church, and head off to a nearby beach to catch the sunset.

Sunset in Bulalacao by Bar Fabella via Flickr
Sunset in Bulalacao by Bar Fabella via Flickr Photo by ibarra_svd on Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Best time to visit Bulalacao

Bulalacao and all of Oriental Mindoro has a generally warm climate, averaging at 26 to 32°C yearly so any month would be the ideal time to go to the beach. If you are coming for the Biniray Festival, make sure to visit Bulalacao on June 29 or earlier.

Budget Travel Guide to Bulalacao photo by Southdrive Beach Resort
Budget Travel Guide to Bulalacao photo by Southdrive Beach Resort

Sample Itinerary and budget

Departure from Manila via land/sea

10:30 AM to 01:00 PM – Manila to Batangas via bus (~Php 200)
01:00 PM to 03:30 PM – Batangas Port to Calapan Pier (~Php 250)
03:30 PM to 06:30 PM – Calapan to Bulalacao van transfer (~Php 250)
06:30 PM onwards – Hotel or inn check-in and dinner (starting at Php 400 per head)

Day 1
09:00 AM to 05:00 PM – Generic island hopping tour (includes meals) (~Php 6,000 to Php 9,000 for large groups)
05:00 PM onwards – return to hotel or inn

Day 2
07:00 AM to 08:00 AM – Visit Sts. Peter and Paul Church (free)
08:00 AM to 09:00 AM – Check out the market for souvenirs (~Php 500)
09:00 AM onwards – Travel back to Manila

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