Travel Guide: Beautiful Beaches of Bulalacao in Oriental Mindoro
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Oriental Mindoro is one of the Philippines’ unexplored tourist paradises, if I may say so. It’s a land generously blessed with beaches, azure waters, happy people, and year-round festive towns. With that said, I have always had the beaches of Bulalacao in my bucket list, but never got the chance to cross it out, until recently—thanks to Department of Tourism MIMAROPA Director Minerva Morada, I, along with other writers, were invited to none other than the beautiful province of Oriental Mindoro!
The warm, summer climate is nearly over here in the Philippines, but that didn’t stop us from exploring the wonderful beaches of the blessed island province. Our itinerary in Oriental Mindoro mostly included beaches and islands, and even if the rainy season was starting to take over, we didn’t let the moody weather dampen our adventure.
To start our journey, we trekked the land and seas to reach Bulalacao, a third-class municipality located at the southernmost tip of Oriental Mindoro. Getting to the island province is already a long way; going to its southernmost tip is another long story! Nevertheless, despite the bottom-numbing rides (that totaled up to 10 hours, hmm), reaching the municipality of Bulalacao felt very, very fulfilling.
It was almost nighttime when we reached Bulalacao from the town of Mansalay. We headed to South Drive Beach Resort, our official accommodation in Bulalacao, and unpacked our things as we readied ourselves for an informal but warm welcoming party by Engr. Chiquita Jano, the Municipal Tourism Officer of Bulalacao. We capped our first day in Bulalacao with a festive seafood meal.
We started our second day early in the morning the following day. I woke up excited, looking forward to the island hopping we were going to do that day.
Bulalacao is home to several beach islands that no beach bum, tourist, or adventurer should ever miss. If you don’t visit the beaches of Bulalacao at least once in your life, that means you haven’t lived your explorer life to the fullest. I am glad I am living mine very well.
Beaches of Bulalacao in Oriental Mindoro
Our first stop for the day was at Target Island. Target got its name from an ominous event in the country’s history… it was targeted by the Japanese soldiers during World War II in the 1940s! But it’s 2016 now, and the island paradise is only getting more and more peaceful each year. Target Island, also known as Alibatan by the locals, is just a little 3 kms northeast of Bacungan, Milagrosa.
Our next destination was Silad Island, which is located in Barangay Milagrosa, one of the 15 barangays of Bulalacao. If Target Island has pure white sands, Silad Island has yellowish corally sands. Silad is known for its bone-shaped island. Around the island are several rock formations, several beaches, hills, and other natural formations that will make you want to stay. It’s sad that it’s privately owned and therefore not open for the public. I wonder what it feels like to live on the island. I heard it has no electricity or drinking water, but I wouldn’t mind giving up using my gadgets if I can just spend one day in that island.
We had our lunch in our next destination, in Aslom Island. The island’s name came from the cebuano word aslom, which translates to “sour”, because of the abundance of the sour fruit-bearing Sampaloc tree. Of course, we didn’t have purely sour food for lunch! We had a scrumptious meal in the island, with a relaxing view of the crescent-shaped sandbar from afar, the blue sunny skies above, and the crystal clear waters.
After Aslom Island, we headed to Tambaron Island. Standing on the island is a beautiful rest house-like beach resort. The island is blessed with a rocky terrain, and we were told that its surrounding waters are endowed with teeming marine life and seafood. It’s such a picturesque place, and I already imagined myself sleeping in one of the rooms with the waves as my lullaby… but my daydream was cut short because we had to get to our other destinations for the day!
We scurried on to Suguicay Island, a beach island with fine white sands. Blessed with mangrove and coconut trees, island goers can take on several beachside activities ranging from picnics, or just to picture taking. After all, with an island that offers an unobstructed view of the horizon, who wouldn’t want to spend their phone memory on taking pictures?
Our last destination for the day was at Buyayao Island, which is probably the largest island we’ve been to that day. Renowned for its deep-sea fishing and scuba diving spots, Buyayao island also houses a forest that keeps the island climate cool and refreshing.
On our way, we also visited Sitio Dakutan, a village with very lovely and hospitable people. The peaceful village has a cliff that overlooks the coastal town of Bulalacao from afar.
It was almost sunset when we reached the shores of Bulalacao. The skies were already red-orange when we headed back to our resort to freshen up, have dinner, and prepare for our activities the following day. I can’t remember the last time I went to so much beach islands in one day. Truly, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro, is a beach paradise. I am glad that I am able to find time to visit this place.
Where to stay in Bulalacao
There are few establishments that offer accommodation in Bulalacao, and I highly recommend South Drive Beach Resort (facebook). It has a beachfront property with beautiful Filipino style cottages and a restaurant that serves seafood fresh from the seas. If you’re interested, here’s their contact information:
South Drive Beach Resort
Address: National Highway, Sitio Tulali, Barangay Maujao, Bulalacao, 5214 Oriental Mindoro
Phone: 09988633424 and 09778130732
Boat Rental Rates for Island Hopping
Boat good for 8 People P2,500
Boat good for 20 to 25 Pax P4,000
Contact Number: 09988633424 and 09778130732
How to get to Bulalacao
Bulalacao is accessible via land or air.
- Flights from Manila to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro are available.
- From San Jose Airport, you can ride a bus bound to the municipality of Bulalacao.
On the other hand, you can also choose to ride a RORO Bus in Cubao. These buses go directly to Bulalacao via Batangas Port. Travel time takes 8 to 10 hours. This will take you to Calapan Port, Oriental Mindoro, where you can ride a van or a bus to Bulalacao.
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