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Occidental Mindoro Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

The Philippines’ 7th largest island, Mindoro is divided between Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro in 1950 under the Republic Act No. 505. The latter occupies the western part of the island and bordered by Oriental Mindoro, Verde Island Passage and Mindoro Strait. Occidental Mindoro is made up of 11 municipalities. Its capital is Mamburao, while the prominent municipality of San Jose is the largest and considered the center of commerce and entertainment. Tagalog is widely spoken in the province, followed by Ilocano, Hiligaynon and Kinaray-a. The province is blessed with rich marine bounties and home to one of the most popular and amazing coral reefs in the country, Apo Reef.

Where to go in Occidental Mindoro

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Magsikap Church

Magsikap Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5103, Philippines

Aroma Beach

San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5100, Philippines

Calawagan River

Brgy. Alipaoy Paluan, Occidental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5107, Philippines

Holy Parish

Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5105, Philippines

Hulugaan Falls

Brgy. Binacas Lubang, Occidental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5109, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting There
By air: San Jose Airport services the province of Mindoro. Cebu Pacific has regular flights going to the province from Manila. Travel flight takes roughly 30 minutes by air.

By land: There are buses which go directly to San Jose from Manila that includes a RORO ferry ride that operates from Batangas City to Abra de Ilog, Occidental Mindoro. Travel time takes 3 hours and passes through the Verde Island Passage. Bus fare is less than Php 700.00.

Popular Food

This popular food in Occidental Mindoro is made with mature octopus or pugita cooked in vinegar and soy sauce. It is usually served with hot rice or as a perfect pair with an ice cold beer.

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What to Do

Have a thrilling zipline ride
How does island to island zipline ride sounds to you? Exciting? Spine-tingling? Whatever adjective you may use, the Sablayan Zipline Adventure is something that should not be missed when in Occidental Mindoro. It is the world’s longest island to island zipline ride and the only motorized zipline in Asia.
Swim with sea turtles
Pandan Island is home to the endangered green sea turtles, the largest kind of sea turtles on the planet. One can swim or snorkel with these gentle marine creatures while they are peacefully foraging on thick grass. It is an unforgettable adventure, especially for all turtle-lovers out there.
Work those muscles and hike
Hike through the lush greenery of Mount Halcom and conquer its magnificent summit. Or visit the Sablayan Tamaraw Reservation area and learn more about these indigenous animals.
Shop for local products
Visit the market for lovely handwoven products made meticulously by the diligent Mangyans – there are bags, baskets, accessories and other memento worthy of your money.