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Oriental Mindoro Travel Guide

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

Occupying the eastern side of the island with the same name, Oriental Mindoro falls under MIMAROPA Region in Luzon. It is composed of 14 municipalities and 1 city, Calapan City which is also the provincial capital. Oriental Mindoro is home to the 18th highest mountain in the Philippines Mount Halcon and the 5th largest lake, Lake Naujan. Calapan City holds the yearly Sanduguan Festival, a commemoration of the prehistoric trade relations between the natives of the island and Chinese merchants. Puerto Galera, the province’s top crowd drawer, has beaches comparable to that of Boracay. Aside from the vast numbers of natural wonders , Oriental Mindoro is also called as the “Rice Granary” and “Fruit Basket of Southern Tagalog”. Its indigenous people are the hardworking Mangyans.

Where to go in Oriental Mindoro

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Aganhao Island

City Of Calapan (capital), Oriental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5200, Philippines

Aninuan Beach

Aninuan Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5203, Philippines

Aninuan Falls

Aninuan Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5203, Philippines

Baco-Chico Islets

City Of Calapan (capital), Oriental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5200, Philippines

Baluarte Watch Tower

Village of Lumang Bayan Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5203, Philippines

Banilad Beach

Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5208, Philippines

Blue Crystal Beach

Palangan Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, MIMAROPA, 5203, Philippines

How to Get Here

Getting There
By land: Oriental Mindoro was part of Arroyo administration’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway which runs from Manila to CDO in Cagayan.

From Manila, take a bus going to Batangas Port. From there, ride an outrigger boat bound for Puerto Galera. Another way is to take a ferry going to Calapan City Port via Supercat Ferry; regular ticket price is Php 360.00. The ferry ride takes around 1 hour from Batangas to Calapan. From the city, take a jeep or bus to your desired municipality.

Popular Food

One of Oriental Mindoro’s famous pasalubong is the tasty suman sa lihiya. It is a native delicacy made from glutinous rice, lye, salt and oil. The province’s best seller is the brand named Merl’s.

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What to Do

Go on an island hopping adventure
Oriental Mindoro has several islands and islets for a fun island hopping activity. Beach bums will really have a grand time exploring and discovering secluded and white sand beaches this charming province takes pride with . One can start with Bulalacao, the province’ island hopping capital. It boasts of Silad, Target, Bayuyao, Suguicay and other islands with stunning panorama.
Explore the province’s underwater
Scuba dive or snorkel. These underwater explorations are pure fun that allows one to truly see the beauty of Oriental Mindoro’s treasures under the sea.
Join the fun in Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival
The foothills of Mount Malasimbo is the venue of the celebrated Malasimbo Festival. It’s a music festival featuring local and international bands. Established in 2011, Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival is the platform for Mangyans, Mindoro’s indigenous people, to showcase their culture and art.
Pay a visit to Mangyan Village
The Mangyan Village in Barangay Talipanan offers a simple, quick look of the indigenous group’s culture. Mangyans are skilled artisans; they make elegant beaded accessories like earrings and necklaces. Inside the village is a large hut that acts a showroom for their beautifully handwoven products made from nito (native vine) like baskets, placemats and a lot more.