Everyone talks about Subic and Boracay and these places are great. But in some terms, they are so highly overdeveloped with the Philippines lifestyle now turned into hotels and malls and the beauty of the Philippine countryside and coastal waters seem to have been given second place to bars and clubs.
I had the pleasure of living on the Island of Mindoro for a year. It is one of the most beautiful and relaxing places you could ever find. Mostly the whole island is unspoilt with the countryside and coastal areas looking amazing.
The journey to Mindoro from Manila is not too painful either. A bus from Manila will get you to Batangas in about 2 hours and that followed by a “ferry” of another 1.5 hours.
Do not expect to be pampered by the first world feeling.
Constant power cuts and the internet at a snail’s pace. Try not to be offended by locals adding percentages to what you buy.There are many negatives, but the positives are amazing.
Great beaches and great scenery. Hospitality and great walks and if you shop around you will find cheap accommodation too.
Here is part of an article about Mindoro.
There’s definitely nothing wrong with visiting the Philippines’ well-known tourist spots. After all, these places became famous for a reason and can definitely give you a fantastic time. However, if you’re a frequent traveler or just aren’t a fan of big crowds, you’d naturally want to stay away from the popular places and find a private and intimate spot. When this happens, the best thing that you can do is to head off to Mindoro and check out these attractions:
This is probably one of the most known attractions in Mindoro. It’s easy to see why. Puero Galera blessed with natural wonders. Such as breath-taking beaches, coral reefs and gardens, and a diverse range of flora and fauna. It’s also considered as one of the most beautiful dive sites in the Philippines due to the fact that introduces the divers to a marvelous world under the sea.
This is the Philippines’ third highest feet as it rises more than 8,000 feet above sea level. With its towering height, it has become a favorite among local and foreign mountain climbers as well as with nature lovers. So, if you want to go hiking and spend some time outdoors, Mt. Halcon should be on the top of your list.
This is a series of waterfalls that lead to a large one. That has become a wonderful attraction to both locals and foreign tourists. You need to pay a small entrance fee if you want to take a swim. It will be more than worth it when you experience the power of the falls and the coolness of its water.
Sabang Beach is actually one of the beaches in Puerto Galera. It’s a fantastic choice for you if you love water sports since you can go swimming, snorkeling and even scuba diving in the area. You don’t have to worry about accommodation. Since there cost-effective options in the area. So it’s easy to find one that suits your budget.
This is held during March 18 to 19 in Baco and celebrates the abundance of bananas in Mindoro. During the festival. You’ll see different varieties of bananas and enjoy the beauty pageant and street dancing competition that will take place. So, if you’re planning to visit Mindoro during the festival, get your camera ready and be prepared to be assaulted with bright colors, upbeat music and happy people.
Bahaghari means rainbow in Filipino, and this is definitely what you’ll expect to see during the festival. The feast reflects the joy and thanksgiving. Of the people for the guidance that God has given to their ancestors. When they were travelling to Mindoro and encountered a terrible storm.
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