Oriental Mindoro

Oriental Mindoro

Home to most of the country’s endemic marine life, the province of Oriental Mindoro is considered to be the number one eco-tourism destination in the country.

The Verde Passage, the waters between the provinces of Batangas and Mindoro, is the center of marine diversity in the country. Here you can find more than one thousand species of fish, coral, crustaceans, and marine mammals. The main drop off point for scuba divers and snorkelers hoping to explore the area is Sabang Beach in Puerto Galera.

Speaking of beaches, Oriental Mindoro has plenty of them. White Beach in Puerto Galera is a mini-Boracay during the summer months due to its active nightlife. But if you’re looking to relax, there’s the secluded Bongol Beach or the private Banilad Beach, a good place to have picnics.

If beaches aren’t your thing, Oriental Mindoro has a few waterfalls where you can swim or simply take in the sights. Tamaraw Falls in Puerto Galera is one. The water falls a whopping 130 m (423 ft) before it cascades down into the pools below. A small fee is collected from those who want to swim or have a picnic in the area.

There’s also Talon Falls in Pola, surround by a lush forest and limestone formations. You can camp around this area, although you need to hike a bit before you can actually get to the water falls.

Oriental Mindoro is also home to one of the toughest mountains to hike. Standing at 2,586 m (8,482 ft), Mount Halcon may only be the country’s 18th highest peak but it is notoriously difficult to climb due to its rugged and slippery trails.

Eager hikers have to register with the local tourism office months in advance as the trails are only open between the months of February to May. You’ll also need to undergo medical tests and climbing certifications before you’ll be given a permit.

The hike can take you anywhere from four to six days to accomplish, but the summit gives you a breathtaking view of the province. On clear days, you can even spot Mount Mayon in Albay from a distance.

Although it may not be as popular as the islands of Aklan and Palawan, Oriental Mindoro actually has a lot in store for those who want to take the road less traveled. From its diverse marine life to its towering Mount Halcon, Oriental Mindoro is growing to be a must-see destination in the country.

Top Rated Restaurants in Oriental Mindoro Browse All

  1. Luca Cucina Italiana
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
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  2. Papa Fred's Steakhouse
    4.5 Stars
    Steak
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  3. Capt'n Gregg's Divers Lodge
    5.0 Stars
    International
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  4. Puerto Galera Yacht Club
    5.0 Stars
    International
    1 Review View
  5. Jollibee
    5.0 Stars
    Fast Food
    1 Review View
  6. Maru's Food Lounge
    5.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  7. Pier Pub Pizza
    4.0 Stars
    Pizza
    1 Review View
  8. Dine at Log
    4.0 Stars
    Café
    1 Review View
  9. Max's Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View
  10. Ian Jole's Camalig Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Filipino
    1 Review View

Top Rated Hotels in Oriental Mindoro Browse All

  1. Amihan Villa
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  2. Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  3. The Manor at Puerto Galera
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  4. Badladz Dive Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  5. Pandan Island Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  6. Seashore Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  7. Kalaw Place
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  8. Lalaguna Villas
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  9. Rem's Virgin Island Hotel
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View
  10. Verde View Villas
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    1 Review View

Top Rated Places in Oriental Mindoro Browse All

  1. Apo Reef Natural Park
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    5 Reviews View
  2. Amihan Villa
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  3. Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  4. Luca Cucina Italiana
    4.5 Stars
    Italian
    3 Reviews View
  5. Mt. Halcon
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    2 Reviews View
  6. The Manor at Puerto Galera
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  7. Badladz Dive Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  8. Infinity Farm
    5.0 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    2 Reviews View
  9. Papa Fred's Steakhouse
    4.5 Stars
    Steak
    3 Reviews View
  10. Pandan Island Resort
    4.5 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Oriental Mindoro

  1. Puerto Galera

    Puerto Galera

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  2. Calapan

    Calapan

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