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Mindoro

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Mindoro Island is an unspoiled island within easy reach of Manila. It is split roughly north-south into two provinces, Mindoro Occidental to the west, and Mindoro Oriental to the east.

Get in[edit]

By plane

The only airport on Mindoro is San Jose, in Mindoro Occidental. There are daily flights to/from Manila (only one flight each way per day as of January 2014).

By boat

The island of Mindoro may be accessed by boat from either Batangas (to Calapan and Puerto Galera), from Caticlan (Aklan) to Roxas (Oriental Mindoro), or from Coron to San Jose.

The shipping service from Batangas is Ro-Ro (about 3 hours) or fast ferry (about 1.5 hours), 24/7.

From Coron small bangkas leave four times weekly (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday as of January 2014). The fare is 800peso and the crossing takes approximately 7hours. A small meal (e.g. chicken adobo) is included in the cost. Be aware that the schedule is subject to change at short notice and the coastguard may not allow the boat to leave in poorer weather.

From Caticlan several RoRo boats leave daily to Roxas, the first at 6am and last at 5:30pm, although there is also a "tentative" 10pm ferry. Fare is 400peso and the crossing takes roughly 3.5hours.

Get around[edit]

Dimple Star bus company run regular buses and vans between the towns on Mindoro. It is possible (January 2014) to get a bus in San Jose all the way to Manila for 800peso. There are also many minivans that shuttle passengers between the major towns, although they don't really run to a schedule. Suggest you use only if there is a long wait for the next Dimple Star bus and the minivan is almost full. Sample fares/duration for minivans (January 2014) are: Roxas to San Jose - 250pesos/3hrs, San Jose to Sablayan - 140pesos/2hrs. Trikes are readily available in the towns for short journeys. Expect to pay 10pesos for the shortest rides.

See[edit][add listing]

Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro is the famous tourist destination with many beach and entertainment facilities. The rest of the island is underdeveloped and perfect for travellers who like to get away from the crowds and experience a more traditional side of the Philippines.

Do[edit][add listing]

Scuba diving at Apo Reef

Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro is the gateway to Pandan Island and the world-famous dive site of Apo Reef. There is only one resort on the island - book ahead or bring your own hammock. The dive shop run day trips to Apo several times a week. There is apparently one ATM in town (open Monday-Friday until 3pm) that accepts international VISA Cards.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are local restaurants in the major towns.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Outside of Puerto Galero options are somewhat limited, although you will find local bars everywhere.

ATMs[edit]

ATMs are a rarity on Mindoro, and even when you manage to find one it may not accept your international card - it is best to carry extra cash. As of January 2014 there was at least one ATM in San Jose that accepts foreign VISA cards, located outside Philippine Bank and accessible 24/7. There was also reportedly an ATM in Sablayan, as mentioned above.

Get out[edit]

Boats to Caticlan (from Roxas), Coron (from San Jose 4x weekly - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday) or Batangas (from Calapan or Puerto Galera), daily flight from San Jose to Manila. Be aware that the scheduled boat to Coron is subject to change at short notice and the coastguard may not allow the boat to leave in poorer weather.

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