The Unadulterated Paradise Called Bulalacao (Part 1)
But the good news is, Oriental Mindoro is not just about Puerto Galera. Off the southernmost tip of the province is a quiet town called Bulalacao, which hosts a number of pristine, unspoiled islands and natural wonders.
Bulalacao may not be as popular as Puerto Galera or Apo Reef, but its array of destination offerings is sure to satiate your wanderlust.
How to go to Bulalacao:
Cebu Pacific flies daily to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. From the airport's arrival area you may opt to take a tricycle (Php 50 per trip) or walk to the highway where you can hail a regular tricycle at Php 15 per person. Tell the driver to bring you to the van or bus terminal going to Bulalacao. Vans going to Roxas or Calapan will pass through Bulalacao. Fare is Php 150 and travel time is around an hour and a half.
Montenegro Shipping Lines and FastCat have daily trips from Batangas port to Calapan, Oriental Mindoro. Ferries leave every two hours. From Calapan port, you may take a bus or van bound to San Jose. This will pass by the town of Bulalacao.
Just recently, the Bulalacao port opened its doors to FastCat, which plies the Bulalacao-Caticlan route. There are several regular trips daily, and travel time is around two and a half hours. Economy fare starts at Php 375.
|Rainy landing at San Jose Airport|
While there are a number of accommodations in Bulalacao, we opted to stay at South Drive Farm Beach Resort in Tulali Beach. An offshoot of the original South Drive Grill and Homestay (located at the Bulalacao town proper), the resort is owned and developed by Engr. Ching Jano and her husband, and serves as their quick beach getaway during weekends. If you're coming from San Jose, you will see this resort first before the van or bus go all the way down to the town proper.
|Our home for the weekend|
|The room can comfortably fit two to four people|
|Spacious and clean bathroom with hot and cold shower|
|A nice spot to read a book or just chill out|
|The other room which can also fit a family of four|
|A hut where meals are usually served|
Upon arrival, Tita Ching welcomed us with a warm serving of dinuguan (pork blood stew) and puto (rice cake). Not usually included in the package but Tita Ching was just so sweet enough to treat us to a welcome "merienda."
|The function hall|
We spent our first day listening to the waves of the sea and taking well-deserved naps in between. Our room was such a cocoon that we didn't mind staying in for the whole day. I actually think I overslept! While we chose to rest on our first day, you might consider going around Bulalacao as soon as you arrive at the resort.
Depending on the season, you can check out many islands and other spots in Bulalacao. During the summer months, it is recommended that you check out the islands of Target, Aslom, Silad, and Tambaron, where you can indulge in beautiful white sand beaches and teeming marine life. During the southwest monsoon months of July-October, seas can get rough and going to Target, Silad, and Tambaron islands may be quite risky. Buyayao and Suguicay islands are generally safe during the southwest monsoon months as long as you take off from San Roque (for Buyayao) and from Bangkal (for Suguicay). However, if you are like us who went from Suguicay to Buyayao from Bangkal, expect the biggest waves you can imagine during the rainy season especially at the point where you would enter a channel that separates Buyayao Island from mainland Bulalacao.
There is also a falls called Talon in Bagong Sikat. The trail is pretty easy during dry months but not during the rainy season as it gets muddy and slippery. The views are worth it though.
I shall be posting a detailed story about these destinations in my next entry. For the meantime, I included here some of our photos for your viewing pleasure.
South Drive Grill Farm Resort
Tulali, Maujao, Oriental Mindoro
offers tours to Bulalacao.
To learn more our packages,
you may email travel dates and number of persons
or through mobile at 09988644143.