Mindoro is the Philippines’ 7th largest island. It lies just off the southwest coast of Luzon and the northeast section of Palawan. The large island has, for the most part, been left untouched by tourism despite its proximity to Manila. Outside of Puerto Galera, you will find small town culture and deserted, palm-lined beaches, perfect for escaping the crowds and enjoying a vacation in paradise.
Mindoro has been active in trading history since the beginning of the 2nd Millennium. It was originally referred to as Ma-i by Chinese traders who arrived as early as 972 to buy beeswax, true pearl, cotton and tortoise shell from the locals. Later, Spanish traders regularly visited this area, referring to the island and Mina de Oro, which translates as gold mine. This name stuck, giving birth to the modern name of the region, Mindoro. During World War II, the island acted as a battle field in the Battle of Mindoro, but since that time, Mindoro has seen relative peace. Today, the island is split between two provinces, Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro.
As the tourism infrastructure is not as developed as in other parts of the Philippines, above the water activities can be quite limited. Of course, the beaches are long and white, making for perfect days of relaxation. The locals are also friendly and warm, ready to point you in the right direction should you need it. If you happen to be staying near Puerto Galera, there are plenty of waterfalls to explore as well as a golf course perched high above the town, offering a fantastic view. You will also find the typical resort activities such as volleyball courts, parasailing, jet-skiing and a shooting range.
Your journey to Mindoro most likely begins in Manila. From here, you will need to take a bus or private transfer to Batangas and then board a ferry headed for the island. There are also ferries that reach Mindoro from points further south in the Philippines.
Once you are in the region, you will need to rely on three-wheelers, taxis, jeepney or minibuses to travel from point A to point B.
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