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Travel Guide: Accommodation, itinerary and places to see when planning a trip to Talipanan Beach
Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Beaches in the Philippines
Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
Planning a trip – ala beach vacation, away from the hustle and bustle of the main stream beaches in Oriental Mindoro. A newly developed beachfront – Talipanan Beach curiously booming and the choice among those who find serenity and lucid island getaway.
From Batangas Pier, booked a “banca” [boat] or larger going to White Beach or if your luckier you can spot a scheduled boat going direct to Talipanan bay. Boat ride from a 70-seater cost around PhP250 [US$6]. Half charge for senior citizens and children. Pay up the environmental fee of PhP40 [US$1].
From the White Beach, resorts from Talipanan usually has shuttle service provided for their arriving guests. If none, you can take a tricycle ride that usually charges from PhP 100 to 200 [US$5]. Roads going Talipanan beaches allows a little adventure, it has a short alley uphill with rough road. From there splendid view caught you onguard. What’s nice about it, if you’re the type who dislikes crowded and noisy beachfront – Talipanan Beach has its unique privacy, it’s like owning the island for a couple of days.
Choose from the strip of beach resorts, we highly recommend the last three resort on the end part of the strip:
When booking an accommodation, local and tourist travelers nowadays goes online. Travel agencies online such as Agoda.com implements a point system for every purchased made. While group buying site offers a low-down cost on travel and hotel accommodation for a period of time. Best deals are offered by Ensogo, Groupon, MetroDeal and others. Previous hotel guests leaves feedbacks and reviews, this will help you in making decision when choosing which hotel/resort to purchased. Examined and research the place’s amenities, facilities, staff feedback, location, and safety. Cheap deals can sometimes go haywire, be wary of the hidden elements bundled with it.
Aside from relaxing and chilling on neither the beach nor at the poolside, other activities and adventures in the island. When in Talipanan, ask your resort management about trekking experience at Mangyan Village and Talipanan Falls [Aninuan Falls]
. Resort staff manned as the tourist guide – like from Bamboo House Beach Resort – the hiking cost PhP50 [US$1.25] per pax. Indigenous products made by Mangyans
[local tribe from Mindoro] are displayed on the entrance area of the village.
Spend time at the White Beach
, where the sands are creamier and the blue water is very ideal for swimming, kayaking and banana boat. Wide array of food establishments and bars can be seen around the beachfront. From here you can booked a boat going to an island hopping tour
around Puerto Galera. Sail away from island to island – Ballatero, San Antonio and Boquete island. The island hop boat ride cost PhP 2,500 [US$58] good for eight pax. Transfer to smaller boat for the island hop activity cost PhP300 [US$7] per pax.
Island hopping includes the the following activities:
- Underwater cave at San Antonio
- Fish Feeding
- Giant clam sight seeing
- Sandbar at Boquete island
Going farther, check out the Tamaraw Falls in San Teodoro. Although this tourist spot is also managed by Puerto Galera headed by Mayor Dolor. Tamaraw Falls has a majestic waters, picturesque view and infinity pool below it. On regular days, the locals say there was no entrance fee, on peak season like the holy week entrance for adults=PhP30 and children=PhP15.
Kilometer apart, don’t forget to drop by Mindoro Oriental’s Calapan City. Visit the city’s cathedral – Sto. Nino Parish Church along the Holy Infant Academy. Although it’s a city, fantastic beach resort can also be seen. Pay a visit to Anahaw Beach Resort and El Pueblo Rhizort Aqua Park. When in the city, suit yourselves to the one of the cleanest Calapan public wet market I’ve seen, do take note that the wet market has escalators, not common even in Manila’s wide array of wet market.
With the rich marine life and islands, Oriental Mindoro is not going lost with beaches and resorts corner by corner, every community has something to offer. There are a lot of places to discover like the Pinamalayan community, Hydro, Hidden Paradise, Mount Halcon, etc.
Dining will be always be a thing when in the tropics. Bamboo House Beach offers Filipino food at an affordable rate. The resort management being an Ilocano – they migrate from Isabela [usually Mindoro locals could either came from Batangas, Quezon, Mangyan bloodline and neighboring community.] They specializes Ilocano-inspired dishes, although other meals and beverages are also available.
Talipanan is now famous to Luca’s an Italian who married a Filipina and collaborate an awesome Italian restaurant – Luca Cucina Italiana and Lodge. The interior/exterior of the place is definitely Filipino-themed with to die for Italian secret recipes.
Oriental Mindoro seasoned fruits are the lanzones, cacao, rambutan. While saging na saba [banana variants], coconuts are always in full bloom.
Native foods, they are known for suman sa lihiya with coconut jam. Seafoods like the shrimp, prawns and crabs can be bought half of the amount from Metro Manila. For more exotic trips, locals sell carabao meat along the roads of Sta. Isabel [Calapan], maybe it’s available in other areas as well. Farming is one of the main livelihood of the locals in Calapan, they harvest twice a year only. They say, the soil in Calapan is rich and adequate, precisely what the rice field requires. The residents source of water supply is totally free of charge, after all Oriental Mindoro is set foot around the ocean. There are still numerous area where free flowing waters – “balon” [wellspring] streams 24/7 diverting to the rice farms. Water taps can actually drink direct without filtration, literally these are natural mineral water!
Until then, if you’re from Oriental Mindoro or just a simple traveler – share with us your most recent discovery about the island.
Bamboo House Beach Lodge and Restaurant in Talipanan, Puerto Galera
Lucas Cucina Italiana in Talipanan, Puerto Galera
Talipanan Falls and Mangyan Village
Puerto Galera Island Hopping
Traveler’s Guide to Talipanan Beach
El Canonero Diving Beach Resort at Puerto Galera
White Beach: Dreamwave Puert Galera
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