Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro

The southernmost tip of Oriental Mindoro, Bulalacao is blessed with unspoiled natural biodiversity and endlessly amazing people, it is an auspicious getaway for those fantasizing of nature adventure with its parks and forests that are ideal for roving and trekking, the countless white sandy island beaches that are best for camping and beach combing, the beautiful coves, hidden caves, waterfalls and lakes, and other stunning surprises that will surely aspires everyone.

Bulalacao is a place waiting to be encountered, an attraction waiting to be beheld, a paradise waiting to be explored. It is one of the new holiday destinations near to Boracay ready to promote itself for tourism.

Wander in the islands of Buyayao, Tambaron, Suguicay and the rest of its wonderful bay; swim, snorkel or dive on its rich water swarming with marine life; hike in the 64 hectares Tree Park and see the clear view of Bulalacao Bay; delve into the caves and waterfalls; or socialize with the Mangyans.

Bulalacao is located in the southeast corner of the island of Mindoro and is connected to San Jose, in the adjacent province of Occidental Mindoro.

Bulalacao occupied big portion of the province – complete with mountains, rainforest, valleys, rivers and mangroves – and it includes promising islands such as Buyayao and Target Island, most of which have pure white sand beaches to rival Boracay.

The hillsides that reach up to the mountainous geography of Mindoro Island are forested and mainly inhabited by the Mangyan – the indigenous peoples of Mindoro – who frequently act as guides for trekking and birdwatching.

Bulalacao’s coastal waters are mostly river-siltation free and offer great opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving. The prohibition of destructive fishing practices over the past decade and the establishment of Marine Protected Areas, has allowed marine life to flourishthat made the place’s fisheries resources bountiful. Bulalacao provides a large portion of the seafood that is consumed by tourists staying on Boracay Island.

What To Do

  • Snorkeling and Scuba Diving (bring your own gear)
  • Island and Beach Hopping in Buyayao Island, Suguicay Island, Tambaron Island, Maasin Island, Target or Alibatan Island, Aslom Island, Silad Island, Nagubat Island, Liwagao Island, Borbo Island, Pocanil Island,  Magayad Beach,  Tulali Beach and Señora Clotilde Beach, and other nearby islands, beaches and shores
  • Trekking to Cabugao and Bagong Sikat Falls
  • Visit the sunken bell tower of Tabuk Church
  • Hiking in Tree Park and other island forests
  • Interact with Hanunuo tribe of Mangyan
  • Celebrate town fiesta with Biniray Festival
  • Caving
  • Camping
  • Water Sports

How To Get There

By Air

San Jose, Occidental Mindoro is the nearest airport to Bulalacao. Air Phil, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air have regular flights to San Jose from Manila, travel time takes 45 minutes. From San Jose airport, one can take a jeep or bus going to Roxas, Oriental Mindoro passing through Bulalacao via Roxas-Bulalacao-San Jose road, travel time is 45 minutes to an hour.

By Land/Sea

One can get to Bulalacao from Manila by land and sea by riding a bus going to Batangas Port for P167.00 fare (as of February 2012 , cheaper on DLTB buses at P133 ), travel time is two-and-a-half to three hours. In Batangas Port, catch a Ro-Ro ferry to Calapan at P240.00 plus P30.00 terminal fee (as of February 2012) for a two to two-and-a-half hours boat ride. Finally, transfer to a van going to Bulalacao for P240.00 (as of May 2011) for another three hours ride.

Montenegro and Besta are the ferry operators in Batangas Port to Calapan. Please verify their schedule if you are taking that ferry, their sites are not updated, you may call Montenegro at (043)723-6980 / (043)723-8294 or you may verify their and other schedules of ferry at the Port of Batangas hotline at (043)7238243.

From Caticlan and Boracay, Aklan, there are boats that occasionally go to Bulalacao, travel time is two hours.

courtesy of: lakwatsero.com

photo taken by: Anthony Raymond Santos of vigattintourism.com