Bulalacao, the southernmost town of the province of Oriental Mindoro, is a paradise on its own right. Endowed with unspoiled natural resources and amazing people, it is a promising getaway for those dreaming of nature and adventure. Its forests and parks are ideal for hiking and trekking; the numerous white sandy islands, for camping and beach bumming; then there are beautiful coves, hidden caves, waterfalls, lakes and other surprises that await everyone.
Hop in the islands of Buyayao, Tambaron, Suguicay and the rest that dot its bay; swim, snorkel or dive on its rich water teeming with marine life; trek in the 64 hectares Tree Park and see the unobstructed view of Bulalacao Bay; explore the caves and waterfalls; or mingle with the Mangyans. There are so much to do in this remote town, remoteness that makes the place ideal to commune with nature, experience local culture and enjoy the solemnity and peace of living away from the crowd.
Bulalacao is a place waiting to be discovered, a beauty waiting to be seen, a paradise waiting to be explored.
How To Get to Bulalacao
San Jose, Occidental Mindoro is the nearest airport to Bulalacao. Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific have regular flights to San Jose from Clark and 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 at least 45 minutes.
Manila to Batangas
One can get to Bulalacao from Manila by land and sea by riding a bus going to Batangas Port for P197 fare (as of February 2019), travel time is two-and-a-half to three hours.
You can book your bus tickets from Manila to Batangas below.
Batangas to Calapan
In Batangas Port, catch a Ro-Ro ferry to Calapan at P240 plus P30 terminal fee (as of February 2019) for a two to two-and-a-half hours boat 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.
You can book your ferry tickets from Batangas to Calapan below.
Calapan to Bulalacao
Finally, transfer to a bus or van going to Bulalacao for P300 (as of February 2019) for another three hours ride.
Caticlan to Bulalacao
From Caticlan, Aklan, FastCat has four departures daily, travel time is three hours and fare starts at P460 for economy (open air) accommodation.
You can book your ferry tickets from Caticlan to Bulalacao below.
Where to Stay in Bulalacao
Accommodations in Bulalacao vary from budget inns and lodging houses to the island and beach resorts.
Bulalacao Southdrive Grill and Homestay, Felipa Lodge, Saints Peter and Paul Lodging and San Rosa Inn are located in the town proper and offer budget accommodation for as low as P400.00.
Meanwhile, Tambaron Green Beach Resort, Thelma’s Paradise and Target Island offer secluded island accommodation where guests can choose to stay in one of their rooms or pitch a tent in the beach. I have personally tried Tambaron Green Beach Resort and I had a great time with them.
Tambaron Green Beach Resort
For Reservation or Inquiries: +639199934987
Rate starts at P350 per person
Activities in Bulalacao
- 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
- Water Sports
- Go to the nearby islands of Romblon or Boracay
Sample Bulalacao Itinerary and Budget
2200H -2230H: Meetup in Buendia
2330H -2359H: Buendia to Batangas Port
0000H – 0200H: Assemble/Meetup in Batangas Port/Purchase Ticket to Calapan
0200H – 0400H: Batangas to Calapan by Montenegro or any ferry
0400H – 0800H: Assembly/Transport Calapan to Bulalacao/Breakfast/Market
0800H – 0815H: Bulalacao to Tambaron
0815H – 0930H: Fixup/Settle
1000H – 1700H: Island Hopping Tour (Aslom Islet/Maasin Island – Lunch – Suguicay Island)
1700H – 1900H: Free time. Photo ops. Dinner preparation.
1900H onwards: Dinner and Socials
0700H – 0800H: Calltime/Breakfast
0800H – 1100H: Free Time/Explore/Snorkel/Swim
1100H – 1200H: Lunch
1200H – 1300H: Clean-up/Fixup/Break Camp/Checkout
1300H – 1330H: Tambaron to Bulalacao
1330H – 1800H: Bulalacao to Calapan/Early Dinner
1800H – 2000H: Calapan to Batangas
2000H – 2300H: Batangas to Manila
P167 – Batangas to Manila (2.5 – 3 Hours)
P192 – Batangas to Calapan Ferry (2 – 2.5 Hours) *Promo Fare/Normal Rate P240
P30 – Terminal Fee
P240 – Calapan to Bulalacao Van (3 – 4 Hours)
P400 – Boat Contribution – Island Hopping and Transport (P4000/10)
P50 – Tent Fee (P150 per tent/3)
P175 – Lunch Buffet (Day 1)
P175 – Lunch Buffet (Day 2)
P200 – Food/Miscellaneous/Tips
P240 – Bulalacao to Calapan van (3 – 4 Hours)
P192 – Calapan to Batangas Ferry (2 – 2.5 Hours) *Promo Fare/Normal Rate P240
P167 – Batangas to Manila (2.5 – 3 Hours)
Update History: 29-Feb-2015 | Updates: 01-Mar-2018; 03-Mar-2019; 29-Apr-2020