Spend two days and one night in Bulalacao, a simple, peaceful, and underrated town in the southernmost part of Oriental Mindoro filled with a mix of boulder beaches, fine, white, powdery sand islands, and a lovely sunset.
Going to the island will take nine hours — quite an adventure in itself, with many transfers happening, but once you arrive, you’ll say “it’s worth it.”
Upon arrival, you will notice that this place is something of a hidden getaway, something that adds to its charm. Spoil yourself by doing some island hopping; be warned however that most of the islands here are private, no overnight allowed so you’d have to need some luck tossed in to find your own space.
We settled at Tambaron –you could pitch a tent here, start a bonfire, and play category games with friends, if that tickles your fancy.
There’s nothing going on in the island, aside from steady sea waters and a stretch of sand that goes on and on and on, the island is all ours. At times, some sightings of fishermen could also be found and if you’re lucky, you’ll even have a taste of their sea urchin.
Here in Bulalacao, a good company and a relaxing nature is what shapes the definition of a weekend well-spent.
Day 0 (Feb. 19, 2016 | Friday)
10 PM – 10:30 PM: Meet up in Buendia
10:30 PM – 12 AM: Buendia to Batangas Port
Day 1 (Feb. 20, 2016 | Saturday)
12 AM – 2 AM: Assemble/Meetup in Batangas Port/Purchase Ticket to Calapan
2 AM – 4 AM: Batangas to Calapan via Roro or Ferry
4 AM – 8 AM: Calapan to Bulalacao / Breakfast / Market
9 AM – 12 AM: Island Hopping Tour (Target Island, Aslom Island, Tambaron Island)
10 AM – 5 PM: Settle / Pitch Tent / Eat Lunch
5 PM – 7 PM: Free Time / Dinner
9 PM onwards: Socials / lights out (sleep is for the weak! jk)
Day 2 (Feb. 21, 2016 | Sunday)
7 AM – 8 AM: Breakfast
8 AM – 11 AM: Snorkelling / Swimming / Explore
11 AM – 12 NN: Lunch
1 PM – 3 PM: Back to main land; wash up
3 PM – 7 PM: Bulalacao to Calapan
7 PM – 9 PM: Dinner at Calapan centre
11 PM – 1 AM: Calapan to Batangas pier
1 AM – 3 AM: Batangas to Manila
What To Bring:
Mess kit (spoon, fork, plate)
Food / Water
Estimated Expenses per head:
Ceres Bus Buendia to Batangas Pier – P157 (x2 round trip)
Ro-Ro Ferry to Calapan – P250 (x2 round trip)
Van to Bulalacao – P290 (x2 round trip)
Boat for Island Hopping – P3500 /5 pax
Island entrance – P50 /head
Food/Drinks – 500
Total: 2644 per head
Suggested budget: Php 2,700 – 3,000
Travel time from Manila to Bulalacao is 9 hours:
2 hours from Manila to Batangas via Bus
2 hours from Batangas to Calapan via Roro/Ferry
4 hours from Calapan to Bulalacao via Van
1 hour from Bulalacao to Island via Boat
Just in time! I’m planning a trip to Bulalacao as well. Liking thru Facebook doesn’t unlock the itinerary though. Your app must be broken. 🙁
Hi Kat! sorry you’re experiencing this. Have you tried refreshing the page? Meanwhile, I have reported this glitch as well.
Hi sir. Ask ko lang po if tatlong island lang po ung pinuntahan nyo or meron pa pong iba? Planning to go there this july.. Thanks in advance sir.
Hi, Rose. I’m a girl hehe.
Meron pang iba pero puro private islands na sila kaya mahihirapan ka makapasok/magstay. Tambaron yung karamihan ng pics dito. 🙂 You’ll definitely enjoy Bulalacao 🙂
Hi, Ms. Shayne! Bale paano po talaga ‘yung pagbiyahe? And how much po kada kada-vehicles? Magkano po ang lowest rate hotel, kung may hotel, kahit good for 1 night… Thaaanks! 🙂
Hi Joshua. You could check the locked content above for the details on the transpo. As for hotel, we didn’t stay in one because we did camping. I’m not sure if they have one in the area as well because the town is very low key. Thanks and happy trip 🙂
This place looks wonderful! I never heard of it, but I can feel from your post its calm and beauty. I smiled at the photo of your shadow… Sometimes I take photos of my shadow as well 🙂
Hi, Laia. You should come and visit the Philippines some day. We have a lot to offer. And yes, I do love shadow photos LOL it could be spotted all over my blog 🙂