Mid March when summer was hot and enticing, our gang decided to have a visit on my friend’s hometown – Pinamalayan. This was located about 2 hours – drive south from Calapan, the main capital of Oriental Mindoro.
Although less limelight from the popular Puerto Galera, this town offers unique charm and natural wonders for beach bummers and thrill seekers. Here is a quick overview on our weekend trip to a promising countryside adventure –
How did we get to Mindoro?
We brought an SUV with us for a group of 8, since it would be cheaper and more convenient to transfer from one municipality to another via private transpo. You can follow below suggestions to get to Mindoro:
PRIVATE ROUTE FROM MANILA TO BATANGAS TO MINDORO: From Manila, go south via South Luzon Expressway until Calamba exit. Go straight to Star Toll way and proceed to Sto Tomas going Batangas. Drive straight up to the last exit which is Batangas City. From the exit, drive until highway called Calabarzon, there you will see an intersection with flyover which is going directly to the port area. From Batangas Pier, find Terminal 3, and look for the Ticket vendors of your chosen RORO/Ferry. Local marshals will guide you where to dock your car.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM MANILA TO BATANGAS TO MINDORO: Take trips from Buendia/Cubao/Alabang via Jam Liner, Alps, Tritran, Green Star, RRCG or N. Dela Rosa bus lines going to Batangas City Pier. Price range starts from 150 – 170 pesos. When you reached the port, book and ride a fast craft or RORO going to Calapan. Prices may vary depending on the shipping lines you prefer.
It’s our first time to bring an SUV on a trip! After docking the vehicle on the craft, we chose the upper seat where you can have the view of the ocean. But if you have Thalassophobia or fear of the open seas, you can prefer to seat in the air-conditioned passenger’s area.
How did we get to Pinamalayan?
After a 2 hour ride in the ferry, we reached the Calapan port with a big smile. Seeing the boats docked in port made us more excited on what Mindoro has to offer. The port is well maintained and easy to navigate for tourists, there are also vans, tricycles and shuttles that transport passengers to the municipality town and other areas in the province.
From the pier, we drove south via Quezon Dr highway – JP Rizal – Strong Republic National Highway. You’ll pass by the Calapan City Town Proper, Mindoro Oriental Post Office, Naujan Town Proper, Victoria, Soccorro until you reach the Pinamalayan town entrance.
What to see and do in Pinamalayan?
Get to know more about their people and their town.
- See first-hand their main sources of income – rice fields, agriculture and fishing.
- Have a snapshot on their Pot/ Rainbow Junction; this is located at the center of the town.
- Visit their Pinamalayan Butterfly Garden and Municipal Theme Park.
- Eat their delicacies and enjoy food trips on their stalls near the park.
Camp out, Beach Bum and Swim in their crystal blue waters.
- Banilad Beach which is located at Pili, Pinamalayan has good line of affordable resorts for everyone.
We stayed at the Sunrise Beach Resort; the cottage is very affordable for 500 pesos a day. The beach shoreline was surprising for its powdery white sand and the waters are very clean. They also have floating rafts for open sea jump and resting.
- Bongol Beach which is located at Bongol, Pinamalayan has a secluded ambiance with white sand beach. This area is best for picnics and lazing along the beach line.
Explore the Kawa-Kawa Falls
- Have a bit of adventure and dip in the cold waters of kawa-kawa. This is located at Brgy Buli, Pinamalayan. Ask a local guide with you from the tourism office.
Where to stay?
We basically stayed at my friend’s ancestral house near Pinamalayan Town Proper. But if you plan to stay for a night or two, you can check out this site for list of accommodations in every town around Oriental Mindoro: See List – Click Here.
We had so much fun during this short stay at Pinamalayan!
2 days was surely short enough to explore more in this province, we will surely be back in a few months!