Tambaron Island: Mindoro’s Hidden Gem

When you hear the word Mindoro, possibly the first thing that you will think of is Puerto Galera. It is agreeable and in fact the well-known tourist spot in the island which is a favorite place by beachgoers and nightlife chasers. But, there are other many beautiful places you can visit.

Aerial shot. The sand is not pink(see other photos for the right color). This may be due to the drone settings.

Prepare for a 4 to 5 – hour travel down south of Oriental Mindoro to see the hidden paradise of Bulalacao – Tambaron Island. This island is worth the time and effort. It has white sand beaches, rich marine life and lavish forests.

 

Fortunately, Tambaron Green Beach Resort was able to preserve the beauty of the island. The resort is located in one of the coves. They provide accommodations, food service and island activities.

What to Do

Tambaron Island boasts its calm and beautiful beach and coves. There are many things you can do from beach bumming and snorkeling, you can try kayaking and trekking to get to the other coves in the island and experience bird watching. You may as well visit their mini cattle ranch. For guests who love sports, you can play basketball and beach volleyball.

Your stay in Tambaron will never be complete without witnessing the stunning sunset. Have your phones and cameras ready!

And when you’re lucky, you can spot the milky way just over the balcony! When the skies are clear, you can vividly see it. Mesmerizing!

Where to Stay

Tambaron Green Beach Resort aims to provide a relaxing and unforgettable vacation. They have different rooms suitable to every type of visitors. Each has a full-functional bathroom, well-ventilated and with exceptional view.

Executive Rooms

Who wouldn’t love to wake up in the morning with the view of the sea? The executive room is the resort’s best place to stay in. It has an access to the overlooking view facing the beautiful sea. It can accommodate 2 – 3 persons for P1,500.

Deluxe Room

A family with 4 members may choose the deluxe room. It is facing the sea as well and valued at P350 per pax.

Dormitory Rooms

These are shared rooms with maximum capacity of 5 adults. The rate however is to be determined (Seasonal Rate).

Cabanas

Check their Cabanas and have a soothing experience while enjoying the beautiful view of the beach. This is good for 2 adults at P500 rate.

Beachfront Cottages

Dine and enjoy the food in their spacious cottages that can accommodate 8 – 10 persons. A cottage can be rented for P350 good for 8 hours or get it for free when you book a room.

Note: Rates are subject to change without prior notice.

The Food

The resort has its own restaurant where they cook the locally produced goods using firewood. It would be wise to order your food in advance so they can prepare it on your desired time. The caretaker and staff will ask you for your request and will serve it hot and fresh from the kitchen.

Start your day with their delightful breakfast. A combination of pinoy favorite omelette with pickles, pancakes and a freshly cut papaya. Have a cup of coffee to complete your meal.

At lunch, prepare yourself for a feast! A bountiful serving of “ginataang alimango”, fish fillet, and a local favorite “kalderetang kambing”. To match these luscious meal, spoil your tummy with the sweet ripe mangoes and turnip mixed with tomatoes. Satisfying!

And after a day of swimming and fun activities, get energized and freshen up with a savoring dinner. You have nachos for appetizer and shanghai rolls and fried fish as the main dish. And yes, a fresh fruit at the sides. Happy eating!

The menu may differ depending on the availability of the ingredients. All meals are served with rice and water.

Things to Consider

  • For those interested to visit and book Tambaron Green Beach Resort, you may contact them thru the numbers provided below. We suggest that you inform them in advance especially during summer and peak season to accommodate you and secure your room(s).
  • The best time to visit  is during dry season, from December to May, to see less seaweeds washed ashore.
  • You may experience power interruptions in the area.

FOR RESERVATIONS AND INQUIRIES:

Manila and Tambaron Office
Contact Person: AJ
Contact Number: 0919-9934987 / 0927-812306

Bulalacao
Contact Person: Indak
Contact Number: 0921-3067642

Roxas
Contact Person: Rene
Contact Number: 0918-6817917

How to Get There

Source: Tambaron Green Beach Resort.

By Air

– Take a domestic flight to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro
– Get a bus or van from San Jose going to Bulalacao town proper
– Book a motorized banca from Bulalacao bus station straight to Tambaron Island

By Land and Sea

– Take Philtranco, RoRo and Dimplestar buses that goes straight to Bulalacao from their Manila terminal
– The bus will board a ship going to Calapan. This is included in the fee/fare
– Book a motorized banca from the Bulalacao bus terminal en route to Tambaron Island

From Boracay
– Take a ship going to Roxas
– Get a bus or van from the port going to Bulalacao

From Coron
– Take a ship going to San Jose
– Get a bus or van from San Jose going to Bulalacao

During We Wander PH’s trip, we opted to ride the Talipanan bound boat from Batangas Port. We will post the complete details on this itinerary separately. From Talipanan, ride a tricycle going to Puerto Galera where you can take the van going to Calapan. From Calapan, ride another van heading to Bulalacao and drop off at the town proper.

You can stay at Bulalacao Hotel and Restaurant before heading to your Tambaron adventure. You may contact Ms. Jing Contreras for reservation thru mobile number, 0929-2321377.

Ride a tricycle going to port and secure your boat going to Tambaron Island. Check the details below and contact Kuya Armilito Guray before your scheduled arrival.
Contact Number: 0948-0348887

Sample Expenses

Bus from Shaw Boulevard going to bus terminal in Buendia – P40
Bus going to Batangas Port – P170
Terminal Fee – P60
Boat Tickets going to Talipanan – P325
Tricycle to Puerto Galera – P150/tricycle
Van to Calapan – P100
Van from Calapan to Bulalacao – P250
Hotel (optional) – P700
Tricycle going to Port – P40

Other Places to Visit

The resort may coordinate with third party operator(s) for your island hopping if you choose to experience visiting other islands in Bulalacao. The nearby islands are the following:

Package A (P3,000)
– Aslom Island
– Target Island
– Silad Island

Package B (P3,500)
At the other side of Bulalacao, you may check the following:

– Suguicay Island
– Buyayao Island
– Pocanil Island

We got to visit these beautiful islands in our 2-day trip in Bulalacao. (Details will be posted soon)

Review

The trip going to Tambaron Island may not be your usual getaway. It would take you
roughly 8 – 9 hours from Manila to Batangas then to Occidental, Mindoro. Tricycles, buses, vans and boats will be your mode of transportation to get the full of Mindoro. But having said that, everything and all the experiences visiting the beautiful Bulalacao are all worth it. It is a perfect escape from the busy city. The island is serene and very relaxing. For the resort, there’s still room for improvement with regard to guest rooms. But still, we had a fun-filled-full-of-adventures stay in Tambaron Green Beach Resort and got to know the people behind the hidden paradise of Tambaron Island. From Kuya Armilito our boat captain and his crew, to Kuya Toto the caretaker and Ate Baby, one of the staff and Aj our point of contact, We Wander PH is grateful for a warm and unique experience. It was a blast! Truly unforgettable.

 

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