When I decided to have a break from work and take a vacation in Oriental Mindoro, the second thing that shaped up into my mind next to visiting my relatives in Naujan was to haul up onto beaches. That was when I remembered this place!
Tambaron Island can be spotted in Bulalacao which is at the southernmost tip of Oriental Mindoro. Seriously, it’s a challenging 9-hour trip from Cubao and you need to transfer vehicles 6 times. Yes, that is a lot (bus – ferry – van – van – trike – boat). But don’t be overwhelmed because there’s a faster way to reach this paradise. Honestly, I enjoy long travels and I always feel that the journey itself is already a destination!
It was 7:00 A.M. and raining in Calapan pier when my brother and I were able to ride the van going to Roxas. Luckily, it was a 4-hour smooth ride, no traffic jam of course (hahaha) even though we did some stops to pickup and drop-off passengers but it was all quick. Without any knowledge, we already reached Roxas around 11:00 A.M. Aside from it, this was also the moment we felt we needed to munch something since our bellies were already complaining. Thanks to crackers! (hahaha). Then, we transferred to another van going to Bulalacao and it was another 1 to 1.5 hour trip not to mention the 30-minute boat ride from Bulalacao pier heading to Tambaron.
Finally, around 12:30 P.M., we were already rowing to Tambaron Island through Kuya Armin’s boat (you can contact him at 09480348887). I was so delighted that our long travel would finally be completed (at least for this day). The weather turned to kind and pleasant, I could really feel the rays of the sun were transpiercing into my sweaty skin (hahaha). The view was totally splendid but the moment we came closer to Tambaron Island, it was absolutely magnificent!
Emerald water smacking the seashore materialized into our sight. I could really tell it was low tide, the seagrass was waving “hi” as we got off from the boat. We were welcomed by a lady staff and after confirming our reservation, she led us into our room. It was simple with 2 single beds, a fan and a bathroom. Even though we were quite enthusiastic to explore the island, we thought we wanted and needed to rest, so as we recharged our gadgets, we took some time to recharge too.
Tambaron Island has 4 major beaches and the beach that we were in would be the fairest of them all. Undoubtedly, it is smashing, clear water and the white semi-pebbly sand would truly converge your feet. So, after we took a rest, we couldn’t help ourselves but to be camera assassins (hahaha)!
For us to reach the other beaches we needed to trek the mountain. Well, I haven’t tried that before but I told myself I couldn’t waste this adventure. With the help of their staff, we began to trek and rush to Mini Dangkalang Beach. As expected the pathway was wild and demanding but fun since we passed by this herd, a tame group of cows eating grass and strolling around the woodland. As we came nearer to our destination, the horizon of the blue sea popped up. It was a gorgeous view! All the exhausting walks were paid off!
After few more jumps and turns, we clearly accomplished our first target beach, the Mini Dangkalang Beach! It looked taintless but due to low tide, seashore flaunted the seagrass which seemed excited to see visitors.
We just finished some photo sessions (as usual) and we headed again to the next beach but this time my brother didn’t join us due to weariness. Although I know the pathway would be for mediocre however since I already felt dehydrated I could sense this would be another challenging mountain marching for me. Well, in no time we reached the Carbon Beach with my tounge out! (hahaha) It’s smaller and still white pebbly sand. In layman’s term, it’s beautiful! Sunset was about to happen so I took some selfies with it.
Going back was pretty much the same. We just relapsed to Mini Dangkalang Beach where my brother took a break and then we set off again to return to the resort. That was the only time I remembered we forgot to bring bottles of water. (lesson learned) Don’t hike without water or else good luck! The first thing I had in my mind was to order any refreshment they serve, luckily they have Guyabano Shake (my favorite)! It was heaven!
It was almost 5:00 P.M. when we got back. We opted to order our dinner so it would be served early. We killed time by chattering and searching the right spot for the signal. Luckily, it was fluctuating to nothing and this would make you focus enjoying the view of the beautiful beach and the stunning sunset!
The dinner was served immediately and we considered it as a feast! We got rice, fish, crab, vegetables and fruits. It was a very complete meal for me. It would replenish all the energy we discarded the whole day! The “ginataang langka with crab” was really scrumptious!
Full and sleepy, we just killed some more time and then we went to bed! I had a good sleep but there were instances I woke up due to the sound of birds, crickets and wind.
I arose around 6:00 A.M. but my brother was still asleep. I went out to experience the morning scene of Tambaron! I got a coffee from their store and nothing beats walking on the beach while holding a cup of coffee! The sunrise took place on the other half of the island and this made the Big Dangkalang Beach look tranquil and free from the light disturbance.
After having some cups of coffee we ready our things and at exactly 8:00 A.M. we jumped again to Kuya Armin’s boat to meet the other lovely islands of Bulalacao. You can check my post “The Falling Stars of Bulalacao” for photos and details.
Aside from beach hopping and mountain hiking that we did, there are still other activities you can do here like beach volleyball, snorkeling, boat paddling and of course videoke.
Room Accommodation and Food
There is an entrance fee for day-trippers, Php50 for adults and Php25 for children. But if you book a room, that would be waived. Camping is not allowed unless they are fully booked. Tent pitching is Php200 and you need to bring your own tent.
- Deluxe Room – Php350 per head, with bathroom and good for 3 persons
- Executive Room – Php1500 per room, with bathroom and balcony facing the beach view, number of capacity varies per room
- Cabana – Php500 per cabana, hut by the beach, shared bathroom with futon and mosquito nets, you can request curtains for privacy
Meals here are served Omakase style which means “the chef will select the dishes” however you can still inform them about your diet and food allergies. Breakfast is Php200; lunch and dinner are Php250 per meal.
For reservation you may check their Facebook page “Tambaron Green Beach Resort” or contact AJ at 09199934987.
How did we get here?
Take a bus from Cubao going to Batangas Pier (Php175). Then ride a ferry heading to Calapan Pier (Php200). Transfer to a Van going to Roxas, tell the driver you’re going to Bulalacao (Php180). From Roxas transfer to another Van heading to Bulalacao. Kindly tell the driver to drop you off to Trike Terminal which has a route going to Bulalacao Pier. They usually know Kuya Armin (09480348887) so please tell his name. Ride a trike going to pier (roughly Php20) and finally boat to Tambaron Island (Php700 one way, this boat is good up to 8 people).
There’s a faster way to get here. Book a plane ticket from Manila to San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (Cebu Pacific). Then take a Van going to Bulalacao (Php150), travel time is 1 hour.
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