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BUCKET LIST #2: El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site
Mindoro has a lot to offer. There’s a lot to explore on the seventh-largest island in the Philippines. It is well known for the white-sand beaches and other breathtaking scenery of destinations, such as the equally idyllic coast of Pinamalayan. There’s a new paradise situated in the central part of the province called El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site. photo from El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site A perfect getaway from the crowd of the city that you’re looking for. With our busy lifestyle, we often neglect to take a much needed time to relax, reflect and be inspired. This is the right place for you! photo from El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site El Dionisio Paraiso offers an island experience with tents that have mattresses and pillows, shared bathrooms, and full-board meals. You can also opt to cook on your own using the public grill. The best part of the place, though, is the beach itself. It’s a virgin beach with a rich ecosystem filled with starfish, corals, and schools of fish. If you want to swim in a place where you can see nature at its finest, you should visit this place. It’s an experience you won’t forget. photo from El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site Here’s a quick travel guide to help you make the most out of that once-in-a-lifetime getaway: HOW TO GET THERE Via Land & Sea 1. Ride any bus from Buendia (Gil Puyat) Bus Terminal or From Cubao Bus Terminal bound to Batangas Pier. (From Manila to Batangas Pier) 2. From Batangas Pier, you have an option of what Ferry you want (Batangas Pier – Calapan Pier). A. FASTCRAFT Supercat 2go – (1hr. Ride) (Php 250.00- 350.00)Oceanjet – (45 mins – 1 hr Ride) (Php 250.00- 350.00) B. RORO Montenegro – (2 and half hours Ride) max. (Php 200.00- 250.00)Fastcat – (1hr. and 45mins.) max. (Php 250.00-350.00)Starlite – (2 and half hours Ride) max. (Php 200.00- 250.00) From Calapan Pier going to Pinamalayan: 3. Ride a Van bound to Pinamalayan (2hrs Ride; P130-136.00 per head). 4. Tell to the driver to drop you in Palengke (“Paradahan ng Tricycle” going to Brgy. Banilad) 5. In Palengke, ride a tricycle and tell them to drop you to Sitio Mahabang Buhangin, Brgy. Banilad “El Dionisio Paraiso Resort” (30 mins. ride) (Php 50.00-100 per head) BOOKING § Address: Sitio Mahabang Buhangin, Banilad, Pinamalayan Oriental Mindoro§ Contact Numbers: +639757320492| Ate Che§ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/eldionisioparaiso/ Note: Please contact the given phone number once you get there or along the way, for us to be able to instruct the right way to the resort. You can either call or text the staff.To reserve slot, kindly message El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort & Camping Site FB page. photo from El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site 2020 EL DIONISIO PARAISO RATES! Reminder: Online reservation is a must! Customers with reservation is our priority (at least 2-3 days before the exact date of the tour)Online reservation is available from Monday – Friday (9 am-6 pm).Please be reminded that the slots for walk-ins are limited.You must call before entering the resort. photo from El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site DAY TOUR RATES (9am-5pm) (With reservation) Entrance Fee: P150.00 per HeadKids 1-5 yrs. Old – FreeKids 6-13 yrs. Old – 50.00 per HeadSenior Citizen /PWD – 100.000 per Head (Walk-ins without reservation) Entrance Fee: P200.00 per HeadKids 1-5 yrs. Old – FreeKids 6-13 yrs. Old – P100.00 per HeadSenior Citizen /PWD – P150.000 per Head Inclusions: 1 Table + 1 Canopy + 1 Bench (minimum of 8pax)1 Table + 1 Canopy + 1 Bench (less than 8pax ) w/ charge of P300.00)Public Grill Restrooms/ShowersTables with umbrellas in beach front (Over stay is not allowed prior to the next user)Hammock (Over stay is not allowed prior to the next user)Requesting Extra Bench/Tables will be charged: Bench = 100.00 Table = 150.00 photo from El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site Note: You can also rent Cabanas and Tent on a day tour. For Cabana (With Reservation) P1, 500.00 (Walk-ins/ W/out Reservation) P1, 800.00 Tent (Day Tour) P500.00 (2pax)P1, 000.00 (4-6pax)P1, 500.00 (6-8pax) Cottage Rental P1, 000.00 (15-20pax) Optional Rentals Rechargeable Electric fan (Rental Fee P100.00 day tour)Electric Usage using the Electric Stove, Rice cooker, Heater, etc. (P100.00) Other Activities Kayak (P50.00) Per head/Per hourInflatable Island Raft (P50.00) /per head/per hourTrampoline (P50.00) /per head/per hour DO’S: You can bring your own picnic mat.You can bring as many foods as you can (There’s no near food stalls or palengke at the resort.)Bring your own charcoal (uling) for the grill (free usage of the grill is available at the resort.)Bring mosquito repellent. (In case you need it)You can bring your pets but not allowed inside the tent or in cabana beds. (Make sure you have your cage or leech, Resort is not responsible to any circumstances) DON’TS: Bringing your own tent is not allowed.Hard drinks/liquors are strictly not allowed.Videoke is not allowed.Loud music during the night is not allowed. REMINDERS: Purified drinking water is available and free at the resort.We sell beverages at the resort. (Juice, Soda, Fresh Buko Juice, Bottled Water and Light and Flavored Beers)Upon arrival 5-10 minutes trek going down to the resort. photo from El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site OVERNIGHT STAY (12:00NN – 12:00NN) Tent Accommodation (Overnight) P1,300 per head /per nightKids 0-5 yrs. Old – FreeKids 6-13 yrs. Old –50% discountSenior Citizen /PWD – 25% discount Inclusions: Entrance Fee4 Meals (Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Buffet Style) Tent Accommodation (with Pillows, Bed, Bedding, and Towel) Free use of clean Shower and RestroomsFree use of GrillTables with umbrellas in beachfront (Overstay is not allowed prior to the next user) Hammock (Overstay is not allowed prior to the next user) Cabana Accommodation (Overnight) (fits 4pax) P 1,600 per head/ per night Inclusions: Entrance Fee4 Meals (Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Buffet Style) Tent Accommodation (with Pillows, Bed, Bedding, and Towel)Free use of clean Shower and RestroomsFree use of GrillTables with umbrellas in beachfront (Overstay is not allowed prior to the next user)Hammock (Overstay is not allowed prior to the next user) Optional Rentals Rechargeable Electric fan with Built-in LED night light (Rental Fee 150.00 Overnight) Electric Usage using the Electric Stove, Rice cooker, Heater, etc.) – (P100.00) Other Activities Kayak (P50.00) per head /per hourInflatable Island Raft (P50.00) per head/per hourTrampoline (P50.00) per head/per hour photo from El Dionisio Paraiso White Beach Resort and Camping Site
SUGUICAY : BULALACAO’S ISLANDS PART 2
Many beaches and islands today are developing and turned attractive. No one expected that this Suguicay Island will become one of the most visiting places in the province of Oriental Mindoro. After a long time of hunting beautiful places, here you are now. “Tara na and let’s not waste our time and enjoy the unforgettable experiences in Bulalacao’s Island. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography Aslom, Silad and Alibatan is what they called the trio islands of Bulalacao. Not just far away, you will reach the Suguicay Island. Enjoying the ride in the boats is the first thing you need to do. You can take pictures and videos while travelling and capture beautiful surroundings. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography After arriving Suguicay, bamboo cottages, coconut tree, mangroves and white clean sand are the first things you will see. Kind people and staffs of the said island will welcome you and guide you to your places. Ang ilan sa mga bakasyunista at mga guests ay ineenjoy at inilalaan ang oras nila sa mga bamboo floats na nasa tubig to spend time resting or doing something enjoyable especially after having so much workloads. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography Being placed in the province, I know that we have different expectations, but expect the unexpected, because Suguicay is a special place where you can spend most of your times not just to explore and discover new things, but also to relax and to have some memorable moments and experiences. You can feel and smell the fresh air you need and meet new people where you can be your new friends. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography Suguicay waters are being compared to other island waters because of its cleanliness, floury and powdery sand, and its different shades of colors. You will enjoy seeing underwater marine life, coral reefs and different kinds of fishes. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography There are residents living in this island which their type of living is fishing. This people are living peacefully and they are so obliging. You will be amazed by a lot of mangrove trees. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography The island was surrounded by mangrove trees. You can also stick a while here and get some pictures. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography Two white sand beaches are rummage in Suguicay. While travelling around the island, you will also see a sandbar where you can stop over and walk along. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography Many marine lives are living in the water of this island. Anonymous number of fishes are remaining in the bamboo floats. You will never notice the hot weather while you are having a good time in the beach. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography GETTING THERE There is another option if you don’t have your own car because trikes are available here taking you at Sitio Bangkal in Barangay San Juan. A number of 3 persons charge P500 in trikes and it is a 2-way ride. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography After arriving at Bangkal, you need to sign at the entrance of the pier and go on along the wooden-made path where boats await passengers. This boat costs P800 for 5-8 persons sailing to Suguicay for 10-15 minutes only and it is creditably for 2-way trip. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography Suguicay proffer hootch for P300 and P500 for the floating huts. In this island, they offer many activities to rent like banana boating, kayaking, snorkeling, parasailing and other underwater apparatus. Meals are also available here, but if you are looking for restaurants, there is none except for some assertive residents that will cook luscious and newly catch for you. The foods are all fresh and it is very affordable. They also have a sari-sari store where you can buy drinks and snacks. image by:Shoestring Travelers Photography BUYAYAO ISLAND Buyayao Island is also a beautiful and wondrous island. It was a very peaceful, stilly and exciting island and it took an additional 30-minute ride from Suguicay. If you were interested to go there then you need to prepare extra money because Suguicay-Buyayao package will cost P3,500. You can also do snorkeling, trekking or even just watch the waves and enjoy the environment it has. In this island, it has of what they called a Bat Cave where you can delve for less than an hour. You should wear a complete safety gears that will keep you from honed rock formations and bat’s poop inside the cave. Kung mas bet mo ang beach camping, then you can assemble your tent. Buyayao has two resorts that will provide you rooms, cottages and meals.
BUCKET LIST #1: GRACE ISLAND RESORT
Do you want an experience of exotic island travel vacation like Maldives with as low as P5,000.00 with no passport or visa required? “Meron tayo nyan dito!” Let’s go to Grace Island of Occidental Mindoro. Now there’s no reason not to start planning your dream trip because travelling around the most beautiful islands in the world doesn’t have to break the bank. Grace Island is one of the most famous and a must see travel destination situated in the larger cove of Ambulong Island, about an hour & half boat ride from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. A breakaway from chaos of life and brings you closer to the relaxation and great adventures you’re looking for. Here’s a quick guide whenever you’re planning to visit the so-called “Maldives of Philippines”. HOW TO GET THERE Via Plane, Land &Sea 1. Take a 45-minute flight from Manila to San Jose Mindoro. 2. From San Jose Airport take a 10 min. trike ride to Grace Island booking office. 3. At the booking office where the boat awaits, you need to confirm your reservation and take their boat to the island. Via Land & Sea 1. From Manila take the bus which will take you directly to San Jose (approx. 9 hours including Roro travel). 2. Take a trike ride from the terminal to Grace Island booking office. (10min) 3. At the booking office, confirm your reservation and take their boat to the island. WHERE TO STAY Aside from the floating cottages offered at Grace Island, they also offer air-conditioned rooms stationed on the main island itself. So if you’re one who fears sleeping on a floating cottage then you won’t have to worry. Also, they offer day tours here, so you actually could stay on the main island of San Jose. BOOKING Address: Aroma Beach (near the San Jose Airport), San Roque 2, San Jose Occidental Mindoro, PhilippinesContact Numbers: +63 908 8795783 (Smart) | +63 917 8939674 (Globe)Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GraceIslandResort/Website: https://graceislandresort.com/ THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN GRACE ISLAND Floating Cottages The resort itself offers several types of accommodations, what’s unique are the floating cottages connected by floating bamboo bridges. The island’s underwater ecosystem has plenty of colorful fish and corals that will keep you diving in and out. In fact, you can just jump straight out of your cottage to swim and enjoy the corals underneath. Island Hopping Grace Island is a noteworthy addition to your island hopping plans. Try the neighbouring islands tour c/o Grace Island. Feast your eyes with the idyllic charm and raw beauty of the sunny beaches along the way! Sunsets, Fun & More! You can do a bicycle stroll around the island and appreciate the beauty and splendour. And when the sun sets, it’s an entirely different feel. You can also try mini banana boat, snorkel, zipline, jetski. The long stretches of fine sand and aquamarine waters will keep you coming back for more. THE BUDGET PACKAGES Day Tour Package 10-15pax: 6500php / 16-20pax: 7500php / 21-25pax: 8500php / 26-30pax: 9500phpCouple Package Overnight stay for 2pax: 5500phpFun Get Away Package Overnight stay 4pax: 9500php Overnight stay 3pax: 7500php INCLUSIONS OF PACKAGES Room Accommodation (Daytrip cottage/Couple floating de Luxe/Family floating cottage) Round trip boat transfer from Aroma Beach to Grace Island (Aroma beach: 9am, Grace Island: 7am and/or 4am) Full board meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast) ***except day tour package Use of Kayak, Small boat, BikeUser of ball games and beach games REMINDER For those staying for a day, you could bring your own food or even grill it there on the island AMENITIES RATES Kayak – 200/hr; free if package availed for overnight & day tourBike – 75/hr; free if package availed for overnight & day tourSmall Boat – 200/hr; free if package availed for overnight & day tourJetski – 3500/hrBanana Boat – 1000/4pax (3rounds only)Frenzy Ride – 500/2paxDonut Ride – 500/2paxBallistic Ride – 500/2paxSnorkel Set – 200/dayZipline