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BUCKET LIST #3: Coco Beach Island Resort
Coco Beach Island Resort Island of Mindoro is a traveller’s paradise, with its sparkling stretches of white beaches where it is better known; the first thing that will come to your mind is Puerto Galera. The white beaches of Puerto Galera are the island’s most known and famous tourist attraction which draws big crowds especially on weekends and holidays. Need help with planning your trip to one of the prominent resorts situated in the “Heart of Asia”? Here’s a quick travel guide for you. Trust us, your stress escape can’t get any better than this. One of the most popular and tranquil Mindoro beaches, Coco Beach Island Resort is a sprawling 10-hectare beach resort of Puerto Galera. The beach is particularly known for its history as Spanish Galleons once passed the waters in front of the resort by means of a trading route between Europe, Mexico, and the countries in the east. With its Filipino vibe designs to which the hotel is made of nipa huts that have been constructed from bamboo materials, the resort helps to promote Filipino designs and the hospitality the Philippines is known for. Photo by Booking.com HOW TO GET THERE Take the bus from Buendia Station or from Cubao Bus Terminal bound to Batangas Port. From Batangas Port, hop on a regular/ public ferry bound to Puerto Galera (Muelle Bay). Rent a small boat that will take you to Coco Beach Island Resort (10 mins. boat travel) Photo by traveloka.com WHERE TO STAY You can enjoy the island breeze from the nipa hut style rooms in the resort. Coco Beach Island Resort consists of 110 rooms and it can be divided into four different types. Heritage Rooms (₱11,161 per night) These rooms are designed and named after a particular indigenous tribe in the Philippines. The Heritage rooms are loft-type and are good for six persons however can be extended up to eight with extra charge. Photo by tripadvisor.com Suite Rooms (₱8,036 per night) This kind of room is perfect for small families. It consists of a Master’s Bedroom with a Queen-sized bed and two daybeds in the sitting area. The room comes with a very capacious bungalow type and a balcony and hammock where you can rest and relax with your other three companions. Photo by Booking.com Hilltop Cottages These cottages were named “Hilltop” because they are located almost at the topmost part of the hill on the island. There’s no better romantic view of the calming sea than these cottages, for that reason lovers and couples are perfect for these cottages. The room comes with a queen-size bed and a private bathroom with hot and cold water and a toilet and is good for two persons but some cottages have a second floor that is good for two more people for an extra charge. It also comes with a balcony and hammocks where you can swing and lay on. Photo by tripadvisor Deluxe Rooms (₱4,500 per night) This room type comes in Classic Deluxe, Family Deluxe, and Banana Deluxe. All three rooms are good for at least two persons, and each room type can be chosen based on your needs, be it in terms of privacy, accessibility, or view. Photo by Booking.com BOOKING Address: Behiya, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro Contact Number: 0917 862 5173/ (02) 8521 5260 Website: reservationcocobeach.com/ email@example.com THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN COCO BEACH ISLAND RESORT Coco Beach Island Resort was represented by three restaurants, 95 rooms, a tennis court, hanging bridge sports, facilities and more–all interweaving with the surroundings for a truly nature-inspired getaway. EXPLORE FUN & MORE! Badminton Equipment Tennis Equipment (Additional charge ) Evening Entertainment Water Sport Facilities (on site) (Additional charge) Snorkeling (Additional charge) Diving (Additional charge) Cycling Hiking (Off-site Additional charge) Bicycle Rental (Additional charge) Table Tennis Billiards (Additional charge) Fishing Tennis Court Basketball Court Photo by Expedia Inc. Photo by Expedia Inc. Photo by Expedia Inc. Photo by Expedia Inc. Photo by Expedia Inc. Photo by Expedia Inc. ALL ABOUT RELAXATION Swimming pool Kids’ pool Full body massage Couples massage Foot massage Spa/wellness packages Body wrap Body scrub Hair styling Hair coloring Hair cut Pedicure Manicure Hair treatments Makeup services Facial treatments Beauty Services Sun umbrellas Sun loungers or beach chairs Pool bar Pool/beach towels Pool with view Outdoor pool (all year) Outdoor pool Hot tub/Jacuzzi Massage (Additional charge) Spa and wellness center (Additional charge) Photo by tripadvisor.com Photo by Expedia Inc. Photo by Expedia Inc. Photo by Expedia Inc. Photo by Booking.com Photo by tripadvisor.com
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 Head Kids 1-5 yrs. Old – Free Kids 6-13 yrs. Old – 50.00 per Head Senior Citizen /PWD – 100.000 per Head (Walk-ins without reservation) Entrance Fee: P200.00 per Head Kids 1-5 yrs. Old – Free Kids 6-13 yrs. Old – P100.00 per Head Senior 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/Showers Tables 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 hour Inflatable Island Raft (P50.00) /per head/per hour Trampoline (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 night Kids 0-5 yrs. Old – Free Kids 6-13 yrs. Old –50% discount Senior Citizen /PWD – 25% discount Inclusions: Entrance Fee 4 Meals (Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Buffet Style) Tent Accommodation (with Pillows, Bed, Bedding, and Towel) Free use of clean Shower and Restrooms Free use of Grill Tables 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 Fee 4 Meals (Lunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) (Buffet Style) Tent Accommodation (with Pillows, Bed, Bedding, and Towel) Free use of clean Shower and Restrooms Free use of Grill Tables 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 hour Inflatable Island Raft (P50.00) per head/per hour Trampoline (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.