Easily accessible by boat or Ferry from Batangas Pier, Mindoro’s impressive display of natural environment made it Manila’s closest island escape. From Puerto Galera to its neighboring coastal towns, Calapan, Sablayan and others, Mindoro comprises an abundance not only for its famed marine sanctuary and untouched coral gardens but also for its undiscovered treasures which are only familiar to locals who are simply exploring the island by foot. The interior of the island has massive rivers, cascading falls, unexplored caves and sky-scraping peaks, and never-ending strips of white-sand beaches all over its coasts. Due to lack of access and geographic connection between districts in the island, however, these attractions remained inaccessible by four-wheeled vehicles. Tourists explore these places regardless of distance and extra effort by trail motorbikes or by boats. Others use their feet to simply reach a nearby cove or an interesting place. A tricky but an exciting way that they have to encounter just to see the entire beauty of Mindoro, but discovering a place this way according to them is far better than traveling the busy streets of a well developed city.
Sabang, east of the tranquil town of Puerto Galera, was the first beach to be discovered, and is now thickly populated by massive establishments squeezing together along its coasts. Resorts are popping out from every corner of the rocky hills of Sabang and Loud bars and Discos came out rocking the coastal village from early afternoon to daybreak. The village idyllic nature turned into a district of tourists looking for activities aside from scuba diving. Strange as it is, Sabang villagers were able to adapt and considered this unfamiliar lifestyle an easy alternative to their maritime life. From a secluded to a thriving community of divers, tourists and merchants, Sabang became a quarter of varied people together into one common purpose, to enjoy the natural beauty of the island and to experience a mix of uncluttered atmosphere and laid back living.
Puerto Galera initially sprang up to giving main concern on diving but further discovery of the island as well famed itself a perfect hiking, mountainbiking and motorbiking destination. These are the nearby challenging trails and tracks leading to some waterfalls and rivers on the way to Calapan. White sand beaches covering the stretching coastline of Puerto Galera have always been favorite destinations for weekend trips. The constrasted populous White Beach, Aninuan Beach, and the quiet Talipanan Beach- all at the western end of the concreted road running from the center of the town. White beach is the more developed destination and oftenly flocked by young vactioners during summer. It oftenly turns out a venue for music festivals, gathering young and old to breathtaking sights and sound of beach parties accompanied with never ending loud music and non-stop eating and drinking for days.
The western side of the island has peaceful places for tourists who are seeking for a more relaxing atmosphere. Pandan Island is a famous island escape and the jump-off point to Apo Reef, a world-known diving paradise where unusual fishes that cannot be seen in the mainland have been seen inhabiting the area. See Points Of Interest for more details.
To get there, regular visitors usually hire big boats or bancas to take them straight to Sabang. These bancas are prearranged and have to be reserved before arriving in Batangas. Pick-up venue is at Leah Beach, few kms. from Batangas port. Just ask the direction of Shell Refinery and Leah Beach is only a turn away. This is highly advised for families and groups. It is much safer and less stressing than to struggle for a ride at Batangas port. To reach Batangas, take south super highway and exit at direction Batangas/Quezon. Follow the road then turn right to Star Tollway. Move to the direction heading to Batangas and just before reaching the city turn left at Lion’s Club monument. If it is one-way, you will be directed to turn left at another street few meters ahead. Then follow the road to SM mall and move further to Shell Refinery. The way to Leah beach has sign boards indicating names of resorts in Sabang.