Puerto Galera Resorts and Hotels

ORIENTAL MINDORO

Puerto Galera

Sabang:

Sabang Inn Dive Resort, Tel. 63-43-287-3198

Atlantis, Tel. 63-43-287-3066

Captain Gregg’s, Tel. 63-43-287-3070

Big Apple, Tel. 63-43-287-3134

Mermaid Resort, Tel. 63-43-287-3301

Garden of Eden Dive Resort, Tel. +63-9175377922

Prince Diving Resort, Tel. 63-43-287-3155

Small La laguna:

El Galleon, Tel. 63-43-287-3181

Club Mabuhay Resort, Tel. 63-43-287-3097

Sunsplash Resort, Tel. +63-9185054617

Portofino, Tel. 63-43-287-3227

Nick & Sonia’s Cottages, Tel. +63-917-4567824

Sha-Che Inn, Tel. +63-917-6410112

Big La Laguna:

La Laguna Beach Club, Tel. 63-43-2873181 or 63-9177940323

Scandinavian Divers Beach Resort, Tel. +63-917-9037582

Aninuan Beach:

Aninuan Beach Resort, Tel. +63-9202268808

Tamaraw Beach Resort, Tel. +63-9166132845

White Beach:

Cherry’s Inn, Tel. +63-920-5560046

Lenly’s Beach Reasort, +63-919-6966511

Marco Vincent Resort, Tel. 63-2-8920309

Dalaruan:

Buri Beach Club, Tel. 63-2-8402245

Behija:

Coco Beach Island Resort, Tel. +63-9195470343 or +63-9195400000

Palangan:

Blue Crystal Beach Resort, Tel. 63-43-2873144 or +63-9163490109

Kalaw Place, Tel. 63 (43)4420209 or +63 9175322617

Tanawin Bay Resort, Tel. 63-43-4420112 or 63-43-2873337

Other Resorts:

Coral Cove Resort, Tel. 63-2-7531192 or 845-0674

OCCIDENTAL MINDORO

Sablayan:

Pandan Island Resort, Tel. +63-9193057821

Palawan Resorts and Hotels

NORTHERN PALAWAN

Coron Island:

Coral Bay, Tel. 63-2-3719928 or 63-2-3752561Watch movie online The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

Las Hamacas Resort, Salvacion Busuanga, Tel: 63-48-8103388

Las Perlas Beach Resort, Old Busuanga, Email: lasperlas@pacific.net.ph

Kokosnuss Garden Resort, Email: kokosnuss@mozcom.com

Maricaban Bay Marina Resort, Talisay San Jose, Tel: 63-2-8384956 to 63, 63-2-8385712, Fax: 63-2-8384462

Dive Link, Tel. 63-2-4120644 or 63-2-3752561

Club Paradise, Tel.: 63-2-8384956

Discovery Island Resort,

El Rio Y mar, email: corontur@pworld.net.ph

Kaniki Point Resort, Concepcion Busuanga, Tel: 63-2-8475321, +63-9128314462, 63-2-9229750, Fax: 63-2-8475321

Sangat Island Reserve

Lamud Island Resort

El Nido:

Dolarog Beach Resort, Tel. email: info@dolarog.com

[Lagen Island & Miniloc Resorts, Miniloc– Tel. 63-2-7598482, Lagen– Tel. 63-2-7594050

Malapacao Island, Tel. 63-48-4334892

Lally & Abet Beach Cottages, Tel: 63-48-4332740, 63-48-7134019

Cuyo Island:

Amanpulo, Tel. 63-2-759-4040 or 7594044

Roxas:

Cocoloco Island Resort, Tel. 63-48-4333877 or 434-3089

Port Barton:

Swissipini Lodge and Restaurant, Tel: 63-48-4343560, 63-48-4343839, Fax: 63-48-4332540

Green View Resort

Sabang:

Panagumian Beach Resort, Marufinas, Tel: 63-48-4332719, 63-48-4334985, Fax: 63-48-4338171

Bambua Nature Park, email: bambua@pal-onl.com

Taytay:

Club Noah Isabelle, Tel. 63-48-4335756 to 57 or 63-488107291

Flower Island, Tel: 63-2-8936455, 0985409027, Fax: 63-2-8936455

MAINLAND PALAWAN

Dos Palmas Arreceffi, Tel. 63-48-4343118 or 63-2-6374226

Coco Loco Island Resort, Rizal Ave. Puerto Princesa, Tel: 63-4-4333877, 63-48-4343089, Fax: 63-48-4333554

Hillside Resort, Tiniguiban Puerto Princesa, Tel: 63-48-4332416, 63-48-4337318, Fax: 63-48-4337851

El Dorado Sunset Cottages, Puerto Princesa, Tel: 63-48-4332110

King’s Island Paradise Resort, Puerto Princesa, Tel: 63-48-4336511 to 12, Fax: 63-48-4336514

Princesa Holiday Resort

Crystal Paradise Resort, Tel. 63-48-4345901 or 63-28129996

Puerto Pension, Puerto Princesa, Tel: 63-48-4332969, 63-48-4334149, Fax: 63-38-4334148

Princessa Holiday Resort, Tigman, Aborlan City, Tel: 63-48-4338867 to 68 Fax: 63-48-4338868

Asturias Hotel, Puerto Princesa City, Tel: 63-48-4343851, Fax: 63-48-4343750

D’ Lucky Garden INN & Apartelle, PEO Road Puerto princesa City Tels.: 63 48 4337869 or 63 43 4336576 or 433-2719 email: luckygardeninn@yahoo.com

Mountain Biking in Metro Manila

At first, Metro Manila seems to be ruled by motorized vehicles, its roads offering little breadth for aspiring city bikers. While it is unarguable that daily commuting remains a dream, except for the extreme urban bikers (a good mask is advised then), the city still offers several selected mountain bike friendly areas. Don’t expect to be riding among nature, but these places will at least help you keep fit until the week-end, for which you can visit the “Around Manila” section.

 UP Diliman

University of the Philippines is a huge campus that lays North of Quezon City, in the Diliman Area (2 kms away from Quezon Circle). Between the university’s departments, you’ll be surprised to find nicely kept stretches of tropical forest, criss-crossed with interesting paths and paved roads. An area is closed to trafic during week ends, and nature lovers gather there either roller-blading, biking, jogging, playing soccer or simply lying in the grass. Wear a helmet and be very respectful as the area can get crowded sometimes.

 The Landfills

These territories gained on the sea several decades ago started being developed end 90’s, when real-estate and few malls started scattering on this huge area. Thanks to good highways and its closeness to the sea, the area is still pollution-free. The best place to bike is still the promenade along the sea, which is still unopened to traffic. It is 2 to 3 kms long and quite enjoyable.

 Fort Bonifacio

Same as above. An ambitious real-estate development project halted by the end-90′ crisis. Wide open areas, good roads, little pollution. Some of the roads are closed to traffic. The road going through the closeby military base is also a good place to bike during week ends.

 Marikina River Banks

The river banks at the level of Aurora Boulevard were recently developed into a recreational parc. A wide alley and little public frequentation make it a friendly place for mountain biking.

Around Manila – Mountain Biking in San Mateo

Located on the western slopes of Southern Sierra Madre, Rizal offers numerous quality trails for mountain bikers. Ranging from beginner to very technical, these trails are all easily accessible within an hour by road from Manila. See information at the bottom on how to go there.

Always be sure that your gear is intact, bike and accessories, as very few mountain bike shops are available along the way. It is even advised to pack up with food and drinks.

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 Timberland (San Mateo)

Timberland, a real-estate subdivision project under development, opens the gates of a marvelous biking playground only 5 mins from JP Rizal Avenue – the main road of San Mateo, Rizal. A newly constructed concrete road brings you to the entrance of the subdivision where you can park your car, and from where all the trails start. If you want, you can also park down this road, as the 3km-way uphill is a good warm-up. Do not underestimate that portion, some stretches are quite steep. Right before the subdivision’s parking, a small sari-sari store (Filipino-style convenience store) has everything you need to top-up fluid and glucose levels.

Depending on the construction development, you will have to ride plus or less deep into the range to feed you knobbies with dirt and escape concrete. Rest assured however, that after minimal efforts, grandiose sceneries will be offered to you. Possibilities are countless, numerous secondary trails starting from the main one. Some run along the hills and bring you back there. The main trail crosses the area and leads to the road going to Antipolo, making it an interesting loop if you don’t have to pick up you car at the parking. Count around 20kms (most of it paved) from San Mateo to Antipolo.

 Montalban (San Mateo)

Montalban is a town situated at the northern extremity of JP Rizal Avenue, the main road of San Mateo. Its main assets are the Wawa gorge where is set a dam. The 5-river crossing trail starts at the parking where numerous and simple restaurants have settled, and have made a traditional stopover for bikers.

Start with the path leading to the dam. After a 5-minutes ride alternated with portage (there are rocks and bamboo bridges that cannot be crossed on tires), you’ll arrive at the dam. Enjoy the scene of falling water and caves carved within the cliff and head on the continuing trail. Several barrios are scattered along the first kilometers. Watch out the fences or rocks on the middle of the trail. You’ll soon reach the first river-crossing. Depending on the season, the water can reach either your knees or your waist. After several crossings, a smell will indicate the proximity of a dumpsite. It is said that further ahead and several crossings away, you can find a way back to San Mateo. The author of these lines is still looking to find out.

How to go there

There are two ways to reach San Mateo.

 Passing by Commonwealth Avenue, coming from the Quezon circle in Quezon City, turn right direction Batasan. Go straight ahead, following the main road, in direction of the Batasan bridge. At the end of the bridge, you will be in San Mateo, arrived at the intersection with the main road, turn left. You are now in JP Rizal Avenue, heading north.

 Passing by C5: In Katipunan Avenue, avoid the fly-over and turn right in Aurora Boulevard (which becomes Bonifacio at this level). Right after the bridge over the Marikina river, turn left in JP Rizal Avenue (only allowed on Sundays, otherwise take the next left and try to join JP Rizal again). You are on your way to San Mateo.

To go to Timberland: A few hundred meters after the intersection with the Batasan road, you’ll see a Mercury Drug on your right. Turn right at the next corner. This little street takes you out of San Mateo, and after 1km, a newly cemented road starts on the left. This is the road leading to the subdivision. You can either park your car and start riding your bike here (a harsh but enjoyable uphill awaits you) or play it easy and park at the top.

To go to Montalban: Once in JP Rizal, just go straight until the road ends. There, you’ll find a parking and several stores and canteens.