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Occidental Mindoro province in the region four with Mamburao as its capital is also known as the home of the indigenous Mangyans and Tamaraws. It is other half of the Oriental Mindoro and is occupying the western part of the Mindoro islands, one of the Philippines’ seventh largest islands.
Today, Occidental Mindoro is a fast developing province with lots of new wonders to offer. Occidental Mindoro gifted with different attractions that are mostly natural. The province is called “Marine Wonderland,” the fantastic land that is given with marine beauty from its virgin forests, beautiful white sand beaches, and islands rich in marine life, coral gardens, secretive caves, and waterfalls.
There are not so many historical sites in the province, but the province offers a lot of tourist natural attractions like the Apo National Reef Park in Sablayan, which is acclaimed to be the best in Asia and best as a diving spot in the Philippines. Cabra Island in Lubang is a favorite spot for fishing.
Occidental Mindoro is a good place to go for summer break and vacation. Dry season in Mindoro starts on November until March the next year. Dry season covers the summer break of most of the people in the country that makes it more appropriate for them to visit because of its good weather during summer.
Occidental Mindoro is a big island but is not as complex as the main lands of the Philippines. Transportation and accommodations are easy and affordable. Tourist spots are mainly natural and are all over the island. The natural mountainous region and also the mysterious caves of Mindoro are preserved and are best for hikers and mountaineers to seek and explore.
Major attractions to try in the island are Ambulong Island’s underwater cave, cliffs, abundant coral formations, and white beaches; Apo Reef National Park’s prime dive sites and its various marine life; Hulagaan’s series of falls leading to stony beach; Lubang island in the Northern part of Occidental Mindoro with stunning beaches and coves and is famous for its history about Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese strangler of World war II who hid himself in the island for 30 years before he surrendered in 1974; mount Iglit’s Tamaraw sanctuary, an indigenous animal that can be found in Mindoro; Pandan Island’s white beach; White Island’s ideal place for swimming, scuba diving, and fishing; Mount Halcon, the third highest mountain in the Philippines and is famous for hikers and mountaineers; Presing Park (Parola), a historic watch tower used by the early natives to prey Muslim Vintas and in the park, there is a 15th century cannon used to defend the tower against Moro pirates; and the Purnaga Cave with different mysterious compartments with a size of small cargo containers that contains guano deposits and water pools.
Photos by Lenareh