Bulalacao Island Hopping
Island hopping is the most famous tourist activity in the Philippines, due to its geography composing of thousands of islands. In the southern tip of Oriental Mindoro, there lies one of many beautiful islands you could ever find. In this article are Target Island, Sibalat Island, Maasin Island, and Aslom Island. We didn’t have a chance to visit other wonderful islands in this place. Hopefully, soon we could go back and explore more of this place.
On our experience we started our island hopping from our hotel which is located at Tambaron Green beach resort, see our article post regarding this island Tambaron Island, Bulalacao article. I believe anywhere from Bulalacao ports or beaches you can have this island hopping trip, for travel inquiries and booking please do not hesitate to contact us.
Our first island experience was Maasin Island. We were not aware and not prepared for the island hopping, that is why it was done in two parts. Situated at the southeastern part of the Municipality of Bulalacao and is seven kilometers from the town proper. Coconuts were devoted in the middle of the cave-shaped island. Other parts are full of cogon and the part facing Tablas Strait is mountainous. The island covers 90 hectares. Between this island and Tambaron Island, you can find a 30-meter fathom deep channel. I don’t think I could consider this island to be a tourist destination island as there is an actual community living in this island, you could see from the aerial shots on our youtube video (link below). I think our boatman just decided to bring us here due to its close proximity to Tambaron Island.
On our second day (our real island hopping tour), our first stop is Target Island. From Tambaron Island we sailed west maybe around 20mins boat ride. This Island is a 5-hectare island with a beach, a lake in the middle of the island, footpaths around the island, and is also known as Alibatan Island. On the rougher side of the island, there are interesting rock formations. On one of the limestones, there are few living facilities built. It was used as a bombing practice during WWII that is why it was called Target Island.
The second stop is Sibalat Island which located in the northwest of Target (Alibatan) Island and east of Bating peninsula. Like Target (Alibatan), Sibalat boasts of white sand, big rocks, corals, shells, oysters, and is an ideal hatching place for turtles. Water suited for fishing and scuba diving surrounds this 2.5-hectares of island
A 12-hectare large island distinguished by its long 500-meter sandbar is our third stop which is called Aslom island. The sandbar can be enjoyed by visitors but much of the tree-covered main part of the island is privately owned. Aslom came from the Cebuano word “aslom” which means sour since the island has abundant sampaloc trees known for its sour fruit. From the three island visited on that day, this was my favorite due to its sandbar, unfortunately, I haven’t managed properly the charge of my drone battery. Upon arriving on this island I had no battery charge left. Its Sandbar is so picturesque, there were a couple of tourist posing in its stunning sandbar. Due to this, we definitely need to visit this place again.
If you want a different island hopping experience I think this is the place to be. Compared to Boracay, Palawan, and even Puerto Galera Bulalacao is still non-commercialize with far less tourist. The opening of the ‘nautical highway’ brought the development of the roads leading to this place. Before it takes ages to visit this place due to its rough road. Now from north to south the road is all cemented and developed. Which it leads to the development potential of Bulalacao. I just hope and to the other places that they develop it properly with the right professionals like; Urban planners, Architects, and Engineers. In that its development is sustainable and not just a copy paste of other tourist destinations.
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Watch also our Bulalacao Island hopping youtube video