Have you tried island hopping in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro?
If you have then you must be familiar with these three islands where you can see from San Jose's Caminawit Port. And if you haven't, then let me give you a quick preview of what is waiting for you!
We passed through the White and Ilin Islands to get to the farthest two islands, Grace and Ambulong.
|Grace Island Resort, Occidental Mindoro|
Grace Island, or Grace Island Resort, is a little white sand island that can be found very near to Ambulong Island Cove. Grace, for me, seems to be cupped and protected of its mother island at the south most part of Ambulong. The whole island was turned into a resort and was developed thereafter into a unique little haven that is best if you are searching for serenity. Available there are zip-line, zoo, floating accommodations, among others. The travel time from San Jose's Caminawit Port is approximately 1.5 hours.
|Ambulong Island, Occidental Mindoro|
Ambulong is one of the two largest islands near San Jose which is abundant with its fine white sand beaches, cliffs and coral formations. From afar during the boat trip, you can see the fisherman's village located at the sheltered side of the island. It is also a jump-off point to some of the dive spots in the area, such as the Ilin Point, Baniaga Reef, Ambulong Bank, Dungan Reef, Sardines Reef, Apo Reef, and Manadi Island.
|Cansubong Cave Resort, Ilin Island, Occidental Mindoro|
|White Island or Manadi Island, Occidental Mindoro|
White Island or Manadi Island, is a 15 minute boat ride from San Jose's Caminawit Port and is also located near to the Cansubong Cave Resort in Ilin. It is small powdery white sand beach that you can tour in a few minutes and is also known as the beach where buried turtle eggs are occasionally found.
We saved the nearest as our last destination because we planned to stay longer here and take a long dip. I totally enjoyed it but was just disappointed with myself when I realized, when I got back in San Jose, that I left my sentimental and colorful beach necklace on the island.
Island hopping at Occidental Mindoro
For the whole island hopping trip, we rented a boat good for two (which can accommodate up to four) people for Php 1500. Kuya Allan, who drove us around the municipality contacted the boat man. Please note that what I have rented was some local's small fishing boat, if you want to have a better way for the island hopping, you can also contact their Dept of Tourism. For contact details of Kuya Allan, leave your e-mail address in the comment box section.