Get yourself a different type of holiday: Mindoro Island is one of the most beautiful destinations in the Philippines with incredible dive sites to explore, great beaches, bays and coves and expanses of wild forest and jungle covered mountains. If you're looking for a place where to relax, dive and hike look no further: this is the perfect destination for any nature lover.
Mindoro is a pristine island home to some of the most diverse marine ecosystem in the world. Located in Luzon, northeast of Palawan, the island is divided in two provinces by the High Rolling Mountains: Mindoro Oriental and Mindoro Occidental. Mindoro Oriental is the touristy centre of the island with Puerto Galera at its heart. This province enjoys some of the Philippines best landscapes and beaches: travellers can easily lie on powdery white sands in the morning before devoting the afternoon visiting mountain lairs, lakes, rivers, rain forests, wild animals, rare flora and fauna, or pocket communities of the existing ethnic groups. Puerto Galera boasts a stunning natural harbour, splendid beaches, secluded coves, coral reefs, and exquisite dive sites. There are shallow coral gardens and plenty of colourful species to watch, like crabs, shrimps, sea anemones, moray, and trumpet fishes. Indeed, Puerto Galera is located right under the Verde Island Passage, the apex of the so-called Coral Triangle - the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia - which has the distinction of being the global center of marine biodiversity. Should you tire of the beach & sea, Puerto Galera is also home to the 423-foot Tamaraw Falls - a series of asymmetrical falls leading to a grand one, dropping to a frothy waterbed below. Wonderful trekking and sailing is also available in the area. Just a stroll away from Puerto Galera is Sabang Beach, with lots of water sports to choose from, and a cluster of nightspots popular for evening socials. Beside Sabang Beach is Small La Laguna, with amazingly beautiful coral reefs, and water ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort is a lovely property that truly embodies the concept of rustic chic: with a beach front location, great, friendly staff and a selection of different style of accommodation, Sunset can make your stay an unforgettable one. As one may imagine by its name, guests will be able to enjoy breathtaking sunsets from the beach while relaxing in a hammock, sipping on a tropical cocktail. But Sunset is not just about the beach: you will find a dive centre, right inside the resort, while banana boat rides, para-sailing, jet-ski, and kayaks are available upon request. In front of the resort the House Reef is just perfect to snorkel among a wide range of underwater species and turtles. At a short walk you'll find the Mangyan Village - the natives of Mindoro - and a stunning waterfall. Exciting mountain hikes, boat trips and barbeque picnics to nearby secluded, wonderful beaches can also be organized. Other facilities include: indoor and outdoor massage, infinity swimming pool, billiard, table tennis, a beach bar and a restaurant.
Superior and Junior Rooms are spacious and decorated with taste in native materials that give a very airy and cozy feel to the rooms. Both enjoy great seaviews from within the room and for the furnished balcony or small terrace. The Junior Room is ideal for a couple while the Superior is perfect for families, thanks to the great convenience of providing for one queen bed and one day bed with additional pull-out bed. Both room types also enjoy: air-con, mini-fridge, TV and hot/cold shower.
Besides sun tanning on one of the many beaches in the area (about 32 are found around Puerto Galera!) and diving the many stunning sites, declared a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Marine Reserve, you can: visit some of the lush forests, home to many flora, fauna and waterfalls; dip and enjoy the view of water gushing through the boulders at Tamaraw Falls - just a few km down the road you can find also a beautiful beach; get lost in the Hidden Valley, a paradise lost and off the beaten track - if you don't want to get lost for real, get a guide; visit one Mangyan Village, the Mangyan being the natives of Mindoro Island, originally nomadic and now living in the mountains in order to preserve their culture by avoiding outside and modern western influences. You will need a reliable guide in get to a real villages (there are some that have been turned into a tourist attraction) and must follow show respect and proper behaviour; kayak at Alag Riverbank, depending on how fast the river flows the trip might last for 3-4 hours; visit Muelle Bay, a beautiful hidden hideout with a natural harbour where most ferries and boats dock, lined by a row of shops, bars and restaurants where one can enjoy the scenic view of the bay while having lunch or a romantic dinner; get a bit of goose bumps at the Reptile Zoo; golf at the Ponderosa Golf Club, where you can trek to - the road is uphill and provides a fantastic view of Puerto Galera; contribute to the Stairway Foundation, an international NGO working with street children and victims of child sexual abuse. Visitors can tour the centre and learn about the issue of child sexual abuse and how Stairway uses creative expressions in order to help victims and raise awareness.