PANDAN ISLAND, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – MAY 10, 2015

Here’s a selfie with the sea turtle courtesy of my friend Karl IG: @karl.mikel – He’s the only one who got this close and has taken a photo with this cutie 😀

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For your future reference.
For your future reference.

Pandan Island is a private island with a small resort on the West coast of Occidental Mindoro, Central Philippines. After the island was ‘discovered’ and the resort established in 1986 by a French adventurer, this tropical island retreat has been voted time and again as one of the top resorts in the Philippines, not in terms of luxury but for it’s quality of life and it’s personalized atmosphere. Pandan Island is for people who like to spend time in tropical surroundings without cars and television. A place where you are woken up by the singing of colorful birds, where there is only a palm tree between you and the sea, where you still know your neighbors and where you may even meet a sea turtle before having your breakfast. Source: http://www.pandan.com/

Trip to Pandan Island is part of our Apo Reef itinerary. Entrance fee is already included in the package (2k/pax). Please refer to Apo Reef post for the itinerary, contact details and expenses.

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APO REEF – MAY 09, 2015

Apo Reef is a coral reef system in the Philippines situated on the western waters of Occidental Mindoro province in the Mindoro Strait. Encompassing 34 km2 (13 sq mi), it is the world’s second-largest contiguous coral reef system and the largest in the country.[1] The reef and its surrounding waters are protected areas in the country administered as the Apo Reef Natural Park (ARNP). It is one of the best known and most popular dive sites in the country. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apo_Reef

Keep calm and chill. Three hours boat ride
Stray birds in an island
Mandatory gopro shot
Mandatory gopro shot
Corals at the Apo Reef Natural Park. Underwater shots c/o @willianism09’s gopro
Corals at the Apo Reef Natural Park. Underwater shots c/o @willianism09’s gopro
Approaching Apo Reef
Approaching Apo Reef
Approaching Apo Reef
Overlooking Light house
Welcome to Apo Reef Natural Park. Mandatory groupfie 🙂
I'm gonna swing from the Apo Reeeef, from the Apo Reeeef
I’m gonna swing from the Apo Reeeef, from the Apo Reeeef
Exploring the island
Exploring the island with @chee_ep. Captured by @herescape_ my edit
Exploring the island with @chee_ep. Captured by @herescape_ my edit
Getting lost somewhere
Getting lost somewhere
Stranded
Stranded
Island girl baby
Island girl baby
into the forest
into the forest
To the light house
To the light house
Let there be lighthouse :D
Let there be lighthouse 😀
The light house, modeled by @karl.mikel
wacky silhouette groupfie
wacky silhouette groupfie
The Apo Reef Crew
The Apo Reef Crew
The Lagoon
The Lagoon
Lagoon groupfie
Lagoon groupfie
Into the Roots
Stunning sunset
Stunning island sunset

Our budget for this trip is P4k per head. Breakdown: P1,600 for the bus, round trip P2,000 for the Ate Des (boat, all meals in the island, entrance fee and environmental fee at Apo Reef and Pandan Island).  P400 other expenses such as snacks during road trip, souvenirs etc.

You may contact Ate Des at 0929-508-2913. She will take care of everything. For Dimple Star bus ticket reservation, contact Ate Gretchen of Sampaloc terminal at 0947-341-2059.

Photo Credits: #gopro pictures c/o idol @willianism09, SLR shots c/o @herescape_ my edit.

Itinerary:

DAY 0 (05.08.2015)
9PM ETD DIMPLE STAR SAMPALOC TERMINAL
12 MIDNIGHT ETA BATANGAS PORT
01:30AM RORO RIDE TO ABRA DE ILOG
05:00AM ETA ABRA DE ILOG
05:30AM BUS RIDE TO SABLAYAN
08:30AM ETA SABLAYAN TERMINAL
DAY 1 (05.09.2015)
09:00AM PALENGKE / MARKET
10:00AM OFF TO APO REEF
LUNCH AT THE BOAT
01:00PM SNORKELING APO REEF NATURAL PARK
02:30PM ARRIVED IN APO REEF
PITCHED TENT
PHOTO OPS
BEACH BUMMING
LIGHTHOUSE
05:30PM SUNSET SESSION
06:30PM DINNER
BONFIRE
BEDTIME
DAY 2 (05. 10. 2015)
06:30AM BREAKFAST
07:30AM EXPLORED LAGOON
PHOTO OPS
09:30AM OFF TO PANDAN ISLAND
01:30PM ARRIVED IN PANDAN ISLAND
BEACH BUMMING, SNORKELING
CHASING PAWIKAN
03:00PM LATE LUNCH
03:30PM OFF TO ATE DES’ HOUSE
04:00PM PREP FOR MANILA BOUND
05:00PM OFF TO SABLAYAN TERMINAL
05:30PM SCHEDULE OF BUS DEPARTURE
06:00PM OFF TO ABRA DE ILOG VIA DIMPLE STAR
09:00PM ARRIVED IN BATANGAS PORT
RORO SCHEDULE TO BATANGAS PORT IS 10:30PM
11:00PM ETD TO BATANGAS PORT
01:30AM ARRIVED IN BATANGAS PORT
02:00AM MANILA BOUND
04:00AM ARRIVED IN MAGALLANES