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    Tamaraw falls

    by StefanosS Updated May 22, 2007

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    From Puerto Galera you have to drive south along the east coast of Mindoro island about 15km to be at Tamaraw Falls. It is a beautiful recreation area, much different from the scenery you are used to see in Philippines.

    Tamaraw falls
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    Coco Beach

    by shintarojon Updated Mar 19, 2004

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    Coco Beach Island Resort is a 10 hectare resort with bungalows, 4 restaurants, 96 rooms, tennis court, hanging bridge, sports facilities and 2 swimming pools.

    Regular Package: (price per person)

    2 days/1 night
    1. Standard - US$ 38
    2. De Luxe - US$ 48
    3. Suite - US$ 68

    3 days/2 night
    1. Standard - US$ 48
    2. De Luxe - US$ 68
    3. Suite - US$ 88

    Extra night
    1. Standard - US$ 20
    2. De Luxe - US$ 30
    3. Suite - US$ 40

    Price includes roundtrip transfers (Manila-Coco Beach-Manila), twin sharing room accommodation, buffet breakfasts, tax and service charge)

    Coco Beach
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    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Beaches

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    You can't touch this!

    by muddybok Updated May 25, 2006

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    Stonefish is probably the most dangerous of known venomous fish and its venom causes severe pain with possible shock, paralysis, and tissue death depending on the depth of the penetration.

    Lets test you eye see whether you can spot the fish?

    I have seen stonefish while I was diving in Malaysia, but mostly from 6-10 feet kind of distance and will not be as up close and personal when I am starting to take underwater photographs of them. I do have prior knowledge that they are venomous, but not known that they could be the most venomous fishes ever described (from net). Till now, I still can feel the chill down my spine when I recall that I almost landed my hand on one of them during one of my wreck dives


    Advice to divers: If you aren't sure what could be dangerous? The golden rule will be those creatures that look utterly ugly, weird and with striking colors, ever blue & green are indicating they are dangerous.

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    DRINK DRINK DRINK

    by Graecia Written May 29, 2004

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    Hahaha okei enough of nature, enough of fishing, enough of corals, Puerto's pristine view, cool water and beautiful sunset, When its night time. Its drinking time!! People here are so fun that they drink till sunrise. Never leave Puerto without trying "Mindoro Sling" its their famous drink. Getting drunk is normal here. So just have fun enjoy! Smoke and drink it up by the beach! SARAP!

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    FISHING

    by Graecia Written Feb 4, 2004

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    The thing about Puerto is its full fo fish. Its soo rich. We even saw dolphins passing by on our way there. So my tip is be kind to the fishermen , and Im sure you could talk them into bringing you with them when they go fishing but you have to wake up really early. Its a very cool experience.

    FISHERMEN
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    Pick the right dive shop

    by GenuinelyCurious Written Apr 7, 2008

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    I had a tough time finding just the right dive shop. Typically, I will look for 5-star PADI venues that have good equipment well-organized.

    This strategy kind of failed in Sabang because of an unusual feature of the place. NOT all dive shops share a common price. In every other place I've dived, there's a more or less set price that most shops adhere to. In Sabang, there is a very wide range from 900 pesos per dive to0 1700, equipment rental included. To complicate matters, some shops have their own hotels where you can get a break on room or dive depending on the deal and the whim of the people you talk to.

    I ended up at VIP divers, who is a partner to Action Divers. They were cheap, BUT! Although friendly on the surface, the underwater experience wasn't user-friendly. We rushed through sites, the equipment was spotty and the price mysteriously increased at the end... 3 strikes and you're out.

    A much better shop is the filipino-run Sea Riders. The extra 10 minute walk to Small La Laguna was worth it. Top notch equipment, top notch divemasters and a great attitude awaits. I mostly dove with DM Bong who has the eagle eyes of a local who has been plying the waters for years. He adapted himself to individual divers' preferences - from photographers like me to drift divers to deep divers. He's versatile and a nice guy just to hang out with.

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    get a massage!

    by Graecia Written May 29, 2004

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    Imagine this. For only 200 pesos you lie flat stomach on the beachs sand while 2 people rub good smelling coconut oil all over your body. Massaging your aching legs, your hair, your body while sipping fruit shake and looking at the beach. This is.... the bomb! Three thumbs up. ! Something youve gotta try!

    sarap

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    Lionfish

    by muddybok Updated May 25, 2006

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    The Common Lionfish has very long pectoral and dorsal fins. The body is covered with red to black bands on a pale background.

    This species has extremely venomous dorsal fin spines. When disturbed by a diver it often makes little effort to swim away. Instead it points its dorsal fin spines towards the intruder.

    One more observation from me when I am doing the underwater photographic is lionfishes do have can't be bothered attitude towards divers and they will just slightly glide away when too many divers or too many camera flashes get them.


    Advice to all divers, please find out list of venomous fishes/snakes at dive sites of your choice prior to your dive to avoid any potential dangers. You can always ask the local dive masters or dive instructors for potential dangers before every unique dive spot.

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    Excavation Museum

    by StefanosS Updated Apr 18, 2007

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    This small museum houses collections of Chinese and Siamese pottery, from the 15th to the 19th centuries. Some exhibits are coming from the underwater wrecks while most of them are from the excavations of the old settlement. It also includes Ming Dynasty burial jars and a collection of shells. It is stated as facility of the National Museum, but it started and survived as initiative of the local priests. It is very small and needs urgently support, maintenance and relocation to better installations.

    Excavation Museum, Puerto Galera, Mindoro
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    Sabang Beach

    by ahoerner Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Sabang Beach is the entry beach for those who arrive from Batangas.

    It has many restaurants, inns, diving shops and shops of all sorts. It's where the "urban life" on this side of the world can be seen.

    From here, you have three options: to walk, to take a tricycle or to take the famous jeepneys.

    Sabang Beach
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    Try their Mindoro Sling

    by kemisteryoso Updated Jun 28, 2010

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    Night life is not complete if you will not try their Mindoro sling, a hot local cocktail mixed with slices of a apple on a pitcher with a long stick on it. I think it is a mixed of Rhum, mango , grandine syrup and sprite if I'm not mistaken. But I think, there are some other version on how to make the concoction.It is better to have a pitcher for 300 to 350 pesos if you are a group. Then if you are feeling something, you can just dance the night away.

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    No Misnomer

    by kenmerk Written Feb 2, 2006

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    Most dive sorta places have at least one dive site that is called something like "Shark Cave", "Shark Point", "Shark Alley", or the like.... The difference here at Puerto Galera is that their "Shark Cave" actually has sharks in it.... (snoozing white tips)

    Other shark locales around seem to be more of a hit or miss affair....

    Actual Sharks in Shark Cave....

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    Pygmy Seahorse

    by kenmerk Written Feb 3, 2006

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    If you can pick these out on the sea fans, these are quite amazing little creatures. There camoflage schemes make them pretty hard to spot... (and their small size also makes it difficult for your camera auto focus to get them properly into focus...) I know, as I deleted more pictures than I kept....

    See if you can spot the pygmy sea horse in this frame....

    Front View.... Rear View....

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    Nudibranchs

    by muddybok Updated Jun 6, 2006

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    Nudibanchs can range from the size of few mm to close to 12cm. According to our dive instructor, Bob, he hasn't seen much of the black nudibranch with the distinct yellow partitions. He credited the sighting of this rare nudibranch to good luck diving with us.

    Click into the extra picture and you will see one tiny nudibranch (as compares to Bob's fingers) during one of our first day dives.

    The ability to spot some tiny and interesting objects underwater should be the natural progression for any divers. Of course the divers must learn to dive at ease and enjoy every minute underwater. Maintain your perfect buoyancy and drift along the current and look out for surroundings.

    Big one! Tiny one
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    Full Sized Model....

    by kenmerk Written Feb 3, 2006

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    A little easier to spot (and photograph) is the full sized sea horses. These tend to hang out in the weeds off of Sabang Beach. (not far from the three wrecks out there....)

    They were few and far between, though, as I'm told that some of the locals like to grab these to stock their aquarium and/or make some sorta Chinese Aphrodisiac out of them....

    Full Sized Model.....

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