To-Do Land Adventures @the PALMS Mindoro, Philippines 2

Visit us at The Palms Resort Mindoro and explore caves, go rock climbing, meet the Mangyan Indigenous Peoples who have the sweetest smiles, and let them guide you into the jungles and see what you’re made of without your GPS!
It truly is falling off the edge of earth and disappearing.. however bring your gear just in case you want to get back up and join the civilised world again. Or employ the tractor beam and beam you up Scotty!
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Daring Young People to Explore Possibilities for an Enhanced Life 1

Jobs for the millennials in an ever divergent job market is not really too hot prospect-wise. Totally change your thinking and explore the possibility of travelling a beach resort scuba dive circuit as instructors/ trainers. Or totally do an about-face and turn everything you know upside down and develop a lifestyle all your own to enjoy in the atmosphere of tropical living. Root up and transplant! Contact me @The Palms Resorts Mindoro. Island Adventure, anyone? Read More…

Outrigger Tourister and Liveaboard Cruiser at Your Service in the FUN Dept! Reply

We are looking for adventurous souls to go on our maiden voyage of the 4-ton boat you see below. The smaller watercraft will escort her.

She’s in final preps for a motor then a cabin for live aboards, then final paint.

Itinerary is The Palms Resorts- Pandan Island- Coron Bay- Puerto Princesa- then back. The voyage will take about 2 weeks. We will  be crossing the South Philippine Sea formerly known as the South China Sea.

Out on the horizon is the Mindoro Strait shipping lane which also used to be the Japanese Armada choice of waterway when they sailed off to Leyte Gulf to play cat-and-mouse with the Pacific Fleet of General Douglas McArthur during WW11.

Coron Bay is the graveyard of 3 Japanese warships and is now a top destination for hotshot wreck divers. I want to see the much-heard-of beauty of Coron Bay Lagoon where these ships lie.

This boat is Mindoro Palms #3. She’s going to be a 4-ton outrigger cruiser when we’re done with her. She’d shed off her old skin and put on a new one.

IMG_2220 We totally gutted her, made the top wider to accommodate more load. We also made the outriggers longer and more floats to compensate. Soon we will be putting in a new R4 engine.

IMG_2208 We have an excellent boat maker in our neck of the woods. This boat was scraggly and ugly when we got it. After about a month of work, lots of hardwood, lots of marine epoxy glue and paint and soon a new engine, she’d turned into a beauty.

IMG_2206This one is Mindoro Palms #1.

Yes it does take these many people to beach this baby. Altho the new weight is 1/3 more than the old shell now she is more buoyant, carries more passengers with ease up to 10 people with no problem.

IMG_2214 She’s fast too hence the “Tourister” designation.

Here the Capt. inspects for algae and eagle’s claw, a kind of shellfish that attaches itself to the submerged part and eats up your boat. We don’t want that.

Any takers on the cruise let us know here.

I can’t wait!! I DOUBLE-DARE YOU to come with me!! Dramamine’s ready. 😉

Surfing Equator: Monsoon Season is ON! Reply

It is June-July in the Tropics and the predictable yearly weather pattern called “monsoon” has arrived at the Equator. This is probably my most favorite type of weather “disturbance!” I love typhoons. I grew up in it. I love pelting rain that blistered your skin when it hit, driven by gusts of wind up to 120 kilometers per hour. Don’t worry- that’s approximately only 70 miles per hour!

These pictures were taken at different days within a week. The beauty of being in the Tropics is that the weather flips on a dime and you better be ready.. It’s wonderful!

Jim shot these pictures off of our Porch. He wondered where this fisherman got his colorful sail to add an idyllic peaceful scenery out there.

Then the following morning, boom! Waves crashed way up on the shore line. This one nearly took the boat out with it. If those boats weren’t tethered they’d be gone by the morning.

Although for surfers these waves are nothing, once in a while it goes up about 5 feet to where one can get a good ride on a short board.

The boards are here in California. I am strapping the guitar on my back, not a board, when I fly out of here to the Resort come July. The boards will have to wait one more season… darn!

Let’s go Sailing, the Weather is NAVIGABLE! We Rent Sailboat Reply

Once in a while in the South China Sea there comes stiff breezes that create 5-foot waves. I wish this phenomenon would linger on for weeks. It normally does not. This is other than, and different from the seasonal monsoon.

On one of those odd climes, somebody tried to sail. I wish I had a video of it.

In the following pics, I had edited the original ‘brightness’ by one or two degrees so these shots are showing brighter. And still noticeable in the skies above– dark clouds!
I love weather like this, especially in the tropics. Winds become cooler from the mountains giving relief from constant heat. Driving rain pelts down on your skin you wonder where’s the bruises after staying under it, drenching you in minutes.

It is a challenge to the well-trained. The wind can shift rapidly, and in the end will direct you towards the shore. And in some unfortunate cases, rocks!

You up for it?? 😉

What to do? Guided Fishing off The Palms beach coast! Reply

What to do at The Palms Beach Resort?
Up for boat-chases and tug-o’-war games? How’s your nerves for a Blue Marlin chase? Or Yellow Fin Tuna for that matter? Well…

Catch of the day, 4/23/2012 is a Yellow Fin Tuna.  It was 21 kilos, which translate to 46.2 lbs. It gave a 4-hour fight according to the fisherman. This baby we feasted on for 4 days. There were about 17 of us the first day btw.

At left is a Blue Marlin. We watched it get ensnared by the fisherman’s line. What a sight when this fish gave its all to get away by swimming so fast that when the line ran out this fish actually got airborne! It was a sight watching it drag the tiny motor less boat. The white water splash created every time it fell back in the water was awesome. I wish I had it on video but in all the excitement I forgot I had one.

We later caught up with the fisherman and offered to buy his catch. Surprise, he offered a different fish instead. According to him the fish he’s selling us was more tasteful than Blue Marlin, a fish locals call “tanigue” shown below. I agreed!

SCUBA DIVERS- We are Your new nearest accommodation to Apo Reef Dive Park Philippines! Reply

We have acquired a second property with its own contiguous reef excellent for diving, Macopa Reef Hillside. We love this new gorgeous mountainous green property!

As for Mindoro Palms Beach, we are now open for Reservations.

To all scuba divers out there, WELCOME to Mindoro Palms Beach Resort! We are your NEW accommodation, nearest stepping stone to dive Apo Reef Dive Park Philippines!

We are your closest and nearest lodging and restaurant accommodation to diving Apo Reef Natural Park Philippines and we are eager to have you. Make us your base camp. Mindoro Palms puts you and your group that much closer in less time to one of the most exotic, breathtaking underwater dive parks in the world. This perhaps topped only by the Great Barrier Reef of Australia itself. Apo Reef Dive Park Philippines consistently rank in the top three diving destinations worldwide. For you divers, no more exhaustive 100 mile 2-day journeys from Puerto Galera. Some divers en-route to Palawan miss this dive because of it’s inconvenient out-of-the-way location.

Fly into San Jose Airport, the Regional Airport of Mindoro Island. From Manila it is fairly inexpensive. It cost between P900.00 to P1500.00 Philippine pesos, the equivalent of $23.00 to $33.00 US Dollars. That is also about how much it would cost you to ride the bus. That’s nothing, not to mention the time saved and the jiggle in a bus going through rough road winding around over, up and down and stretch on forever!

Apo Reef Dive Park is 31 miles North-west of Mindoro Palms by boat as seen on the map. For a complete itinerary sample see here- how to get to us. It’s pretty easy really; from Manila International Airport (NAIA) you fly into San Jose Airport (SJA) in Mindoro Occidental. The flight takes 35 minutes from take off to landing. From SJ Airport we pick you up for the 35-minute drive to our Resort. Rest and relax when you get in. We serve Imported Spirits and Western style food in our Palms Club Restaurant (still under construction. Meanwhile we use the Main House for kitchen amenities.)

As noted before- the Apo Reef Dive Park is a National Park in the Philippine system of Parks, and also a World Heritage Natural Park. We secure your dive permits when you get to the Resort and had finalized your dive plans.

As of this date, March 8, 2014 the dive permit per person is P2400. We, the local Tourism Council is fighting this, and we want the management of the Park to be nationalized.

On the side for a minute… lookie here!

Some very wonderful unexpected visitors! Turn down the volume as the boat engine is loud. Also the language is in Filipino. The best parts are toward the end of the vid.. this was about a mile off the beach. We were fine-tuning the new outrigger motor and had a tour of the shoreline. Good thing!

There are numerous dive sites in and around Mindoro Palms.

It's clear water always!

It’s clear water always!


As we mentioned, our new property Macopa Reef is a full-on dive site. From the top shelf it is a drop of approximately 30 feet then goes deeper from there. The underwater scenery here is excellent. We hope to get a lease to protect these reefs from trespassers who gather just about every living slug and snail!

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Coral Island- out to sea about a mile is the “now-you-see-it-now-you-dont” heap of broken corals caused by destructive fishing in the old days. The formation itself is amazing. Watch an ISLAND BEING BORN!



Bato-Tabaw- this is a huge rock jutting out of the waters about the same area as the Coral Island. Aside from the diving and snorkeling under its shadows I was told that it is also great as a vertical rock climb. How about that? Right out in the middle of the sea!

The Palawan Island is 4 hours across the bay. Excellent dive spot this island is!
Coron Lagoon littered with World War Two era Japanese battleships beacon. We have not seen these wrecks ourselves and look forward to checking it out personally to give you a complete picture.

Information for Domestic Flights Luggage Fees:
There are three or more air carriers that service the Manila to Occidental Mindoro route. The 3 carriers listed here offer:

1 “checked-in”  FREE luggage allowance of 15kg (33 lbs approx.), and
1 “carry-on” FREE luggage allowance of 7kg (15 lbs approx.).

Small purses on women and small backpacks on men go though without question. All carriers charge extra for “checked-in” luggage over their Free Baggage (a domestic term) Allowance weight and size policies.
1. Air Phil Express- scroll to the “Baggage” section of their FAQ
2. Cebu Pacific Air- Excess Baggage Rate- Domestic to Domestic; this is your rate travelling from an international origination point, then flying from Manila (NAIA- Ninoy Aquino International Airport) to San Jose Airport.
3. Zest Airways Inc.- Extra Luggage Info