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.
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.
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!
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