Suguicay Island | Things to do in Bulalacao-Oriental Mindoro
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|Address:||Brgy. San Juan, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro|
Buyayao Island is a 206-hectare forest reserve at the southeastern tip of Oriental Mindoro. It has seven pristine white beaches, limestone formations, and about 500 species of flora and fauna. Some of the animals found on the island include large snakes (called sobre cama), bearcats, dears, and squirrels. The island has a sparse population of less than 100 residents. Activities that can be done here include scuba diving and snorkeling (bring your own gear), spelunking in Buyayao Cave, camping, and beach hopping. While you can ask one of the residents to tour you among the island's beaches, beachhopping is best done by boat. This is because the structures inland, such as the road networks, now lay in ruins.
Buktot Beach gets its name from the word "buktot", which means "hunchback" in Hiligaynon. The shores of Buktot Beach plunges gradually into the sea, like that of a hunchback. The beach has coarse, cream-colored sand, with thorny aroma trees lining the shore. Both ends of the beach have sharp, jagged rocks extending into the sea. Buktot Beach has about 12 cottages for rent and a designated cooking area. Visitors are advised to bring their own charcoal should they plan to grill their food. They can also rent outrigger boats, and paddle to nearby beaches. Backpackers can freely set up their tents for overnight stay at the beach. Right across the stretch of deep sea is Buyayao Island, 30-minutes away by boat.
Palaypay Burial Ground is a rocky islet in the middle of a mangrove farm. It is where Mangyans permanently store the remains of their departed, after burying them for nine months to a year in their backyard. The ritual of digging out the remains from their backyard and transferring them to a cave is called "pangutkutan". At the middle of the islet is a nipa hut, which serves as a station for coast guards. The cave where the bones are kept is found behind this hut. The cave is known to house the skeletal remains of about a hundred Mangyans. However, 2010 police reports indicate rampant theft of the remains. Today, only a few scattered bones could be seen in the cave. Palaypay Burial Ground is about 100 meters away from the coast, and can only be reached by foot during low tide.
Where to stay
Southdrive Beach Resort is located on the southern tip of Oriental Mindoro and is a family-run business. We started as a small restaurant (South Drive Grill) in the peaceful municipality of Bulalacao as the small town gained popularity because of its pristine white-sand beaches and islets. We recognized the need for good food and accommodation and became one of the first hotels and restaurants in Bulalacao.
Getting there and around
Brgy. San Juan, Bulalacao, Oriental MindoroGet directions