Target Island (Alibatan Island) | Things to do in Bulalacao-Oriental Mindoro
|Open:||Everyday, 6am - 6pm. Takes 1-2 hours to explore.|
|Address:||Brgy. Milagrosa, Bulalacao, Oriental Mindoro|
Not to be mistaken with Palawan's Silad Island, the Silad Island of Bulalacao is a bone-shaped island with two corally white beaches and several rock formations. Privately owned, the island is quite small and has a few cemented staircases interconnecting its beaches, hills, and jagged formations. Silad Island is deserted, has no electricity, and no drinking water. It's not advisable to stay here overnight because of its jagged terrains and windy location. Boats could also get stranded during the rainy season. Together with Target Island and Aslom Island, Silad Island makes an excellent island hopping destination in Barangay Milagrosa.
Aslom Island gets its name from the Cebuano word "aslom", meaning sour, because of the abundance of sampaloc trees bearing the sour fruit. The island is one of the major destinations of the island hopping activity in Bulalacao. A 12-hectare private island, Aslom has three white beaches, one of which is a crescent-shaped sandbar that stretches about 500 meters. The two other beaches stretch about 200 meters and 800 meters respectively. The three beaches have coarse to corally white sand, and are interconnected through roads inland. The island is teeming with trees, with only two man-made structures: an unfinished resthouse and a tennis court. There are no other establishments or restaurants on the island. While the island is private, travelers can visit the place for free, although staying overnight is not allowed.
Milagrosa Hilltop View Deck is an elevated platform along the highway of Barangay Milagrosa. Best visited during sunrise, this deck has a panoramic view of the islands Aslom, Silad, and Target. Lying next to this deck is a small abandoned resthouse. While there is not much to see or do here besides looking at the view, this view deck is an ideal rest stop on the way to or from San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
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. Milagrosa, Bulalacao, Oriental MindoroGet directions