Mindoro Occidental - Pandan Island, a Simple yet Comfortable Hideaway

Beach in Pandan Island

Pandan Island is Occidental Mindoro’s west side diving attraction. It is unassuming but very welcoming resort. Surrounded with nice stretch of white sand beaches with lush tropical forests, it is a perfect island getaway for beach lovers like us.

A 15-minute boat ride from Sablayan mainland will bring you to this island paradise. It offers great accommodations, different amenities and activities. If you want a place where there's not too much of a comfort living, Pandan island is the best for you!

Boat ride going to the Island

View of the Island from the boat

This island's beauty comes not from its facilities but from the rawness of it. It is perfect for people who like to spend time in tropical surroundings without the comforts of a 5-star accommodation. Cottages are built from native materials to create a simple yet comfortable atmosphere.

Hammock hopping... hehehe!!!

the sand and sun...

to the dive shop...

There is no electricity in the island, lights are produced using solar energy system. They don't have air-conditioning or electric fans so it gets very humid at night. There are shower rooms with salt water coming from the showers, but there's a bucket of fresh water that you can use to rinse after taking a bath. It's not a 5-star resort, but who cares! This is what we're looking for! A simple yet comfortable hideaway; a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis.

at the beach...

cottage hopping... hahaha!!!

just walking around...

picture fun!

clear waters

great swim!

we love the sun!

glass bottom boat

There are four different types of accommodation that guests can choose from: the family houses, double standard bungalows, the standard bungalows and the budget rooms. Since we're budget travellers, we chose the budget room which is big enough for the two of us. Room rates range from Php 750 to 3,300 pesos. Guests who will stay overnight or more days, are required to take at least 1 buffet daily that costs Php 450 pesos.

I didn't know that each house has its private gecko not until I researched while writing this post. Hahahah!!! It is said to bring good luck to the house it inhabits. That’s the reason why I kept on hearing the noise of the gecko while I was asleep. Hahaha! =D

the bar

the restaurant

Though it is popular for being a major gateway for Apo reef, its natural charm makes tourists keep coming back to this tropical paradise. Thanks to Ms. Marina, one of the owners of the resort and to all the staffs for the warm reception. Your personalized service is highly commendable.

last photo in the island

boat ride going back to Sablayan mainland

For more information, please visit their website at www.pandan.com.

[ Click here to search for hotels and resorts in Sablayan ]

This 3-day escape to the land of Tamaraws and Mangyans happened last January 14-16, 2011. Here is a series of posts on our trip to one of the most underrated tourist destinations in our country, Occidental Mindoro. Discover the places we've been to, the people we met, the food we tasted and the experience we gained in this remarkable escapade.

"A 3-day Escape to the Land of Mangyans and Tamaraws" | The Quaint Town of Sta. Cruz | Amazing Sablayan! | Pandan Island, a Simple yet Comfortable Hideaway | The Capital Municipality of Mamburao


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  1. i've heard about Pandan from a Dutch friend, siya pa talaga ang nag-recommend! he he Nice one! Gusto ko yung walang tao! Panalo!

  2. hindi kayo nagtry magdive o snorkel? hows the glass botoom boat experience? and how much?

  3. @Chyng - tamaa! Highly recommended!!!

    @Bino - hahaha!!! thanks po!!! Tara!

  4. @Pinay travel junkie - opo!!! very quiet place...

    @Pinoy Boy - tama po... konti lang tao... hindi crowded,....

  5. @Chyng - di kami nag dive.. swimming lang kami... naku di kami sa glass bottom boat sumakay, photo ops lang...hahaha!!!

  6. hmmm..d kame natuntong sa Pandan, sa Apo reef lng. mura lng ba yung boat kase my kamahalan sa Apo Reef eh.

  7. @pinaysolobackpacker - gusto rin sana namin pumunta ng APO reef kaso kulang na kami sa budget... hehehe!!!

    boat from sablayan to pandan island costs around 100 pesos/way/person...

    how much rent nyo sa boat going to APO reef? sabi kc sa tourism office, 6,500 daw yung boat ng LGU...

  8. hi anu sa tingin niyo yung magandang puntahan?


    please mesasge me here


    pupunta kasi kami ng FEB10,2012
    sure na un.. ung matutuluyan nalang wala...

    =( help me guys

  9. Anyone who wants to go to Apo reef this oct-december 2012?
    Please contact us 09066053361.. 3 lang kami eh.. ang mahal ng boat (7,500??)

    Hope to hear from you soon... Thanks


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