SAN JOSE | The splendid beauty of Inasakan Beach

Inasakan Beach, formerly known as "Mina De Oro Beach," boasts pristine white powdery sands and crystal-clear waters, providing a serene and uncrowded retreat. Situated on Ilin Island, the largest among the islands under San Jose in Occidental Mindoro, this beach is a haven for relaxation. The island is home to ten small communities and is also known as the habitat of an endangered species, the cloud rat or Cloud Runner "Crateromys Paulus," discovered through a specimen found in 1981.



The best time to visit Inasakan Beach is in the early morning when the waves are calm. Traveling at noon can result in a bumpy boat ride, extending the travel time to nearly two hours. It's essential to seal all gadgets and secure belongings due to unpredictable water conditions.

Entrance to the beach is priced at P20 pesos ($0.40 cents) per person. Unlike other beach resorts on Ilin Island, Inasakan Beach remains less developed, with cottages constructed from light materials, blending seamlessly with the natural surroundings. While renting cottages (P600 pesos) is optional, it's advisable, especially for groups planning overnight stays. Alternatively, camping is an excellent option since the beach only offers open cottages. With no electricity available, visitors are encouraged to ensure all gadgets and extra batteries are fully charged beforehand. The restroom facilities are basic, providing an opportunity to embrace a simpler lifestyle during your stay.

It's recommended to bring your own food and beverages as the beach lacks dining facilities. Fresh catches can be purchased in the morning from local fishermen engaged in fishing and seaweed farming. They often allow visitors to use their basic cooking facilities, particularly for grilling. Don't miss the chance to enjoy fresh coconut juice straight from the trees, providing a refreshing respite from the heat. The locals are friendly and hospitable, always willing to assist with purchasing goods.

Traveling in Occidental Mindoro is affordable for local tourists, with San Jose boasting an airport offering regular flight promos, a seaport providing access to neighboring islands, and land transportation terminals with improved services, catering to the needs of travelers.

HOW TO GET THERE
San Jose (SJI) Airport offers scheduled flights from Manila (NAIA 3) and Clark International Airport. From the airport, hire a tricycle to Caminawit Port, then charter a boat to reach Inasakan Beach.

Land Travel
Door-to-door buses (RORO Bus & CERES) bound for San Jose (Occidental Mindoro) are available in Pasay City, Sampaloc, Cubao, and Alabang terminals. It's advisable to book tickets, including the ferry, before entering the terminal, especially during long weekends or holidays. The bus journey takes approximately nine hours to reach San Jose.

From Batangas City
Two routes are accessible to reach San Jose: ferry routes passing through Abra de Ilog and/or Calapan City. Both routes are accessible by public transportation. Upon arrival, secure a ferry ticket before entering the passenger terminal and wait for boarding announcements. Travel time for the ferry is approximately three hours or more to Abra de Ilog, while deluxe and fast craft options to Calapan City take less than two hours and an hour, respectively.

From Abra De Ilog
A small terminal is located beside the port gate. From there, take a bus or van ride bound for San Jose, then alight at the terminal and hire a tricycle to Caminawit Port.

From Calapan
Upon arrival at the port, take a tricycle to the bus/van terminal. From there, catch a bus or van bound for San Jose, alighting at the terminal, and then hire a tricycle to Caminawit Port.

At Caminawit Port
Charter a boat for a P2,000 pesos ($39) rental fee per day, with a capacity of 10 to 15 people, to reach Inasakan Beach. 

ENJOY YOUR STAY
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