More accessible and developed than its poorer neighbour across the mountains, most visitors head to Mindoro Oriental to dive in the marine reserve at Puerto Galera, in the north of the province. Nearby Mount Malasimbo is also protected because of the biodiversity of its thickly jungled slopes. To the east of Puerto Galera, near the port of Calapan, is Mount Halcon, at 2587m, Mindoro’s tallest peak and a difficult climb even for experienced mountaineers, although it is currently off-limits. The south of the island is less populated than the north, with few tourists making it as far as Roxas on the southeast coast, aside from to take one of the regular boats to Caticlan (for Boracay).

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