My wife’s hometown of Abra de Ilog, Mindoro Occidental has it all: lush forests, breathtaking mountains, majestic waterfalls, fine beaches, crystal clear rivers and streams, romantic hills and farmlands, interesting indigenous villages, even a cave. There is just so much exploring there to do for a nature lover.
So whenever we visit her relatives in nearby Mamburao, I frown like a child. It’s not that I don’t want to visit her relatives. It’s because there’s not much exploring to be done there compared to what one can do in Abra de Ilog. But there’s one place that I can recommend a first-time visitor to Mamburao. And that’s Tayamaan Beach.
This beach is just a few minutes away from the población of Mamburao, about 10 to 15 minutes. The waters are as crystal clear as the rivers and streams of Abra de Ilog. Its fine whitish sands that are comparable to those of Násugbu in Batangas and Puerto Galera in Mindoro Oriental. Looking back, I’m thinking that perhaps Puerto Galera looked exactly like Tayamaan before the former was hounded by commercialization, i.e., beach resorts, bars, hotels. There were a few thatched cottages here and there. But that was all about it. And because of this relative obscurity, romantic beach lovers can still regard Tayamaan Beach as a “secluded beach”.
But alas, this was the Tayamaan Beach that I saw 10 years ago. I haven’t seen the place in ages. I just hope that in our next visit, the place still looks the same. Below is a photo of me and Yeyette, taken a decade ago (summer of 2001).