We just discovered a new place to relax and unwind in Santa Cruz, Occidental Mindoro, owned by businessman Mr. Norman B. Gatdula, himself hails from Santa Cruz who take pride of his hometown's simple beauty and charm.
Gatber ( from Gatdula-Bernardo) was recently opened to the public as a summer getaway destination, recreation and simply to get in touch with nature. What we like most is that the owner retain the natural beauty and simplicity of the place, they use indigenous materials such as woods as fence, bahay kubo (nipa hut) accomodation which is eco-friendly and no signs of over-development that could ruin the place, no trees were uprooted and since it was summer we had a taste of fruits in season like the Kasuy or cashew nut fruits.
The food they served are fresh catch from the sea, fruits and vegetables are all fresh pick as well in their farms.
|Bahay Kubo (Nipa hut)|
Sing your heart out in the Karaoke Pavilion
|wooden fence gave a more feeling of nature|
|View from the sea shore|
|The shoreline of the beach|
Some attractions we saw at gatber:
There are lots of fruit-bearing trees in the area which is good, we saw cashew trees with fruits, wild berries, jackfruit etc.
The beach is not white sand but a mixed of ground corals and black sand which is very therapeutic, the water is not deep, very clear, clean and refreshing with small waves that is just enough for an added fun.
|The cashew nut tree|
|Fresh-pick cashew nut fruits|
|fine black sand|
|beautiful stones adorned the beach|
|The sea escape , serene and filled with nature sound of the waves|
Watch the beautiful sunset of Santa Cruz in Gatber:
One of the highlights of our stay is the watching the beautiful sunset of Santa Cruz, amazing beauty.
Gatber is also perfect for team building activities, parties, open to local and foreign tourists and other special family and friends occasions. Other tours could be arrange by the owner such as side trips to Mangyan community, Sablayan, Pandan Island and Apo Reef .
Take Batangas City Port Ferry going to Abra De Ilog port then Sta Cruz town is accesible by public transpo from Abra de Ilog port in occidental Mindoro or better call the management for land arrangement.