by Eugene Alvin Villar
2018 PUERTO GALERA TRAVEL GUIDE | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, RESORTS, DIVE SHOPS
Back at a time immemorial, Puerto Galera was a place only known to very few population. Although formerly mostly known for its ports to which its name was coined upon the arrival of the Spaniards in the 1570’s—Port of the Galleons—this small coastal town situated in the eastern part of the Mindoro Island, has had dramatic change throughout the years resulting in a transformation that is not intent of ever reverting.
Not only has it seen a population boom since 1900, a time when the number of people in the island was numbered to be not more than a thousand, it also transformed itself from being a humble fishing and some farming piece of land into a full-blown tourist attraction post-1970.
But despite its early shift from being a subsistent island into a tourist-heavy region, Puerto Galera managed to nick itself the position and title as UNESCO’s “Man and Biosphere Reserve” back in 1973.
Since then, half of the 13 villages that make this portion of the island had relied heavily on businesses aimed at the burgeoning tourism that it is enjoying.
By Andrea Albini, White Beach
THINGS TO DO AT PUERTO GALERA | TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Puerto Galera is blessed with many natural attractions. It takes pride in its pristine environs such beautiful beaches, waterfalls, rivers, interesting mountain areas, rainforests, wild animals, and rare flora and fauna.
Some of the activities which any tourist can engage while visiting this part of the country include the following:
The Beautiful Beaches, Sabang and White
While this small portion of the island may have attracted the attention of seafarers that it led the Galleons of the olden times to its shores, tourists of today are also as equally interested in its beaches—Namely, Sabang and White Beach.
Just 5 kilometers to the east of the sleepy town of Puerto Galera is the Sabang beach which is said to be a popular hangout for tourists. 7 kilometers westward from the municipality, on the other hand, is the White beach that is a common choice among locals.
Water Sports Activities
There are many opportunities for water-related activities. You can do snorkeling, ride a paddle boat or a speedboat, go water skiing, rent a jet-ski, have fun on the banana boat. You can also try going on a kayak safari.
by Ken Eckert
This attraction can be found 10 kilometers from Puerto Galera. You can simply relax while enjoying the scenic view of the place or swim at the natural pool in the area.
If you have enough time for vacation, you can ask your tour guide to arrange your adventure trip (day tour) at Tukuran where you be mesmerized by the beauty and silence of Hidden Paradise. The place is Tucked deep in the jungles of Puerto Galera. Getting there would require you to ride a boat, enjoy a carabao ride, and cross six rivers.
By Kiseki Lacroix , The Iraya Mangyan Community
If you want some heritage experience at Puerto Galera, seek the help of the tourism office for a guide to bring you to the Mangyan Village.
Original inhabitants of Mindoro Island, the Mangyans are nomads and avoid outside influences as much as possible. Most of them used to live by the sea but since many settlers arrived at the coastal areas, they moved to the mountainous area of the island.
Located in Talipanan, Puerto Galera, Mindoro, the Iraya Mangyan Community Village will delight you with their skills in basket weaving. The village produces crafts of high quality. Mangyans are obviously shy, so you need to respect them and be more cautious when taking their pictures. It would be best to ask permission first.
By KisekiLacroix , Basketry by the Iraya Mangyan of Mindoro
If you want to explore more of the Island, Motorcycle rentals are available in Sabang or in White Beach. Just practice the necessary precaution when exploring the place like driving safely, bringing of your cell phone and even informing your hotel of your itinerary.
Best Diving Sites
But while you may like the town’s sandy coastlines to chill and see people enjoying themselves in the shallow waters, there is no denying that experiencing the place underwater has its own thrill as well.
Not only has the surrounding ocean a thriving place for a very diverse species of aquatic creatures, this body of water, too, is a hotspot to a few of the country’s best diving spots just a few minutes ride from the nearby with a small boat (or bangka).
Whether you like to experience the diversity of the marine species or experiencing first-hand the legacy of the sunken ships which once roamed the overwaters of the sea, Puerto Galera has you covered for a worthwhile venture undersea.
You may have liked the island’s waters and blossoming marine community from underneath but there is also another place worthy of looking into if you are seeking someplace exciting in Puerto Galera—the forest-covered mountains of the island.
While you may love the idea of trekking the lavish setting of the forest with the aim of going uphill, those who do in the island does do with another goal in mind—to reach a golf course rested on the hillside which also gives an amazing view that is the surrounding waters of Puerto Galera.
LIST OF DIVING SHOPS IN PUERTO GALERA
Scandi Divers Resort
Location: Big La Laguna Beach
Contact No: +63 43 287 3551
Location: White Beach
Contact No: (63)92062633 23
Location: Sabang Beach
Contact No: +63 43 287.3140
Capt’n Gregg’s Centre
Location: Sabang Beach
Contact No: (63)43.2873070 to 71
Blue Ribbon Dive Resort
Location: Small La Laguna
Contact No: +63.43.2873561
Location: Small La Laguna
Contact No: +63 43 287.3320
HOW TO GET TO PUERTO GALERA
Travel time Manila to Puerto Galera is approximately three hours by bus and ferry.
Option 1. Via Public Transfer
You can go to any of the following bus terminals in Metro Manila nears you:
- Bus Terminals along Taft Avenue near the corner of Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia),
- Pasay City – nearest from (NAIA) Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Domestic Airport.
- Bus Terminal in Cubao, Quezon City.
- Bus Terminal in EDSA corner Kamias Street, Quezon City.
- Bus Terminal in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Take the air-conditioned bus going straight to Batangas pier via CALABARZON Expressway. Travel time to Batangas pier is approximately 2 hours and the (Fare P200).
The moment you arrive at Batangas pier, proceed to Terminal 3 (for Outrigger Ferries) or Terminal 2 (for the RORO ferry) for your boat ticket.
Three major points of entry of Puerto Galera are as follows: Sabang Pier, Muelle Pier, and White Beach.So be mindful of the ferry that you will be choosing especially if you have already made some resorts reservation on a specific place in Puerto Galera. However, if you landed on the wrong area, tricycles are available to bring you to your resort.
Quite a number of shipping companies are servicing the Batangas-Puerto Galera route. Two major passenger ferries are as follows: FSL or Father and Son Shipping A maximum of 60- 120 passengers are accommodated by an outrigger ferry depending on its size. The ticket Price(one way): P250 – P300 for regular days; P300-P350 during peak season.
Ferry Trips begins at 7:30 AM until 4:30 PM. Almost every hour a boat is departing Batangas for Puerto Galera.
2. Si-kat Bus and Ferry Service
If you want a more convenient travel, you can opt for Si-Kat Ferries. They offer a combined tourist bus and boat service daily from Manila to Puerto Galera and back.
Si-kat Manila to Puerto Galera schedule:
8:30 AM Si-KAT Bus departs at City State Tower, Mabini St., Ermita, Manila
10:30 AM Arrival in Batangas Pier
11:00 AM Outrigger boat leaves for Puerto Galera
12:15 PM Outrigger boat arrives in Sabang Beach
1:00 PM Outrigger boat docks in Muelle Pier
Sikat Puerto Galera to Manila schedule:
8:45 AM Outrigger boat departs from Muelle Pier for Sabang
9:00 AM Outrigger boat leaves Sabang Beach for Batangas Pier
10:45 AM Si-Kat Bus leaves for Manila
1:15 PM Arrival in Mabini St., Ermita, Manila
A one-way travel takes 2 hours by bus and 1 hour by boat.
ADULT: One-way – P800.00, Round-trip – P1,600.00. (Any return ticket issued is open.)
CHILDREN: One-way – P400.00, Round-trip – P800.00. (Any return ticket issued is open.)
Address: G/F Citystate Tower Hotel 1315 A. Mabini St., Ermita Manila, Philippines
Telephone No. (02) 708-96-28.
( Open from 7 am to 6 pm on Mondays thru Saturdays, and from 7 am to 11 am on Sundays.)
By Alexander R. Jenner, Doriprismatica atromarginata at The Drop Off dive site, Verde Island, Puerto G alera,Philippines.
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WHERE TO STAY AT PUERTO GALERA
White Beach, White Beach, Puerto Galera, Philippines, 5203
Tamaraw Beach Resort
Aninuan Beach, Aninuan, Puerto Galera, Philippines, 5203
Talipanan, Aninuan, Puerto Galera, Philippines, 5203
Tropicana Castle Dive Resort
Sabang Beach, Sabang, Puerto Galera, Philippines, 5203
Sabang Oasis Resort
Sabang Beach Central, Oriental Mindoro, Sabang, Puerto Galera, Philippines, 5203
Bamboo House Beach Lodge & Restaurant
Talipanan, Puerto Galera Oriental Mindoro, Aninuan, Puerto Galera, Philippines