The thriving municipality of Puerto Galera, hemmed in by jungle clad promontories plummeting into delightful pockets of beaches and coves, lures weekenders from the exhaust centers of Manila. Resting on the southwestern edge of Isla Verde Passage in Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Galera harbors diverse coral reefs ideal for snorkeling and diving, reason why it was recognized as a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 1973.
Stunning Beauty of Puerto Galera
Why we can recommend to visit Puerto Galera? If you want to relax this is your place in the Philippines. It’s not very far if you are staying Metro Manila. Puerto Galera is famous for diving and snorkeling and it was good. But we will discover for you that there are many things to do in Puerto Galera apart from diving and snorkeling.
White Beach with the Beautiful Ladies
Although Puerto Galera is famous to tourists for its nightlife, this bountiful town has more up its sleeve. This blog will provide you the real beauty of Puerto Galera. This will give you more stunning beauties of Oriental Mindoro most especially visiting the coral reefs areas of the Municipality.
Talipanan, Puerto Galera
A highly recommended accommodation to stay in Talipanan is BAMBOO HOUSE RESORT. If you are looking for a peaceful place and accommodating staffs this is to recommend you for I had witnessed their services to their guest. Resort is 2 minutes away from the seashore.
Puerto Galera is also a famous place to go to if you want to try diving. There are available diving lessons and diving activities you can opt to avail. Other water activities such as snorkeling, jet skiing and kayaking. Of course, island hopping is another popular activity since there are other smaller islands surrounding Puerto Galera that you can go to and explore. There are also inland places and attractions you can go to like the Tamaraw Falls and visit the local Mangyan Village at the foot of Mt. Malasimbo. Since we were already in the Island, we choose ISLAND HOPPING as our major activity.
Snorkeling and Island Hopping
Island hopping in Puerto Galera might be fun with friends, but you can also do it solo! Most bangka that you can rent to go to other islands around Puerto Galera.
Another highlight of the island hopping tour in Puerto Galera is snorkeling around the giant clams. As you might have surmised, visitors will encounter colossal clams and throngs of fishes when snorkeling.
Puerto Galera island hopping also includes a visit to San Antonio Island where Long Beach is located as well as the majestic underwater cave. Tourists need to climb craggy rocks to get inside the cave with a waist-deep emerald green water.
Diving in Puerto Galera is undoubtedly one of the top things to do when you visit. You will never run out of diving options as several dive centers and resorts around White Beach offer dive course as well as Puerto Galera diving packages in the best dive sites.
By day, aside from swimming and getting a tan, you can try the water sports such as jet ski, kayak and banana boat ride offered by some resorts. At night, you can go bar hopping, listen to live bands while drinking with friends and you can also watch the talented local fire dancers perform.
But for those who just want a quiet and less crowded beach in Puerto Galera, do check out the neighboring ANINUAN BEACH or the picturesque TALIPANAN BEACH which other travel blogs raved about.
HOW TO GET HERE
Take a bus bound for Batangas Pier like Ceres, DLTB and JAM Transit in LRT Buendia (Manila), Cubao (Quezon City) or Alabang South Station (Muntilupa). Travel time is roughly 2 hours depending on traffic. See the bus fare and bus schedule to Batangas Pier. From there go to the cashier of any shipping company for your fare. Then proceed to check in your baggage in any of the terminals designated. The ferry ride will take approximately 1 – 1.5 hours from time of departure to Mindoro Island, Muelle Pier in Puerto Galera.
PUERTO GALERA TRAVEL TIPS
❤ As in most beaches, sea urchins are present in snorkeling sites, so wear aqua shoes or full-foot fins when snorkeling and please do not step on corals.
❤Bring a dry bag to protect your cameras and waterproof pouch for your phone. Or much better if you just bring an underwater camera or action camera for snorkeling and other water sports.
❤ If you are traveling solo to Puerto Galera and you want to do the island hopping tour but you don’t want to spend Php 1,500 for the boat, try to schedule your trip on a weekend and approach other travelers (preferably those in groups) to join their island hopping and just share the expenses.
❤ Stack up cash (Philippine currency) before heading to Puerto Galera, there are only 3 ATMs in town. Almost everything is on cash basis here.