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PUERTO GALERA >>>Dateline Philippines<<<

About 4 to 5 hours away from Manila is Puerto Galera. It is a string of beaches located on the northwest side Mindoro Island. Composed of Coco Beach, White Beach, Sabang Beach, Big & Small Lalaguna & Tamaraw Beach. Puerto Galera is a haven for Filipinos & Foreigners alike. The cost of getting there, the accommodation, food and drinks are relatively cheap compared to Boracay or Palawan. On a tight budget, a weekend retreat for two can cost as little as $100. And that includes transportation from Manila, a room and food.

White Beach on is the longest and widest beach in Puerto Galera. It is a bit laid-back compared to Sabang but Sabang is smaller but livelier because it has more bars, shops, restaurants and discos. Sabang also boast of a floating bar in the middle of the bay where local and imported drinks are served. But both Sabang & White Beach have an active nightlife although one need not stay at one beach alone, try beach hopping when your there. You can transfer from Sabang to Small Lalaguna by foot. And in between the two beaches, there is a cozy bar on the cliff called "The Point" it has a nice view of the ocean and is open until 2 a.m. The other beaches at Puerto Galera can be reached by tricycle, jeep or pump boat. It is a common practice to rent a cottage at one resort and hop at different resorts and beaches during the day and at even at night.

You can do just about everything for your total holiday enjoyment at Puerto Galera. Day activities are usually swimming, boating, strolling, hiking, Scuba diving, snorkeling, island hopping, jet skiing, beach volleyball and of course sun bathing! One can also hire a guide to trek the mountain at the backdrop.There is also the Ponderosa Golf Club is located up in the mountains - 600 meters above sea level, and the view is unforgettable. The beautiful view of Puerto Galera and the beaches is breathtaking.

Another interesting place to go while in Puerto Galera is the Tamaraw Falls. It is very easy to go to, just take a jeepney ride towards San Teodoro town and ask the jeep driver to drop you off at Tamaraw Falls. The falls is just meters from the road. And if you are the adventurous type, go jungle trekking through the mountains and see the Mangyan tribes people living in the jungle and you are lucky, you might get the rare chance to see the Tamaraw, a wild buffalo in the forest of Mindoro. 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Get There?

By car

Puerto Galera is five hours away from Metro Manila. If you're already in Manila, getting there is pretty easy. Having a car is very convenient, all you need to do is drive through South Luzon Expressway turn right to Star Toll gate and then head to Batangas Pier. From there, you can either park your car and ride a ferry going to Puerto Galera or have your car ride a RoRo(roll on, roll off) ship so you could take your car with you to Puerto Galera.


By bus

Puerto Galera is usually easily accessible mostly in the Areas around Manila, most tourists prefer the Sikat tourist service.

  • ''Sikat'' tourist service (+63)2-5213344The Sikat leaves at 0800 daily from the City State Tower Hotel on Mabini Street, ErmitaManila. The round trip ticket costs Php1,400 (about US$31) and includes both bus and ferry to either Sabang Beach or Puerto Galera. For the adventurous traveler go to Buendia LRT station in Manila and from there you will see buses and shuttle services going to Batangas pier. It cost around P180 from Buendia toBatangas pier. And when you get to Batangas pier all you need to do is to ride a ferry boat going to Sabang - Puerto Galera.  edit


By boat

Scheduled ferries arrive at Puerto Galera mostly from Batangas but also from other islands. From there, most people immediately depart for Sabang (known for SCUBA diving) or White Beach (a stretch of white sand holding small restaurants and bars).

Crossing the waters between Batangas Port and White Beach can be a thrill by itself especially during the meeting of the tides when the sea can be quite rough. However, the boatmen know these waters very well, so there is no need to be hysterical.

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Travel Tips

A group of islands between Luzon and Mindanao, surrounded by the Visayan Sea, the Visayas is a place for your dream vacation. Join island hopping adventures, swim on it's crystal clear waters, stroll on it's white sand beaches, explore the undersea world!

 



FESTIVAL IN THE REGION

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!


TRAVEL TIPS ON VALUABLES

Avoid bringing valuables. A decent watch and faux accessories (optional) are all you need. But in case you did bring some expensive jewellery, deposit them and your other valuables in the hotel safe (most major hotels provide them for free).

Make sure you make photocopies of your passport and tickets just in case you loose them. Keep the copies in separate locations - place them in deep pockets of your luggage.



It is a good idea to use a belt bag to put your money, passport and other valuables when on the road rather than a bag. And position it in front of your body and under your shirt if possible. Better yet, use a money belt and hide it under your clothing.

Never leave your bag and other valuables on the beach or at the poolside when swimming. It is a lot safer to leave them in your hotel room.

 


HEALTH TIPS

 Sometimes an apple a day just isn't enough... If you are travelling away from home, keeping healthy is a must. Find out about risks and preventative measures by selecting your nationality from the drop-down box below:

Philippine Travel Seasons

 



June to August is the typhoon season.Although the temperature is moderate and hotel rates are lower, it is not thebest time to travel specially if you intend to see the countryside or cross theislands by sea.


From March to May is summer time and is a good time to see theislands with clear skies and calm waters. You are also assured that no flightsor ferry boat trips will be cancelled due to typhoons. Although expect thetemperatures to occasionally reach 38 degrees centigrade.

 

Enjoy the festivities of the region such as Ati-atihan, Masskara, Dinagyang, Sinulog, Halaran and many more! You will never forget your experiences on it's paradise islands. Lots of surprisesare store to all of you!

 


CEBU CITY: The Queen city of the south

It was in Cebu that Ferdinand Magellan first set foot in Philippine soil back in 1521. Even before the Spaniards came, trade with the Chinese already flourished in the province. Prosperity has continued, and today, Cebu City, known as the Queen City of the South, has become a thriving, highly urbanized center that comes second to Manila's bustling metropolis.



Only a few minutes away from the city are numerous white sand beaches, crystal blue waters, and swaying palms, making Cebu a perfect destination for both business and leisure. Mactan Island is a coral island and famous scuba diving and beach site. It is also the site of the Export Processing Zone. Malapascua Island is endowed with white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, and the west coast is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The sleepy little market town of Moalboal was one of the first places where scuba diving caught on in the Philippines. From here, you can dive straight off Panagsama Beach, which is home to an extraordinary array of coral, anemones, sponges, and a swarming host of brightly colored reef fish.