There’s a reason why Puerto Galera is an extremely popular vacation destination for foreigners and Filipinos alike! It offers rich dive sites, powdery beaches, water sports for the adventurous tourist, and of course, live entertainment in the evenings.
Read on to find out how to maximize your stay in this wonderful destination, even if you’re only staying overnight!
Take in the islands on a ferry ride!
First things first: Getting there. If you’re coming from Batangas City like I did, you’re going to need to take a 1-hour ferry ride to Mindoro. We took Atienza Interisland Ferries to get to Puerto Galera and Montenegro Lines to get back to Batangas City.
Hop on a trike!
Second things second: Getting to your accommodations. The tricycle (or “trike”, as they say in the Philippines) drivers are extremely friendly and can take you where you need to go from the port. Once you’ve dropped off your bags and are ready to explore, drivers are also happy to offer full-day or half-day tours to the must-see spots in Puerto Galera. A trike ride is an experience in and of itself in the Philippines!
Where to stay in Puerto Galera
Luckily, there are tons of resorts and hotels situated along White Beach! White Beach is the most popular beach because of its powdery white sand and proximity to fun activities.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, here’s all the good stuff you can’t miss during your stay!
Well, duh. If you’re only a few steps away from the resort, this is the first attraction you’ll explore. White Beach is lined with bars and restaurants where you can have a traditional Filipino breakfast in the morning, Chloe’s seafood at lunch, and a San Miguel in the evening! Think of White Beach as the hub of tourism in Puerto Galera. It’s where you’ll be offered tours and other experiences like banana boating, kayaking, and parasailing (which you’ll also see in this blog post).
They also have a beautiful sandcastle that you can take pictures with. The sandcastle keeper may ask you to pay 20 pesos per person for photos, so be prepared and carry change with you.
This scenic waterfall named after the water buffalo offers pools at its base so you can swim in its clear waters! Don’t forget to enjoy fresh “buko” (or coconut) juice while you’re there.
Take a stroll through the mystical mangrove forest, which protects shorelines from storms and erosion. The path offers fun facts about ecotourism and how you can be a more sustainable traveler.
If you went to Puerto Galera and didn’t snorkel, did you even go? The Philippines offers a rich underwater world, so if you’re down to see some coral reefs and tropical fish, Puerto Galera is the place for you. Take a tricycle to Minolo Pier (only 50 pesos for up to 4 people) to get started. If you want to venture further from the shore, you can hang on to a smaller boat that will take you to the drop-off to see even more species of ocean lie.
Hiring a motorized “banca” (or boat) for snorkeling will cost you 1800 pesos for a maximum of 4 hours. They’ll also make sure to take you island hopping! If you’re looking for a picnic or fishing, you’re looking at 3000 pesos instead.
Ready for one of the most memorable 15 minutes you’ll ever have? Parasailing is 1500 pesos and surprisingly, doesn’t hurt (can you tell it was my first time haha). A brilliant way to take in the island views with minimal effort – sorry kayaking!
Visit the Aplayang Munti
Puerto Galera’s famous waterpark. You can enjoy the thrill and excitement with inflatable slides, trampolines, and bridges. There’s also a nearby beach where you can go for a dip and soak up the sun if you wish.
Have you been to Puerto Galera? Am I missing anything? Let me know in the comments or contact me here.
If you’re looking for more things to do in the Philippines, don’t forget to check out my blog post on Ilocos attractions!
Until next time,