Puerto Galera is located in Oriental Mindoro, probably one of the few white sand beaches near Metro Manila.
This beach is popular among friends and lovers since it’s easily accessible. The area is considered as the mini Boracay, since it’s relatively similar to the latter. White Beach also has its own line of restaurants, several bars and a few fire dancers to keep you accompanied at night. We went here for an overnight stay.
It doesn’t matter where you’re coming from, just make your way towards Cubao Bus Terminal and ride a bus bound to Batangas Pier/Port (appr. 200 php)
Upon reaching the terminal, go to terminal 3. you’ll need to pay for the environmental fee (50 php) and terminal fee (30 php) then choose where you’re heading. It’s either the White Beach, Muelle Port, Sabang and Balatero. Fare is (250-280 php).
White Beach is a little similar to Boracay, there are shops, bars, accommodation, and restaurants surrounding the area. The shoreline is a little short like in Panglao but with white sand. Tho’ it’s kinda rough compared to Boracay sand. The Sea water is clear but beware coz there are deeper parts like there are few shallow steps near the shore line and out of the blue the water goes a little deeper than expected. This area is also famous in local tourists.
Sabang and Muelle Beach is famous for foreign tourist or if you want a slightly laid back accommodation. There are private resorts in the area, a bit expensive than White Beach. There are also clubs and bars in the area, so beware as there are many touts and red light district ladies roaming around.
Where To Stay?
During our trip, we opt to stay in White Beach area. We dont have any accommodation when we got there, so we tried scouting for a room. As we got out of the boat, there are a lot of people who will try to offer you a room. There are a lot to choose from so dont worry. But ofcourse, peak season is an exception, which runs from March-May or the Philippine’s summer season. Regular Room rates is usually 1000-1500 php but if you want a hotel like accommotion, be ready to shell 3k and above for a night.
After scouting several rooms, we opt to stay here. We were offered a 1500 php for a night, but we haggled it down to 1000 php… hahaha
The place is a small Nipa Hut style accommodation. Quite homey feeling, it’s located at the far end of the White Beach.
Beach Front! Can’t asked for more!
A catch for the price given, ok for a weekend getaway.
No breakfast given but one can always ask but with an additional fees.
This place is nice and quite relaxing, each room has its own veranda. The price is absolutely stunning. The fact that it is a beach front accommodation for its price is already a catch.
What to Do?
1. Beach Bum
2. Beach Activities Such as Jetskiing, Riding the banana boat, Kite Flying etc.
3. Party All Night
4. Try Mindoro Sling
5. Watch Fire Dancers
Puerto Galera is your typical Stress Reliever incase you wanted to avoid the daily toxicity of life. It’s near the Metro plus it won’t hurt your wallet as the place itself is quite affordable. If you wanted to do some soul searching then this place isn’t for you. But if you just wanted to Party, have that Boracay feel and Groove then this place is a real spot on!