Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Located in the small town of Mindoro. Widely popular among beach lovers. Also known as "Puerto" or "Galera" for some. Only 3-5 hours away from Manila. Reach the Batangas City Port whether by car, bus or van. Ride a boat going to Sabang and White Beach. Due to its popularity, little by little, Puerto Galera is getting crowded. Lots of vacationist storm the island like in a "palengke" (wet market). Imagine the shore line during the summer (April - June) with lots of people in it doing their sunbathing, wading the water or even playing with the fine sand (but not white sand).

The best time in Puerto is during the night beach party! Almost all resto-bars have their own unique ways to attract all those party-goers to sit down and experience entertainment and not to mention the more popular "
Mindoro Sling". Parental advisory: Tastes like iced tea but kicks like Red Horse. Don't be easily fooled by this drink or else see yourself lying in the sand - unconscious and totally drunk!

One thing noticeable about the place is
lack of security. During the wee hours of the night, no police are in sight. During the time that Club Tourists went here, the place that we stayed was opened by thieves! We're suspecting its an inside job. When we rushed in to report to crime, damn, NO POLICE in the site. So we suggest to safeguard all your stuffs before partying.

Anyways, enough of the bad news. One thing that we can boast about Puerto is: listed by the
Club of the Most Beautiful Bays In The World, and is the only bay in the Philippines to be listed here. Awesome underwater sites like well maintained coral reefs and numerous diving and snorkelling spots.

Enjoy the blue beach with some adventures like banana boat, jet skiing and wind surfing. Even have a short Hike to Tamaraw Falls. A common favorite among hikers and non-hikers alike. Just a 14KM walk from or 3 hours walk from Sabang.

Better visit Puerto Galera whether during summers and holidays. Not that far to reach. Not that expensive as well. Good for family, group or just dating.

Experience Puerto Galera Now.

How to go to Puerto Galera
By Car
Drive through the South Luzon Expressway and turn right to Star Tollgate and head to Batangas Pier. Choose between Park or Ride - you may PARK your car in the pier or have your car RIDE in RORO (Roll On, Roll Off)

By Bus

Take any bus that goes to Batangas City pier (via CALABARZON). This is faster since this passes through Star Tollgate. Take bus liners such as Tritran (JAM) in Kamias-Edsa, JAM or BLTB in Kamuning.
Fare is around Php 150 bucks

By Boat

When in Batangas City pier, there are lots of boat to white beach that you can choose from. Popular choice is the MV Brian. Fare is Php 140 plus Php 10 bucks terminal fee.

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