It was August of 2010 when I started travelling together with my bestfriend. The first place we visited which was very accessible to our hometown in Cavite was of course Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. I must say, that two nights vacation opened my eyes to go want to travel more in the future. After that trip, I was able to go back there twice in just a span of six months time. It was an awesome experience, then I started heading to places a little farther like Ilocos, Bohol, Puerto Princesa, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, and Davao. But just last March 2017, I was able to go back to White Beach, Puerto Galera with my son, mom, sis and her family. It was a short yet a great weekend getaway for our family.
Here are some tips on the how’s, what, and why’s of it:
How to get there?
– From Manila, you can simply go to Cubao or JAC Liner Bus terminal in Pasay. Located just below the LRT taft and ride on a bus going to Batangas Pier. For an air-conditioned bus, fare cost Php 175.00 each per adult, with a travel time of about two and half hours.
– Once you reach the pier, you can buy a one way ticket going to White Beach, Puerto Galera for Php 250.00 each. I suggest that you buy a two-way ticket, so that you don’t need to buy one at the White Beach which has higher price than the one at the port. Note that kids below five years old are still free of charge for the boat ride.
– Pay for terminal and environmental fees as well which cost Php 30.00 and Php 50.00 respectively per passenger, and then board and wait for your boat.
-Get on the boat once it arrives. Boat ride is about forty-five to sixty minutes depending on the weather condition as well. If the sea is calm it is faster but if it is not then it will be a little slower.
I used to stay in White Beach Resort for my previous visits here, but since I am with my family and along with us were three kids, we chose a place with a pool as well. So we stayed at Mindoro Korea, a newly renovated resort in White Beach. We got a family room which has three beds for only Php 2,500.00 per night. Still pretty cheap considering that late December to May is peak season there. So I am expecting that hotels are more expensive at that time. It comes with two tickets you can use in partying at night at their bar. It is accessible to the beach, in fact just a-minute walk from it. What I love most about our stay there was that the kids enjoyed dipping in the pool after swimming at the beach.
I recommend if you are a solo traveller or just a couple to get a cheaper hotel which price range from Php 1000 – Php 1,500 via agoda, or booking.com, or other mediums for bookings at a lower price.
Acrivities to do?
There are a lot of things that you could do to enjoy Puerto Galera. Prices differs though on how you bargain with its service providers. Make sure to know how to make “tawad” or bargain until you can with the guides asking you to these and that. Most of the time, you can actually get it way cheaper than their first offer.
Island Hopping/Snorkeling/Underwater Cave
Banana Boat/Jetski/Flying Fish/Parasailing
You may also enjoy some water activities like trying the banana boat, jetski, flying fish and even go parasailing.
Puerto Galera has been a bit like a little Boracay when it comes to partying. You will be able to see a lot of fire dancing, shows by the shore which adds fun during the night.
Why go to Puerto Galera?