Our plan to visit Puerto Galera was sudden. Just a few days before Labour day weekend , few of our friends proposed to visit this place. Puerto Galera is famous for ‘World’s Class Coral Garden’ , Beaches . Other places to visit are waterfalls ,Mangyan Village for Handicraft. In this digital age – the mobile apps Airbnb , whatsapp make things easy . Most of our discussion and sync up happened on whatsapp . The Airbnb app helped in going over the staying options and discussion with the owner. So, install these apps and make life easy .
We were three families and all had infants and toddlers. So the obvious choice was to rent an AIRBNB house. We decided on one on Muelle Island, on top of the hill. The view from Villa was stunning , overlooking the island & beach. Summer morning is hot and humid in the Region and Puerto G was no different. However, a view of the sea with a yacht and private boats from the bedroom balcony gives the feeling of holiday . I would strongly recommend people going to Puerto G to try the Airbnb listing and enjoy the view from the hill top.
The approximate journey from Manila is 5 and half hours. Around 3 hours on road to Batangas and 1 and half hour boat ride. For people going out from Manila , Taxis can be rented out for drop and pick-up to Batangas and General ferry or Private boat are available. Details about the ferry are available at Puerto Galera Website: Click Here.
PLACES TO VISIT IN PUERTO GALERA
We planned for 3 days to visit the main and famous attractions in Puerto Galera. After a good night’s rest , we started the first day with Island Hopping which included a visit to World’s famous Coral Garden.
White Beach is one of the most visited places in Puerto Galera. It is famous for water sports activities – Jet-skiing, Para selling, Banana boat, Dragon boat and many more. The place is full of people enjoying the sports , relaxing , eating and not for people looking for a quiet beach .
It is also a very lively beach, there are many Mini Cafe’s and Small eat hubs on the beach.
I wanted to do ‘ParaSailing’ and ‘Jet-skiing’. People interested in doing ParaSailing should plan ahead as this beach is crowded and if you are not reaching early the queue is long. Due to our time limitation , I didn’t try my hands on ParaSailing here but did Jet-skiing. Charges are 1500 PHP for half-n-hour of Jet-skiing.
GETTING THERE: White Beach is very well connected to the road. Tri-cycle is one of the best modes of transport. You can also reach by Boat and it is one of the stop points during Island hopping. For Island Hopping , Maximum hold time would be 2 hours at one point and only one or two activities can be tried. But, if you plan to do all the water sports then you need one full day.
Note: Our Boat Man did not have permission to go to White Beach, so he dropped us to Tamaraw Beach which was just next to White Beach. Then we took tri-cycle to the white beach and came back the same way to board our boat.
GIANT CLAM SHELLS AND THE CORALS
This place is also included in the Island Hopping tour package. If you do not wish to go Island Hopping, you can simply book a Boat to watch Coral garden. It is called ‘World’s Famous Coral Garden’. The Beautiful and Amazing fish and breathtaking corals are available here.
There are two Places of snorkeling. At first they will show you the Giant Clam Shells and some corals. And at the second point they will show you amazing corals, rocks and fishes. When I was doing Snorkeling, there were more than 1000 small fish. One of our friends even watched a big Turtle. It was truly an amazing experience at Puerto Galera.
Only 2 seater small boats can go to Coral garden. The great thing is, they will ask you to jump in water and hold the rope attached to the boat. They will run the boat at a very slow speed and you enjoy watching Coral Garden. Awesome experience and a must do for people visiting .
Talipanan is also among highly visited beaches. There are many mini cafe’s on the beach side for hangouts. It is also famous for an ‘Italian Restaurant’ named Luca’s Cucina. I think this is the best restaurant in Puerto Galera. We had lunch there for the first day during our Island Hopping and then again on the second day when we had planned to leave Puerto Galera.
Mangyan Village is known for its Handicrafts items. It was on our hit list too, and we planned to visit Mangyan village on the second day. It will give you a feel of village life , away from the amenities of city life.
The items are made on order and for spot selling. Various small shops are lined up for selling these items. Bargaining is not an easy option here; they will tell you the same price for the items, no matter which shop you visit.
GETTING THERE: Mangyan village is in Talipanan and it is very well connected with roads. You can take tri-cycle to reach there. They charged PHP 600 for one tri cycle from Muelle to Mangyan village and back.
Overall our experience was very good. Puerto Galera is a great place to visit for any long weekend. On our way back , we even got the chance to watch Dolphin .