This is paradise!
Your initial sight from your ferry is breathtaking, the ferry looks as though it is heading straight into the island, but as you get closer the Manila Channel reveals itself. As you pass through the Manila Channel you feel as though you can touch both islands that flank you.
The further into the channel you move, you pass gorgeous white sand beaches with inviting huts littering the shoreline. Coming out the other side you realise how this breathtaking port was named.
This is the port where the Spanish Galleons use to take refuge from the might of the typhoons. Letting you imagination wonder a little as you glance around the port, you can almost see the Spanish Galleons swinging on their anchors.
Enough dreaming, back to reality.
This small busy little port is a tourist Mecca. Made popular by the numerous white sandy beaches scattered around the bays and islands and the first class scuba diving.
If the crystal clear aqua water doesn’t pull at you then the numerous powder white sand of the beaches will.
The most popular areas are:
These first three areas are adjacent to each other and are separated by headlands. White Beach is further round the coast and is a very popular beach with filipinos.
Sabang is the place where you can find nightlife and activity. It has a good range of restaurants, open-air bars, karaoke and discos, all of which are on the waters edge and are all very affordable. Sabang can be noisy and hectic at times and may not suit all travellers, but for those who want to meet with other backpackers or tourists then Sabang is the right place for you.
The beach here is not much to speak of and can get quite dirty trying to deal with the tourism tat as exploded in the area. Most of the beach is taken up with banca boats so navigating the beach can be a challenge at times.
Small La Laguna Beach is a short walk from Sabang and does not have the same kind of activity as Sabang, the beach here is not fantastic either but it is a huge improvement on Sabang’s.
The beach is great if you want to do some snorkelling on the reef directly in front.
A good option is to stay at Small La Laguna Beach and walk into Sabang for dinner or to enjoy the activity and nightlife.
Big La Laguna Beach is by far my personal favourite.
The beach here is beautiful and is sheltered with headlands jutting into the sea at both ends. You can also find some great snorkelling on the reefs in front of the beach.
Big La Laguna Beach has some great hotels and restaurants and is a 15 minute walk around the beaches to Sabang or you can catch a banca boat in and back, if you so desire.
Big La Laguna Beach is more tuned in for families and if you are after accommodation then you cannot go past La Laguna Beach Club & Dive Resort, I highly recommend it.
There are numerous other beaches, which are more suited for day trips and are generally secluded and quiet. If this is what you are looking for then I would suggest you ask your hotel to arrange a day trip to Halige Beach.
There is a huge range of accommodation in Puerto Galera, ranging from one bedroom basic huts to luxury resorts. It all depends on what your preference or budget is.
Needless to say there is an option for you on any of the three beaches.
For my personal recommendations, have a look at accommodation in Puerto Galera.
How do I get to Puerto Galera?
For information on travel to Puerto Galera, have a look here.
There is plenty to do in Puerto Galera, most activities are centred around the water with scuba diving, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and sailing.
There are a number of activities that have nothing to do with the water.
You can try your luck at golf at Ponderosa Golf Club.
Ponderosa Golf Club is spectacular, even if you do not enjoy golf the view is nothing short of amazing. The golf club is situated 2,000 feet above sea level, on the side of a mountain. It overlooks Puerto Galera and is awesome. Do not under any circumstances forget your camera!
The course in cut out of the mountain and the nine (9) holes are designed through gorges and over jungle trails. They will supply you with lots of balls, trust me you will need them!
These are the native, Puerto Galera Philippines, tribal group. They live in the jungles on the mountains of Mindoro and live a subsistence life. They do venture to the tourist spots to sell local produce from time to time. Ask at your hotel for a trip to see them.
These falls are quite spectacular, tumbling over a number of smaller falls until the big drop of 140 metres.
To get there all you need to do is catch a jeepney from Puerto Galera heading to San Teodoro. It is only about 15kms from Puerto Galera Mindoro. The falls themselves are situated right beside the road, just ask the jeepney driver who will let you know and off the jeepney.
There are some fantastic treks throughout Puerto Galera Mindoro. You can go through the mountains and see the Mangyan Tribes or perhaps, for the more adventurous a trek in search of the elusive Tamaraw, which is an endangered wild buffalo.
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