Maybe I should clarify that, it is no way big enough to be classified a city and I probably should not even compare it to a city, but in comparison with the rest of Puerto Galera, it is huge.
There is only one road into Sabang Puerto Galera and one road out, the rest are small alleyways, which take you past hotels, hairdressers, shops, restaurants, sari sari stores and the ever present scuba diving shop.
Scuba diving is what put Sabang Philippines on the map.
Get use to walking because that is your main mode of transport.
I get a lot of people asking me what Sabang Beach is like? Can I go sunbaking? Is the water nice for swimming etc..
Well a short answer for all that is no. If you want all that then Sabang Beach is not for you, half the time it is covered by banca boats moored waiting for there next fare. The sand is not what I would call pristine and at high tide most of the beach is gone. Development has also taken its toll with the buildings coming right down to the waterline. So to put it simply, you do not come to Sabang Puerto Galera because of the beach.
If beaches are what you want in Puerto Galera and you are staying in Sabang then go for a walk to Big La Laguna Beach, it will only take you fifteen to twenty minutes, there are some nice resorts there to. Or you can head over to White Beach, it has a much bigger sand beach than the three here.
Sabang has other charms, it has a huge range of acommodation that would suit any budget and traveler. You can buy anything you need from Sabang as well, you can even get a haircut!
Sabang Dive Shops
Sabang grew from a small fishing village to a thriving town on the back of scuba diving. There are more scuba diving shops in Sabang Philippines than any other shop, in fact there are more dive shops than restaurants!
No matter what level scuba diver you are, beginner or experienced, there is a dive site and dive shop prepared to help you blow bubbles. Puerto Galera has some of the best diving in the Philippines, have a look here for a look at the dive sites and type of diving you can expect to see in Puerto Galera.
One of the more popular dives is the Sabang wrecks, which lie just off the furthest mooring. There are three in total and you can dive all three on the one dive, then you can make your way over to the floating bar. Yes that's right you can ascend the mooring line straight onto the floating bar, climb up the ladder and order a drink, or two. Not a bad way to finish a dive.
If you have never dived before and would like to try it then just pop in to one of the many dive shops and ask, you will not be disappointed, Sabang Puerto Galera is a great place to learn to dive.
Entertaining the tourist is what Sabang Puerto Galera can do. When the lights go down the town comes to life.
One of the best places to start your night off is the "Pub" it is quite small with access on two sides, on the main alleyway, you cannot miss it. It is a good place to watch the passing traffic of humanity rushing by whilst sipping on a cold san mig.
From here you can decide on any number of restaurants, there is a huge choice, just about every need is catered for. My favourite restaurant is the Tamarind Restaurant, good food, good service and right on the beach.
Sabang beach at night is also well known for the girly bars. There are a number, which tend to close down just as quickly as they pop up. Generally they have a number of girls pole dancing to music.
There are also a number of billiard rooms and discos where you can party to the small hours of the night, the place never seems to sleep!
There are no mega malls or shopping centres in Sabang Puerto Galera. The shopping is more along the lines of shorts, shirts, singlets and other souvenir items. You can also get some black pearls either as necklaces, anklets or bracelets they are quite beautiful. Don't forget to haggle, then haggle some more, it is expected of you, if you don't haggle you will lose there respect and you will end up being a soft target.
If you need to change your cash into Peso's then there are a number of money changers in Sabang. Most of the hotels will change your money but you will get a better exchange rate from the money changers on the main road into Sabang, right where the jeepneys turnaround.
Running diagonally from the main road into Sabang is a smaller road that will take you down to the markets. Here you can purchase all sorts of fresh produce as well as the early catch of the day. Make sure you get there early.
Sabang Puerto Galera also has its fair share of Internet Cafes. Keeping in touch with your families around the world has never been so easy, gone are the days of the postcards and letters from paradise, which you use to beat home anyway.
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