Puerto Galera in Mindoro is
known for its exceptionally beautiful little white sand beaches,
some fringed with reefs teeming with rich and diverse marine
life, and excellent diving spots. It has long been regarded
by geologists, botanists, and students of the University of
the Philippines as an ideal place to study the ecostructure
of plants, animals, and micro-organisms in almost undisturbed
natural conditions. In 1934, the Marine Biological station was
set up. Forty years later, the United Nations Man & Biosphere
Program International declared Puerto Galera a nature center
and a marine sanctuary. However, its spectacular beaches were
eventually discovered by the outside world and gradually became
a favorite tourist destination.
Puerto Galera is accessible by boat from Batangas. There are
buses that leave Manila daily for Batangas. An air-con bus leaves
the Centerpoint Hotel in Ermita every day. You can get combined
bus and boat tickets to Mindoro from the hotel.
Puerto Galera has a fine, deep port that has served for many
centuries as a haven for ships during typhoons. When the Spanish
arrived, there were already Chinese traders bartering porcelain,
silk, and jewelry. However, the islanders resisted the Spanish
missionaries and the Americans who came later.
Today, Puerto Galera is a major destination for low-budget, fun-loving
travelers who seek sun, sand and sea. Many come to enjoy its
beaches, which are crowded with hotels, restaurants, discos,
and rental services for water activities. White Beach and Tamaraw
Beach, which have nice cottages, are the best places to go for
swimming. The good snorkeling and diving sites are the beaches
near Sabang: Coco Beach, Big and Small La Laguna, and nearby
Paniquian and Verde Islands. There are dive shops that cater
to those who want to enjoy the reefs. However, they enforce
a ban on damaging or taking any of the marine life.
The center of Puerto Galera has numerous restaurants and inns,
and a thriving t-shirt and flour-sack clothing industry. Visit
the small excavation museum beside the church which houses finds
of Chinese porcelain unearthed from nearby Bayanan and a fine
collection of shells. See the Mangyan tribes and their settlements
in Baclayan and Talipanan. Both are about a 2-hour walk into
the mountains. The Tamaraw Waterfalls in Calapan and Mt. Malisimbo
are also sites worth visiting. Take a one and a half to 2-hour
hike up to Ponderosa Golf Club for great views along the way
and up to Tamaraw Falls. At Dulangan, you may see gold panning
and marble quarrying.
Sabang is the best place to go if you're looking for entertainment.
It has a profusion of bars, discos, and nightclubs.
Every April, from Good Friday to Easter Sunday, the Annual Yacht
Club of Puerto Galera holds the Easter Regatta, where 8 to 12
yachts arrive from the Manila Yacht Club joined by 12 to 15
local residents and Hong Kong guest yachts.
How to get there
Unfortunately, the only way to reach Puerto Galera is still via
land-sea from Manila to Batangas to either Puerto Galera or
Calapan City. The land-trip takes about 2 to 3 hours while the
sea-trip from 1.5 to 2 hours.
The most convenient way is to avail of a Si-kat bus-and-ferry
package from Centerpoint Hotel (formerly Sundowner Hotel). the
package offers passengers the convenience of having a "connecting"
bus and ferry trip. The fare is more expensive than in other
buses. Coaches are more spacious and the trip is much shorter
since there are no stopovers. Unfortunately, there's only one
schedule per day for either way.
More economical are the commercial buses of BLTB, JAM and TRITRAN.
The former has a terminal in EDSA-Pasay City while the last
two have theirs along Taft Avenue near corner Gil Puyat Avenue
(Buendia), also in Pasay City. Schedules of these buses are
quite erratic, but the earliest bus usually leaves at 6AM and
every hour from then on (depending on the volume of passengers).
At the Batangas City Pier, there is a wide selection of ferries
going to Puerto Galera, depending on which port guests intend
to enter. (There are three main entry points to Puerto Galera
by way of its port facilities: Muelle Pier, Balatero Pier, and
Calapan City also serves as a gateway to the town via an all-weather
road. The trip from Calapan to Puerto Galera takes about 2 to
3 hours depending on weather and road conditions
Sikat Bus and Ferry Service
Departing from Lobby of the City State Tower Hotel
1315 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila
Departure time : 08:00 AM - Arrival time about 13:30 in Puerto
Suggested Itinerary Schedule in Puerto Gallera.
0730 : Be at the lobby of City State Tower Hotel located at 1315
A. Mabini St. Corner Padre Faura, Ermita Manila
0800 : Boarding for the bus
1000 : Estimated time of arrival at Batangas Pier
1100 : Estimated time of arrival at Puetro Gallera Pier. Immediately
transfer to a jeepney & motorized banca at the resort.
1130 : Estimated time of arrival at the resort then, check in.
1200 : Lunch on passenger account. Rest of the afternoon is fee
1900 : Dinner on passenger account. Rest of the evening is free
at leisure. Overnight at the resort.
0700 : Breakfast inside the resort. Free at leisure
0700 : Breakfast at the resort
0800 : Check out
0900 : Depart Puerto Gallera for Batangas Port
1100 : Estimated time of arrival to the bus. Immedately transfer
to the bus.
1300 : Estimated time of arrival in Manila
End of Tour.
Galera Resorts and Hotels