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    Puerto Galera Resorts and Budget Travel Tips

    After wakeboarding at Lago de Oro summer outing, a group of Tutubi's officemates decided on going to nearby Puerto Galera beaches. Since Tutubi loves spur-of-the-moment travels, the unplanned kind, he tagged along.

    Boarding a bus to Batangas Pier and a banca (boat) to Puerto Galera to take them to White Beach. The boat ride is a short one less than an hour.

    The group arrived there shortly before sunset but since the trip is unplanned, they needed to find a room to stay for the night. It's a peak season of summer so as expected, no rooms were available at the various resorts lined up on the popular beach front. They then looked for contacts and rooms in houses nearby and found one where the 8 of them can sleep for just P100 per person, not bad indeed since they're not finicky, just wanted a place to rest their weary bodies later.

    puerto galera white beachA long stretch of white sand beach aptly known as White Beach
    puerto galera snorkeing long beachSnorkeling in an area known as Long Beach


    Where to Eat in Puerto Galera:

    many bars and restaurants dot the area so dining and drinking is not hard.

    Where to Stay in Puerto Galera (Resorts and Hotels):

    Many hotels and resorts offer rooms and accommodations on the beach fronts, if your trip is unplanned or can't book your own rooms, you can look around for people offering rooms in their houses for cheap accommodations called homestay.

    Cheapest ones, during peak periods like Holy Week, are tents where you only need a campsite like HSL and access to toilets.

    What to do in Puerto Galera:

    Snorkeling, shopping for souvenirs, visit Tamaraw falls nearby, SCUBA Diving, Banana boat and other water sports and activities

    ATM Banking:

    No ATMs on White Beach so bring plenty of cash. On Sabang Beach, there's Rural Bank of Puerto Galera

    How to get to Puerto Galera:

    Commute to Puerto Galera: Board a bus of Alps (Kamias, EDSA) Batangas Express (Kamias, EDSA) or Tritran (Kamias, EDSA or Taft Ave near corner Buendia/Gil Puyat) bus bound for Batangas Pier. At Batangas Pier, board ferries or boats to Puerto Galera. Total travel time is around 4 hours.

    Driving Directions by private car, there's also secure parking at Batangas Pier (call them for parking rates) or you may take the Ro-Ro (Roll On Roll Off) facilities going to Mindoro.

    For Puerto Galera via RORO, drive to Batangas Pier Gate 2, pay for the fee P1400 then 160-200/passenger with 1 free going to Balatero. RORO Trip schedule is from 10am and 3pm. Roro to Calapan costs the same but open 24 hours.


    For those tourist in Manila, you can also board Sikat Bus to Puerto Galera with daily trips at 8am in front of City State Hotel on Mabini St Ermita, Manila. This way you just board the bus to take you directly either to White beach or Sabang Beach. Fare is PhP500 with travel time of 3 hours.



    Puerto Galera Beaches:


    Puerto Galera Beaches:


    White Beach (most popular), Tamaraw Beach (separated from White beach by a cliff), Sabang Beach (where the girlie bars, foreigners and sleazy joints with hookers converge), Talipanan Beach (near White Beach but secluded)



    UPDATED: February 10, 2013
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    Puerto Galera Holy Week Promo, Puerto Galera Sex Scandal, Hookers, Prostitutes, Spa Massage with extra service, bars, ktv...sorry, but they're not here. please look somewhere else

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 4:48 PM,

    10 Comments:

    At Feb 1, 2009, 12:00:00 PM, Anonymous mafiaprincess said...

    hi,
    i'm planning to go an a solo escapade---for the first time, and have chosen puerto galera.
    thanks for the info :)

     
    At Sep 28, 2009, 4:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Mafiaprincess ,

    I'm planning to go too! Could you tell me how it went?

    naruto@gamezonemail.com

     
    At Dec 29, 2011, 4:53:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i was amazed about this beautiful place thats why i have visited puerto galera for almost 9 times,,, i want to spent mostly of my vacations there,,, beaches is my weakness,, in everytime i feel burnout for work ,,,, no second thought i packed up easily and ride on going to this puerto galera,,, a place im proud of to be visited always hehehehe... it was really cool,,,,, the hospitable PURAVISTA hotel, the mouth watering fresh sea foods,,,, the breath taking sceneries,,,, the sky like ocean ,,,,, and etc,,, you must also experience this beautiful place in your life time,,, its worth it to be there

     
    At Apr 17, 2012, 6:08:00 PM, Anonymous Dino T said...

    Do you still have the address of this house that offers homestay? Thanks a lot.

     
    At Apr 17, 2012, 6:16:00 PM, Anonymous Dino T said...

    Hello. I was wondering if you still have the address of the house where you stayed. We're set to go this Thursday and things suddenly went SNAFU, so we decided to simply home-stay.

    By the way, this is a good read.

    Thanks a lot!

     
    At May 3, 2012, 8:58:00 PM, Anonymous liz said...

    I love your site,grabe!pag may gusto akong puntahan dito ako unang nagche check, I hope I can do something like th is pero ang hirap. Good luck to you and thanks sa mga infos.

     
    At Jun 1, 2012, 2:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    post nmn po kayo na contact no. kung sino pwede mag guide sa amin. plan namin june 10. At sana mahanapan kami ng homestay lng. 15 persons

     
    At Jul 11, 2012, 11:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    For those travelers who are looking for homestay even at the nearby town of Puerto Galera which is San Teodoro, 5 minutes away from Tamaraw Falls and 45 to 60 minutes away from White Beach or Sabang Beach you may contact this number 09202891655 for more information. We are also very near the beach.

     
    At Mar 27, 2013, 10:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    nagplaplano kmi ng family ko nxt month mga april 24 ask ko lng ung homestAY ok nmn ba kung may bata kang dala? and magkano? then pwede paki bigyan ako ng contact salamat sobrang laking tulong nito. .

     
    At Mar 31, 2013, 6:25:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    anonymous, ok naman depends sa itsura ng hoemstay though. it's the cheapest accomodations in pinas. tyagaan lang ng hanap...no contacts though.

     

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