October 8, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 25Comment

Considering heading out of Manila for a quick escape? If Puerto Galera is one of your options, then great choice! 

Sometimes, though, some places in Puerto Galera can be exhausting. Looking for a place to stay can also be overwhelming, as there are numerous choices.

But Chris and I found what we were looking for. The Driftwood Cottage was exactly what we had in mind.

Photos posted on Airbnb looked sweet and ordinary, but we were astounded when we saw it in person.

Driftwood cottage is beautifully designed inside and out. Every detail is carefully decorated. For instance, the headboard of our bed was a paddle. That’s because the main livelihood in the place is fishing. Here, let me tour you around.

The Room

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On the side of the bed is a table for two where Chris and I had one of our most romantic and fun dinners!


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But of course, please note that Airbnb usually doesn’t offer breakfast, so you have to make your own. Luckily, Driftwood cottage has built-in kitchen, so every morning, we would make our own breakfast and at night, we would grill some fresh meat from the market.

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Furthermore, Driftwood cottage perfectly suits travelers like us who want a moment of privacy. And because it is beachfront, every morning and at night, the soothing sound of the water is like lullaby. Then we would have a glimpse of sunrise.


Grilling area 


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What to love about The Driftwood Cottage


There are top two things we genuinely love about it:

  1. The staff are extra accommodating. Owen is incredibly nice, always smiling at us, assistive and whenever we needed anything like a big pan for cooking pasta or an “itak “ for cracking a coconut, she handed it to us promptly.
  2. It is fronting the beach and is private. There are neighbours around since it’s located in the locals’ area but the beach is totally empty—there are no tourists; just a few local kids who are happily swimming.

The only downside is the slow internet connection. But given the fact that Puerto Galera is an island and not a big city, expect a slow connection. But, so what, right?


Overall, Chris and I both enjoyed our stay. We stayed for a total of 5 nights.


Price per night: €45. We booked the first 3 nights via Airbnb and the other 2 nights in person.

Insider tip: It is cheaper to book via their official Facebook or Instagram page! Also, you can ask Owen to get you a motorbike for rent. They surely know one! They did it for us!

Motorbike rent: PHP450 per day


How to get there:

From Batangas Port, book a boat or buy a ticket to Muelle Port. Price is PHP350 per person plus the terminal fee, which is PHP30 per person.

Before entering Muelle, you also have to pay a PHP50 environmental fee. Take a tricycle to Driftwood Cottage. Tricycle fare usually costs PHP120-150 for two. And then, voila! Welcome to The Driftwood Cottage!

Any restaurants nearby?

Yes. We dined out and enjoyed local cuisine like pancit and lomi at Burp Station, just a 10-minute walk away. And there’s also a nearby bar and restaurant that we didn’t really get the chance to hang at, because we mostly cooked our own food.

Need a quick guide around Puerto Galera? Read my post about it here.


Thanks for reading!


Disclaimer: This isn’t a sponsored post.