October 15, 2018 Catherine Mendoza 23Comment

Puerto Galera is a big island. If you are travelling there for the first time, and if you want some cosy private time, then this post is for you.

Getting there

From Buendia, Manila to Batangas Port

Take Ceres, DLTB, or Jac Liner bus. One-way fare ranges from PHP167 to PHP187. Travel time is 1.5-2 hours, depending on traffic. Last time we took it, it took us only 1.5 hours—no stopover.

From Batangas Port to any destination like Sabang or Muelle

We went to Muelle since our Airbnb was located there. Motorbikes are available for rent. You can also hire tricycles to take you to your destination.

Boat fare, Minolo Shipping Lines: PHP350 per person plus PHP30 terminal fee each. 

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Upon arriving at Muelle Port, we had to pay the environmental fee amounting to PHP50 each for both local and foreign tourists.

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Going around the town

Taking a tricycle, or renting a motorbike makes going around town convenient, depending on where your Airbnb or hotel is located.

Motorbike rent: PHP400-600 for 24 hours with 2 helmets. You need to sign a written agreement when renting a motorbike.

ATMs, supermarkets, and other establishments can be found in the town of Sabang or Muelle.

 

Recommended things to do

Although I have been to Puerto Galera thrice already, I consider my third visit as the best experience. It was a more private setup and I had the chance to unwind with my partner Chris.

The things I listed here are what we did together.

 

Go to Bulabod Beach
If privacy is your main concern, then Bulabod beach is ideal for you. You can reach Bulabod beach via a 15- to 20-minute ride from the Driftwood cottage. However, if you’re coming from Sabang or White Beach, it will probably take about 1-1.5 hours by motorbike. Bulabod beach was literally empty and we had it to ourselves during our stay. The water is nice and clean for swimming and sends you, of course, a sense of
tranquillity.

Buy fresh coconuts from the locals
As soon as we arrived at Bulabod beach, 3 women approached us and offered a massage, but we’re not fond of that. We, instead, asked them if they sell coconuts, and voila! They got us fresh coconuts from the tree for only PHP50!

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Eat breakfast at Captain’s Greg’s
Captain Greg’s restaurant is located on Sabang beach and it’s an hour drive from Dulangan where we stayed. I had pancakes and Chris had a fried tuna roll. It was actually my third time there. Captain Greg also offers room accommodation.

 Sunbathe at La Laguna Beach
La Laguna beach is located along the long stretch of Sabang beach known for divers and snorkelers. But there’s also a spot for sunbathing. Ask a local to show you where the spot
is because it’s actually hidden. You have to walk a little farther way out of the area, because it’s hiding behind a hill.

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Buy pizza at Robby’s Cafeteria
Robby’s Cafeteria is one of the most popular pizza restaurants in Puerto Galera according to most reviews we read. We ordered seafood and salami pizza for taking away. Dining in is also a good option. Prices are reasonable.

or go local try Burp Station 

Burp Station has very affordable Filipino dishes such as Lomi or Pancit. It’s in Dulangan. Actually close to The Driftwood Cottage.

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Go on a day tour
Snorkelling, island hopping and other activities are available in Puerto Galera. You just need to talk to the locals. But nope. We didn’t go on a tour, as we wanted to have a relaxed experience.

Watch the sunset on the White Beach
I feel guilty for not taking Chris to the White beach. But I really didn’t like the crowd, so we avoided the area. It was the last destination that we visited to try to catch the sunset.

 

Lastly, where to stay?

I strongly recommend staying at The Driftwood Cottage. It has a private beach, lovely room and beautiful people! Read my full review here

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I say this is one of the nicest Airbnb‘s we’ve ever stayed by far. It’s huge, clean, beach front and relaxing. But most of all, there’s a treehouse beside it, that is love to take tons of photos later! 😍😂 Price per night is pocket friendly as well! Only 3,100php. 💵 Want to know more about this lovely accommodation ? Stay tune for my full blog post! 🔜 . . . . . . Only @thedriftwoodcottageph 📍 . . . . . . . . . #travel #travelstyle #traveladdict #airbnb #airbnbexperience #travelstories #philippines #travelblogger #bikini #beachbum #wanderer #sunkissed #summerdestination #passionpassport #globetrotter #summer #traveler #vacation #beach #sheisnotlost #bulabodbeach #travelingbikini #thedriftwoodcottageph #puertogalera #mindoro #gltlove #glt #escapesanddiaries #travelingbikini #puertogaleratourism #dulanganbeach

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Take the last photo as your bonus reference on the way back to Manila! 

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There are scores of ventures and interests in Puerto Galera that you’ll truly love! I hope you have fun!

 

Thanks for reading!