Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera

Oriental Mindoro is a province in the southwestern part of Luzon. The province separated from Manila by the Isla Verde Passage, one of the busiest waterways in the country. On its northern tip lies Puerto Galera, Spanish for “Port of Galleons.” With thousands of tourists visiting its white beaches and diverse coral reefs, this island is also known as the Pearl of Mindoro.

To get to the island, drive south from Metro Manila to the Batangas Port, where ferries shuttle passengers to and from Puerto Galera daily. Total travel time from Metro Manila to Puerto Galera is about 3.5 hours.

The most popular tourist destination on the island is the White Beach. Visitors have plenty of choices with over 50 resorts and hotels in the area. Days at this beach are spent sunbathing, snorkeling, or banana boating. At night, fire dancers and other performers take over the beach. Enjoy the shows while sipping on Puerto Galera’s trademark drink, the Mindoro Sling (a mix of Tanduay rum, soda, and fruit juices).

Another white sand beach can be found on the nearby Alibatan Island. Catch a glimpse of various marine life as you swim over coral reefs in crystal waters. Watch out for eggs and nests, for the island also serves as breeding grounds for sea turtles and seagulls.

On the other end of the island is Sabang Beach. The rocky beach is more of jumpoff point for divers. Just off the coast you can find excellent diving spots teeming with tropical fish and coral reefs. If you’d like to take diving courses or become a licensed diver, facilities like Technical Diving International and PADI Scuba Dive Centres can be found in several resorts around the island.

Go chasing waterfalls around Puerto Galera. The Tamaraw Falls in Barangay Villaflor are easy to spot as it’s right next to the road. Continue on the road and you can also search for the Python Cave. Rumor has it that a 2 meter (6.5 ft) long python lives there, so keep your eyes peeled.

For a more interactive experience with a waterfall, trek to the Aninuan Falls. This small waterfall sits at the bottom of Mt. Malasimbo. Local guides will lead you through the unmarked trail for a small fee. The falls’ refreshing clear waters are perfect for a swim after the long hike.

More hiking can be done in Puerto Galera’s Barangay Talipanan. The village is home to Mt. Talipanan and Mt. Malasimbo. It will take you about 4 hours to climb up Mt. Talipanan with a guide, so start your trek early. The taller Mt. Malasimbo is a bit more challenging and requires a full day’s hike.

Other must-sees in Barangay Talipanan are the two-tiered Talipanan Falls and the Iraya-Mangyan Village.

The Iraya community in Talipanan are a subtribe of the Mangyans. The village is situated at the foot of Mt. Malasimbo and is known for their handwoven nito vine (type of fern) products. At the center of the village you’ll find a hut displaying uniquely patterned baskets, placemats, and bracelets for sale. The friendly natives can also lead you on a 30-minute uphill trek to the Talipanan Falls.

If you’ve still got the energy, head over to Puerto’s Extreme Sports Philippines for go-karting, rock climbing, all-terrain vehicle (ATV) rentals, and paintball. “The Walking Dead” fans will be pleased to know that the facility also has a newly opened Zombie Land Crossbow and Airgun Range.

Twenty minutes outside Puerto Galera’s town proper is the Ponderosa Golf Club. The course is small with only 9 holes, but what it lacks in size is made up for by an impressive view. The club is situated on a mountainside, allowing guests to golf at 2000 feet above sea level.

If you’re tired of being shuttled around like a tourist, consider renting a motorcycle. You can rent one for a whole day to tour the island at your own pace.

Top Rated Restaurants in Puerto Galera Browse All

  1. Ciao Italia Pizzeria Ristorante
    4.8 Stars
    Italian
    4 Reviews View
  2. Luca Cucina Italiana
    4.7 Stars
    Italian
    3 Reviews View
  3. Food Trip Sa Puerto Galera Chicken Inasal
    3.7 Stars
    Filipino
    13 Reviews View
  4. Papa Fred's Steakhouse
    4.3 Stars
    Steak
    3 Reviews View
  5. Capt'n Gregg's Divers Lodge
    5.0 Stars
    International
    1 Review View
  6. Puerto Galera Yacht Club
    5.0 Stars
    International
    1 Review View
  7. Aurio's Food Garden and Bar
    5.0 Stars
    International
    1 Review View
  8. Animasi Restaurant
    5.0 Stars
    Fusion
    1 Review View
  9. The Verandah Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Asian
    1 Review View
  10. Pier Pub Pizza
    4.0 Stars
    Pizza
    1 Review View

Top Rated Hotels in Puerto Galera Browse All

  1. Tamaraw Beach Resort
    4.9 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  2. Buri Beach Resort
    4.8 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View
  3. Amihan Villa
    4.8 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  4. Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  5. Infinity Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  6. Dreamwave Hotel
    4.3 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  7. Coco Beach Resort
    4.3 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  8. The Manor at Puerto Galera
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  9. Badladz Dive Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    2 Reviews View
  10. VM Beach Resort and Restaurant
    4.0 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Puerto Galera Browse All

  1. Tamaraw Beach Resort
    4.9 Stars
    Hotel
    7 Reviews View
  2. Buri Beach Resort
    4.8 Stars
    Hotel
    6 Reviews View
  3. Puerto Galera White Beach
    4.1 Stars
    Great Outdoors
    16 Reviews View
  4. Ciao Italia Pizzeria Ristorante
    4.8 Stars
    Italian
    4 Reviews View
  5. Amihan Villa
    4.8 Stars
    Hotel
    4 Reviews View
  6. Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  7. Infinity Resort
    5.0 Stars
    Hotel
    3 Reviews View
  8. Dreamwave Hotel
    4.3 Stars
    Hotel
    5 Reviews View
  9. Luca Cucina Italiana
    4.7 Stars
    Italian
    3 Reviews View
  10. Food Trip Sa Puerto Galera Chicken Inasal
    3.7 Stars
    Filipino
    13 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Puerto Galera

  1. Aninuan

    Aninuan

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  2. Sabang Beach

    Sabang Beach

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  3. Sabang

    Sabang

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