The Driftwood Cottage, an ideal Airbnb in Dulangan, Puerto Galera

f Puerto Galera is one of your options and looking for a lovely beachfront Airbnb, The Driftwood Cottage located in Dulangan is an ultimate choice.

Looking for a place to stay can also be overwhelming, as there are numerous choices. Luckily, 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.

That being said, The 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.

Here’s my full review about the place.

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The Driftwood cottage; let’s tour around

Below photos are the facilities of the Driftwood cottage Airbnb. We had full access, especially to the grill area. It was also spacey, and during that time, we were the only guests. Therefore, we had the full area.

The kitchen had basic utensils such as pots or pans. Understandably, some Airbnbs usually don’t offer breakfast, so you have to make your own. Luckily, Driftwood cottage has a built-in kitchen, so every morning, we would make our own breakfast and at night, we would grill some fresh meat from the market.

📌 The wet market is just a few meters away. We had rented a motorcycle which allowed us to transport from any point nearby the Airbnb.

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 a lullaby. Then we would have a glimpse of sunrise.

What to love about The Driftwood Cottage

  • The staff is extra accommodating. Owen is incredibly nice, always smiling at us, assistive. Whenever we needed anything like a big pan for cooking pasta or an “itak “ for cracking a coconut, she handed it to us promptly.
  • It is fronting the beach and is private. There are neighbors around since it’s located in the locals’ area, but the beach is empty—there are no tourists, just a few local kids who are happily swimming.
  • The only downside is the slow internet connection. The fact that Puerto Galera is an island and not a big city, expect a slow connection. But, so what.

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Overall, Chris and I both enjoyed our stay at the. 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; just look up The Driftwood Cottage! 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.

Thanks for reading! Have you been to the Driftwood Cottage? I bet it’s going to be on your next Airbnb accommodation.


  • Your quick guide in Puerto Galera - ESCAPESANDDIARIES
    October 21, 2018 at 10:42

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

  • Daniels Beitss
    October 21, 2018 at 11:12

    This air bnb does look nice and has all the essentials need for a decent stay. Love a place where you can relax on the balcony with a good view of the sea. Would consider staying here if I ever get to Puerto Galera.

  • Maricris Guårdian Benico
    October 21, 2018 at 11:31

    So Schön. Worth reading. Would love to visit this place too soon with my boyfriend.👌😉

  • Catherine Mendoza
    October 21, 2018 at 12:11

    Thanks for reading Mariciris! I’m sure you and your boyfriend would love this place! Thanks again!

  • Fiona_M_Maclean
    October 21, 2018 at 14:44

    Driftwood cottage looks just perfect. Now I need to find someone to share an escape there. I agree re: internet too – I do think people who make a fuss about the internet when they are somewhere remote are just being unrealistic.

  • Carol
    October 21, 2018 at 19:36

    Must be a great value for money, meaning quite affordable!

  • Ami Bhat
    October 22, 2018 at 10:34

    By the beach, comfortable and clean and private! What more do you need. I love this place for it promises me a relaxing time – a perfect detox from the daily crazy life. I kind of envy you for this lovely stay

  • Melody Pittman
    October 22, 2018 at 14:08

    We love using Airbnb when we travel so I appreciate the information! This looks like the perfect spot for a getaway. I would love to eat breakfast on that patio! 🙂

  • Drew Seaman
    October 23, 2018 at 00:47

    I am a huge fan of Airbnb. I have stayed in over 30 in the past two years. I do love a good hotel from time to time, but there is something really nice about having a larger, more comfortable space when on the road. It is nice to make a cup of coffee and some breakfast in your pyjamas, instead of throwing on some clothes to hit the breakfast buffet (which offer a ton of options normally, but do few of them well). Looks like a great spot to relax in Puerto Galera!

  • Vyjay Rao
    October 23, 2018 at 13:42

    Air BnB has some amazing properties in amazing places. The Driftwood cottage looks like one of those. It seems like a romantic getaway. Being by the side of the beach , the place has its own charm and aura. Definitely a nice place for a romantic staycation.

  • Claire
    October 23, 2018 at 18:19

    I love making my own food when I travel – then I can save up and treat myself to a fabulous meal one night but still enjoy cooking! That grilling area and view of the water is the bomb, what a beautiful place to rustle up dinner!

  • Jennifer Dombrowski
    October 24, 2018 at 03:51

    I don’t do Airbnb. It’s a huge problem and illegal in some places, like here in France. Since Airbnb doesn’t care about making sure that only those that registered for their license and only rent for the allotted 90 days total per year, I boycott Airbnb.

    But the house does look lovely. It looks like the owner has taken time to decorate it nicely and make it a good accommodation for people that choose self catering accommodations.

  • Tamara Wilcox
    October 24, 2018 at 14:08

    You found an amazing Airbnb! To be able to have a beautifully decorated place to stay, wonderful host, and a private beach? That’s amazing and I can’t believe it’s only 45 euros a night.

  • Kate Flores
    October 27, 2018 at 01:05

    Airbnb is always a HOME for every travellers. I’ll save your post once we hit Puerto Galera! and hey – I also want to wake up like that! 😀 Love you btw

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 28, 2018 at 04:54

    Totally! Thanks, Carol!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 28, 2018 at 04:57

    Thanks, Claire! We mostly love the view! It’s a sure win win!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 28, 2018 at 04:58

    Thanks, Ami! We totally loved this place and glad we chose it! By the beach is sooo wonderful!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 28, 2018 at 04:59

    absolutely romantic! The by the beach is the plus factor!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 28, 2018 at 04:59

    That’s nice to know! Us, too! Breakfast was awesome because it’s home made and the kitchen has all that we needed!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 28, 2018 at 05:01

    Thanks, Maricris! I’m sure you can convince your boyfriend! So soon!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 28, 2018 at 05:01

    That’s good to know! Please do! It’d give you the privacy and the amazing view!

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 28, 2018 at 05:01

    Right! Thanks, Fiona! When you’re with someone, you don’t need a fast internet all the time! haha

  • escapesanddiaries
    October 28, 2018 at 04:52

    That’s great, Drew! Us, too! Airbnb is getting more and more popular and some of them are really nice! Thanks! Truly is a great spot and far from crowd, most travelers who want a piece of privacy would definitely love this place!

  • mattolinchak
    December 30, 2018 at 11:52

    drewseaman but

  • rachaelallyson
    January 2, 2019 at 15:08

    maricrisgurdianbenico already

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