Accommodation,  The Philippines

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.

Need a quick guide in Puerto Galera? Here’s my short but helpful directory for you.

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.

Born, raised, and forever loyal to the Philippines. Catherine is a teacher and a BA in Mass Communication graduate who loves anything child-friendly. She loves writing in her diary every day and is in love with beaches, books, Safari, and Tokyo. Her ultimate dream destinations are Madagascar, Mongolia, and Hawaii. Check out her van camping adventures in Europe at


  • Daniels Beitss

    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

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

  • Fiona_M_Maclean

    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.

  • Ami Bhat

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

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