Puerto Galera is a big island. If you are traveling there for the first time and want some cozy private time, this is your quick guide in Puerto Galera that can help you save precious time!
- 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
- Upon arriving at Muelle Port, we had to pay the environmental fee amounting to PHP50 for both local and foreign tourists.
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 are in the town of Sabang or Muelle.
Puerto Galera quick guide; 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. On top of that, I loved the serene and unspoiled beaches of Puerto Galera.
So, here are the things we did that you could do, too!
📍Swim, sunbathe or just chill at 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! Who doesn’t love fresh coconuts? Well, I can’t get enough of it!
📍 Eat breakfast at Captain’s Greg’s
Captain Greg’s restaurant is located on Sabang beach and also had a perfect view while having breakfast. It’s an hour’s 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.
Puerto Galera has plenty of awesome things to do. Isn’t it? What’s more?
📍 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 away from the area because it’s hiding behind a hill.
But, it’s worth te walk.
Takaway a pizza or dine in at Robby’s Cafeteria
According to most reviews we read, Robby’s Cafeteria is one of the most popular pizza restaurants in Puerto Galera. Therefore, we wanted to try it ourselves. Well, it didn’t disappoint. We ordered seafood and salami pizza for taking away. Dining in is also a good option. The prices are reasonable.
or go local a try Burp Station
Fond of local foods? Try Burp Station- a small restaurant that offered very affordable Filipino dishes such as Lomi or Pancit. It’s in Dulangan. Actually close to The Driftwood Cottage, our Airbnb during our stay. I loved the Lomi pancit here while Chris enjoyed the iced cold San Mig Light!
Go on a day tour
Snorkeling, island hopping, and other activities are available in Puerto Galera. It would be best if you talked 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 White beach. But I was not too fond of 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?
Take the last photo as your bonus reference on the way back to Manila!
Thanks for reading! I hope you find this quick guide to Puerto Galera. And if it did, I’d appreciate any form of love!
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