In the province of Oriental Mindoro rests Puerto Galera, a popular tourist destination that offers tropical scent, tantalizing beaches, and fantastic foci. Puerto Galera is visited by outdoorsy weekenders who want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan of Manila. From Manila, you can fumble to Puerto Galera by taxi or by air. But others would prefer taking the public transport as it is cheaper (and more fun!).
Puerto Galera has several reasons why backpackers and journeyers keep coming back. Read further as we expose the 7 places to visit in Puerto Galera that might hook your wanderlust.
First on our list is the prominent White Beach of Puerto Galera. Visited by holidaymakers and beach buff, White Beach, as the name implies, offer fine white sand, beautiful arctic sea, and golden sunshine. Plunge yourself into the cold water of White Beach and enjoy the awe-inspiring and grandeur underwater realm by snorkeling the wavy and rough surface of the sea. Make sure to bring a pack of loaf bread to lure and feed the beautiful fishes.
White Beach also offer fun water activities such as scuba diving and parasailing. Conserve your energy because the fun in White Beach just doesn’t stop. Keep your heart pumping in the nightlife of the beach where you get to enjoy the fire dancing and bar hopping. Enjoy your cocktail with the rhythm of night bands and music jams. Or, you can stay on the shore, place a mat, and enjoy the breathtaking sight of the stars while feeling the sound of the sea waves.
Have I mentioned that Puerto Galera is the country’s top scuba diving destination? The beaches of Puerto Galera has an incredible underwater life. If you take an Island Hopping tour in White Beach, you will be traveled around in the Coral Garden. But, you can also go straightaway to the resort via private or public vehicle. Coral Garden, as the name obviously implies, has underwater Eden – paradise of colorful fishes and marine habitats. Scuba diving is the favorite thing to do in the resort. You can also try snorkeling. Get ready to pull out some cash, though. And just a tip, keep your eyes wide open under the sea because you might just find Nemo… or Dory.
Boquete Island (Paniquian Island)
Nearby the majestic White Beach is another island that contours nature and blue sea – the Boquete Island, also famed as Paniquian Island. The Elizabeth’s Hideaway Resort and Restaurant is a cozy place where you can have an overnight stay on the island. In low tides, the island becomes a peninsula, having a long white sand connecting to the mainland. But in high tides, the neck of land vanishes and turns Boquete into an island. The crisp blue sea will replenish your soul! Just like any other resort, the restos, and cafes that abound the resort create groovy nightlife.
A small waterfall that hides in the luscious greeneries of San Teodoro is the Tukuran Falls, also nicknamed as the Hidden Paradise of Puerto Galera. The hidden paradise has been found and has become a tourist spot for backpackers who want to feel the serenity of emerald forest, massive boulders, splendor rockies, and turquoise water from a mountain source. An hour away from the city proper, you can reach Tukuran Falls by public transportation and carabao-drawn sled (Carabao Taxi). Solo explorers may have trouble locating this natural beauty by their own so better ask the locals. The entrance fee in Tukuran Falls is only Php50 ($1).
X-treme Sports Philippines Adventure Park
Release your inner daredevil by trying the fun activities in X-treme Sports Philippines Adventure Park. This park will keep your adrenaline pumping and your heart pounding as you venture the steep terrains and muddy grounds with the ATVs and robust carts. This place is ideal for diversion and recreation especially if you get exhilarated with the tropical beaches and natural wonders. Paintball, airgun, and crossbow are also available for the intrepid extreme sports lover.
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If you’re into the fine white sand, cold crisp and clear sea, quiet and serene coast, and lush of lofty trees, Sabang Beach is not for you. Better go to White Beach or other resorts. So, why did we listed Sabang Beach in the best places in Puerto Galera? Sabang Beach may not have the finest and whitest sand, the tranquility of nature, or the clear azure sea, but the nightlife of Sabang Beach attracts tourists and vacationers. Also, Sabang Beach offers budget hotels and low-cost accommodations. There is a row of beach resorts in Sabang Beach such as the Cap’n Gregg’s Beach Resort Restaurant, Seashore Beach Resort, and Montani Beach Resort to name a few.
Named after the endemic Mindoro Dwarf Buffalo, Tamaraw, the Tamaraw Falls outcasts beauty and majesty. The pristine water that falls from the large rocks creates a white and snowy cold splash to the concave pool. The shallow water bank is perfect for having a cold dip to relax your muscles and joints (because to reach this little paradise, you have to trek it). Tamaraw Falls is perfect for sightseeing, family recreation, or for a simple picnic. Weekenders will enjoy the serenity, calmness, and solidarity of the place. The entrance fee is free. No, not literally free. But because it’s very cheap, it seems though it is free. You have to shell out Php25 (approximately $.50) for the entrance, Php30 for the table rental ($.55) and Php140 for the cottage rental (non-compulsory).
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