About 4 to 5 hours away from Manila is Puerto Galera. It is a string of beaches located on thenorthwest side Mindoro Island. Composed of Coco Beach, White Beach,Sabang Beach, Big & Small Lalaguna & Tamaraw Beach. Puerto Galera is ahaven for Filipinos & Foreigners alike. The cost of getting there, theaccommodation, food and drinks are relatively cheap compared to Boracayor Palawan. On a tight budget, a weekend retreat for two can cost as littleas $100. And that includes transportation from Manila, a small cottageand food. White Beach on is the longest and widest beach in PuertoGalera. It is a bit laid-back compared to Sabang but Sabang issmaller but livelier because it has more bars, shops,restaurants and discos. Sabang also boast of a floating bar inthe middle of the bay where local and imported drinks areserved. But both Sabang & White Beach have an activenightlife although one need not stay at one beach alone, trybeach hopping when your there. You can transfer from Sabangto Small Lalaguna by foot. And in between the two beaches,there is a cozy bar on the cliff called "The Point" it has a niceview of the ocean and is open until 2 a.m. The other beachesat Puerto Galera can be reached by tricycle, jeep or pump boat. It is a common practice to rent acottage at one resort and hop at different resorts and beaches during the day and at even at night. You can do just about everything for your total holiday enjoyment atPuerto Galera. Day activities are usually swimming, boating, strolling,hiking, Scuba diving, snorkeling, island hopping, jet skiing, beachvolleyball and of course sun bathing! One can also hire a guide to trek themountain at the backdrop. There is also the Ponderosa Golf Club is located up in the mountains - 600meters above sea level, and the view is unforgettable. The beautiful viewof Puerto Galera and the beaches is breathtaking. Another interesting place to go while in Puerto Galera is the Tamaraw Falls. It is very easy to go to, just take a jeepney ride towards San Teodoro town and ask the jeep driver to drop you off atTamaraw Falls. The falls is just meters from the road. And if you are the adventurous type, go jungletrekking through the mountains and see the Mangyan tribes people living in the jungle and you arelucky, you might get the rare chance to see the Tamaraw, a wild buffalo in the forest of Mindoro.
HOW TO GET TO PUERTO GALERA:
To get to Puerto Galera from Manila you can get a bus to the Port of Batangas (about 3 hour trip).Almost all major bus lines in Manila have regular trips going to the Port of Batangas. From the port,the fastest way to any beach in Puerto Galera is to take a "banca" ride (outrigger boat) directly toyour beach of choice. You can also take the early morning “Ro-Ro” (roll on-roll off) ferryboat (2 1/2hours trip) once a day or the speed boats that leave the port several times a day (more often duringpeak season -the schedules change depending on the demand). But the "Ro-Ro" and the biggerboats dock on the Puerto Gallera pier and you have to take a jeepney ride to your choice of beach ortake another "banca" ride to your choice of beach. So if you are not afraid of small boats, take the"banca" direct from the Port of Batangas to your choice of beach at Puerto Galera.