Puerto Galera is an ancient town in the island of Mindoro, established by the Spanish colonizers in 1574. The name is Spanish for “harbor of galleons,” and there are a number of ancient ruins to see. Just 130 kilometers away from the city of Manila, the main metropolis of the Philippines, Puerto Galera is blessed with a number of natural spectacles, which include abundant jungles, mystical mountains, cool waterfalls and white-sand beaches. [Read more…]
Most international travelers are probably more familiar with the glitzy Boracay, but for many a Philippine tourist, Puerto Galera is now where the beachside fun is at. As more and more westerners are also discovering, this Philippine town boasts an inexpensive experience of Boracay when the latter was less frantic, less overrun by tourists, and vastly more authentic in its tropical beach experience. Puerto Galera is what Boracay would be if it had not been spoiled by raging tourism.
Puerto Galera’s beaches are the top draw, of course. With over 32 beaches available, there is little risk of overcrowding—and during off-season, it is even possible to find a beach nearly deserted and populated only by you. White Beach is undeniably the most popular beach, though, which means it is nearly never empty. Even so, it is still hardly as packed as Boracay’s beaches, even if it is just as good.
The waters of Puerto Galera offer a lot to the curious explorer. Scuba diving and snorkeling are superb here, as is the boat sightseeing. Marine animals thrive in these rich tropical waters, with dolphins and giant clams being common sights—one near the surface and the other far below. Further inland are seductive drops of freshwater like the Talipanan and Tamaraw Falls, both of which boast crystal-clear pools in which you can cool off from the Philippine sun.
Even the landscape is beautiful, for a big part of Puerto Galera remains untouched as raw forest. No hand but nature’s works at the canvas in some places, and the results are phenomenal: profusions of orchids sit sprinkled with resting birds of all colors and sizes, and the air is often filled with the thrilling sound of a brook and birdsong.
Kayaking is also possible in Puerto Galera, as well as dining out along such romantic places as Muelle Bay. This is truly a tropical paradise yet undamaged by tourism’s hand, and travelers should take the opportunity to visit it while it stays thus.
Most Filipinos know Puerto Galera as a top tourist destination in the country. Some have heard that it is slowly becoming a strong competition to Boracay, the country’s top beach and one of the most popular beaches around the word. And some are aware that a number of foreign and local tourists visit Puerto Galera for its white sand beaches, especially White Beach. Not many Filipinos know, however, that there are more than ten alluring beaches in Puerto Galera and one of the prime beaches is in fact the smallest of them all, the Small La Laguna Beach.
This beach with a funny name is popular primarily for its white sand. Guests are treated to a relaxing stay and peaceful swims, in contrast with the more energy-fraught visits to popular White Beach and the nearby Sabang Beach. White Beach is the flagship beach but it is often too crowded and too busy. On the other hand, Sabang Beach could easily be the second for the title but it is better known for its loud go-go bars, discos and nightclubs that stay up partying until morning the next day. Small La Laguna is just beside Sabang (and Big La Laguna at the other side), and actually provides contrasting peace and quiet compared to its larger neighbours. [Read more…]
Puerto Galera is often compared to Boracay, particularly for its white-sand beaches. Both these leading Philippine tourist attractions have a White Beach with powdery white beaches and filled with fun water activities such as snorkeling, water skiing, and windsurfing, among others. Also, both white beaches are almost always packed with local and foreign tourists, their shorelines filled with beautiful people and bodies being caressed by the tropical sun.
So how does Puerto Galera compare to Boracay?
First, the famous white beaches: while Boracay White Beach may be longer and more popular, the White Beach in Puerto Galera has fewer commercial establishments and is set in a backdrop of towering mountains and lush jungles. While Boracay is now too commercialized, the commerce and modernization in Puerto Galera is just right for those who want a bit more Nature in their vacation experience, even while having enough of modernization’s amenities to provide the comforts that tourists need. [Read more…]
Puerto Galera is best known for its white-sand beaches and spectacular dive sites. Many miss the hint from its name that this quiet town in Oriental Mindoro is a historical place, having been founded by the Spanish conquistadores in 1574. Its Spanish name means “harbor of galleons” and the town itself is referred to as “Poblacion”, which in Spanish means “population” or “town.”
In the 16th Century, when the Philippines was still a colony of Spain, Puerto Galera was considered an important military haven where galleons (or ships) safely harbored. The Spanish soldiers might have enjoyed R&R along the white sand beaches and lush jungles surrounding the Poblacion. [Read more…]
Puerto Galera is a well-loved tourist destination in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. While it has so many other attractions such as ancient ruins and abundant flora and fauna, it is more popularly known for its beaches. There are over 10 tourist-friendly beaches and one of the lesser known is Talipanan Beach.
So why should tourists bother to check out Talipanan?
Located 130 kilometers from Manila, Puerto Galera is steadily gaining much popularity and nearing the fame of Boracay Beach, the top tourist destination in the Philippines. Getting to Puerto Galera is faster and cheaper and does not require a plane ride, compared to going to Boracay and the beautiful beaches in Cebu, Bohol and Mindanao. Accommodations and amenities are also relatively very cheap in this area, which makes it attractive to tourists coming through the capital. [Read more…]
When in the Philippines, you should see Puerto Galera. If you have seen or heard of Boracay, the country’s top beach, then you should have an idea of what to expect: Puerto Galera is just a scaled-down, less expensive version of Boracay that is nearer Manila, the capital city. Not to be mistaken with Puerto Princessa, another Philippine tourist area located in the island of Palawan, Puerto Galera is a town in Oriental Mindoro known for its white-sand beaches by the crystal-blue South China Sea. Attractions in Puerto Galera include world-famous dive spots, white-sand beaches, interesting mountains, and the warm, friendly locals.
First is diving and snorkeling. No less than the United Nations have declared the candy-color reefs off Oriental Mindoro as a marine sanctuary. Puerto Galera is a diver’s paradise with a wide array of colorful fishes. When going for a dive, look to Action Divers for all your diving needs: equipments, coaching, and guide into the best dive spots in the world. They even rent out underwater cameras so you could capture your amazing experience under the sea. [Read more…]