Puerto Galera is often compared to Boracay, the most popular beach in the Philippines, but usually only by people who have not been to Puerto Galera. This tourist town in Oriental Mindoro does not only offer a stretch of white sandy beach but also backpacking and trekking; Boracay does not have virgin forests to please mountaineers and backpackers. In Puerto Galera, however, you get the beaches plus the bonus of exotic mountain treks and jungle trails, and one of the more popular places for backpackers and trekkers is Bondong Jungle.
Puerto Galera is located in the island of Mindoro just 130 kilometers south of Manila, capital city of the Philippines. This gives it a clear edge over Boracay and other great beaches in Cebu, Bohol and Mindanao, since one does not need to take a plane to reach it. To visit the many tourist spots in the Philippines, every foreign tourist enters through Manila and then boards a domestic flight to the final destination. Cebu and Davao also have international airports, but Manila is still the most common and practical route. From the international airport in Manila to the white sand beaches of Puerto Galera, Mindoro, is about 2 hours by bus to Batangas, then 2 more hours by ferry. [Read more…]