The laidback town of Puerto Galera in Mindoro could otherwise be an unknown except that it is home to one of the most beautiful white beaches in the Philippines, if not the world. It is also a popular dive spot. Puerto Galera is perfect for snorkeling, jet skiing, mountain biking, trekking, and enjoying your vacation, beach-bum style. It’s a tropical paradise within your reach and getting to Puerto Galera is not at all difficult.
From any part of the world, the first step to your amazing beach experience is a flight to Manila, the capital city of the Philippines. If you have not heard anything about the Philippines, it is an archipelago near the equator that is made up of 7,107 islands. The country is home to probably the best beach in the world, which is Boracay, and Puerto Galera is a very close second. Some people are now debating which of the two is really the prettiest.
You can be the judge as you visit Puerto Galera now and maybe Boracay next.
From Manila, if your plan was to go straight to Puerto Galera, get a yellow airport taxi to take you to either the JAM or BLTB bus station in Pasay City. (The yellow taxi is less expensive than the white airport shuttle service.) There are very neat air-conditioned buses going to Batangas pier for a comfortable 3-hour ride. The fare should not be more than Php200. The Batangas pier is the end of the line, so you shouldn’t worry about missing your stop. (There is a bus that goes to Batangas city; make sure you took the one going to the port area.)
The next step is a ferry ride worth about Php300 to the island of Mindoro. Take the one going to either the Muelle port, Balatero or Sabang Beach. Sabang Beach is the most popular spot in Puerto Galera. If you can’t get a ferry ride direct to Sabang Beach, the other ports of entry are fine. You would just need to take a jeepney ride going to Sabang.
Approaching the island of Mindoro by boat and seeing the white beach stretch from a distance, would easily convince you that you are in one of the best beaches in the world.
Getting from Manila to Puerto Galera, Mindoro on land and then by boat could easily be arranged by one of the resorts in Sabang. A good strategy is to book online with one of the resorts and arrange for shuttle service from the international airport all the way to Sabang Beach.
Another route is to take a short flight from Manila to San Jose, Mindoro Occidental. It’s a tiny airport and only a few trips are scheduled by Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines. Not many take this route since the airport is still afar off.
Also, if you’ve been staying in Manila for some time and would like to drive your way to Puerto Galera, follow the same route. There are RORO (roll-on roll-off) barges from Batangas to Puerto Galera that can ship your car across. If you want a little adventure along the way, you can get off at Calapan Mindoro and drive your way to the southern part of Mindoro. Getting to Puerto Galera this way is more fun if you have time to spare and when traveling with friends or family.