Puerto Galera, a laid-back town in Oriental Mindoro, is the top tourist attraction in that part of the Philippines. To many local and foreign tourists who have not really been there, Puerto Galera is synonymous to the white-sand beach. But that is too simplified a view of this tropical paradise and its offerings. It is also a host to a number of not-as-popular attractions that rightly deserve more recognition, such as the Tamaraw Falls.
Tamaraw Falls is 8 miles from the center of Puerto Galera. It is accessible by jeepney or tricycle. The ride to the waterfalls on either of these two most common forms of transport in the Philippines is a cultural trip in itself. Foreign visitors would get to see rural Philippines, rows of palm and coconut trees, coconut huts, rice paddies, and very friendly locals who are only too eager to wave and give a smile. There are other scenic sites along the way such as Tukuban Falls, Punta Baluerte and Tanapunan Hot Springs. You will see Tamaraw Falls along the road as you reach Barangay (“Community”) Villaflor near the city of San Teodoro. [Read more…]