The beauty of Puerto Galera could overwhelm tourists, especially those who are visiting for the first time. There are so many tour packages, cheap accommodations, fun activities, and amazing restaurants to choose from that one could end up confused. How often do we hear vacationers saying in disbelief, “My vacation went by so fast I wanted to do so much more”? To help an awestruck tourist set his or her priorities straight, we have compiled here the Top 5 water sports in Puerto Galera.
Top 5: Big game fishing. This is not for everyone. While going out to sea to catch a marlin, swordfish or sailfish sounds fun to experts of the sport, it sounds scary to the average tourist. Big game fishing trips are usually part of tour packages offered by hotels. Other activities that usually come with the package are kayaking, trekking and hiking.
Top 4: Jet skiing, kayaking, and windsurfing. These water sports require a certain amount of skill and a lot of guts. It may not be for everyone, but Puerto Galera does not lack the necessary equipment and related events for those who are experienced enough to enjoy them.
The Puerto Galera Cup 2010 Windsurfing Championship happens every year. Usually in February, the Puerto Galera Bay gets filled with high-tech and traditional windsurfing sails and boards. Expert windsurfers and enthusiasts from all over the world declare that this is the best place in the country and one of the best in the world to enjoy windsurfing.
For those who can’t windsurf, watching them race is quite a spectacle already.
Kayaking, on the other hand, is for the less experienced and less adventurous, but equally as exciting. Kayak rentals are all over the beaches. They are not hard to find. Some even have double kayaks for the family to enjoy. A typical package, which includes kayaking, hiking and food, would take about 3 hours and a half, covering the entire 42 kilometer shoreline of Puerto Galera. The package is about Php2,450 per person for a minimum of 6 persons.
Top 3: Diving. Puerto Galera is known the world over as an excellent spot for scuba diving. The best dive spots are off Sabang Beach, Big La Laguna Beach, and Small La Laguna Beach. Water here is always calm, which is perfect for every dive. Walls drop to as deep as 80 feet, allowing divers to swim alongside moray eels, lionfish, batfish, and small reef fish. Sabang is packed with dive clubs offering the best dive coaches and equipment.
Top 2: Snorkeling. If scuba diving is still too daring, then one can always snorkel and still enjoy colorful reefs, shells, and adorable fishes that swim in shallow water. Again, Sabang Beach, Big La Laguna Beach, and Small La Laguna Beach are exciting places to snorkel, along with the popular White Beach.
Top 1: Beach Bumming. This is the cheapest, easiest and safest water “sport” in Puerto Galera. Enjoy what the harbor has to offer: white powdery sand, calm crystal-clear sea, clear blue sky and super friendly locals-all of which you can avail of without breaking a sweat. The adoring tourist needs more than a day swimming leisurely about, staring at the spectacular views of Puerto Galera and basking in their beauty.
Experiencing water sports in Puerto Galera is a memorable activity. This top tourist destination located in Oriental Mindoro is just about 4 hours away from the capital city of Manila.