Puerto Galera


Town Profile

Puerto Galera is a soothing vision of shimmering seas surrounded by lush mountains. It is considered one of the most beautiful and developed beach resort community in the country.

Classified as a FIRST CLASS municipality by the Philippine Department of Interior and Local Government. That means the town is one notch below a CITY.

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There are a thousand things one can do here. Landlubbers can pitch tents, light bonfires, play volleyball, toss a Frisbee, go beach-hopping, watch the sunset, gaze at the stars, hike, go rock climbing, carom off on a motorcycle, discover Oriental Mindoro’s other tourist spots or simply live it up.

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But water is certainly the main attraction of the island. Crystal clear and shimmering especially during the hot summer months, the sea framing Puerto Galera is ideal for swimming, sailing, surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving. In fact one doesn’t have to go by boat to get to a dive site. Within a kilometer from the coast, schools of Moorish idols, trumpet fish, frog fish, lion fish and leaf fish weave in and out of thriving corals and sea anemones while species of starfish – from the speckled red-and-white to the neon-blue Pacific – rest on the sandy floor.

About Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is located on the north shore of Mindoro Island, 130 kilometers south of Manila and 14 nautical miles away from Batangas City. It comprises of 12 coastal villages (barangays) and 1 mountain district scattered over an area of 23,247 hectares, bordered on the north by Verde Island, on the south by Baco and Malasimbo mountains, on the southeast by the town of San Teodoro and on the northwest by the province of Occidental Mindoro. Its natural seawall, exciting dive sites, lush mountains and pristine beaches make Puerto Galera one of the Philippines’ top travel destinations.

Proximity – Puerto Galera is just 3 to 4 hours away from Manila. The bus travel time from the South Super Highway to the Calabarzon Highway all the way now to Batangas Port is 2 to 3 hours. The ferry ride to Puerto Galera normally takes 1 hour. A private transfer, with private car or van and connecting chartered ferry, is less travel time, more convenient but more expensive.

White Beach PGWhite Beach and Sabang – are popular destinations worldwide bringing in thousands of tourists from different countries. The people of Puerto Galera have evolved as exceptional hosts to all types of tourists and showcase Filipino hospitality at its best.

Nature – Puerto Galera’s natural landscapes both above and under water are its foremost tourism asset. There are many beaches and coves, named and unnamed; mountains and forests with orchids, known and unknown; waterfalls and rivers ideal for picnics and sports; 33 spectacular dive sites very close to shore; and Puerto Galera Bay which is now regarded as one of the most beautiful in the entire planet.

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Tourism Establishments – Like any other tourist towns, Puerto Galera has all types of establishments catering to all types of tourists. Puerto Galera caters to both the budget-conscious and the upscale tourists. There is also an amazing number of activities and services that will make your time in Puerto Galera truly memorable.

Diving – The channel between Puerto Galera and Verde Island, known internationally as the Verde Island Passage, is “the center of the center of the world’s marine biodiversity” according to American scientists – making Puerto Galera’s underwater world a favorite amongst dive enthusiasts. Puerto Galera also has the biggest number of dive schools in the entire Philippines offering both PADI and BSAC courses in different languages.

Topography – The terrain is rugged with sometimes dense jungle, an irregular coastline with crystal clear waters and white sand beaches, a natural harbor which serves as an all-weather anchorage for all types of sea vessels.

Climate – March to May are hot and dry; rains and typhoons abound from June to October; November to February are pleasantly cool and dry. Peak tourist season is from December up to May.

Accommodation – Numerous, mostly family-run cottages and hotel rooms of all categories are available. The types of accommodation range from simple beach huts, made of bamboo and rattan, to comfortable luxury bungalows with kitchen facilities. Nearly all accommodations are quoted for double occupancy and range from 500 to 1,500 pesos for simple beach huts with porch and from 50 to 120 US dollars for suite rooms in high-end resorts. Discounts are commonly given for extended stays and depend largely on the visitors’ bargaining ability. During the low season, from June to October, rates are about 20 percent lower than quoted above. Beachfront accommodations are generally more expensive than those further inland.

Water – All resorts have running water. However, bottled mineral water (widely available) is recommended for drinking. Mindoro Spring’s bottled mineral water is the preferred choice.

Food – Most resorts have restaurants. Native as well as international cuisine is served in a variety of restaurants, along with a wide selection of fine wines, imported and local spirits. Needless to mention, seafood is the best choice here.

Watersports – The waters around Puerto Galera are rich in corals and manifold marine life. The best diving sites are located around Sabang, Small and Big Lalaguna, and on the north coast of Medio Island. The latter, known to world scientists because of its treasures of botanical and zoological specimens, abounds with thousands of terrestrial and marine plants. Fully-equipped, modern training facilities for all levels of diving are available. At most beaches, there are surfboards, sailing boats, kayaks, jet skis, dive masks, snorkels and fins for rent.

Shopping – Souvenir textiles and RTW are sold in stalls along the pier, in boutiques in Poblacion and by street vendors. Handicraft particularly marble novelties, rattan and coconut products can also be purchased. Fresh fruits and fish can be bought at the public market in Poblacion.

Postal Service – The post office is located in downtown Poblacion. Some beach resorts take care of their guests’ mail for a small charge.

Communications – National and International DDD (Direct Distance Dialling) can be made on numerous call stations using CATSI-PLDT or Globelines telephone. Cell sites abound in Puerto Galera providing maximum coverage and strong signal for subscribers of Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular.

Currency – It is advisable to take a sufficient supply of peso since the exchange rates offered by resorts are usually 10 percent below the rates in Manila. Cash, checks and tickets and other valuables should be deposited with the resort management against a receipt.

Electricity - Since power failures occur frequently many beach resorts and hotels are equipped with electric generators. The voltage is 220 volts

Medical Care – There are several medical centers in Puerto Galera. Serious ailments or injuries should be treated in Batangas City or in Calapan. A list of all the medical clinics and their corresponding emergency phone numbers are provided herein: Municipal Hospital 287-3049, PALM Medical Clinic 442-0250, De Torres Medical Clinic 287-3122, De los Reyes Medical Clinic 287-3260, Metropolitan Doctors Clinic 287-3156.

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