Location: Puerto Galera Oriental Mindoro, Philippines
Puerto Galera may not be your kind of “dream destination” but there is always a reason why people keeps on coming back here. I’ve listed below 5 things to do when you visit Puerto.
1.Visit the Tamaraw Falls of Mindoro
40-minutes tricycle ride from White Beach and you’ll see this majestic waterfalls called “Tamaraw Falls”. According to locals, falls was named after the Mindoro Dwarf Buffalo called Tamaraw. No need to trek to see this God’s wonderful creation as it is located along the highway. This majestic beauty is just one of the many natural wonders to see in Mindoro.
You’re allowed to swim on the other side of the falls, there’s a refreshing pool below where you can refresh in the clean and cool water.
You’ll also find a picnic huts and a restaurant that offers full meal. Price starts at P150. We ordered grilled bangus with 2 rice.
There are also restroom in the area.
Entrance fee to access nipa huts and eat at the resto is at P30 per person. But if you’re just there to see the waterfalls there’s no need to pay for the entrance fee as it is located along the highway.
We rented a tricycle at P1,000 that includes tour to 4 destinations – Tamarraw Falls, Mangrove, Virgin Island and Overlooking view. I don’t personally recommend virgin island and mangrove but you can still try it though.
2. Dine at the Overlooking view Restaurant
Expensive as it may sound but it will only cost you more or less P200 to taste their food while watching the sky meets the sea and let the air breeze touches your face. I am indeed one with nature.
That’s me and Romeo dating. I should ask him on a date like this more often. It’s very cute, relaxing and sweet compared to dating in shopping malls.
3. Dance with fire
Every saturday, at 8pm, you need to see Puerto’s rowdy night.
The lively night at Puerto are not to be missed when you 1st visit this place. You need to witness how locals dance with fire and admire them with their talent. They must have spent 10,000 sleepless nights to master those steps and spins. When you get to see them perform, the only thing that will come to your mind is that how much are they getting in doing that fire dance? Really! Ang hirap kumita ng pera but doing it by passion I think is what keeps them going. Hands up to fire dancers! You guys are amazing! 🙌
4. Merge yourself with the ocean
On our first day, I was a bit disappointed as the weather didn’t permit us to see the blue sky and the turquoise ocean. It reflects the ambience of the place, mood of locals and beachers. I said to my self, why it’s like I’m in a Barangay? It was a gloomy saturday! 😦
But, on our second day which is our last day we were able to enjoy the beach as the weather was just perfect. By then, I started to appreciate Puerto.
There are water sports like kayaking, kiteboarding, sailing, scuba diving, and more.
5. Check in at Summer Connection
If you’re planning to visit Puerto, I highly recommend Summer Connection located on the quiet side of White beach. A very laidback place.
Source: Summer Connection Facebook Page
Summer Connection, a no-frills bed & breakfast located on the quiet side of White Beach and a practical choice for local and foreign tourists who prefers a laid-back stay in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro,Philippines.
The property features thirty (30) clean and cozy basic guest rooms that have private bathroom with hot shower, cable TV, and air conditioning unit. Offers safe-keeping of valuables for checked-in guests.They also have CCTVs in common areas and back-up generator. Guests can enjoy affordable meals, snacks, drinks, and free WI-FI in the hotel cafeteria. They also havehuts and picnic tables around the vicinity where guests can sit and relax outside their rooms.
Summer Connection also offers assistance for island tour and other outdoor activities such as diving, snorkeling,water sports, beach hopping and more.
You may book at http://www.summerconnection.net
Below are the photos we took that will make you want to visit this place.
The room I think is perfect for honeymooners. Haha! It’s very cute, I want that kulambo in my room when I have a house already.
They have a pool overlooking the ocean that you can enjoy until 7pm. Lucky us, we got the entire pool all for ourselves!
The food here are superb! Price starts at P100.
For our breakfast, we tried the continental and omelette breakfast.
Pinakbet is my favorite. I ordered it twice, for our dinner and lunch.
It’s best to chill at this table in the morning. Breakfast by the beach!
- 4:30am – depart LRT Buendia Jac liner terminal
- 6am to 6:30 – ETA/ETD Batangas port
- 7:30 – ETA Puerto Galera White Beach
- 12nn – check in
- 1pm to 5pm – 4 destinations tour
- Chill, cocktail night and watch fire dance.
- 7:30am – breakfast at Summer connection
- 8am to 10am – beach
- 12nn – lunch
- 1pm – pack up
- 3pm – depart Puerto
- 4pm – arrival at batangas port
- 7pm – back in manila
- Bus fare one-way (MNL – Batangas) – P200 per person
- Boat ticket to Puerto (round trip) – P500 per person
- Environmental fee – P50 per person
- Terminal fee – P50 per person
- Exit terminal fee – P10 per person
- Tour package starts at P1,000
HOW TO GET THERE
Via public transportation
Take a taxi to Buendia Jac Liner Bus Terminal. Get on the bus that says “Batangas Pier”.
Get off at Batangas Pier, purchase a back and forth ticket at Minolo Shipping Lines going to White beach. Upon arrival at White beach make sure to look for MSL staff and schedule your trip back to Batangas Pier.
Note: There are people who will approach you or ask you that they will help you but in exchange they will require you to give tip. I have no problem with sharing tips to the locals but this one we encountered is a bit annoying. I gave him P20 as a tip but then He’s complaining and He wants P100. I didn’t give him what he wants. Anyways, he did just guide us to the MSL ticket booth and that’s all. Really, a bit disappointing. They’re acting as if they’re helping you where in you can look for the ticket booth by yourself naman. Hmp.
To summer connection, upon arrival at white beach, walk straight to your right or you may ask locals where it is located. It is located at the end right side of the beach. It’s not that far!
1. If you’re checking in at Summer Connection, they offer tour package like island hopping and inland tour, Kuya nestor would be more than happy to assist you.
2. I highly suggest to take the public transportation from Manila. The bus is safe, comfortable and very affordable. Don’t stress out yourself driving in traffic because hey! you’re in vacation today! 😉
3. We stayed their for 2 days and one night only. If you have time, stay for atleast 2 to 3 nights so you can explore more of Mindoro.
4. Buy souvenirs = help locals. As a traveler, I always talk to locals, have a small conversation, get to know them and buy a piece of their item. That’s how #Sethravels is being completely happy and contented in her travels. I always say “sharing is caring”!
Overall – If I feel like I needed to go to the beach I will definitely be back here.
To end my travel storh, here are my 6 meaningful photos taken from my fujifilm instax mini 90 my Romeo Christian gave me. 😄
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