With its proximity to Metro Manila, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro is easy to get to, making it the perfect spontaneous getaway destination. From beautiful beach coves, waterfalls, abundant marine life, limestone cliffs, rock formations, coral gardens, dive sites, and mountains—the town is ready to welcome its visitors. And the best thing about traveling here is that your Puerto Galera budget doesn’t have to be a lot!
You can explore the whole town in under P3,000! How did we do it? Look at our Puerto Galera Budget itinerary below!
Puerto Galera Budget Trip for 2 Days and 1 Night
|Bus from Manila to Batangas Port||P200|
|Ferry ticket from Batangas Port to Puerto Galera||P300|
|Tricycle to resort||P50|
|Boat for Island Hopping (Good for 8 persons)||P1,500-P1,800 (P188-P225/person)|
|Ferry ticket from Puerto Galera to Batangas Port||P300|
|Bus from Batangas Port to Manila||P200|
Water sports activities to try in Puerto Galera
If you have extra budget and time to spend, then you might want to consider these other fun activities with your travel buddies.
Unicorn: P2,500 good for 10 persons
King Cobra: P2,500 good for 10 persons
Flying Saucer: P2,000 good for 6 persons
Fly Fish: P1,500 good for 3 persons
Jetski: P2,000 per 15 minutes
Puerto Galera Tourist Spots
1. White Beach
The most famous beach in the area is the White Beach Puerto Galera, resembling that of Boracay. If you’re up for a whole day of partying, this is the perfect place to be. Just like in Boracay, White Beach Puerto Galera is a long stretch of white sandy shores with all kinds of bars and resorts. White Beach’s unending supply of all things hip and fun will definitely keep you entertained for days.
2. Talipanan Beach
Talipanan Beach is great if you’re looking to spend an evening out with friends, eating great food, and having a few beers. Sabang also offers a great nightlife (maybe even more vibrant), with a great shipwreck diving location as well, for during the day.
3. Mangyan Village
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Every Puerto Galera visitor should visit the charming village to witness Mangyans’ (Mindoro’s indegenous people) way of life, beautiful weaves, and the culture that has persisted through time. You can also witness and participate in their weaving tradition. You can even have a chance to take home souvenirs such as baskets that are crafted by local artisans. By visiting this village, you will be supporting this indigenous group’s cultural preservation and economic sustainability.
Seemingly hidden away from the rest of the world, Mangyan Village is an extraordinary look at a culture so different from the modern city. It’s like walking in history. Having been built to protect the Iraya-Mangyan tribe and their customs, the people here live life like they’re in a different era. The best part is there’s no entrance fee! You can purchase handicrafts and trinkets from the village people, if you wish. They are made to show off traditional Mangyan culture, by some of the last Mangyan craftsmen and women in the world.
4. Veranda Restaurant
Whether you’re looking for that authentic Filipino taste, or something a little more similar to what you would eat back home, Puerto Galera has some pretty good dining options.
That Authentic Filipino taste can be found at the Veranda Restaurant. Located in the Out of the Blue Resort, customers consistently say they would return again and again. The service is brilliant, and the food is cooked to perfection. Expect a lot of seafood. You’ll also find vegan friendly options here, if you need them.
Alternatively, if you’re in the Talipanan Beach area and looking for some delicious pizzas, then Lukas Bar is probably the best place for you. It’s cheap, tasty, and has a view of the beach.
Manila to Puerto Galera
The cheapest and usual way to reach Puerto Galera from Manila is via Batangas. From Batangas Pier, you will need to ride a ferry to either of the two ports in Puerto Galera. Balatero Port is closer to White Beach and Aninuan Beach, while Muelle Port is closer to Sabang. Manila to Puerto Galera takes about 3 to 4 hours.
Don’t worry about your planned Puerto Galera budget because the bus and ferry tickets are not that expensive unlike going to other provinces.
If you’re looking for Puerto Galera hotels, there’s a variety to choose from, from high-ends to budget. ZEN Rooms offers Puerto Galera hotels starting from P700/night perfect for backpackers, budget and solo travelers!
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