Puerto Galera, Mondoro Oriental DIY Travel Guide

By Anne Elizabeth Apolona Gumiran - 6:04 PM

Puerto Galera is a town located at the northern part of Mindoro Oriental, a province in Region IV-B MIMAROPA (short for the provinces Mindoro Oriental and Occidental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) of the Philippines' archipelago. It can be reached in 4-5 hours by land and sea travel from Manila. It is one of the most visited summer destinations not just by the children of Juan dela Cruz but also by the foreign tourists. Well, if you have visited it and have only been to White Beach, maybe it's time for you to come back and explore the other hidden wonders of it that I will be virtually taking you to in this travelogue.

What do Do in Puerto Galera
1. Beach Bumming
2. Island Hopping
3. Chasing Waterfalls
4. Snorkeling and SCUBA diving
5. Visiting the Mangyan Village
6. Trekking to Mt. Malasimbo
7. Night Partying

Places to Visit in Puerto Galera

White Beach

Should one mention about Puerto Galera, the vast salt water that would spoil one's tropical state of mind, the dire need of vitamin sea and the night life that makes one young and alive (not to mention the Mindoro sling) would automatically be painted into ones' minds. White Beach, of course, is on the top notch of these summer destinations in the island.

Most of the time, tourists choose to be dropped off straight to and check into inns, hotels/resorts in White Beach since it has basically become the center of the fun and activities in the island 24/7. Touts offer island and beach hopping in there as well for only 1500/ boat good for 8 persons with 2-3 destinations. Additional 300php/ 3 persons shall be paid if you choose to go snorkeling at the area where giant clams are located. Additionally, the good thing about staying in there is that there are big boats which go straight to the beach (i.e. through Minolo Shipping Line).

Talipanan Beach

A cool spot we found amidst the rock formation at Talipanan Beach

Aside from the fun water activities, the night life and island hopping offered in the beach per se, why don't you try to go on an inland tour around Puerto Galera and take the path less traveled? If you want to spend a night away from the partying crowd, listening to nothing but the waves and walk at the shore under the sky full of stars, you should hit Talipanan Beach. This side of Galera offers and promises a serene, peaceful and relaxing ambiance since it is a little less traveled compared to White Beach. There are cheap but awesome inns and rooms in here and they also offer island and beach hopping activities which starts at Php 2,500.00 per boat that could accommodate 6-8 persons.

Sunrist at Talipanan Beach

The sand isn't that white and there are lots of stones at the shore but the sea promises you a pristine and glimmering waters under the sunlight. You should walk your way to the other side of Talipanan beach, going left beside Luca's Pizzeria for some reasons. First, it is less crowded in that place. 

Serves the best pasta and pizza I've ever had in Puerto Galera!

Second, Luca's Pizzeria serve mouth-watering Italian cuisine which is really affordable. Their 12-inch diameter pizza ranges from Php 270.00 to Php 410.00 and their pasta starts at Php 200.00 which may be good for 3-4 servings. Lastly, the area I was previously referring to has these rock formations where crystal clear waters in the middle or these rocks lies.

The sick-awesome view at Luca's balcony

3. Talipanan Falls

Beach bumming isn't the only thing one can enjoy in his or her stay in the island. If you are a bit adventurous, you can also try trekking, inland tour and chasing waterfalls, too. Yes, there are waterfalls that you can visit around Puerto Galera. Should you decide to stay in or near White Beach, you can rent a tricycle to bring you to these destinations. However, it's going to be a little pricey since these falls are located far from each other. The one nearest to White Beach is Aninuan Falls, followed by Tamaraw Falls, Tukuran Falls and the farthest is Talipanan Falls. These are just few of the explored and usually visited falls in the island perhaps the others are left unexplored. If you want to save, just in case, you may want to check in to Talipanan and rent a scooter which costs Php 500.00 only for 24 hours. You can go anywhere with it and you will also be provided with maps. However, gas is not included in the rental fee of the ride. As far as I know and remember, it's only in Talipanan that I have heard of scooters for rent. You may want to ask locals near White Beach as regards this matter so it would be easier for you to go to these places.

Talipanan Falls is a waterfalls seated amidst the trail to Mt. Malasimbo. It can be reached after a 30-minute trek from Mangyan Village.

Talipanan Falls has quite a challenging yet aesthetically and naturally impressive trail!

Trail of Mt. Malasimbo going to Talipanan Falls

Finally, Talipanan Falls!

The basin of Talipanan Falls

A small waterfalls atop Talipanan Falls

4. Mangyan Village

The entrance to Mangyan Village and Community

Before you actually reach Talipanan Falls, you'll pass by Mangyan Village. It is a small civilized community of Mangyans in the town. According to some locals, some natives can also be found in Bulalacao. They have their own schools and courts inside as well. Tourists who visit the village can also buy handicrafts originally made by Mangyans. You can also buy legit pearls from here!

A small clinic for the Mangyans inside the village
An elementary school for Mangyans

According to our guides, this is the Mangyan's cultural center and computer room. Folks from Manila usually come here every weekend to teach the Mangyans and at the same time develop this center.

Here are some of the products crafted by the Mangyans. They actually sell it to the visiting tourists.

5. Welcome to Puerto Galera Sign

6. Tamaraw Falls

The majestic Tamaraw Falls

There is a natural pool and resort at the basin of Tamaraw Falls. Entrance fee is quite cheap.

7. Aplaya Munti Beach

One of the stunning beaches of Puerto Galera, Aplaya Munti
At the edge of the grotto in Aplaya Munti Beach

Getting to, Around and Away

Option A: Manila to Puerto Galera

1. From Starmall Alabang, ride a bus (ALPS bus liner) going to Batangas Pier. Fare is at Php 127.00 and the trip might take more or less two hours.
2. From Batangas Port, take a ferry to Muelle, White Beach or Balatero. Ferry straight to White Beach is at Php 275.00 one way and Php 500.00 for a roundtrip.

Note: a Php 30.00 has to be paid at the Batangas Port as a terminal fee.

Option B: From Masasa Beach, Tingloy Batangas to Puerto Galera

You can also travel straight to Talipanan from Tingloy, Batangas to Puerto Galera Local boatmen of Tingloy offer boat ride from there (Masasa Beach) for only Php 100.00 per head.

In our case, we arrived late (around 6:00 PM) at the port so we took a bigger ferry (Starlite). RORO and big ferries are sailing til 10 to 11 in the evening while the smaller ferries sail only at 3 to 4 in the afternoon. We headed to Balatero (fare is at Php 180.00) and then took a tricycle to Dulangan (Php 300.00) since I have relatives living in there. It is just few minutes away from Tamaraw Falls and Aplaya Munti Beach.

The trips of small ferries are time bound. The last trip as far as a I remember is at 3:00 PM. Hence, it is advisable that you go early to the port for your trip. There are RORO which sail until 11:00 PM but they go straight to Calapan which is way too far from White Beach.

Getting Around

Tricycle and the scooters (for rent) are the only means of transportation that could possibly and conveniently bring you from a place to another. Jeepneys, though, can take you at some point; but still, you will need a tricycle to bring you to the place itself. Further, the suggested itinerary is only possible if you'd not spend too much time on each destination because the travel time is also of great consideration.

There isn't really a cliff diving spot. It's just that I'm petite and there's this enormous boulder lol

Getting Away

We really didn't have much problem going home from Talipanan. Ate Aya booked us a one-way trip in Minolo shipping line. We were picked up by a shuttle at the inn and we paid Php 325.00 for it including the boat fare. We paid an additional Php 10.00 at Muelle for the terminal fee. It took as an hour and a half from Muelle to Batangas Pier.

Where to Stay in Puerto Galera

Below are the resorts that you may choose from to accommodate you in your stay in the beach. These resorts are at the beach front. You may want to check on their Facebook pages for reservations and queries regarding their rates.

1. Mountain Beach Resort
Mountain Beach Resort Facebook Page
D' Mountain Beach Resort Official Website

2. Inifinity Resort 
Mobile: +63 917 7926 353
Infinity Resort Facebook Page

3. Sunny Beach Resort
Mobile: +63 916 7453 931
Sunny Beach Resort Facebook Page

4. Yoyo's Inn/ Yoyo Resort
+63 906 2898 399
Yoyo Resort Facebook Page

Click the link below to book your trips and room reservations 😉
Book your trips now!

We stayed at Yoyo's Inn since the others are fully booked. We paid Php 1,500.00 overnight for a room good for two (but we're actually three). Room for two's rate is at Php 1,200.00 originally with free breakfast. Ate Aya was the one who accommodated us. She is quite jolly and approachable.

3 Days 2 Nights DIY Puerto Galera Itinerary

DAY 1:
✔White Beach
✔Packaged island/ beach hopping (San Antonio Long Beach, Virgin Beach, Sandbar, Snorkeling at the giant clams' area)
✔Aninuan Falls
✔Back to White beach for water fun activities/ sunset watching
✔Night life
DAY 2:
✔Tukuran Falls
✔Tamaraw falls
✔Aplaya Munti Beach
✔Bulabod Beach
You can actually enjoy bathing in the running waters of Tamaraw falls through checking in to the resort below for only Php 30.00.
DAY 3:
✔Mangyan Village
✔Talipanan Falls
✔Talipanan Beach

You can go to Mangyan Village and Talipanan falls by foot since you have to do trekking in here. You also need guides for you not to be lost. You may ask staff from the inn or resort that you will be checking into for tour guides and this will cost you 250php.

You may also want to check the video below to get a good view of the places included in the itinerary that you might want to visit as well.

SERIOUS NOTE: If it's your first time coming to Batangas Pier, do not let these persistent pasalubong guy vendors carry your stuff and bring you to the stores were you can buy pasalubongs. They have the tendency to sell overpriced items and even ask you to pay for them. You can actually report these people to the security personel around the port as what they are doing is strictly prohibited.

Do you have anything to add to this trip? Feel free to share it at the comments section! 💕

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