| Sabang, Puerto Galera
There are shallow coral gardens, interesting rock formations, and colorful species to watch, like crabs, shrimps, sea anemones,
moray, and trumpet fishes. Puerto Galera is known among tourists for its numerous pocket beaches and many snorkeling and diving
spots. The beaches have an active night life with their numerous beachside bars and restaurants.
Puerto Galera is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.
According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 21,925 people in 4,424 households. It is the northwesternmost municipality
in Oriental Mindoro.
Puerto Galera is only three and a half hours away from Manila first by bus to the port at Batangas City and then by boat. Tourists
can also take the high-speed ferry service (popularly known as the Supercat) from the Batangas City port to Calapan, Mindoro and
then by jeepney to Puerto Galera.
Things to do and places to see
The Cross at Muelle
This marble cross is one of the historical landmarks of Puerto Galera. It was erected. to commemorate the sinking of the battleship,
Canonero Mariveles, at the Manila channel on November 18, 1879. It is located in Puerto Galera town proper, a 5-minute walking
distance from the poblacion center.
Baclaran Mangyan Settlement
This is an area reserved for the Mangyan under the auspices of Father Erwin Thiel, SVD Missionary. It is located in
Puerto Galera, a short 30-minute walk from the town proper.
|La laguna Beach, Puerto Galera
"This museum houses several collections of Chinese and Siamese pottery, from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The museum is
located in Puerto Galera town proper, a 5-minute walking distance from the pier of Puerto Galera.
The 423-foot waterfalls, situated alongside the road, is actually a series of asymmetrical falls, leading to the grand one, dropping
to a frothy waterbed below. The cascading waterfalls is a great attraction to passers-by. Tamaraw Falls is located in Barangay
Villaflor, Puerto Galera. It can be reached in two hours by taking a jeepney bound for Barangay Villaflor from Puerto Galera,
La Laguna Beach
This an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. There are a number of resorts that offer accommodation and other
travel and aqua sports facilities to both domestic and international tourists. It is located in La Laguna, Puerto Galera, and
can be reached in 30 minutes from the town proper of Puerto Galera by taking a jeepney bound for La Laguna.
This area is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. A cluster of nightspots abound in this area, which make it popular
for evening socials. Cottages with entertainment facilities stand close to each other. Low-budget accommodations are available.
It is located east of Puerto Galera, and can be reached in 15 minutes from the Puerto Galera pier by taking a jeepney or an outrigger
Small La Laguna
Contrary to its name, Small La Laguna is bigger than La Laguna, and has more facilities. It has coral reefs, and its water is
ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. There are diving equipment for rent at nearby dive shops. It is located beside Sabang Beach,
and can be reached in 20 minutes from the pier by taking a jeepney bound for Sabang.
This area is not as busy as the other beaches in Puerto Galera. Thus, it is an ideal site for private swimming. It is located
in Puerto Galera, and can be reached in 40 minutes by taking a jeepney or an outrigger boat from the town pier.
White Sand Beach
The white sandy strips of this beach offer excellent opportunities for swimming. Resorts in this area provide entertainment facilities
for tourists' greater amusement and leisure. It is located in Barangay San Isidro, Puerto Galera, and is accessible in 30 minutes
from the town proper by a jeepney or a boat.
Punta Guarda Beach
This beach is far from the busy areas of Puerto Galera; thus, it is ideal for those who seek privacy and retreat. It is located
in Puerto Galera, Occidental Mindoro, and can be reached by taking a 10 minutes' jeepney ride from the town proper, to about one
kilometer on the beach mark. The distance left will have to be covered on foot.
The recently established Puerto Galera 'Mountain Trail' also called the Tabinay-Talipanan Trail, is a fairly easy introduction
to the mountainous interior of Mindoro Island. The two-to-three-day walk begins in Tabinay, southeast of Puerto Galera and winds
past three mountains - none of which are major summits - before emerging on the white sands of Talipanan beach, on the northwest
side of town.
Underwater, Puerto Galera is a feast for the eyes. Having enjoyed the protection afforded by its marine sanctuary
status for years, the coral reefs are alive and vibrant. Spear fishing is banned, and local dive operators forbid
the taking of anything except pictures on the dive sites. Most of the deeper dives are along walls and drop-offs and
currents can be strong. It is best to dive with an experienced divemaster or instructor to avoid problems. At least
16 dive centers are located along the beaches of Sabang, Small Lalaguna, Big Lalaguna, Coco Beach and Encenada Beach
resort in Varadero Bay on the south coast of the isthmus. Local operators boast there are at least 25 dive sites within
20mins of any dive center.
Puerto Galera is best known as a diving destination, but other action sports are starting to sprout up - mountain
biking being one of the most enjoyable. In Calapan, there's a keen group of local enthusiasts, bike shops, plenty
of trails and amazing views. The sport seems set to blossom in this area.