"Travelling is like enjoying a 55 inch Pizza... the BEST, when shared!" 👣🌎
April 15 is near and our mental stress are piling up. Back aches. Panda eyes. And Blood that looks almost like coffee. 😖 But before everything falls into darkness 😂, we decided to recharge ourselves by hitting the beach 😎.
White sand, water activities and night life that is the same with Boracay - Yoohoo, Puerto Galera!
Say "Hi!" children 😇 (from left to right - Meet Jen, JB, Cha, Nely, Dexie, Me - the Travel Buddies | Passenger ferry on the way to White Sand Beach, Puerto Galera) Puerto Galera (Port of Galleon 📖😊) is a Municipality in Oriental Mindoro. It takes atleast 3 1/2 hours bus ride from Manila to Batangas Port and an hour to Puerto Galera via ferry.
But our actual travel time tells a different story. #TrafficandWaiting - not so fun in Phil. 😢
PH At last, its 10:30 am and we are boarding👌| Bound to White Sand Beach, Puerto Galera. Wait for me guys.. 😲 Bye Bye Batangas for now. See you tomorrow 👋 "A rough day at sea is better than any day in the office." 🌊⛵ After 1 1/2 hour bumpy ride, hello Beach! How far I'll go? lala🎵😁 | Arrival at White Sand Beach, Puerto Galera
Once we get off, we immediately booked a return ticket for tomorrow's 4 PM trip back to Manila. (Better early than sorry 😏)
Then, we met our local bankero-guide and went to Bangera Inn to eat and freshen up. 👍
Sleepy but excited 😩, we prepare ourselves for the planned land tour in the afternoon. Cheers for the team! Go Team Go! 😤💪
Puerto Galera Land Tour
And we're off. 😉 To infinity and beyond!🏃We hired a small cab to easily go to Puerto Galera's Tourist spots First Stop: Tamaraw Falls🚿
They have their own natural infinity pool here! (The water from the falls was refreshing ❄🛁)
Next Stop: Virgin Beach 🌴
Fact: Known as Virgin Beach because a Grotto of Virgin Mary was placed on top of a huge rock facing the ocean. 😇
I believe this signifies the guidance and protection of Mama Mary for this island.
We requested Manong driver to stop by after seeing this view 😍 | view deck at the side of the Highway during Land Tour Final Stop: Mangrove Forest 🐊
A man-made wooden walk bridge inside a mangrove forest. Looks like a puzzle to me though 🙋 Closer to nature. 😏
Night comes and we headed back to our accomodation to freshen up and prepare for dinner. Planning to enjoy the so called Night life. ✨🎤🎧
Saw this Lantern Event while having a night walk on the shore with travel buddies. 🌒 | at White sand beach, Puerto Galera "Yesterday is gone, tomorrow's a mystery and today is a gift.." - Kung Fu Panda 🐼 Nothing beats a simple breakfast with this view 😋. Fresh air and the calm sound of waves rushing to the shore makes an ordinary coffee + cup noodles special. ☕🍜 | Breakfast + Relaxing at Bangera Inn's roof deck Bangera Inn's instagramable staircase 📷. A different perspective when looking from the top 👀 | Strolling inside Bangera Inn
After having our breakfast, we prepare ourselves for today's dose of vitamin sea 🐳 Beat energy gap every-Juan! 🌞
"Puerto Galera Sea Exploration" 🏊🌞🐚 Good morning sunshine! Ready to SEAs the day! 😂 | Motorcycle ride to port (jump off) Rashguard Party! Bring it on, sunshine. 🌞🌋👻 | Boat ride on the way to fun-filled sea exploration - the Puerto Galera way.
Before we start, our local guide/boatman told us to divide ourselves into two groups and occupy two boats. I believe this is necessary to go to shallow waters. Maybe bigger boats are prohibited entering certain areas.
Feels like having a Local Feast on the boat with those triangular colorful hanged linens. Boat transfer is a good way to help the locals here! 🙏✌ | Boat ride to water activities Queeing for our first destination 😉 Patience is virtue 😖 | Patiently waiting to enter Underwater Cave First: Underwater Cave Exploration 🔦
A sun-and-heat free salty swimming pool! Best way to enjoy the sea and not worry of your skin tanned at the same time 🛀👀
(drum rolls) 📣 "Hi I'm Awra, Filipino, representing...!" 😂 Your day will never be the same with this guide. 👊 Proud Pinoy! 🙋 On our way to a famous snorkeling site here in Puerto Galera - Coral Garden. Finding Dory and Nemo 😃🐟🐠 Prepping! Gear set 🔍.. woohooo.. fishy fishy fishy.. 😛🐡 Second: Snorkeling 🏊 (Bucket list ✔)
The best (since my first 😊) so far! Seeing what lies below the sea surface is wonderful! But wanna go down to be with sea creatures next time 🐳 free diving? let's see.. 💪
The view underneath 👀🐙🐳🏊 | Snorkeling at Puerto Galera Coral Garden After our sea adventure, we went back to the island where our big banka was stationed | Can't remember the name of the island. 😕 Found a shaded area for a quick break after Snorkeling. 🌂 Mr. Sun is totally up! 😫🌋 After a quick break, we decided to do island hopping and have our lunch in one of the islands there (per Kuya Bankero) | Heading to Long White Sand Beach. Last wave of this Sea Exploration 👍 At first, I'm wandering why is this beach named like that? like, is there a standard of what is long and short? 😈 But this is Legit though. Truly a long white beach (very spot on)👌😂 Practicing their writing skills on earth ✏🌎 | Strolling and Playing around at Long White Beach. By the way, I'm standing like in the middle of that long beach. 😍 Having a sumptous lunch in a well known eatery in this island. 😋 They serve good food here 🐟🐷🐔🍚 Kudos to them 🙌 (Sorry! there were no pics of the food. 😂 We're all busy filling up our tummy 💪) Hello sea urchin, I would like to apologize 'cause we're going to eat you (Another Bucket list ✔) 😋 It taste better than it looks! Like an oyster I guess? 😏 It's what inside that matters most (like love eh? 😑) After we got full... this happens..
Tiredy Gals! Hey hey hey... wakey wakey! ⏰💣📣😅
Our battery meter maybe low but we can't deny that its just WORTH IT👍| Heading back to White Sand Beach, Puerto Galera. 😪
"Never say Goodbye. Because saying Goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting." - Peter Pan Got this mark before going home. 💪 Another bucket list partially checked 😅 the tatoo will stay for one good week. 😐
Hey fellow vacation-seekers out there. If you want a quick, near, and fun-filled vacation from Manila, Puerto Galera is a great choice. With its white sand beach, exciting water activities and party-filled shores at night, your summer escapade can't go wrong. Usually dubbed as Boracay of the North, Puerto Galera, has its own beauty everyone will surely enjoy.
Travel notes and some things to remember
🐚 You can book your boat ticket bound to Puerto Galera on Batangas Port. There are many shipping lines plying the Batangas-Puerto Galera route. During our travel, we take a passenger ferry from Minolo Shipping line going to Puerto Galera White Sand Beach. Better check Boat schedules so you can plan ahead your trip. Check this site for an extensive info about travelling to Puerto Galera: http://www.puertogalera.org/getting-here/public-transport/
🐚 After arriving at Puerto Galera White Sand Beach, it is important to secure your return boat ticket back to Batangas Port. The ticketing table (there was no office 😂) was near the arrival area. You'll not miss it for sure. You can also ask the locals there. Pinoys are approachable 😇
🐚 There are plenty of budget-friendly accomodations in Puerto Galera near the beach. During our travel, we stayed in Bangera Inn. They have low cost good rooms and a viewing deck where you can stay, relax and enjoy the sights (this is a plus for me 😀). It is also better to travel with buddies to split the bill. The more, the merrier!
🐚 Try to visit other tourist spots near Puerto Galera, specially those accessible thru a cab. There are plenty destinations you can go via land tour (like what we did). Remember, Puerto Galera is just a part of Oriental Mindoro. If your the Dora the explorer type and have the luxury of time, you can try to arrange a Mindoro Tour and end that in Puerto Galera (From Occidental to Oriental). 🙋
🐚 It is better to hire a cab when touring Puerto Galera via land. It's convenient and kinda private. 😄 Gladly, for those with a tight budget, some tourist spots were accesible via public transpo - jeepney.
🐚 Bring extra cash. You can buy lots of pasalubong to your loved ones. Also, you may like to try their water activities like Banana Boat Ride, Jet skiing, etc. Better ready than have regrets for not trying. Besides, you were there to enjoy and try something new.
🐚 Try something NEW, okay? Like eating something exotic for the first time. Boost your adrenaline by trying their water rides. Scuba diving is well known here. Nothing beats the feeling of doing something you've never done before and conquering it 😂. The trick is to not spend much on accomodation, transpo, and sometimes food. You can use the "savings" to try out new things 👍
Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuffs to show. Besides, its better to see things for once, than hearing it a hundred times
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