Puerto Galera Philippines, Oriental Mindoro
Puerto Galera Philippines with its world renowned bay and world class diving is considered by many to be one of the country’s more developed and desirable beach resort communities today. Puerto Galera Bay was named “most beautiful bay in the world” for 2005.
Puerto Galera in Spanish means “Port of Galleons”. The Spaniards were the first people to inhabit the area, and they gave it this name when they docked their ships in the naturally protected bays and coves of the island to get a break from the rough seas, especially during major storms. It became a regular stopover for merchant vessels sailing along the important trade routes of the time, and this all started around the 10th century.
Today, Puerto Galera is a bustling destination for serious divers from all around the globe. The bulk of the hotels there have dive shops on premises, so you can see how important diving is to many of the visitors to this enchanting venue. To get there from Manila, you find a transport to Batangas which will take about 3 hours, and once in Batangas, you take a 1 1/2 hour ferry ride across to Puerto Galera. Click on the map below to view a huge map with the many, many interesting diving sites available to explore.
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EXPLORING PUERTO GALERA ON A SCOOTER
The first trip I made to Puerto Galera was back in 2000, and I stayed in Sabang, because that is where all the lively nightlife takes place. (see map above for location of Sabang) At that time I was more interested in the partying at night than anything else. Now on this last visit I stayed about a 20 minute ride south of Sabang in the barangay of Poblacion. (again, see map above for location) My friend who lived here for a few years recommended that I stay at an inexpensive hotel in Poblacion called Badladz which is located right off Muelle Pier, the pier you are delivered to when taking a ferry boat from Batangas. Badladz, of course, is located right on the water with very scenic views.
I checked into the hotel and got settled in for a bit, and then I rented a scooter right there at Badladz. It cost 500 php for a full day rental. The main reason I wanted to rent a scooter was so I could trek up and down the rolling hills there and snap lots of photos of the people, places and things I encountered along the way. I did this for about 4-5 hours, and that was enough for my first day in this enchanted land. Here are a few pics of what I saw along the way on this short scooter trek…..
Up and down the rolling hills…
Trekking into Sabang…
So this is just a taste of what I encountered in this wondrous seaside town of Puerto Galera. I’ll post more photos in my next installment of this enchanted venue. If you have any questions about this post, or should you like to send us a message, you may do so with the form at the bottom of this page. We will gladly answer any queries you may have! Thanks.