I love that there is so much to see here: the ocean, a city with mountains as its backdrop, peoples of different cultures come together here to celebrate the wonderful work of man and nature that is Puerto Galera.
Fell in love with it. The Sabang harbor looked like a combination of a Greek island and the Istanbul harbor.
Fabulous! Affordable and beautiful nature abounds...great place to recharge and renew oneself.
Puerto Galera is indeed a nice place, but i think the Governance of Tourism there should pay attention on the transport for the tourist especially on the tricycle that is usually used to travel or transfer in other places.
Its too costly for every tourist to pay 100 pesos for a tricyle ride for a short distance the drivers took advantage on the tourist. I think every resort should offer a free ride on the tourist spots or places with that i think you could attract more guest or tourist in your place.
Area is very poor and primitive. Only famous for the diving. I understand mthere are girlie bars at downtown but did not went to see or check.
Not my thing. Most sighseeing is mediocre. It is a diving paradise, period. You not in diving, not your place.
Puerto Galera is not a city or even close to it. It is a scuba diving destination. Sabang Beach is not a beach, it's a tidal flat.
When the area was developed, it was build very close to the waters edge and it beach was washed away during hurricanes. White Beach is a very nice beach though but you have to take a bangka to get there. The diving is excellent, with adjacent Verde Island offers some of the most bio diverse diving in the world and can be reached from Puerto Galera. Most hotels in the area are 1 and 2 star, and a few 3 star. Great place for scuba!
Beautiful island with friendly people. There wasn't anything negative from my visit the whole trip was outstanding from diving to sight seeing, relaxation to nightlife.
I would not hesitate in returning a wonderful time
Puerto Galera, as you arrive on one of the many boats from Batangas, does not really glitter, the sea channel in the close waters does however until you dock.
The town is provincial with one or two good bars and good shops along the main road. It is a party town and has the usual attractions, cheap accommodation, food and quayside bars. Most will head to Coco Beach or White Beach which are a little better situated and stylish. A place to visit a couple of days or really pass through to the beach resorts around the area.
Puerto Galera is just the city. All attractions are within 15 minute scooter of tuktuk ride. Don't forget to visit the golf course in the mountains with beautiful view I'd the seaside.
Next time I will visit this place, I will visit the white beach part of puerto galera as this place has more sports activity than sabang.
More shop for shopping and more activity to do than sabang beach. Sabang beach is only recommended for diving activity not for swimming and family bonding.
Nice, local experience. But the big plus for this area is you can find places nicely secluded and so relaxing.
The people are great, friendly but enterprising! haha!
Fortunately the total area is not developed to the extent of the original area is that is abit on the pathetic side.
There are some quiet peaceful and serene spots to be found in the mix. My first excursion to the area almost fourty years ago left quite an idealic impression that I cannot get out of my mind and look for that in most places I go. It's great to see that out of all areas that I've visited throughout the Visayas there appears to be more of an environmental conciousness there.
Hidden treasure not accessible by plane, but the boat trip via Calapan for those bringing their cars, or via Muelle, for those parking their cars at Batamgas port, is a breeze.
Once you are in the island inhabited by expats, you have a variety of choice from family-oriented resorts, bed and breakfasts, 4-5 star resorts or nightlife, you can get them all!.dont miss the secret coves!
We went sight seeing using one of the Trikes to some water falls and visited some mountain viewing spots on the east side of the Island .
Loved it !
Many gays. Even in the restaurants the waiters are mostly gays. The shows are all gays. So i don't recommend going out at night with kids because the shows are not wholesome.
Sometimes the local salespersons are very pushy. If you aren't interested, make sure you are firm with them.
Sometimes you just have to start ignoring them or they will pester you nonstop. Also, make sure you keep a hold of your luggage. Sometimes they will insist on "helping" you but expect a tip even if you were more than willing to carry your own bag. The beach and snorkeling was very nice. The food is pretty similar from restaurant to restaurant, but still good. We didn't get a chance to see the waterfalls, but we heard they are very nice.
for a cost of Php1,500.00 for a group of not more than 6, you can have island hopping. you will transfer from a relatively bigger boat to a small boat to be able to reach the coral island, so as not to destroy the corals.
therein, you can feed the fishes. this time, the school of fishes doubled than the last time we had this activity. you can also go to the underwater cave and ask the boatman to take your pictures.
Get an accommodation in White Beach if you are after Night Life and Get an accommodation in Aninuan if you are after Serenity, view and a little bit of adventure
The city of PG itself is nothing special, but the White Beach area has a fabulous beach, lots of bars , and good restaurants.
Highly recommend Ciao Italia at far end of White Beach, real Italian food from a real Italian chef! Easy to go snorkeling and island hopping, fabulous sunsets. Hire a local tricycle driver to take you around, we found and exclusively used Felix Romansanta tel # 09462133131, wonderful man, good English, took us everywhere, really made our trip special and memorable. The people are friendly and helpful, not money grabbers, very respectful. We spent a full week here, very relaxing, totally enjoyable. And it's VERY easy to get to from Manila.
Go to White Beach for beach activities - it has fine sand (though not white) and clean surroundings. Sabang beach caters more to diving enthusiasts and night-life places; it doesn't seem as clean as White Beach (we can smell the sewer).
Both have good places to eat, although most good restaurants are expensive. Mang Inasal in White Beach offers good value - it has limited items on the menu, but the food tastes great and price is cheaper compared to other eateries.
There are quite many restaurants and pubs, and it is not difficult to find your favorite places there in terms of taste and atmosphere.
It is advisable to check the time of ferry, and anyway there are several companies to find the appropriate time of ferries.
Puerto Galera is a small town with very friendly inhabitants. If you want to get around then either hire a motorbike or get a motorbike taxi as the cheapest form of transport.
The travel from Manila to Batangas was shortened to 2 - 3 Hours and its convenient now going there as buses are all accessible.
The island has a lot to offer but saddened to see that there are no enough trash cans. We need to preserve the beauty of white beach..
People are mostly unfriendly and overprice services. Not much food choices. Beaches are pebbled with lots of sharp stones.
Sand burns easily. But sea water is clean. Nature walks afford lots of photo ops. Islands and falls aplenty. Question where environmental fee goes. So much garbage all over the place.
The boat company - Father and Sons Lines have a very rude staff. They even not have a system. If you bribe them you first board on the boat even if you arrive last.
If not, even if you come early at the port there will be chances you won't get a ride like what happen to our group and other families/group who arrived early in the Muelle port. They took us to Sabang port and from there we waited again. So we missed our original departure time. Very frustrating.
Puerto Galera is NOT a city. It is a small town, and the name incorporates other nearby resorts, Sabang where I stayed, and White Beach.
Sabang is rather for single Western men, White Beach for Filipinos and families. PG itself is a small town acting as a hub for the area.
Puerto is quite different to other parts of the Philippines I have visited. The locals are more relaxed and friendly and not as pushy as in many other places.
Did not come across any beggers. I also believe that Puerto is safer than many other parts of the Philippines and we had no issues out on the streets at night. Many bars of different kinds. Nice relaxing bars to have a quiet beer (or three) with friends to bars full of girls and loud music.
Un posto caotico, da non consigliare, unico vantaggio è il posto più vicino a Manila per fare il bagno al mare.
Puerta Galera has very nice beaches, lots of smaller hotels, many restaurants, and plenty of shopping places for souveniers, etc.
Althogh it takes more than four hours from Manil, Puerto Garela is worth visit. Nothing is more relaxing and fun than wonderful view of the sea, snorkelling and diving, and nightlife at Sabang.
If you're going to travel by boat carry light because you to walk until you reach your hotel area.Tamaraw falls, Aninuan beach, and the nicest beach the White beach, night life anything you want.