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10 Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Puerto Galera

Here’s a fun fact: Did you know that, so far, Puerto Galera is the only Philippine bay listed in the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World? But that’s not all there is about Oriental Mindoro’s coastal gem.

Here are 10 must-visit tourist spots in Puerto Galera.

 

1. White Beach

White Beach Puerto Galera
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If you’re up for a night (and day!) of partying, head over to the famous White Beach. Just like its namesake in Boracay, White Beach is a long stretch of white sandy shores dotted with all kinds of bars, resorts, and the ever-present dancing tourist.

The coast’s unending supply of all things hip and fun will keep you entertained for days.

  • Location: Main island of Puerto Galera
  • Fees: Depends
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Activity Tips: Make sure to try the Mindoro Sling

2. Talipanan Beach

Talipanan Beach

They say that White Beach is for the locals, while Sabang is for tourists. But what about the other beaches? Pack your swim trunks and take a half-hour walk away from the busy crowds on Puerto Galera’s more spotlighted shores.

Immerse yourself in sea, sand, and sweet serenity at Talipanan Beach, which is almost always devoid of other tourists.

  • Location: From White Beach, walk 20-30 minutes till you see bouldering rocks along your path.
  • Fees: around P800 depending on where you choose to stay overnight
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Activity Tips: Be aware of where you throw your trash so you don’t add to the clutter.

3. Mangyan Village

Mangyan Village
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Before Puerto Galera became the tourist trap it is today, the original inhabitants of the beautiful islands were the Irayas, a sub tribe of the Mangyans. Today, the Iraya have found a home up in a mountain at Sitio Talipanan.

Tourists can visit the charming village to witness their way of life, beautiful weaves, and a culture that has persisted through time.

  • Location: Talipanan Beach, Puerto Galera
  • Fees: It will depend on your transportation of choice.
  • Activity tips: Support their livelihood by buying one of their beautiful handmade products.

4. Coral Garden

Corals Puerto Galera

Aside from its reputation as a “party island”, Puerto Galera is also popular for being one of the best places in the country for diving.

Whether or not you’re a certified diver, visiting the Coral Garden is a must if you’re in the province. You don’t have to dive deep to witness the spectacular show of colors and rich marine life.

  • Location: San Antonio Island, Puerto Galera
  • Fees: P200 pesos per head
  • Activity tips: Be careful not to step on any of the corals.

5. Tukuran Falls

Tukuran Falls

Tukuran Falls is literally referred to as a hidden paradise within a paradise. It’s a small waterfall surrounded by greeneries as far as the eye can see.

This gem of a tourist spot is a backpacker’s dream destination, and the water that flows from the crevices of the Falls comes fresh from the mountain. It won’t be easy getting here, but Tukuran Falls promises the journey will be worth it!

  • Location: From Puerto Galera Town, ride a jeep bound for Calapan City. Pay the fare of PHP 40 per head for San Teodoro, from there you can hire a tricycle to the falls.
  • Fees: around P200-P400 round-trip fare
  • Operation Hours: 7am to 5pm
  • Activity Tips: Bring lots of insect repellant.

6. Bulalacao

Bulalacao

In Puerto Galera, remote towns are often overshadowed by the mainstream tourist destinations. If you want to take a breather from sharing the beach with other people, or if you’re simply looking to upgrade your Mindoro trip, consider going to Bulalacao.

This island is special because it actually consists of 13 untouched islets. When you look at them from a bird’s eye view, they form an uncanny resemblance to a shooting star, which is where the name of the island comes from!

  • Location: You can go there by air, if you book a flight to the nearest airport which is the one in San Jose, Mindoro. Then, just hail a jeep or bus going to Roxas, which passes through Bulalacao.
  • Fees: It will depend on your transportation of choice.
  • Operation Hours: 24/7
  • Activity Tips: Bring your own snorkeling gear in case the area does not provide you with any.

7. Aninuan Beach

Aninuan Beach Puerto Galera
Photo Credit: Ken Eckert via Commons

If you need a break from all the noise and partying, Aninuan is a great quick-stop. Just five minutes from the popular party beaches, Aninuan is a peaceful stretch of soft sand equipped with shaded lounge chairs right in front of the water.

  • Fees: FREE
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Activity Tips: Wait for the stunning sunset.

8. Sinandigan

Sinandigan

Of course being a coastal town, Puerto Galera has to have a lighthouse. Visit Sinandigan, which has a lighthouse passage giving you an unbeatable view of the Isla Verde—the Green Isle. Many people also visit Sinandigan for the colorful underwater flora and fauna that inhabit the nearby beach.

  • Location: From Sabang, simply ride a bus to the neighboring Barangay Sinandigan.
  • Fees: FREE
  • Hours: 24/7, though it is not recommended to trek up the lighthouse at night.
  • Activity Tips: Double check the danger level from the coast guard if you’re planning on diving after seeing the sights.

9. Puerto Galera’s Floating Bars

Bikini Bar Puerto Galera
Photo credit: @bikinifloatingbar.sabangpuertogaleraphilippines via Facebook

While it’s no secret that Puerto Galera has a booming nightlife, did you know that their party scene extends all the way out into the ocean? That’s right, Puerto Galera is a proud home to floating bars, which are literally boats turned clubs, restaurants, and party hubs.

These are actually rarer than they sound, as only a couple of beaches and hotels offer the service. In Puerto Galera, the Bikini Floating Bar is the best choice.

  • Location: Find it floating along Sabang Beach
  • Fees: Beers and other cocktails are within the PHP50-200 range
  • Operation Hours: 24/7, but best to visit after sunset
  • Activity Tips: Make sure not to dive into the dark waters after drinking.

10. Infinity Farm

It’s not what you’re thinking — there are no cows, chicken and other livestock in this farm. Located in the foot of a mountain, Infinity farm will welcome you with lush greens, fresh air, and the clearest stream of water you’ll ever see.

Visitors can explore the forest and follow the stream up the mountain where cottages are provided.

  • Location: Baco, Oriental Mindoro
  • Fees: P100 per head (entrance)
  • Activity Tips: Arrange a rented van or jeep with your hotel.

 

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