Last updated on December 15th, 2019 at 04:45 pm
Puerto Galera is located in Oriental Mindoro. If you want to relax this is your place in the Philippines not very far if you are staying in Manila. We will write about how to get to Puerto Galera from Manila. We already discovered for you the best things to do in Puerto Galera in our travel guide apart from diving and snorkeling.
Puerto Galera is one of the most popular getaways from Manila. And we will let you know step by step how to get to Puerto Galera in this guide.
Read here where to stay in Puerto Galera!
Read here Puerto Galera itinerary!
Best time to visit Puerto Galera
We believe that the best time to visit Puerto Galera is from February to April when you will find better prices and still good weather. November to March is the High Season with a peak for Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Puerto Galera. April and May is the Peak Season so you should book well in advance as accommodations like hotels and homestays in Puerto Galera tend to be fully booked and has price increase. From June to October will be the rainy season in Puerto Galera.
How to get to Puerto Galera
How to get to Puerto Galera from Manila
If you get to Puerto Galera from Manila. You will have to ride a bus to Batangas port for 2-3 hours depending of the traffic. There are buses leaving from Pasay, Cubao or Buendia. Prices are around 200 PHP for 2 hours trip to Batangas. They are running almost all day every hour! You will have to get to Batangas Pier 3.
How to get to Puerto Galera from Batangas
Once you are in Batangas to get to Puerto Galera you have to catch a boat. There are boats going to Muelle port for 550 PHP round trip and it will take 1 hour 15 minutes to get to Puerto Galera. If you are heading to Sabang as we did, this is your best option. You can also get to White Beach jsut let them know to the boatmen!
There are two fast boats going to Balatero port from Batangas. Schedule is at 10 am and 5 pm. Prices are similar just choose what’s more convenient for your destiantion in Puerto Galera. Just going by yourself and purchase the ticket, one way or round ticket. Boats are leaving quite often during the day.
Travel Tip: Once you are in Batangas 3 Ferry Terminal. There are porters offering their services and people trying to sell tickets. Just go the ticket office inside by yourself and compare schedule and prices on your own.
Once you ride the boat from Batangas you have to pay the ferry terminal fee 50 PHP. And also environmental fee for maintenance of the island 50 PHP.
How to get to Puerto Galera by Plane
You can get by plane to Puerto Galera from Subic Bay and from Manila Bay. There are flights from Air Juan by seaplane. It takes 30 minutes to reach Puerto Galera from Manila. The price is around 5000-6000 PHP one way. And there are no daily flights. So make sure you check the day you are going there is a flight and book as soon as possible. The seaplane is landing at Sandbar Beach Resort in Puerto Galera.
How to get to Puerto Galera from Boracay Island
If you are going to Puerto Galera from Boracay Island. There are daily ferries from Caticlan going to Batangas. Once in Batangas just read the steps mentioned above to reach Puerto Galera. There are daily boats leaving Caticlan Jetty port at 6 am and reaching to Batangas Pier at 3 pm. Prices are around 1400 PHP for tourist class. And night ferries leaving Caticlan Jetty port at 7 30 pm and getting to Batangas at 4 30 am for only 1000 PHP for tourist class.
Transportation Around Puerto Galera
There are tricycles to move around the island. A trip can cost 50-100 PHP to move around. There rea also shared tricycles just check for them. If you are going from Sabang Beach to White Beach a tricycle will cost you around 250 PHP good enough for 3-4 people. There are also jeepneys to move around the island but not very often. Just look for them and ask locals for their schedule.
For a private Bangka for one day Island hopping prices can be around 1500-2000 PHP. You can get 6-8 people and prices will be depending on how big are the boats or how many people are going. Try to join more people to budget your trip. The best place to get the bangkas is Sabang Beach!
Where to Stay in Puerto Galera
We have been a few times in Puerto Galera because we honestly love the place and everytime we do, we go to different places every time: Sabang, Muelle Port, White Beach.
Featuring a garden and a terrace, Grace Hotel is located in Puerto Galera. With free WiFi, this 2-star hotel offers a shared lounge. Every room is equipped with a balcony with mountain views. At the hotel, the rooms come with a closet. Every room has a private bathroom with a shower. Guests at Grace Hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast. A room can cost 960 PHP or less than $20!
Set in Puerto Galera, 5-minute drive from Sabang Beach and 20-minute drive from White Beach, Dahilig Resort is a 3-star property that features an outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a terrace. A continental breakfast is served daily at the property. Guests can also enjoy a selection of Asian cuisine in the in-house restaurant. Hiking is among the activities that guests can enjoy near the resort. They have budget rooms that costs 750 PHP a night and double room with pool view for 2,100 PHP a night. Click here to check their availability!
For non peak season, daily budget can be $35 to $38 a day with accommodation, food, transportation and entrance fees to some attractions and places. In peak season, daily budget can get up to $50 a day. Add some more if you want to island hop. It can get pricey but in our opinion, Puerto Galera is worth every penny. You can go down in your budget in you don’t do activities as island hopping, diving and snorkeling. We recommend you to try them in Puerto Galera.
There are also Airbnb places to stay in Puerto Galera starting for $25-30. If you want to sign up for Airbnb, we give you $30 USD credit with your first booking!
Travel Tip: Click here to know prices and schedule to book your bus/boat tickets online with 12Go Asia.
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