Puerto Galera is located in the north part of Oriental Mindoro. It is one of the top beaches ManileΓ±os (from Manila) prefer along with Batangas, Bataan, Quezon, Baler and La Union.

Puerto Galera: Province in Oriental Mindoro, Luzon, Philippines
Coordinates: 13.5019° N, 120.9541° E
What to eat/drink: Mindoro Sling (Cocktail)
What to do: beach bumming, island hopping, scuba diving, watering  sports, trekking to waterfalls, cultural exploration 
Where to stay: Paddy Bar Backpacker And Dive Center (Sabang Beach), ZEN Rooms Villa Pamana Inn (White Beach), Casa Mia Resort (Aninuan Beach)
Ideal time to visit: Best time to visit is during summer, before or after the rainy season.
Language: Filipino/English
Currency: Philippine Peso: 53PHP = 1USD (rough estimate)


HOW TO PLAN YOUR PUERTO GALERA ITINERARY:

1. DETERMINE THE NUMBER OF DAYS YOU WILL BE STAYING.
If you want a relaxed stay in Puerto Galera, we suggest a 3 to 4-day trip, although you can have a jam-packed stay in just 2 days. You can cover almost everything.

2. DETERMINE YOUR HOTEL LOCATION
We recommend booking hotels that are a few minutes from the beach or beach-front hotels. If you want an easy access to Puerto Galera nightlife, book your hotels in White Beach. There are also a lot of food choices there. Book your hotels in Aninuan Beach or Sabang Beach if you want a peaceful stay. Both beaches are 10-20 minutes away from White beach and costs 50PHP-tricycle ride (one way).

Casa Mia Resort (Aninuan Beach)


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3. DETERMINE YOUR PREFERRED ACTIVITIES
If you want a laid-back stay, you may prefer just hanging out by the beach. You may also avail island hopping, land tours, water sports if you are feeling adventurous. 

4. DETERMINE YOUR FOOD BUDGET
Food prices in White Beach starts at 80PHP. Typical prices costs 100-150PHP for a good meal. Food in Aninuan and Sabang are more expensive compared to White Beach. Bucket of local beers costs around 300-400PHP. Cocktail towers costs 1000PHP.

5. DETERMINE YOUR PREFERRED TRANSPORTATION ROUTES
MANILA TO BATANGAS PORT & VICE VERSA
- Bus: Buses from Cubao and Buendia have routes going to and from Batangas Port. Bus company like JAM Liner offers cheap seats.
See the updated routes, schedules and fares here: JAM LINER WEBSITE
- Hired van/private car: Use the Waze App and pin your location to Batangas Port. If you plan on hiring van transfers, opt to book with Bookaway. 
See Bookaway's private transfer from Manila to Batangas Port: BOOKAWAY WEBSITE
BATANGAS PIER TO PUERTO GALERA & VICE VERSA
There are two ports in Puerto Galera, Balatero Pier and Muello Pier. If you are heading to Aninuan and White Beach, take Balatero Pier. Take Muello Pier if you are heading to Sabang Pier.
Book your ferry online: Skip the long lines and book your ferry with Bookaway. 
Book a Starlite Ferry with Bookaway: BOOKAWAY WEBSITE
Book your ferry in the terminal: Once you arrive at Terminal 2, Batangas Port. Head to Terminal 2 to purchase your tickets. It is important to know which ferry you would use since there are different offices for each ferry carrier.
BALATERO PIER: 
6:45am - 60 mins MV SEPTEMBER TULIPS
7:00am - 90 mins MV SAN CARLOS
9:30am - 60 mins MV SEPTEMBER TULIPS
10:00am - 120 mins MV POLARIS
10:00am - 55 mins MC CITY ILOILO
MUELLO PIER:
7:30am - 90 mins MV RAPTOR
8:30am - 90 mins MV GENESIS
9:15am - 70 mins MV GENESIS
10:00am - 90 mins MV SYVEL 
GETTING AROUND PUERTO GALERA
- Via private car
You may hire a private car for a day to get around Puerto Galera. I would suggest getting this if you are more than 5 pax.
- Via motorbike
This would be the cheapest way to get around Puerto Galera. Rate startsat 300PHP per day.
- Via tricycle
Hiring a tricycle starts at 50PHP per way. From Balatero to White Beach costs 100PHP, Sabang Beach to White Beach costs 150PHP. 


Puerto Galera is one of our top picks for a weekend getaway. It is less crowded compared to La Union and Baler. It is ideal for both getaways with the family and friends. We wanted the island vibes so we stayed there for four days. Based on our stay, you can explore most of Puerto Galera in two days if you want a fast paced stay. 

DAY 1: TRAVEL TO PUERTO GALERA
We prefer to get an early bus to Batangas Port and catch those morning ferries going to Puerto Galera. This way, you still have time to rest, get on tours and enjoy water sports.

POINTS OF INTEREST:
🚩White Beach
🚩Aninuan Beach
🚩Water sports:
Unicorn: P2,500, good for 10 pax
King Cobra: P2,500, good for 10 pax
Flying Saucer: P2,000, good for 6 pax
Jetski: P2,000 per 15 minutes
Flying Fish: P1,500, goof for 3 pax

 

DAY 1 ITINERARY:
Jam Bus Cubao Terminal to Batangas Port: 3 hours via Bus | 210PHP | Hourly bus from 1AM to Batangas Pier
Batangas Port Terminal Fee: 40PHP
Environmental Fee: 50PHP
Batangas Port to Balatero Port, Puerto Galera: 2 hour via Starlite Ferry | 300PHP | Book your tickets with BOOKAWAY
Balatero Port Terminal Fee: 40PHP
Balatero Port to Accommodation: 15 minutes via tricycle | 150PHP; 75PHP per pax
Accommodation in White Beach: 3200PHP for 4 days (Zen Rooms Villa Pamana); 1600PHP per pax
Lunch: 100PHP
Dinner: 100PHP

DAY 1 TOTAL: 2515 per pax for 2 travelers, 4190PHP for solo-travelers

DAY 2: ISLAND HOPPING

Island hopping in Puerto Galera generally starts at 7:30 to 8:00 in the morning and can take about 5-6 hours depending on your pacing. We reserved our second day for island hopping since we have another day for a day tour.

The island hopping includes the Bayanan Beach, Maniknik Beach and Haligi Beach. We highly recommend taking the snorkeling tour with the guide banca together with the island hoppin. This is the highlight of the trip. This snorkeling tour includes the Underwater Cave, Giant Clam, Coral Garden, Snorkeling and Fish Feeding. This is exclusive of the island hopping tour.

POINTS OF INTEREST:
🚩Bayanan Beach
🚩Maniknik Beach
🚩Haligi Beach
🚩Underwater Cave
🚩Giant Clam
🚩Coral Garden



DAY 2 ITINERARY:
↠Breakfast: Included or Bring your own
Island Hopping Tour of Bayanan Beach, Maniknik Beach, Haligi Beach: 300PHP per pax (1800 for the whole Banca) | We suggest asking the Reception to find you a joined tour to lessen expenses.
↠Lunch: 100PHP
↠Dinner: 100PHP

DAY 2 TOTAL: 500PHP per pax

DAY 3: LAND TOUR





This is why we love Puerto Galera, you can enjoy the beaches and islands, go chase waterfalls and explore its cultural heritage. Lands tours can be arrange with your hotel or you just hail a random tricycle and ask the driver to take you since most of them offer this kind of tour. You can also rent a motorbike for a day and do it yourselves. Just check Google Maps, follow the local signages and ask for directions from locals.



POINTS OF INTEREST:
🚩Tamaraw Falls
🚩Mangyan Village
🚩Mt. Malasimbo



DAY 3 ITINERARY
↠Breakfast: Included or Bring your own
Land Tour: 400PHP per pax (800PHP for the whole tricycle, good for 3 pax)
↠Lunch: 100PHP
↠Dinner: 100PHP

DAY  3 TOTAL: 600PHP per pax for 2 travelers | 1000PHP for solo-travelers

DAY 4: HEAD HOME
We checked out early to get an early ferry to Batangas. 



DAY 4 ITINERARY
↠Breakfast: Included or Bring your own
↠Lunch: 100PHP
Accommodation to Balatero Port: 15 minutes via tricycle | 150PHP
Puerto Galera Terminal Fee: 10PHP
Balatero Port to Batangas Port: 2 hours via Starlite Ferry | 300PHP | Book your tickets with BOOKAWAY
Batangas Port to Cubao: 3 hours via bus | 210PHP

DAY 4 TOTAL: 695PHP per pax of 2-travelers | 770PHP for solo travelers




We absolutely love our stay in Puerto Galera. Hope you visit this island soon!
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FOOTNOTES:
Photos by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Shot with Samsung Note 9 | Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro | May 2019

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I love planning itineraries for upcoming trips and dream vacations! Sometimes, it can be stressful keeping up with the most accurate time schedules and fares. Thanks to Bookaway, it is easier to travel and book trains, buses, and ferries to the world's best locations!

Book your transportation here: 

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BOOKING WITH BOOKAWAY
Since we are heading to Puerto Galera for the weekend, we searched Bookaway for transport options. We booked a ferry from Batangas Port to Balatero Pier, Puerto Galera. This saved us a lot of time and energy since ferry tickets get sold out quickly-- especially on a weekend since tourists are also heading to the beach.

We booked the Starlite Ferry with the schedule May 31 at 10:00 AM.
After purchasing, we immediately got an email that Bookaway received our booking which includes our booking details. After a few minutes, we received the Bookaway Voucher. Easy Peasy!



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Our prefered ferry transportation from Batangas Port to Balatero Port on Bookaway.com


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Detailed Schedule for Batangas Port to Balatero Port on Bookaway.com

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Description Section for Batangas Port to Balatero Port on Bookaway.com


In Bookaway, they
display the seat options, the transport company that would carry us, a detailed schedule available for my preferred dates and amenities that I can enjoy while on board. All information are available in the Description section. 
They also have 24-7 travel experts that would help you through your booking. I personally like that they included the transport company profile. This gave me assurance that the transport company I would use is legitimate. 

Another thing I like about Bookaway is the 20% Discount on our return tickets! If things didn't go as planned, they also offer partial refunds up to 24 hours before departure.

STARLITE FERRY EXPERIENCE AT BATANGAS PIER
Booking Voucher
Starlite Ticket Office



The next day, we headed to Terminal 3, Batangas Port. We went to the ticketing office of Starlite to get our official tickets. In no more than 5 minutes, we got our tickets. Since it was our first time to travel in that port, we were clueless. Thanks to the Starlite staff, they gave us instructions to get to the Terminal ticket office to pay the terminal fee, and head to Gate 4 and wait for our ferry to arrive.




At 9:30AM, the gates were opened and we were allowed to board the ferry. We got the option to sit at the open-air or in air-conditioned room. Although we weren't bringing lots of stuff, passengers were allowed to bring a maximum of 50 kilos per person. Clean toilets are also available! 

open air economy

food store on board

ocean view







 Everything was flawless! Since our experience with Starlite Ferry was good, I would say that Bookaway only offers transport from companies that have a credible and quality service.
I love that is convenient and assuring. I don't need to wake up early to wait in line to get a ticket, I will just go to Bookaway and book away!


STARLITE FERRY EXPERIENCE AT BALATERO PORT





After 2 hours in the ferry, the egress went smoothly. Since we didn't check any luggage, we went off the ferry within a few minutes. We were then instructed to go to the pedestrian exit and pay our terminal fee of Balatero Pier.


WHAT TO BRING ON THE FERRY TRIP
1. Portable mini fan or pamaypay: Philippines is a tropical and humid country, we suggest travelers to bring a fan. 
2. Water bottle: It can be a long trip so bring water to be hydrated.

WHAT TO BRING FOR THE PUERTO GALERA TRIP
1. Dry bag
2. Underwater camera
3. Aqua shoes

TRAVEL TIPS ON THE FERRY RIDE
- - Ask the staff of Starlite Ferry about the boarding procedures. They will guide you up to the boarding gate. Only purchase tickets in the official ticketing offices. Baggage porters are also available and they have fixed fee per kilogram. Ask the office for the latest prices.
- You need to pay a 50PHP terminal ticket in Batangas Pier.
- You have the option to sit in the open air or air-conditioned room in the ferry.
- It is a 2-hour trip, you may bring a book, listen to music or watch a movie to keep you occupied.
- There is no wifi on board but there is phone signal.
- Once you've reached Balatero Pier, head to the pedestrian exit and pay a 20PHP terminal fee.

TRAVEL TIPS PUERTO GALERA TRIP 
- Most stores, restaurants and hotels don't accept credit card. We suggest to bring enough cash for the whole trip. There are foreign exchange stores in White Beach.
- There is an ATM machine in Batangas Pier-- although the last time we checked, it wasn't working. The next ATM machine is located in Poblacion, Puerto Galera. (20 minutes from Balatero Port, a tricycle ride cost 150PHP, one way)
- We suggest to rent a motorbike to get around Puerto Galera to save money. Rate starts at 400PHP.
- Book your hotels near White Beach if you want to have quick access to the nightlife, water sports, and cheap restaurants. Book your hotels near Aninuan Beach if you want a quiet and laid back stay. We suggest the latter and just rent a motor bike to get around.

WHAT TO DO/VISIT
1. White Beach - this beach can be a little crowded. Lots of restaurants choices and the nightlife is located here. Water sports like kayaking, jet ski, banana boat are available for rent.
2. Aninuan Beach - head to this beach for a relaxed day. Little to no crowd. 15 minutes from White Beach.
3. Island hopping - we suggest to get the island hopping (Sandbar Island, Bayanan Beach, Antonio Island) with the Coral Garden, Giant Clam and Snorkeling Sites. Boat rental for the island hopping costs 1800PHP good for 6 people. We suggest you ask your hotel reception to book you on a shared island hopping tour to lessen the cost. An additional 400PHP per pax for the Coral Garden, Giant Clam and Snorkeling sites
4. Scuba diving - rate starts at 3000PHP per person.
5. Land tour - 800PHP which includes Tamaraw Falls, Aninuan Falls, Tukuran Falls, Talipanan Falls and Mangyan Village.

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FOOTNOTES:
Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro | June 2019 

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Rustic Box Steak and Winehouse
πŸ“ 3 City Camp Alley Road, Baguio City


We booked an accommodation near Burnham Park and we were on a look out on budget yet delicious places to eat in Baguio City. We were on our way to Calle Uno, our go-to coworking place in Baguio, when we saw this restaurant in a small alley along our hotel. It caught our attention. My foodie heart drove me to look on Zomato and found out this restaurant has great reviews!



The place definitely looked like a 'rustic box.' We loved how they used simple materials and made it into a chic yet rustic vibe. The place definitely has a cozy and warm ambiance perfect for a lunch or dinner date!




Here are a few things we absolutely love about Rustic Box.
✔ They offer breakfast menu which starts at 150PHP.
✔ T-Bone Budget Steak is the cheapest steak in the menu which costs 160PHP! (Super sulit)
✔ The steak menu ranges from 160PHP to 330PHP.
✔ Wine served per glass starts at 150PHP while wine per bottle starts at 800PHP.
✔ They also have group packages which starts at 1500PHP which is good for 4 pax.



My spontaneous Saturday night date with Cheloi was perfect so we invited my family to join us for brunch here the next morning! Can't you sense that we absolutely enjoyed our steaks here?

We highly recommend this restaurant!

Rustic Box also has branches in Malate, Novaliches, Pasig and Marikina, Mandaluyong, MOA, and Paranaque.

Check them out on Facebook:
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FOOTNOTES:

Photos shot by Rae Argallon and Cheloi Marasigan | Baguio City, Benguet | April 2019

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