I’ve recently been back from an impromptu trip to the south over the weekend and I must say that it was worth the 2 days break. The beaches of Puerto Galera are well known in the Philippines especially to Manilenos as this is one of the White Sand beaches closest to Manila. It took us only a total of 4 hours travel time, 2 hours by land/bus, 2 hours by boat. This beach has been overrated since I can remember because of it’s widely commercialized status. Many just flock over to experience nightlife, the beach, the nature tour, and of course, the food which can all be achieved in less than 3 days. This is my first time here since I’ve always preferred Boracay over any white beach and I must say, not bad.
I took this photo atop the steps to our mini hotel room. The view was spectacular and very relaxing. Kudos to my friend who picked the place as not many people go to this far end of the beach hence it’s so quiet.
These rocks and boulders are located in the leftmost side of the beach and it’s a good spot to spend the afternoon in. You can get a good view of the sunset alongside the quite rush of sea water beneath your toes.
Past the houses after the shoreline lies the amazing forests and mountains of Mindoro. We were lucky to have had the chance to tour this mountain going to Aninuan Falls as it was another wonderful scenery. Tour cost us only 100 Pesos each.
This is the Aninuan Falls. It is one of the well known waterfalls in Mindoro together with the Tamaraw Falls. We were only able to go here but we’ll make sure to visit Tamaraw next time. The water was so COLD! but it was so relaxing after an hour or so of trekking.
Aside from the tour, there were also good finds in the beach like these Mangyan Weaving Baskets.
What is beach bumming without these colorful accessories to brighten your outfit? Vendors can customize these for you too at 50-100 Pesos each. It’s pretty expensive but it’s nice help these kind vendors out. 🙂
The food for me is OK. I would suggest that you lower your expectations when it comes to Puerto Galera food. There’s nothing really special but many food outlets here are quite affordable. With meals from 100-150 Pesos, you won’t go wrong and it’s fair enough. This establishment was pretty famous in the island because of their Unlimited Garlic Rice offering and it’s also open 24 Hours.
They have a wide variety of rice meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. All rice meals are valid for their Rice-All-You-Can promo.
Most of their rice meals come with a Salted Egg and a Fresh Tomato on the side.
This Pork Steak Rice bowl costs 120 Pesos and their breakfast meals range from 99 Pesos to 150 Pesos.
Another thing unique about their food stall is their Iced Tea by the Gallon. It’s cold Iced Tea served on a Gallon jug for you and your friends to share.
This costs 145 Pesos and it is good for 4-5 People.
On the beach, they have these cute Jetski Tables made of old unused Jetskis.
The following day, we were craving for some seafood after 2 consecutive meals in Food Trip. We stumbled upon this little restaurant by the beach and they sell pretty good seafood dishes.
We had their crispy Calamari which costs 250 Pesos. Pretty expensive for Calamari though..
We also had Pork Sisig (combination of Pork cuts seasoned and sizzled in a hot plate) at 150 Pesos
Lastly, we had this odd Sizzling Hotdog (seasoned Hotdog cuts) at 100 Pesos
This might be weird but it was surprisingly good. Not bad for 100 Pesos! I must say that they serve their food pretty well and these dishes come with a free cup of rice each. Satisfying!
All in all our stay at Puerto Galera was good enough. We had a wonderful time and we were able to take amazing photos so it was worth it. We’ll definitely go back here when there is a chance. It’s another great spot to de-stress and just relax without the hassle of long travel.
You can find out more about Puerto Galera, Mindoro by visiting this site.