Puerto Galera is a small place settled in the Philippine archipelago, on just three and a half hours drive from the capital – Manila, with which is connected in several ways. With a population of just over 20,000 residents, this place is accustomed to tourists as it has for centuries attracted various foreign conquerors, pirates, and benevolent visitors. Hospitable locals initially received tourists in their homes, but since the 90’s, with the blooming of tourism – hotels, apartments, restaurants and bars started springing up all over the Philippines as well as in Puerto Galera, which is not surprising considering the tourist offer.
Puerto Galera is surrounded by a series of small beaches covered with white sand on one side, and by a mountain range that stretches along the island of Mindoro on the other. The best known beaches are Sabang, which is popular with the tourists, and White Beach, which is more visited by the local population. Both beaches are surrounded by restaurants and bars, so they boast with a rich night life, and the fact that they are on the list of most beautiful beaches in the world. Beside them, there are also Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Aninuan and Talipanan beaches, where white sand gradients in dark with some round stones. Puerto Galera is ideal for divers who don’t even have to take the boat to come across an interesting site.
Just a kilometer from the coast Sabang is a rich underwater life with lots of exotic marine animals and a large number of diverse corals – all on a flat sandy bottom. The inner mountain range offers a variety of recreational opportunities: hiking, climbing, and digging for gold. In fact, locals gladly take tourists to gold prospecting from the river that flows down the mountain, where many gold flakes will retain on your board.
A few tribes live on the mountain ignoring any contacts with civilization. In a certain part of its course, in the village of Manolo, the River flows into a high waterfall. At its foot there is a natural pool where you can swim. A popular tourist attraction is a small museum placed in a local Catholic church, where you can see important Chinese artifacts and porcelain unearthed in the area Baganga, as well as a rich collection of shells.
If you find yourself astray here with no organized accommodation, you don’t have to fear that you will sleep on the street, every local will be happy to accommodate you in their house for a small monetary compensation.