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Monday, February 27, 2012

First Time in Puerto Galera

I look forward to do a lot of traveling for the next ten months. I spent most of my 2011 suffocating within the confines of NCR that I promised myself to make 2012 my travel year—so yeah, I’m looking for travel buddies.

I started January with a trip to Nasugbu with my college friends. This month alone, I managed to get out of Manila twice, with the other trip I’ll be blogging about within this week. What better way to start by going to Puerto Galera? I admit I hadn’t been there before, but it was such a fun experience to know what the entire fuss is all about with regards to this municipality in Oriental Mindoro.

First night with Yet and Deng.
I came with two of my friends from high school, Yet and Deng. From Taft, we had a two-hour bus ride to the port in Batangas City. From there, we took a boat to Mindoro, the trip lasting for an hour-and-a-half. Upon arriving, we realized that the shuttle that was supposed to take us to the beach proper had already left. Good thing there were a couple of motorcycle drivers who were willing to escort us there. Talk about an adrenaline-pumping 20-minute motorcycle ride through dark, deserted roads. We arrived near White Beach Hotel safe and sound.

Of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete if we hadn’t gone island-hopping, which is exactly what we did. The snorkeling activity was similar to that of other places such as Boracay, but it was fun, nonetheless.

After snorkeling, the boatmen took us to an island that we can have for ourselves. It felt amazing to sit on the beach and simply enjoy the waves tickling your feet. There’s even a cave where people can enter for that obligatory photoshoot—I won’t show the pics here, though. Ayoko, e. Haha.

Kweba ng kaligayahan. (Anu raw?)
Now here’s where the problem started. The minute we returned to the boat, the bangkeros told us we were already going back, much to our surprise. See, we booked our boating package while we were still on the port, where the itinerary—the list of beaches to be visited—was laid out to us. Even though we told the boatmen it wasn’t part of the plan, we had no choice but to go back since we were aware that they still hadn’t eaten their lunch yet. I guess the next time we return to Puerto Galera we’ll be settling the island-hopping package on the beach itself and not in the Batangas Port.

Picture-picture bago umalis.
Despite the minor problem with our island-hopping, I can still say I had plenty of fun in Puerto Galera. I kind of regret not going there as early as when my friends started to rave about it. A lot of firsts happened while I was there. It was the first time I had a massage right on the beach, under the moonlight, by a kind lady who’s been doing her job for 22 years. It was also the first time I had a drunk person argue with me in a bar (muntikan nang basagan ni Yet ng bote sa ulo). It was also my first time tasting the famous Mindoro Sling (konting sip lang, good boy ako e, haha).

Puerto Galera is one of the most accessible vacation spots if you live in Manila. I’ll certainly be returning there when I have the time and money. Have you been there? Any memorable experiences? Share them in the comments section below.

Last shot as we leave.
Next travel blog post: my first time in Mindanao.

22 comments:

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc. said...

namiss ko ang gale.... na miss ko ang snorkeling whaha!!

Will said...

Malapit na naman mag-summer eh. :))

Axl Powerhouse Production Inc. said...

whaha iyo pala yung experience ko sa gale..
http://www.axlppi.com/2011/04/summer-getaway-puerto-galera.html

Ryan Mach I Pinoy Wandering Boy said...

Not yet! Ang lapit lang pero di ko pa to napupuntahan. Hehe

Will said...

Dali, Ryan! Punta na sa summer. Hehe

KikomaxXx said...

ayun o will.. MINDANAO... hehehe see you here :)

Will said...

See you there! :p

Dani said...

ooooh Puerto Galera! Will be coming there again in May! May pinuntahan kaming isang underwater cave last year, ang cool lang kasi ang lamig ng water. And ang ganda ng kulay. Free lang din, no entrance, but you'd have to pay a local boat together. But the locals are nice, ripoff lang yung halo-halo nila for P100. Haha.

Von_Draye said...

I don't like places where there's lots of people... so until im getting a free trip to puerto galera, im not going there with my own money.
ehehehehe...

nice entry.

Will said...

@Dani: Yes, they also gave us the option to go to the underwater cave, but we don't have any money to pay the boatman. LOL

@Von_Draye: Haha, there's nothing wrong with being frugal, don't worry.

T.R.Aurelius said...

waaah nagsi2mula na uminit ang panahon...


need....to..go.....swimming.....urghhh!

Leo said...

Hmmm. Me thinks that instead of going back to La Luz this summer, why not try Puero Galera with Nimmy no?

It sounds fun there. :)

Will said...

@TR: Lessgo! :p

@Leo: Yeah, malapit lang sa Manela no?! :)

mayen said...

I've been to puerto gallera several times and I love the place. We are planning to go there this summer because my sister and my brother haven’t gone there yet. I experienced my first and last banana boat ride there. The first time we were dropped into the water, I wasn’t able to breathe for about 2 seconds. We were caught off guard, so I wasn’t able to hold my breath. I swallowed a lot of water. I remember telling the boat driver to bring us back to the shore but he ignored us. Eventually, we kinda get the hang of it and we can tell when he’s about to drop us into the water. It turned out to be a fun experience.

Wow, I like your plan to travel more this year. I wish I can do that too. I miss snorkelling. I love the underwater view but I can’t enjoy that anymore because my eyesight is terrible. I can’t see the underwater view clearly. Anyway, I think the manongs who took you to island hopping tricked you. They should’ve taken you to several islands. Oh well, at least you know what to do next time.

Sorry for the long comment. Bumabawi. I missed a lot of posts. I wonder why I didn’t see updates on my reader list. Take care. 

Diamond R said...

pag nasa Pinas ako di ko maisip ang pumunta sa mga lugar na ganyan kasi manila nga di ko maikot yong labas probinsiya pa kaya.Pero pag nababasa ko ang mga ganitong post nanghihinayang ako.

Will said...

@mayen: Hope you'd be able to go there asap. :) Don't worry, you didn't miss my previous posts. Di lang talaga ako active magblog ngayon.

@DiamondR: Punta na kasi. Hehehe.

Sey said...

obligatory photoshoot- nacurious ako bigla. show them now...show them now. hehehe, joke lang.

Great first experiences. Ano kaya mangyayari sakin sa March? hmmm, yes, we'll be there on March. Yeheeey!More travel for all of us.

Will said...

Haha, ayaw ko pakita kasi walang kwenta yung pics! lol

Ah, punta kayo this month? Wow, enjoy! :))

Anonymous said...

white sand ba tlga dito? or night life and accessible ang reason bakit maraming dumadayo sa galera? how about the water? thnx!

Will said...

Maraming reason kung bakit pumupunta ang mga tao sa Galera. Mahirap ma-pinpoint. Nightlife wasn;t really active when we went there, pero sure talaga na sobrang accessible sya from Manila.

Pa Ul said...

I wish kaya korin yan mamasyal sa mga lugar sa pinas :)

Banana Boat Tube ride Mumbai said...

Nice information shared about Puerto Galera vacation spots

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