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?)|
|Picture-picture bago umalis.|
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.
Next travel blog post: my first
time in Mindanao.
|Last shot as we leave.|