139.9 Kilometers away from Manila lay the beautiful island of Puerto Galera. It is just 3 to 4 hours away from the city and there is no need to ride a plane to reach the place.
Boracay has been a favorite spot among tourists. However, getting in the place requires riding an airplane, which means you need a big budget. Not everyone of course can afford to visit the place. Most of us just want to escape from the stress of the city and relax for some time. If you do not have enough budget and yet want to have the feel of Boracay Island, Puerto Galera is the perfect place to be. To get there, one needs to ride a vehicle to Batangas and then take a short ferryboat ride to Puerto Galera. The short distance means cheap transportation cost compared to Boracay.
There are four ways to go to Puerto Galera:
Puerto Galera harbors diverse coral reefs ideal for snorkeling and diving. This is also the reason why it was recognized as a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 1973. There will never be enough time in the day to visit all the tourist spots in Puerto Galera. Here are the areas you should not miss to visit while you are in the island.
This is the perfect starting point to begin your exploration. This petite size place provides all the amenities and comforts just like any other modern cities. You can also have a chance to witness the glimpse of the town at your own leisurely place. Other attractions of the Poblacion are the cockfights held every weekend near Tabinay. Cockfighting is part of Filipino culture, and it offers foreigners on the island y to experience it firsthand.
One of the most premier party place in Puerto Galera, Sabang Beach is the perfect spot to have your activities. It has over 3p dive sites, several beach resorts and a wide array of bars and clubs. You and your family can go on swimming and diving in the mornings and afternoons. Its diving sites offer some of the most striking corals and underwater life forms you will ever see. A different experience awaits in the evening. Dance the night away, or sing along at one of the numerous karaoke bars in the place. In fact, Sabang is one of the most popular beach resorts in Puerto Galera with bars for nightlife and discos and bars for those who like to party the noght away.
Another spot you should not miss on your visit in Puerto Galera is Tamaraw Falls. You can find it at Barangay Villaflor near the city of San Teodoro. This is a 423-foot natural wonder found along the road. It consists of a series of smaller waterfalls, which converge to the main waterfalls cascading down to the waterbed below. It also provides one of the most breathtaking sights to behold.
The Excavation Museum
If you want to go back in time and experience the history of the island, The Excavation Museum is the perfect spot for you. This is where you can find numerous artifacts dating from different time periods. Some of the most famous items originated from the Ming dynasty, over a thousand years old. Among the most popular attractions are the objects and relics collected from the various eras.
Aside from Tamaraw Falls, another waterfall is popular in Puerto Galera. One popular activity you can do in Aninuan Falls is trekking up the creek nearby. Once the trek is finished (roughly 45 minutes), the climber is ushered into a forest filled with brilliant greens and exotic forms of vegetation.
Experience a slice of heaven at an affordable price in Puerto Galera.