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Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro,
Philippines loveliest harbor

Puerto Galera is blessed with one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbors. Known as the Pearl of Mindoro, it is world-famous for splendid beaches, coral reefs, and exquisite dive sites for new and experienced divers alike.

Puerto Galera

  Sabang, Puerto Galera

There are shallow coral gardens, interesting rock formations, and colorful species to watch, like crabs, shrimps, sea anemones, moray, and trumpet fishes. Puerto Galera is known among tourists for its numerous pocket beaches and many snorkeling and diving spots. The beaches have an active night life with their numerous beachside bars and restaurants.

Puerto Galera is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines.
According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 21,925 people in 4,424 households. It is the northwesternmost municipality in Oriental Mindoro.

Puerto Galera is only three and a half hours away from Manila first by bus to the port at Batangas City and then by boat. Tourists can also take the high-speed ferry service (popularly known as the Supercat) from the Batangas City port to Calapan, Mindoro and then by jeepney to Puerto Galera.

Things to do and places to see
The Cross at Muelle
This marble cross is one of the historical landmarks of Puerto Galera. It was erected. to commemorate the sinking of the battleship, Canonero Mariveles, at the Manila channel on November 18, 1879. It is located in Puerto Galera town proper, a 5-minute walking distance from the poblacion center.

Baclaran Mangyan Settlement
This is an area reserved for the Mangyan under the auspices of Father Erwin Thiel, SVD Missionary. It is located in Puerto Galera, a short 30-minute walk from the town proper.

La laguna Beach, Puerto Galera 
La laguna Beach, Puerto Galera  

Excavation Museum
"This museum houses several collections of Chinese and Siamese pottery, from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The museum is located in Puerto Galera town proper, a 5-minute walking distance from the pier of Puerto Galera.

Tamaraw Falls
The 423-foot waterfalls, situated alongside the road, is actually a series of asymmetrical falls, leading to the grand one, dropping to a frothy waterbed below. The cascading waterfalls is a great attraction to passers-by. Tamaraw Falls is located in Barangay Villaflor, Puerto Galera. It can be reached in two hours by taking a jeepney bound for Barangay Villaflor from Puerto Galera, or Calapan.

La Laguna Beach
This an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. There are a number of resorts that offer accommodation and other travel and aqua sports facilities to both domestic and international tourists. It is located in La Laguna, Puerto Galera, and can be reached in 30 minutes from the town proper of Puerto Galera by taking a jeepney bound for La Laguna.

Sabang Beach
This area is ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. A cluster of nightspots abound in this area, which make it popular for evening socials. Cottages with entertainment facilities stand close to each other. Low-budget accommodations are available. It is located east of Puerto Galera, and can be reached in 15 minutes from the Puerto Galera pier by taking a jeepney or an outrigger banca.

Small La Laguna
Contrary to its name, Small La Laguna is bigger than La Laguna, and has more facilities. It has coral reefs, and its water is ideal for snorkeling and scuba diving. There are diving equipment for rent at nearby dive shops. It is located beside Sabang Beach, and can be reached in 20 minutes from the pier by taking a jeepney bound for Sabang.

Talipanan Beach
This area is not as busy as the other beaches in Puerto Galera. Thus, it is an ideal site for private swimming. It is located in Puerto Galera, and can be reached in 40 minutes by taking a jeepney or an outrigger boat from the town pier.

White Sand Beach
The white sandy strips of this beach offer excellent opportunities for swimming. Resorts in this area provide entertainment facilities for tourists' greater amusement and leisure. It is located in Barangay San Isidro, Puerto Galera, and is accessible in 30 minutes from the town proper by a jeepney or a boat.

Punta Guarda Beach
This beach is far from the busy areas of Puerto Galera; thus, it is ideal for those who seek privacy and retreat. It is located in Puerto Galera, Occidental Mindoro, and can be reached by taking a 10 minutes' jeepney ride from the town proper, to about one kilometer on the beach mark. The distance left will have to be covered on foot.

Mountain Trail
The recently established Puerto Galera 'Mountain Trail' also called the Tabinay-Talipanan Trail, is a fairly easy introduction to the mountainous interior of Mindoro Island. The two-to-three-day walk begins in Tabinay, southeast of Puerto Galera and winds past three mountains - none of which are major summits - before emerging on the white sands of Talipanan beach, on the northwest side of town.

Underwater, Puerto Galera is a feast for the eyes. Having enjoyed the protection afforded by its marine sanctuary status for years, the coral reefs are alive and vibrant. Spear fishing is banned, and local dive operators forbid the taking of anything except pictures on the dive sites. Most of the deeper dives are along walls and drop-offs and currents can be strong. It is best to dive with an experienced divemaster or instructor to avoid problems. At least 16 dive centers are located along the beaches of Sabang, Small Lalaguna, Big Lalaguna, Coco Beach and Encenada Beach resort in Varadero Bay on the south coast of the isthmus. Local operators boast there are at least 25 dive sites within 20mins of any dive center.

Mountain biking
Puerto Galera is best known as a diving destination, but other action sports are starting to sprout up - mountain biking being one of the most enjoyable. In Calapan, there's a keen group of local enthusiasts, bike shops, plenty of trails and amazing views. The sport seems set to blossom in this area.


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