One of the popular beach spots in the Philippines is Puerto Galera. It is located at Oriental Mindoro and is the only bay to be listed by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World.
This is well-known among tourists for its great snorkeling and diving site. Other activities you can do here are wind surfing, kayaking, jetski, the banana boat ride, motorbikes, golf, sailing, hashing and target shooting. At night, there are bars and restos open for a chillaxing evening.
If you’re in Manila and wish to go to Puerto Galera, it will only take you three and a half hours of travel time. You have to travel first by bus (busliners like Jam and Alps have routes going to Batangas) going to the port at Batangas City and then by boat. Here are some of the recommended resorts – Coco Beach Island Resort, Tanawin Bay Resort, Graywall Resort, Puerto Nirvana Beach Resort, El Galleon Beach Resort, Encenada Beach Resort.
Had gone to Puerto Galera twice, first when we had our company outing and then the second, when me and my friends together with their family went for a summer getaway. The first was ok but the second was almost a disaster. Well there was a fatal accident that happened, not on our boat but on the other one. It sank and according to reports, there were 12 people who got drowned and died, including a three year old kid.
Fear had trembled upon us after hearing that terrifying news from the kids living the area since it was the same boat company we had plus we had a kid with us too. Only on different time schedule, ’cause the one we had was a 9:30 a.m. ride while the one that sank was the 11 a.m. ride. Reminscing it, it was a like a buzzer beater for us, we were able to book just in the nick of time. Had we been slow for a few minutes, we could have missed our schedule and would have taken that ride since there’s a two hour interval for each boat to leave the port and travel to Galera. Thank God!