As you take a left from the Sabang arrival pier, there are a series of quieter hotels hugging the coast and up the hill. I spent my first few hours wandering around looking for decent deals for both hotel and dive shops.
While there are few bargains by the water-side, there sure are ripoffs. Watch out for these. I also met up with a traveler who found inexpensive accommodations inland in small La Laguna. Real bargain hunters can probably get away with a 400php room with fan.
I chose Tina's. It was 800 a night - a bit expensive by 3rd world standards - but it had a sea view, was quiet and reasonably close to the heart of town. The service was highly indifferent and we had 3 brownouts in 5 days, but I suppose it was decent enough. Certainly nothing special
Seaside location, quiet, OK onsite restaurant with welcome ice-cold beers.
For a very cheap P500/night stay on weekdays and P1,000/night stay on weekends, we got a spacious airconditioned room with one queen size bed, a very small TV, a closet to dry clothes in, and a small bathroom. What's good about this beach resort is that it has a gate and fence surrounding it, with benches and a place to cook/grill food in. It's perfect for families with children.
They also have rooms with two queen size beds... it may be priced higher. We took the one bed room 'coz we were only two.
What we didn't like: the airconditioner took a while to make the room cold... we pretty much left the aircon open all the time to finally get the room at the right temperature.
Facing the beach, it's one of the more secluded resorts on the left part of White Beach, next to Coco Aroma. Not that far from the action, but you get plenty of rest 'coz it's not loud at night.
During our recent visit at Puerto galera, my two friends and I booked a room at the Mendelluke Suites. The room that we stayed in can accommodate 4-5 persons according to the front desk, but when we got there, we were convinced that it can even accommodate up to seven persons. The room was very spacious, the linens were clean, and unlike other beach rooms, the hot shower was working perfectly. For an off peak rate of Php2,500 (roughly $60) per night, we enjoyed a secure and private haven of our own which is not too far from the party scene. It has a very good location because it is a few walks away from the shops and is located at the beachfront.
one more thing...if you make a prior reservation, Mendelluke Suites has a staff who would welcome you and your group from the time your boat docks by the white beach shore.
The trip to PG from Batangas has to be taken in a large banka [local boat]. As a typhoon was just finishing this meant that there were still huge waves. To cross the rough see a man stood at the front of the boat – gesturing with his arm for the captain to go full speed or stop so that the boat could ride the waves. During the trip my wife got sea sick and many of the passengers go wet.
When we arrived I realised I had lost the name and address of our hotel. Not perturbed I got a tricycle to drive us to Small Tabinay. Initially we could not find the hotel so I got the drive to stop on a hill. Sure enough there was the hotel in the distance. Thankfully I recognised it from the pictures on the internet.
The hotel was called Coral Sands [ http://www.coralsandsofpuertogalera.com/i_Tours.htm ], which is run by Joy and Julius and Joy’s brother Marlon. The hotel was really nice – clean self-catering apartments, a lovely view from the balcony, a beach to yourself, and really nice hosts. What more could you ask for?
I spent the next 7 days spearing around PG. As for fish I saw a few Spanish mackerel, parot fish and lapu lapu, but nothing was worth shooting. This could have been due to the fact that I arrived just as a typhoon was finishing and I left just as a typhoon was beginning. The lesson here is avoiding the Philippines during the typhoon season.
Faith and I spent most of our evenings cooking a nice meal and then relaxing with a gin and tonic. There are many places to go in PG but the place can be a bit seedy owing to prostitution for the foreigners.
We were planning to leave PG after 8 days and return on a Thursday. However, on Wednesday morning I luckily discovered that another typhoon was fast approaching so if we wanted to leave we literally had to get on the next boat.
Quiet, own beach, really good staff, nice views
We stayed in the much talked about Mindorinne Oriental. I don't know what the real hype is all about because it's a total disappointment! The floors in the first and second floors werere unfinished. The aircon was so small that it cannot cool the entire room. At night, the reception area was closed and the place was not well lit. Even the hallways were not lit because the bulbs were taken out. Their receptionist was not as accommodating as we expected. Maybe its her facial expression. Our bed was quite small. And the soap and shampoo were not replenished each day. Although there are some pros- hmmm... the room was big. Our request for additional pillows and blanket were granted and also cleaning of the toilet. But i think these things should be accorded and expected of any accommodation.
Sad to say, I can't think of any. Wait it's almost beachfront. What? with shops that sprung out of every available land. I think 2 shops blocked the pathway of Mindorinne from the beach.
This place is located at the southern tip of White Beach...whats nice about this place is that when the beach gets too crowded you can just lounge at their "mini" pool and get away from the roudy crowd :) It's like a 2 min walk to the beach. Very pleasant and accommodating attendants which is what I love most about this place...water supply is good too so you can shower to your hearts content :) Love their brewed coffee, a must try! They serve it in small cups, but you can request to have it upgraded with a bigger mug if you can't get enough ;p
Peak season here usually falls from last week of February until last week of May. During the peak season tons of people go there, media activities, big company sponsors. We usually go here during the off peak season, rates are much cheaper. I would suggest Nautilus inn, thats where we often stay. during off peask the en suite room costs only for Php 800 a night. Theire buiding has 3 stories, they have cable TV and 2 queensize beds on each room. The owner is very nice, but shes' not ususally around since she works abroad as we were told. The caretaker there works formerly abroad as well for a hotel in greece, so as soon as you get in the beds really look nice and the place is very clean.You can rent their small refrigerator as well if you like too.
One of the nice places we saw in White Beach. It's not exactly beachfront, but it's around 20-25 steps from the beach (far better than the places that are 3-5 minutes away). It's located behind Dreamwave Hotel. It's a pretty little inn, just opened a week ago when we passed by there (just this April 11).
We might have stayed there if we hadn't had reservations already, 'coz the rooms were pretty and spacious, the bathrooms were clean and nice, they had TV and cabinets, and the room rates were about the same as other not as nice accommodations in White Beach. The manager, Mr. Arman Alviz was also super nice and gave us a tour of the place. It's a three-floor inn with a common room on the 2nd floor. I think they have a place where you can cook... better ask Arman to make sure.
Just got back from Galera. My friends and I went there last Sat, April 21, 2007 and stayed there till yesterday. Accomodation in PG will never be a problem, even if its peak season since locals usually rent their place to tourists to add up to their humble income. When we got there, we walked for about 5 mins and found a small nipa hut which was rented out to us for P1,500/night/room. I had 2 fan rooms with 1 queen size beds. The receiving area of the hut had a "duyan" - the deciding factor that made us stayed there. It also has a small bathroom, native style and a kitchen that's complete with all the utenisils and cooking aids that you will need. Although it was hot in the island, we were shocked when we got cold during our night's sleep...
Located in the Western side of White Beach. Contact the owner: Ben - 09202305098; 0917-9265942; 0919-39335491
Can't miss this place, located near the very center of the White Beach stretch, this is probably the biggest establishment there.
Coco Aroma is one of the more popular places along white beach. The time we were there, there was a party outside so be warned if you are looking for a quiet place to stay. For reservations, contact the manager Cora: +63919-728882; +63917-5620895
Located in the western side of White Beach. They have a deep entrance, with no other establishments in front so you are literally on the beach! Peak summer rates at 3500pesos per room that's good for 5.
Contact the owner: +63906-465-2069 or his wife: +63916-500-2670
The room is really nice; it looks like a hotel room. Our room had a queen size bed, aircondition, TV and refrigerator. It also has a spacious bathroom with hot and cold shower. It's definitely one of the more upscale accommodations in White Beach.
It's not exactly the place to be if you want peace and quiet, 'coz it can get really loud at night, especially during weekends. It also doesn't have a pool, but the rooms have an enclosed veranda with table and chairs.
The service is okay... it was kinda down when we arrived, probably because it was a weekday and there weren't many guests yet. But Brian, the manager, was very accommodating when we made reservations.
I'd recommend the place to those who can afford and those who want to enjoy the nightlife in White Beach.
Room Rates: (These are the weekday rates, and this can go up and even double on weekends and holidays. You can ask for a discount if you're staying for more than one night)
~ Room with queen size bed, for 1-2 persons P2,500/night
~ Room with 2 single beds, for 3-4 persons P3,000/night
~ Room with 2 queen size beds, for 5 persons up P3500-4,000/night
If you can afford it, why not? Mindorinne Oriental has one of the best beachfront accommodations in White Beach. It's in the center of everything... the beach, the restaurants, the bars... so everything you need is pretty accessible.
I would not recommend this resort to any of my friends and relatives because of the high price this resort is charging for a 1 star beach resort. Not worth it especially the buffet.
Service: There were no housemaids to make your bed and clean your room the whole time we stayed there for 3 nights. Towels and toilet paper were never replaced.
Facilities: Although it has billiards and diving facility, it still lacks sports equipment like jet-ski, sail-boat, and para-sail or banana boat, etc. I was told that they can provide a jet-ski for Php3,500 per hour, only to find out that next door resort provides it for Php2,500 per hour.
Amenities: No swimming pool and jacuzzi. No television set in the rooms. No hot water for showers.
Beach: Although the beach is clean, there are no warning signs alerting swimmers to wear booties or rubber shoes due to sea orchins, sharp rocks, and shells at the bottom. My wife stepped on a sea orchin. It was quite painful.
Restaurant: The manager promised us Lechon for Saturday night's dinner, but it was never served. The buffet is all Filipino dishes and selection is very limited, it was more expensive than Boracay 5 star hotels. With all the coconut trees around the beach, they cannot even provide buko juice. My wife was very disappointed with the food. The good part about this is that my wife did not gain any weight.
Transportation: We were charged Php200 per person for a roundtrip to White beach via resort's jeepney. Local jeepney only charges Php15 per person per trip!
View: Breathtaking and relaxing
Facilities: Free billiards
Transportation: We were picked up from our house and brought back to our house via airconditioned van. At Puerto Galera, we were escorted by a staff to Muelle to arrange our boatride back. This was a very big plus for this resort to provide this service.
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