One of the coolest place in Galera is the underwater cave. I was scared though going there because we have to ride a canoe and the waves that time were pretty wild! Well, fortunately, we are still alive haha. It is a small cave and we were lucky that we were the only people there that time!
- Budget Travel
White Beach water sports
On White Beach, there are several things to do, such as renting a water skidoo or banana boat riding. We couldn't because they wait for a full load (10 or so) before going and we had to go. It wasn't overly expensive, 200 peso or so.
A few of the touts offer you a skidoo or similar item for usage. It's quite expensive, over 2000 peso an hour.
The water is quite clean at White Beach. With a snorkel, I had great visibility.
- Water Sports
- Skiing and Boarding
- Diving and Snorkeling
Enjoy the beach
From White Beach I went to Cocobeach where I spent my night and 1 whole day . I just wanted to be away to the busy night life of White beach that time. This is the best part of traveling and what I always like to do, lying on a bamboo cottage while sipping my fruit juice and watching travelers pass by.
Puerto Galera boasts of 17 great diving spots. This island has a mixture of hard and soft corals. You can also try wreck diving and exploring the "Hole in the Wall". It's amazing that I saw a giant sea turtle when I went diving there.
Pacific Divers in Puerto Galera offers various dive programs, banana boat and snorkeling activities. They're affiliated with PADI and they offer certification courses. Try to visit their website for more information.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Don't forget your swim gear.
Many people come here for a picture, but everybody forgets his gear.
We were the only one swimming here, what is excellent of course.
only 20 peso entrance fee...
the road to the falls is bad. about 40 minutes from puerto galera. However, the road is being concreted as we speak...
- Water Sports
- Hiking and Walking
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Try their Mindoro Sling
Night life is not complete if you will not try their Mindoro sling, a hot local cocktail mixed with slices of a apple on a pitcher with a long stick on it. I think it is a mixed of Rhum, mango , grandine syrup and sprite if I'm not mistaken. But I think, there are some other version on how to make the concoction.It is better to have a pitcher for 300 to 350 pesos if you are a group. Then if you are feeling something, you can just dance the night away.
Thins To Do and Essentia; "bring" list
Banana Boat Ride @ 100 per person
Wakeboarding at Aninuan Beach for 1,500 per 30 mins because it is tugged by a speedboat. Gas costs a lot than your regular wakeboard parks where in it is cable tugged.
Massage at the beach for 200 per hour
Hair Braiding and Corn Rows from the locals starting at 300 pesos depending on the length of hair
Clear bottom boat rides for 350
Kayak at 150-200 per hour
Snorkeling and Diving- equipment are being rented for a nominal price. 200 per hour- Although I wouldn’t recommend it since a lot and I mean a lot of people (who you don’t even know) uses it.
Henna and permanent Tattoos
Shopping at the Market
Dinking drinking and more drinking
Parasailing at 1300-1500 per 20 mins
My To Do and Essential “Bring” List
Nikon D40x 18-200mm VR lens and take photos, photos and more photos
MP3 Player and handy dandy X-mini speakers
Tanning oil and Sunscreen
Poi also known as zips
A good book and a hammock would take me a long way
Diving or Snorkeling
Chatting with locals and other guests of the island
Sorry folks, I’m not a banana boat fan
Sipping Mindoro sling along the shoreline with reggae music playing in the background
Kayak @ White Beach
BF and I went kayaking and paid 500 pesos (for an hour). We had to wear life vests and had to sign this waiver that the owners of the kayak will not be liable for anything that happens to us. It was fun, really. It was a first for me!
- Water Sports
Ride (and Fall Off) the Banana Boat!
This is what I think is the most popular thing to do at Puerto Galera. It costs 200-250 pesos per head with a maximum of 8 people per boat for a few minutes. The motorboat will toss the passengers off the banana boat (who are wearing life vests, of course) in the middle of the ride.
- Water Sports
- Adventure Travel
A lot of female masseuses are around White Beach offering whole body and half body massages. A whole body massage will cost 200 pesos/hour only! The feeling is different and very relaxing while getting a massage under the shade of a coconut tree and hearing the waves at the same time. Just ask them to use coconut oil.
The Mangyans are the original inhabitants of Mindoro Island, and their culture is a virtually unbroken lineage that has spanned several millennia in this region. There is archaeological evidence that this tribe once occupied the coastal regions around Puerto Galera, though the colonial presence and the foreign diseases that accompanied them drove the Mangyan people to the interior highlands where they're found today. Counts suggest as many as 80,000 Mangyan live in the province. The Mangyan tribe consists of various smaller tribes like the Iraya, Alangan, and Tadwanan. They are skilled weavers and craftsmen, producing intricate tribal finery, including baskets, mats, and other items, both functional and aesthetic.
The easiest accessible Mangyan Settlements have been turned into tourist attraction. Globalization, which increased a materialistic lifestyle and attitude that sees consumption as the path to prosperity, have greatly contributed in the collapse of the culture of indigenous tribes. I visited a "Mangyan" settlement in Talipanan and I started laughing when I saw a billiard table in the middle of the village.
Original Mangyan settlements can be found on the mountain, away from our modern life centers. Keep in mind that it's essential to travel with a guide well-versed in Mangyan language and culture, as this elusive demographic does not always take kindly to outside disturbances. Visitors wishing to visit these people are advised to treat them with respect as they are not a tourist attraction…think about how you would feel to be treated by uninvited guests to your home and act accordingly!
- Arts and Culture
This site was a marble quarry before being transformed into a mountain golf terrain. From there you can enjoy a magnificent view from Sabang to White Beach. A small but cosy bar-restaurant serves drinks, snacks and light meals. For golf lovers, this terrain is a challenge.
- Mountain Climbing
Paradise zoo is half way on the way to Ponderosa Golf Course. Worth visiting if you are interested in reptiles. They have large collection of snakes, lizards, turtles and crocodiles. For a family of two adults and three kids, they charge PHP 1,200 inclusive of one drink for each guest.
Ponderosa Golf Course
It is at an elevation of 2,000ft and can be reached after a steep climb from the main road. Better arrange for transportation from "White Beach". Do not miss this place, once you are on top, this place offers best views of islands and mountains in Puerto Galera.
It is fun exploring various small islands while sailing on banca. Do not go towards Sabang and neighboring beaches as those all are congested. Also do not hire banca from your resort as they will charge you almost double. We had a short ride to "White Beach" and booked banca for PHP 1,000 for five hours. Boatman at our resort was demanding PHP 2,200.
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