We thought out trip would be more comfortable if we took Si-kat bus but was very dissapointed with the behaviour of the lady guide. She wasn't very friendly and she doesn't really know how to deal and response to problems. She can't work under pressure and can really be angry not taking into consideration that her job is to make the passengers comfortable. She was always shouting and talking in a very angry voice. All she has to do is deal with the problem in silence without blaming anyone where everyone can see and hear her. The company needs a better person for the position who has more better costumer service skills.
A Catamaran Type banca is the most common transportation when going to Puerto Galera. The travel is 1 hour. Trips usually start at 5 AM. If you are in a hurry, fast raft is an option. And if you are afraid especially if there are dark clouds in the horizon,you can take Roro but it's boring. I prefer banca.
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Galerian Lines- direct transpo to Talipanan
This was the only boat which goes directly to and from Talipanan Beach. Odd, we were unable to try this one. Was supposed to but when we arrived at Batangas Port, Galerian lines' booth has not opened yet. It was due to open 9:30AM and we arrived 8am. Price is Php300 per pax one way.
Please make sure though to note the price difference of the boat going to Talipanan. The most popular beach, White Beach, would cost Php250 one way (1 hour travel time), while Talipanan would cost Php300 one way (1 1/2 hours travel time). We got duped with this. We were charged 300 each for the boat going to Talipanan (we took M/B Brian, not the Galerian lines) but we were dropped off at the White beach and we were told to just take a tricycle to reach Talipanan. When we came back to Batangas Port the day after, we went back to the ticketing booth to lodge our complaint. They refunded our extra 100 bucks (of course they should). Just be careful with those fixers. And make sure to take Galerian Lines if you wanna go directly to Talipanan. :-)
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Boat from Batangas Pier directly to White Beach,PG
I recommend M/V BRIAN as it goes directly from Batangas Pier to White Beach, PG. NO STOPOVERS.
Boat fare as of March 2010 for roundtrip transfer is P450. One way is P250.
Environmental fee = P50
Terminal fee = P25
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Sikat bus to Batangas
Booked Sikat transport package (PPeso 1,400 for adult and 700 for kid be below 10, bus/ferry) to and from Puerto Galera for 7 adults and 2 kids to avoid the hassle of queuing up in the public bus stations. Arrived City State Hotel 9 Apr 09, boarded the bus 0800 am. Got on the bus but disappointed to see that the interior of the bus is far less than a proper tourist bus that they claim it is. Bus smelt odd and the air conditioning was not cool enough. Few minutes before we got to the toll gate for Calabarzon highway, the air condition over heated. It was so hot inside that the bus had to stop, got the people out and the driver had to pour lots of water on the air condition system to cool it down. That caused more inconvenience added to the long traffic jam. On our way back to Manila from a 3 day stay at Puerto Galera, we had another hassle with the same bus. Arrived at the pier 0930. Long walk from the ferry pier to the bus, then we weren't allowed to board the bus yet and were told it won't leave for another 45 mins as they were still waiting for the arrival of the next ferry for more bus passengers. They told us that there's a van waiting on stand by if we wish to go ahead because we have kids. We went to buy some small sweets to take home. When we were ready, we asked for the van which took about 20 mins to come. With all the commotion going on, we boarded the van. To our surprise, the driver asked us who's responsible for paying him. That added to already confusing situation. So, got out of the van and back to the bus and asked the guides to give us our seats of which, numbers were stamped on our tickets we bought in advance. Other passengers both local and foreign already occupied our seats and won't move. We insisted so some some moved and took the van instead. We had 9 mos old baby with us who was a bit sick and her mother pregnant and people won't give back our seats. Commotion went on for a while, people getting really frustrated. I've decided that we stop it, get on with the trip and I, my two nephews and other passengers sat on the spare stool in the isle and one of my nephew carrying his baby. This was my worst holiday. The bus was overbooked and the staff didn't know how to deal with the situation. We didn't get a proper apologies from the people in charge. We arrived Manila almost 2 pm, no traffic. So, next time you travel to Batangas, it might be better for you to get tickets on public buses like JAM etc, etc. They eve have a proper air conditioning system and much more comfortable. Sikat bus only departs Manila once a day.
Then Go Rock the Boat!
There are many boats/ferries going to Puerto Galera but we chose one that didn't overload. We opted for Father and Son Lines after I discovered its website while "Googling" stuff. We paid 210 pesos/pax/one way going to Muelle, I guess its a bit more if you're getting off at White Beach. Get ready for a bumpy ride because the waves are quite tricky and if you're the seasick type, better take your anti-dizzy meds before heading off. Before you even get off the bus, there will be personnel from ferry companies getting inside and announcing their ferry trips. Unless you have a ferry boat in mind, then don't entertain them. If you don't they can assist you with purchasing tickets, and paying the environmental fee of 50 pesos/pax and terminal fee of 10 pesos/pax. Oh, no lighters are allowed. My BF had to surrender his to the porter of Father and Son Lines and returned it later to him after going through the x-ray machine and before boarding the ferry.
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Ride the Bus First!
One has to reach the Batangas Pier to be able to get to Puerto Galera. You can ride JAM, JAC, ALPS at Cubao and Buendia. We opted for JAM, which has hourly trips bound to Batangas Pier. We left at 4 am and arrived at the port 6 a.m. Our fare was only 170 pesos/pax one way.
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Transportation from Manila to PG
You need to catch a bus from metro Manila to Batangas. You have awide array of buses to choose from, suggest a "delux" bus for comfort. I think the ride is about 3 hours, maybe a bit less. Once at Batangas port, which the bus can drop you off at, you'll catch a Seacat ferry to PG. Suggest you have accomodations rpior to going but there are many resorts and hotels to choose from as well. It's pretty straight forward and easy. Both bus fare and ferry fare is pretty reasonable.
The north coast of Mindoro is best explored by scooter/motorbike. Rides are pretty cheap, I negotiated a trip to white beach the golf course and the snake farm and back for about 600 pesos. The views are pretty nice too.
A lot has already been said on VT about transportation options between Manila and Batangas. However, I would like to add a tip for transpo between Batangas and PuertoGalera. People usually prefer bancas being faster than RORO. Also bancas head for all the famous beaches of Puerto Galera from Batangas Pier, unlike RORO which docks only on Balatero Pier. Having said this, I would definitely prefer RORO. It offers panoramic views of sea, ships and beaches all along the way. Additionally journey is comfortable, you can walk around, even buy snacks on board. Bancas tend to be congested and sometimes it gets inconvenient to breathe when staff throws plastic sheets on one side of banca to avoid waves getting in.
hello some one replies to you 150php boat ride going to puerto galera??? i dont know but i think he came in puerto galera for about a year already,,hehe,,hehe,, well the cost of boat going to galera from batangas is 280php now for adults,,,and 220php for students,,, i stay here in galera so i know more about the place,,, if your really going on the first week of sept. just give me a call or a text on my handyphone # 09194499143,,, just text me and i think i can help you... if you want you can also ask me for a package for you and the package is deal with tours here in galera,,,about the room rates its cheap for this kind of season,,, just text or call ok,,, tc.
From pampanga to puerto galera
from pampanga,we took a bus going to cubao:100 pesos (1 hour)
from cubao going to batangas pier we had jam transit: 180 pesos(about 3-4 hours including traffic)
from pier going to white beach we had fsl lines: 380 (back and forth); (2 hours)
the boat was late!!! and you have to be sure what is your designated time coz they won't tell you!! kainis!!
upon arriving at the pier you have to pay for terminal fee and (i forgot what it was called) i think environment something(from puerto galera municipality) less than 100 pesos..
Thank God I chose to be on this boat rather than the others. I find the staff nice, truthful and helpful especially when getting on board.
I did not have any problems with the boarding schedule, they were on time to pick up passengers from the port to the beach, vice versa. It is best to purchase a 2 way ticket.
The boat is fast, clean and I think well maintained. Safe for children on my opinion.
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Road condition from Calapan to Puerto Galera
Yes. The road is suitable for big bikes. Sometimes, road get so narrow and has zigzags too. But still it's ok and not so bumpy (like you need to use a 4x4!hehehe!). On your way to Puerto from Calapan, you will see the Tamarraw falls.
We booked our transport thru Beeline Travel Services for a hassle free huggling with local taxi services. They are very realiable and they picked you up on time at your hotel. Their price is very reasonable with the comport of a nice car with air conditioning. We only paid Php 4000 from Angeles City to Batangas Pier then after that we took the Motorised Banca to go direct to Sabang.
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