From Batangas City Pier (which is a 1 1/2-2 hours bus ride from Manila Fare: less than 200 pesos ) ferries are available to take you to Puerto Galera. The bigger ferries (Superkat and the likes Fare: a little more than 200 pesos ) docks at the Balatero pier at Puerto Galera. From Balatero you may take the jeepneys Fare: about 25 pesos or motorcycles Fare: a little over 50 pesos
In the earlier days, ferries or motorized small bancas Fare: a little over 150 pesos do not bring vacationers from Batangas pier. You really have to pass by the pier in Balatero and take the jeepneys to White Beach. It's sad that it's being allowed these days. For sure, marine life and the water itself is being damaged by the ferries that dock in the shore.
To get to Puerto Galera you have to take a bus that would take you to Batangas pier.
Tritan (Jam) has bus stations located in Cubao and Buendia LRT that operates 24 X 7. The fare is around 140 pesos.
If you're travelling, in a big group, you can rent vans in front of the EGI mall (Buendia) for 1500.
Once you're at Batangas pier, get a ticket for a boat bound for White Beach, Puerto Galera. The fare is 140 pesos. There are 2 shipping lines that operates M/B Brian and M/B Natividad. The schedule of the trips vary. If it's off peak, be at the pier early morning.
If you can't find a boat going to White Beach then you have to take a trip bound to Muelle. It's the town proper. From there, you need to take a "tricycle" (motor bike with side car) and pay about 60 pesos.
2 steps to go to White Beach from Manila :
1. take a bus form Manila to Batangas. Buses leave early in the morning (I caught the 7 am one), for 2 hours ride to the Batangas pier.
2. When in Batangas, go INSIDE the ferry terminal to catch a regular pumpboat. If you stay outside, you'll have to pay a fortune to hire a pricate boat to get there.
From Batangas you can take a boat - or pumpboat - to either Puerto Galera or to Sabang.
Our choice was Sabang and the following picture illustrates how it is arriving at Sabang beach by sea...
You feel like jumping out of the boat....
Philippine's busses are the famous jeepneys, modified american jeeps used nowadays as public transportation.
From Puerto Galera to all other beaches (Sabang and White Beach a.o.) the main transportation is done by those jeepneys.
When we went to Puerto Galera, we had a friend drive their SUV to Batangas City Port. There were 7 of us so it was quite cramped. Gas cost us PHP1,000.00.
When we arrived, we had a hard time finding a safe parking lot. We eventually found one. Safe here meant that you park in a lot with someone watching your vehicle. That someone was not a security guard; just an enterprising local. Parking cost us PHP300.00 for overnight parking.
We bought ferry tickets to White Beach, Puerto Galera. Each ticket cost PHP130.00 plus a PHP10.00 boarding fee.
The ferry to Puerto Galera from the Batangas City Port took us an hour and a half.
It would be wiser to take a bus from Manila to Batangas City Port. It would cost PHP120.00 per person. The bus unloads where private vehicles unload. If you were to take the bus, it would be cheaper (Gas costs+parking fee > bus fare), and you don't have to drive!
Vessel - Fare (One way) - Port
1. Si-kat - PhP 350 (incl. bus) - Muelle
2. MV Super 85 - PhP 350 i(ncl. bus) - Muelle
3. Blue Eagle - PhP110 - Muelle
4. Lady of Mer - PhP 110 - Muelle
5. Viva Lines - PhP 80 - Balatero
(drive on ferry
6. Outrigger Boat - PhP 75 - Sabang
Take a Tritran/JAM bus first going to Batangas Pier at the terminal near Gil Puyat LRT Station. Fare is 124 pesos. The trip would take around two hours. I suggest to take bus via CALABARZON cos it's a faster route. There are no definite scheds but the bus leaves immediately when it's full. From the pier, you take a boat going to White Beach for 120 pesos which will take over an hour.