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.
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.
Though there are buses that regularly ply to Batangas pier, it is most convenient to take the Sikat Ferry and Bus Service. It has less stops than the regular bus. It can also take you directly to the Batangas pier and transfer you to a ferry.
Departure is at 08:00 AM from the City Towers Hotel in 1315 Mabini Street, Ermita Manila
When going to Puerto during off peak months, meaning not March to May and November, be sure to be at Batangas port befor 3 PM. Outriggers won't sail if they did not reach their passenger quota. You'll end up hiring one of its smaller brothers like the one in the picture. Try crossing the rough seas at night with this small banca. Its fun I tell you. And take note of the only lifesaver onboard.
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.
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.
Travelling to Puerto Galera from Manila will take around 3-5 hours depending on road traffic. You can take your own car or a BLTB, JAM & TRITRAN bus going to Batangas Pier. If you're in such a hurry you can take the Passenger (FX) vans located on the other side of bus terminal along Pasay near Gil Puyat LRT station. These passenger FX/vans are using Star Tollgate an express way directly to Lipa Batangas going to port unlike other buses, but charging almost the same fare of air-con buses.
If you brought your own car, you can either park it in the designated (fenced) parking area, you'll have to pay on the day basis around Php200 though. Or you can bring your car to Puerto Galera, not advisable if your resort is far from the main road as there are no parking areas on the beach), you'll have to ride the Ro-Ro ferry, the cost of fare for vehicles is Php1000 up.
To minimize hassles in travelling you can make a reservation for the SIKAT bus & ferry, they usually leave from City State Tower Hotel in Mabini St., Ermita, Manila percisely 8am everyday. You alight at the port of Batangas for your ferry to Puerto Galera. The bus and ferry trip takes about 4-5 hours. Cost is approx Php1000 per person return. The ferry leaves Puerto Galera also everyday at 9:00am to connect to the bus in Batangas.
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.
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!
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. :-)
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.