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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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.
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.
Should it be outrigger, always?
Unknown to many local tourists, a ferry is available operating from Batangas Port to the calm water of Balatero Port.
I was in Puerto Galera on late July 2006 and there was a typhoon north of the Philippines. While PG was not affected, its seas are rather high. On that whole day, all outrigger trips back to Batangas City was cancelled.
Only the Ro-ro ferry was allowed to travel. It glided beautifully on the big waves and many of the Korean tourists seem amused and enjoying the ride.
Dont bother with the picture I posted.
For just +-P150 you can have a relaxing bus ride to BAtangas Port. You can take the bus along EDSA if you dont know where the stations are. Cubao Quezon City have bus stations along EDSA that are easy to locate. Best time to take the bus is after midnight or maybe around 3am. this way youll avoid the traffic, and if youre really out of budget you can even take a non-aircondition bus at this time of the day. also you will arrive in the port earlier which is a big advantage and a big chance you can take the first boat trip to the beach. youll be steppin on the sand while the sun rises.
take the aircon bus ride. the earlier the better.
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Ferry & Outrigger Boats
Upon arriving in Batangas Pier, you can find a wide selection of ferries going to Puerto Galera, depending on which port guests intend to enter. There are four main entry points to Puerto Galera by way of its port facilities: Muelle Pier, Balatero Pier, Sabang Beach and White Beach, also there is Php20 Terminal fee to be paid on top of the Ferry fare.
Should your destination be in Sabang or White Beach it is best for you to ride the Outrigger boats because they dock directly on the beach. The Air-conditioned Ferries and the Ro-ro that can accomodate vehicles dock at the Muelle or Balatero Pier. Be cautious though to clearly ask the ticket seller on where the boat will dock, there are some who say they will dock on the pier but they head straight to White Beach and vice versa.
On Muelle & Balatero pier there are motorized bancas for hire that will bring you to your destination, prices start at Php200 be sure to haggle! You can also find a line of Tricycles outside the pier station, they overcharge up to Php100 per trip so be aware of that. For the budget conscious try hailing a Passenger jeepney for a ride to your desired beach, the fare is around Php10-20.
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Going to Batangas to Puerto Galera
We took a drive from Los Baños to Batangas City. You may want to leave early (around 5:30am) for traffic is monstrous in Calamba City (Crossing and Turbina). Alternatively, you may want to take the Mak-Ban Geothermal Highway. This will take you to Tanauan, Batangas without passing through Calamba City.
Take the STAR (Southern Tagalog Arterial Road) Tollway. Traveling the full length of the tollway costs Php26 (one way).
Los Baños-Batangas City pier travel time on the average is 2 hours. Park your vehicle inside the paid parking lot in the port. They will charge you Php250 for 25 hours and Php10 per 1 hour excess.
Purchase tickets immediately, although there are many trips going to White Beach. Ticket cost: Php200.
Ferry from Puerto Galera
Okay for all those like us who are not "up-to-date" with ferry schedules. :)
There's no more ferries originating from Muelle port. They moved to the port in Balatero. Schedules daily: 10am and 5pm. Ro-Ro ferries also dock there.
cheap and EASY
going to puerto galera is easy just take a bus (going to batangas pier to be exact), there are buses in buendia besides golidlucks and there are also buses in alabang - the rate is about 135 pesos one way, by the way the travel going to batangas pier is about 3 hrs so better leave early to avoid traffic. Upon arriving in batangas pier there will alot of who would be offering boats and stuff just be carefil so better go to the boat terminal and avail of the roundtrip promo which is 340 pesos plus 10 pesos terminal fee. the travel time is 2-3 hours depending on the waves .... :) all in all your transportation would cost at around 650 pesos....not bad
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