Paradise close to Manila
Puerto Galera is a coastal town in the northwest of the province of Oriental Mindoro. It is located at the south-western end of the Isla Verde Passage, about 130 kilometers south of Manila. It is also located in the same region as the more renowned and popular, Palawan. Puerto Galera has become a very popular weekend beach getaway for many locals and expats due to its close proximity to Manila, and its numerous pocket beaches and many snorkeling and scuba diving spots. It is also renowned in Asia for some of the most diverse coral reef diving. It is consistently regarded among the top diving destinations in the Philippines.
Among the beaches in Puerto Galera are Sabang Beach and White Beach, both of which have an active nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants. Big La Laguna Beach and Small La Laguna Beach are also considered part of Sabang. Even though there are a number of resorts lining the beach in those areas, Sabang itself is where most of the action is.
Puerto Galera is a haven for scuba divers
Puerto Galera is one of the main technical diving destinations in Asia. For those that are into scuba diving, there is excellent diving found less than 5 minutes from Sabang Beach. Technical Diving International (TDI) have many dive centers in the area. They offer a full range of TDI courses from basic to advanced.
Behind the beaches are the generally unexplored mountain ranges of central Mindoro. The sensational views of Puerto Galera’s natural harbor and the Verde Island Passage are breathtaking. These mountains are where you can find the tranquil and popular Tamaraw Falls. This is only about 17kms from Sabang, or about 40 mins via tricycle.
Something for everyone
Puerto Galera is a great place to go and has something to cater for everyone. There are a large variety of resorts covering various price ranges. Beachside resorts, mountaintop resorts, white sand beach resorts, diving resorts – Puerto Galera has it all. Throw in the beautiful water, the diverse marine life and reefs, and the party atmosphere and there isn’t too many better places in the Philippines – especially that close to Manila. You can check out more by watching my vlog here or reading my blog here.