Posted by: James Shannon | March 19, 2013

Uncovering Puerto Galera, Philippines: Exploring The Port Area And Nearby Beaches (Yes, Some San Miguel Lager Was Involved)

DSCN0885Your brave adventurer: well-tanned, well fed, but in bad need of a haircut, poses in front of the main harbour in Puerto Galera, Philippines.

After hopping in the shower and getting cleaned up, I instantly felt much better after 5 hours of riding buses and traversing shark-infested waters. Time to do some exploring! The best way to get to know an area: not by running out and seeing as many tourist sites as possible, but to pick one direction, and walk slowly, absorbing the world around you, by seeing how things are: people and nature.

My wanderings on this day started out as a simple casual stroll around the small, compact harbourfront of Puerto Galera, but they quickly evolved into a full-on hike, spurred on by word of a small but peaceful beach, located on the grounds of a cozy resort not far away … it was all I needed to set my feet in motion…

DSCN0881Not the boat I came in on, but one of many smaller outrigger boats that take countless customers out on diving trips everyday. Being smack in the centre of the Coral Triangle, a vibrant undersea community ensures no shortage of comers…

DSCN0884Shops, restaurants, and trinket stalls line the waterfront in Puerto Galera. I ate at a couple of the eateries, which mostly serve Western food to placate tourists. The food was of an acceptable quality, in my humble opinion.

Not long after the last photo was taken, a local, who snapped the self portrait that graces the top of this post, tipped me off about a really sweet beach about a 30 minute walk to the west…

DSCN0887Walking along the road between settlements … just keep your wits about you, walk against traffic and be predictable with your movements, and you’ll do just fine!

DSCN0891After turning right off the main road onto a side street that the local said would lead to the resort that contained the beach in question, I was quite impressed with the mansions I saw. Clearly, Puerto Galera is not a secret to everyone!

Then, as the heat of the day started to take its toll, the sea rolled into view once again, with the promised resort dead ahead … and its accompanying little slice of heaven directly beside it :)

DSCN0896I don’t know about you, but I have a thing for pocket-sized beaches … especially when they’re deserted. It’s like it was sitting there all this time, made just for you, waiting for you to come and claim it for yourself…

DSCN0928As alluded to in the previous post, beaches are not all that the island of Mindoro has to offer. Its epic mountainous interior makes for exceptional photographic opportunities, as well as countless opportunities to stand with your jaw open in awe and feel the power and the spirituality of nature.

DSCN0925And with another fulfilling mission accomplished, it was time to claim my reward from the hotel bar. San Miguel + beach with an epic mountain background = a perfect day in the Phils!

Have you ever found a little piece of paradise that you discovered unexpectedly on a trip? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. It seems you had a nice trip in Puerto Galera. And with SanMig light beer! My favorite is in White Beach resort – it is too peaceful in there.

    • I certainly did … White Beach is coming up in the next post tomorrow (Mar 22 for you), so check it out then!

      • Aha! Will wait for it tomorrow then :) Aside from Galera, have you been to other places in my country?

      • Manila, Baguio and Banaue … only had 3 weeks! :(

  2. Can’t reply more in the thread. Baguio and Banaue? So you’ve seen the terraces. Have you been to Sagada as well? I’ve been there last year and I enjoyed spelunking

    • Wanted to go there but I was short on time. Next time I will check it out…!

      • Oh, you must! There are many things to see and do in Sagada. I had my 3D/2N vacation for Banaue-Sagada-Baguio trip.

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    • So long as you link back to my blog, go right ahead! :)

      Hope you are having a great day, and you have an interesting blog on your end, good work!

  4. It’s posted now. Thanks so much, we really appreciate it! :)

    • no problem! :)


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