Puerto Galera tourist guide

Puerta Galera is right up there with the very finest scuba diving destinations in Asia and for decades has been attracting adventurous travelers looking for pristine sandy beaches and rewarding underwater action. The beach resorts of Puerto Galera offer much more besides with plenty of water sports fun and a thriving travelers’ scene. 

It is made up of lively Sabang Beach, boasting numerous dive centres and its most colourful bars and pubs, Coco Beach, family friendly La Laguna Beach and tranquil Talipanan Beach to the west. Sleepy Puerta Galera town is a place worth lingering in and has great local food and a traditional Mindoroan atmosphere.

Hotels

From sprawling dive resorts on prime beachfront land to cheap and basic A-frame cottages in family compounds, Puerto Galera accommodation will cater to every pocket...more

Attractions & activities

You can be ultra active or completely horizontal during a stay in Puerto Galera. Explore deserted stretches of beach or head inland for adventurous rock climbing or trekking...more

Scuba diving

There are several wrecks to explore and an exotic biodiversity that includes everything from reef sharks, turtles, colourful sea fans and numerous hard and soft corals...more

Transportation

You can hop on the back of a motorbike taxi, charm the locals in a multi-coloured jeepney or charter a banca outrigger boat for a spot of beach hopping along the scenic coastline...more

Puerto Galera guide - scuba diving, beaches and hospitality

The area boasts some stunning natural scenery where adventurous souls can explore underground cave networks, towering waterfalls or take in some of the Philippines most historic Colonial sites.

By the water’s edge there is no escaping the lure of snorkeling on spectacular coral reefs and exhilerating water sports. A unique facet of local life is the richly colourful fiestas and feast days that take place throughout the year. There are dozens of island wide and village celebrations on Mindoro ranging from the bizarre Banana festival to solemn religious processions and wild nights of song and traditional dance.

Puerto Galera is deservedly popular with weekending locals from Manila but refreshingly low key with many deserted beaches and roads during the week. A short trip around town and between the beaches is simple, cheap and great fun with colourful jeepneys. And there are some delightful hotels which even boast panoramic views of the ocean and imposing central mountains.

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