I'm a big fan of beaches here in the Philippines and I have been to Puerto Galera thrice already. The first one was way back 2008 of holy week where I stayed at Sabang Puerto Galera. The second one was last 2009 of February to celebrate one of my high school friends' birthday, and the third one just last March with some colleagues both I stayed on White Beach, Puerto Galera.
Personally, I prefer White Beach over Sabang. Beach in Sabang has many sea weeds on it and is not suitable for swimming since there are bancas parked all over the shore. It is a good venue for divers though. All resorts in Sabang offers diving packages with accommodation stay. White Beach, on the otherhand, is the perfect place for people who want to enjoy swimming in the beach, kayaking, banana boat ride, jet skiing, and snorkeling.
What we did while in Puerto Galera?
Island Hopping is probably the activity that is a 'must' for all tourists of Puerto Galera. Prices vary depending on how good your bidding skills are. We were able to find a good deal for island hopping (only 1,300 pesos for 6 pax) considering that it was March and peak season already started.
Underwater Cave is one of the places you can visit when you go island hopping if it's low tide. It is not really 'underground'. It was just called that way because you need to submerge your self into the water so you can cross to the other side of the cave. With that, I'm pretty sure that the cave won't be accessible if it's high tide because the whole cave will be below the water literary.
On top of the cave will give you a beautiful view of the sea.
Snorkeling is my favorite part. Corals in Boracay and Bohol were no match in the corals of Puerto Galera. They are huge, colorful, and has lots of fishes. I have yet to see the corals in Palawan (see you in June! :p). It is my second time snorkeling in Puerto Galera and I loved every minute of it.
Clam Sight Seeing is one of the things you can do while snorkeling. I can't say much about it except that they are really huge clams. Although it's a bit far from where you're snorkeling because it is 20 feet deep. Thank God for water proof cameras!
Tamarraw Falls is one of the things I can't forget during my third stay in Galera. It was my third time on the beach but it was my first time seeing the falls mainly because I thought it is something not worth to see. But I was so dead-wrong! Tamarraw Falls is the second falls I have ever seen in my entire life and it was love at first sight. The sound of the water rushing down from the mountain is just so relaxing. We tried to bathe on the falls but we lasted only 20 minutes because the water is freezing cold. If I can only take Tamarraw Falls to Manila so I can take a bath on a cold water whenever I want to on this scorching hot weather -sigh-
Mindoro Sling is a must-try for people who love to party. It is a beverage mixed with liquor and is 'awesomely' delicious especially if it's cold. Every bar on Puerto Galera offers this ranging from 250-350 per pitcher.
Shopping pasalubong is a trait that Filipinos are known for. You can buy Galera t-shirts on the island that costs 100-300 pesos depending on the size and color (white t-shirts are cheaper than the colored ones). Food pasalubongs are also available on Galera but I advise that you do this kind of shopping on your way back to Batangas port. It is cheaper and you can still ask for discounts especially if they are closing their stores already.
Puerto Galera has much more to offer. It is a place not too far from the city but lets you have one of the best times of your life without damaging too much from your budget. Whether you're for adventure, for bonding with your loved ones and friends, or just there alone to relax and unwind, Puerto Galera should be on your list to consider for vacation.