Puerto Galera, Mindoro

Puerto Galera is the best kept secret close to Manila, you can get there from Alabang, Pasay or Cubao by bus to Batangas Pier and then ferry to either Sabang, Muelle or Balatero ports. It takes about 3.5-4hrs from Manila depending on where you leave and the traffic conditions, cost is about P500 one way. You can also fly direct to Puerto Galera from Mall of Asia via Air Juan for P5,000 per head and the sea plane takes about 45mins.

Puerto Galera has it all, everything you could want all in within a nice sea side town setting and oh so close to Manila. The girly bars are all located in an area called ‘Sabang’ which is a medium sized tourist town on right on the ocean mainly set up for diving tours i.e. some of the best diving in the Philippines can be found in the UNESCO heritage dive sites around Puerto Galera. There’s a thriving western ex-pat community as well so there’s quite a lot of good western restaurants and a lot of ex pat bars.

Further up the highway from town there are a few white sandy beaches which you can relax on, the most notable being ‘White Beach’ which is about 1km long and has a variety of restaurants and bars, as well as lodge and resort style hotels. At night White Beach turns into a beach disco, whilst the resident lady boys put on amusing cabaret shows in between fire dancing shows on the beach. The next beaches along called ‘Aninuan’ and ‘Tamaraw’ beach are a lot quieter and only contain a few up market beach side resorts, these beaches are more post-card material and if you want to unwind and relax in a more serene setting then both these beaches will be perfect for you.

The best part of Puerto Galera is there is a very good mix of everything you could want and it’s so close to Manila i.e. you can spend your days diving the reefs, then partying at the many different girly bars in Sabang at night, followed by a chilled and relaxing day at one of the tropical white sand beaches the next day. There’s also many other activities to do here as well, however you’re here for the girls so lets get straight to the point!

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Puerto Galera Key Summary

Girls Ratings:  9/10 Accommodation options:  10/10 Price range beer: P50-P120
Girls Quantity:  7/10 Food options:   9/10 Price range spirits: P70-P250
Competition for girls:  7/10 Things to do in the daytime:  10/10 Price range lady drinks: P100-P250
Number of bars: Low-Medium Price range bar-fine:  P3,000-P4,000 WeChat/Tinder Rating 7/10
Quality of bars:  High Price range freelancer:  P1,000-P4,000 Overall rating: 8.5

Key pointers

If you are staying in Manila for business and want to get away for a tropical weekend getaway with diving and plenty of girl action then this is the best and most convenient place in the Philippines.

If you have a little longer in the Philippines there’s plenty of other places to explore outside Puerto Galera in the island of Mindoro mainly Apo Reef and the southern end of the island around Roxas as it has pristine beaches and epic mountain adventures. If you like a bit of natural scenery and the more provincial setting then you will enjoy Mindoro as a whole.

You can get the ferry from Roxas and San Jose to Coron as well, you can also fly direct from Manila to San Jose, check available flights now at Jet Radar

If you are looking to retire in the Philippines then Puerto Galera is an ideal spot for you as there is a large ex-pat community here and the local Philippine community have set themselves up to cater towards retired ex-pats, as well as thrill seeking tourists without the two ever really getting in each others way.

Best Hotels in Puerto Galera

Luxury

Edgewater Dive & Spa Resort 

Set within a cove in Puerto Galera, 1.6 km from Sabang Beach, Edgewater Dive & Spa Resort features an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant with views of the Mangrove bay, and a spa facility. The resort also boasts of a dive shop on-site and free WiFi throughout the property.

All rooms at the resort are equipped with air conditioning, a 40-inch flat-screen TV, and a wardrobe. Each room come with a terrace and a private bathroom, while some rooms are fitted with a bathtub. The units also come with a minibar and a seating area.

 

A continental, full English/Irish or American breakfast is available every morning at the property. Mangroves Restaurant serves locally caught seafood and international cuisine while offering views of the Mangrove bay. Outdoor seating is available while room service my also be arranged.

Guests at Edgewater Dive & Spa Resort will be able to enjoy activities in and around Puerto Galera, like canoeing and diving. The on-site dive shop offers courses for several levels and other inland activities and tours are also available. For guests who wish to relax, the spa offers signature massages for utmost relaxation.

Languages spoken at the 24-hour front desk include Japanese and Dutch, and the staff can assist guests with luggage storage.

 

LaLaguna Villas Luxury Dive Resort & Spa 

Situated in Puerto Galera, 450 m from Sabang Beach and 12.1 km from White Beach, Lalaguna Villas Luxury Dive Resort and Spa offers an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, and a terrace overlooking the sea.

The room at Lalaguna Villas Luxury Dive Resort and Spa are all air-conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen cable TV, a safety deposit box, and a wardrobe. The shared and private bathrooms come with a shower facility and free toiletries, while some units include a hot tub, a kitchen or kitchenette, and a terrace and/or a balcony with sea views.

 

 

A continental breakfast is available daily at the villa. Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, which serves a variety of Thai and American dishes and also offers Gluten-free and Dairy-free options.

Lalaguna Villas Luxury Dive Resort offers an outdoor swimming poo and fitness centre, while diving, fishing, and other water sports facilities may be arranged at an additional cost.

 

 

 

The Lighthouse Villa  

Located in Puerto Galera, The Lighthouse offers a private pool and free WiFi. This villa features air-conditioned accommodation with a terrace.

With 3 bedrooms, this villa features a balcony, a living room and a flat-screen TV. The villa also comes with a bathroom with a bidet, a shower and free toiletries.

A continental or à la carte breakfast can be enjoyed at the property.

The villa offers an outdoor pool. Guests can also relax in the garden.

 

Budget

BadLadz Beach Resort 

This beachfront property provides accommodation with en suite bathroom and private terraces in Puerto Galera. It is a 20-minute tricycle ride from The White Beach and offers easy access to great hiking and diving spots. WiFi is free in public areas.

Surrounded by tropical gardens, the rooms at Badladz Beach Resort are bright and airy, and come fully air conditioned. They are equipped with a flat-screen cable TV and hot shower facilities.

Guests can spend the day canoeing, fishing or enjoy a relaxing massage at the resort. Guests can approach the on site tour desk organize excursions to tourist attractions. Alternatively, guests can relax on the resort’s sun terrace, beach-side lawn or on the beach.

The restaurant at Resort Badladz Beach serves Mexican and local dishes. It also has an international menu. Alternatively, Sabang, Puerto Galera’s dining district is a 15-minute tricycle ride away from the property.

 

Mermaid Resort & Dive Center  

The Mermaid Resort is located in Puerto Galera, a few hours away from Manila. The resort offers high-speed internet connection, an outdoor pool and also offers airport pickup and transfers at a charge

The rooms at the Mermaid Resort are air-conditioned. Mermaid Resort rooms are fitted with a minibar, a DVD player, safety deposit box, and personal bathroom with shower.

Dive sites and watersport activities are located in the Mermaid Resort. There is also a restaurant available on site. The Mermaid Resort also has it’s own Dive Center for those who would like to learn how to dive.

 

Red Sun Dive Resort 

Red Sun Dive Resort provides air-conditioned rooms in Puerto Galera. The property features a garden, as well as a terrace. Free WiFi is available and on-site parking is provided.

The rooms in the resort are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at Red Sun Dive Resort also have a sea view.

At the accommodation you will find a restaurant serving local and Korean cuisine.

Staff are always available to help at the reception.

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Puerto Galera location map

Puerto Galera Girls

Sabang is probably the best area for you to stay as it is where all the girly bars are and all the hotels here are bar girl friendly. This area is primarily set up for Korean ‘diving’ male tourists but there’s also a healthy mix of western tourists and ex pats which come here often.

There’s about 10 girly bars in Sabang each with a different theme however some are more focused on the Korean tourists than others i.e. if you want the best looking girls make sure you get out around 6pm when the bars open as sometimes the ‘Kim-swarm’ can decimate several bars and they will be either closed or only left with a handful of girls by about 8/9pm. Despite this there’s always an option as there is a healthy quantity of girls and some of the bars don’t appeal to the Korean tourists which means some of the better looking girls will still be dancing well past midnight.

Barfines range from P3,000-P4,000 all inclusive, beers are around P80-P120 and lady drinks around P160-P280. If you’re not staying in Sabang you may need a little convincing to the girl or the mamasan for them to come and join you, so if it’s just the girls and the diving you want don’t stay anywhere else as you can easily get a trike from Sabang to the beaches anytime of the day for about P500 return.

Allmost all of the girls working in Sabang come from outside of Puerto Galera with a healthy number

coming from Manila, Cebu, Visayas, and Mindanao. Sometimes you will get some coming from elsewhere in Mindoro but this is rare. It is pretty standard that the barfine is until at least after breakfast the next morning from whenever you take her from the bar that night. Except for the Korean’s who can suffer from the 3,3,3 scenario and the girls go with them early only to leave quickly back to the bar so they can score another customer for the night.

Elsewhere in Puerto Galera there are opportunities to meet girls in White Beach during the day and especially at night when the beach parties get going. Most of the Filipinas at White Beach come from Manila for a short getaway, there aren’t many freelancers here except the occasional one on WeChat. If you are into Lady Boys then there are plenty around White Beach as a lot of them have moved from Boracay.

During the summer months picking up girls from Manila on White Beach can be like shooting fish in a barrel, not as much quantity as Boracay but way less competition from other guys and the local Filipinos struggle with the Manila girls due to the Manila vs Province snooty attitude. There can at times also be large numbers of western, korean, japanese and recently chinese girls at white beach, aninuan and tamaraw beaches as Puerto Galera has becoming slightly more known since the closure of Boracay.

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Luxury

Out of the Blue Resort & Villas  

Situated in Puerto Galera, Out of the Blue Resort and Villas features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. This 3-star resort offers a garden. Guests can dine in the in-house restaurant or relax in the bar.

The units come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, fridge, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a desk. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and a hair dryer, certain units at the resort also have a terrace. Guest rooms have a wardrobe.

A à la carte breakfast is served each morning at the property.

Out of the Blue Resort and Villas offers an outdoor pool.

 

Puerto Galera Nightlife Overview

Sabang is the only place you can drink and party pretty much 24/7 and it’s the only place with a girly bar scene where you can barfine girls. There are also a few sports bars in Sabang as well as many good restaurants to choose from. During the summer months there are also two floating bars in the Sabang harbour which can be fun to drink on and get a pizza delivered during the afternoons and evening before hitting up the girly bars.

Elsewhere around Puerto Galera is a little more quiet and tame, mainly set up for retired ex-pats, so no real need to visit these areas unless you want to eat at some of the western restaurants in town which are actually quite good as they are owned mainly by ex-pat Europeans i.e. Italian. The only real exception with nightlife outside of Sabang is White Beach, but again don’t expect much pay for play there as you’ll have to use your chat game skills to pick up girls the old fashioned way, however as all these girls are there on holidays and basically getting drunk on the beach, well if you’re half way sober you should be able to work your charms and score a nice girl for the night.

“Normal” Nightlife Spots in Puerto Galera

Sabang has many restaurant bars all along the bay which serve decent western food as well as some Japanese and Korean. There’s also some good steak restaurants in Sabang as well. The floating bars in the summer on the bay are also a cool spot to have some beers and chat with the locals and other tourists. Basically the vibe in Puerto Galera is a lot more calm and sedate than places like Angeles or Manila, a lot of similarities with Subic Bay except the activities and natural elements i.e. beaches, mountains and waterfalls are ten times better here than Subic Bay, also the water is a lot cleaner to swim in.

White Beach has the beach discos at night as well as a few bars along the highway, whereas between Sabang and White Beach there isn’t much but the occasional restaurant or hotel with a bar and live music.

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Budget

El Galleon Beach Resort 

Featuring free WiFi, El Galleon Beach Resort is situated in Puerto Galera. Among the various facilities of this property are a garden and a bar. There is a restaurant.

All guest rooms in the resort are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, and certain rooms will provide you with a terrace. At EL GALLEON BEACH RESORT all rooms include a seating area.

 

Girly Bars in Puerto Galera

Sabang is the only area for girly bars, these are all basically go-go bars with a stage for dancing and tables or couches set up around the stage. Some have dance floors as well, however all are pretty much set up for you to come in sit down have a drink choose a girl and go from there. Most are recently renovated so the actual quality of the bars is quite high, not really old a nd run down like some can be in other provincial areas.

Coco Lips is by far the most fun, although the quality of the girls can be hit and miss, this is where the party is at most nights of the week i.e. if the other bars are dead there’s a good chance Coco Lips is pumping until 3-4am even on a Tuesday night. Quantum is also a good bar, the girls run around here in naughty catholic schoolgirl uniforms and there’s plenty of them to choose from. The best way to introduce yourself to Sabang is start your evening with a few beers on one of the floating bars, there’s usually a good group of ex-pats hanging out there who you can have a chat to about the area as well. Once the sun goes down head on into town and check out all the bars, there’s only 10 of them so it wont take too long to pop your head in and see what kind of talent is in there, if you see a girl that really takes your fancy barfine here straight away and then go for dinner or just keep the party going. Don’t be concerned that there’s only 10 bars in town as they are actually quite big and jam packed full of girls most nights, especially on the weekends and during summer.

If you want to head to the other side of Mindoro then you can get a Banca ferry from Balatero to Abra

port, then a bus to Mamburao in Santa Cruz. This is a one road kind of town with not much to see except a small group of local style girly bars at the old abandoned airport where you can score a girl for the night for only P1,500. If you want the other thing to do out this way is to go to Sablayan which is the town famous for ‘Apo Reef’ which is a great hidden natural treasure of the Philippines as it has some very unspoilt diving and snorkelling to be had, as well as some nice tropical style beaches.

 

If you fancy a road trip from Puerto Galera head south towards Calapan and continue on to San Jose which is the biggest city in Mindoro and has a thriving girly bar scene, you can also fly direct from Manila to San Jose. Barfines in San Jose are between P1,500-P2,000 and there’s plenty of places in town, just ask a trike driver to take you to the ‘bars with girls’ they will know what you mean. In San Jose there are a few nice beaches around and the accommodation options range from very basic to quite comfortable and modern.

On the way down to Batangas Pier you can stop off at an area called ‘Balagtas’ which has a red light area with about 10 girly bars and massage parlours ranging from very local KTV bar to surprisingly upmarket playboy bar where the girls are stunners and they strip all the way on stage, beers still under P70!

Most large towns or minor cities in the Philippines will have some sort of local girly bar scene, if you’re not comfortable with the provincial setting where you’re the only foreigner around then avoid all together as you wont enjoy it at all.

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Budget

Answer Hotel 

Answer Hotel offers accommodation in Puerto Galera. This 2-star hotel offers free WiFi. Guests can enjoy mountain views.

Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The rooms include a private bathroom.

At Answer Hotel you will find a restaurant serving Italian cuisine.

This property is also rated for the best value in Puerto Galera! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

 

Night Clubs in Puerto Galera

There’s not really a night club scene in Puerto Galera outside of the girly bars in sabang and the beach discos in white beach. There are a few sports bars in Sabang and some live music bars away from the disco bars on White Beach.

 

Freelancing Girls in Puerto Galera

 

The best way to find Freelancing girls is in Sabang at the Big Apple Dive bar which is open 24/7 and can have some pretty decent looking girls who are tired of working in the bars you can score these girls for P1,500, time negotiable between the two of you but buy her a few drinks at the bar will help your cause if you want her early and for the whole night and next day.

Top tip for freelancers in Sabang is to wait until the girly bars have closed i.e. around 2am and a lot of the working girls who haven’t barfined that night will head to Big Apple to try and score a customer for the night, so on the weekends 2am brings a second wind to the

freelancing scene at Big Apple and you can score some real gems around this time for a bargain price. Otherwise your best bets are some of the waitresses in sabang, or of course WeChat and Tinder.

The only other place in Puerto Galera you will find freelancers is on White Beach, particularly during summer, however during the summer months there are so many normal girls at White Beach looking to party that you don’t really need to bother paying a freelancer as with a little effort you can score a girl for free!

Massage parlours in Puerto Galera

There’s none that we are aware of, there’s definitely girls on wechat and tinder in Sabang offering massage with happy ending but that’s about it. On White Beach there are loads of massage ladies who can give you a proper legitimate massage right on the beach P300 per hour.

 

 

Ladyboys action in Puerto Galera

The main action is in White Beach where there are dozens of ladyboys all over the beach and they all seem to be pretty eager to get your attention so we can imagine that they wouldn’t be too hard to score with for about P500-P1,000.

There are some ladyboys in Sabang as well but in the clubs only in Quantum, otherwise they tend to hang outside the Big Apple Dive bar.

Looking for a suitable hotel to stay at in Puerto Galera? Check out our list of recommended hotels below

Budget

Seashore Beach Resort 

Offering local flavors at the on-site restaurant, Seashore Beach Resort is steps from the beach in Puerto Galera. Free Wi-Fi access is available at the resort. Tamaraw Falls is 8 km away.

Each accommodation provides cable TV, air-conditioning and a kitchen with a dining area. A private bathroom with towels is included. A veranda with a sofa is also available.

At Seashore Beach Resort, guests can take enjoy a garden and a mini-market on site. Other facilities offered at the property include a laundry facility.

Western Union Sabang is adjacent the resort. The Sabang Pier is steps away. Small La Laguna Beach is also walking distance.

 

 

 

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