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-P180
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

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 out 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 eachothers way.

Best Hotels in Puerto Galera


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. Theunits 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.



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 organise 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.


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