How to Get to Puerto Galera

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15-10-2020, 10:20
Puerto Galera is a bay of sandy beaches and turquoise waters located on the northern end of Mindoro Island in the Philippines. The area does not have an airport of its own. Most travelers have to take a bus or taxi or drive down from Manila to reach Batangas Pier. At the pier, you can complete the rest of the journey by boat. When you do arrive in Puerto Galera, you can relax and enjoy the region’s natural beauty.

Traveling by Road to Batangas Pier

  1. Take a taxi to go directly to Batangas. If you enter the Philippines through Manila like a lot of travelers do, you can do directly to Batangas Pier via taxi. Taxis are always available outside the airport’s departures area. The drive takes about 2 hours. This is a quick way to head south towards Puerto Galera without having to worry about navigating public transportation, but it can get expensive.
    • Taking a taxi costs at least 3,500 Philippine Pesos (PHP), which equals about $65 USD.
    • Be sure to negotiate the fare rate before leaving. Make sure the driver turns the meter on.
    • You can find taxi services in other areas of the Philippines as well.
  2. Rent a car to drive to Batangas on your own schedule. Renting a car can be cheaper than a taxi and easier than public transportation if you are in a group. Many well-known car rental businesses have a presence in Ninoy Aquino International Airport, also known as Manila International. You can rent a car if you feel comfortable driving and get to Batangas Pier without negotiating taxi fares.
    • You can rent cars in other parts of the Philippines as well. Search online to find places and compare prices.
    • From Manila, you can take the South Superhighway and the Star Tollway due south to Batangas.
  3. Use the Sikat tourist bus for reliable transportation to Puerto Galera. The Sikat bus is not like regular public transportation. It departs once a day from the City State Tower in Ermita, Manila. It leaves at 8:30 AM every day. Since this is a tourist-specific bus, you can buy tickets that include the bus trip as well as the boat trip from Batangas to Puerto Galera.
    • A 1-way ticket with the boat ride included is about 900 PHP, or $17.
    • If you aren’t near Manila, you will likely need to travel by other buses or by car to Batangas.
  4. Travel to a bus station to access cheap public transportation. You may need to take a taxi to reach the nearest bus station. No matter where you are in the Philippines, you want to reach Batangas. Batangas is on the tip of the main island, a short trip across the water from Puerto Galera. Make use of the area’s frequent bus services to get there without having to drive.
    • If you are coming from Manila, you can head to the Buendia bus terminal. The Cubao terminal is another option in Quezon City. Ask a taxi driver to take you there.
    • Make sure you get to the bus station early. You will need to reach Batangas Pier before 4:30 PM to ensure you get aboard a boat.
  5. Get on a bus to Batangas Pier. A few bus lines operate in the Philippines. The most popular is JAM Transit, although you may also use Ceres or DLTB. When you find your bus, get on and tell the conductor where you want to go. They will give you a ticket, then collect your fare once you are seated. Some of the bus lines depart as frequently as every 30 minutes, so you usually can get to where you need to go.
    • Look for a sign on the front of the bus that says “Calabarzon.” This means the bus travels via toll roads, which cuts the trip time to 2 hours instead of 4 hours.
    • A bus ride typically costs about 200 PHP, or $4.
    • The conductors speak English, so you won’t have much trouble communicating with them. All you have to do is mention Batangas Pier.

Taking a Plane or Boat to Puerto Galera

  1. Fly to Puerto Galera in a sea plane. There is a way to fly directly from Manila to Puerto Galera. You can take a sea plane operated by Air Juan. You will want to book your flight in advance, since the planes are small and fill up quickly. The ride leaves from the Manila Yacht Club and reaches Puerto Galera Bay in about 30 minutes.
    • The cost is about 5,500 PHP, or $102, although the price can vary throughout the year.
  2. Choose a destination in Puerto Galera you want to travel to by boat. Once you reach Batangas Pier or another port city, you will see a variety of destinations you can reach by boat. Some boats go to nearby towns in Puerto Galera while others go to the main tourist beaches. You can easily travel between these locations by hiring transportation once you arrive in Puerto Galerta.
    • Sabang is a peninsula jutting out into the water between Batangas and the rest of Puerto Galerta. It is known for its large beach and snorkeling.
    • Muelle Port is a small town near the base of the Sabang peninsula. It’s the main port for smaller boats.
    • White Beach is an area along the coast west of Muelle Port. Balatero Port is nearby. This area has a lot of bars and restaurants.
  3. Choose a boat line to take. There are 3 main boat lines you can use to reach Puerto Galera. The most direct line is called Minolo. The other lines are Father & Sons and Gallerian, which may make several stops around Puerto Galera before reaching your destination. These boats are all the same price and leave approximately every couple of hours.
    • You can distinguish these boats when you reach the pier. Minolo uses boats with red trim. Father & Sons operates the boats with yellow trim, and Gallerian boats have blue trim.
  4. Purchase a boat ticket from the ticket office. The ticket office will be on the pier, near the waterfront. Head to the booth operated by the company you have chosen. All you have to do is specify your destination and when you want to go!
    • The ticket booths will have signs indicating what time each boat departs.
    • Tickets cost approximately 300 PHP or $5. Expect to pay a 30 PHP, or $0.60, terminal fee and a 50 PHP, or $1.00, environmental fee as well.
  5. Ride the boat to Puerto Galera. Bring any luggage you have onto the boat. Most of the boats are a decent size, so you will have plenty of room to set your bags down and stretch out in your seat. The trip from Batangas to Puerto Galerta takes between 1 to 1 ½ hours, depending on your destination.
    • Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to board the boat!
    • The crossing will feel rough, but it is safe. The boat operators know the area well.
  6. Take a larger ferry when the smaller boats aren’t an option. If you need to transport a car to Mindoro Island and Puerto Galera, you can take a roll-on/roll-off ferry. The ferries are bigger than the boats, so they can be a little slower. The ride can take between 1 to 3 hours, but the price is similar to that of the smaller boats.
    • The price to transport a car is about 1,500 PHP, or $30.
    • For safety, the smaller boats are not operated in bad weather. You will have to take the ferry if you want to reach Puerto Galera.

Moving around Puerto Galera

  1. Take a tricycle to cover short distances in Puerto Galera. No, the tricycle isn’t the kind you may have ridden as a child. It’s basically a bike with a cart on the back. You will see a lot of trikes waiting when you disembark. You can use them to quickly travel between the various resorts and attractions in the area.
    • The trikes cost about 30 PHP, or almost $0.60, per person.
    • Discuss the fare cost with the trike driver before you climb aboard.
  2. Ride in a jeepney to travel between areas. A jeepney is a public car used for transportation around Mindoro Island. These open-windowed cars are easy to spot, since many of them are painted in a rainbow of bright colors. Take a jeepney to easily get between Muelle Port and the beach areas in Puerto Galera.
    • A jeepney ride costs about 20 PHP, or $1, per person.
    • If you land in a nearby port such as Calapan to the east, you can take a jeepney to reach Puerto Galera.
  3. Ride a small boat to get to any areas not accessible by car. Some resorts aren’t accessible by tricycle, so you may need to get aboard a boat at a pier. Boats can also be used to travel along the coastal regions. You may find this an easy way to get from Muelle Port to Sabang Beach, for instance, or to other ports in the area.
    • Expect boat prices to be similar to those of trikes and jeepneys.
    • The small boats are not able to go too far out on the rough waters. If you want to reach other ports or travel to another island, you may need to board a ferry.


  • As you travel in Batanga and Puerto Galera, you will see a lot of porters offering to carry your luggage. Say no if you don’t need their service, and don’t feel forced to pay them if you decline.
  • If you travel by bus, avoid getting off too early. The buses are on a schedule, so you won’t have time to look around.
  • If you drive, you can find parking around Batangas Pier. It costs about 50 PHP, or $1, a day.
  • The seats on the boats are hard. Since you may be sitting for an hour or more, consider bringing a pillow.
  • Due to the rough waters, boat services are not permitted to run at night. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to catch a boat.


  • Be wary of anyone trying to lead you away from a pier. Some may offer you a private boat, but this is a scam that can cost you a lot of money.
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