Wednesday, October 19, 2011

How to get to Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is on the northern tip of Mindoro Island, 2 hr by road from Manila to Batangas, followed by 2 hr by ferry. The easiest way to get there is to take the SIKAT bus and ferry service that departs every morning at 8:00 from the City State Tower Hotel, 135A Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila. It is not possible to buy a return ticket, this has to be bought at Puerto Galera. The return ferry leaves Poblacion at 9:00 daily. Ferries do not run doing typhoon warnings.

Alternatively, BLTB buses depart from E. de los Santos Avenue, Pasay City, for Batangas City, from where you can get a jeepney to the pier or the ferry terminal. Other buses run from the terminus in Plaza

At Batangas Ferry Terminal, there is a choice of "bangkas" that will take you directly to some of the more popular beaches at Puerto Galera.
If you disembark at Poblacion, jeepneys may be hired to reach Sabang, from where it is a 15 minutes walk to the beaches, although you would not want to carry luggage. In fact, the easiest way to get to most of the beaches from Poblacion is to hire a "bangka". You can cut costs by sharing, but they are not very big. Due to their outriggers, "bangkas" are not capable of mooring side-on to a jetty, so they are awkward to board without getting wet, and you will have to wade ashore at your beach destination: it is useful to wear shorts and sandals.

Pandan island is nearest to the town of Sablayan on the Mindoro mainland. To reach Pandan Island by air, you fly from Manila to San Jose, take either a public or pre-arranged jeepney to Sablayan and then a water taxi to Pandan island. By land and sea, you take a bus or car to Batangas from where, there are weekly ferries to Sablayan. Alternatively, from Puerto Galera, you can charter a "bangka" to Abra de Ilog and then take a jeepneys to Sablayan.

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