Puerto Galera is the only bay in the Philippines that is a member of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World. It’s natural beauty and rich biodiversity annually attracts millions of tourists, businessmen, and scientists, both local and international. In 1973, it was designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO. It nurses some of the most diverse coral reefs in the world.
In the course of time, Puerto Galera has flourished into one of the most developed beach communities in the country. With over 400 tourism-related businesses and establishments, there is no doubt that this small town has become unstoppable when it comes to global competence and economic growth. This may also be due to the fact that it is one of the closest island destinations from Manila, making it perfect for weekenders and long-term travelers alike.
There are a million ways to enjoy Puerto Galera. The moment you jump onto that boat that will take you from Batangas Port to the island, may be the beginning of the raddest adventure of your life. Whether you are a serial chiller or an adrenaline junkie, this is the perfect place for you and the whole of your family!!
Amongst the top activities that tourists go for are swimming, island hopping, snorkeling, and scuba diving. If you prefer to enjoy the luxurious white sand or simply stay out of the water for some time, most people find themselves playing beach volleyball or Frisbee, building sandcastles, watching the sunset and gazing the stars at night. Don’t forget that there are also tons of restaurants to check out and some beach music for relaxing and partying from sundown onwards.The action is not limited at the beach. Mindoro’s lush mountains are waiting to be explored where travelers can hike or go rock climbing. If that’s not your thing, you can grab a bike and go on a road trip to explore other beautiful spots nearby.
Every February or March each year, Asia’s top destination festival, the Malasimbo Music and Arts Festival, occurs in the heart of Mount Malasimbo in Puerto Galera. Visited by music fanatics, travelers looking for a magical experience, or families in search of a unique vacation, Malasimbo prides itself for being the longest-standing international music and arts festival with a conscientious regard for the indigenous people and the environment. Thousands of people from all over the world gather each year to witness this one-of-a-kind event. If you can only attend one festival in your life, then Malasimbo should be it.
Worry not as there are countless restaurants and accommodations around Puerto Galera. From budget-friendly food stalls and small eateries to Instagram-worthy fine dining, you’ll surely find something that will fit your lifestyle and budget. As with accommodations, luxurious suites are all over the place as well as backpacker-friendly budget rooms. Bookings are available online for some major resorts. Major online booking websites may also be utilized for easier and safer transaction.