Puerto Galera was my first opportunity to visit a Filipino beach. We’d decided to stay on White Beach simply for its beautiful white sand. We stayed at Summer Connection for two nights, which is at the far end of the beach. White Beach isn’t particularly long so it was very easy to go to restaurants and bars at night.
On the first day, we relaxed on the beach. There were a few people trying to sell things to us, such as massages, earrings, bracelets, shrooms(!) but no one was particularly pushy.
We headed to the restaurant next to our accommodation for dinner. Whilst there, a Filipino man, who we think worked at the restaurant, started playing some songs for us on his guitar. One of his songs was about a guy named Billy who he’d had a great night with but the following day Billy completely ignored him. We walked further down the beach and saw that there was entertainment in a few bars. We got an early night because we’d spent the night before on the night bus from Banaue.
On the second day, we went to Talipanan Beach, which is much quieter than White Beach. We also went on a walk to see Talipanan Falls. We took a Mangyan guide which cost us 300PHP. On the way back from the falls, the guide took us to see a Mangyan village school. The teachers and the pupils were lovely.
In the evening, we went to a bar in the middle of White Beach (I honestly can’t remember the name) as we’d seen some performers there the previous night. There was a drag performance, some young guys doing a dance routine to Beyonce and some fire performers. All in all, it was a lot of fun. The entertainment was totally free (although you’re expected to tip the performers) and it was the busiest bar on White Beach.
How to get to Puerto Galera
From Manila, it’s simply a case of getting a bus to Batangas, then getting a ferry over to Puerto Galera. Buses to Batangas can be found at the Cubao bus terminal. We got a package deal from a hotel which included the bus and ferry. It cost 800PHP which is pretty expensive for such a short journey.