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Puerto Galera – Beaches, Waterfalls & Drag Shows

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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.

 

Talipanan Falls

Talipanan Falls

 

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.

 

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February Monthly Recap – What I’ve been up to in the Philippines

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It’s been just over a month since I packed my bags and left the UK for some sun & adventure in the Philippines. So what have I been up to for the past month?

A Brief Overview of the Past Month

On the 5th February, I arrived in Manila and met my friend Vicki. We spent a couple of days in Manila, had our first Jolibee’s and went to the Mall of Asia.

Two days later, we hopped on a night bus to Banaue, where we visited the Batad Rice Terraces. I’ve written a more detailed post on that which can be seen here.

Batad Rice Terraces

Batad Rice Terraces, Philippines

Then it was back to Manila for a flying visit to meet Lara who would be joining us as we travelled the Philippines. That same day, we hopped on a bus and a boat to Puerto Galera, Mindoro where we had a couple of days of relaxing beach time, watched a drag show and visited a waterfall.

Next up in Mindoro was Sablayan, where we spent Valentine’s Day on an overnight tour to Apo Reef.

After this, we spent 4 nights in Boracay where we relaxed and drank a cocktail or 3.

On the 19th, we headed for the island of Negros. The first stop was Bacolod which had a lot of cool street art and some Ruins to visit. The second stop was Zambonguita, near Dumaguete, where we stayed in a beautiful resort called White Chocolate Hills. We also visited a turtle sanctuary on Apo Island.

The next island we visited was Bohol, where we stayed on Panglao Island. The boat ride there was awful because the sea was so choppy. We saw tarsiers and the famous Chocolate Hills during a full day tou

Then it was onto Cebu where we visited the Cebu Taoist Temple and had our first experience of Filipino karaoke.

Today I flew from Leyte where we visited Ormac and Tacloban, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan/Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Here’s a rough version of the route on Google Maps:

 

What are my plans for March?

So today I arrived in Manila, where we got a bus to Tagaytay to see the Philippines’ smallest volcano. The plan is to travel around Luzon until the 21st March then to fly to Palawan for 8 days of island hopping, beaches, snorkelling and birthday celebrations. On the 30th March I’ll be flying to Borneo.

Some last thoughts…

I intend to write in more detail about some of the places I’ve been to in the past month. Unfortunately, most of the places I’ve visited haven’t had great WiFi, which isn’t ideal for keeping a blog up to date.

If you want to keep up to date, I regularly post updates on Instagram (@alexexplores) and Twitter (@alexexplorestw).

Thanks for reading!

Alex

 

 

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