I ain’t attached yet to any micro blogging sites way back, but I’ve been engaged to random local travels before. One of those was the Puerto Galera trip. My old days were basically just stuck on my photographic memory. And now is my chance to post about it as I came back here after a decade gap.
Long time ago (if I’m not mistaken, exactly ten years ago) I’ve been in Puerto Galera with my old homies. We simply just took simple and plain vacation then in today’s one of most popular tourist destination during Summer season in the Philippines. We just checked-in somewhere in White Beach area (I forgot the name of the hotel) and had some chill moment during night party. Our itineraries then were just eat, sleep, swim and drink ’til we drop. It was considered to be an awesome experience during those days as the place was not too crowded that time. Seeing this Boracay-duplicate nowadays proved me that it is already in to a mainstream level as it transforms continuously to invite local and foreign tourists. From rising of different hotels and resorts to growing number of islands and nature trips to explore, it is indeed a beautiful place to visit and to stay near Manila at a reasonable price.
When Puerto Galera is being mentioned by anyone, the things that enter to my mind are White Beach, night party and different restaurants along the seashore with beautiful view of the calm sea waves (almost similar to Boracay). But this time around, you may experience Puerto Galera trip in many ways. Stop that pale and stagnant moments of drinking and partying all day and night long. Just like any other island itineraries, guests could have an outdoor exploration in this place beyond that being stuck in that White Beach area.
Guests may explore the beautiful Puerto Galera by doing these things; island hopping, beach hopping and picnics, scuba diving, snorkeling, under water cave adventure, mud karting, ATV rides, paintball, zipline, kayaking, jungle and swamp trekking and many more.
Also, stop the traditional way of checking-in along White Beach area, explore other hotels and resorts in the nearby area. There are many affordable hotels and resorts in Puerto Galera with different amenities like swimming pool, billiards, beach volley etc beyond the common and mainstream accommodation spot. In our case, we checked-in at El Canonero Diving Beach Resort managed by Italian professional diving instructor, PADI. The resort was so relaxing as it is located at the beach front along Talipanan (10 to 13-minute tricycle ride from the White Beach).
The location of this resort is so peaceful, not so crowded and their visitors are mostly foreign tourists. I dunno with other rooms, but the room we got was not that good. The room aircon was not properly operational that made our room temperature not sufficiently cooled-down.
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El Canonero Diving Beach Resort Rating (with 5-stars as the highest):
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There are lots of resorts and hotels in the nearby area as well as different outdoor activities that the guests may do. Just explore the place and it’s a good thing to experience. Lastly, don’t you ever miss to experience the Puerto Galera specialty drink, Mindoro Sling (a rhum-mixed cocktail) during activity break at a happy night.
Overall, my fiance, our friends and I had so much fun and realized that there are many ways to enjoy Puerto Galera alternatively other than just staying in the White Beach area.