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Puerto Galera

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Get around: updated price
==Get in==
===Visa===
* <listing name="Immigration Office" alt="" address="" directions="in the public market buildiing, 3rd floor" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-W, 9AM-4PM" price="">Most visa related issues can be taken care of by Right Honerable Rudi and Nestor from the Calapan Immigrations Office (this building is in Puerto Galera, NOT Calapan). Be careful to calculate the fees yourself, as it is not uncommon for extra, non-existent, fees to be added-on and pocketed by the Immigrations Officer. They hold hours here Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday only open until noon. Xerox services are available nearby, often required for visa extension applications. Maps and where to go guides are also available there for a modest fee. </listing>
===By car===
'''Puerto Galera''' is three hours away from Metro Manila. If you're already in [[Manila]], getting there is pretty easy. Having a car is very convenient, all you need to do is drive through '''South Luzon Expressway''' turn right to Star Toll gate and then head to Batangas Pier. From there, you can either park your car and ride a ferry going to Puerto Galera or have your car ride a RoRo(roll on, roll off) ship so you could take your car with you to Puerto Galera.
===By bus& van==='''From Manila''' Puerto Galera is easily accessible from Areas areas around Manila. Most tourists prefer to take a JAM transit or BLTB DLTB bus - from it's terminals along EDSA Cubao. These ply every hour between Cubao (Manila) and Puerto Galera the Batangas pier. The ''Sikat'' tourist service operates one trip per day and is convenient for people staying in Manila close to Ermita.
* <listing name="JAM transit, BLTB DLTB and Sikat tourist service" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="(+63)2-7089628" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""> Buses run every hour from the Manila (Quezon city) Cubao bus terminaland Buendia bus terminal (LRT Gil Puyat, in Malate). JAM transit is among the popular bus services. 197 PHP from Taft/Buendia (Gil Puyat). BLTB too runs buses every about 2 hours. These cost about 300 133-163 Pesos per trip. The Sikat leaves at 0830 daily from the City State Tower Hotel on Mabini Street, [[Ermita]], [[Manila]]. The round trip ticket costs Php1,400 800 (about US$3138) and includes both bus and ferry to either Sabang Beach or Puerto Galera. It reaches Sabang at 1 pm afternoon
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For the adventurous traveler , go to Buendia (LRT Gil Puyat) station in Manila and from there you will see buses and shuttle services going to Batangas pier. It cost costs around P180 P197 for an AC charter bus from Buendia Bus Terminal to [[Batangas]] pier. There will be 1 stop at a Jeepney Terminal, about 10 minutes before the pier. There are no bathrooms on the JAM bus. And when you get to Batangas pier all you need to do is to ride a ferry boat going to [[Sabang]] - Puerto Galera.
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[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JAM_%28bus_company%29 JAM Transit] operates buses every hour from Manila Cubai Cubao and Buendia bus terminal to Puerto Galera pier. The AC trip costs about 200 197 pesos and takes about 2 hours
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'''From Calapan'''
 
Regular jeepney and vans ply the route between Calapan and Puerto Galera. An air conditioned van ride cost ₱100 and took about 1 hour. While the jeepney cost ₱80 from the city center and ₱100 from the Calapan pier, taking about an hour and a half to complete the drive. In Puerto Galera there is a separate jeepney terminal (about 3 blocks west of where the Calapan van/jeepney will let you off) that connects to Sabang for ₱20 (as of Aug. 2016).
===By boat===
Scheduled ferries arrive at Puerto Galera mostly from [[Batangas]] but also from other islands. '''From there, most people immediately depart for [[Sabang]] Bantangas (known for SCUBA divingManila connection) or White Beach (a stretch of white sand holding small restaurants and bars).'''
Crossing the waters between Scheduled ferries arrive at Puerto Galera mostly from [[Batangas Port and ]] but also from other islands. From there, most people immediately depart for [[Sabang]] (known for SCUBA diving) or White Beach can be (a thrill by itself especially during the meeting stretch of white sand holding small restaurants and bars). At the tides when Batangas pier, ignore all the sea can be quite rough. However, porters and touts and walk past them to the boatmen know these waters very well, so ticket area where there is no need to be hystericalare several windows where you can buy ferry tickets.
'''From Boracay''' 2Go Travel has regular ferry service Crossing the waters between Caticlan Batangas Port (Boracay) and Batangas PortWhite Beach can be a thrill by itself especially during the meeting of the tides when the sea can be quite rough. These ferries are quite nice, with staterooms, restaurant, bar, etcThe first half of the journey is smooth though. When coming from CaticlanHowever, you will then take the ferry boatmen know these waters very well, so there is no need to Puerto Galerabe hysterical. Note These smaller ferry boats that run directly to White Beach and Sabang will be canceled if you take the day ferry out of Caticlan, it will arrive at Batangas Port after weather is too rough for the last ferry has departed for Puerto Galeraboats. If you want In that case it is possible to make a better connection, you should take a night sailing out of Caticlan, larger ferry to Calapan which will arrive in Batangas Port takes between 1 and 3 hours depending on what you pay for. These ferries to Calapan range in cost from ₱100 promo fair for the early morningslow open air boat to about ₱300 for air conditioned fast boat. Alternatively, for Buy a slower round tripferry ticket to avoid a fully booked ferry on your return. Returning on a Sunday without reserving a ticket can leave you stranded with no options from Muelle or Balatero. You will have to go to Calapan to return to Batangas. If arriving at Calapan Port, you can go with take a Tricycle for ₱20 per person to the big ferry to Roxas Jeepney Terminal and from there with a local jeepney or hire a take either an air conditioned van to Puerto Galera/ Sabang Beach(₱100, takes 1 hour) or a Jeepney (₱80, takes 1.5 hours). The above pricing is current as of August 2016.
From the ferry terminal in Batangas, take MSL Shipping instead of Father & Sons (FSL aka Fickle & Slow Lines) for a quicker ride. Father & Sons makes several stops, and it is faster to take MSL even if you have to wait an extra half hour for the boat to arrive. There are four main points of entry. Sabang pier is still closed in 2019 and the two closest piers to Sabang are Muelle port, on the east side, and Balatero port, on the west side. In 2018, the local authorities banned all small wooden-hulled boats from depositing tourists directly at White Beach. Montenegro Lines has a 12-12:30 pm departure from Batangas to Balatero that is not listed on the schedule at https://www.pgyc.org/ferry-sched.php
On arrival in Batangas, you will be overwhelmingly approached by porters. Ignore all of them and follow the signs to the ticketing kiosks and buy the ticket yourself, without any porter assistance. They will follow you to the desk and demand tips for their "service". Do not tip them unless they carried your bag for you, at your request.
 
'''From Boracay'''
 
2Go Travel has regular ferry service between Caticlan Port (Boracay) and Batangas Port. These ferries are quite nice, with staterooms, restaurant, bar, etc. When coming from Caticlan, you will then take the ferry to Puerto Galera. Note that if you take the day ferry out of Caticlan, it will arrive at Batangas Port after the last ferry has departed for Puerto Galera. If you want to make a better connection, you should take a night sailing out of Caticlan, which will arrive in Batangas Port in the early morning. Alternatively, for a slower trip, you can go with the big ferry to Roxas and from there with a local jeepney or hire a van to Calapan and then transfer to another going to Puerto Galera/ Sabang Beach.
==Get around==
At the harbor you will find lots of people trying to get you to ride with their tricycle. For a 5 minute tripIn 2019, at Balatero port, they will try the lowest barter with the trike mafia was ₱50 per person. You may be able to make get ₱25 if you pay 200php, but walk 3 minutes to the real price main road. This is 15/20php (one person/two person) the official rate from the mayor''(8th March, 2011)'' so insist s office. You may have to share the ride with 3-4 people. There is no public bus to White Beach. The local government must be getting a cut from the tricycle drivers and do not crack down on paying thattheir swindling. You can also find them everywhere in town and get a ride to White Beach, Sabang etc. At night when it gets dark, the prices changes to higher rates (for example, instead of 20php you pay 50php). In Sabang there are 3 motorcycle rental providers. For 500php you can rent a scooter for the whole day. You have to mind the local traffic rules, of course. To get to Sabang there is a regular jeepney service that cost ₱20 per person as of August 2016. Supposedly it runs every 20 minutes throughout the day and into the early evening hours. To get to Calapan, take a tricycle (25php per person) to Bayan Jeepney Terminal near the Puerto Galera wet market. 80php to the Calapan City Center and 100php to the Calapan Pier. AC minivans also travel this route and the price is the same as the jeepney. 60-90 minutes. If all the ferries are fully booked at Balatero port, this is the next option to get a ferry to Batangas.
==See==
=== Diving ===
Most visitors to Puerto Galera are attracted by the excellent [[scuba diving]] provided by the protected marine sanctuary. There are a number of dive shops in the area (estimated at around 35) that provide access to a macro (i.e. small life) diving heaven. The dive sites that feature a large variety of small sea life with the occasional shark or turtle. Several sites are drift dives and often turn into (strong) current dives with the best diving (for coral and small life) being at 20m or 60 feet. Almost all of the dive sites are within a 10 minute boat ride of Sabang which allows you to spend your surface interval on the shore and it also allows most shops to offer as many as four dive trips (single tank) each day. Prices for a single dive are around $26~$32 (estimated) for a single tank dive, including equipment rental, boat and dive guide, with discounts for more dives and if you have your own equipment. * <do name="Aura Dive Resort" alt="" directions="Small Lalaguna, Sabang" address="" phone="0063 917 856 74 48 " email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.auradiveresort.com.ph" hours="" price="">Aura Dive Resort is an inviting beachfront resort, located in peaceful and undisturbed Small Lalaguna Bay, just few minutes walk distance from famous Sabang, which is the main destination for foreign tourists. Aura is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development and Dive Resort, which guarantees you the highest standards in dive operation and diver training at all levels from beginner to professional. Professional and friendly dive instructors and divemasters of the resort will make sure that you get the best out of your dives.</do>
* <do name="Badladz Adventure Divers" alt="" directions="next to Muelle Pier" address="" phone="0063 (0)43 287 3693 " email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://badladz.com/puerto-galera-diving/" hours="" price="">Small personal dive shop catering to beginners and experienced divers, operated by a bunch of very friendly Instructors and divemasters that go out of their way to make your diving safe and enjoyable. They offer all PADI courses from beginner intro dives and open water courses right through to Divemaster at very reasonable prices and small class sizes so that everyone gets a chance to learn the dive skills at their own speed and time , they also offer group discounts and multiple day diving discounts. Tell them what type of diving you want like corals , drift dives, wall dives or critter dives and they will go out of their way to make it happen .Also they have all new equipment and wetsuits .Tel: </do>
 
* <do name="Aura Dive Resort" alt="" directions="Small Lalaguna, Sabang" address="" phone="0063 917 856 74 48 " email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.auradiveresort.com.ph" hours="" price="">Aura Dive Resort is an inviting beachfront resort, located in peaceful and undisturbed Small Lalaguna Bay, just few minutes walk distance from famous Sabang, which is the main destination for foreign tourists. Aura is a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development and Dive Resort, which guarantees you the highest standards in dive operation and diver training at all levels from beginner to professional. Professional and friendly dive instructors and divemasters of the resort will make sure that you get the best out of your dives.</do>
* <do name="South Sea Divers" alt="" address="" directions="Sabang Beach" phone="+43 287-3052" url="http://www.southseadivers.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="">One of the first dive shops in the area, founded in 1983. Experienced and knowable shop with lively staff. Owner sky is very inviting and will answer any diving or even give you cool anecdotes about life in Sabang. The atmosphere truly adds to your vacation. Proper shop with everything you could want and all the gear you may need. Learn to dive or just go on a fun dive. Tech courses offered as well. Very reasonable rates.Worth checking out. </do>
==Drink==
Sabang beach at night is famous (or infamous) for girly bars that tend to close just as quickly as they pop up. It also has billiard rooms and discos where you can party into the wee hours of the morning.
The Jager Bar (http://www.thejagerbar.com/)
*<sleep name="Bahay Isla" alt="" address="Baclayan Road, Sto. Nino, Puerto Galera, Philippines 5203" directions="" phone="+63432871731" url="http://www.bahayisla.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Bahay Isla offers an exceptional value for budget minded travelers.
The Bahay Isla Inns have two locations in Puerto Galera. The Dalaruan Cove for a serene & peaceful stay & The Santo Nino Inn- The Warehouse near the Muelle Port & Yacht Club.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Habitat Guest House" alt="Budget Rooms" address="Sabang Beach" directions="" phone="639184587485" url="www.habitatrooms.com" checkin="2:00PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="USD 34" lat="" long="">Located along Sabang Beach and in the same building as Sea Rider Dive Center, Habitat Guest House bridges the gap between high-end expensive accommodations and unpleasant cheap rooms available in Sabang, Puerto Galera. It's the perfect choice for budget travellers in need of clean, comfortable and stylish rooms. Shared kitchen, a spacious 3rd floor balcony overlooking Sabang Bay and WiFi are available</sleep>
 
==Stay safe==
==Get out==
Jeepney to Calapan (1.15h, 90P) leaves from the end of the main road several times daily. Also, air conditioned mini vans now operate for 100P and have fewer stops. From Calapan you can take a minivan (3h, 180P) to Roxas.
Jeepney/Tricycle (25php per person from the main road) to Balatero port where a boat, M/S Caribbean, leaves daily at 10AM for Abras de Llog, 180php one-way, 10php terminal fee. Easy entry into Mindoro Occidental. An easier and cheaper option compared to chartering your own pumpboat or going to Abras via Batangas.
===Visa===
* <listing name="Immigration Office" alt="" address="" directions="in the public market buildiing, 3rd floor" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="M-W, 9AM-4PM" price="">Most visa related issues can be taken care of by Right Honerable Rudi and Nestor from the Calapan Immigrations Office (this building is in Puerto Galera, NOT Calapan). Be careful to calculate the fees yourself, as it is not uncommon for extra, non-existent, fees to be added-on and pocketed by the Immigrations Officer. They hold hours here Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday only open until noon. Xerox services are available nearby, often required for visa extension applications. Maps and where to go guides are also available there for a modest fee.</listing>
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