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Puerto Galera

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Get in: Ferry update
The Sikat leaves at 0830 daily from the City State Tower Hotel on Mabini Street, [[Ermita]], [[Manila]]. The round trip ticket costs Php1,800 (about US$38) 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 around P133-P180 P197 from Buendia to [[Batangas]] pier. 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 and Buendia bus terminal to Puerto Galera pier. The AC trip costs about 163 197 pesos and takes about 2 hours
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Scheduled ferries arrive at Puerto Galera mostly from [[Batangas]] but also from other islands. From there, most people immediately depart for [[Sabang]] (known for SCUBA diving) or White Beach (a stretch of white sand holding small restaurants and bars).
Crossing the waters between Batangas Port and White Beach can be a thrill by itself especially during the meeting of the tides when the sea can be quite rough. The first half of the journey is smooth though. However, the boatmen know these waters very well, so there is no need to be hysterical. These smaller ferry boats that run directly to White Beach and Sabang will be cancled if the weather is too rough for the boats. In that case it is possible to take a larger ferry to Calapan which 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 slow open air boat to about ₱300 for air conditioned fast boat. From Calapan Port you can take a Tricycle for ₱20 per person to the Jeepney Terminal and from there take either an air conditioned van to Puerto Galera (₱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 has been closed 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.
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