You may find the photos and some information no longer relevant today as this article is a throwback of my trip to Puerto Galera in the province of Oriental Mindoro together with my officemates/friends way back in 2014.
I am writing it down today so I could include this trip as one of the beach resorts I have travelled to. It is a bit difficult to retrieve the original photos as we already deleted them in our phones so my friends and I decided to just use the photos posted on Facebook. It was also memorable to me because that was the time that me and my girlfriend had just started to exchange text messages.
The first out-of-town trip with my officemates
We have had numerous out-of-town trips but they were all team building events so I am considering this Puerto Galera trip as the first ever personal out-of-town with my officemates/friends. This was not a company-sponsored trip (yes, we somehow were rich at that time. LOL). Puerto Galera was the first one before we went to Mt.Pinatubo, Baler, and Cavinti.
What did we do in Puerto Galera
1. Stay and relax at Tamaraw Beach Resort
We were supposed to stay in one of the transient houses however, we have decided to get a room in Tamaraw Beach Resort for privacy and to have a more comfortable and relaxing stay. We were lucky enough to get rooms even though we were just walk-ins. I suggest you book via Agoda ahead of time to avoid any hassle.
Each of the rooms have a balcony where you can feel the sea breeze and enjoy the scenery. At night, you may stay there should you wish to have some drinks if you don’t want to go to the beach party.
2. Public party at night
There are several nightclubs, bars at the Sabang White Beach. You can have some great times with fellow tourists, Filipinos and expats.
3. Enjoy the boat ride and island hopping
Island hopping is one of the activities that they offer in Puerto Galera.
4. Snorkel or Scuba dive
This is depending on your budget. At that time, we realized that we are not that rich to afford the scuba diving for our group, so we took the snorkeling package. Hahaha! (We will definitely try the scuba diving the next time we go there)
5. Enjoy the sunset and wish that the day will not end
Watching sunset will always be the best part of vacation… especially if you are with your special someone.
Future Travel Plans
Puerto Galera is one of the places that I want to visit again. I’m curious if the place has changed, if there are protocols post-pandemic and of course, I would also like to try those activities I missed to experience while I was there like scuba diving, kayaking, jet skiing, etc.
I will update this article once I am able to visit Puerto Galera again.