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From port to seaside resort

Spanish seafarers in the 16th Century used Puerto Galera as a safe haven during their journeys to the Orient, hence its Spanish name.

Today, it's a weekend retreat for harried busy folks from Manila to get some peace. Boats like this (called the "bangkas") are a common sight here.

The attraction is really the calm blue waters (above and below) and the solitude it offers. For those who wants a night life, Sabang beach provides this option.

Laughing kids

To me, what really makes a difference is the people. Children here take to the sea like fish to water and everyone seems to have a ready smile at anytime.

Behind these carefree faces, lies a hard life where their parents depend on the sea and tourists' business to put food on the table.

What really makes me very sad is when I see so many local women who works in "girlie bars" and hanging on the arms of foreign men to make ends meet.

Impressions of PG

PG looks great when you're out in the sea or at night when all you see are twinkling lights in the distance.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Rest and relaxation is easy to get
  • Cons:Not very safe for single women traveling solo
  • Last visit to Puerto Galera: Nov 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 9, 2007
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  • kiddoc58's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    Thanks for all of your tips. will be traveling to in Sept 2010. I'm looking forward to the trip.

  • kelnsha's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Great tips, Jennie! Too bad, you forgotten your underwater housing...

  • muddybok's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2006 at 9:36 AM

    Aiya! How come didn't bring underwater housing? Nice PG page.

  • bkoon's Profile Photo
    Mar 16, 2006 at 8:32 AM

    Nice tips. Thanks for sharing. I am planning for PG in 2 weeks. Is the place worth 2-3 nights? I am diving there.

  • kenmerk's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2006 at 7:46 PM

    Hi Jennie, the Sizzling hot plate/shoulder/free shooters tip will come in handy, i'm sure.... We will have to work thru the other inconveniences.... Cheers... Ken

  • bike_packer's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2006 at 6:14 PM

    hi jenny, i am sorry that you seem to be experiencing PG beyond your expectations. i wish you could have checked in to the more private resorts on secluded coves. CocoBeach! If you have more time, try El Nido for snorkeling.

  • CandS's Profile Photo
    Jan 11, 2006 at 12:49 PM

    I'd love to go to the Maldives some day... I agree, the people make a difference... :)

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