White Beach Trip
There are several beaches on the island of Oriental Mindoro, but the most frequent and popular is White Beach, Puerto Galera. A short pristine stretch of beach lined with hotels, restaurants and bars. This beach may not be in the range of the island of Boracay or El Nido in Palawan, but it is perfect for a quick and cheap weekend getaway.
White Beach Trip
• Travel time is approximately 2.5 hours.
• There are bus terminals in Cubao and on the corners of Buendia and Taft Avenue. Buses to Batangas run from these terminals every hour.
• At the Batangas pier, take a ferry to the island of Mindoro. Be sure to grab one that stops at White Beach, Puerto Galera.
• The ferry ticket costs approximately 250 PHP to 280 each way. If you know how many nights you want to spend on the island, it is best to book return tickets.
• The boat trip lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
Accommodation for White Beach
There are countless hotels in Puerto Galera. Choose a beach hotel located in the center of the beach close to restaurants, convenience stores and bars. Don’t worry, there is a mix of high-end and mid-range hotels along the beach to suit every traveler’s budget. As elsewhere, these hotels have seasonal rates. They are typically highest in the dry months from December to May and lowest in the rainy season from June to November. The price of a standard air-conditioned room for two with the usual facilities will vary from PHP 1000 to PHP 2000 or less, depending on the season
Number of Activities
For a weekend getaway, there are not a number of activities to do in Puerto Galera other than just relaxing in the sun. You can hire a boatman to take you on an hour trip on the island or snorkel in the nearby coral garden. There are many “tiangges”, temporary stalls and souvenir shops along the beach for those who want to take home souvenir t-shirts, bracelets, keychains and other trinkets.
If you have the time and budget, there are also dive shops that offer short dive packages with open water. These include scuba gear, boat trips and a short workout for beginners. The duration is approx. 3 hours, which includes the travel time to and from the dive site, the intensive diving course and the open water dive. The actual diving session usually lasts between 45 minutes and 1 hour. If you want to spend more time under the sea, you can arrange it with your dive coordinator.
Disco Music on White Beach Trip
At night, the bars come alive with bands and disco music, laser lights flashing in the sky, and restaurants competing for customers with all kinds of food and beer campaigns. Switch to party mode, bar hop, banquet, meet people and dance the night away. Celebrate the end of a long week at work and make the most of your weekend getaway.