Summer 2009 was one of the Hottest Summers ever in Philippine History! And to completely embrace it, Me, my brother and my High School Pals decided to go to one of the Nicest White Sand Beach yet the nearest to Manila, Puerto Galera
White Beach at Puerto Galera
How to get There: From Manila, Buses are available in different Stations that will directly lead you to the Batangas Port Area. Several Vans are also catering trips from Major Cities in the Metro to the Port Area. In our Case, since we live in Cavite which is actually near Manila, we decided to take the vans at Pala-Pala, Dasmarinas that took us non-stop to Batangas Pier. The ride lasts for about 2 - 3 hours to the Port via Nasugbu-Lemery Road. Once at the Batangas Pier, take a Ferry ride that will take you directly to Puerto Galera.
It costs roughly Php 900 for a round Trip Ferry ticket from Batangas to Puerto Galera, Puerto Galera to Batangas. It is very conducive to buy a round trip ticket since Tickets are usually sold out in a very short period of time if you are to purchase tickets from Puerto Galera. In about One and a half Hour, you will be arriving at Puerto Galera. We left Batangas Pier at around 4:15 in the afternoon and we arrived at about 5:45 in the afternoon, just in time for its beautiful Sunset.
The Sandy Strip at White Beach
By the time we arrived, people are flocking along the Beach to have a great view of the Sun as it sets along the Sea. As the clock strike 6, restaurants and some mini bars are starting to welcome costumers that will surely enjoy their drinks and dinners by the Sandy shore of the White Beach. My friends also decided to have a dip in the Sea during the early evening while I decided to just listen to the waves and took pictures of them. The Sand feels so good to the skin at early evening since the Sun just heated it a bit and as it rush through your pores, it gives you this warm, gentle feeling as if you're on a Spa.
Me playing with the Sand at White Beach
Puerto Galera is the place to be for people with tight schedules and budgets to enjoy a luxurious vacation at the beach. Comparable to the famous Boracay Island, Puerto Galera truly boasts of its white, sandy beaches, powder white sand and best of all, its beautiful Dive sites that would truly take you to another world. It is here where I took my first snorkeling experience and it was truly emotional for me! I never thought that there is another world below the seas and how wonderful God truly is for him to create such an Atlantis of Marine Life.
I would definitely come back to Puerto Galera but the best thing about any place is not just its beauty but the memories you share with your friends and family that you have along with your travels and trips!