I’ve been to Puerto Galera a lot of times. It’s one of those getaway spots you can easily visit even for just the week-end. A 3-hour drive by bus from Buendia to Batangas Pier costs about Php110.00 and a ferry trip of about 1 to 1.5 hours to either White Beach or Sabang will cost you another Php120.
I haven’t been to Sabang so I can’t say much about it. A lot of times, White Beach is the place to go if you’re looking for the crowd, a fun and lively night life or get some action at the beach (I mean the banana boat rides, jet skiing and snorkelling type.)
During off peak season, you could get cottages as low as Php500 a night but it could shoot up to 3 or 4 times the regular prices during peak season. You better be good at haggling or you’d be sorry you didn’t looked around some more.
If White Beach is full, your best bet is to check out Talipanan Beach. It’s just a jeepney ride away (you’d be charged up to Php100 if you hire a tricycle) and you can see White Beach from the shore. Talipanan is a more quite version of White Beach. Fewer people, mostly foreigners who prefer a more serene and relaxed environment. There are just a few cottages and hostels to choose from but they’re generally cheaper by 50% compared to the ones in White Beach.
A budget of about Php1,500 to Php2,000 per head is enough for a week-end stay (that’s Saturday and Sunday — two days and one night). If you plan on getting some rides or doing some shopping, you’d better be prepared to shell out up to Php4,000.
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