Cottage Hunting at Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera is one of the most popular destinations especially by local Metro Manila tourists because of its proximity and accessibility to Manila on top of budget-friendly rates. A bus ride from the Jam bus terminal at Buendia cor. Taft. Ave to the Batangas Pier costs Php146 and could take about 3 to 5 hours depending on traffic and season. Boat tickets to White Beach, Sabang or Talipanan is another Php140 for 2 hours (May 2006 rates).

Puerto Galera, Mindoro

The accomodations on the other hand will vary depending on two things — the season (off peak and on peak) and the day of the week.

To help you get the best off your money’s worth, here are some tips to bear in mind when hunting for cottages, rooms and other accomodations at Puerto Galera:

  • Peak season starts at March to end of May but lately, more tourists are coming to Puerto Galera that this season extends as early as February to end of June. (June being a favorite month corporate outings.)
  • Favorite spots are White Beach for the party goers and Sabang Beach for the serious water aficionados. There are lesser known beaches around like Talipanan but you will need a land trip to get there (usually costs Php100 for a special tricycle ride).
  • Room rates will double and even triple during these peak season (oftentimes even higher). Imagine a one bedroom (good for 2-3 people) accomodation 50 meters off of the beach can be had for Php500 per night during the rainy season but could get as high as Php3,500 per night on summer.
  • If you have the money to spend, get your reservations early on. Two to 3 weeks notice is good enough but they will ask you for 50% down payment so you better get your schedules pegged.

  • If you are coming in on a Friday or a Saturday on peak season, they will force you to pay two straight days for that week-end. Their worry is that they won’t get bookings if they leave Sundays free so a two-night deal will solve that.
  • Locals will offer their own houses for groups of 4 and up and they usually costs around Php4,000 a night and up. This is good if you’re in a large group as you could save a bit more.
  • Backpackers usually bring their own tents to camp at the beach although some resort owners would charge a “cleaning and maintenance” fee of Php100 per night.

Puerto Galera, Mindoro

If you are not really particular with the sleeping quarters and on a budget, I suggest you try Talipanan Beach instead. It’s quite there and the rooms are still affordable even if White Beach is already full to the brim. Usual rates at Talipanan is around Php1,500 for a decent room or cottage. There’s only one boat trip to Batangas to and from there during the day but the place fairly accessible by land (jeep or tricycle) from White Beach. A tricycle ride for 4 or 6 costs Php100 and takes around 15 minutes only.

Puerto Galera, Mindoro

At Talipanan, most the cottages and rooms are situated in from of the beach so you get a piece of the white sand and lots fresh cool air in the morning. It’s quite there as well and works best if you don’t like the too crowdy and noisy White Beach. You can always contract a tricycle driver to pick you up anytime if you want some round of drinks and disco at White Beach and the money you saved from the rooms can be well spent on a banana boat ride and a snorkelling tour around the islands.

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  • renerson cerin

    good afternoon..
    i’m looking a affordable and cheaper room for 1 person.. i plan to get there on Apr 06-08 2012…and can u help me kung ano sasakyan ko ferry from batangas pier..thaank po..ah medyo konti budget. i just want to spent my bday on puerto galera…thanks

  • dr. meng

    looking for an air-conditioned cottage with private toilet and bath wth hot & cold shower at the white beach stretch or nearby the beach front for 2 adults, overnights stay only, check in: april 10, 2012.

    ive been checking on villa christine resort via their website but their emails are not working. is this beach resort still existing? can you send me contact numbers or email adress pls?

    thank you. appreciate your help.

  • Ylred


    Can anyone here possibly tells me where is this Valley of Peace that Mich had shared last May 2009 in this blog?

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  • Ronnmann

    Holler! This site is really really helpful.
    We will be going to puerto galera this coming january 27 to 29 and we are at a loss (or rather me, since im planning it) on where to stay. personally, i’d rather just stay at coco beach (coz av been there) pero for a change, we want to “rough it in” we’re torn between three choices

    white beach guest house.

    and from what i read here, Mountain beach resort.

    any thoughts?

  • anj

    how can we get there? we are from dagupan.. can we ride a bus?

  • chelsea

    Me and my team from teleperformance are planning to come in puerto this coming April 10, 11, 12 2010. Team bonding namin Meron ba kayong ma sa-suggest na place na makaka-mura kami sa room for 3 days and 2 nights.

    Hindi naman kasi ganun kalaki ang budget ng bawat isa samin thanks sa po help.

    Pls informed me at facebook account [email protected] or text and call me at 0906 508 7260. Thanks

  • Tan

    i’ve been to puerto galera but was not able to search affordable rooms because i am with my team… i’m planning to go there again this april… pls send me the most easiest, cheapest and wise way to spend my stay in puerto galera… i am also interested in talipanan? but i dont know how to go there.. where can i find the tricycle terminal? my friends are students…. so pls give me the list of the most affordable rooms and its rate…. thanks

  • Erik

    Just came back from Galera and would recommend Mountain Beach Resort. Service is superb, super super bait ni Ephay, very accomodating sa mga guests(service with a smile palagi).

    Our room is clean, a/c is good, hot water is ok.

    The beach is serene, the place is nice though walang theme. Rocky yun sands, but you can always stray to the nearby beaches and check out the parts of Galera.

    best place to unwind and relax, unlike in whitebeach where it looks more like manila with all the crowded people and noise.

    The room rates are cheap but with good clean rooms. Food is rather slowly served but you know it’s freshly prepared.
    Did not have to pay for extra ice. food prices are a little pricey.

    still, overall, I would recommend Mountain Beach Resort.

    4 out of 5

    here’s their contact mbeachresort.com.ph
    and website http://mountainbeachresort.com

  • Mengies Resort Talipanan

    Hi there,

    if your planing to go to Talipanan Beach, you should go to MENGIE´S Resort. The rooms are cheap and clean and the food is the BEST on the Beach. Most of you like Lucas, what i cant´t understand. The Pizza is around 380 ok its big but only very less toppings….So Try Mengie´s. The rates are around 500 Off Season and 1,500 High Season.

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  • mich

    If you want a relaxing stay in puerto gallera, please try the valley of peace. It’s very very affordable. You can get a room good for 8 persons for only P1500 to P2000/ night! It’s highly recommended to families who want clean and exciting adventure for their children. Our family spent two nights in the place and our four kids had a great time especially with the chlorine-free swimming pool. They can arrange your tour around puerto including your boat ride from batangas to muelle pier and back, island hopping, snorkling, etc. You even get an automatic discount for your boat fare by just staying there. Just follow this link for details: http://www.isacc.org.ph/affiliates/vop.html

  • jim

    hi i’m looking for a c room with ground floor balcony and pets friendly 2 small dogs on long term rate u said red sun please give me more info and monthly rates thanks jim

  • medz

    were going to pg after new year me and my hubby plus the rest of the family so atleat 10 person….we actually look in out of the blue but i think its a bit expensive ….were looking for a nice place with pool and with kitchen atleat….so can u name a resort with a good accom….and aircon in a room.

    thank you

  • yerie

    hi..we’re planning to go to puerto this october for my hubby’s bday.just nid a little help from you,san ba mgnda mgstay?sa talipanan or dun sa white beach?and anong place yun cheap pero malinis and with aircon please help me

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  • shely

    Hello!I’m shel from usa 1st time here and just need help where to stay @ puerto. I love white beach but sounds like it’s been crowded there and it will be my 1st time to visit the place.Plan to go there on Sept.&will stay for 3days&2nights.No problem with budget but I just to relax and have a great time with my bestfriend.You can reply in my email shelymd212yahoo.com Thanks a lot!

  • darioken

    hi! i’m planning to take my wife in Galera on June 2-4 but we are on a very tight budget.

    Do you guys know any lodging in White Beach that would accomodate us for this budget (500-1000 Php a day) ? Clean bathroom and functional aircon would be quite necessary.

    This would gonna be our first time there and it’s really hard looking for the cheapest accomodation on the internet.


  • cathy

    were planning to go to puerto galera but i really had a hard time selecting between sandbar & coco beach, sandbar offer a less expensive stay than coco beach but i have read a view bad comments on sandbar…can anyone help me out to decide…were going there to have our first out of town trip with my husband & to have our honeymoon(maybe) also….help me…thanks!!!

  • skyechill

    Hi Batik! If you ask me, RED SUN in Sabang is great. In Talipanan, try MARINERS and eat at LUCA’S. Tamarraw Beach in Aninuan (right next to Talipanan) is also nice, clean, and affordable.

  • batik

    Hi skyechill,

    Whats the best place to stay at in PG then? For people with limited budget like me (1000-1500/night). PLease let us know. TY!

  • skyechill

    We just came back from Puerto Galera (our 4th trip this month). We stayed almost everywhere – Talipanan, White Beach, and Sabang. We are in the process of creating a video about Puerto which will be aired around Asia and North America.

    When you’re in Talipanan, stay in Mariners. It’s great there. I STILL maintain our position about MENGIES – it is BAD.I dont know about other people but when we were there it was definitely CRAPPY. There were spiders in the toilet, no water, and cockroaches on the walls.

    When you’re in Sabang, Red SUN is the best!

    IN white beach, there are a lot of choices but it can get really crowded.

  • jaera


    my bf and i just went there last MAY10-12,2008 and we absolutely enjoyed our vacation at talipanan..the rooms are just plain,simple yet comfortable,relaxing and clean! i’ve not seen even a single cockroach or spider webs whatsoever!i like it much better than those of the others because their rooms would make you feel more of the vacation at the beach than those of hotel type..and no doubt mengie’s dishes are really yummy and the seafoods are fresh that is why even those who stay at other resorts eat at mengie’s!we also love luca’s pizza!the best pizza we ever tasted located at the far end of talipanan beach, overall it was an awesome and the sweetest summer ever we had so far,the beach is lovely,the atmosphere is relaxing,away from the crowd,you can breathe in fresh air, water activities are also available,you can have a body massage by the beach,relax at the hammocks under coconut trees with the view of the sea while reading your favorite books,have your henna tattoo and your hair braid,you can have all the sun and the sea!talipanan is really great! 🙂

  • ren rivera

    DON’T STAY in Mengies or White Sands

    We came there to relax and we only got overcharged and we suffered the worst accommodation. We have stayed in so many cheap places in the Phils, but this one is just plain BAD.

  • suri

    may 10, 2008. my first time in puerto galera. we went to mengie’s in talipanan. hey, if you’re looking for 5-star hotel amenities, don’t come here and tell me i’m wrong. the place is not perfect cos in the first place, it’s not a hotel no but i would surely recommend this for those looking for a budget yet comfortable, relaxing and peaceful place to stay in puerto galera.
    the best sa mengie’s! super affordable. food and room. ms. marge offered us an aircon room for only P1,500/night. we were 8 and so we got 2 rooms. the best food too! per meal per pax would range P80-P120 but if you’re on a budget you can bring your own food para tipid talaga.
    a relaxing full body massage by the beach is only P200. banana boat ride is only P200 per pax for 20 fun, fun, fun minutes! sayang. parasailing dapat kami ng sis ko kaya lang medyo di na kaya ng budget. it’s P1,200 kung mag isa ka lang and P2k pag 2 kayo. concert pa kami at P5/song. nabulabog yata namin ang katahimikan ng talipanan sa mga sintunado naming mga boses. ok lang. kesa naman sa white beach no.. hehehe.
    over all, excellent ang stay namin. ms. marge, her husband, mang meng, their nieces, kathleen and the debutant (forgot his name, sorry naman), were so accommodating and helpful. ang bilis ng oras talaga when you’re enjoying. kanis! text ms. marge at 0920-4032173 and sir meng 0920-2464396. they will take care of everything for you.

  • maggie

    I’m from UST, and we’ve just enjoy staying in Sandbar and Boquete Beach Club. Also the good thing is they have a chapel where we had our Sunday mass before we left last Sunday morning(Apr27 ’08). For those who want to spend their vacation in a really nice place, i would suggest for you guys to try and unwind in Sandbar Beach Resort…People are so accommodating, clean, spacious and nice rooms & most specially good food. I’ve also enjoyed kayaking for they offer it free for their guests and I even tried the WINDSURFING! It’s really fun!!! I think this place is ideal for family, companies and even barkada groups whose looking for a place to relax and unwind…

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  • anna

    hey there! Galerans…thank you for your warm welcome….

  • ang

    Try angelo apartelle at white beach. rooms are nice. here are the details. I think they offer it at affordable prices considering location and facilities.

    The Family Room- This room can accommodate up to ten persons ——–Php4,000/ night
    – 2 Queen size beds
    – Television set
    – Bathroom
    – Fully Air-conditioned
    – Mattresses available upon request with no extra charge

    The Regular Room- This room can accommodate up to five persons ——Php2,000/ night
    – 2 Twin size beds
    – Television set
    – Bathroom
    – Fully Air-conditioned
    – Mattresses available upon request with no extra charge

    Contact them through [email protected]

  • anyone know mariner’s contact nos?cant access their website kc thanks!

  • skyechill

    I agree! MENGIES/White Sands resort is the dirtiest resort in Talipanan! Cockroaches and spiders galore! ewwww

  • ren rivera

    Never stay at MENGIES. It’s the worst place in Talipanan. Try Mariners instead.

  • ren rivera


    We just came back from Talipanan in Puerto Galera. We had a horrible experience in MENGIES resort (White Sands Resort). That place stinks and the rooms were really dirty. The owner also overcharged us! Horrible!

  • jhonai

    just wanna ask if there’s any house that we can stay in for 3D & 2N.. how much? me and my colleges friends are planning to go to puerto on May02..

  • may

    Hi! balak namin punta ng Puerto galera sa May 16-18 kaya lang wala pa kami reservation..meron ba kau contact sa White Beach..ung me aircon sana..thank you

  • beau

    Good Day!
    I am planning to take my wife to a summer vacation (3D & 2N)this May in Puerto Galera, probably at white beach. It will be our first time in puerto. But my budget are too tight. Can anybody suggest a name of a decent inn (with a/c & Bathroom)that would cost between 1.5k-2.5k per day?

    Your response will be of great help for us.
    Thank you very much!

  • cha

    Hi patricia & avatar.. i think there are some a/c cottages at mt beach.. You can contact this number for more info, 09065146782. That’s Epay Sandoval’s number, our contact there at mt. beach. there’s also mengie’s white sand beach resort still at talipanan, here’s their contact number +(63)(0916) 3000068 +(63)(0920) 4032173.
    Again, if you’re looking for night life with other beach people, I won’t suggest Talipanan.
    You can check out some our photos here: http://charlene0202.multiply.com/photos/album/1/Puerto_Galera_Philippines_Early_Summer_Kick_Off_March_15-16_2008
    to make sure that the place’ll suit your needs.

  • patricia

    Hi Cha ,

    I actually have the same sentiments as with avatar. just that I need that place for my team. please do contact me : 0922-8163550 Thanks !!!

  • Avatar

    Hi Cha, does the cottage at mountain beach resort has an aircon?

    kindly suggest a place to stay at Puerto Galera having a cottage w/ aircon for 12 persons(7 adults, 5 kids). Please include rates per night.

    I am planning to bring my family this April 19.


  • cha

    its not easy to suggest a place to stay at Puerto Galera,it really depends on what you want to do when you get there. we went there last march 15-16 and stayed at Mountain Beach Resort at Talipanan Beach, that’s the third beach from white beach. we rented two cottages,w bathroom, w/o kitchen, 1400Php each, and its good for 5 pax. there’s one bed with an extra matress. there’s no prob with regards to shower water and electricity. there are less people and you’ll have the beach by yourselves.
    but if you want a crowded place, there are lots of inns at white beach. my friends stayed at sheryl’s inn and paid 1500Php/room, good for 5 pax also. its an airconditioned room, typical apartment type room. no kitchen, one bathroom.

    for add info you can visit my site,

  • nikki

    Can you give me a cheap place where we can stay at galera? good for 7 people. thanks so much!

  • lani

    summer time!!! puerto galera!!!

  • ian

    my concern is that your website, pinoy travel blog should be responsible in accepting comments from other viewers that leave such opinions. any offending comments shall have corresponding understanding or clarification to the management concerned before posting. This is to inform you that if you do not review all the comments in this website especially those who leave a such negative comments without any proof, i will file a case against the person and the person behind this website.

  • arnoldjfr

    Beware of this Resort – Sand Bar Boquete Beach Club Puerto Galera
    Last May 2007 we traveled all the way from Manila to Mindoro
    to escape from the hectic schedules and demands of work. Unfortunately, instead of relaxing we encountered several incidents with the above mentioned resort that really frustrated our trip. Below are the incidents that had transpired:

    1. Before Arriving at Muelle Pier you will be mesmerized already with the beauty of the cove. After passing CoCo Beach Island you will be enchanted with all of its surroundings. This made us think that we will really enjoy our stay in the resort that we booked known as “SAND BAR BOQUETE BEACH CLUB.”

    2. Arriving at the resort, the place was not that cool as advertised in the internet. You will be deceived by pictures that you will find over the net.

    3. Upon arriving in our room, you will find the that room was spacious, open the air conditioning unit and let it on for several hours you will find out that the room will still be hot as hell. We even requested for an additional electric fan because our kids can’t sleep because the a/c unit was not sufficient to provide the right temperature for the room.

    4. The swimming pool looks like that it hasn’t been cleaned for a week. You couldn’t see the flooring anymore. The flooring even has green substances attached on the tiles.

    5. Eating at the restaurant, well this really made our day, we ordered sodas and food from them, food was ok though it’s kindda expensive. I requested a bucket of ICE to be utilized for the sodas that we ordered and guess what happened? ICE WAS NOT FOR FREE EVEN IF YOU ORDERED DRINKS FROM THEM. DRINKS ORDERED DOESN’T SUPPORT ANY ICE. ICE WILL BE CHARGED AT P30 PER BUCKET. Imagine that we were informed about it after we consumed the ICE. Some kind of service! Will I pay for it? OFCOURSE NOT!

    6. Most staffs are OJT who doesn’t know a thing in terms of customer service. They will just ignore you or answer you they don’t know because “OJT lang sila”. They don’t even want to talk to you.

    7. The resort provides an internet access. Funny thing about it is that they will charge you with the amount of P30 for 30 minutes and P50/hour which was supposedly ok. What’s bad about it was, when one of our kids was the one accessing the internet, he was told that “boy, umalis ka na dyan at mag uupload pa ako ng pictures” by I think the owner of the resort, and come to think of it we are paying for the service. I was only informed of it when we left that fuckin resort, so I did not get any chance to confront that individual anymore!

    We were supposed to stay there for 3 days but it’s a good thing that other resorts are accessible via tricycle that will drop you to your preferred destination with around 20 to 30 minutes travel time. So we transferred to a much better one.

    So if by chance you are planning to check out SAND BAR BOQUETE BEACH CLUB, think twice before doing so.

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  • kathy

    just wanna ask.. if we can find a house or 3 big rooms for rent! for 50 persons ^_^

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