3 Things You will Love about White Beach, Puerto Galera

There came a time in my life when I needed to really just escape all the busyness and stress that school was giving me. You see, at first I thought college would be totally bearable and by that I mean, I only needed to study 3-4 hours a day and give enough effort in order to pass my classes. Boy, I have never been so wrong in my life. Each day was like more and more requirements were being given to us and every day it gets harder and harder. But enough about my academic rants, let’s talk about what I did in order to reclaim my burning passion for life and love. Ofcourse the obvious—and I know most of you do this as well, I traveled. Hooray Travel Buffs!

So me and a bunch of good friends decided to visit one of the most beautiful, very affordable yet close to the Metro (Drum rolls please…) White Beach, Puerto Galera.

*Note that our visit was only limited to enjoying the beauty of White Beach, other places in Puerto Galera was not in our itinerary.

– Getting there

From Metro Manila

Go to any of the following bus terminals in Metro Manila:

Bus Terminals near the corner of Taft Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia), Pasay City – nearest the Airport.

Bus Terminal near Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

Bus Terminal in EDSA corner Kamias Street, Quezon City.

Bus Terminal in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

Then ride the bus going to Batangas Port and board the Outrigger ferry to White Beach.

– Taken from www.puertogalera.org

From Los Banos, Laguna

Since we were all UPLB students from Los Banos, Laguna, our first move was to get to Calamba City terminal. The Calamba Terminal had all sorts of jeepneys and vans that were going to a lot of places, we got into a jeep that was headed to Turbina Terminal. It was around 6 am but the place was already very busy. Every 10-15 minutes jeepneys would leave the terminal filled with people. After arriving at Turbina Terminal, we then transferred to a bus going to Batangas Port. This is where we then rode a outrigger ferry going to White Beach, Puerto Galera.

Costs and Travel Time:

Bus from Metro Manila to Batangas Port – Less than 200php (1 hour and less than 30 minutes)

Jeep to Calamba City – 20php (15 – 20 Minutes)

Calamba Terminal to Turbina – 10php (10 – 15 Minutes)

Turbina to Batangas Port via Bus – it was around 100 – 125php (I don’t remember this one very much) ( 1 hour and 30 Minutes and more depending on the traffic)

Batangas Port to White Beach via Outrigger Ferry – 500php round trip ( 1 hour and 15 minutes)

Passengers apparently also pay a 50-100php Terminal and Environmental fees but I suppose I was too sea sick to remember. But prepare for it just in case.

* Please don’t forget to confirm the date and time of when you will be returning. This needs to be schedule right after you arrive at the beach.

It was love at first sight. Not only was it the perfect escape for the broken hearted, it was also a perfect venue for Instagram and photography enthusiasts. No wonder almost every one was raving about how wonderful White beach was. The place was like no other. To further this thought I had to make a list (I love lists), and this list would have to show you how much Puerto Galera was worth the visit. Here is my top 3:

1. Puerto Galera Activities

The beach, with all the white sand and brilliant rocks, is full of people swimming, sun bathing and forming sand castles. Flags of different brands and products populate the sides of the beach while the stores, restaurants and lodgings are situated just a few meters away. In the day, visitors can opt to play volleyball, run around with each other or could also avail of the Jetski and other paid services like island hopping and cave visits available almost any where, You just have to look. 

At night, performances and concerts are held, all of which have various interesting things to offer. There are fire dancers and eaters that would amaze you and at the same time scare the brains out of you (if you come too close), Drag Dancers who are really fun to watch and some stores just play party music and allows customers to sing on Karaokes. The one we visited was at the isolated part of the beach, where bonfires were being made and friends get clingy to watch the stars.

2. The Beach

One thing I really loved about the place was that you are able to choose on which side of the beach you would like to hang out at. If you’re on a vacation vibe, the left most part of the beach, away from all the people and stores, is perfect for sun bathing and just chilling around. No one would dare bother you when you’re already lying down, facing the beach and taking your photos. Not unless they’re adorable dogs— who are roaming the beach, or birds. On other hand if you’re feeling social and ready to mingle, the activities side of the beach is flooded with people ready to talk to, hang out with or flirt with (hehe). The visit to white beach would not be as fun if you don’t meet anyone. Be friendly and smile whenever you come across people, I’m sure you wouldn’t leave the place without making a friend. Also those who are playing volleyball loves to invite other people to play with them. Be ready just in case.

3. The Scenery

Nothing beats the view of the sunset while you’re on a beach. Must be one of the most romantic things I would ever see. And hey, I believe there were at least 3 couples kissing all around me. Sucks to be single around them. Nonetheless it was a sight to behold and forever remember. The feeling of surrender and just forgetting about everything that was bringing you stress and pain was something I definitely would want to repeat 400 times. The sun set marks the end of the day but also the beginning of the night— something that beautiful shouldn’t ever be ignored.

“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” 

― Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

Puerto Galera is without a question, one of the best. That’s one place crossed off on my bucket list. I don’t regret visiting the place and I would definitely come back for more. Not only did it help me recharge my heart for more studying, it also inspired me to visit and travel to more places around the Philippines. 

What about you? Have you been to Puerto Galera? Or do you have other places you find gorgeous? Tell me all about it on the comment section! I would love to hear all about your visit. Thank you for dropping by. Till next time. ❤️

41 Replies to “3 Things You will Love about White Beach, Puerto Galera”

  1. The place sure sounds beautiful. Need to google what a jeepney is. I havent heard of it before. I travelled to SriLanka as a tourist and have quite a good list of sone beautiful places to see. I will be publishing it soon, and when i do i will share it with you.

  2. What beautiful pics and a great post! My husband graduated from UPLB too so *high five*! and nice to meet a fellow UPLB student! 🙂 I love your blog! Keep writing and I can’t wait to read more <3

  3. Another place in the Philippines waiting to be crossed out of my travel list. Puerto Galera’s beauty is definitely a must see. Happy for you to be able to see the place already, hope I can too soon! Nice snaps!

    There’s More To Mica ❥ micadeleon.com

  4. Argh. I feel like such a loser not having been to Puerto Galera yet. Almost all my friends have been though. This post made me revisit the thought of going there. Thanks for sharing your itinerary and some tips. 🙂

  5. I kind of feel like a loser not having been to Puerto Galera yet. Haha. I envy you for being able to travel while still in college. And yes, it is hard. Lol. This post made me revisit my thoughts about finally visiting the island. Maybe early next year! Thanks for sharing some tips and your itinerary. 🙂

  6. I didn’t it is that easy to get there. I might ask my friend if they’d like to go to Puerto Galera in the coming weekends. I was wondering if you did any beach activities while you’re there?

  7. Now this is my kind of place! Activities, beaches and scenery — what more can you ask for?? Did you find that the beach had too many people? When I went to Boracay (which I absolutely LOVED), I found that it was quite busy. I never had a problem finding a place to lay on the beach though…it was just… busy. Especially since it was January.

  8. this certainly looks like a very beautiful place.. I should add it on my list… but it is a bit crowded I guess.. kinds of reminds me of the Eulwangi beach I was at in Incheon, Korea…. so many people just want to be there…. huhuhu

  9. I suddenly missed this place! Weve been here a decade ago! Hahaha! So that’s been 10 long years! And i hardly remember the experience. But i can still recall the beach and the white sand. Would love to be back again one of these days! 🙂

  10. I would love to congratulate you first for being capable to manage and balance your life. Yes, it’s not easy to be a student, but you were able to handle it, you still have time to travel and even blog and that’s truly a big achievement. Anyway, Puerto Gallera has long been penned on my bucket list and your guide would be a great help when I get the chance to go there. The sunset was captured with so much heart, it’s indeed amazing!


    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation. It’s so wonderful to hear that! I’m sure you would love the beach and the sunset when you visit it. Can’t wait for you to blog about the experience! Kudos!

  11. Great read! I’ve also been to White Beach, Puerto Galera before, the thing I love about it the most is how happy and lively the night life is- no matter the season you go. The night life is lit! Although I find the boat ride too long, sometimes the waves are big. I’m a seasick person so I don’t really enjoy long boat rides.

    1. YESSS. THE BOAT RIDE. I hated that the most of the trip going to PG. I get afraid of the waves whenever they get too big or when the boat rocks too much. Even if it’s just an hour and a half, I never seem to get used to it. :/

  12. I’m glad you could find time to get out of your study routines… definitely college is no less than school, in fact, since there’s more concentration on specific subjects, the time needed increases exponentially :p
    Your travel break sounds so much fun and definitely affordable… I love beaches…of any sand color.. this beach seems to have clubbed every possible thing a beach can offer… keep travelling and jotting!!!

  13. It looks like a wonderful place for an escape from your study. I would prefer to be on the part of the island where there are not so many people, I like to enjoy my beach time in peace and quiet. I have always loved sunsets and sunrises on islands, they always seem like saying “holiday” to me.

    1. The sunset at the beach was so beautiful, you’d never regret spending 3-5 hours traveling just for it. The place was really crowded but there are parts of the beach were people weren’t around. You should visit PG! 😘

  14. Haven’t been to the Philippines yet.
    I am heading there next year though. So it was indeed a good read about Puerto Galera. Just added this place to visit in the Philippines for the beaches

  15. Ah, I feel you with your school sentiments. Haha. I’m still in school and taking up Engineering, and it has taken its toll on me lately. Good thing for me, Cebu is filled with so many beaches that I can access easily whenever I want to. Or, at least when I need some de-stressing. 😀

    I’ve heard of Puerto Galera from so many blogger friends who have found this gem just a few hours away from Metro Manila. It’s like a quick escapade, they say. Well, it’s no wonder! The beach is beautiful. Too bad there are so many people. I’m really allergic to crowds, but would love to try and see the activities there! 🙂

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