PUERTO GALERA, ORIENTAL MINDORO – It was not our original plan to have this Puerto Galera Valentines Day weekend.
We planned it during the long holiday due to the Pope’s visit in the country. However a typhoon made sure that we have to move it some other time.
As a tip, before pushing through traveling to Puerto Galera and there are news already about incoming bad weather, better call the port of Batangas for any cancellation of banca voyages to and from Puerto Galera. They are very friendly as far as our experience is concerned.
We bought the roundtrip ticket from FSL (Father n’ Son Shipping Lines) which cost 500.00 PHP per person.
Good thing the weather was fine that day. It was perfect to start this Puerto Galera Valentines Day weekend. Or so we thought.
Not your typical hotel/resort stay: White Beach Resort, Bar and Restaurant
We were able to move our Agoda reservation for this hotel. The staff responding to our emails was quite helpful and competent. We booked a room for 5 persons and based on the pictures I was not really expecting too much. The price is a bargain as well.
We will just be staying for a night and in my view staying in Puerto Galera within the crowded strip of White Beach, an accommodation costing thousands of pesos is not practical.
Anyway, this resort has no proper reception area. We were guided to a cashier counter of a grocery store inside the restaurant. The staff on the counter does not know the person that we have been talking to through email. Good thing, our room was reserved for us.
The room has been fitted with 3 single beds and a double bed. The bed sheets and bed spreads are thin. A towel was given per person.
The toilet/bathroom was not well maintained. The sink was about to fall off from its stand. The supply of water was not that strong. Thankfully the water heater was working.
Really basic. Okay, good enough for our overnight stay.
Other Puerto Galera hotels/accommodations along White Beach you can check out::
Where to eat in Puerto Galera
Food Trip Sa Galera – well it was already raining and this place has a huge covered tent. We had our lunch here. The prices of food in Galera is generally bloated anyway, so I will say that for this place price is okay. Food though is just ordinary. Nothing really special.
Terminal – I am assuming that this is another branch of Food Trip sa Galera but I can be wrong. During peak hours staff here can be confused and plain lost with orders flying everywhere and customers who cannot wait for their orders to come. Food here though is quite better.
White Beach Restaurant – Ah, our chance to try the in-house restaurant of the hotel. Since it was raining again in the evening, it was a great reprieve to have soup/sinigang for dinner. Food took a while to be served but it was okay as we really are a very patient bunch of people. We ordered a pitcher of Mindoro Sling here as well.
A Rainy Puerto Galera
It rains every now and then. It was a way to disperse some of the people from the beach I think.
We have experienced a good sunshine in the morning but that’s it.
I know this not the most romantic post for a Valentines Day celebration. But really it was not our intention. We wanted to enjoy some sand and sun while in Puerto Galera. It may not have turned out as what we hoped for, but at least we still had fun during this Puerto Galera Valentines Day Weekend.
If I may give an advise, there are places in Puerto Galera that are certainly romantic. Not the White Beach area for sure. 🙂