Puerto Galera Philippines is known among tourists as a marine sanctuary with it’s numerous snorkeling and scuba diving spots. In fact, the area is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia. Aside from the wonders below the sea, Puerto Galera is also included on the list of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World. Whether you are above or below water, you will find paradise here.
10 Things to Do in Puerto Galera Philippines
We’d highly recommend a snorkeling trip in Puerto Galera, specifically to an area called Coral Garden. It’s a shallow area with many species of corals, tropical fish, turtles, large clams and more! It’s also home to Anacropora Puertogallerae, a type of coral that is only found in Puerto Galera.
What made this excursion particularly interesting was the way we viewed the ocean floor. Our tour guide brought us out to sea on an outrigger boat. We put on our snorkel gear, jumped into the water, and grabbed onto handles off the side of the boat. Our tour guide drove the boat slowly as we held the handles, face down with a perfect view of the ocean floor.
2. Talipanan Falls
Adventure deep into the jungle to find a hidden paradise – Talipanan Falls. We opted to do a hike to reach the site, but the reward was worth it (cost to hike from the bottom of the trailhead = 300php). Here you will be surrounded by pristine / tranquil nature, lush trees and flowing water. Take a dip into Talipanan Falls and experience its cool calm pool of water.
3. Mangyan Village
Near Talipanan Falls, a village was built to preserve the indigenous culture of the Iraya-Mangyan Tribe – also known as Mangyan Village. Here you can see first-hand what life looks like in the village and discover Indigenous Arts and Crafts. Be sure to pick up a piece or two, this is one of their main sources of income.
At the northern tip of Puerto Galera is an area called Sabang. This area is known to have an active nightlife with numerous bars, hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops and more. You will also find three popular beaches here: Sabang, La La Laguna, Big La Laguna.
It should be noted that girly bars also run abundant here. If seeing old foreign men with young women sounds disturbing, we’d recommend avoiding this area all together.
5. Stay at Infinity Resort & Spa
If you are looking for a place to unwind in luxury, Infinity Resort and Spa marks the spot. The major highlight: its Infinity pool. A picture tells a thousand words wouldn’t you say?
6. Mongrove Conservation and Eco-Tourism Park
The Mangrove conservation site, measuring 22 hectares, is composed largely of a mangrove forest coupled with reefs and seagrass. Walk a long boardwalk through the trees and look up at all its beauty.
What is a Mangrove? It’s a forest of uniquely salt-adapted trees and shrubs that line tropical and subtropical coasts. Note: Mangroves are disappearing at faster rates than virtually any other ecosystem on Earth.
7) Scuba Diving
Puerto Galera is famous for its year round diving. There are over forty dive sites including Verde Island which is considered the center of marine biodiversity in the world. In fact, beneath its surface are spectacular reef formations with more than 300 species of corals and underwater rock canyons that host nearly 60 percent of the world’s known shorefish species.
8. Stroll the Many Beaches
Puerto Galera is known for its beaches. Our favorites:
- Small Tabinay (for its calm waters)
- White Beach (a beautiful beach in a happening spot)
- Aninuan Beach (seems untouched and private. Best place to go if you want scenic views and a break from the action)
- Big La Laguna (a great snorkeling & dive spot)
- Pebble Beach (beautiful waters with pebbles that line the ocean floor. Pack some lunch, grab a hut, relax and unwind)
9. Tamaraw Falls
Sitting just on the side of the road between the towns of Calapan, San Teodoro and Puerto Galera is Tamaraw Falls. This excursion is one that should not be missed. The cascading twin waterfalls have a height of 423 ft. and is truly a masterpiece of nature. If you want to follow the falls down the mountain, you can pay a small entrance fee of 25php (or less than .50 US).
10. Take the scenic route
We’d highly advise renting a scooter or motorcycle for a day. A drive around the main road in Puerto Galera is an excursion in itself. The long road that wraps around the Island will give you some of the BEST views of Puerto Galera. Don’t forget your camera, you’ll want to snap a few photos along the way.
Puerto Galera is definitely one of our favorite spots in the Philippines. So much to do and see. We hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading!