Everything You Need to Know If You're Traveling to Puerto Galera
No test required!
(SPOT.ph) For those living in the Metro, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro is a popular weekend getaway option. It's easily accessible by public bus and ferry, has a whole strip of budget hotels and resorts, and filled with no-frills bars and restaurants. And in an executive order signed by Puerto Galera Municipal Mayor Rocky D. Ilagan on March 4, Puerto Galera's ports—Balatero Port, Muelle Port, and Villaflor Border—are reopening to domestic travelers on March 10. There's also no need to present negative results of an RT-PCR test for COVID-19.
Here's the official list of Puerto Galera travel requirements (effective March 10, 2021):
What to Bring
- Travel Confirmation Pass secured through online registration to Puerto Galera Tourist Registration Application
- Confirmed booking at any accommodation establishment with Department of Tourism's Certificate of Authority to Operate
What to Expect
- Upon arrival at the port, all non-resident travelers must proceed to the Travel Management for health and exposure assessment and QR code scanning.
- Visitors have to pay the Environmental Users Fee (P120).
- All travelers exhibiting symptoms upon arrival shall not be allowed to enter.
- Visitors below the age of 15 can be allowed entry to Puerto Galera provided they're traveling together with their parents/guardian.
How to Get There
From Manila, you can hop on a bus (Jam Liner or Ceres) to Batangas Pier, then get on a RoRo or fastcraft to the island. Puerto Galera is accesible via Balatero Port (near White Beach and Aninuan Beach) and Muelle Port (near Sabang Beach).
Where to Stay
Fridays Puerto Galera
Boquete Island, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
If you're looking for a private getaway, Fridays Puerto Galera on Boquete Island (a.k.a. Paniquian Island) can be accessed by AirTrav's seaplane from Manila Bay. Opened in December 2017, it boasts 32 rooms—each with a balcony that has a stunning view of the sea, surrounding islets, and swimming pool. The villas also feature cogon-thatched roofs, bamboo finishing, and decor items made with capiz to complete the island resort's Filipino feel.
For updates, follow Puerto Galera Tourism (Amazing Galera) on Facebook.
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