Two minutes after you set foot on White Beach, you will be offered different types of customize-able land tours or island hopping tours for your group. Your own hotel or accommodation might even offer packaged tours so exploring this town of Oriental Mindoro won’t really be a problem. We found our angel for this tour in the person of Victor, vice president of one tricycle association in White Beach. He offered us the land tour which he topped with the best added services like fetching us from hotel to the local market, buying the ferry tickets back to Batangas port, tricycle rides, etc. Lots of smaller beaches, mangrove site, and overlooking spots are located along the way for this land tour in Puerto Galera. We just chose not to stop at every place.
Details of our 3D2N Family Trip to Puerto Galera with Itinerary and Budget is right here.
Water activities like water jet ski, parasailing, banana/dragon boat ride, etc. are here. Souvenirs of all types from shirts to mugs to even the ones painted on your skin through henna tattoo are available on the numerous stalls lined up at the beachfront.
Tip: Waves here are not exactly child-friendly. The farthest part of the stretch of White Beach is even prohibited for swimming though watching the beautiful but fatal whirlpool formation here is allowed. There are policemen who patrol the area, implementing the no swimming rule as drowning incidents already happened here.
“A 423 ft drop majestic twin waterfall named after Mindoro Dwarf Buffalo”. There is a designated picnic are at the foot of Tamaraw Falls where supposedly, you can dine with a view of the falls but unfortunately because of the typhoon days before our visit, the water was brown.
Bluntly, we were a bit disappointed. Near the shore, water is dirty and smelled of gas from the jet ski being rented out. There was floating island which could have been enjoyable if water was clean. The pebble beach was garbage-free though. Another good thing is that unlike White Beach, it’s a bit shady here during noontime until 3pm. We didn’t stay long here.
Our tour guide, as if wanting to make up for our apparent disappointment with Virgin Beach, suggested we drop at this sandbar. The sandbar also has entrance fee which was like Php150 per person, consumable with the small sari-sari stores inside. We requested to be given 10 minutes inside just to take pictures and we were allowed to get in for free.
It’s a cultural village where members of Mangyan tribe, native to Mindoro, are given the opportunity to make livelihood out of various hand-woven items. The village is sponsored by the Ayalas and some of the items they produced are being sold in Ayala Malls. It’s the best place to buy souvenirs. You get to have really quality pieces and help Mangyans, too. Best if you could visit before 5PM so you can witness the Mangyans being schooled how to weave their products. The items sold in the booths are woven from the Mangyan’s own houses outside of this Mangyan Village but they are being taught here.
Overlooking spots where you can take great photos are located along the highway on you way to any of these tourist spots via land tour. At any time during the trip, you may request your driver to stop where it is safe.
There you go. If you haven’t yet, check out my blog post regarding this Family Trip to Puerto Galera here.