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Rediscover Puerto Galera with These Fun Activities

Who doesn’t associate Puerto Galera with beaches? But while its white shores get filled up by people, there’s more to this favorite destination than meets the eye. Rediscover this tourist town by going deeper into their rich landscape. Check out these fun and exciting alternative Puerto Galera activities you can enjoy apart from beach-bumming and sunbathing.

Tamaraw Falls

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Looking for a different way to cool off? Take a dip in the freshwater pool of Tamaraw Falls in Barangay Villaflor. Its 423-foot tall cascade is made up of a series of smaller cascades that merge into one grand fall at the base. Around it are also cottages perfect for picnics and chilling. To get here, you can take a tricycle from the beach areas of Puerto Galera to the Calapan Terminal, and then a take a jeep that will pass by the falls. The good news is it’s right on the road, making it easily accessible. The journey usually takes 30-40 minutes.

Hike Ponderosa Golf Club

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You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy this activity. Heck, you don’t even have to like golf to enjoy this activity. What’s to like at Ponderosa Golf Club is a commanding view of Puerto Galera from 2000 feet above. It also provides stunning, unobstructed vistas of Verde Pass, Batangas, and on a really good day, even the rim of Taal Volcano. All of this you can enjoy from the clubhouse where you can sit pretty and relax. It makes for a restful afternoon (or maybe even a romantic date?) after a day at the beach. The quickest way to get here is to take a bangka from Sabang Beach to Muelle Pier, and from there take a jeepney to Ponderosa Golf Club. Travel time is approximately 40 minutes to an hour.

Tukuran River

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The easiness of Tamaraw Falls don’t do it for you? Then try Tukuran Falls instead, and the adventures are waiting in its river. Unlike Tamaraw with its many cascades, Tukuran Falls is more straightforward. Getting there, however, is more exciting. After reaching its trailhead by jeepney from Sabang Beach, you will go on a 30-minute hike through the thick jungle, streams, and river crossings. If you’re not quite ready to get your feet wet, you can also opt to ride their carabao carts, which allow you to focus on the unique landscape. Once at the falls, riverside huts are available, and swimming is a must!

Haligi Beach

If you just want to enjoy the beach but you don’t want to share it with everyone else, try Haligi Beach. It’s only accessible by boat, so make arrangements with your resort. There’s nothing in Haligi Beach either, except for fine sand, clean shores, and pristine waters. It’s a great spot for snorkeling too! To fully enjoy your secluded experience, bring a picnic lunch or have your resort help you set up dinner. This is the perfect spot for couples looking for some romance and privacy – like maybe to pop the question or something like that.

Mangyan Village

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Get an authentic taste of local culture at the Iraya Mangyan Village in Muelle, Puerto Galera. The village itself sits on land owned by Jaime Zobel de Ayala and his wife, which they developed into a cultural haven for the Iraya tribe of the Mangyan people. Nowadays, it doesn’t only serve as a dwelling for the tribe, but a way for them to make a livelihood as well. Adults make handcrafted weaves, which are then sold and exported, while children have access to a DepEd-certified school in the area. A visit here not only takes you closer to our diverse heritage but also allows you to help the Iraya by giving them your support. The Iraya Mangyan Village is 30 minutes from White Beach via tricycle.

Mud Karting

For a truly extreme trip, prepare to get down and dirty at X-treme Sports Philippines Adventure Park. Their off-road adventure track is a winding and twisting path of mud and water that will leave no speed demon untouched. You will drive through the track in a dune buggy, which is also completely open and exposed, so make sure you’re prepared to get your clothes ruined. They also have ATV’s available for a different kind of fun. This heart-racing experiencing only costs Php600 for 6 laps, plus an additional Php150 for every passenger. Now that’s a cheap thrill you can do over and over again.

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