Hi I'm Mike,
Please visit me here in White Beach, Puerto Galera and let me help you to maximize your budgeted vacation!
Yes, it has dive spots, which were, in fact, recently cited by some international survey as among the best of the world’s bests.
Yes, it has numerous inland natural attractions – better than Boracay Island, I suppose, and getting closer to Palawan, with numerous mountain trails for trekkers, hard-to-reach falls and springs, and so on.
I will help you with accommodation and any other assistance.
I have a restaurant here that serve fine dining for the price of a burger. The chef is brilliant and it is a must try place.
And yes, it throbs (no pun intended – though we’ll get to THAT throbbing later…) as it parties – not as tacky as Boracay or Alona Beach, but yes, it definitely knows how to hold parties.
Having said these, Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro is, for the gay guy, a mini-MUST VISIT. But let me tell you that right at the onset, don’t raise your expectations too high for it to be truly enjoyed.
Since it is not that far from Metro Manila (bus ride of over an hour from Taft corner Gil Puyat Ave. to Batangas Pier, and another hour or two of ferry ride from the pier to White Beach), it can be accessed anytime. But, in all honesty – for gay guys, at least – Puerto Galera truly becomes alive (some call it the gay Mecca) during Holy Week.
Why? Maybe because it’s when (just about) everybody gets a long, long break from life’s neck-breaking speed. Or maybe because a big number of Filipinos are not very much into mourning, which is something the Holy Week often highlights with all the “bawal” imposed during this period.
So when heading to Puerto Galera, forget other relatively long breaks (e.g. long weekends such as the Halloween), since, in my experience at least, they tend to be boring. Head there during Holy Week.
Puerto Galera may have its pull, but it isn’t perfect. Here are some words to caution you with.
Prices can be expensive, especially during the Holy Week, when the businesses there become opportunists. How expensive, exactly? Well, during off-peak season, accommodation prices can be as low as P500 per night for an air-conditioned room – that balloons to well over P4,000 during peak season. Solution: when visiting, go with friends so you share the expenses. As for the other expenses (e.g. food, drinks), don’t frequent the seaside restos – instead, leave that for the evenings (when you have to see and be seen) and discover the venues inland at other times of the day.
And be safe in every aspect. For one, be careful of Puerto Galera’s infamous undertow since people have died while swimming in the beaches, so be careful. Secondly, bring sunblock with anti-something (e.g. jelly sting, sand bugs, et cetera) –they have a lot of creatures that bite in the water, causing breakouts or whatever that can ruin the look when it’s time to party. And thirdly, bring condoms for protection (people tend to forget, especially when they’re drunk, that it is always NEEDED).
There are buses along Taft Ave., Buendia in Pasay City, and along EDSA that go to Batangas City pier, where bangkas abound to take visitors to the various parts of Puerto Galera, including the White Beach and/or Sabang (if you’re gay or simply want to have fun, be sure to get off at White Beach, not Sabang). The budget is around P600 (around P300 for the return bus fares, and another around P300 for the return bangka fares).
So you want to check an okay beach near Metro Manila?
You want to dance the night away?
You want to find a lover?
You want to… “book”?
Head to Puerto Galera. And go there now before the hets completely take over what used to be a predominantly LGBT (more gay, admittedly) space and turn it, err… boring.
See you all!
Thank you in advance. :-) :-*
|Home Location||Simbahan, Muslim Mindanao, Philippines|
|Height||5.9" (175 cm)|
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I am looking for an older guy than me that I can communicate with and enjoy good times. Someone that can advise me and in return I can show him around my great country. I am NOT a money boy. I live on the tropical beach in Puerto Galera but willing to go to Manila if necessary. Legit and reliable guy for same.
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