Located at the northern end of Mindoro Island, in the Philippines, Puerto Galera has been well known to Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, British and Dutch merchants for many hundreds of years and has a rich sailing and trading history dating back to before the Spanish occupation of the Philippines.
Puerto Galera is also blessed with beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, magnificent mountain ranges and world class snorkeling and diving. Over the last 20 years a thriving expatriate community has established itself around Sabang, Small La Laguna and Big La Laguna beaches. All are within easy strolling distance of each other and offer a wide range of resorts, general accommodation, dive shops, shopping, restaurants, music and bars. Sabang beach in particular offers great dining and after hours fun. English is widely spoken by locals and tourists.
The weather is generally excellent all year round with the hottest period being from May to August. The coolest period is from December to February. High season is from late December to May. For Christmas, Chinese New Year and Easter book well in advance.
Puerto Galera offers so much it is not surprising so many visitors return again and again, and more and more are choosing to make Puerto Galera their permanent or semi-permanent residence.
PUERTO GALERA YACHT CLUB
The Puerto Galera Yacht Club (“PGYC”) was founded in 1991 by an enthusiastic group of yachtsmen who wished to make their home within the embrace of the historic bays that make up Puerto Galera, and to provide a place of welcome for other cruising boats passing through the Philippines. The yacht club is situated within one the world’s rarest and most beautiful, natural typhoon shelters and is the recognized hub for all cruising routes in and out of the West Pacific.
The Yacht Club offers half or whole day ‘learn to sail’ trips for the nautically inclined!
MANGYAN HERITAGE CENTRE
In 1999, a former Jesuit volunteer assigned to Oriental Mindoro, worked with two missionary priests to establish the Mangyan Heritage Center in Calapan City, the provincial capital.
Mangyan is the collective name for the eight indigenous groups living in Mindoro, each with its own name, language, and set of customs.
Visit the Mangyan heritage centre in Calapan and discover the beauty and richness of their culture – something truly Filipino that existed long before colonization, and remains alive and flourishing today.
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