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Puerto Galera is a municipality located on the northeast section of Mindoro Island, Oriental Mindoro region. The name is in Spanish and means “Port of the Galleons”. Trading vessels used to frequent this seaside town during the colonial period. Today, Puerto Galera is a favorite weekend getaway spot. It is home to some of the best beach resorts near Manila.
There may be many seaside towns that are reasonably close to Metro Manila but Puerto Galera stands out for being a jumping point to many stunning beaches like Sabang Beach, Aninuan Beach, Talipanan Beach, and White Beach. Aside from beaches, there are also other Puerto Galera tourist spots and activities that you can add to your itinerary like hiking to stunning waterfalls and enjoying the vibrant nightlife.
Puerto Galera diving is world-renowned as it is the town is the gateway to some of the most diverse coral reefs in the Asian region. Puerto Galera’s surrounding water is declared as a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. The Verde Passage, which is the center of marine biodiversity in the world, is close by.
To reach Puerto Galera, you can take the bus or self-drive to the Batangas Port, which is about 109 kilometers from Metro Manila. From the port, you can take a ferry across to Mindoro Island.
The top Puerto Galera resorts are in strategic locations that highlight ocean views and lush surroundings. They offer top-class service and diving opportunities. To help you plan your trip, here's a list of the best resorts in Puerto Galera:
Photo by Ara Beach Resort
Ara Beach Resort is located in Barangay Aninuan. One of its best features is its location. This resort is only 700 meters away from Talipanan Beach, one of the best beaches in Puerto Galera. Ara is in a quieter spot, away from the crowd of White Beach, Puerto Galera. However, you only need to travel 1.7 kilometers to access the famous White Beach from this resort.
Ara Beach Resort is a boutique resort that has enough amenities to make you feel right at home. It is equipped with an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, a bar, a restaurant, and a private parking space. The rooms here are air-conditioned, with a private bathroom and free WiFi connection. Each room comes with a seating area, a balcony, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.
Guests of Ara Beach Resort rave about its accommodating staff and hotel food. The meals are not only tasty but come in big servings. It is a kid and pet -friendly establishment. Each room can accommodate two kids under 12 at no extra cost. If you would like to bring your pets, you will need to request in advance so there are no extra charges.
Ara also offers breakfast and barbecue. Its location also allows guests to easily access hiking trails. At Ara, you can get mountain views and access to water sports facilities.
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If you’re looking for a rustic and cozy resort by the sea, Amami Beach Resort makes an excellent choice. Amami distinguishes itself from other Talipanan Beach resorts by featuring accommodation spaces with native mostly eco-friendly materials. They are designed to look like native Filipino houses.
Amami offers a peaceful and cozy ambiance. Its main rooms are lined along the shores of Talipanan Beach. Each room has its own balcony, seating area, and attached bathroom with shower.
Because Amami aims to be more native and eco-friendly, take note that resort rooms only have fans to cool them. However, staying at Amami means getting the opportunity to sleep to the sound of the wakes and wake up to beautiful views of the open sea.
While at Amami Beach Resort, you can get a massage, rent a bicycle, or arrange a tour to nearby attractions. Amami has a restaurant that specializes in Italian and international dishes. The resort is only about 700 meters away from Aninuan Beach and 1.6 kilometers from Tamaraw Beach.
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Manarra Seaview Resort lives up to its name as it offers amazing sea views to its guests. The resort was purposely built on a hillside to get panoramas of the blue sea and the lush mountains.
Manarra is located in the town of Sabang and is about 200 meters from the popular Sabang Beach, Puerto Galera. The resort is also about 220 meters from the Sabang Ferry Terminal.
Manarra Seaview Resort markets itself as a developed beach resort community that is committed to offering high-quality service. In terms of facilities, the resort maintains two large pools with spacious and comfortable lounging areas. There is an onsite restaurant and bar so you don’t have to get out of the compound to dine. Massage and other spa services are also available at the resort.
Rooms at Manarra Seaview Resort are equipped with a terrace, a balcony, air conditioning, a bathroom with a shower and bath. One stand-out aspect of the room is its kitchenette, which allows guests to whip up something good to eat or drink while enjoying the ocean views from their own space.
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Utopia Resort and Spa is one of the most luxurious resorts in Puerto Galera. The resort promises five-star accommodation and a top-notch guest experience.
Utopia stands on top of the hill in Barangay Palangan. Its location gives guests spectacular views of Puerto Galera Harbor, Varadero Bay, and Mount Halcon. The outdoor area is also occupied by a stunning garden.
Utopia is a boutique resort that features various modern suites and four cottages. It also has a dedicated restaurant (Bistrot Utopia), a cafe, and a spa facility (Spa Utopia). The outdoor area is composed of a beautiful garden, a sauna, and a large pool.
The resort also features a self-service business center complete with printing, fax, and secretarial services.
Utopia does not only provide amazing ocean views, but it also prides itself on clean rooms with air conditioning and a very comfortable bed. As a bonus, the hotel also offers guests a shuttle to town and the port area for free.
The cottages and suites here are made to be stylish, elegant yet comfortable. They offer entertainment options, board games, cable television, and Hi-Definition movies.
Photo by Atlantis Dive Resort Puerto Galera
Atlantis Dive Resort is one of the premier Sabang Beach Puerto Galera Resorts. It sits on a hill and offers great views of the ocean and is surrounded by lush vegetation. From here, you can also easily access Sabang town.
The resort has 40 air-conditioned rooms within the resort complex. Other amenities include a swimming pool, free WiFi, a spa, a boutique, a restaurant, a bar, and a state-of-the-art dive shop service facility.
Atlantis offers guests the beauty and diversity of Puerto Galera’s underwater scenery. Its strategic location makes it easy for guests to access the more than 40 dive spots in the region.
The resort’s on-site dive center organizes 5 guided boat dives each day. These excursions highlight coral reefs and macro marine diving. The center also makes sure that the diving group is small enough to make sure that participants will get the best care and experience.
Atlantis Dive Resort caters to all types of divers and enthusiasts. If you are not an experienced diver, this is a great spot to learn. The resort has programs and excursions for scuba diving first-timers but it also caters to divers in the advanced level.
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Buri Resort and Spa is a 4- star boutique hotel that focuses on offering its guests utmost comfort and relaxation. It is situated in Sitio Dalaruan, a more isolated part of Puerto Galera, away from the other White Beach Puerto Galera resorts. As a result, Buri possesses a more serene natural environment.
This resort maintains 12 native-style hardwood and bamboo villas standing on the hillside. Each of these villas has a private balcony, a minibar, air conditioner, WiFi, and ensuite bathroom. The balcony is one of the best sections of the villa as it offers views of the green landscape of Puerto Galera.
Buri’s other amenities include a spa, a restaurant, a bar, and an outdoor pool. If you want to be active, you can easily arrange water sports and various excursions with the hotel staff. Within Buri’s compound is a beautiful and relaxing garden.
This resort is family-friendly, offering all sorts of activities the whole family can enjoy. Parents of children, who need some time for themselves, can avail the property’s babysitting/childcare services.
Buri Resort and Spa is conveniently close to La Laguna Beach, Sabang Pier, and Puerto Galera Church. You can also reach the famous White Beach from Buri by taking a boat. The ride takes only about 15 minutes.
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Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort highlights Puerto Galera’s gorgeous natural scenery. As the name suggests, the resort offers splendid sunset views. But guests can also enjoy the full panoramas of Mt. Malasimbo and the vast ocean.
Sunset at Aninuan mainly has 35 rooms, all of which are facing the beach. It also manages a separate compound of 5 stand-alone villas with their very own kitchenettes. The resort brings guests closer to nature by offering an open-air restaurant and lounge areas.
Like other Aninuan beach resorts, Sunset is less than a kilometer away from White Beach, which is popular for its nightlife. But because of its location and layout, Sunset at Aninuan has become popular among couples and honeymooners. Families with young children also like that the resort is in the less busy part of Puerto Galera.
Sunset at Aninuan Beach Resort runs its own PADI-certified diving center that offers basic to advanced open water diving courses. If you’re not keen on diving, you can also choose to snorkel. The resort is close to a house reef, home to a variety of marine life. Another favorite activity in the area is hiking the Aninuan Falls, which is about 5.9 kilometers from the resort. If you happen to visit during November and December, you can get the chance to see sea turtle nests on Aninuan Beach.
Photo by Fridays Puerto Galera
Fridays Puerto Galera is found in an incredibly beautiful location. It sits on Boquete Island facing a white sand beach, overlooking Muelle Bay. Muelle Bay is often considered one of the most stunning bays in the country and is a recognized national heritage.
Fridays Puerto Galera manages 24 spacious rooms equipped with air-conditioning, WiFi, cable TV, and hot and cold showers. You can easily reach a private beach from these rooms. The resort’s bar and restaurants follow an alfresco dining theme, while its outdoor swimming pool has a kid-friendly section.
While at this resort, you can enjoy the beautiful underwater scenery without having to drive far. Just in front of the resort is a gorgeous Coral Garden, home to a vast number of corals. Even if you are not interested in diving, you can opt to snorkel from the resort without much effort. There are also other water sports and activities that you can arrange with the staff.
Unlike the scene at White Beach Puerto Galera, Fridays’ vibe is more peaceful and laidback. While here, you will be separated from the usual tourist crowd that other nearby seaside places are getting.
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Infinity Resort and Spa is a highly-rated Talipanan beach resort and one of Puerto Galera’s most recognizable hotels. This luxury boutique resort sits on a property that spans two hectares giving guests plenty of space to relax. It is the kind of place that allows you to travel in style and comfort. Just in front of the resort sits a beautiful beach, while at its back lies a lush forest and mountainous landscape.
Infinity has 20 rooms with an Asian modern design within the compound. These rooms are designed with luxury in mind and set to maximize privacy. The resort also promises a highly personalized service.
Amenities like an outdoor jacuzzi and a 400 sq. meter infinity pool are great complements to Infinity's stylish rooms. There is also an onsite restaurant, pool bar, and entertainment room. If you yearn to be active, facilities like a fitness gym and water sports are available.
Infinity specializes in various spa treatments, including the Malasimbo Spa treatment. This massage technique is named after Mt. Malasimbo, the iconic mountain in Mindoro. This technique aims to massage specific body pressure points to relieve tension and promote healthy blood circulation.
Another popular treatment offered at Infinity is the fish spa treatment, where guests dipped their feet into a small water tank full of small fish. The small fish eats away the old skin paving the way for the regeneration of healthy skin.
Photo by Edgewater Dive & Spa Resort
Edgewater Dive and Spa Resort is a top-rated property that combines relaxation and adventure. This prominent resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and faces Dalaruan Bay, a beautiful 1.5-acre mangrove bay in Puerto Galera.
Edgewater is a PADI resort that organizes dive operations that meet international standards of safety and quality. They offer courses from Beginner to Instructor Level. Technical diving and freediving training are also available. The resort is about 1.6 kilometers from Sabang Beach and about a 20-minute boat ride to some great dive sites.
The resort maintains a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and an excellent spa facility. While here, you can try some of the resort’s wide range of spa treatments and services provided by qualified staff. You can request to have the treatment done in your room.
Edgewater strives to be a complete resort. It provides diving, snorkeling, and other water sports experiences, but it also caters to those who are just looking to indulge in spa treatments and relax in a serene environment. You can dive to your heart’s content at Edgewater or just enjoy sunsets, nature, and tranquility.
Plan Your Trip to Puerto Galera
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As you can see, Puerto Galera beach resorts offer plenty of activities and relaxation. You can trek, do island-hopping, explore the rich marine life, or hang out on beaches. The town is a jumping point to gorgeous waterfalls and thick jungles. It also boasts lively nightlife and lovely people. You can be active while in Puerto Galera or simply relax at one of the best resorts near Manila.
This Philippine beach destination is usually busy during the summer months and holiday weekends. The period from December to April attracts hundreds of tourists as it experiences sunny and dry weather. The off-peak season starts from June until November. Although this is the rainy season, you can still expect sunny days at this time.
Puerto Galera’s popularity among city dwellers is the reason for the wide selection of resorts operating in the seaside town. This selection allows you to find the perfect beach resort that fits your budget but maximizes relaxation and leisure opportunities.