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   PUERTO GALERA: "ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BAYS"
 
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Puerto Galera, one of the oldest Spanish settlements in the Philippines, was founded in 1572, becoming the first provincial capital on Mindoro Island. It is situated on the northern peninsula of the island, approximately 160 km from Manila. As early as the 10th century, Chinese, Malay and Indonesian merchants were already doing business with local traders, and Puerto Galera is where the replenished their provisions.

Mindoro Island is separated from Luzon by the Verde Island Passage. Waters are flushed by the current of the South China Sea, resulting in strong currents of up to 6 knots. This makes the area well known for its spectacular, exhilarating drift dives. The Verde Island Passage is very deep so clear water is very common to the dive sites of Puerto Galera, along with a fantastic variety of underwater flora and fauna.

The diversity of hard and soft corals, along with hundreds of species of tropical fish life makes Puerto Galera one of the most popular dive destinations in the Philippines. The 5 km foreshore of world class dive sites is a protected area and marine sanctuary. Visibility varies from 10m/30ft to 30m/100ft, sometimes even better depending on water temperature, current strength and wind direction. The best diving conditions are usually from April to September, as water temperature reaches 29 C, the seas are at their calmest and visibility is at its clearest. In December, water temperature can drop to as low as 22 C on the deeper dives due to thermo clines caused by upwelling of clear, cooler water. However, conditions remain good enough for year round diving.

 
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MUST-SEE IN PUERTO GALERA
 

Puerto Galera has the natural asset for attracting tourists. It still has the unspoiled environment, tropical climate, an agricultural setting, numerous beaches, interesting mountain areas, lakes, rivers, rain forests, wild animals, rare fora and fauna and the existing cultural minorites. Special interest tours in the province such as mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, camping, butterfly watching, game fishing, adventure trips to the wilderness, visiting Mangyan settlement areas, natural caves and waterfalls exploration, island hopping, scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming could be conceptualized.

These are some of the major tours and activities that you can enjoy with and you can't ignore to experience while staying anywhere in Puerto Galera. 

 

Tamaraw Falls: Tamaraw Falls is about 10 kilometers outside Puerto Galera. Here you can enjoy a picnic in the scenic area and take a refreshing swim in the natural swimming pool. Nearby you can find Villaflor, a nice sandy beach ensconced in a fishing village.

 
Water Sports Activities:  There are many opportunities for water-related activities. You can do snorkeling, ride a banca or a speedboat, go water skiing, rent a jet-ski, have fun on the banana boat, and so on. You want to try going on a kayak safari up the streams of the San Rafael River? We'll arrange that for you.
 
Island Hopping: Want a worry-free trip? Go swimming or sun-bathing at one of the undisturbed beaches in Puerto Galera. Ask any of the tour adventure guide from the area to take care of arranging your tour boat trip and your beach barbecue with cold beers and soft drinks while watching the beautiful sunset at the beach.
 
Hidden Paradise / Tukuran: If you have enough time for vacation, you can ask your tour guide to arrange your adventure trip (day tour) at Tukuran where you be mesmerize of the beauty and silence of Hidden Paradise. A whole day tour includes snacks and barbecue lunch with some cold beers/softdrinks.
 
Mangyan Village: The Mangyans are the original inhabitants of Mindoro. They are very nomadic, and they try to avoid outside influences as much as possible. As the years went by, they gradually moved away from other settlers; thus, whereas they used to live by the sea, now they have settled in mountainous areas. You need a guide to visit their village so that you will be given a warm welcome. The Mangyans are very shy, so make sure you have been given permission to take photos before firing away.
 
Ponderosa Golf Course: This is a one-of-a-kind 9-hole golf course situated on a 2,000-feet high mountain. Whether you’re a golf aficionado or a first-time golfer, you shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to play amidst the breathtaking panoramic view of the entire Puerto Galera cove and its surrounding islands. All golf equipment can be rented and the green fee more than reasonable.
 
X-treme Sports: If it’s motorsport action you’re after we’ve got 200cc street Go-Kart Racing for those with a need for speed and who like a bit of competition, as well as our Off Road Adventure Track, where you can put our ATVs or off-road Buggies through their paces, and get filthy in the proccess! If you really want to get your heart pumping, our paintball course will not disappoint you! Bring a group of friends and enjoy a great jungle paintball battle! Whether you come alone or in a group our friendly, easy-going staff are there to take care of you and ensure everyone has a day to remember at X-Treme Sports Philippines.
 
Hanging Bridge: a quiet and beautiful fishing village, you can see here white sand beaches and a lot of beautiful sceneries and attractions. There are some restaurants here too and the place just has a laidback and relaxing atmosphere, activities are island hopping, snorkelling, swimming and a lot more. When you visit port Barton, be sure to check out the Pamoayan Falls as well.
 
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