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Puerto Galera is one of the destinations that never fail to amaze me. This side of Mindoro has beautiful beaches and one place that we recently visited is called Long Beach in San Antonio Island.

Docking area in Long Beach
Docking area in Long Beach


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Together with PHILTOA officers, travel agents and media participants, we visited Long Beach as part of our Southern Tagalog FamTour in preparation for the Philippine Travel Mart 2014.

Beachcombers in Long Beach
Beachcombers in Long Beach

Long Beach in Puerto Galera

The place was called Long Beach by the locals because of the long stretch of white beach found in the area. Long Beach in Puerto Galera is an idyllic spot for tourists who wants a secluded spot away from the Puerto Galera White Beach crowd.

Colorful Sea Urchins for sale
Colorful Sea Urchins for sale

The best thing about visiting long beach is its far from the crowded places like Sabang and chances are, you may have the entire beach for yourselves during the low season. If you are lucky, you will find vendors selling freshly caught sea urchins (“uni” in Japanese).

Sea Urchins for Sale
Sea Urchins for Sale

Sea Urchin has a roe that is similar with fish eggs and just like how Japanese eat “Uni”, the locals in Puerto Galera eats it fresh from the shell.

Hand Woven Bracelets and anklets in Puerto Galera
Hand Woven Bracelets and anklets in Puerto Galera

There are local also vendors selling souvenirs and fresh coconut juice and if you want to do snorkeling but you forgot to bring your own gears, they also have aqua shoes and snorkeling mask for rent.

Island Hopping in Puerto Galera
Island Hopping in Puerto Galera

From morning to late afternoon, you can enjoy the relaxing ambience of the environment. The place is best for swimming and snorkeling. Few meters from the shore, you can enjoy snorkeling and see exotic and diverse marine life that Mindoro is known for.

Under the shade at Long Beach
Under the shade at Long Beach

Where to Stay

There are no resorts and hotels in the area and visitors are only allowed to stay in long beach during day time.

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Quiet Spot in Puerto Galera
Quiet Spot in Puerto Galera

Relaxing spot in Long Beach Puerto Galera
Relaxing spot in Long Beach Puerto Galera

How to get There

The best thing to do is to book it from your hotel or resort but if you want to save, you can hire a bangkero that are widely available in White Beach and Sabang area. The small banca is good for 3 people and the island hopping tour includes long beach, coral garden and the underwater cave. The banca rates may vary depending on the season but the normal rate is P600 per person.

For those seeking an exotic getaway near Metro Manila, Puerto Galera is one of the best options that you can explore. With so many accommodation options from backpacker to luxury villas, Puerto Galera is definitely a destination for everyone.

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