Trip Start Mar 17, 2010
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To get to Puerto Galera you need to get the bus to Batangas in southern Luzon. Once our taxi arrived at the bus stop the car was immediately surrounded by men trying to take our bags. Our driver wouldn't open the boot until we were out of the car and in the confusion I forgot to pay him. When I realised and went back he ripped me off 10pesos (25cents). Our bags were taken and put on a bus and the man asked for a tip, 15more pesos gone
The boat to Puerto Galera is a big 'bangca’, a large wooden catamaran. We decided to spend the first night at Sabang beach because we had heard this is the best place for diving and snorkelling. Sabang looks and feels like an old Spanish port. Immediately though we were struck by the amount of old western men, usually fat ones with tattoos, escorting young Filipino women. The accommodation to us was not great value for money either, but we ended up settling on a place that came with its own kitchen, fridge, cable tv and aircon. Unfortunately the beach wasn’t great and we couldn’t swim, but we found some great street stalls to eat at
As comfortable as our room was we decided, despite the cost, we wanted to go to white beach where we would be able to swim and relax on the beach. Now I say cost and I should point out at this moment that we have decided to extend our original holiday from the original plan of the end of June to the end of July, so an extra month’s holiday is requiring some sacrificing now.
At White Beach we found much more accommodation and a much nicer beach. I was blown away by how clear the water is, like diving into a swimming pool. With the saving in mind we decided to just relax for the next four or five days and not do too much. We looked into diving and couldn’t believe how cheap it was, A$20 for a reef dive just off the beach. Unfortunately in the end we put it off for too long and missed out on getting to do it. The food at white beach was actually pretty bad. You really got what you paid for, in that it was very difficult to find something good cheap. One thing I was eager to try was Halo Halo. Everywhere advertised it and the photos of it looked delicious so I decided to experiment. It turns out it is the strangest concoction I have ever seen; jelly, creamed corn, milk, red kidney and soy beans as well as some kind of paste, disgusting!
Being back on the beach gave us the urge to get fit again
So we set off at 5:45am, not knowing what type of day we were in for…