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“It had seen better days”
Review of White Beach

White Beach
Reviewed May 12, 2013

The last time I ever attempted to visit Puerto Galera was over 20 years ago, that time you might think it has a potential and in years to come it'll be one of the Philippines' main attraction. I had mixed feelings about the place but decided to give it a go. The trip from Manila was a breeze, from the SLEX to the Star Tollway, we ended up at the Batangas Port (around 180 km from Makati) in an hour and a half. The best way to go is the Montenegro Lines that leaves at 8am daily. For first timers, it'll be confusing since each time you ask around, they give different directions. The best way is after you pay the terminal fee, is to head on to the ship. You pay the fee onboard. The trip is 2hours and you arrive at Balatero Port, very conveniently located near the beach area. Don't expect too much from the ship, they are old and have seen better days. Seeing the white beach afar from the winding road, you'd think it looks inviting. First of all, getting to the beach is like finding a hole on a wall; there are tiny lanes (you'd think they were private driveways) that lead to the beach. Finally you get there and your anticipation is turned to disgust. The have built a 5-foot platform about 4 meters away from the water along the beach that house eateries and pubs. The platform has no rails, and you wonder how people who had a few drinks could manage to not fall off. The preview of the Roll-on-roll-off ship should have given us a sign of what to expect. It might be still a destination for those who would like to dive and explore the sea and find a clean place to sleep, but for those seeking for rest and recreation at the beach front, you've come to the wrong place.

1  Thank Junegs
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

A very young party beach that's not so clean. Most of the people you meet will be 1/2 way drunk but generous in sharing their pitchers of cocktails.

1  Thank Kat D
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Montenegro shipping: must arrive at batangas pier before 8 am, to load the vehicle going to Balatero Port. If without vehicle, small boat are charging P680 back and forth, landing at White Beach area. Going back, ship leaves at 10am and another at 4pm. VM resort, check out time is 2pm, The hotel staff are good and has no fuss.

Observations: Area is full of transvestites at night. Every square meter of sand here is occupied. The noise is a killer. Wake up early for a nice walk and jog while everybody else is sleeping. There is no lifeguard in sight. Water on the ocean suddenly drops deep, never let your company go without a lifevest. I was able to assist in saving at least two drowning children.

Thank Atty Billy S
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Recently we have our company outing at Puerto Galera..2hrs drive from Buendia Terminal to Batangas Pier via Jam Transit...after that we ride on a ferry bound to white beach approximate 45 mins to 1 hr...we stayed in White Beach Lounge its a good place to stay the room is clean there's a more choices of room..after we arrive we decide to have our breakfast just in front of the information,and after that while our boss are having there nap we start our day taking pictures experience the underwater shoots..we walk to the other side of the beach were the water is more clearer...in the afternoon before the sunset lot of people staying in the shore enjoying the cool water..and when the sun really set and the moon start to come the bars in the beach front preparing for there show..fire dancing,performers inpersonating to entertain there guest...dont leave puerto galera if you do not try the "Mindoro Sling"...if you in Galera just enjoy...feel the heat...its really fun in the Philippies....

Thank Julie Anne B
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

It is not that white! But still a beautiful beach. i love the night swimming, tides are stronger, and in the morning, you can see the water is so clear and calm, best thing here is that, small fish will beswimming just right next to you.

Thank allthaticansee
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