Puerto Galera is just 3 to 4 hours away from Metro Manila. To get there, one needs to ride a vehicle to Batangas and then take a short ferry boat ride to Puerto Galera.
The short distance means cheap transportation cost and more fun time on the numerous tourist spots.
There are 4 ways to go to Puerto Galera.
Self-Drive Directions to Batangas Port and Berberabe Beach
Batangas Port is where you will leave your vehicle if you are coming over on a regular passenger ferry, or where you will load your vehicle onto a Roro ferry if you are bringing your vehicle with you.
Berberabe Beach is close to the Shell Refinery on the east side of Batangas Bay and is the pickup point for private bancas.
From Manila, proceed south along the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX or South Superhighway). From the Makati EDSA flyover it is approximately 40km to the Calamba toll plaza. From there proceed 3.1km to the Calamba exit and exit to the right towards Sto Thomas and Batangas. Proceed towards Sto Thomas for 7.5km where you will see a large green sign on your right pointing to the new STAR Tollway to Batangas. Follow the signs for Batangas. Zero your tripmeter just after the toll plaza. At the Batangas exit (end of the tollway), zero your tripmeter.
To Batangas Port:
At the Batangas exit, continue straight ahead across the intersection and proceed for 3.9km to the Bauan intersection. Proceed straight ahead across the overpass and along the road to the port where you will reach the port entrance at 6.3km.
To Berberabe Beach:
At the Batangas exit, turn left towards Batangas City. After 3.0km keep right past the ‘Lions’ Monument and make the next left turn at 3.4km. Drive to the next intersection at 3.7km and turn left. Head straight until you see the sign for Lobo, SM Mall and the Shell refinery at 4.1km and turn right. Follow the signs to SM Mall, Lobo and the Shell refinery, on the way you will cross a bridge at 5.1km and shortly after you will see the Pontefino Hotel. Before arriving at the hotel turn right at the Y intersection at 5.6km that will take you to the new SM Mall at 6.2km. Continue straight past the Mall, past the Shell station and keeping left, lookout for signs to the Shell refinery. At 8.9km you will pass over a small bridge, and at 10.1km arrive at the Shell refinery. Continue along the winding road around the refinery. At 12.6km you will pass the flour mill (beware of the speed humps near the entrance gates), and at 13.8km take the small dirt road on the right. 200 metres down this road is Berberabe Beach.
At Batangas Pier
Go to Terminal 3, and look for the Ticket Booth of your chosen Puerto Galera Ferry. Buy your ferry ticket then buy the Terminal Fee ticket. Proceed to the Passenger Terminal and wait for the scheduled departure of your chosen ferry. Board the ferry. Travel time to Puerto Galera is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.
At Puerto Galera Docking Area
Puerto Galera has 4 major points of entry, namely, Sabang Pier, Muelle Pier, Balatero Pier and White Beach. If you are going to Sabang, choose the ferry that will go directly to Sabang Pier. If you are going to White Beach, make sure that the ferry will go to White Beach.
Upon arrival, the Local Government has collectors of the Environmental User Fee (EUF); pay the 50 pesos EUF, then proceed to your chosen resort.
If you happen to disembark at the wrong pier or landing site, there are tricycles that you can hire to bring you to the resort of your choice.