The next day, we were again off, to another excursion, this time to Puerto Galera itself. We again took a jeepney from the town proper and, once outside the city, the others, including me, again went up the jeepney’s luggage rack. However, we had to always be on the lookout for approaching trees, ducking to avoid being thrown off the roof. About 15 kms. out, we again passed the previously visited Tamaraw Falls. The road to Puerto Galera zigzags most of the way and the scenery – thick forests, mountains planted with rows of calamansi trees, deep ravines – made for a thrilling and scenic ride.
We first dropped off at Muelle Pier where RO-RO (Roll On Roll Off) ships and motorized outrigger boats from Batangas City dock.
At the town, we had the choice of at least 13 superb connected beaches that have been developed for tourism within 7 kms. or so of the town. About 6 kms. from the poblacion, we dropped off at the broad 1-km. long White Beach which is immensely popular with tourists. The water, however, gets very deep a few meters from the shore.
|Trick photography along Tamaraw Beach|
From White Beach, we hiked to the less developed Tamaraw Beach where many go for seclusion or peace and quiet. Again, we had this beach to ourselves. From Tamaraw Beach, we retraced our way back to White Beach where we boarded a jeepney back to Calapan. Back at home, Rainy, Lulu, Liezl and Erwin boarded the 6:30 PM boat back to Batangas City. Jandy, Ronnie and I stayed behind for another night, leaving the next day on the 10 AM boat. We arrived in Batangas City by 12:45, and boarded a Manila-bound bus. We arrived in Manila by 4:30 PM.