There are 4 ways of Getting to Puerto Galera from Manila:
- Public Transport.
- SIKAT Bus and Ferry Service.
- Private Charter arranged by Blue Ribbon
- Getting here on your own.
Getting to Puerto Galera by Public Transport
Go to any of the following bus terminals in Metro Manila:
Bus Terminals near the corner of Taft Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia), Pasay City – nearest Ninoy Aquino International Airport and Domestic Airport.
Bus Terminal near Ali Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.
Bus Terminal in EDSA corner Kamias Street, Quezon City.
Bus Terminal in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Take an air-conditioned bus going straight to Batangas Pier (shown in photo above) via CALABARZON Expressway. Travel time to Batangas pier is about 2 hours and the fare is less than 200 pesos.
Upon arriving at Batangas Pier, go to Terminal 3 ( Outrigger Ferries). If you are coming directly to Blue Ribbon Dive Resort, you will want to catch a ferry going to Sabang, which is a 10 minute walk from our resort.
The major passenger ferries coming to Sabang, Puerto Galera and White Beach are: FSL or Father and Son Shipping Lines and MSL or Minolo Shipping Lines.
The maximum capacity of an outrigger ferry is from 60 up to 120 passengers. The ticket costs 250 to 280 pesos, one-way. You will also need to pay an Environmental Tax (non residents only) of 50 pesos, and a terminal fee of 30 pesos. Just ask the person at the ticket counter to point out the pay-booths for those additional costs.
The first ferry trip to Puerto Galera is 7:30 am during the normal season and every hour thereafter, one or 2 ferries depart until 4:30 pm which is usually the last trip to Puerto Galera. If you happen to disembark at the wrong pier or landing site, there are tricycles that you can hire to bring you to our resort.
Getting to Puerto Galera by SIKAT Bus and Ferry Service
A more convenient way is by SIKAT Bus and Ferry service. As the name suggests, you board the bus that goes directly to Batangas pier where a ferry will be waiting to bring you to Puerto Galera.
When using the SIKAT service to go back to Batangas from Puerto Galera, you will purchase your ticket at Muelle Pier prior to boarding the ferry. Make sure you arrive with enough time before departure to ensure you get a ticket.
The Manila to Puerto Galera schedule is as follows:
8:30 AM – Si-KAT Bus departs at City State Tower, Mabini St., Ermita, Manila
10:30 AM – Arrival in Batangas Pier
11:00 AM – Outrigger boat leaves for Puerto Galera
12:15 PM – Outrigger boat arrives in Sabang Beach
1:00 PM – Outrigger boat docks in Muelle Pier
The Puerto Galera to Manila schedule is as follows:
8:15 AM – Outrigger boat departs from Muelle Pier for Sabang
9:00 AM – Outrigger boat leaves Sabang Beach for Batangas Pier
10:45 AM – Si-Kat Bus leaves for Manila
1:15 PM – Arrival in Mabini St., Ermita, Manila
One-way journey takes 2 hours by bus and 1 hour by boat.
ADULT: One-way – P700.00, Round-trip – P1,400.00. (Any return ticket issued is open.)
CHILDREN: One-way – P350.00, Round-trip – P700.00. (Any return ticket issued is open.)
Getting to Puerto Galera by Private Charter
Definitely the easiest way to get here, especially if you are arriving late in the day, and do not wish to spend a night in Manila.
The Blue Ribbon Dive Resort staff will arrange your pick up at Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and transfer you all the way to our resort, so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
As soon as you pass through baggage claim, our friendly staff will meet and greet you, and carry your luggage to your airconditioned sedan or van (depending on the size of your group) From there you will be driven in comfort to a private beach in Batangas called Berberabe Beach.
Once there you will be transferred onto a private outrigger ferry and take the journey across to Sabang Beach, where our staff will escort to to our resort.
We can of course offer the same service on your return trip to Manila.
A one-way transfer costs 7000 pesos, alternately if you only need the vehicle or private ferry transfer, the cost is 3500 pesos for either one.
If you would like us to assist with any of your travel arrangements, please contact us.
Getting To Puerto Galera on your own
If you are driving down to Batangas in your own vehicle:
Batangas Port is where you will be leaving your vehicle if you are coming over on a regular passenger ferry, or where you will load your vehicle onto the RORO ferry if you are bringing your vehicle with you.
Berberabe Beach is the pickup point for private Bangkas, and is approximately one kilometre past the flour mill on the east side of Batangas Bay.
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 tripometer just after the Batangas Exit toll plaza.
To Batangas Port:
At the Batangas Port exit, proceed straight ahead for 3.9km to the Bauan overpass. Proceed straight ahead over the overpass along the road to the port where you will reach the port entrance at 6.3km.
To Berberabe Beach:
At the Batangas Port 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 immediately at the end of the Flour Mill fence (about 100 meters after the second speed bump). 200 metres down this road is Berberabe Beach.
Parking at Berberabe Beach is P50 per night in an open but locked area.