I love solitude, but I was never the type of person to travel alone.
Solo traveling seems daunting at first. You have to plan it all by yourself: where to go, how to get there, where to stay, where and what to eat, the itinerary and activities you have to do, and how you can go back again safely at the comforts of your home.
It was January of this year when I decided to just pack and go, and throw away all caution in the wind.
Where to go:
I went to Puerto Galera after months of weighing the pros and cons, my budget and my courage, and all the while worrying unceasingly if I should do it or not. I’ve chosen Puerto Galera as my first solo traveling destination because of my perceived convenience in its distance, and the ease of transport.
How to get there:
- Go to LRT-Buendia Makati Bus Terminal, and ride a bus going to Batangas Pier. The commute will take you around 2-3.5 hours. The fee is around P 133/person or more.
- On Batangas Pier, go directly to Terminal 3, and buy your ferry ticket. Make sure to tell the cashier your chosen destination, whether you will go to White Beach, Sabang, or Muelle Pier.
- Ride the ferry. 🙂 I didn’t ask for a specific ferry line at that time, just the one that would soon board, so I got the Galleria Lines.
Note: You might want to try the other known ferries for safety precautions, as Galleria Lines did not provide life jackets to us on the whole duration of the trip and the waters were quite rough and raging at that time (though I think they do have in their cabins). But better err on the safe side.
These are the pictures I’ve taken before and during the ferry ride. I think I have fallen in love with the colorful boats during that time; they are quite amazing to look at, and I have no words for the sceneries.
The ferry ride from Batangas Port to White Beach, Puerto Galera would take you around one and a half hour. After that, this would be the scene that would greet you upon arrival.
Where to stay?
I did not plan in advance where to stay. Upon arrival on White Beach, there were lots of local people that approached me and recommended me different places to stay in. As I’m traveling on a budget, I did not want any fancy hotel accommodation, so I’d say so to them.
One local accompanied me to Natividad. It’s a beachfront hotel, three-story high, and cheap, and clean enough to sleep in. I chose a twin bed room. The room has a working air condition, a cabled TV, a mini living room, a cabinet with hangers and a vault, a single bathroom with no hot showers but with a working faucet, lavatory and toilet. It also comes with a free shampoo, conditioner, soap, tissue roll, and two towels. It has no wifi and no free breakfast meal.
Overall, staying in Natividad was okay in the average sense that it has met my basic daily needs enough to make me comfortable.
Where and what to eat:
There are lots of stores and hotel cafeterias open along White Beach that you could try. I packed myself a lunch before going on this adventure so I didn’t have to worry about this eating thing in case I ended up in some ghost town. 🙂
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