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My first take on Solo Traveling: Puerto Galera (Part 2)

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You could check the first part of my journey here, if you haven’t read it yet.

Upon arrival on White Beach, the same local who accompanied me to Natividad suggested some activities I could do and places I could visit. Since the beach won’t go anywhere, I decided to try her suggested activities.

Itineraries and Activities:

First in my itinerary is the Tukuran Falls. It is located around 2 – 3 hours away from the White Beach. I went there by riding a tricycle. It was the farthest among all the destination in Puerto Galera that I wanted to visit for the day, and the tricycle driver suggested that it would be best to go there first before stopping by on the other destinations, so we could reach Tukuran Falls before it gets dark. Then we would stop by on the other tourist attractions on our way back. I agreed with him as it makes sense. (Disclosure: I am also highly suggestible).

So, we started the journey at exactly 1pm.

I was not able to take much pictures on the way to Tukuran, as the ride was really fast and bumpy.

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Shot taken on the way to Tukuran Falls.

During the trip, the Manong driver told me that another local guide would accompany me on the trek to Tukuran Falls, and he would just wait for me on the entrance to Tukuran. Manong driver told me that it’s up to me if I would give the local guide a tip after. I asked him how much was the usual tip, and he told me around 50php-100php, but it was not mandatory as the local government provide salaries for those guides (correct me if this is wrong though, that’s just what I remember).

These are the shots taken during the trek to Tukuran Falls. The trek took about 30-45 minutes (one way).

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There are natives Mangyans that lives inside this forest.

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Ate Irene, the local tour guide, told me that there are three levels of falls in Tukuran (if my memory is correct). Most would reach and stop at the first and second level, especially during holidays and peak seasons when this place would be full of tourists.

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I’m quite lucky to find this place all by myself.

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It felt so peaceful to be here, especially when you hear the sounds of rushing water.
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Spot the difference 🙂 I’m wearing different slippers on my feet in this picture. My slipper was broken during the trek, and Ate Irene lend me hers instead. 🙁
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This was the heart-shaped hole at the upper part of Tukuran Falls.

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(if my memory is right) This is the topmost level.

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The water was extremely cold. 😀

One of the struggles I encountered in traveling alone is how to have your photos taken. I still don’t know how to! That’s why I’ll be forever grateful to the tour guide who took these photos of me. She’s quite a photographer! 😀

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These photos are on our way back to the entrance.

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This is me with Ate Irene, my tour guide/photographer/lender of slippers. 😀 She is really nice and kind. 🙂

Second stop, the Hanging Bridge. Crossing this would get you to the Mangyan Village.

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The Hanging Bridge
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Quite scary as it is wobbly and seems unstable.

Our third destination on our way back was the Tamaraw Falls. It was nothing compared to Tukuran Falls and I was quite disappointed as it is just a small falls besides the highway and the Welcome in Puerto Galera sign.

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Tamaraw Falls, Puerto Galera

You could actually swim in this! But I decided not to anymore, so I just took a picture and go.

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Our fourth stop was the Virgin Island Beach. The story behind it’s name was quite funny, because the beach is in no way virgin like or pristine. Instead, it was name as such because of there was a statue of the Virgin Mary located at its center.

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It was almost twilight when I got back to White Beach.

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After that, some activities you could do was to eat, eat, and eat (or drink if you do), and party all night long. If you’re seeking for a night life, White Beach is the way to go. They also have really good fire dancers that starts their performance at around 8pm.

However, if you prefer to have a more quiet and alone time like me and do some reflections and soul searching in life, you can choose to have your accommodations to Tamaraw Beach or Sabang Beach. 🙂

The next day, I chose to wake up early so I could go and take a quick dip in the beach. There are also other water sports and activities to try like Banana Boat rides, Snorkeling, and Island Hopping.

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Early morning feels

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A quick peak at my struggles in getting a picture alone before I went home. 😀

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On my way home. 🙂

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Overall, solo traveling was a nice experience to try. You own your time and schedule, and you can do anything with it.  There were also a lot of things you could do and experience that you will not be able to do if you have your usual friends and companies with you. Yet, solo traveling is something not yet common in the Philippines, or maybe it’s not in our culture too. A lot of local folks in Galera was surprised when they learned that I’m just traveling alone. And for some weird reason, they become extra nice to me, and would talk to me more, and would ask how I’m doing. 🙂 Maybe they thought I’m going through some rough times. 😀

Anyway, this experience helps me a lot in conquering my fears of being alone in a new place. I’ve also learned that being prepared and doing some research before you go to any new place (whether alone or not) will never hurt you. And..! There’s still many good people in this world. 🙂

 

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