My hubby was so eager to go to White Beach of Puerto Galera when he heard my story about our Accounting Team outing here and got even more excited when he saw our pictures. He promised our kids that if he will enjoy his stay surely, we will go back with the whole family.
We took the 6 am Jam Liner bus ride at Buendia terminal (P166.50/head). We arrived at Batangas Pier at 8:05 am. We paid P450/head for the boat fare (MV Blue Penguin) v.v. and P50/head for environmental user’s fee. The sun was beaming when we left the port at 8:30. But it rained when we were half of the trip. It was again an anchor’s away ride as we were welcomed by those unfriendly waves! (but our roro trip in Cebu was more frightening than this). When we reached White Beach, sun was its highest mood again. Sudden change of climate, huh!
We had a room reservation at HSL beach resort (recommended by Lei, my hubby’s office mate). Walls and roof were made of native wood materials. It has private toilet, closet, tv and nice tiled floor. There were table and chairs in the balcony, good for savoring the sea breeze as well as viewing an obstructed view of the sea. Ate Marie, the manager of the resort gave us a discount. We paid P800 for the room instead of the daily regular rate of P1,200. Very affordable rate for a nice, cool resort to stay.
We ate our lunch at Basilico resto, a good spot to watch the sea and just a few distances away from HSL. We ate the usual Pinoy food like boiled pork (good for 3 persons), tortang talong (daddy’s fave), chicken kebab, sprite for my drink and Fruitas mango shake (P85) for my hubby. Our meal costs P285 only (excluding mango shake), so affordable but yummy.
Since it wasn’t peak season yet the resto was not crowded with people. We had a leisure time watching the dazzling seas that restlessly aspired people like us. It was too inviting to swim but it was so hot to dip in the water by 12 high noon. We stayed there for an hour watching foreigners having fun in the water and those people roaming everywhere. Then we went back to our room and took some rest for a “walk attack” by afternoon.
At 3 pm, we walked around at the back of White Beach albeit the stifling atmosphere and headed to Parkway grocery store to buy snack. We went back to our room and ate our snack at the balcony.
By 4 pm we headed to Tamaraw Beach Resort which Lei recommended us to explore as this offers a diverse relaxation compared to the noisy crowd of White Beach. This was just beside White Beach and could be accessed through walking along rocks of various sizes and shapes. And when we got there we found out that Lei was telling the truth.
The resort had a quiet ambiance. There were only few people walking on the shoreline. For those who wanted to escape from the noise of crowd, the seclusion of the resort guaranteed a rewarding stay. The calmness of the surrounding will summon you to stay longer.
Going back was now easy as we discovered the elevated concrete walkway. Before it gets dark, we proceeded to the right end portion of White Beach and waited there for the dramatic sunset.
We ate our dinner at Hiyas resto. While feasting on the fresh grilled fish, we were entertained by funny gay performers. It’s like we were eating in a comedy bar in Manila only that they were not singing live. Even foreigners laughed out so loud.
After the show we walked in the shoreline. This is a wonderful evening for there’s no maddening crowd and no big noise yet on the beachfront. And it favored me much for I am not a party people. We savored the night time solitude sitting together in the sand. There were only few stars that night. Later a boy band started to sing ballad and new waves songs. The cool breeze and the songs were pretty much enough to enjoy the night.
It was a perfect quiet moment to contemplate on certain things. I was thankful that at least I rewarded myself (from stressful job haha!) a wonderful beach escapade with my husband. I realized, it’s not only the places that you go but the people you spend with that will make the trip worth remembering.
I am wishing that we could go back here with our kids.