Second of a series
Despite the popularity of low-cost airlines in the Philippines, it remains a fact that many places in the country can only be accessed via sea travel.
An obvious example here is Puerto Galera, which can only be visited by boarding a ferry boat from the Batangas port. In this case, it is important for travelers to be very picky in choosing the ferry that will take them to the white beaches of the island.
During my round-trip to Puerto Galera with fellow bloggers last month, we boarded ferries operated by Minolo Shipping Lines (MSL). The company has four “golden” ferries: Condor, Eagle, Falcon, and Hawk. MSL boasts of being one of the first companies to use fiberglass in their motor boats.
It is evident how much the crews of MSL value their passengers because they made it a point for the ferry to depart on time (who enjoys delayed trips, right?).
With their safety very much secured, the passengers can spend the 90-minute trip across the Verde Island Passage relaxing or just appreciating the pristine waters. By the way, MSL have a shuttle service that can be utilized upon reaching Puerto Galera.
A one-way ticket to White Beach costs P275 while a round-trip ticket is at P500 plus P30 for terminal fee and P50 for environmental fee. MSL’s ticketing office is located inside the Batangas Port. Contact (043) 287 3614 or 0917 8392 608 for queries.
PS: TFS would like to thank the following for making the event possible: Ms Cherry Bustamante Burwell and Kezia Bustamante-Lucas of The Big Difference Communications, the office of Puerto Galera Mayor Hubbert Dolor, Tribez Travels and Tours-PG, Minolo Shipping Lines, and Hollywood Palm Beach and Resort.