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How to get to Puerto Galera

getting to Puerto Galera

Getting to Portofino Beach Resort from Manila has never been easier. The recent completion of the link road between the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and the Southern Tagalog Arterial (STAR) Tollway means that the 97km drive from Manila to Batangas is now all on limited access roads.

These developments have cut several hours of travel time for most travellers. Various options exist depending on your needs and budget.

Please review the different options below and let us know what you prefer. For the private transfer options we will be glad to make all arrangements for you.

First-Time Visitors

The most hassle free way to get here and the one we recommend for new visitors to the Philippines or groups where costs can be shared is to use a combination of private van and private banca.

We will arrange the private van to pick you up at the airport when you arrive or from your hotel and will bring you directly to Simlong where a private banca will be waiting and bring you directly to Portofino Beach Resort.

Cost for this service is 6,600 pesos one way all inclusive for up to six people. Larger groups may be accommodated on request.

Budget Travellers

For the budget traveler another option is the tourist bus services which depart from the City State Tower and the Swagman Hotels in Ermita at 8:00am every morning.

The bus will take you straight to Batangas Pier where you will catch the public banca to Sabang where we will meet you and escort you directly to Portofino Beach Resort.

Total cost per person is around 800 pesos which includes bus and banca tickets and a guide.

Experienced Travellers

For the experienced traveller or local visitors the most economical way to get here is through public transportation.

Take a bus from the Cubao or Pasay bus terminals in Manila straight to Batangas Pier. From Batangas Pier catch a public banca (outrigger boat) direct to Sabang where we will meet you and escort you straight to Portofino Beach Resort.

The cost for public transportation one way is approximately 400 pesos. Public bancas from Batangas to Sabang start their service at 8:00am.

The last banca is typically around 3:45pm. Note that there are no bancas at night and you should plan to leave Manila by noon.

Local Travellers

If travelling by private car or your own vehicle down to Batangas, you have several options for getting here.

Get dropped off at the Batangas Pier or leave your car in the new public long term parking area and take the public banca for approximately 230 pesos or proceed to Simlong near Batangas where we will arrange to have you picked up by a private banca service at a time you request and bring you directly to Portofino Beach Resort.

The one way cost of the private car is 3,000 pesos. The one way cost of the private banca is 3,000 pesos. Grab our map and print it out for directions to Berberabe Beach from the exit of the STAR Tollway. If travelling by public banca we will meet you in Sabang and bring you straight to the resort.

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