Important Notes: It is not convenient or
easy if you have too much luggage. Carry only the bare essentials needed for
your stay in Puerto Galera. Most hotels have luggage security facilities for
travelers wishing to leave excess luggage. Also, beware of pick-pockets on
public buses and ferries, they are very experienced in their trade and usually
operate in teams. Local security guards are available for assistance.
SI-KAT has a executive tourist bus leaving Manila at 08.00 am sharp daily
at City State Tower Hotel, 1314 A. Mabini St., Ermita.
Upon arrival in Batangas terminal, Please
check-in at the terminal counters for SI-KAT ferry. Remember, your group in
the bus is the same group going to Puerto Galera.
while the ferry boat ride takes either forty
minutes or one and a half hours depending on the ferryboat taken.
Upon reaching Puerto Galera Pier, Our staff
will be on a standby in the pier to assist you in getting to Encenada via
Encenada Private Jeepney.
From "26 Days Around the Philippines" by
Carlos M. Libosada, Jr., Bookmark, Inc., Manila, 2nd ed., 1999.
is the traveler's sterling virtue. Sense of time is slower in the provinces
than in the cities. Public vehicles, for instance, do not leave their stations
until full (or crammed with passengers), and almost everyone does tend to talk
rather than act. Avoid showing impatience, though -- and, most certainly,
anger. Anticipate delays and the experience of having to do some waiting.
Always look on the brighter side -- you get to discover more about places and
people during delays.
A traveler must also learn how to be
appreciative. Consider each place as unique; it will always have its own
set of the unusual.
food is always available -- go where students and government employees eat.
Local rice delicacies make substantial substitutes for a full meal. Noodles
are also quite filling.
Avoid buying food at stopovers; they
are usually overpriced and tasteless. And do keep a pack of snacks for the
occasional hunger attack.
- Dress properly.
Shorts that are too short and skimpy apparel are considered improper for
women. Overdressing and flashy apparel (masyadong maporma), on the
other hand, are considered improper for men.
This never fails to elicit a positive response, and makes it easier to obtain
The best persons to approach when in
need of help are tourism personnel. There are regional, provincial,
and municipal tourism officers who are trained to assist visitors.
They ensure that visitors make the most of their stay. In the villages,
the barangay captain or any one of his councilors will be there
to help you.
Do not hesitate to ask questions.
People are usually willing to aid a traveler in distress. When asking
directions, however, sense of distance is subjective. What is "near" for
locals may actually be far for you. Observe closely the angle of an arm or a
finger when someone is pointing toward a direction. The wider the angle, the
farther the distance.
- Traveling alone and traveling with
a group have their own advantages. Traveling alone
affords you greater mobility and allows you to squeeze into a crowded vehicle.
Traveling with a group, on the other hand, provides not only company but
security; there will always be someone to watch your bags in case you need to
go to the rest room. The bigger the number, the harder for everyone to be
seated in a bus or jeepney. However, a group is usually given
discounts in hiring vehicles and booking accommodations.
Choose a lodging house at a
location with the least environmental noise. A room far from the lobby would
offer more peace and quiet. Consider the maintenance quality of a lodging
house aside from its attractions (e.g., wilderness areas, natural
springs). After deciding on a room, check the bed to see how clean it is.
Since toilets and baths in lodging houses are usually communal, check these
too to see whether they pass your standards. There are lodging houses and
lodging houses; highly recommended ones are no guarantee that they are indeed
the cheapest or the most decent. Part of your adventure is hunting for the one
you like best.
Do take a tricycle to get around
in towns and cities. They ply more routes, are swift, and are
cheap (P3 to P5 pesos for a trip downtown). It is even more practical to hire
tricycles on a per-hour basis (P75 to P100/hour, and negotiable), specially if
you wish to cover the most ground in the least amount of time.
While conveniently located near town
or city markets, bus and jeepney terminals can be
designated elsewhere without prior notice. In this case, it is safer to get on
a tricycle or a taxi (PU, or public utility, in the
Visayas) and ask the driver to take you to your next terminal or
Have a ready contingency plan to allow
for changes along the way. It is not uncommon to encounter drastic changes in
transportation schedules, rates of fare and terminal sites. Always
consult a tourism officer or your lodging house receptionist
regarding any such changes they may know of, before packing up for your next
A Few Precautions
- Do not tempt potential criminals with an
unnecessary display of wealth or by leaving your bags unattended.
- Avoid arguing on two specific topics:
politics and religion. Straight forward opinions may be no big deal to you,
but may be so to others.
- There will always be a hustler at every
terminal and port. Should you be approached by one, let him know you're not
the easy target he mistook you for. Make it clear that you do not have the
money he expects to take from you.
- If you're traveling alone and waiting for
your ride in a terminal, be wary of a person who sits beside you and then asks
you to look after his/her belongings while he/she goes to the comfort room.
NEVER reciprocate that action. If you do entrust your belongings to go to the
comfort room, chances are that person and your belongings may be gone when you
- Finally, never pay in advance, and always
demand full service before you part with your money.