On this page, get Puerto Galera travel advice and information.
Puerto Galera Travel Advice – Vaccinations and Medicines
Please ask your own doctor for advice with respect to vaccinations.
We recommend that you bring your own medicine if needed on a regular basis, since the drug stores in the Philippines – do not have the same variety of drugs as you might be able to find at home.
In the Philippines it is not advisable to drink the local water or use ice cubes made from local tap water.
Even small cuts or insect bites can cause infection. They should, therefore, be cleaned at once and a band-aid applied. It is advisable to bring an antibiotic cream with you for treatment that your doctor can prescribe.
During the summer months, temperatures on Mindoro are often close to 90 degrees F. (about 30 degrees C.) in the daytime and a little cooler by night. You should, therefore, only bring light clothing. It’s also a good idea to bring practical items such as sun screan and a flashlight, since power interruptions are not uncommon in the Philippines. If possible, pack light. This is great advice, not just Puerto Galera travel advice.
Normal travel insurance, including health insurance, should be taken out before departure from home.
The best foreign currency to bring is US dollars, since it can be used everywhere. Bring only undamaged notes. Travel checks and credit cards can also be used, but they are not accepted everywhere, and the fees for using credit cards are high – the fee for a cash advance on your VISA card runs average 7 per cent. ATM fees average 4.50 use and you can withdraw about 220 USD per transaction. Scandi Divers (Scandinavian Divers) accepts credit cards at an additional fee so it is better pay in cash
One of the best Puerto Galera travel advice tips relates to food. Food prices are generally low. A regular breakfast costs around 3 US dollars, and a main meal around 6-10 US dollars. Tipping is customary and normally around the 10% range.
Also many other items – such as watches, clothing, wood-carvings, liquor, tobacco etc. – can be bought at bargain prices.
Passport and Visas
Please contact your local authorities as to the requirements for traveling to – and staying in – the Philippines.
An airport tax of 750 pesos is charged for each passenger on departure from the Philippines.