Puerto Galera is a town on the northeastern coast of Mindoro Island, Philippines. It is located at the southwestern end of the Isla Verde Passage, about 130 kilometers south of Manila and 14 nautical miles from Batangas City. It comprises 12 coastal districts (barangays) and one mountain district, scattered over an area of 23,247 hectares.
Puerto Galera is Spanish for ‘Port of the Galleons’. Its deep natural harbour is sheltered on all sides, and was a favoured anchorage of ocean-going vessels for centuries.
This coastal town is well known among tourists for its numerous pocket beaches and many snorkeling and Scuba diving spots. The area was designated a Man and Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO in 1973 and has some of the most diverse coral reef diving in Asia. Puerto Galera is a listed by the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World, and is the only bay in the Philippines to be listed there.
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