By Njoli Brown
I’ve been to the Philippines quite a few times. As often as not I’m able to build in some time to kick back, relax and enjoy some of the country’s amazing beaches. You’ve probably all heard of Palawan and Boracay by now. As powerful and awesome as these places are sometimes you hit Manila and want to figure a way to the water without taking another flight. Besides, there’s something worthwhile about travel by land and sea, having the opportunity to see the landscape as it transitions. Here’s where Puerto Galera comes in.
Puerto Galera, officially the Municipality of Puerto Galera, is a region in the province of Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. It is located at the north-westernmost part of Oriental Mindoro, at the south-western end of the Isla Verde Passage, maybe 3.5 hours from Manila (total travel).
When I first mentioned to my Filipino friends my thoughts of hitting this spot across the board, most of them tried to dissuade me. Not because the beaches aren’t lovely but because the white beach area is know for some shady tourism and a bit of wild going ons. Nevertheless, I did some research and decided to take a risk with a spot I found located about 10 minutes (by trike) from all the rowdiness.
AMAMI Beach Resort is a unique haven designed in an eco-friendly style with structures built from native products and natural materials, coconuts, bamboo, woods, banana leaves and cotton. The property is replete with hammocks, basket chairs, and shaded places to kick back. The food is clean and delicious! Prepared wonderfully with a menu both reflecting the italian cuisine of the owners and and filipino dishes taking advantage of local veggies, mangoes, honey and daily catches of fishes directly from the sea with no intermediate.
Sure, I went to check out the white beach area and… it was what it was. But I’d definitely say AMAMI is a hidden jewel worth checking out and making the base for your stay.