Top ChoiceItalian in Puerto Galera

Arcobaleno Pizzeria & Ristorante

It doesn't look like much – basically a lean-to with just a few tables – but the medium-crust pizza here is the best in Puerto Galera, heaped with mozzarella and fresh toppings. There's a tall Italian staffing...

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Formerly on a cliff above White Beach, Veranda has relocated to a smaller location on the beach but remains one of Puerto Galera's best restaurants, with delicious food, a cool soundtrack and good service. The...

Top ChoiceBar in Puerto Galera

Point Bar

Our favourite bar in PG, the Point Bar is a mellow sunset-and-beyond meeting place with great sea views, eclectic music and 2-for-1 San Miguel during its always-happening happy hour (5.30pm to 6.30pm). It’s one...

Top ChoiceInternational in Puerto Galera

Tamarind Restaurant

Tamarind lures you in with the scent of steaks and seafood being fired up on its open-air barbecue – try the classic (water buffalo) steak or the prawns à la tamarind. Filipino faves, pasta, schnitzel and many...

Top ChoiceFilipino in Calapan

Café del Jardin

This blissfully air-conditioned, traditionally decorated cafe is the best dining option in Calapan. In addition to coffee drinks and the full complement of Filipino specialities, there's a Japanese menu with the...

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Puerto Galera Yacht Club

This is a hidden gem, perched among the trees on the west edge of Muelle Bay. Sunset drinks and a barbecue are the traditional way to celebrate Friday, while 'Wet Wednesdays' mean all-you-can-eat curry for just...

Top ChoiceFilipino in San José

Kusina ni Lea

Kusina has air-con (a rarity in San José), friendly service and a good seafood selection, including sweet-and-sour lapu-lapu (grouper), sashimi and grilled squid.

Market in Roxas

Bait Market

Mangyan tribespeople trek down from the hills for up to five hours to trade tubers, maize, rice and other vegetables for lowland products at this fantastic market (tiangge – Mangyan for 'market day') in Bait,...

Cultural Centre in Calapan

Mangyan Heritage Center

This friendly research center and library is a treasure trove of books, archival photos and old news clippings about Mangyan culture. Its souvenir shop sells baskets, wild honey, Mangyan mouth harps (P20),...

Waterfall in Puerto Galera

Talipanan Falls

Much less touristy than the area's famous Tamaraw Falls, Talipanan Falls is a short walk from the village of Talipanan. Hire a Mangyan guide (P200) in the Iraya-Mangyan village just off the main road in...

Music in Puerto Galera

Malasimbo Music & Arts Festival

The Malasimbo Festival is a marquee open-air music festival featuring bands and electronic acts. It draws a mix of top Pinoy talent and a few international groups, performing in a jaw-dropping natural...

Park in Sablayan

Sablayan Prison Farm & Rainforest

A wonderfully quirky experience, this penal colony 40 minutes out of town offers much more than a chance to meet and greet prisoners in their element. Various prisoner-guided excursions in the lush forests around...

Waterfall in Puerto Galera

Tukuran Falls

Tukuran Falls is a series of gentle cascades and turquoise-toned swimming holes accessed from the village of Calsapa, about 45 minutes south of Puerto Galera. They are refreshing and photogenic, but go early in...

Beach in Roxas

Buktot Beach

Buktot Beach is a a gorgeous sweep of white sand and clean, calm water. If you visit during the week, you'll have it to yourself, but weekends sometimes draw crowds. It's about 30km south of Roxas; from a...

Waterfall in Puerto Galera

Tamaraw Falls

This waterfall drops 30m from a forested ravine into splash pools off the main Puerto Galera–Calapan road, 13km out of town, then flows out again in another series of falls. It gets busy at weekends, so go during...

Fusion in Puerto Galera


The eponymous Filipino chef at Rumulus serves some of PG's best food out of a nondescript shack 100m behind White Beach. It's all about the specials here – three new ones per day, usually consisting of fresh fish...

Italian in Puerto Galera

Bella Napoli

A Sabang eatery to file away in the ‘Damn, that was good but how did I just drop P1500?’ category. A robust wine selection (glasses from P140) tempts oenophiles, while epicureans will relish the food and relaxed...

Steak in Puerto Galera

Papa Fred's Steakhouse

Hone in on Fred's seven-course special menus – there are four choices, usually including steak, seafood or a combination of the two. They're worth the splurge. The à-la-carte section sees fondue, Bavarian pork...

Bar in Puerto Galera

View Point

Atop a ridge on the winding road between PG town and Sabang, View Point overlooks jaw-droppingly beautiful Dalaruan Cove, about 2km west of Sabang. Come for the views and stay for English faves such as steak and...

Filipino in Calapan

Cargo Grill

The speciality at this bar and grill is carabao meat. It's served in many forms, most popularly carabao burgers. It's 2km south of the city centre in the Tawiran district, right next to Café del Jardin.