Top things to do

Top Choice Bar in Puerto Galera

Point Bar

Our favourite bar, the Point Bar is a mellow sunset-and-beyond meeting place with great views and eclectic music. It’s one of the few bars in town where solo women travellers can feel comfortable.
Top Choice Italian 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 the k…
Top Choice International in Puerto Galera


Veranda pushes all the right buttons – delicious food, chilled-out ambience, a groovy soundtrack and good service. The creatively diverse menu leans towards French (pâté, coq au vin) and Italian (pizza), with hints …
Top Choice International 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 carabao (water buffalo) steak or the prawns à la tamarind. Filipino faves, pasta, schnitzel and many wines…
Top Choice Filipino 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 lik…
Top Choice International in Puerto Galera

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 P289…
Top Choice Filipino 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, about …
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), Mangyan w…
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 Talipanan. F…