There's more to Puerto Galera than just swimming and sunbathing

Mar 3, 2019
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WHO says you can't be sporty while being on vacation?

Puerto Galera would beg to disagree.

The tranquil shores of this coastal town in Oriental Mindoro encourages tourists to do more than the usual swimming, sunbathing, island hopping, and other water activities.

And the obvious choice? Beach volleyball.

Poles and nets are aplenty in the white sand beaches, with a number of vacationers choosing to get their volleyball fix rather than just getting massages, henna tattoos, and hair braids.

You do not need to be a professional, and nor does any rules apply as the sand courts encourages players of all genders partake in the activity.

Ask the locals and and you will find a store willing to lend volleyballs.

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Be warned, though, as rentals can cost up to north of P200 per hour, so it might be wiser to bring your own ball and have the air pumped right there in the beach.

The candidness of the place might also see balls rolling from one court to another, or worse, onto the beach. But don't be worried: the cool winds and gentle sun will be quick to dry these volleyballs in a jiffy and you'll be back hitting your sets and spikes.


What players can't control are the loitering dogs who will have no second thoughts crossing the court even when one's in play.

Don't be scared, though, as these fluffers are surefire darlings and will be happy to watch your game once they found their comfortable spots.

Interested in beach volleyball but want to see how it's really done?

Well, in a week's time, Beach Volleyball Republic will have its first tour of 2019 -- the Dreamwave Open -- and it's in Puerto Galera on March 9 to 10.

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Some of the best beach volleyball players in the country will be there and they'll be more than happy for you to see them in action.

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