Sandbar at Puerto Galera

Satellite image of the Sandbar Beach Resort in Puerto Galera.

I like interesting landforms (like the previously featured Apo Lakay-lakay) so here’s another one: the sandbar at Puerto Galera. This is a tiny isthmus that connects the island of Mindoro with Boquete Island whose old name is Paniquian Island. To the east are the waters of Muelle Bay and to the west is the Little Balateros Cove. While Boquete Island is technically a peninsula, it supposedly becomes an island during high tide. However, I think it would need a really high tide to become an island since it seems that the sandbar is quite high basing on photos I see. Perhaps during bad typhoon storm surges?

Photo of the sandbar at Puerto Galera Photo from the Sandbar Beach Resort website.

Of course, Puerto Galera being a beach resort town, it’s highly likely that there’s a resort on the sandbar. Guess what? There is one and it’s the boringly-named Sandbar Beach Resort. It’s a slightly more expensive private resort that has the usual amenities you can expect of a typical beach resort, with the addition of a swimming pool. (Well, most beach resorts have no need of a swimming pool, right?)

But is the Sandbar Beach Resort any good? A commenter at the Pinoy.Travel.Blog cries “Beware!” while a blogger finds it better than the “noisy, sweltering, fly-infested and overrated White Beach”. I haven’t personally stepped foot on this beach resort since I’ve always stayed at the “fly-infested” White Beach during the three times I’ve been to Puerto Galera so I guess you have to check the Sandbar Beach Resort out on your own.

But still, don’t you find the idea of choosing among two beaches interesting?

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November 27, 2007
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  1. Kiko Nunez wrote on January 23, 2008 @ 05:08PM

    i think sandbar beach resort will be the best place for my family this summer. can i ask their contact nos.? the one i have is no longer functioning. thank you very much for your help.

  2. Leona wrote on February 20, 2008 @ 10:07PM

    Sandbar is one of the best resort in Puerto Galera. I like the rooms in particular bcause they are newly renovated. It is way better than the white beach.i would recommend this resort. Though, it’s a little expensive (4000/night/room). But it’s all worth it. I just don’t like the food, but it’s tolerable.

  3. chay wrote on March 24, 2009 @ 05:49AM


    can i have the contact details, website of sandbar? Does it close to the sailing school?


  4. Francis Raymundo wrote on April 28, 2009 @ 08:25AM

    bastos at walang modo ang may-ari ng SandBar Hotel & Resort sa Puerto Galera! Galit sya sa mga bakla! di sya marunong rumespeto ng iba! wag kayo pupunta sa lugar na yan, di kayo safe! masamang tao ang may-ari nyan!

  5. dude wrote on September 3, 2009 @ 03:26AM

    what is the status and cost of sand bar resort now? who is running the place. its beautiful place

  6. panchbabs wrote on October 20, 2009 @ 05:07AM

    I strongly recommend this place! They are all accomodating and hospitable. They allow you to use their ammenities and facilities in a very low rate or sometimes for free. The owner very simple as well as his workers. I just love the locals there, amazingly awesome!

  7. margot wrote on June 15, 2011 @ 08:34PM

    We stayed in Sandbar the whole summer of 2009. My brother actually rented the big cottage for i think 6 months. We even brought our appliances like (Ref, TV, Stove, electric fans). We love sandbar because it’s safe and not noisy like the white beach and the staff there are very friendly.

    hope we can visit there again.

  8. jonnafer malacad wrote on December 21, 2012 @ 04:06AM

    we been in sandbar last aug 2012..i like the place its not noisy the staff there are nice and friendly.the room are very clean specially the bathroom,,the only i can comment is some of there rooms dont have hot water..just like we had.:-)

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