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As I walked along the road, the sun beat down. The jungle canopy stretched overhead; protecting me from the hottest sun rays, but many still landed on my back. I drank a mouthful of cold water. Sweat dripped down my back. A motorcycle sped past, spitting exhaust fumes into the atmosphere as it disappeared around a corner. Where was I? I was in Puerto Galera, a small town on the island of Oriental Mindoro.

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Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro

Roughly 4 hours from Manila, Puerto Galera is a popular town for weekend getaways. It attracts tourists of all types. The Filipinos congregate around White Beach, a popular nightlife district, while the foreigners tend to set up camp around Sabang. I was staying at a Puerto Galera resort in the middle, approximately 10 minutes motorcycle ride from White Beach and Sabang.

Today, I’d forsaken the motorcycle for my own two legs. I was on my way to Sabang, one of the tourist areas.

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BadLadz Resort

Why walk when I could drive?

Because the walk is incredible. It winds its way through the jungle, passing by traditional Filipino homes and various multi-million dollar resorts. At numerous spots along the way, you are presented with magnificent views of the surrounding islands and harbors.

If you go to Puerto Galera, it’s definitely worth doing this walk. Don’t worry – you can catch a motorcycle back!

The walk to White Beach is less enticing. While it is roughly the same distance, the road is less protected from the sun by the jungle, so it is a lot hotter.

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Mud Kart!

I was in Puerto Galera for the same reason most people go to Puerto Galera – for a holiday. Badladz, my resort, was located on the edge of Puerto Galera bay. While there are plenty of things to do in Puerto Galera; including diving, paintball and exciting nightlife, I decided to try my hand at mud karting.

A short distance out of town, I found the Adventure Park. I signed up and climbed into one of the brightly-colored mud karts.

For the next 10 minutes, I raced around a dirt track. The track began with a few bumps. Then, around the corner and a long straight section. At the end of the straight section, one has to be careful to avoid one of the trees. After a wide U-turn, I descended into the creek. This was the fun part…

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mud karting in Puerto Galera

I sped up the creek (or down?) and before exiting the other side, I raced through a massive puddle. A wave of muddy water sprayed the mud kart (and me!). My clean white shirt was now permanently brown. This continued for the next 10 minutes.

It might sound a little strange to enjoy racing through mud, but when I stepped out of the mud kart, I had a smile on my face. The next day, I jumped on the boat and returned to Manila. I’ll be back, Puerto Galera!

Note: This is a guest post.

About the Author

John is an Aussie that recently moved to the Philippines. Previously confined to the dreaded “cubicle”, he now spends his time enjoying coconut trees, sandy beaches and finding as much adventure as possible.

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11 comments… add one

  • mud kart tapos ligo sa beach! whoa! ano pang hahanapin mo? lapit lang nito pero di pa ako nakapunta dyan.

  • Puerto Galera – a place so near, yet so far. Or am I just too lazy to go there?

    Akala ko nung una Ed ikaw nagsulat. Sasabihin ko sana na madaya ka at di ka nagyayaya! =)) 

  • Ang kulit ng name ng Badladz Resort… hehe… 

  • @dong ho: gusto kong itry talaga tong mud kart. ayos na ayos!

    @Micamyx: hahaha, i want to drop by once i go back to the Philippines. They offer discounts to bloggers! and it's Badladz! TMBA!

    @ian: haha, di ba? 

  • That looks like so much fun.  I'd definitely drive through the mud on one of those things even if it meant getting a little dirty.  In fact, I'd say getting dirty is half of the fun of one of those things.

  • mhon

    ang astig pupuntahan ko 2 sa april 20 ma try,,,

  • mud kart is so fun bai. Much more fun when walking underneath the shade of trees passing by a bunch of countryside scene and the huts along the road. BTW ed, I already visited Cebu. Cebuano jud ko pag ngadto nako ba. Renewed Cebuano nako bai. :-).

  • @Steve: would love to try this out one of these days.

    @mhon: update mo ako about your adventure! 

    @Bonzenti: haha, maayo sir! hope to meet you one of these days!

  • wow that looks so exciting to do. stress-reliever sobra siguro 'yan…

  • i think its time to go back to galera and try mur karting. 

  • So anu lasa ng mud? hehe. This one, featured in Jessica Soho, right? Sounds interesting.. Is driving skills required?

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