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 History of Puerto Galera  

Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro is very rich in history. The literal translation of its name is "Port of Galleons", which it received from the Spanish seafarers in the 16th Century, who used it as a safe haven en-route to the Orient. Its history as a galleon trade destination dates as far back as the 10th century.

The excellent natural harbour is fully protected from typhoons (hurricanes/cyclones) by the hills and mountains surrounding it. As trade developed, Puerto Galera became a regular stopover for merchant vessels which not only appreciated the safe anchorage but were able to make dockside repairs as well as trade with the natives.

Today Muelle, pronounced "Molye" by the locals, is a well known tourist destination, the merchant vessels are replaced by modern yachts sailing from all over the world.