The place was wonderful and Mike and his family were very helpful. My group was ten mid 20's to early 30's friends that are English teachers (for the most part) in Korea. The house has an amazing outdoor kitchen that is great for hanging out and having a few drinks and enjoying eachother's company. We found it very easy to secure rides into Sabang to enjoy the nightlife and restaurants as well as to get to the beaches or the pier to go on excursions. Sometimes we had to wait maybe 10 minutes max to flag down a tricycle or motorbike.
Every morning there was an amazing breakfast prepared for us when we woke up. This was one of my favorite amenities. The place was spacious enough for us and everyone was able to sleep comfortably. The two bathrooms worked fine while we were there, but since there were 10 of us showering, sometimes we did not have hot water, but that was not a problem. There is a dog that stays there and is a really cool dog that we enjoyed having around, but I have to admit that if you want to sleep in in the morning, it's going to be tough when she starts barking. There's also a couple roosters around that will wake you. We were a bit of a party group, so a lot of times we got in very late, but the early rise was worth it for the great breakfast.
Michael will help you plan your day and make sure that you can take advantage of your stay. Many of us were first timers, so the tour guide was very helpful, but if you are a Philippines veteran and don't need his assistance, just make sure to let him know that you will be okay on your own.
I would definitely stay there again if I find myself visiting Puerto Galera in the future. Michael is very accessible on Facebook and email to discuss the particulars of your stay before you even arrive.
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This place has potential but it wasn't met on our trip. Mike is a very nice guy from USA. He is married to a Filipina and has a couple daughters. They are a very nice family, Mike is very nice and outgoing and wants to make your stay as pleasant as possible. He will happily show you around the area at no extra charge.
This was a bad choice for us however as it is a bit far from White Beach where the kids wanted to spend most if their time. We moved there after a few days and Mike did his best to accommodate this request. It is much closer to Sabang for those wanting that area.
We were also charged extra for each person over 2 I believe maybe 4, we were 7 including driver. This made it overpriced for what we received. I thought since it was an American the standards would be higher. The toilets didn't always flush easily, some areas were dirty, garbage can was filthy, etc. We booked on only a couple hours notice and this is their main home so if they had more time they would have prepared better. It also rained much of the time so we weren't able to avail of the tours, water toys etc. He has plans to improve many of the little annoyances. Once this is done and with advance booking this could be a decent choice but he does need to lower the cost especially for larger groups. The added cost is not justified by an extra breakfast and a little extra hot water and laundry.