Best Affordable Beach Resorts In Batangas [Updated]

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Looking for a nice, quick weekend getaway? For those with a travel budget of P1,500 or less, you can take a dip in these lesser-known summer destinations without breaking the bank.

Batangas is only a few hours away from Manila, and is mostly known for its beaches, such as Laiya in San Juan. However, not everyone can afford the pricey accommodation and most would rather go for cheaper alternatives, and have their own version of a fun stay at the beach.

But just how inexpensive is cheap? Here, we picked eight affordable Batangas beach resorts with budget rates ranging from P3000, P1500, and even less than P1000 for an overnight stay. If you’re a budget traveler, these affordable beach resorts in Batangas are definitely worth visiting this summer.

1. Sombrero Island, Tingloy, Batangas

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“Sombrero” means hat in Spanish, the name was aptly given to this island because of its unique, hat-like shape. The crystal-clear beach can be reached via a 15- to 20-minute boat ride from Anilao port.

Sombrero Island is a good spot for snorkeling because it’s teeming with aquatic life. This island is also a favorite side trip for mountaineers who have trekked Mount Gulugod Baboy.

Sombrero Island Activities:

  • Snorkeling
  • Camping
  • Trekking

How to get there:

Take a bus from EDSA Kamias, Cubao, or Pasay going to the Batangas Grand Terminal. Bus fare is around P180. From the Grand Terminal, take another bus going to Anilao for P35.

You can rent a boat from Anilao going to the island for P2,500. The entrance fee at the island is P200, and cottage rental costs P800. Bring your own food and drinking water. You may set up tents around the island (there are no toilets available, though).

Here is a sample travel itinerary and budget for a day tour of Sombrero Island:

Time

Expenses

Activities

5:00 AM

P157.00

ETD (Buendia – Manila to Batangas Grand Terminal)
8:00 AM ETA (Batangas Grand Terminal)
8:10 AM

P37.00

Look for jeep going to Mabini or Anilao
9:15 AM ETA in Anilao Port (Note: You can buy food or drinks from here)
10:00 AM

P4,000.00 (400/pax)

Rent a boat going to Sombrero Island (good for 10pax)
11:00 AM ETA Sombrero Island

P200.00

Pay entrance fee
11:15 AM Explore the island (swimming, snorkeling, trekking,). Eat lunch
2:30 PM Heading back home. ETD Anilao Port
3:30 PM ETA (Anilao Port)
4:00 PM

P37.00

Going back to Batangas Grand Terminal
4:40 PM ETA (Batangas Grand Terminal)
5:00 PM

P157.000

ETD Manila (via bus from Batangas Grand Terminal)
8:00 PM ETA Manila

TOTAL EXPENSES: P988 (Excluding food and drinks)

Click here to download the sample itinerary & budget to Sombrero Island

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2. Aquaria Beach Resort, Playa, Calatagan, Batangas

Aquaria Beach Resort offers all the amenities need for a whole family to enjoy a nice and relaxing day at the beach

Lounge and go swimming at the pool area, which features a kiddie pool and a three-story pool slide. If you want to get some sun, you can swim in the sea and enjoy the sunset from their fine beach.

The entrance fee in is P400 on the weekdays, and P600 on weekends. There are no cottages available for overnight stays, but you can always bring some food and enjoy a picnic on the beach.

The following corkage fees apply:

P100 for foodP200 per bottle for liquor

P200 per bottle for liquor

P35 for every beer bottle

If you don’t want to bring your own food, delicious Pinoy favorites are served at their resort restaurant at affordable prices.

How to get there:

When commuting to Calatagan, take a bus to Lian, Batangas from Pasay for P150 to P155. In Lian, take a tricycle to the public market for P10. In the market, you will find jeepneys going to Calatagan, Batangas for around P40. Take another tricycle from Calatagan to Playa for P75.

Playa opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s best to save time and maximize your stay at the beach by driving a private car. For more inquiries, you can call the Playa reservation hotline at (02) 538888 local 32.

Here is a summary of your basic expenses if you stay at Playa:

Details

Price

Bus fare (Coastal Mall to Lian, Batangas)

P149.00

Tricycle fare going to Lian public market

P10.00

Jeepney fare (bound to Calatagan, Batangas)

P38.00

Tricycle rental from Calatagan to Playa

P75.00

Entrance Fee

P400.00

Lunch

P155.00 – P300.00

Tricycle rental going back to Calatagan

P75.00

Van fare (Calatagan to Pasay

P180.00

Total Expenses: P1,082

3. Coral Beach, Lian, Batangas

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Coral Beach is best known for serving their guests lunch on a raft. People can enjoy their grilled food while floating out on the sea and going for a swim right after. The beach provides cheap accommodations and is perfect for team building activities or an enjoyable vacation with the family.

This is one of the best and most affordable beach resorts in Batangas, lauded for its comfortable hotel, good food, and friendly and accommodating staff.

Rooms start at P2,800. Amenities include a large swimming pool, a billiard table, and a golf course.

Coral Beach Activities:

  • Golf at Calatagan Gold Club – 15-minute drive from the resort
  • Lago D’oro Wakeboarding Park – 5-minute drive
  • Boat hire for island hopping, fishing, or beer drinking
  • Bamboo raft you can rent to chill or eat at sea
  • Banana boat
  • Jetski
  • Flying Fish
  • Scuba diving

How to get there:

There are detailed travel directions at the Coral Beach website, but if you’re taking the bus, take the Nasugbu via Lian Pasay DLTB Bus at Taft Avenue. Go down at the Lian 7-Eleven and walk to the public market where you can find jeepneys going to Matabungkay. Ask the driver to drop you at Coral Beach Club.

Here is a table with the different room rates for accommodations at Coral Beach:

Accommodation Type

Features

Price

Standard (2 upper deck)
  • Air-conditioned & Standing fan
  • Flat Screen TV w/Cable satellite
  • Double bed & Single bed with rollout bed below
  • Closets with electronic safe

Starts from P3,200.00*

Premier
  • Split type air-conditioned & standing fan
  • Flat Screen TV w/Cable satellite
  • Minibar fridge
  • Double bed with desk/make up table
  • Closets with electronic safe

Starts from P3,600*

Deluxe
  • Split type air-conditioned & standing fan
  • Large double bed with single sofa/bed
  • Flat Screen TV w/Cable satellite
  • Minibar fridge
  • Large bathroom
  • Closets with electronic safe

Starts from P3,850*

Super Deluxe
  • Split type air-conditioned & standing fan
  • Flat Screen TV w/Cable satellite
  • Minibar fridge
  • Large double bed with single sofa/bed
  • Large bathroom
  • Closets with electronic safe

Starts from P4,050*

Apartment
  • 2 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
  • Car parking
  • Kitchen area
  • Internet connection

Starts from P7,200*

4. Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas

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There used to be an exclusive resort in Fortune Island during the ’90s. Now, all that’s left are the ruins resembling ancient Grecian architecture, the abandoned remains of what once was a luxurious resort.

Nonetheless, Fortune Island’s appeal lies in these ruins as well as it’s white sand beach. People come here to unwind and take scenic photographs of the sunset amidst the unique Grecian backdrop. Other activities include cliff diving and snorkeling.

There is no electricity, and most people only come for a day trip. People who want to stay longer will need to bring tents, food, and drinking water. Take note that there are also no toilets on the island.

Fortune Island Activities:

  • Camping
  • Cliff diving
  • Stargazing with bonfire (because there’s no electricity, and nothing to distract you from just enjoying a quiet night)

How to get there:

The bus fare from Manila to the Nasugbu Bus Terminal is P160. Take the tricycle from Nasugbu Bus Terminal to the resort for only P10 to P15. The boat fee costs P800, including the return trip. The resort fee is P400 per person.

Boat rides last for one hour and it can get rough because the ocean around the island is known for sunken ships, so take extra precautions especially after the summer season.

Here is a sample travel itinerary and budget for a day tour to Fortune Island:

4:00 AM

P168

ETD Manila to Nasugbu, Batangas (Buendia Taft or Cubao)
7:00 AM ETA Nasugbu
7:15 AM

P10

Ride a tricycle going to Fortune Island Resort (Brgy. Wawa)
7:30 AM ETA Fortune Island Resort. Breakfast
8:30 AM

Entrance Fee:

P300 – day trip

P400 – overnight/camping

Boat Rental:

P3000 (P300/pax)– day trip (10+pax)

P4500 (P450/pax – overnight/camping (5-10pax)

ETD Fortune Island (Pay entrance fee)
9:30 AM ETA Fortune Island
10:00 AM Free time (swim, explore, photo ops)
12:00 AM Lunch
1:00 PM Free time
3:00 PM Pack Up. Heading back to the resort
4:30 PM ETA resort (wash up)
5:30 PM

P10

Tricycle going to Nasugbu
5:45 PM

P168

ETD Manila
8:45 PM ETA Manila

TOTAL EXPENSES: P956 (excluding food & drinks, and overnight fees)

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5. Masasa Beach, Tingloy, Batangas

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The trip going to Masasa Beach is an adventure within itself, as you will pass by a remote residential area and rice fields just to get to the beach.

The First Cove in Masasa is the best place to swim in, with its clear water and fine sand. You may go on a day tour as there are no inns or hotels around the area. Campers may also set up a tent on the beach, or stay at a resort in nearby Anilao.

If you’re in a large group, you may pay for an island-hopping tour for P2,500. Popular stops include Sombrero Island and Sepoc Point.

Masasa Beach Activities:

  • Camping
  • Snorkeling
  • Island Hopping – see Sepoc Island, Sombrero Island, Gulugod Baboy, and Oscar Island
  • 2-hour trek with a guide to see the Mag-asawang Bato rock formation

How to get there:

Take a bus from Manila to the Batangas City Grand Terminal for P120. The trip will take about two to three hours. From there, take a jeepney to Anilao Port for P35. The boat to Tingloy costs P70. Then take a tricycle going to Masasa Beach for P30. Walk down the remote barrio path till you reach the beach proper.

Here is a sample travel itinerary and budget for a day trip to Masasa Beach:

7:00 AM

P157

ETD Manila to Batangas Grand Terminal (Buendia Taft, Cubao or Alabang)
10:00 AM ETA Batangas Grand Terminal
10:15 AM

P37

Take a jeepney to Anilao Port
11:00 AM ETA Anilao Port
11:10 AM

P80 + P30 (environmental fee)

ETD Anilao Port to Tingloy Port
11:55 AM ETA Tingloy Port
12:00 PM

P60 (good for 4 pax)

Ride a tricycle to your homestay or to the trailhead to Masasa Beach
12:10 PM ETD Masasa Beach
12:15 PM Free time (swimming, snorkeling, island hopping)
4:00 PM

P60 (good for 4 pax)

Pack Up. Heading back to TIngloy Port
4:20 PM ETA Tingloy Port
4:30 PM

P80

ETD Tingloy Port
5:15: PM ETD Anilao Port
5:25 PM

P37

Take a jeepney to Batangas Grand Terminal
6:10 PM ETA Batangas Grand Terminal
6:20 PM

P157

ETD Batangas Grand Terminal to Manila
9:20 PM ETA Manila

Total Expenses: P608 per pax excluding food and accommodation

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Note: Overnight camping are no longer allowed in the beach, however, you can look for nearby resort hotels or transients in Anilao and just visit Masasa on a day tour.

6. Sunrise Cove, Calatagan, Batangas

Located in the coastal town of Calatagan, Batangas, Sunrise Cove is a lesser known but affordable place for diving, snorkeling, or just enjoying a quiet time by the beach. It’s the best-kept secret of beach lovers who want a secluded, white sand beach experience just a few hours away from Manila.

Sunrise Cove room rates start at P1700 for two. Each of its rustic villas has an awesome private view of the sea and its own kitchen. You can cook your own food and bring your own drinks with no corkage fee. There are no nearby restaurants, but there is a caretaker at the beach who can cook and serve meals for you by request.

Sunrise Cove Activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Beach hopping around Pagaspas Bay
  • Lunch on a raft
  • Crab hunting

How to get there:

Take the Nasugbu/Lian bus at either DLTB terminal or San Agustin bus, fare is around P180.

Go down at Lian market to find the Jeepneys going to Sunrise Cove. Note that there’s a rough road going to the resort so it’s best to go via a private vehicle.

Here are the room rates for the accommodations at Sunrise Cove:

Room Type

Rate

Main house (10-15 pax)

P10,000/night

2A (6 pax)

P6,000/night

2B (5 pax)

P5,000/night

Tree house (3-4 pax)

P3,500/night

Honeymoon house (2 pax

P3,300/night

New house (7-10 pax

P7,000/night

Loft house (8-14 pax)

P8,500/night

7. Binukbok Viewpoint Resort, Bauan, Batangas

Binukbok Viewpoint is an established Marine Sanctuary in Bauan, Batangas. It is one of the few places near Manila where you can go diving and snorkeling on a budget.

Accommodation rates start at P880 per person (promo rate), which includes a three-person tent with mattress and a pillow, free Wi-Fi, 20-minute round trip boat transfer, unlimited snorkeling at the resort – this includes a mask, snorkel, and life vest, environmental fee, and unlimited coffee (yes to unlimited kapeng barako!). The resort lets you use the common kitchen, as well as cooking utensils.

There are also private fan or airconditioned rooms which can accommodate three to six people. The budget for these rooms starts at P1500.

Binukbok Viewpoint Activities:

  • Snorkeling
  • Fish feeding
  • Scuba diving
  • Karaoke
  • Hiking
  • Camping

How to get there:

Take a Lemery, Batangas bound bus. Ask to be dropped off at Xentro Mall, then take a tricycle to Barangay Balite, San Luis to Binukbok. The tricycle ride costs around P120 for four people.

8. Punta Verde Dive Resort, Lobo, Batangas

The municipality of Lobo in Batangas is pretty lowkey, but it is also one of the best places to go beach hopping. This nature-blessed place is home to many beautiful beaches, and one that stands out is Punta Verde Dive Resort. The resort is set in the middle of lush greens with overlooking views of the beach, viewed from their Spanish-themed villas and huts. If you’re looking for some R&R with a peaceful, unobstructed beach experience, Punta Verde and its staff will provide you with that much-needed break.

Their Sampaguita Hut starts at P3500 per night, with free breakfast. You may also opt for a day tour, at P750 from Friday to Sunday, and P500 for Monday to Thursday. No entrance fee.

Punta Verde Resort Activities:

  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • 45-minute trek to nearby waterfall
  • Museum visit

How to get there:

There are detailed travel instruction on Punta Verde’s website. But if you’re going via a private vehicle, they advise you not to use Google Maps or Waze, as the road connecting Laiya to Lobo is still under construction. The shorter route they suggest is via Ibaan, complete with a map and further instructions on their site.

Here are the room rates for Punta Verde:

Type of Room

Details

Price

The Lakanipao Lodge:

King Room

Queen Room

Twin Room

Dormitory

2 Adults + 1 children (extra bed capacity for 1 pax)

2 Adults + 1 children (extra bed capacity for 1 pax)

2 Adults + 1 children (extra bed capacity for 1 pax)

8 Adults + 2 children (extra bed capacity for 1 pax)

P3,800

P3,500

P3,500

P9,000

Narra Hut 4 Adults + 1 children

P5,000

Sampaguita Hut 2 Adults + 1 children

P3,500

Talisay Lodge 8 Adults + 2 children

P10,000

Deluxe Rooms:

Ilang Ilang Hut

Ligasong Villa

2 Adults + 1 children

6 Adults + 2 children

P5,500

P6,000 – P8,000

9. Manuel Uy Beach Resort, Calatagan, Batangas

If you are looking for an impressive yet inexpensive beach site near Metro Manila, Manuel Uy is one of the best places to be in. Found in the laid-back town of Calatagan, Batangas, it is a favorite among backpackers and weekenders. This resort is a 3-hours drive from Manila. Plan your trip carefully and early as it is often crowded during weekends, long holidays, and summer seasons.

How to get there:

From Manila (Pasay City), take a bus bound for Calatagan, Batangas or you can opt for a commuter van parked at the basement of Metropoint Mall in Taft Pasay. Rate is P150-180. Alight at the bus terminal in Calatagan town proper, and take a tricycle heading to Manuel Uy beach resort. The tricycle ride usually cost around P200 (good for 4 pax).

Things to do in Manuel Uy:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Sunset/Sunrise viewing
  • Stargazing

Manuel Uy Sample Itinerary and Budget (Overnight)

Day 1

Time

Budget

Itinerary

6:00 AM

P180

ETD (Taft Pasay, bus or van)
9:00 AM ETA Calatagan Public Market
9:15 AM Breakfast. Buy food.
9:45 AM

P200 (max. of 4 pax)

Tricycle ride going to Manuel Uy
10:10 AM

P30 (environmental fee) + P100 (overnight stay)

ETA Manuel Uy. Fees payment
10:30 AM Tent Set up/Free time
12:00 PM Lunch
1:30 PM

P500 (4-5 pax max.)

Little Boracay/Starfish island tour
2:00 PM ETA starfish island. Swimming
3:00 PM Going back to the resort
3:30 PM ETA beach resort. Free time
5:30 PM

P20

Shower
6:00 PM Dinner preparation
7:30 PM Dinner. Free Time
11:00 PM Call it a day

Day 2

6:30 AM Breakfast
7:00 AM Swimming
8:30 AM

P20

Shower
9:30 AM Pack Up. Going home
10:30 AM

P200 (max. of 4 pax)

Tricycle going to Calatagan Public Market
10:50 AM ETA Public Market. Early Lunch
11:40 AM

P180

ETD (Manila)
3:00 PM ETA (Manila)

Total Expenses: P730 (excluding food & drinks)

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10. Isla Verde, Batangas

Situated between the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, Isla Verde, is home to some of the country’s best marine reserves. Isla Verde is at the center of the world’s coral triangle – The Verde Island Passage. Known for its pristine clear blue waters and Palawan like white sands, the island is a favorite among local, backpackers, wanderers, foreign tourists looking for adventure and awesome gateway away from the noise of the busy city.

Things to do in Isla Verde:

  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Sunset watching

How to get there:

From Manila (Buendia Taft or Cubao), take any bus going to Batangas Grand Terminal, the fare is around P157 with 3 hours travel time. Alight at the Grand Terminal and rent a tricycle for P300 (max. of 3 pax) going to Tabangao Aplaya where you can take a boat going to Verde Island. Alternatively, you can ride a jeepney going to Batangas City proper, then take another jeep-bound for Tabangao Port. The boat ride will take 1.5 hours and fare is P100/pax.

Here is a sample travel itinerary and budget for Isla Verde:

Time

Expenses

Itinerary

4:00 AM

P157

ETD (Batangas Grand Terminal bound bus)
6:30 AM ETA Batangas Grand Terminal. Breakfast
7:00 AM

P12

Ride a jeepney bound for Batangas City Proper
7:20 AM

P45

ETD Batangas City Proper. Take another jeepney ride going to Tabangao Port
8:10 AM ETA Tabangao Port
8:20 AM

P100

Take a boat ride to Verde Island
9:30 AM ETA Isla Verde
9:40 AM

P200/head – camping fee

P300/head – fan room

Accommodation (check in)
10:00 AM Free time (explore the island)
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Free time (explore the island, swimming, snorkeling)
5:30 PM Sunset watching
6:00 PM Dinner preparation. Dinner
8:00 PM Free time
10:00 PM Call it a day
2:30 AM Pack up
3:00 AM

P100

Going back to the Tabangao Port
4:30 AM ETA Tabangao Port
4:40 AM

P45

Take a jeep bound for Batangas City Proper
5:30 AM ETA Batangas City Proper
5:50 AM

P12

Batangas City Proper to Bus terminal (Batangas Grand Terminal)
6:15 AM ETA Batangas Grand Terminal
6:20 AM

P157

ETD Manila
8:10 AM ETA Manila

Total Expenses: P928 (excluding food & drinks)

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