Looking for a nice, quick weekend getaway? For those with a 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 in Nasugbu, Matabungkay, and Laiya in San Juan. However, not everyone can afford the pricey accommodation and would rather go for cheaper alternatives to experience their own version of a fun stay at the beach. If you’re a budget traveler, here’s a list of affordable beach resorts in Batangas that you might want to visit this summer.
1. Sombrero Island, Tingloy, Batangas
“Sombrero” means hat in Spanish, and the island got its name because of its unique shape. The crystal-clear water around the island can be reached through a 15- to 20-minute boat ride from Anilao port.
Sombrero island is a good spot for snorkeling because the sea is teeming with aquatic life. This island is also a favorite side trip for mountaineers who have trekked Mount Gulugod Baboy.
To get there, take a bus going to Batangas Grand Terminal. You may take buses from EDSA Kamias, Cubao, or Pasay. Bus fare is around P180. From the Grand Terminal, take a bus to Anilao for P35.
Boat rental costs P2,500 from Anilao. The entrance fee at the island is P200. 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).
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2. Burot Beach, Calatagan, Batangas
This remote beach is perfect for camping with friends. The place is very spacious, and you can easily park your vehicle near the area you choose to camp in. Transportation for Aircon bus to Calatagan is P160, and pay P200 tricycle ride to Burot. Entrance fee for day tour is at P65 only, and for overnight stay, P130. Bring your own food, and the rental fee for a tent that is good for two people is P400. There is no electricity in the area so enjoy a bonfire for P200 per bonfire wood bundle.
The area provides two public toilets and bathrooms. For dining, there are nipa huts and tables for rent from P500 to P800. You may also pay a fee if you will need a grilling station.
To add more fun to your stay, check out the sand bar near Burot Beach. Hire a boat to the sand bar and go island hopping. This will cost around P130 per head.
3. Coral Beach, Lian, Batangas
Coral Beach is known for its lunch on the raft, where people can enjoy their grilled food at the sea and swim in the shallow water. The beach provides cheap accommodation, perfect for team building activities, or an enjoyable vacation with the family. This is also lauded as one of the best and affordable beach resorts in Batangas for its comfortable hotel, good food, and friendly and accommodating staff.
Room rates start at P2,900. Amenities include a large swimming pool, a billiard table, and golf.
4. Fortune Island, Nasugbu, Batangas
There used to be an exclusive resort in Fortune Island during the ’90s. Now all that’s left are the ruins of Grecian architecture, the abandoned remains of what once was a luxurious resort.
Nonetheless, Fortune Island’s appeal lies in the ruins and the white sand beach, as people come here to unwind and take scenic photographs of the sunset or the unique Grecian backdrop. Other activities include cliff diving and snorkeling. There is no electricity, and most people are only coming for a day trip.
People who want to stay longer need to bring tents, food, and drinking water. Take note that there are also no toilets available in the island.
The bus fare from Manila to Nasugbu Bus Terminal costs P160. Take the tricycle from Nasugbu Bus Terminal to the resort for only P10 to P15. The boat fee costs P800 return. 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 precaution especially when it’s after the summer season.
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5. Masasa Beach, Tingloy, Batangas
The trip going to Masasa Beach is an adventure within itself, as you will pass by a remote residential area, and through rice fields to get to the beach.
The First Cove in Masasa is the best part 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 set up tent around the beach, or stay at a resort in nearby Anilao.
Take a bus from Manila to 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. The P30 for tricycle going to Masasa Beach and enjoy the remote barrio path going to the beach.
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.
The beaches near Manila are already becoming crowded and polluted. While these places provide you with budget beach resorts in Batangas, every tourist should take responsibility in cleaning up the area before leaving. –Kristel Serran