With a rich history and cultural heritage, Batangas is one of the best places to spend a vacation or weekend getaway. A road trip of 2-3 hours from Metro Manila will take you to the home of the famous Taal Volcano and the “Kapeng Barako”.
Batangas is also famous for its beautiful diving spots and beaches. The unique biodiversity of its underwater is attributed to being part of the Verde Island Passage, which is the core of the world’s marine ecosystem. Every beach in the province is different and has a charm of its own. Some are rocky, pebbly, sandy, secluded, or well-developed.
So, let’s travel to the southwest of Luzon and enjoy these famous beaches of Batangas.
Anilao Beach (Mabini)
With its diverse and colorful underground corals, white sand shores, and pristine waters, Anilao Beach on the Calumpang Peninsula is the Philippines’ most popular diving spot. Anilao is one of the best beaches in Batangas which is home to numerous resorts, coves and islands, amazing scenery, and fun activities such as snorkeling, picnicking, swimming, island hopping, and scuba diving.
Laiya Beach ( San Juan)
One of the best beaches in Batangas would be Laiya. It is famous for its long stretch of white-sand shoreline that caters to a lot of resorts. Whether you are on a budget or looking for high-end resorts, Laiya is worth the trip.
This tropical paradise offers a variety of exciting activities like jet ski, flying fish, and a banana boat ride. While in Laya, you can also take a hike on Mt. Daguldol and Mt. Hugom or climb the sprawling rock formations nearby.
Matabungkay Beach (Lian)
This world-famous beach was re-discovered and inhabited in the early part of the 1950s by the Germans. From being a humble fishing village, the 5-kilometers beautiful shore and crystal-clear water make Matabungkay a favorite tourist destination.
Matabungkay is also known for its distinct trademark- the balsas or floating rafts. Best to visit this beach during their floating raft festival on May 18. While in Lian, don’t miss visiting the mangrove plantations and enjoy snorkeling.
Calatagan Beach (Calatagan)
If you love the sunset, view it in Calatagan. Yes, this delightful spot has the longest rocky shoreline in the whole province of Batangas, offering the best sunset experience all-year round. This dreamy escape haven which is tagged as the “Forbes Park of the South” is highly-popular among the rich and famous who want to spend their vacation in unparalleled tranquility. The three popular resorts in the area are the Burot Beach, the Nano Beach, and the Ivory Beach.
Masasa Beach (Tingloy)
This gorgeous getaway is blessed with white sands and turquoise-clear water. It is situated on the southern point of Tingloy island. If you want an authentic island experience, it is a place to be. Masasa Beach is the perfect choice for people who want peace and quiet. It is undeveloped so better bring your camping gear and tools, especially food and water.
Nasugbu Beach (Nasugbu)
If you want to explore the coves that surround the Nasugbu beach, it is your must-visit place. This white-beach has a number of private resorts that offer cliff-diving, snorkeling, and other fun water activities. If you are into hiking, don’t forget to visit Mount Batulao and Mount Pico de Loro.
Fortune Island (Nasugbu)
Another must-see beach in Batangas is the Fortune Island. The Greek-inspired statues and column ruins of the Acropolis attract the city-dwellers and foreigners to visit the place. The abandoned and deteriorated look of the island enhances the beauty of this island. It is a place to enjoy swimming, camping, snorkeling, beach bumming, and stargazing.
Malabrigo Point (Lobo, Batangas)
The shoreline of Malabrigo Beach is carpeted with coarse sand, stones, and pebbles. It is called the best rocky beach of Batangas. It boasts of an incredible underwater garden which is now a fish sanctuary. During low tide, you can easily see the pretty coral. When you snorkel or scuba dive from a short distance, the wondrous sight of colorful fishes and living coral will take your breath away.
And don’t forget to indulge yourself.
When in Batangas, drink their famous “Kapeng Barako” as well as delectable dishes such as Gotong Batangas, Sinaing na Tulingan, Batangas Bulalo, Tawilis, Lechon Balayan, and a lot more.
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