I've been wanting to visit Verde Island in Batangas City. It is one of the items in my bucket list as it’s one ”off-the-beaten destinations” in the province of Batangas that only a few dared to visit. That is why; I got so excited when we finally decided to visit Isla Verde last June 2016.
Isla Verde, also known as Verde Island is located between the islands of Luzon and Mindoro, along Verde Island Passage which is dubbed as the "Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity in the World." Known for its pristine clear waters and amazing underwater treasures, Verde Island is a favorite among local and foreign tourists, backpackers and intrepid travelers looking for an awesome vacation away from the crowd.
From Manila, we rode a bus bound for Batangas City. It took us about 1.5 hours of travel to reach Batangas City Grand Terminal and rented a tricycle going to Tabangao Aplaya where boats going to Verde Island can be found. From there, we took the boat and finally reached the island after about 1.5 hours. For a more detailed instructions on how to get to Verde Island, travel expenses and some tips and reminders, you may read this travel guide.
Before going to Isla Verde, we made sure that we've planned it very well. We contacted Tita Jo of Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort for our accommodation and also arranged with her our meals for our 2-nights/3 days adventure on the island.
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Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort is a nice and lovely beachfront resort in Verde Island. The resort has several accommodation options that cater to the varying needs of its guests. They have stone houses, traditional nipa huts and tents to choose from.
Nipa HutsFor an "island-feel" accommodation, I highly recommended that you book one of their traditional kubos for PHP 1,500 per night - which could fit up to four people in double upper and lower bunk style beds. Each nipa hut is powered by solar power and also has a small living area. Toilet and bath are just a short walk from the huts and shared among guests.
Stone HousesIf you want to have a more private room, you may choose to book one of their 2 stone houses for PHP 2,500 pesos per night - which could comfortably fit up to 4 persons. Each unit has its own toilet and bath, mini living area and a small dining area.
Tent AccommodationIf you're on budget, you could rent one of their tents. They have 2-person tents available for PHP 500.00 per night and 4-person tents available for PHP 800.00 per night. Each tent is supplied with beddings.
Tess Café and RestaurantThe resort allows guests to bring their own food if they wish to cook their own food. Cooking equipment and utensils are not a problem. They would provide pots and knife as well as firewood for cooking. But if you don't want to bring your own food, you may have your meals at their restaurant called Tess Café. They offer set meals for breakfast (PHP 250/person), lunch (PHP 300/person) and dinner (PHP 350/person). Each meal consists of a meat or fish dish, vegetables, dessert or fresh fruits and iced tea. Their food is really good. We enjoyed every meal we had.
Things to Do in Verde IslandDuring our stay on the island, we just spent our time appreciating and enjoying the beauty of the island. We went snorkeling, swimming, enjoying a hot bath and a relaxing massage, drinking and watching the sunset. Just in front of the resort is a marine sanctuary where you could see a lot of corals and fishes. The best time to swim and snorkel is at the morning, during high tide.
Hot bath and massage
Breathtaking SunsetSunset is also best appreciated in front of the resort. During our stay, we always end our day just savoring the magical view of the setting sun. As the sun drowned in the horizon, its rays fill the sky with radiant and vibrant colors. I was mesmerized as the sun slowly disappeared in the horizon; it's like a painting done in front of me. Watching the sunset from Isla Verde is a must-experience! One of the best sunsets indeed!
Exploring the IslandWe also got to explore the other side of the island where Mahabang Buhangin beach can be found. While walking towards the other side of the island, we met some kids on their way home. They went with us and helped us with directions on how to get to Mahabang Buhangin beach. And of course, we had a selfie! Hehehe!
Mahabang Buhangin BeachAs the name suggests, Mahabang Buhangin is a long stretch of beach that has pristine, calm and super clear waters. Here, we just enjoyed snorkeling, swimming and sun bathing.
On our 2nd day on the island, we spent the whole morning just lounging in the beach and enjoying a good swim. Here's a short video while I swim in the clear waters of Mahabang Buhangin beach.
We truly had an awesome Isla Verde adventure! Thank you Tita Jo, Tita Tess and to all the friendly staff of Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort for taking good care of us.
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We couldn't wait to be back soon! See you again Isla Verde, we're definitely coming back!
Isla Verde Tropical Friendly ResortAddress: Brgy. San Agustin, Verde Island, Batangas City
Contact Numbers: 0916-440-8647 or 02-782-5833
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