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Must Visit Beaches in Batangas

There are many beautiful beaches in Batangas. Having one of the longest coastlines in Southern Luzon, the province offers many beaches, islands, and dive spots that are a favorite among city dwellers and weekend warriors. Here are some of the beaches in Batangas that are worth visiting.

10 Must-Visit Beaches in Batangas


Vivere Azure Beach Resort in Anilao Batangas
Anilao Beach

1. Anilao, Mabini Batangas


When you think of beaches in Batangas, Anilao would probably one of the first things that will come to your mind. This coastal village in Mabini, Batangas is home to many resorts and dive centers that cater to the needs of the visiting tourists - both local and foreign visitors.

As a popular diving destination, Anilao also offers great scenery, islands and coves to explore, and activities that visitors could enjoy. It doesn't have white sandy beaches but its underwater ecosystem is its biggest attraction and tourist drawer. You could do island hopping, snorkeling, picnicking, beach bumming and of course, diving. If you're on budget, you could stay at the many affordable resorts in the area. But if you want to splurge, you may also check out one of Anilao's numerous high-end resorts for that memorable weekend getaway.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES: A hike to Gulugod Baboy is also a nice side trip when in Anilao. Get an intro to dive lessons or try the different water activities offered by the resorts.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Manila (Buendia or Cubao), take a bus bound for Batangas City and get off at the Batangas City Grand Terminal. Travel time is around 2 hours. From there, take a jeepney bound for Mabini. Get off at Anilao Port and hire a tricycle to get to the resorts.

RECOMMENDED RESORT IN ANILAO: Vivere Azure [ BOOK HERE ]

SOME RESORTS IN ANILAO:

Aiyanar Beach and Dive Resort
Looc, Bagalangit, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Acacia Resort and Dive Center
Brgy Ligaya, 4202 Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Aquaventure Reef Club
Bagalangit Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Eagle Point Beach and Dive Resort
Barrio Bagalangit, Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Crystal Blue Resort
Bagalangit, Balagbag, Anilao, Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  

Beaches in Batangas
Laiya Beach, San Juan Batangas

2. Laiya, San Juan Batangas


Laiya is a seaside community that has been a popular beach destination for city dwellers because of its proximity from Manila. A tropical paradise within your reach, it has a long stretch of shoreline with cream sand beach, enticing clear water and a variety of fun activities tucked in natural settings. One could enjoy the many water activities that many of the resorts in Laiya offer. Such as jet ski, banana boat ride, flying fish, among many others. A wide array of resorts are also available, from high-end beach resorts to affordable inns and lodges.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES: You may hike Mt. Daguldol, climb the rock formations, biking, or just enjoy the water activities offered by the resorts.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Manila (Buendia or Cubao), take a bus bound for Lipa City. Then take a jeepney bound for San Juan. In San Juan Public Market, there are jeepneys and tricycle that will take you to Laiya Beach.

RECOMMENDED RESORT IN LAIYA: La Luz Beach Resort (Resort Review) [ BOOK HERE ]

SOME RESORTS IN LAIYA / SAN JUAN:

Acuaverde Beach Resort & Hotel
Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Laiya Coco Grove Resort
Km. 20 Brgy. Laiya Aplaya, San Juan, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel
Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Sabangan Beach Resort
Laiya, San Juan, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Costa Saltorino
Blossom Hils, Brgy. imelda, San Juan Batanga
  BOOK HERE  

Best Beaches in Batangas
Enjoying Mahabang Buhangin Beach

3. Isla Verde, Batangas City


Compared to other beaches on this list, Isla Verde is not a popular beach destination in Batangas. But having been there, I could say that it's definitely worth a visit. Also known as Verde Island, it 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.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES: Activities to enjoy in Verde Island includes snorkeling, hiking, swimming, sunset viewing, among many other exciting activities.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Metro Manila, take a bus bound to Batangas City and get off at the Grand Terminal. Then take a tricycle to Tabangao Aplaya Port where you'll find boats that will take you to Isla Verde. For the complete guide on how to get to Isla Verde, click here.

RECOMMENDED RESORT IN VERDE ISLAND:
There are a few resorts on the island. One of them is Isla Verde Tropical Island Resort which offers several budget-friendly accommodations. They also have a restaurant, so when staying at the resort, food won't be a problem. But you can also bring your own food. For my full review of Isla Verde Tropical Island Resort, click here.

Burot Beach
Burot Beach, Calatagan Batangas

4. Calatagan, Batangas


Probably, Calatagan has the longest shoreline in the province of Batangas. Located at the western side of the province, it offers best sunsets for everyone to enjoy. There are also many beach resorts in Calatagan that cater to the needs of visiting tourists.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES: When in Calatagan, one should not miss visiting the centuries-old Cape Santiago Lighthouse. There's also a resort in Calatagan that offers wake boarding. You may check it out too!

HOW TO GET THERE: From Manila (Pasay, Lawton or Cubao), take a bus bound for Calatagan. Upon arrival in Calatagan, you'll find tricycles that will take you to the resorts.

SOME RESORTS IN CALATAGAN:
Sunrise Cove
Bagong Silang, Calatagan, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Lago de Oro Hotel
Balibago, Calatagan, Calatagan, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  

Beaches in Batangas
Layag-layag Beach Cove (Photo by Jay B Cruz)

5. Nasugbu, Batangas


The town of Nasugbu is known of its beach coves and rugged mountains that meet the white sand shores and pristine blue waters. It is also a favorite among mountaineers for it's scenic Mt. Batulao.

As suggested by my friend, Jay B, if you're looking for an uncrowded, uncommercialized beach for a weekend getaway that is just a few hours outside Metro Manila you may opt to explore Layag-Layag Beach Cove, a favorite camping spot of choice, located in the fishing village of Brgy. Papaya in Nasugbu, Batangas.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES: The beach is perfect if you want adventure and camping, to be carefree and sun-drenched. The cove is teeming with charm of its beautiful crystal-clear water beach, pretty soft pebbled off-white sands, intersecting crashing sea waves, a cliff dive spot on the side, scenic view of sail shaped rock/island which you can access during low tide, and a glimpse of the beautiful Hamilo Coast. It may have some garbage problem due to campers remnants during camping just being left there, and other factors like typhoons washing up those garbage on shore. Lets all be a responsible travelers,and be reminded of the principles of LNT (Leave-no-trace) always.

Nonetheless, its a nice quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city life

Reminder that the island has no electricity, no cottage, no restrooms, no stores (bring all your supplies), perfect for desolation.

HOW TO GET THERE:
  1. Private Car via Ternate -Kaybiang Tunnel. Search for Brgy Papaya near Hamilo Coast.
  2. Just ride a DLTB bus going to Nasugbu in Buendia/Pasay and drop off at Nasugbu town proper,travel time is about 2-3 hours.
  3. From there you will ride a tricycle (300 /way) to reach barangay Papaya, travel time is less than an hour.
  4. From barangay Papaya you will have to ride a small boat to reach Layag Layag beach, travel time is about 15-20 minutes. You may contact Kuya Casiano at 09398638839 for the boat ride which costs 600 pesos for a maximum of 5 person (roundtrip).

SOME RESORTS IN NASUGBU:
Club Punta Fuego
Barangay Balaytigue, Nasugbu, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Pico Sands Hotel
Pico de Loro Cove, Hamilo Coast, Barangay Papaya, Nasugbu, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Canyon Cove Hotel & Spa
Far East Road, Piloto Wawa, Nasugbu, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Lagoon View Condominium at Mount Pico de Loro and Hamilo Coast
Carola, Barangay Papaya, Batangas, Nasugbu, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Forest Cove Beach House
Barangay Natipuan, Nasugbu, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Beaches in Batangas
Masasa Beach (Photo by Michael Yap)

6. Tingloy Island, Batangas


Located off the coast of Anilao, in Mabini Batangas, Tingloy became popular among backpackers and intrepid travelers in recent years. Known for its white sandy beach called Masasa Beach, the place is still undeveloped and there are still no hotels or resorts on the island. But since many tourists are now visiting the island, some residents now offer their homes for overnight stay. You may also opt to bring a tent if camping is your thing. Just don't forget to bring all you need such as food and be sure to have you batteries and power banks fully charged.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES: Beach bumming, camping, swimming, snorkeling.

HOW TO GET THERE: Tingloy can be reached via the same route when you go to Anilao. Take a bus bound for Batangas City from Cubao or Buendia and get off at Batangas City Terminal. From there, take a jeepney bound for Mabini, Batangas. Upon arrival at Anilao Port, you will find boats that will take you to Tingloy Island.

SOME RESORTS IN ANILAO: Tingloy Island is also a good day trip from Anilao. So, if you want to visit Tingloy while still enjoying the comforts of a resort accommodation, you may check out the numerous resorts in Anilao.

Vivere Azure Resort
Barangay Aguada, San Teodoro Anilao, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Pier Uno Dive Resort
Barangay Solo, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
La Chevrerie Resort and Spa
052 Barangay Ligaya, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Buceo Anilao Beach and Dive Resort
Sitio Balanoy, San Teodoro, Mabini, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
El Pinoy Dive and Leisure Resort Anilao
Barangay San Teodoro, Anilao, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  

Beaches in Batangas
Lobo, Batangas

5. Lobo, Batangas


The coastal villages of Lobo, Batangas is dotted with beautiful rocky beaches. There are also some beach resorts in the area where you could spend a night with your family, friends or loved ones. If you don't know where to stay, the friendly staff at the Lobo Tourism Office could help you. You can find them at the town proper. Or maybe, just ask the locals.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES: When in Lobo, you should not miss visiting the centuries-old Malabrigo Lighthouse, as well as watching the beautiful sunset at the beach, or climb one of its mountains.

HOW TO GET THERE: From Manila (Cubao or Pasay), take a bus bound for Batangas City and get off at the Batangas City Grand Terminal. From there, take a Batangas City-Balagtas jeepney and tell the driver to drop you at the Lobo Jeepney Terminal near SM City Batangas. Then take the jeepney going to Lobo.

RECOMMENDED RESORT IN LOBO: When we were in Lobo, we stayed at Jay-Ar Beach Resort which is located about 30 minutes away from the town proper. It is also just 20-30 minutes away to Malabrigo Lighthouse. Also, what I like is that they offer affordable rooms ideal for group of friends and families.

Since it's just an hour away from Batangas City, the town of Lobo also makes an awesome day trip from Batangas City.

SOME HOTELS IN BATANGAS CITY:

Pontefino Hotel and Residences
Pastor Village, Gulod Labac, Batangas City
  BOOK HERE  
Batangas Country Club
Bolbok Road, Batangas City
  BOOK HERE  
Days Hotel Batangas
Pastor Village, Pallocan West, Batangas City
  BOOK HERE  


8. Lian, Batangas


This town's claim to fame is its Matabungkay Beach which is said to have been discovered by German tourists way back in the 1950s. When I was a kid, I remember going here in one summer vacation. It is really one of the most popular beach destination near Metro Manila back in the 80's. Today, Lian Batangas still has some beach resorts that you could spend a night for that quick weekend getaway just 2 hours away from Metro Manila.

HOW TO GET THERE: Buses bound for Calatagan passes by the town of Lian. You may take Calatagan-bound buses from Pasay, Buendia or Coastal Mall in ParaƱaque.

SOME RESORTS IN LIAN:
Matabungkay Beach Resort and Hotel
Lian, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
White Castle Hotel and Resort
Balibago, Lian, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
The Pelicans Resort
Brgy. Ligtasin, Lian, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  

Beaches in Batangas
Fortune Island (Photo by J Voltaire Fernando)

9. Fortune Island, Nasugbu Batangas


As suggested by a friend, Fortune Island is also a must-visit beach in Batangas. Located in the municipality of Nasugbu, Fortune Island is famous for its Greek-inspired column ruins and statues from what looks like a private rest house or beach resort that used to stand on this lovely island.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES: Beach bumming, camping, swimming, snorkeling, cam whoring, star gazing.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take a bus bound for Nasugbu or Calagatan from Buendia, Pasay, Cubao, Coastal Mall, or Alabang and get off at Nasugbu Terminal. Upon arrival, take a tricycle to barangay Wawa. From there, you'll find many boats that will take you to Fortune Island.

Where to Dive in the Philippines - Diving Spots
Diving in Bauan, Batangas

10. Bauan, Batangas


Unknown to many, Bauan also offers beaches with awesome underwater marine life. If you want to try and experience diving, there are resorts in Bauan that offer intro to dive lessons. One of them is Binukbok Viewpoint Resort located at Brgy. San Pablo, Bauan, Batangas. They also have cottages and nipa huts where you could stay overnight.

MUST DO ACTIVITIES: Learn how to dive.

HOW TO GET THERE: Take a bus bound for Batangas City and alight at Batangas City Grand Terminal. From there, take a jeepney to Bauan. If you,re going to Binukbok Viewpoint Resort, take a bus bound to Lemery. These buses can be found in Pasay and Coastal Mall. Upon arrival in Lemery, hire a tricycle to Brgy. Balite, San Luis, Batangas where you could find the the resort's parking lot. From there, you will take a 20-minute boat ride to the resort.

RECOMMENDED RESORT IN BAUAN: Binukbok Viewpoint Resort

SOME RESORTS IN BAUAN:
Bauan Divers Sanctuary Resort and Hotel
Barangay San Pablo, Bauan, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Rosemund Beach Resort
Bauan, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  
Seascape Resort
Bauan, Batangas
  BOOK HERE  

What are you waiting for? Plan now your trip to these awesome beaches in Batangas!


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