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Mahabang Buhagin Beach, Verde Island - one of the Best Beaches Batangas

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Isla Verde (or Verde Island) is one of the must-visit "off-the-beaten" destinations in Batangas City. The 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, it is a favorite among local and foreign tourists, backpackers and intrepid travelers looking for an awesome vacation away from the crowd.

How to get to Isla Verde Island Batangas City
Sunset at Isla Verde

If you're looking for nice beaches near Manila, visiting Isla Verde in Batangas is a good idea. But before going, you must know that it is a huge island. Verde island is composed of 6 villages such as Liponpon, San Agapito, San Agustin East, San Agustin West, San Andres and San Antonio. If you want to visit Verde island, be sure to know which village you want to visit.

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There are two ways to get to Isla Verde. One is by public boat, and another way is by renting a private boat. To help you plan your DIY Isla Verde trip, here's how to get there.

How to get to Isla Verde Island Batangas City
Transferring to the boat bound for Verde Island

How to Get to Isla Verde from Metro Manila

1. From Metro Manila, take a bus bound for Batangas City and alight at Batangas City Grand Terminal. Buses such as Jam Transit and Jac Liner (with terminals found in Cubao and Buendia-LRT Pasay) has daily trips (with 30 minutes to 1 hour interval) bound for Batangas City Pier. Travel time is about 1.5 to 2 hours and fare is around PHP 140-150 pesos from Buendia to Batangas City.

Note: You need to leave Metro Manila at around 4:00 am or 5:00 am for you to arrive at around 6:30 or 7:00 am in Batangas City Grand Terminal. This will allow you to catch the public boat bound for Isla Verde.

2. Upon arrival at Batangas City Grand Terminal, you may rent a tricycle and ask the driver to bring you directly to Tabangao Aplaya where boats going to Isla Verde can be found. Tricycle rental is PHP 300 pesos which could fit up to 3 passengers. Travel time is around 30-45 minutes depending on the traffic condition in Batangas City.

How to get to Isla Verde Island Batangas City
Our first sight of Isla Verde

3. Alternatively, you can also take a jeepney bound for Batangas City proper and then take another jeep bound for Tabangao Aplaya. This is a cheaper option; but if you're in a hurry or has baggage with you, it is still more convenient to just rent a tricycle.

4. Upon arrival at Tabangao Aplaya, you will see several boats bound for Verde Island. Be sure to know which sitio or barangay you're going to. Since we're staying at Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort, we took the boat named "St. Paul" which drops passengers in Mahabang Buhangin Beach in San Agustin (Kanluran) and in Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort. Travel time is around 1.5 hours depending on sea condition and fare is PHP 100 pesos per passenger. UPDATE: Boat fare is now 200 pesos as of March 2018.

5. Upon arrival on the island, go to your booked accommodation. There are very few resorts on Verde Island. I highly recommend Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort which offers several nipa huts, stone houses and tents for your accommodation on the island. Please refer to the tips and reminders below on how to contact the resort.

Enjoy the serene vibe and tropical feel of Isla Verde!

Resorts on Isla Verde?

Check out Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort. This is where we stayed for 2 nights during our Isla Verde getaway!

How to get to Isla Verde Island Batangas City
Corals right in front of Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort

Going back to Tabangao, Batangas City

The trip back to Tabangao in Batangas City mainland is at 3:00 am the following day. Travel also takes about 1.5 hours and fare is 100 pesos per passenger. You may just ask your resort or the locals where to find the boat that leaves for Tabangao Port in Batangas City. Fare is also 200 pesos. Be sure to be there early as it also leaves as soon as the boat is full.

If you missed the public boat, you don't have any choice but to charter a private boat or wait for the following day.

We're on our way to Tabangao, #Batangas City! 😊 Good morning Pilipinas! 🇵🇭

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Verde Island Tips and Reminders

  • Leave Metro Manila early in the morning at around 4:00 or 5:00 am.
  • For faster travel to Batangas City, ride the bus that takes STAR Tollway.
  • Boat leaves at around 9:00 am or 9:30 am. It would be best if you're already in Tabangao Aplaya at around 8:00 am because the boat gets easily full.
  • The boat leaves a soon as it gets full. So if it gets full by 08:00 AM, it leaves as early as 8am.
  • If you're bringing a car, you can leave it at the paid parking area in Tabangao Port. Just ask around where to find it. Overnight parking fee is around 100 pesos.
  • There's only one trip to Verde Island, if you missed the boat, you will have to wait until the next day, or charter a private boat.
  • You can find private boats at Brgy. Ilijan, which is a different port.
  • If you want to stay at Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort, please book in advance by calling Tita Jo at 0916-440-8647 or 02-782-5833. CLICK HERE for more details about the resort's amenities, facilities, and accommodations offered.
  • Please book your accommodation in advance to be sure to have a place to stay when visiting Isla Verde.
  • Since the trip back to Batangas City mainland is very early in the morning, I suggest that you stay on the island for at least 2 nights to fully maximize your trip.
  • The trip back to Tabangao, Batangas City is also once a day. So, be sure to wake up early to take the 3:00 am boat ride.
  • Bring enough cash, there are no ATMs on the island.
  • Always be a responsible traveler, please respect the place and practice "leave no trace" principle at all times.

Where to stay on Isla Verde?

During our trip, we stayed at Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort. It's a good resort offering an array of accommodation options. CLICK HERE to read my review.

How to get to Isla Verde Island Batangas City Savoring the breathtaking sunset in Isla Verde

Sample Isla Verde Itinerary (Overnight)


  • 04:00 AM - Depart from Manila, take a bus bound for Batangas City Grand Terminal.
  • 06:00 AM - Arrive at Batangas City Grand Terminal, charter a tricycle to Tabangao Port.
  • 07:00 AM - Arrive at Tabangao Port, board the boat bound for Isla Verde.
  • 08:00 AM - 09:00 AM - Boat leaves for Isla Verde
  • 10:00 AM - Arrive at Isla Verde, check-in at Isla Verde Tropical Island Resort.
  • 11:00 AM - Lunch
  • 12:00 NN - Walk to Mahabang Buhangin Beach
  • 12:30 PM - Enjoy Mahabang Buhangin Beach
  • 03:00 PM - Back at the resort, enjoy snorkling in front of the resort.
  • 05:00 PM - Enjoy the sunset
  • 07:00 PM - Dinner
  • 08:00 PM - Bonfire/have a few drinks at the resort.
  • 10:00 PM - Sleep


  • 02:00 AM - Wake up, prepare
  • 02:30 AM - Go to the boat docking area
  • 03:00 AM or 04:00 AM - Depart for Batangas City
  • 05:30 AM - Arrive in Tabangao Port in Batangas City
  • 06:00 AM - Take a jeepney to Batangas City proper
  • 07:00 AM - Explore Batangas City Proper
  • 09:00 AM - Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM - Take a jeepney to Batangas City Grand Terminal
  • 10:30 AM - Take a bus bound to Manila

Hotels and Resorts in Batangas City

If you decide to stay longer in Batangas City, you may also check out these hotels and resorts. There's a wide array of accommodation options in Batangas City. From cheap and affordable budget hotels to luxurious themed hotels that you, your friend, and family could enjoy.

Luks Loft Hotel and Residences

Luks Lofts Building, Joseling Road, Pallocan West, Batangas City
Check room rates and availability

Pontefino Hotel and Residences

Pastor Village, Gulod Labac, Batangas City, Batangas
Check room rates and availability

Days Hotel Batangas

Pastor Village, Pallocan West, Batangas, Batangas
Check room rates and availability

The Green House at Pontefino Prime

Pastor Village, Gulod Labac, Batangas City, Batangas
Check room rates and availability

Bicotel Hotels

Bagui Road, Kumintang Ibaba, Batangas City
Check room rates and availability


At first glance, Verde Island may seem to be just an ordinary island, but the island's beauty definitely lies beneath the surface of its waters. Indeed it's a priceless treasure you should visit even once in your life.

If you're looking for other nice resorts or beach resorts in Batangas, you may check out my list of the best resorts in Batangas. You might want to check them out and consider if you plan to stay for a night or two in Batangas.

This article was first posted on June 7, 2016.






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  1. Hi! Ask ko po kung magkano yung fee for the boat pabalik sa Tabangao? And kung magkano po yung total expenses for the trip? Thank you!:)

  2. Ang Ganda sobrang ng verde island!!! Been there two times this year,

  3. may trekking ba bes?

  4. am wond ring if its alright to pitch my own tent at mahabang buhangin beach? looking forward for your quick reponse

  5. Magkano naman po ang stay sa resort?

  6. Hi ms. Windy lyn pwede magtanong about sa island verde?

  7. Hello po,ask ko sana kung may sariling car may pwede po bang parkingan sa tabangao aplya?

  8. Where to park the car in batangas?

  9. Hi. I would just like to give a warning to those who will be staying at Mahabang Buhangin in the future. Wag niyo pong kukuning contact si Melogen "Gen" Enriquez. Di po siya magandang kausap kasi dinadaan nya sa sindak at galit.Wala din ho syang pakialam sa mga guests nya. We had the worst experience sa kanya.

    1. Hi po kung sino ka man. Parang ikaw lang ata ang nagsabi na wag kunin kontak ang inay ko, baka pangit ang ugali mo kaya kelangan ituwid kung nasungitan ka man. Pero ganun pa man salamat sayong komento.

  10. Paano po un food dito?

  11. Nice ! Big help..plan to go there this coming week !

  12. meron po ba kayo na pwede macontact from isla verde?

    1. 0916 440 8647 tita jo po islaverde tropical friendly resaort

  13. Hello! Does Isla Verde Tropical Friendly Resort provide snorkeling? If not, can you also recommend who to contact for the snorkeling?

  14. hello, just wanna ask if you have an idea how much is the renting fee for the private boat. Thank you

  15. isa lang po ba sched ng boat to isla verde per day ?

  16. Hi, any idea po how much ang snorkeling activity? Salamat.

  17. Pwede ba mag tent nalang sa island para dun naden kame mag stay hanggang bago kame umuwe?

  18. Meron po bang commercial electric power 24/7 sa Isla?
    Are the hotel rooms airconditioned?

  19. Hi ask ko lang po kung yung 200 pesos na bayad sa boat ay roundtrip na po? thanks

  20. Do they require swb test? Or health certificate?


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