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BATANGAS ITINERARY: 30 Best BATANGAS TOURIST SPOTS, Things to Do & Places to Visit (Travel Guide Blog 2021 for First-timers)

BATANGAS ITINERARY TOURIST SPOTS, Things to Do & Places to Visit Itinerary

Searching for Batangas Tourist Spots and Things to Do? To help you fill your Batangas Itinerary, I listed here some of the top tourist spots in Batangas and best places to visit for a quick trip from Metro Manila.


Located in the southern part of Luzon, the Province of Batangas is a top choice if you're looking for a quick trip from Manila. Just 2-3 hours away from the metro, Batangas is very popular among local and foreign tourists. From beaches to islands, historical sites and old churches, lovely hotels and beach resorts, to mountains and farms, you will never run out of places to visit and exciting things to do in Batangas.

Sorrounded by waters and rich in marine life, many of its top tourist destinations include beaches, islands, coves, and water activities such as scuba diving and island hopping. But more to that, Batangas is also home to so many beautiful places to see - churches, farms, old lighthouses, mountains, resorts, and many more. It is truly a must-visit place especially if you're looking for a weekend trip or a day tour coming from Metro Manila.

A trip to Batangas is definitely an amazing and memorable adventure. To help you plan your trip and to have an idea on what are the best places to visit in Batangas, I listed them all for you. This Batangas Travel Guide Blog might also help you in your itinerary for your next Batangas getaway!

BATANGAS TOURIST SPOTS, Things to Do & Best Places to Visit 2021



WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS BATANGAS TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG?

  1. Laiya Beach and Resorts
  2. Verde Island
  3. Taal Heritage Town
  4. Nasugbu Beaches and Resorts
  5. Cintai Corito's Garden
  6. Anilao Beaches and Resorts
  7. Caleruega Church
  8. Lipa City
  9. Matabungkay Beach
  10. The Marian Orchard
  11. Masasa Beach in Tingloy
  12. Bauan Beaches and Resorts
  13. Milea Bee Farm
  14. Taal Volcano and Lake
  15. Cape Santiago Lighthouse
  16. Balayan
  17. The Old Grove Farmstead
  18. Mt. Batulao and Mt. Talamitam
  19. Lobo
  20. Fortune Island
  21. Calatagan Beach Resorts
  22. The Farm at San Benito
  23. Mt. Maculot
  24. Bituin Cove
  25. Villa Jovita
  26. Sepoc Beach and Sombrero Island
  27. Villas by Eco Hotel
  28. Aquaria Waterpark
  29. El Jardin de Zaida
  30. La Virginia Hotel and Resort



1. Laiya Beach and Resorts


Probably one of the most popular beaches and tourist spots in Batangas province, Laiya has always been my favorite beach destination in Batangas. Boasting a long stretch of shoreline with cream sand beach, enticing clear waters, and a variety of fun water activities, it is an ideal beach near Metro Manila where you and your partner, family and friends could enjoy a perfect blend of recreation and relaxation.

Laiya is also home to a wide array of hotels, beach resorts, guest rooms, transient and vacation houses where you could have a relaxing stay while enjoying the beach. So, when traveling to Laiya, finding a place to stay will never be a problem. Here are some of the top hotels and beach resorts in Laiya.

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2. Verde Island


Verde Island is one of the emerging tourist spots in Batangas province, especially for adventurers and beach lovers. Located in Batangas City, Isla Verde is located between the island of Mindoro and Luzon. Situated along the Verde Island Passage, it is dubbed as "Center of the Center of Marine Biodiversity in the World." A must-visit "off-the-beaten" destination" and a favorite among local and foreign tourists, it is known for its pristine clear waters and amazing underwater treasures where you can enjoy an amazing vacation away from the crowd.

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3. Taal Heritage Town


One of the most popular things to do in Batangas is visiting the heritage town of Taal, Batangas, which is like traveling back in time. Taal reigns as one of the most culturally preserved sites of the Spanish colonial era in our country. The town conforms to the common old town layout of having the town plaza surrounded by the municipal hall, the church, schools and houses of renowned residents. Must-visit are the old houses of Taal, the Taal Basilica which is known as the "Biggest Catholic Church in Asia", Taal Public Market where you could buy Tapang Taal, Caysasay Shrine and the Sacred Well of Sta. Lucia, among other interesting heritage and historical sites.

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4. Nasugbu Beaches and Resorts


Located in the western coast of Batangas province, the municipality of Nasugbu is dotted with many hotels, beach resorts and vacation houses ideal for a quick trip from Metro Manila. Just 2 hours away from the Philippines' capital, Nasugbu will greet you with nice beaches and coves, lovely beach resorts, budget-friendly hotels and vacation houses where you, your family and friends will surely enjoy and have a relaxing and memorable vacation.

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5. Cintai Corito's Garden


Built by the love of a man for his wife, Cintai Corito's Garden is a Balinese-inspired vacation rest house turned into a resort and spa in Balete, Batangas. This 7-hectare property is an ideal hideaway for couples, families and group of friends wanting to experience a unique vacation in Batangas. It's a perfect place if you want to relax unwind, and take a breather from your daily life. Here, you could relax by the gardens, swim in any of the 4 pools with your loved ones, enjoy the locals cuisines, avail their relaxing massage and spa packages, use the resort's facilities, and many more. The resort's Bali-inspired architecture, delicious food, intricate and elegantly-designed villas will certainly take every guest into a "one of a kind" and relaxing resort accommodation experience in Batangas. Read my full review here.

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6. Anilao Beaches and Resorts


Known as one of the best diving spots in the Philippines, Anilao in Mabini Batangas is also home to many lovely beach resorts and a favorite among city dwellers wanting to have a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It may not have white sandy beaches, but its underwater ecosystem is its biggest tourist drawer. More to that, it also offers amazing sights, nice beaches, coves and islands, as well as an array of fun and exciting water activities that you, your family and friends will surely enjoy.

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7. Caleruega Church


Also known as the "Transfiguration Chapel", it was originally founded in 1995. Located in Batulao, Brgy. Kaylaway in Nasugbu, Batangas, Caleruega Church is a lovely chapel perched on top of a hill and surrounded by panoramic views of breathtaking scenery. The chapel is quite small, but has a beautiful architecture, and a very peaceful ambiance. As one of the most popular wedding churches near Tagaytay, it is a charming and heavenly venue for a memorable wedding ceremony. Click here for the mass schedules and how to get there.


8. Lipa City


Although a highly urbanized city, there are many interesting sites to visit in Lipa City, such as the Lipa Metropolitan Cathedral, Casa Segunda, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Monastery, Parish of Mary Mediatrix of All Grace, Mt. Malarayat, and The Old Grove Farmstead, among many others. The city is also home to many nice and lovely hotels and resorts such as The Farm at San Benito, La Finca Farm Resort and The Suites at Mount Malarayat.

9. Matabungkay Beach


The town of Lian'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 because it is near where we live in Cavite. It is really one of the most popular beach destination near Metro Manila back in the 1980's. Today, Matabungkay Beach is still one of the favorite weekend destinations among tourists because of its proximity from Metro Manila.

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10. The Marian Orchard


The Marian Orchard is a pilgrimage site located in Brgy. Malabanan, Balete, Batangas. This sprawling property is host to a chapel, a huge rosary, and several European-inspired gardens and structures that will surely give every visitor a memorable visit. If you plan to visit it during holy week, they also have life-size stations of the cross where you could do your Lenten reflection. It is a spiritual sanctuary frequented by Marian devotees and pilgrims visiting the Province of Batangas.

It is open everyday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, including holidays. Last entry is at 5:00 PM and entrance fee is 50 pesos. Holy masses are held every first Friday of the month, Saturdays, and Sundays at 4:00 PM. Click here for more information and how to get there.

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11. Masasa Beach in Tingloy


The beaches in Batangas is one of the most popular Batangas tourist spots among local and foreign tourists. The island municipality of Tingloy is known for Masasa Beach. This stretch of pristine fine sand, clear waters and impressive rock formations is a favorite beach destination among tourists and campers. Here, you could enjoy snorkeling, island hopping to Sombrero Island and Sepoc Island, beach camping, hiking to Mag-Asawang Bato to get a bird's eyeview of the beach, cliff diving from Tawil Rock, and so much more! Masasa Beach is a hidden gem in Tingloy Island with crystal clear waters, perfect for your beach getaway!


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12. Bauan Beaches and Resorts


Bauan is also home to some of the best dive spots in Batangas. Here you could enjoy island hopping and visit the most famous snorkeling sites in Batangas and have a glimpse of Bauan's spectacular marine life.

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13. Milea Bee Farm


Another interesting Batangas tourist spot to visit is Milea Bee Farm. Here, you could immerse yourself in nature as you stroll around the farm - where you'll be able to have close encounters with bees, taste fresh honey direct from the beehive, and even pick organic vegetables yourself. You may availa a Milea Bee Farm Tour which includes a guided tour inside the farm, refreshments and snacks. It's an awesome activity for kids and the whole family!




14. Taal Volcano and Lake


Taal volcano is one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the Philippines, and also one of the most active and most popular Batangas tourist spots. Located within a lake, I’ve been to the volcano island to see the crater lake of the Taal Volcano. But since it’s been very active since last year, going to the volcano island and hiking to the crater lake is now prohibited.

There are many hotels and resorts in Batangas where you could still enjoy the breathtaking view of the Taal Lake. Here are some of the hotels and resorts you should check out.
Cape Santiago Lighthouse in Calatagan Batangas

15. Cape Santiago Lighthouse


Another must-see tourist spot in Batangas is the century-old Cape Santiago Lighthouse in Nasugbu. Also known as Punta de Santiago or Faro de Punta Santiago or simply Calatagan Lighthouse, Cape Santiago is an imposing 51-foot tall white and red brick lighthouse that was built in the late 1800's to guide seafarers passing Verde Island passage, San Bernardino Strait and the Manila Bay. Click here for more information about Cape Santiago Lighthouse.

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16. Balayan


The historic town of Balayan is well-known for its annual "Parada ng Lechon" festival, which is celebrated every June 24th - the Feast of St. John the Baptist (San Juan de Bautista). It's a "wet and wild" fiesta that draws many tourists to Balayan that you should experience when visiting Batangas.

More to that, Balayan is a town rich in culture and heritage. Here, you could see the streets dotted with ancestral houses and old structures. Also not to be missed is the Balayan Church or the Parish of the Immaculate Conception. This baroque-style church is one of the Spanish colonial era churches in the province and was declared as a "National Cultural Treasure" in 2001.

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17. The Old Grove Farmstead


Located in Lipa City, The Old Grove Farmstead is a 5-hectare property that offers a unique barn experience. The farm has a cafe, a swimming pool, villas for overnight stay, and a farmstead. You can visit it on a day tour by just availing their meal package. The lush greens and relaxing view, along with so many Instagram-worthy photo spots, a visit to The Old Grove Farmstead in Lipa will surely be a memorable experience for couples, group of friends, kids and the whole family.

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18. Mt. Batulao and Mt. Talamitam


With its abundance of hiking destinations, Batangas is a haven for hikers and nature lovers. Two of the most popular mountains to hike are Mt. Batulao and Mt. Talamitan, both in Nasugbu, Batangas. Featuring rolling hills as far as your eyes could see, Mt. Batulao is an easy hike ideal for new mountaineers. After climbing Mt. Batulao you may also consider climbing Mt. Talamitam, which is also relatively an easy climb. You can actually do it on a day hike!

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19. Lobo


Not so popular tourist spot in Batangas, Lobo has many surprises for visiting tourists. Enjoy Lobo Batangas' pebble beaches, see the century-old Malabrigo Lighthouse which a National Historical Landmark declared in 2006 by the National Historical Commission, and hike to Mt. Banoi, these are just some of the best things I enjoyed doing when we visited Lobo, Batangas. Not as popular compared to other tourist destinations in Batangas, there are so many things to do in Lobo and tourist spots to visit, such as Tulay na Busog, Ulopong Falls, Jaybanga Rice Terraces, Nalayag Monolith, to name a few.

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20. Fortune Island


Fortune Island is also a must-visit beach in Batangas. Located in the municipality of Nasugbu, it is famous for its Greek-inspired column ruins and statues from what looks like a private rest house or beach resort in Batangas that used to stand on this lovely island. Must-do activities includes beach bumming, camping, swimming, snorkeling, cam whoring, star gazing. A day or overnight trip to Fortune island is definitely one of the best things to do in Batangas that you should include in your itinerary.

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21. Calatagan Beach Resorts


The Municipality of Calatagan is located at the western side of the province and offers the best sunsets for everyone to enjoy. Having the longest coastline in the whole province of Batangas, its shoreline is dotted by semi-white sand beaches, pristine clear waters and many lovely beach resorts. Some of the most popular destinations in Calatagan are Burot Beach, The Stilts Calatagan, Lago de Oro Cable Ski Park & Resort, Manuel Uy Beach, Ivory Beach, Aquaria Water Park, and Little Boracay of Batangas.

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22. The Farm at San Benito


ONe of the best things to do in Batangas is to experience the wellness packages offered by The Farm at San Benito. Located in Lipa City, it is one of the top health and wellness resort destinations in the Philippines. They offer 5-star luxurious accommodation situated in a serene and relaxing environment to enable guests to rejuvenate the body and mind through their holistic wellness programs. You may visit it on a day tour or book an overnight stay to fully enjoy its many facilities, amenities and specially curated treatments and programs suited for your needs.

Whole day access to The Farm at San Benito includes use of the resort facilities (swimming pools, meditation pavilions, and pure energy gym), participation in daily movement and fitness activities (yoga, meditation, power walks, functional fitness), and healthy vegan snack lunch. Depending on the package, you may choose to have 60-minute Relaxology or Relaxation Massage, or 60-minute Colema.


For overnight stay, you may choose from several room accommodations and stay packages they offer.

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23. Mt. Maculot


Mt. Maculot is one of the very first mountains that I've climbed in Batangas. Located in the town of Cuenca, it is an easy hike ideal for day tour or overnight hiking experience. It is one the of the most popular and probably the most scenic mountain in the province. Well-known for its "Rockies", Mt. Maculot boasts breathtaking views of Taal Lake, Taal Volcano and the rest of Batangas.

24. Bituin Cove


Located in Nasugbu, Bituin Cove (locally known as Angara Cove) is one of the hidden gems and a popular tourist spot in Batangas. A popular beach in Batangas, it is one of the unspoiled beaches and is a perfect place to visit for beach lovers and adventure seekers. Here, you could go island hopping, cliff diving and fish feeding all in one day for an exciting, fun-filled beach getaway.

For ease and convenience, you may avail a Bituin Cove Island Day Tour which includes island hopping, roundtrip boat transfers, entrance fees, ecological fees and use of life vest.


25. Villa Jovita


Located in Agoncillo, Batangas, a trip to Villa Jovita will bring you closer to nature. Experience Bali and New Zealand at the same time with Villa Jovita’s giant swing, hanging nests, and hobbit houses that will surely be a memorable experience. Not to be missed is the relaxing dip in their natural spring pools surrounded by bamboo trees while you enjoy the serene view of the nature.

For ease and convenience, you may avail a Villa Jovita + Tagaytay Day Tour where you could also visit and enjoy Taal Basilica / Heritage, Villa Jovita, Bali Corner/Giant Swing, Giant Nests/View Deck, Hobbiton of New Zealand, Riverside Pool, Twin Lakes Tagaytay, Gingerbread House, Reptiland and Rowena's Pasalubong.

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26. Sepoc Beach and Sombrero Island


Sepoc Beach is a nice and lovely beach cove in Batangas with clear waters, semi-white sand beach, and surrounded with high stone cliffs. Here, you could enjoy swimming in the beach's clear waters, bask in the sun, climb the hill, go picnicking, or just about anything. Don't forget to take a lot of Instagram-worthy photos! You can enjoy a day tour at Sepoc Beach with Sombrero Island Day Tour in Batangas for as low as ₱ 2,010 pesos from Klook!

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27. Villas by Eco Hotel


Located in Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, Villas by Eco Hotel which is one of the very few eco-friendly hotels in the Philippines. This lovely resort-hotel offers private villas where you could relax and have a quiet vacation away from the crowd. It is a great choice for people wanting to enjoy a resort near Metro Manila, where one could commune with nature and wake-up with breathtaking views of Taal Lake and its sorrounding mountains.

Villas by Eco Hotel offers a wide array of recreational activities and interesting attractions to ensure guests will have plenty of things to do during their stay. You can go for a dip in the swimming pool and simply take in the beautiful view of the lake and the lush surroundings. You may also walk around and explore the Green Farm and Herb Garden. You may also enjoy a relaxing hot bath at their Kawa that is so perfect to end a tiring day; or, take IG-worthy photos at their new attractions such as Kamay sa Ulap, Pugad and Duyan.

You may visit Villas by Eco Hotel on a day tour or overnight stay and enjoy the resort's amazing amenities and facilities.




28. Aquaria Waterpark


Aquaria Water Park in Calatagan, Batangas is an awesome resort where you could go for an exciting tropical getaway and enjoy water fun and adventure near Metro Manila. You can have an all-day access to the resort's giant slide and cove pools perfect for kids and adults. Visiting this waterpark, you could feel relaxed and experience luxury at its best with its 1.2-hectare world-class leisure property offering different fun activities. You could also enjoy and bask in the sun while enjoying the fine beach stretch with the most stunning views of the sea. If you want to stay overnight, the Crusoe Cabins is the ideal seafront beach resort accommodation for you to stay at.

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29. El Jardin de Zaida


El Jardin De Zaida is one of the lesser-known tourist destinations and yet it one of the best places to see and enjoy in Batangas. Located at Sitio Lagkit Brgy. Abung San Juan, San Juan, Batangas, the resort is surrounded by lush greenery and offers a mesmerizing view of the mountains. You may visit it on a day tour and enjoy the resort’s picturesque infinity pool, where you can lounge under the sun or take a refreshing dip.

DAY TOUR PACKAGE includes entrance fee, Php700 worth of F&B credits at their restaurant, 60-minute body massage at the Rocio Spa, use of spa amenities and access to the resort's lovely infinity pool.

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30. La Virginia Hotel and Resort


Located in Mataas na Kahoy, La Virginia Hotel and Resort offers a stunning view of the Taal Lake and an amazing resort experience that the kids, family and group of friends will surely enjoy. Set on a secluded 8-hectare property, it is one of the biggest privately-owned resorts in Batangas with 11 swimming pools. It offers an extensive array of accommodation options - from castle to pagoda and traditional nipa huts, that are designed to meet the needs of every guest. And with many activities to do and IG-worthy spots to explore inside the resort, you will never get bored when staying at La Virginia Hotel and Resort. It's like an amusement park and a resort in one! Read my full resort review here.

Batangas is definitely one of the best road trip destinations near Metro Manila that anyone can enjoy. Don't miss visiting these top things to do and tourist spots in Batangas that you should include in your itinerary! Have fun, enjoy, and explore Beautiful Batangas!



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